I pretend for a moment that religion in its genesis had a sense of humor…I may be horribly wrong.
I don’t seek to offend those that have severe religious affiliations, but I have to say, what is the cost of religion in a world where we count how many die of poverty moment by moment?
Can religion possibly be of much greater import than death and hunger?
Mind you, at essence, I do believe we are spiritual beings here for an earthly experience, but while here for our “earthly experience”, I also believe our sight is so limited that we can only, most of the time, see ourselves as earthlings. Consequently, I find we must turn our sight inward, within the dimensions of Earth, and see what it is we allow, day after day.
The most simple example is hunger. We allow, yes, I do use the word allow, allow, children to die of hunger around the world, day after day.
We allow religion to condemn rather than raise up humanity.
We allow, we allow, we allow, myself included………….
I wonder, if religion had not lost its sense of humor, pretending for a moment that religion and its disciples ever had a sense of humor to begin with….where would we be today?
We know at least as of this moment, there is a basic way in and out of this world, yet, we forget it with every breath we draw…..
There is a Creation Museum, which we touched upon, every so briefly, in our piece: Bible, the Museum and the Shark.
To be frank, we may have poked fun at it, simply because we have not and cannot ever understand an all powerful God that can believe a woman is inferior only because she is female. We cited to female sharks that evidently (testing still to be performed) that can bring new sharks into the world without the necessity of male sharks. Our dimwitted conclusion was if God intended to make women a lesser human, why would sharks be able to procreate without the assistance of males?
Anyway, we notice today a New York Times headline: Cool Reception for Bible Park in Bible Belt and I wasn’t sure what to think. Ok, if people want to spend their time in a fake recreation of what might be the truth, so what? Don’t push it on me. That’s my only rule. Next Saturday I will attend a party where a pig, a whole pig, will be roasted. Now, family has tried to convince me as to why that is ok, I don’t need to be convinced, it is simply not true for me. I was raised on Charlotte’s Web and happen to believe pigs are intrinsically intelligent and I prefer not to see evolved humans sitting around with flags surrounding the entire body, including the head/brain of a pig. Ok, so I won’t boycott the party, but to be sure, I’m not eating it, I’m not going near it and if I see it, I will throw up without apology.
So, I ask, what do I care if people want to recreate what they believe to be the story of the world, of humans, evolution? I don’t.
I just don’t want them forcing their beliefs on me.
Adam and Eve? Maybe they existed, maybe they didn’t. I really don’t care. I find the view of them too very limited to give it serious thought.
See, I don’t believe in a God that would sacrifice its children so readily because I am a parent and it would take….it would take….it would take….well….something I can’t even comprehend to make me sacrifice and damn my children the way some religions say God has damned us.
I simply can’t sign up. I can’t believe.
I continued reading the New York Times, A week in review, “The Guidebook for Taking a Life“.
Whose God I ask you?
Groucho Marx: “I don’t care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members.”
As Groucho Marx reportedly stated: “Outside of a dog, a man’s best friend is a book. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”
Well, that sums up religion to me.