When I grew up in the 1970’s, before the internet and the accessibility of information, I was exposed to many different sects of Christianity as part of my mother’s journey in her life to find spiritual meaning and purpose. Originally raised as a Catholic, I was indoctrinated like so many other Americans were to believe that Jesus was the son of God and that by believing in his divinity and superiority, I would be ensured a life in heaven after my death here on Earth. But growing up in America during the 1970’s, I was exposed to many other things besides the church and some of those things were in direct contrast to Jesus.
A third generation of rock n’ rollers were shaking up the world in those days and one group in particular was making a bold and provocative statement that flew right in the face of my indoctrination: It’s name was KISS which was an acronym for Knights in Satan’s Service! This outright defiance was blasphemous and shocking, it glorified the devil! The adversary to Christ, whom we were programmed to adore! It shocked everyone beyond belief and we were almost surprised that they weren’t struck down by lightning for being so proud to be evil! Their blunt message was frightening to me because it made me wonder why anyone would ever invite their own damnation! I was convinced that the band members were all going to hell! That they had traded their tickets to heaven in for celebrity status and a life of partying on earth! It gnawed at me that they could be so cavalier about their own soul’s fate! Even though I liked their music, I felt ashamed for them.
My mother and I were raised catholic and I attended catechism every week, learned my prayers, memorized mass and accepted my first holy communion. I loved the church, it was familiar, predictable and ritualistic. I liked the chanting, the singing and the mystery that it presented. My enjoyment was pronounced and I would even enact a mock mass with my cousin, reciting the words of the cantor and the priest! ‘let us contemplate the mysteries of faith…’
I think I liked church for two reasons: I enjoyed the group participation, especially how everyone would chant in reply to the cantor, knowing what to say and when to say it. Years later I experienced a similiar dynamic while attending Grateful Dead concert… it was always thrilling to me! The other reason was more personal. associating going to my grandparents house for breakfast afterward with church . It was a good feeling and that made me one of those rare children who actually looked forward to Sunday’s service. I had a probing and scientific mind, even then , and while learning about the creation one day in catechism, I asked my teacher when God created the dinosaurs? She never missed a beat either. ‘On the third day!’ she said so convincingly that I didn’t have a problem with that answer!
After my father committed suicide, my mother in her attempt to absolve what she believed was a ‘sin’, went to the priest of our church to get re-assurance that my father was forgiven in the eyes of God. The priest, however, sought his own peace of mind and told her unflinchingly that god had zero tolerance regarding suicide and my father would burn in hell for an eternity because of his sin!
As millions had before her, my mother rejected this answer, it violated what her own heart knew and it was at that moment that my mother and I parted company with the Catholic church! I wasn’t old enough to understand any of this and I wasn’t even aware that it had happened until I was twenty something , all I knew is that we started to attend other churches! Each church we attended resembled less and less the church I knew and loved. To mediate the flood of new information, I started to read the source of that information and by that I mean the Bible. However, I was discouraged from pursuing this by those churches and told that I didn’t need to bother with the Old Testament! Instead they provided me with an all New Testament Bible and told to start there! This was against everything I felt was right! It made no sense to me to start reading a book from the middle!
It wasn’t long before I receded from believing in a god at all! I had become an atheist, I was pushed away from the belief in god that I accepted without question! I upset my mother tremendously when I announced my rejection of god, Christianity had been so embedded within her that she feared for my soul. But I didn’t buy it, at least what was being forced on me from the born-again cults of Christ. I renewed my faith in a God years after, though through the mysteries of astrology. (read ‘Astrology pointed toward supreme consciousness). My rejection wasn’t God, mind you, it was The god that was presented to me, the god of Christianity and I have spent nearly a lifetime since then trying to prove to myself and the world that that God indeed does exist! A series of spiritual encounters and a ‘gut’ inclination convinced me that there is a God, astrology had compounded that belief!
Having a strong scientific mind, I felt certain that I could prove his existence through science and spent several years accumulating information that I felt was convincing! I built a tower of belief and suffered that belief structure collapse all around me, not once but three times! Each time I rebuilt the tower It grew stronger but not strong enough to survive my own scrutiny as I added information upon more information, tracing every step and learning everything I could about the roots of faith and the evolution of religion!
I no longer try to rebuild that tower, because the foundations of it are invariably flawed! The knowledge that I have gained however has given me a clearer and more comprehensive perspective on the subject, and I began to understand how god exists… God is the product of a collective, he resides in each individual and when we connect and we operate in a ‘group’ mentality, eventually comprising a collective state… a God-Triggered-Cognition! It is collective communication. It is how the word becomes flesh!
What type of god head is triggered in a Christian collective? Worshipping a cult object or person has conditioned entire societies into submission. We have witnessed this in our past and in societies in the present. Anyone looking at this can look at the North Korean government and agree that what is going on there is WRONG. For those of you unaware of what I’m talking about, the North Korean government perpetuates and enforces a ‘cult of personality’ surrounding the country’s leader Kim Jong Sun. Similar to the personality cult of Stalin after World War 2, the North Koreans attribute EVERYTHING to the ‘Great General’, praising and worshiping him as living God! There is no freedom, no individualism and if you go into any home of the nearly 21 million homes in North Korea, you would NOT find pictures of the residents, their children nor any other loved ones! You would find several portraits of the ‘great General’ , however, and you may see citizens prostrating themselves before them. And, you would also hear the national radio broadcasting in those homes, because every home there is equipped with a state radio and none of them are able to be turned off!
North Korea is a modernized country, the people look like they would live down the street from you! But they wouldn’t act like your typical neighbor. Their adoration for the ‘Great General’ would make your skin crawl, because they revere him as if he were an omnipotent god! Their fanaticism is frightening, you are unable to tell if they truly believe what they say or if their saying it out of fear, either way it’s like talking to a wall because they don’t hear anything that you say, they just repeat their praises for the ‘Great General’! You know what it’s like when someone is blinded by faith, logic fails to change their minds! Furthermore, this devotion to the ‘Great General’ is unnatural and undeserving! Millions of them are starving to death because the General that they revere, refuses to help them! Worse than that, he doesn’t allow anyone else in the world to help them either! If anyone there were to complain about that, they AND their extended families, would be sent to a labor camp where they would be forced to work in mines for the rest of their lives! Yet, these people praise the ‘General’ and worship him out of fear, they believe he is a god and therefore their suffering is inconsequential!
The terrorists who were responsible for the September 11th attacks on the United States killed themselves and others that were on their planes or at their targets, with the aim to initiate a Jihad or holy war! They were confident that their sacrifice would be rewarded in the hereafter, that there would be harems and riches awaiting them in Heaven! It doesn’t take a genius to know that these people were diluted and misguided! It wasn’t hard for most Americans to wage war on Iraq and Afghanistan for the next several years, because these people and their misguided beliefs had to be stopped! The president labeled these countries along with North Korea as ‘an Axis of Evil’, not accepting the Islamic idea of ‘Jihad’, just defending our country from unprovoked attacks based on fanaticism. But what if the United States DID call the war a Jihad? Would Americans have rallied around the president and supported this war if it was billed as a ‘Holy war’?
I doubt most of you would have accepted that as a basis for war, it was a defensive action based on the attacks against our nation that rallied us to support the war. Yet, the president and many other Americans, DID view it as a Holy War and despite how rational you believe your fellow countrymen are, there were many who were as disillusioned as the terrorists were, believing that this was a call to the Christians of America to destroy the heresy of Islam! This is a dangerous way to think! It was this type of thinking that drove the witch burnings that took place in Salem in the seventeenth century! Ignorance and fear taking control of men’s minds and allowed to run rampant!
I bring up these points to illustrate how vulnerable we are even in this modern age. We need to remember how our false beliefs have been responsible for senseless murder so that we can avert that poisonous thinking from spreading again and repeating itself. There is a serious phenomenon that threatens to destroy our society and our world if we aren’t careful and that threat is closer to home than you would want to believe! It goes by the name of Christianity and if something isn’t done to prevent it soon, it threatens to destroy all of us!
Christianity may seem harmless and some of you may even consider it a good cause! Yet this belief system is dedicated to bringing upon a climatic third world war! There is a never-ending influx of visitors to the holy city of Jerusalem by American and other Christians, they go to that city to visit the places that Christ is thought to have lived and died. Many of these pilgrims are belligerent as they make their way to the temple mount, the site that now sits the Dome of the Rock, a Mosque that is sacred to Islam. These Christians taut their beliefs and desire that this holy attraction be destroyed, to make way for the rebuilding of a third Jewish temple. They believe that the Mosque will be destroyed and they have no reservations at proclaiming this to the Muslims that have come to this Mosque for the last 500 years!
Like the North Koreans revere the General, the Christians attribute everything to Christ, they believe that everyone else except themselves are doomed to be destroyed by their image of a vengeful and unjust god! They are so diluted in this thinking even though this is the same thinking that is responsible for countless millions of Jewish people being exterminated in the past! Their arrogance has no boundaries as they think that the Jewish people in Israel must convert to Christianity in order to be saved! Under this belief they attempt to convert any Jew to their way of thinking, regardless if they want to or not!
Its hard to believe that in this age, people can be so ignorant, you have to wonder how a religion like Christianity survives despite the science and discovery that has surfaced to discredit it! It’s existence is bewildering and we should be as likely to assert that the Earth is the center of the universe as we are to say that Jesus was a living god! Yet millions of Americans DO believe this and their belief isn’t benign, it is a dangerous theology that clouds men’s reason. Its premise is destructive and as history shows us over and over again how this cloudy thinking can be capable of unspeakable depravity. It is designed to discriminate and has NO place in a civilized and enlightened society! So how does this hateful and intolerant religion remain?
The answer isn’t what some Christians would like to believe ‘that it remains’ because they claim it as ‘truth’. Nor is it divine in some way to survive in the face of scientific discovery! The fact is that Christianity remains a part of our modern world because of two reasons. First and foremost is conversion, Christian doctrine requires its members to recruit and convert everyone! Like a self-replicating disease, Christian thought seeks to convince everyone to its way of thinking! It cultivates itself by threatening an eternal damnation upon anyone who isn’t a convert. Fear is the other reason that it has survived into the modern age! For unlike any religion before or after, Christianity is unrelenting in its attitude towards other ways of thinking! It denies that another ways are even possible and it warns its followers that by rejecting it’s dogma, one would be damned to an eternal and torturous suffering! The god that Christians claim Christ to be is an oppressive and vengeful dictator, one that has no compassion for any other people, except the ones who serve and worship him!
Sounds a lot like the ‘Great General’! It’s either his way or the highway and the souls that are lost are of no consequence. In a perfect Christian world, there would exist no one who saw things differently! Moral and ethical considerations don’t apply, you are either Christian or damned! It matters not if your heart is good, if you are not ‘born again’ than you are unworthy to be cared about! The reverse is true also, if you’re a corrupt and a heartless man that HAS been born-again, you will be ‘saved’, but the philanthropist who does good but isn’t born-again will be judged and damned eternally! How ridiculous is that?! As ridiculous as the believers in Christ who proclaim these laws to be absolute and judge their fellow man by the interpretations of a book. A book that they themselves won’t even BOTHER to read or learn how, why or where it was written!!
Claiming that these books are the ‘word of god’ and therefore unquestionable, they ignore its many contradictions, they dismiss the evidence that puts those books into context and they make up their own reasons for the text and why it was inspired! Never before has a religion promoted so much ignorance and now this religion threatens to undo all of the progress that men have made!
Although its familiar and the people who identify with it may be good people that you know and love, this religion is dangerous and isn’t the ‘loving’ institution that it portrays itself to be. It’s love is limited to its congregation and it’s even more self serving, Christians believe that the world is coming to an end, but not before a World Wide War is fought by all the people on the planet! They claim that this war will be waged by the people who are ‘left behind’ after they themselves have been ‘zapped’ into heaven. But even though they believe that they will be spared this conflict, they pursue policies that hasten this war to begin. Why? Obviously it matters NOT that this war take place, since they will be gone! In fact their looking forward to it and wish it would hurry up and happen!
If Christians really were ‘loving’ as they claim to be, they wouldn’t want the world to end as soon as possible! If they really believed the rhetoric that they proclaim, they should want to save as many people as they could and not pray for the end to hurry up and come! Love for others isn’t a pre-requisite for Christianity! Only love for Christ! But hate is! Christians are taught to hate the sin that they themselves admit we all are guilty of having! So they are allowed to hate… everyone!
If Christ really did return, I’m positive he would not want to be associated with the religion that bears his name! The elitist ideal that the Christians of this age espouse, has little to do with good and more to do with evil than any other religion ever practiced. Christianity is based on fear and it uses fear to subdue it’s believers! If Christianity was ‘Good’ and based on ‘love’ and ‘Goodness’ it wouldn’t need to coerce it’s followers into submission the way that it does! If Christianity was ‘Truth’ as it proclaims, it wouldn’t need to rely on scare tactics and fear mongering to validate itself! But Christianity is all about fear! It hurls threats at people, it attempts to scare its converts and the consequence for rejecting it is much worse than any mortal, earthly and physical death! The harm one is subjected to for disobeying it’s doctrines are everlasting and eternal. A merciless sentence from a god that claims to have compassion!
No father or mother who truly loved their child, could ever allow or wish that type of fate for their loved one, yet we are to believe that God isn’t as compassionate as any mortal parent? The religion claims to represent good while it vanquishes evil, but nothing is as evil as abandoning your loved ones to that type of fate! There is nothing benevolent about controlling your subjects with fear! That is the make-up of an oppressive leader, one who rules with an iron fist! It’s legacy has been slavery and slavery is where the real roots of this religion are found! Since the civilizations of Sumer and Egypt, oppressors enslaved populations of men and with force they indoctrinated them into believing their own inferiority.
Even after the enlightenment and the evigorating mood for knowledge that it instilled, the darkness threatens to return and deny our progress! Christians disrupt every area of life from education to politics, pressing their agenda! The agenda is to encourage ignorance, gloss over truths, they have gone to great lengths to alter the wording in textbooks to imply evolution is just a theory, a guess !!! But they go even further and try to incubate the baseless claims of creationism and they act as if it is just as valid! They try to erase Jefferson and enlightenment ideals he represented. They want us to ignore the scientific discoveries that are made by dedicating themselves to arresting our development! They dismiss the achievements of many great people, not allowing history to say something that is in opposition to their perverted perceptions! While so arrogantly try to curtail the rights of other individuals!
You might want to believe that their intentions are good, but the fact is: Christians believe that there is only ONE way to live! If we allowed society to become the way that they want, we would be like the North Koreans! Praising Jesus for everything that happens! Not allowing art and music to be about anything other than Jesus! Not allowing others to say anything that wasn’t what Christ would say! And who by the way would decide what Christ would say?! Christians would, because Power is what they truly worship!
As TV shows push the limits in self expression, Christians would have us revert back to the 1950’s! Where there were separate beds and everyone is white! If you think that I’m kidding, Just listen to any born again Christian! They are at odds with every aspect of human nature! They want to suppress homosexuals, believing them to be ‘sick’ and in need of re-programming! They will rant about moral decline and how we need to censor the media!
What is most disturbing, however, none of these people know what context the bible is written in, yet they claim to be experts at deciphering the material and applying the words of these books to events that are almost certainly anachronistic to the real events! They believe that the bible came pre-packaged! That god assembled these books in this order and that is the word of God! They refused to accept the discoveries made in ancient Sumer and to this day they don’t bother to read or understand the relationships between the entire body of literature, which they ignore! Instead they focus on their bible as it came to us in a canon, never seeing its place among the entire work of philosophy.
Recently archaeologists discovered Libraries of ancient tablets that contain the original stories of the bible and these stories are 2000 years older! The garden of Eden is told in an entirely different light! But clearly these stories were re-adapted by Jewish scribes much later! For more about these early roots of biblical stories read the post entitled: The Sumerian roots to religion.
We need to de-Christianize our society, it has crippled mankind for too long! One could say that we are better off for the experience and I too would agree! Christianity served an important purpose in the history of man, like any adversity can make one stronger, the Christian movement cast mankind into the dark ages, a period of history so named because of illiteracy and lack of progress! Here mankind went from living in an advanced culture not unlike our present one with impressive monuments and achievements to living in shacks, starving and governed by superstition and ignorance! This is where Christians want to take us today! To a world of slavery and rigid rule!
We’ve triggered god consciousness before, anytime a group of people are united they form a god consciousness. The reason Christian consciousness has been so successful is because of conversion. There are the people who are not converts, these don’t need to be bullied into doing the right thing, or rewarded with the promise of heaven. If we formed our own united god head, being aware of our God cognition alone would enable us to act more autonomous and take strides toward more specific and goals that are ‘beneficial to all’! Just think what that could do on the operational level of the current church! It would be more productive that’s for sure, it’s policies wouldn’t be hinged upon an imagined Armageddon, it would be focused on a prosperous future instead! One that embraces ALL of humanity and ncourages education and free self expression!