In Everything Else on November 6, 2011 at 3:06 am
I guess this is a goodbye of sorts but a happy goodbye, at least for me. I’ve used this blog, Unravel, to work my way out of the Christian religion for the last four or five years and well, I’ve finally made my way out of it.
After challenging, questioning, debating, blogging and incessantly thinking about the Bible, God, Jesus and Christianity for the majority of my 42 years of life, I have concluded, brace yourself, that all of it is nothing more than a human mythology. And this includes God which, I now believe, only exists in the human imagination.
How did I arrive at this conclusion? To make a long story short, it was through logic and reason, at least as far as I was able to utilize them. Read the rest of this entry »
In Deception, Everything Else, Free Will, Good and Evil, Life on June 5, 2011 at 3:55 pm
Everyone loves a good success story or sports team or fictional hero. This is because we can identify with the elevation just enough to feel that it could actually be ourselves in that role. We can also conveniently avoid the hard work or suffering it took to achieve that status of success. But the essential reality of it, as far as we’re concerned, only takes place in our genius of a mind.
I think it’s perfectly human to dream and it can be healthy too. My kids used to role play when they were younger and it often involved doing something their undeveloped selves were incapable of yet doing. My daughter would walk around the house pretending to clean it while animatedly talking to a pretend friend with a toy phone. (Kids can be an entertaining reflection of their parents.)
My own daydreams can give me a glimpse into the desires of my deepest soul. They often thankfully point the way to the direction I’d like to go. Gurus teach us to discover those soul dreams and manipulate the mind so that positive actions will naturally follow….
But I’ve also noticed that my hopes and dreams can be entirely misleading. Read the rest of this entry »
In Deception, Everything Else, Freedom, God, Life, Politics on April 2, 2011 at 2:33 pm
I don’t see much of a difference between an oppressive government and the institutional Christian church system. Both enforce far too much control over their subjects, creating a system of slavery. And it becomes even more tragic when we actually pay these systems to do so.
The control comes in the form of mind slavery. A government which requires compulsory attendance to an educational system begins enslaving the mind from a young, formative age. The citizen is conditioned to believe that they are dependent upon the system in order to survive in the world. In exchange for your mind, you are promised a job or career with retirement and security benefits.
Churches also condition the minds of the young. In exchange for your commitment to a certain church denomination, you can attain eternal life. Church members are led to believe that they could grow in their spiritual vitality as long as they didn’t miss too many Sundays at church. Read the rest of this entry »
In Deception, Everything Else, Freedom, God, Jesus, Love, Universalism on March 27, 2011 at 10:30 pm
I’ve heard the annoying phrase, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater” so many times that I’d like to not only throw the baby out, but torture and annihilate it too. But for purposes of considering opposing viewpoints, I’d like to take an honest look at what some people consider to be the baby.
If I understand correctly, people are generally warning me to throw out religious wrongs yet hold onto Jesus, as far as Jesus might pertain to the true spirit of true Christianity. When I talk about the Christian religion in a negative light, somehow this worries people, and they want to make sure that I don’t throw my belief in Jesus out altogether because of “a few Christians who may have hurt me.”
At first glance, this appears to have a very kind and loving intention behind it, as well as a loyalty to some real faith that might exist out there somewhere. But I see that deceiving tendency of religion written all over it, and I will explain why. Read the rest of this entry »
In Deception, Everything Else, Life, Suffering on March 24, 2011 at 8:59 am
Christ, the king of the Jews put an end to the Hebrew religion. This religion had served as a mediator between humanity and God. After the death and resurrection of Christ, the people of God no longer needed a priest or sacrifices or a symbolic holy of holies. (And they never did.) A person could relate directly to God through the soul, and that seems to be the intimacy God wanted with all people, all along.
Three hundred years after Christ put an end to the Hebrew religion, an institution in Rome claiming to be THE church reinstated that religion as… you guessed it, Christianity. It has all of the characteristics of the old Hebrew religion yet it is now under the disguise of Jesus Christ – the very one who put an end to religion as a mediator between God and humanity.
Oh, the irony.
It’s a brilliant deception in my opinion. The same religion that deceived the Jews is currently deceiving the Gentiles; and it’s nothing that it claims to be and everything that it warns against. The unknowing Jews who may or may not have understood their own words authored a Bible which is the same cornerstone of the Gentile religion.
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In Everything Else on February 15, 2011 at 7:23 pm
While I no longer feel the need to have my theological ducks organized into neat little rows, for communication purposes, it might help others (and myself) to explain my current beliefs. Keep in mind that these could be different tomorrow. All of a sudden there are all kinds of different perspectives on life and spirituality to take into consideration when one becomes aware of the fact that they actually didn’t know it all.
I’ll do this in a conversational format in order to spice it up a little, as I (without much fondness) recall different questions that people have used to interrogate me.
Well-intentioned, ignorant Christian: Are you a Christian? (In other words, do you love Jesus Christ and claim Him as your Lord and Savior?)
Me: I no longer identify myself as a Christian nor with any other religious label. As far as I know about the man called the Christ in the Bible, I’d like to think that I love him and every other human being as well. But love is an area where I think I am growing. I don’t claim anyone as my Lord and Savior because I am not a Hebrew, a feudal peasant, nor a Christian that speaks Christianese. Read the rest of this entry »