In Deception, Freedom, Life, Sin, Suffering on July 25, 2011 at 8:53 pm
In my last post I had the gall to say that I think the Christian religion considers the average human soul to be worth about as much as the stuff in a Honey Bucket at a county fair. The wicked human being is valued at less than zero, according to God, and unless one believes (and acts upon) a series of theological beliefs, the soul will be thrown into some mysterious landfill where it will perpetually burn forever. To help us swallow this nasty truth, these souls will somehow be erased from consciousness and memory.
Aside from the inevitable contradictions this idea (as well as annihilationism) leads to, which, strangely, seems to go unnoticed by the average Christian, we’ve got other problems. Along these same religious lines, not only is the non-Christian soul considered shit, but so is life on earth. Read the rest of this entry »
In Atonement, Deception, Freedom, God, Life, Suffering on June 20, 2011 at 12:23 am
On the last day of school this year, my 13 year old yelled “Fire!” along with a handful of other students, then opened the emergency door of the bus and they all jumped out and went home. The following email is my response to the school regarding the issue:
Dear Superintendent of Transportation,
Concerning Jonah’s fake fire drill on the bus, I had heard the story from several of the students who were either involved in or who witnessed it immediately after its occurrence. All of their stories matched up fine.
From what I understand, the bus was at a complete stop near a sidewalk landing when it happened and the students knew beforehand that the bus would be unable to move once the emergency door was opened.
I understand why this action is against school policy but I am not sure how the event placed anyone in imminent danger or violated safety precautions. It would help if you could explain this more clearly.
This seems out of character for Jonah who is a continuous 4.0 student and graduated from 8th grade with honors and positive remarks from teachers. Since he is enrolled in a grade higher than other students his age, he has felt tremendous pressure to fit in socially with kids who are older than him. In other words, he might do something out of the ordinary in order to prove himself and maintain his friendships. Think of it as a college fraternity initiation or other possible ways you might be able to relate. Read the rest of this entry »
In Freedom, Good and Evil, Life, Love, Relationships, Sin, Suffering on May 28, 2011 at 6:07 am
One of the happiest days of my life was when my ex-husband and I separated. (It was one of his happiest days too.) After I had accepted the fact that our kids would be fine (and they are) a whole new world opened up to me.
Just a year later I decided that all Christian churches were essentially the same and that I couldn’t give any more of my Sundays to the institution. Even though I saw the break up of my family and then I walked away from my church community, I must have been one of the happiest people on the planet.
The freedom was almost overwhelming. Sure, there was some fear. How was I going to support myself? Was it safe out there alone? Will I be able to make new friends? But otherwise, there were so many things to do, places to see, subjects to study and thoughts to think that I didn’t know where to begin. I was like a kid who just found a chest full of treasure.
At first I tried to follow all of my heart’s desires. The only problem was that I didn’t know what those were exactly. I needed some trial and error. I had spent so many years making “God’s desires” my own that I had no idea what was in my own soul. I didn’t know how to connect with it either. Plus, there was always a lurking fear of what I might find. 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, Freedom, Good and Evil, Life, Suffering on March 25, 2011 at 2:19 pm
What happens when we observe a symbolic religious ritual over and over again, week after week, year after year, decade after decade? It deceives us. We begin to believe that the symbol is the reality.
This is why millions of Christians across the world say that the church is not a gathering in a building but they live entirely as though it is. This is also why a Christian believer might say that one does not have to go to church to know God but all of their other words and actions reveal otherwise. Apparently there is a vast chasm between what a Christian might say and what a Christian actually believes. This is because religion deceives people.
What happens when we hear the same (unquestioned) message over and over again, through sermons, “worship” songs, Bible studies, Christian conversation, and Christian culture day after day…? Our mind is being conditioned or to use a more derogatory term, we are brainwashed.
In that case, not only does our faith rest primarily on academic concepts of the mind, which may be void of life experience, but our faith is not even our own. It belongs to our preaching pastor, or our church denomination, or our theological disposition – or all three. Our thinking is under the control of another, and yet, because we chose to give our mind to another, we believe they are our very own thoughts. Read the rest of this entry »
In Church, Deception, Freedom, Life, Love, Relationships, Suffering on March 18, 2011 at 12:31 am
Grief counselors often give a loose set of stages that a person commonly experiences after a loss. In order to get through grief, it is imperative that persons do not skip any necessary stages. During grief, we want to run and hide. We want to distract ourselves. We want to pretend that things are different, or still the same.
But the only way to get through our grief is to face our emotions, and allow ourselves to actually feel them. If we ignore our soul, I’ve discovered that it will come back to haunt us, and with a vengeance. And we certainly won’t progress past these difficult stages.
These stages can be, but are not limited to:
And then finally, peace.
It’s good to know that those who have suffered loss such as from the recent tragedy in Japan have some sort of light at the end of the tunnel. But there are no shortcuts around the tunnel. The depth of peace can only be obtained through the full experience of the journey. Read the rest of this entry »
In Freedom, Life, Suffering on March 12, 2011 at 10:02 am
One day I told my church friends that I was going for a walk… and I kept walking. Fast forward several years and I find myself still somewhat in the jungle of confusing Christian thought, but working to unravel its strangle from around my neck nonetheless.
In the minds of some of my Christian friends, I’ve walked away from God. I have abandoned the truth. I have stepped outside of the safety and protection of the church. There’s a root of bitterness in me. I’ve been deceived by Satan, enticed by the world, fallen into sin; I have made up my own God, I exalt myself as God, and I’m in danger of hell fire. If you can think of any other horrible things to say about me, you can add those to the list too. I’ve got a few people in my life who like to consistently remind me of this personal impending doom. And uh, gee, thanks guys. I wish you could see all the fear and manipulation behind your accusations.
From a different perspective – mine – my life has finally just begun. I know that sounds pretty narcissistic but somehow the guilt trips don’t work on me anymore. Maybe my conscience really is seared, but I still don’t give a rat’s ass. Being out of the church means, at least to me, that I get to live life. And how can I apologize for that? Read the rest of this entry »
In Freedom, Life, Relationships, The Bible on March 6, 2011 at 7:20 pm
One day as I walked out of class, I felt like crying. What the heck was wrong with me? It wasn’t that time of the month. I wasn’t overwhelmed with the material covered in class. Well, actually I was, but that wasn’t why I felt so depressed. I was simply going to miss my instructor who I had for my last three courses which I completed. We had something, her and I. And I’m not talking about a lesbian relationship.
During my first day of my first college course, I remember thinking that this particular instructor didn’t know everything but she knew a lot more than I did in the field of web design. If my non-expertise was going to get anything out of her expertise, I needed to listen and connect to what she was teaching, whether I understood her or not. After challenging her with a few of my ignorant questions (which she kindly welcomed) I could understand better the whole subject matter, at least from her experience and perspective.
She continually reiterated that she has her own manner of writing HTML/CSS code and us students needed to find our own style too. She also kept saying that it wasn’t possible to cover everything in class that we needed to know. We still needed to go home and build our own websites. Read the rest of this entry »
In Freedom, Love on February 27, 2011 at 12:32 am
I don’t know if the stars are aligned or if love is highly contagious or what, but I’m meeting more and more people who are awakening to love. I’m not just talking about two persons getting engaged, although it might be that too, but I’m talking about people falling in love with humanity.
This also seems to be why some church-goers are no longer church-goers. What Christian churches generally teach and practice as love for God and others is, some are realizing, nothing more than a ShamWow infomercial. Apparently there is a vast difference between love and religion. Even though the Christ seemed to try to get this idea through people’s heads, somehow his followers got way off track.
The most amazing thing about being driven by love for people no matter what their belief, behavior or sexual preference is that it automatically turns sin into a non-issue. Who cares how many drinks one had when there is a real soul underneath that alcoholism?
This really caught me off guard at first. This is because I had a lot of bad habits to change – not habits of “sin” so much as habits of prejudice. At first it felt a little awkward befriending people I previously would have crossed the street to avoid. But deep and meaningful conversations with them quickly erased any felt need to check over my shoulder to make sure no one from church saw me talking to them. Read the rest of this entry »