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Don’t Believe Everything You Read September 22, 2008

Posted by sociallyacceptableinsanity in American society, Atheism, politics, religion.

Say I came up to you and wanted to tell you all about the Potato God (The Great Tuber, we shall call him).  Say I could tell you all kinds of wonderful, awe-inspiring things that The Great Tuber has done, the miracles worked by him, his disciples and his prophets.  Say I had a lengthy, lyrically-written book that I assured you would reveal all about The Great Tuber, and that by reading this book and believing in The Great Tuber, then you would have an afterlife of pure joy, for eternity.

Would you believe me?

“Give me a break!”, you say.  “Of course I wouldn’t believe you!  Why, that’s just ridiculous.  Everyone knows that there is no such thing as The Great Tuber.”

Now, suppose I came up to you and offered you a book that was filled with murder, incest, envy, greed, lust, infanticide, fratricide, patricide, rape, etc.  Would you read it?

“Of course I wouldn’t read it!”, you say.  “I’m a good, kind, decent person.  I don’t read that kind of filth!  Why that’s just sick!”

Seems pretty simple, doesn’t it?  But every day people all over the world (roughly 2.1 billion) worship a god just as fanciful, just as ridiculous in concept as The Great Tuber, and they read about him in a book filled with the atrocities listed above.  That book is called The Bible.

You can see where I’m going with this, can’t you?  It blows my mind that otherwise rational people would wholeheartedly believe in a being just because a book (written by men) tells them that this being is real, and that they are willing to do all manner of uncivilized things and use this book as justification for their actions.  It blows my mind that these same supposedly rational people can read all about this god’s crimes and adventures and not be bothered by the capricious violence attributed to this creature.  A kind and loving god, but a vengeful and wrathful god, indeed.  A god that allows Charles Manson to live, but will also allow a three year-old child to die a slow painful death by cancer.  What a guy.

To borrow a phrase from our esteemed Governor Palin, “Thanks, but no thanks.”

Lest you think that I’m picking on Christians and Christians only, rest assured, I think the other major and minor religions of the world are just as deluded.   Check in later this week for my thoughts on the many other forms of socially acceptable insanity.



1. klbuley - September 22, 2008

Do you believe in love? You cannot see love. You see the fruits of love, but it is not something tangible, or measurable. There are books written about love, from people in love, out of love, or who hope to fall in love, but what is it really? People believe it exists because it benefits them. People love, because the alternative stinks. There is little proof, as you see it, of God. People believe, because the alternative (if they are wrong), stinks.

2. Zhur Tiaowa - September 26, 2008

I have never seen a better explanation of people believing in a god or an unseen, unproven higher power than is written in the fore going. I see anyone believing in such nonsense as insecure, immature and just plain insane. Religion has destroyed more lives, caused more wars, more crime, suffering and death than by any other means since the dawn of mankind. If a person can not survive on their own wits through life then let them embrace myths of gods, demons, angels and fairies to live in a mythical dream like world where nothing is real and the imagination runs wild with no limits in sight.

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