Friday, February 08, 2013

THE BLIND FAITH OF ORGANIZED RELIGION IS A SLAP IN THE FACE OF GOD

Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree

THE BLIND FAITH OF ORGANIZED RELIGION IS A SLAP IN THE FACE OF GOD
 
If God knows all, and he knows a billion years before Billy is born that Billy is going to end up in Hell, is there anything Billy can do in life to make God wrong?
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The above question is designed to point out two things - first, it points out that much of the religious doctrine that we’ve been taught is a myth that can’t stand up to logical examination. Secondly, I intend to argue that we can only know God’s will by what God has done - and what he has clearly done, was made birds to fly, fish to swim, and man to think, not to rely on a "user's guide" to inform our lives.
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Irrefutable evidence of that is the fact that when God placed man on Earth, he placed us here as necked apes. We weren’t as strong as the elephant, as ferocious as the lion, nor could we fly above danger like the eagle. So the cards were stacked against our ultimate survival - except for one thing. God provided man with a unique tool for survival - the human mind.
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Now, as a direct result of the effective use of that resource, we have built machines that can crush any elephant, slaughter the most ferocious lion, and fly far beyond the domain of the most dedicated eagle - in fact, we’ve now soared beyond the clouds, and on to explore other worlds.
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That's a powerful indicator of God’s will. It clearly demonstrates that God intended man to be a logical, thinking, being. On the other hand, God has done absolutely nothing to suggest that he intended to relegate mankind to being ignorant and superstitious victims, cowering in fear of the unknown, and obliged to be reliant upon "faith" in the words of "anointed" others to guide our existence. That’s not God’s will; that's man’s will. So the fact is, having more "faith" in what man tells us about God than we have in what God has actually done, is a slap in the face of God himself. Because the bottom line is, that's not faith in God; that's faith in man.
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THE INQUISITION WHEEL
That explains why we're living in a constant state of anger, hatred, and turmoil. We’re living against God’s will. Our attempt to survive on faith rather than the logic and intellect that is our God-given nature is as contrary to the natural scheme of things as a bird who refuses to fly, or a fish who refuses to swim - and the chances of our ultimate survival under the current circumstances are just as slim.
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So while I don't have a problem with the church, per se, I do have a severe problem with blind faith. Therefore, I asked the above question regarding Billy’s ultimate fate in order to demonstrate that, for the most part, religion is not only based on superstition rather than the sound logic and common sense upon which God blessed mankind, but it’s own dogma is self-contradictory. It is also my intent to argue that the only reason that many of us believe what we believe is because we choose to believe it, regardless to whether it makes sense or not - and since what we choose to believe is both toxic and intrinsically hostile to harmonious existence, it has led to man's plague of seemingly intractable problems.
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The primary problem is, instead of adhering to our nature - to be logical and independent thinkers - we insist on worshiping totem poles. And instead of being practical in addressing the issues that plague mankind, we remain fixated on meaningless dogma, superficialities, and rituals. In short, we’re being stupid, and stupidity has nothing to do with God. Our gross stupidity only serves to promote one purpose - the needs of greedy, evil, and power-hungry men.
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Do I believe in God? Yes I do, but that doesn’t mean that I believe in Voodoo, talking snakes, and walking dead men. For me, God is whatever force that is responsible for the existence of the universe - or to be more precise, existence itself. So I can see my God, since, from my point of view, God, Nature, and the Universe are synonymous.
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Thus, God is not a speculative concept for me. If "I think, therefore, I am;" I am, therefore, God is. For there cannot be creation without a creative force, and whatever that force is, as far as I'm concerned, it constitutes God. Thus, the question is not whether or not God exists, but rather, what is the nature of God's existence?
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So by giving my own God-given ability to think priority over faith, with respect to my personal beliefs, that frees me from having to be reliant upon the words, and fees, of so-called "anointed" men. It also gives me a leg up on atheists, because while atheists take the position that those of us who believe in God have no evidence to show that God exists, my position is, the existence of the universe gives me concrete evidence of God's existence, while they're left with mere opinion, and even that - the proposition that something came from nothing - strains conventional logic.
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The biggest problem that I have with organized religion, however, has nothing to do with the existence of God. My problem with religion begins and ends with the blatant manipulation of mankind in the name of God. The greed, self-service, and shameless hypocrisy of man have turned what should be a spiritual experience into something that’s ugly, divisive, and malevolent - and all of that starts with the concept of blind "faith."
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Man has a vested interest in controlling other men, so he uses the concept of faith to coerce the masses into accepting man himself as the spokesman for God. He does that by laying out written tablets, then convincing the masses that these tablets represent the "word of God." He then goes on to convince them that God has appointed him to ensure that "God’s word" is followed to the letter, and any deviation from the word of God, or even a second’s doubt that the book - in this case, the Bible - indeed, represents the word of God, is an act heresy, which will result in the most hideous punishment known to man - and, it will endure throughout eternity. Once demagogues got the masses to accept that, they literally took control of your minds. So for all intent and purpose, they became your God.
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It is precisely because of this ploy that we often hear people using the Bible as a metaphor for God. They don’t ask, "Do you believe in God?" They ask, "Do you believe in the Bible?" Their question implies that it goes without saying that the Bible is the word of God. That’s what allows the social manipulators to come in with the Bible under their arm and set themselves up as the spokesmen for God. That’s also why so many preachers are driving around in big cars - because the people think that by making the preacher rich, they’re gaining favor with the Supreme Being. It’s the biggest scam on the face of the Earth.
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What a great racket, this organized religion game - and the people never stop to think for a minute that the "faith" that they embrace so intently, is not a faith in God at all. Their putting their faith in man, and what corrupt men are telling them about God. And since the people have been taught, literally from birth, that questioning what they’re being told by these "God-anointed" men is an assault on God himself, these charlatans, and their scam, are completely insulated from the ravages of a sudden plague of common sense.
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So, carefully consider the question that I posed above, for it pits the common sense that God gave us against the contrived nonsense that man would have us believe. It both, points out a major flaw in the dogma that’s being forced down the people’s throats, and it clearly demonstrates that many of us can no more substantiate the validity of what we choose to believe than a child can substantiate the existence of Santa Clause.
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Our belief system has absolutely nothing to do with either morality, or, our love of God. We believe what we believe for one of two reasons - since organized religion never fails to support the status quo, if you’re a part of the ruling class, it rigs the system in your behalf, and if you’re of the subordinate class, you’re afraid not to believe it, so it doesn’t matter whether it’s factually valid or not.
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In addition, one of the first things we learn as we’re being indoctrinated as children is how to avoid the reality of common sense. In order to insulate religion from our common sense seeping through to suggest that snakes can’t talk, and that dead men don’t just get up and walk away, we’ve been taught that any flash of insight isn’t common sense at all. It's evil. It’s actually the Bogeyman whispering in our ear, trying to steal us away from God. Thus, we've literally been threatened not to acknowledge the common sense that God bestowed upon us.
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So instead of giving truth priority over ideology, we learn early in life to distort truth in order to make it conform to what we want to believe. That, in turn, is what makes it much easier to indulge in hatred, racism, sexism, xenophobia, and endless wars. Thus, instead of being a part of the solution, organized religion is invariably one of man's biggest problems.
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It’s no accident that the Klan originated in the Bible Belt and the most religious parts of the world are also the most brutally intolerant. Religion is THE most morally efficient form of segregation. It allows one to validate one's self as part of a special order of human being - or, one of  God's "chosen people" - while invalidating others as flawed. Thus, every since it's inception, religion has served as a God-approved justification for hating our fellow man - or at the very least, looking down upon them. It allows us to say, "it’s not that I hate everyone who doesn’t look, think, and act like me - it’s just that God does." 

The Conversion
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"Come here nigga and let me teach yo crazy, animal ass about the Lord. The first thing you got to learn is to Love thy Neighbor . . . especially me."
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"Yes sir, Massa. Why would anybody not love you, Sir? You so good to me, Massa. Anybody don't love you needs to have dey ass beat real good, Massa."
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"Shut up, nigga. I'm talkin'."
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"Listen, you been blessed already, and you don't even know the Lord. The Lord made it where you don't have to worry 'bout a thing. I feed you, I put clothes on yo nasty ass, and I give you a shed to sleep in, and all you have to do is whatever the hell I tell you to. Do you know how blessed you are?"
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"Oh, indeed I do, Massa. You take good care of me. I's so happy."
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"Now, listen real good 'cause dis impotant. God said, thou shalt not steal from me, thou shalt not kill (unless I tell you to), thou shalt not stick another coon's wife (unless we tryin' to make some mo niggas), and nigga, whatever you do, thou shalt not even look like you want to stick a white woman, or we gon lynch yo black ass. You here me, nigga?"
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"Oh yes, Massa. We know dat! But Massa, I thought you said thou shalt not kill?"
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"Dat means people, fool - real people! Dat don't go for niggas. God wants us to keep you in yo place.".
"Dat's right, Massa. We sho gotta keep niggas in dey place. No tellin' what a happen if we let dese niggas git loose. God so smart."
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"I said shut up, nigga, and listen to the word."
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"The next thing you got to learn is, whatever happens on this plantation is God's will bein' done. And if you listen to me, you'll get to live like I do when you die and go to Heaven."
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"Live like you, massa? A nigga ain't got no business livin' dat good. What a Po nigga like me gon do with all this? You know I ain't got sense enough to run nothin' like this."
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"Just shut up, nigga!" When you dead you gon get some sense - the lord gon give it to you. The Lord can do anything, even give sense to a nigga. And he gon give you all the other niggas you gon need to help you in the fields, too."
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"Massa, you so good to me! Thank you for tellin' me all dis. I'm gon be a good nigga - the best nigga you ever seened. Look, I'm gon pray for you right now, and thank the Lord for givin' me so good a massa."
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"Shut up and get up off your knees, ya dumb nigga! The fields need tendin'! You pray to the Lord on your own time. God don't won't you talkin' to him when you s'pose to be workin'."
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"A couse, Massa. What I been thinkin'? I's so dumb. I don't know why you put up with me, Sir."
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"How many times I got to tell you to shut the hell up, nigga?"
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"Yes Sir, I's a shuttin', Massa. I's a shuttin', right now."
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"Now get yo ass out there in that field and let's get some work done around here . . . Oh, and Toby, have yo woman meet me in the barn. I need to tell her 'bout the Lord too."
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"Yes sir, Massa."
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"And another thing, Toby, if my momma come a lookin', tell her I'm playin' in my tree house."
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"Why you gon go fibbin' to yo momma, Mr. Tommy? She knows you like to sit wit Lou Ann."
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"Just shut up, nigga, and do what I said! And tell Lou Ann to wear that pretty dress I like, cause we gon be talkin' 'bout the Lord, so it's gon be like chuch."
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"Yes Sir, Mr. Tommy." . . . "Whaaaaaaat a friend we have in Jeeeeesus . . ."
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Thus, many of man’s most severe problems will continue to be intractable until we learn to use our intellect - that quality that makes us most human - instead of caving in to our emotions - which coincide with our most primordial and animalistic nature. Unfortunately, too few of us are prepared to recognize that fact. Instead, we insist on whining about how poor we are, even as we continue to buy preachers big cars and lavish homes.
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Well, here’s a message from God (common sense) to the Black community, and America as a whole - You will never be free, as long as you continue to allow your minds to be enslaved.
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Amen.



Eric L. Wattree
Http://wattree.blogspot.com
Ewattree@Gmail.com

Religious bigotry: It's not that I hate everyone who doesn't look, think, and act like me - it's just that God does.

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