The Holy Bible and Faith…

The Holy Bible and Faith…

Today I read that the Bible is no longer the most printed bookwork. Apparently it’s been topped by the Ikea catalogue, which is not that odd, I think. What did strike me as odd were al the comments beneath this article. People made comparisons between the Bible and the catalogue saying stuff like Ikea being blasphemous and the Bible having better contents. And the most ludicrous of all were several people saying that the Bible hasn’t aged and that it’s message can be applied to today’s society. Yeah, right… That would only be true if we’d still kill all heretics, witches and gay’s…

I don’t believe in God. Why? People ask me that question at times. To be honest I don’t really know. Perhaps because I am a man of facts and not superstition. Not to say I do not believe that there is more than meets the eye. But to believe in a higher being, governing us all seems to me as too far fetched. Isn’t the simplest solution usually the best? Placing God in the equation raises a lot of questions. Like where the hell is He? Where did He come from? What does He want? Personally I have never seen any proof of his presence. Of course I am told that this is the definition of faith. Well, I can have all the faith in my awesomeness but when I leap from a high building I still am very likely to fucking die a mushy death. Faith and conviction are strong motivational tools, not magic.

Good stuff in the bible...

Good stuff in the bible...

In my opinion God was a evolutionary school of thought necessary to bridge the old era’s where science did not exist on our current level. To explain forces far greater and mysterious than we could ever manage to concoct. It is easier to point at an omnipotent being than theorizing all kinds of possible causes. But that was then. We know a lot more now. We know for instance that people don’t live to become a thousand years old. We also know that big beasties lived long before we ever did. And we know that Earth is not the center of the Universe. All this tells us is that the Bible is at least unreliable and at most a load of crock written by some demented old geezers who sniffed to much incense.

I will not deny that the Bible hasn’t got good stuff to teach us. The Commandments are basically solid rules. Though they leave to much room for interpretation and ought to be more fleshed out. It says things about killing but not about killing in self defence. It tells about stealing but not the definition of stealing. For someone who’s supposed to be the Alpha and Omega he didn’t put much thought to this. Therefore I think it is difficult or even impossible to live your life without ever breaking them. There will always be a point were the rules start conflicting and then what? Toss a coin? And because they are so unclear, everyone starts to make his own mind up about them with one ground rule. Gods word is law, no matter what. Ergo, the many religions festering in the world today.

Religions suck big time. The basis is well meant but the execution is total bollocks. Followers claim their faith is based on love but I am considering fear to be the underlying motivation. Even though love is indeed preached, the punishment for not obeying is possible horrible suffering and other nasty shit. Not being given much freedom of choice doesn’t seem to me as reasonable or loving at all. Some let you make up your own mind but even they always have the urge to mention in the last moment, almost on a side note, that you are still going to fucking burn! The majority of religious people are so hyped on the words of God they are forgetting that humans, individuals, have their own words and thoughts. These might not comply to their convictions but that doesn’t mean they are less true.

Bad stuff in the bible...

Bad stuff in the bible...

I also think… No, I know that without these stubborn religions the world would know less suffering. They create pain and hate by action and inaction. Relegion creates a distance between people. They who believe and they who don’t. It is easy to point at the dark ages but even when we look at where we are now there are still wars being fought out over who’s following the right God. And only because of a text written more than a thousand years ago. People die because of a thought, an assumption. And after all, assumption is the mother of all fuck ups. And then there are those who say they do not wage wars, yet they follow doctrines that dictate death by passivity. They’ve thrown reason and survival instinct out the window. The use of condoms is not to be stimulated. Giving or receiving blood is a Sin. Turn the other cheek when being bashed to a pulp. To deny ones instincts until everything goes boom in your face. Why go to a hospital when wounded, God has decided so that’s the way it goes down. They claim life is God’s greatest gift, yet they refuse to protect it and undergo it as lobotomized zombies.

I understand people need a reason to explain their being here. Because if our existence truly is based on coincidence that means that there is no higher reason or ultimate goal for us. That thought can scare people because no matter what you do, in the end it is meaningless. We can try striving for a better coexistence, progress and all we think is good. But the cold hard matter of fact is that when we are wiped out by a big hunk of space rock nothing changes. The universe still continues doing whatever it does and our presence didn’t matter a damn thing. It tells us we have no reason to exist and that we are totally unimportant. How’s that for a sense of uselessness.

But we are here. We do exist. And other than killing ourselves we should grasp this opportunity to make the best of life as we can. But we should do this by learning from our experiences and each other and not some guidelines they came up with two freaking thousand years ago. If we want to progress, holding on to these archaic believes is likely to cause the opposite. It keeps us back. So far I have the feeling many humans have been doing the right things for the wrong reasons. Of course not all progress is good and sometimes we need to slow things down but if we never jump in the deep end we will never know if we are capable of swimming. Some might find this a comforting thought. To me it feels as restricting. Should I deny my natural curiosity? I think not. In a reality with infinite possibilities aren’t we almost obliged to explore them? Isn’t this the thing that can give meaning to our existence?

Someone asked what I would do if I’d rule the world. The first thing I thought about was abolishing faith. But I wish it was that easy. Man has a mind of its own and who am I to tell them what to do. To forbid religion is to hurt and restrict people. To allow religion is allowing people to be restricted and hurt. Two conflicting choices with an unknown outcome. I can only hope for aliens to arrive telling us what fuckwits we are. That, or God finally showing his face and also telling us what fuckwits we are. Until then I will follow my own faith and that is my faith in humanity.

Naturally I could be totally wrong, but then for crying out loud, smite me already!

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Long haired, tattooed and with an attraction to everything not so ordinary. Loves the world, not so all of its inhabitants. Open minded, floaty, down to earth and a bit of everything else... Likes to spend time reading, traveling, sports, boozing, gaming, watching movies and more. Yep, that sums it up quite right!