Logic and Religious Argument
I mentioned a few months ago that most gods hate worship. My father was one but has since changed his mind. The thing is religion, no matter how you look at it, is worship. Ergo, most gods don’t like religion. I’ve noticed a certain few arguments on Twitter and figured I needed to clear things up.
There are a few reasons we don’t really like organized religion. The big reason is if we don’t really like worship, why would we tell you how to do it? Since we didn’t do it, it’s all humans guessing what we would like and then saying it was our idea. This leads to another reason for distaste, which I’ll discuss a bit later. I’m the prince of pride, and even I’m appalled at the hubris. Half the time, humans can’t figure out what they themselves are thinking; how dare anybody claim to know what we gods think.
Another reason is that when groups of people get together, they tend to lose themselves, doing things they would never by themselves. There are many examples of this in psychology and sociology, so go take some classes if you want to learn more about it. With religion, this occasionally makes people give to charity, but more often than not, they do something bad or stupid or both. And guess who gets blamed.
As a side note, the little things that affect individuals or small groups of people? We don’t care. Seriously, stop asking for shit that, in the end, won’t really matter. Praying for nice weather so your church picnic will go without a hitch? Fuck you! You know how hard it is to change the weather? We have to make sure that it doesn’t drastically change for the worse for someone else. And it needs to be set up, which could take weeks. Oh, and Tim Tebow and every other football player in America, Dad doesn’t really like football. Well, sports in general, so athletes the world over should stop asking for favors. And thanking him. He didn’t do anything, trust me. You know who does like sports? Satan. You might get better luck with him.
Back on track, although it was a pretty good segue into this. Religion has a way of taking responsibility away from people. Why was something done? “Because it was all part of God’s plan.” While I am referring to crazy people who think “He” told them to do bad things, I’m also referring to people who give away their accomplishments. Why’d we win the game? “Because God was on our side.” Because apparently humans are incapable of doing these things by themselves. I hate any idea that discredits the abilities of mankind.
Faith sucks. At least where my reality is concerned (for those that started reading the blog after the first post, a) start at the beginning, and b) realities are our term for mythologies), when my father started dealing with humans, he wanted them to rely on faith. He wanted them to follow him blindly, as any good dictator wants. While he gave them rules, I gave them pesky things like facts and evidence, which made it harder and harder to have faith. This was a little too taxing on Dad, so he gave up on asking for it. When evidence is in play, faith becomes obsolete. In a way, religious folks are right in that faith doesn’t need proof or evidence, but that doesn’t mean you can ignore the proof and evidence that is there. If something proves your faith is wrong, your faith is wrong. Get over it.
I could go on and on about how illogical religious arguments are, but there are plenty of others who could tell you the same thing. There is one thing that bothers me on both sides of the argument. The literal interpretation of the religious texts. I’ll say this right now, they were not meant to be taken literally. Most stories from the Bible are loose interpretations of what really happened if not just made up.
Here’s what bothers me. Some religious people do take the texts literally, so when arguing against them, you can use the literal interpretation against them. “How can you believe in a religion that says X (X being a bad thing if taken literally)?” This is done to both show the ridiculousness of religion and the point that it shouldn’t be taken literally. The problem is when they use the same argument against someone who doesn’t take the texts literally. It’s like their only argument against religion is for those that take it literally. Most people, even when they say they do, do not take it completely literal. So the argument gets lost. But the debater doesn’t see this in his attempt to prove their rightness. So they keep going with the argument. Ironically, their problem is that they take the text literally. I see this as lazy. It is significantly harder to argue against a religion that is not taken literally than one that is. So they take the easy way out. This upsets me.
Anyway, next week I’ll be going over one of my least favorite books from the bible, and favorite one to complain about, Job.
See you next week.