Stream of Consciousness Exercise :Thoughts about Religion
Historically, God has always been featured in the dreams of the most malicious human individuals. God becomes a militaristic, stoic individual when that person allows their psyche to feature that specific vision of God. This vision of God becomes our promoter for our most immoral activities. If we are truly fortunate, we can even extend this God to interfere with other people’s freedoms. We can take our twisted rendition of the world and allow it to trespass upon the dreams of the innocent. In the eyes of the impressionable, we can even take their religious truths for granted and make “our” God “their” God who justifies our absolute rule over these people.
Our religion becomes their religion: their vision of God becomes our infallible interpretation of God. The people no longer are attuned to their subjective interpretation of a unwieldy God. God soon transforms into that one supreme human ruler. He becomes something believable, definitive. Soon God is frustratingly intangible: we must view God as this high ruler. We abandon our interpretations of God and abandon our person scruples. Every one is informing us that we must emulate this ruler’s depiction of God. We must read the Bible in the same manner that this ruler reads it. In some sense, our religion becomes the worship of that person’s idea of God.
It always strikes me as ironic that all throughout the Bible, there are a myriad number of images of human pride.Many Christians understand these images of pride. But some of them misinterpret pride to mean breaking away from the status-quo.Some Christian leaders have upraised this interpretation because it greatly permits an autocrat to take over effectively. With this, any leader can easily persuade a whole mass of people to follow these false interpretations by fiddling with these Biblical images. They become God within the eyes of the deluded. Their interpretations of Biblical scripture are mumbled in rhythm with the leader’s dictation of them. When these followers read their own Bible, the main fixture within their minds is the ideas of this leader. Our minds are hijacked our emotive truths because we are informed that emotions dissuade us from easily accessing the methods of perfecting emulating this human figure of God.
In our modern world, this false reading of the Bible has essentially led people to remaining encamped in their egos. We’re all soon sharing the apple that the leader passes around. In order to receive some sense of transcendence, we indulge in the leader’s idea of God and pattern ourselves after him. Groups that do not conform to these interpretations are seen as threatening. The leader thus tactfully uses scripture to pick out certain troublesome verses and uses those to villify certain key minority groups.
Historically, the mistreatment of Jews, Africans, Arabs, and other groups was promoted by fallacious interpretations of scripture. It was far easier then for Christian leaders to have dominion over their people: a high majority of the population were illiterate. Therefore, it was easy for those people to mime their leaders and follow their commandments with ease. In reality, these groups were mistreated because they were economic threats. The Christians leaders feared that these groups might compete for a share of wealth or power. Therefore, these leaders felt they had to deftly create some full-proof myths surrounding these groups. They had to be incriminated of some terrible sin. Every single member of this group has to be painted with these terrible sins. Casting certain groups as being homogeneously evil allows for a greater ability to kill people without recognition of their humanity. People had to be dehumanized in order to allow for war to be doled out with effectiveness.
Why is this underlying elitism still existent within nearly all religions or human institutions? Strangely, this credible method is even utilized by some atheists. Within the atheist groups, there are certain key representatives who skillfully weave bundles of misinformation that allow for a large number of people to effectively hate and denounce religion. I’ve read the books of some of these atheists and have always been disheartened by their mistreatment of history. When religion is represented, every example becomes the most odious of examples. Every single religious person is demeaned. They are portrayed as being delusional or being plagued by mental retardation.
Using mental retardation as an insulting comment has been commonplace in human speech. Atheists sometimes believe themselves to be intellectually enlightened by science. Yet, some of them misuse the wonders of science that reflect a wondrously diverse world and use it to scoff at people who have authentic searches for something transcendent. Science is truly something beautiful when it enhances the mystery of the world. Yet, often it loses its theoretical side and becomes regurgitated, indisputable facts used to berate religious believers. Some of these atheists also use their supposed “High IQ’s” to create the visage of being indomitable. Because, they have a certain IQ number, their theories are no longer unbalanced theories. They are inerrant scientific truths that cannot be disputed with. People with lower IQ’s cannot question it. Individuals with the lowest IQ’s or those who have the insulting condition of “mental retardation,” are severely disillusioned by religious belief or artful imagination to understand science.
Strangely, these same people chastise Christians for being condescending. Yet, when someone wields their high IQ as proof of their supremacy, they are identically speaking in a very condescending manner. Weirdly, the wonderful world of art has been met with ire from many religious figures. But, some atheists have also undermined the genius of art by discrediting it as the product of mental instability. To a greater extent, the world of art is threatened not only by fundamentalist religions but also by some atheists.
Supposedly, certain regions of our brain are where emotion is produced. Within, the artist’s brain, there is a surplus of these emotive thoughts. They are extremely disorienting to the artists and in order to make sense of them: artists unconsciously allow for some of their logical thoughts to help in creating some semblance of order. This semblance of order and structure amongst the chaos of art is never something definite. By result, the artist’s manifestation of their idea of the ordering of these thoughts appears indecisive. Science demands order therefore anything without order is seen as a product of delusion. Only delusion perceives disorder within a world.
Delusion and chaos are commonly enemies to the egotistical figures within religious groups or scientific groups. Therefore, art can only be accepted if it aligns itself with the various forms of order within these groups. Perhaps, if art debunks any notion of God, it would be acceptable to atheists. In either case, it is acceptable by religious figures or atheistic ones when the order does not lend to ambiguity. If art portrays God as possibly not existing or completely beyond the grasp of our five senses, then this art is deplored by many religious figures.
Overall, we dwell within a world that feels threatened by liberated thinkers. The world that basks in the illusion of structure and limits feels that the liberal thinkers will fracture that illusion. This strain of hatred towards the artful, inquisitive individuals seems to worsen today. Predictably, there are still many people who believe that the forces of music, art, and literature are antiquated. They oppose progress within a world that strives towards order. Art completely deconstructs this order and shows that we cannot reach this proposed apex of structure with mortal limitations.
Commonly, music becomes steadier and more bombastic as it tries to reach the defined end of the song. At the end of the song, it ends pathetically and stumbles occasionally. Because, human reasoning cannot lengthen the song further to form a continuation past the end of our lifetime. The end within art is something truly inestimable. Therefore, music really just spontaneously ends in order to allow for people not to be bored by the unfathomable region that exists beyond the end of the song. Though, the song might realistically end. The song is continued hypothetically through the imagination of the listeners.
Within this scheme of music, there lies the truth of our mortal limitations. Even within mythology, we are shown the error of having grandiose ideals that we believe are conclusive. In this accelerate age, some people really do believe that their separate orchestrations of the universe purpose is definite. Or, we believe that in the future, we will eventually have firm understanding of the mechanics of our world. Religious individuals depict this as being swept away from the world before the time of the apocalypse. During this period, we will be informed of the world’s purpose. Therefore, we should embrace the pining we have for the imagined infinity of music. Beyond the end of a musical score, our imagined continuation of that score is the world of the metaphysical. The first bridge of that music initially allowed us to enter state where everything is ephemeral.
Weirdly, some religious believers seem to made the idea of infinity superficial to the extent where we’ve already mapped out the mechanics of God through a literalistic reading of something that describes something intangible.
Some scientists believe that we will find that the only real aspect of our world is the material. Our minds are wholly material and they only imagine the immaterial to offer us consolation for a world that really is one large accident. Essentially, science will ultimately reach some point where all our questions about our existence can be answered. Basically, we all are productions of a spastic universe that remains the only unquestioned element of the world.
Every piece of the universe will be interrogated for truth but the universe just remains the inexplicable universe. Religious belief or whimsical art just consoles us and assuages our terror about a universe that seems as maddened as the way science believes art to be. From the atheist perspective, we are no longer accepting death to embrace the enigma of it. We are embracing the actuality that nothing lies beyond it: Art and religions are cowardice ways of shying away from this truth.
In order to be proficient scientists or members of a modern world, we supposedly should not cleave to art as a method of trying to understand it. We must unanimously agree that we are to move through our miraculous, improbable existence apathetically. With our destined roles, we are to tritely live life to the fullest then die and become a part of the expanding fossils of a universe that happens to exist without cause. But everything else from the universe exists as a part of causation.
Will we reach a point where we acknowledge that we characterize the universe as God? Does this not show that atheists might still pine after mystery? Could the universe be more than just some gaping hole which should not be questioned? Many atheists inform people to find out how everything works within the planetary products but we should accept that the universe is beyond us. The universe becomes that same enigma that God is. It is bestowed with those same unquestionable aspects which cannot be rationalized. In the end, maybe we’ll see that the notion of God cannot entirely be abandoned. As long as the element of mystery overwhelms our sense, we will still rationally be trying to grasp God. Even if we have become atheists that have futilely tried to repress that inclination to behold the universe as something that truly defies human rationale. With all our scriptures, religious sects, philosophical extrapolations, or scientific reasoning, the idea of God remains indestructible and stretched out beyond our earthly senses.
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Justin,And this is the bottom line. Quite a post. Thank you.
Yes, that was the complete post. I feel sympathy for my readers. There is much to unpack here.