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A Few Uncomfortable Questions for Religionists

Val offers his views on dogmatic aspects of cultural paradigm with its religious, political, and medical sterile indoctrinations and taboos.

Monumental and esthetically elaborate impressiveness of churches has a hypnotic effect on those whose suggestibility is ready for the whole religious package.

Monumental and esthetically elaborate impressiveness of churches has a hypnotic effect on those whose suggestibility is ready for the whole religious package.

I do not feel obligated to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect, has intended us to forgo their use.

-- Galileo Galilei

My creative curiosity has touched many a forbidden theme, from alternative archaeology, manipulative politics, overzealous power of medicine, all the way to dogmatic religious teachings.

While I must have gone on the nerves of many a politically fanatical follower with my cynicism which exposes all politics as a manipulative racket -- those religious zealots of a fundamentalist variety certainly couldn't like anything I've been saying about their faith in their chosen Celestial Entity.

So here I go with yet another round of making myself unpopular with some more of my thoughts about religion -- this time asking a lot of uncomfortable questions.

Albeit, there was this man of cloth with whom I had a conversation long time ago at someone's home party after the wedding was over -- and at the end of it, he surprised me, saying:

"You know, Val, all this time you hardly mentioned god, but I think you are closer to him than many of those attending my church.

I took it as a compliment, but couldn't resist replying with:

Well, then, I hope, you will put in a good word for me with your Big Boss."

We both laughed. Laughter is good.

After this lengthy introduction, let's continue with asking those announced uncomfortable questions. From my experience, those deeply into religion are bound to use anything from their holy book as the "rational" answer. It's funny how those books have a blanket-explanations to any question.

So here I come asking:

Why did God make us imperfect?

Please, spare me from the Bible's explanation that He did make us perfect, but we went crazy and tasted some of that forbidden fruit of knowledge. We were given a head to use for more than for wearing a hat -- not to quiet it down with blind believing.

Look, He did install into our nature an enormous program for functioning in life; He even gave us those Ten Commandments -- so why didn't He also make our minds unable to generate crappy thoughts and emotions?

It's like an unfinished job, if you asked me; and if you asked a robotics engineer instead, they would to tell you that even robots are not made with programs which would work against their designated purpose -- let alone a "cosmic cybernetic masterpiece of Man's significance".

Some may protest that God wasn't creating a robot, since He gave us a free will. But He installed into our nervous system 90% of neural processes which are not under our conscious control -- talking about our autonomous nervous system -- so why didn't He add to it an inability to think, feel, and act like idiots?

Like we don't have a "free will" to interfere with our vital functions like metabolism, breathing, heartbeats, etc.

You see what I mean? Hey, am I hearing another one of those "all-explaining" religious cliches: "God works in mysterious ways, and it's not up to us to question His work." Yeah, sure.

Now, like in a kind of a "literary sandwich" I prepared a few pieces of prose in rhymes to come next, before I top it up with some more pure prose. I hope you won't see it as a typical attempt of poetry, because it contains some more thoughts about religious faith. I just like using this change of pace, and it also makes reading easier.

Collective consciousness has generated every aspect of our cultural paradigm, whether it has made life on earth more harmonious or not.

Collective consciousness has generated every aspect of our cultural paradigm, whether it has made life on earth more harmonious or not.

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.

-- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Beliefs

Belief is a deliberate construct of the mind

not something we can contend we know

but so often it's getting stubbornly blind

with no solid evidence we could show.


Beliefs are not factual truth reflected in mind

even facts make us believe different things

a matter of our intellectual taste of a kind

belief being its expression that it brings.


Knowing something means that we all agree

in every religion two plus two equaling a four

and even worst fanatics won't add it to a three

so -- why not keep religion as matter of folklore.


Let beliefs be whatever, religious or political

hey, even a scientist believes beside knowing

as long as they are not for coexistence critical

or thwarting our mental and intellectual growing.


Well yes, there is something unfathomably great

but sorry, we're not wired to grasp it in our brain

and even less in our hearts tormented by hate

to ever know its nature, so trying it is in vain.


All we can do is construct a belief

and as for ultimate truth, give it a rest

just let's tear down the proverbial fig leaf

trying to be some decent humans to our best.

In a big sense, we create god in our own image.

In a big sense, we create god in our own image.

The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, hell of heaven.

-- John Milton

God and Me

Some say that God is real -- others say not

but punishment comes more than blessing

maybe so imperfect we don't deserve a lot

a food for thought, much more for guessing.


I don't go to church since "He is everywhere"

He is in me so much more than I am in Him

that attendance would not show how I care

but I may visit some day out of sheer whim.


I don't understand why people pray

knowing that we reap whatever we sow

since we are all responsible in life every way

so what's there that God should from prayer know?


God is not an egomaniac to demand His glory

not being "in our own image" all that much

so to appease Him is not really my worry

as our two egos are not in any touch.


Well, don't let me kid you -- I've got my own belief

while outside any religion I believe in "a god"

but that's the theme where I can't go brief

anyway you'd see it as somewhat odd.

Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.

-- Napoleon Bonaparte

Expecting God's mercy is giving up our own responsibility for outcomes in our life.

Expecting God's mercy is giving up our own responsibility for outcomes in our life.

Question of Celestial Mercy

Another disaster killed innocent folks

making me, as usual, wonder in vain

if the stories about God are but jokes

for why little children had to die in pain?


By a simple reasoning of any creating

we strive to make things good as we can

and I'll leave it to the smarter ones' debating

why God created such an imperfect life for man.


No music comes from instrument out of tune

only noise comes no matter how you're skilled

so why create creature fitting more in a cartoon

and what is the faith for if you must end up killed?


"He works in mysterious ways" -- they say

and that appears the lamest of all excuses

you can curse the bad luck or faithfully pray

life ends up in sorrow after so many bruises.


Man and animal care for their young

keeping them safe from any life's trap

plants may flourish on soil with a dung

but kids can't thrive going through crap.


Wondering about a celestial Father

seeing us as orphans left on our own

with all religion just an ineffective bother

"unconditional love" sounding way overblown.

Anyone who thinks that sitting in church can make you a Christian, must also think that sitting in a garage can make you a car.

-- Garrison Keillor

Praying is O.K., as long as its intensity activates a placebo effect, or manifests results from the infinite quantum field of potentiality.

Praying is O.K., as long as its intensity activates a placebo effect, or manifests results from the infinite quantum field of potentiality.

I hope you liked these prosaic verses; every so often I include them in my articles, as they are depicting the topic at hand, my thoughts just presented in a different form.

Now, for the last section of my uncomfortable questions for religionists, why not visit the theme of prayers. In another of my articles coming up some time, I will try to address it in some more detail, but here I just want to touch this subject a little to make my line of thinking complete.

Namely, how is a prayer for health different from the good old placebo effect, I ask?

According to the principles of psycho-neuro-immunology, our body doesn't care where we are placing our faith. Indeed, we could also entrust a fairy to heal us, or a medical treatment, or a nutritional supplement, and as long as our faith is strong enough, our body will mobilize its healing mechanisms.

As a matter of fact, it may even work much better than a prayer, because -- "sinful" as we see ourselves, we may sabotage that prayer with a doubt that we may not "deserve" to be healed by God.

Well, so much I wanted to share about this topic at this time, so if you hated me for asking all these questions -- many of them being unanswerable by religion -- save some of that hating for my future articles where I won't be begging for my popularity. Lol.

© 2022 Val Karas

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