God Is Not an Excuse
The Madness of Humanity
Attempted suicide, is a crime in many places. Those who have found life too harsh or too painful are punished for having the desire to let it go.
I can almost hear man-made so-called Justice now… “Let’s make it even worse for the bastards. You thought your life was bad before … Ha!”
So, relieving oneself of one’s own life is illegal yet war — WAR! — Is celebrated even decades after it ends. War, killing people — many of them not even a part of whatever cultural differences have sparked the conflagration — is apparently grounds for a party or, at the very least, a parade.
The idea of God — an unprovable concept at best — seems to exist so that humankind can have an excuse for this madness. “God” says that you have to stay alive even if you ache for relief from whatever is literally torturing you. “God” tells one group of people that they must wear head coverings at all times because the hair on their heads — hair that was presumably created by their God — is a mark of vanity.
(That’s a built-in challenge from God. Something to make you humble. You are given beauty and then you must hide it. You must pay attention at all times.)
Humanity has “evolved” to a one-God standard of some sort. But this God concept varies widely from continent to continent and culture to culture. Early cultures had quite a few gods, possibly equally annoying in their time, but perhaps that was too many Gods to keep track of. Better let’s have One God make all the rules. The only problem, of course, was that One God over here had a different set of rules than One God over there. So, people started killing each other over it because that makes sense and, after all it’s okay to kill if your One God tells you it is. Thus, reason began to circle the toilet.
I don’t have an issue with people holding wildly different sets of beliefs until they decide that, somehow, they get to use their beliefs as an excuse to insist that everyone else thinks the same way that they do.
Precisely because of the aforementioned issues, I am not a standard minister. No, I did not get either of my ministerial degrees online — (I also have an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree) — I got those degrees before there was “online.” I studied for them. I took tests. The small seminary where I studied no longer exists. It was what is called an Inter-Faith seminary and, since my own spirituality happens to be Earth-Based as opposed to God-based, I refer to myself as an Inner-Faith minister because that’s where the heart of this whole matter lies… inside us… in our hearts, for want of a better term.
More wars have been fought over religion than over any other matter… somehow it seems incorrect to me that more wars have been fought not even over an unprovable being but over human interpretations of said unprovable being. This seems to have led to the degradation of spirituality on the whole since killing is antithetical to goodness which was purported to be, after all, the whole point of the thing. Negative energy never leads to positive outcomes. It can’t. Tearing things down does not build thing up. But it was, of course, as it always seems to be, about power and domination is always about tearing things down and keeping them there.
What do I believe? I believe that neither I nor anyone can ever even imagine — let alone give a name to or set parameters for — the vast intelligence of which we may be either a part or something it has discarded as utterly useless.