God is for the wise – religions are for fools.
“The totally convinced and the totally stupid have too much in common for the resemblance to be accidental.” ~Robert Anton Wilson
Dear God (if you’ll excuse the expression), how can they so casually dismiss everybody else’s religious claims, yet profess to unflinchingly believe the exact, same thing, with a different color paint on it.
I don’t call myself an Atheist. I don’t call myself much of anything. If I have to, I like the son’s definition – A Militant Agnostic. I don’t know, and neither do you. I have been called many things by ‘religious people.’ Every person, and every religion, creates a ‘God’ in the way they want Him to be. I like to think that there’s a unifying force in/to the universe, so I believe in a God, just not your God, subject to your imaginings, and all the man-made rules and restrictions of your particular (or anybody else’s) religion.
Muslims fight with Jews, who feel that Christians are mistaken. Catholics look down on Protestants. ‘Good Christians’ claim that Mormons are ‘not Christians,’ even though they worship the same God, and accept Jesus as their savior. They just don’t believe that Christ was the last person to hear from God.
If there is a Divine Being who created Heaven and Earth, there’s only one of Him/It, but you’d never know that from some Christian claims. A caller to the Atheist Experience show railed that the Atheists, “are almost as bad as those Godless Muslims”, not seeing the contradiction.
The moderator insisted that Muslims are not Godless. “In fact, they worship the same God that you do.” I thought the caller was going to explode! Apparently a good Catholic, he insisted, “They do not! We worship God in three parts! They only worship one God.”….but it’s the same God. The problem is not with different Gods. The problem is how different people worship, view, pray to, and react with, one God, in different ways. You see Him in three parts. They see Him as one unified whole. People were burned at the stake over how many Angels could dance on the head of a pin. Far too many exclusionary fools seem far too worried about irrelevant, unimportant details. Who’s right? All of them – and none.
A well-known Atheist, sarcastically claimed that, “We’re all Atheists. I just worship one less God than you do.” The words were scarcely out of his mouth, before the Christian Apologetics, obviously missing the irony, insisted that, ‘Well, that’s okay for those gods, but ours is the REAL God, the particular imaginary one that we believe in and expect you to believe in, with no more proof of existence than Odin, Zeus, Jove, Yahweh or Allah.’
A good Catholic, who thought that my That’s Not Funny post wasn’t that funny, sent me some more Christian vs. Atheists jokes.
- Q: What do you get when you cross an atheist and a Jehovah’s Witness?
A: Somebody knocking at your door for no reason.
2. Q: Why did the Atheist cross the road?
A: He thought there might be a street on the other side, but he wouldn’t believe it until he tested his hypothesis.
3. Q: What is so ironic about Atheists?
A: They’re always talking about God.
The third joke is especially true of you non believers. How many articles do you see written on my blog professing the existence of the Lord? I don’t write many because I know He is there. This is the same reason I have absolutely no blog posts on the legs of the chair I am sitting on…I know they are there.
That’s fine – until you sit down on that chair that you know is there – and it isn’t. We’ve all done it; some of us more than once. The same thing could happen with ‘your God.’ A little double-checking couldn’t hurt.
You don’t even need to be Atheist, to feel that Jehovah’s Witnesses knock on people’s doors for no reason. Christians will belittle and make fun of ‘Jovies,’ but, when push comes to shove, they’ll cut them some slack, “Because they are Christians, after all – sadly mistaken Christians – but ‘one of us.’”
An open mind can always stand a closed one, if it has to – by making room for it in the general picture. But a closed mind can’t stand it near an open one without risking immediate and complete destruction in its own terms. In a closed mind, there’s no more room. Gordon R. Dickson, author – Tiger Green – 1965
The Atheist-crossing-the –road joke isn’t funny, because it ridicules those who seek the truth. Truth may not be what you ‘believe’ it to be. The unquestioning faithful may blindly believe in salvation, but in no other life endeavor, would non-cynical, un-researched participation in a course of action, be considered a good idea. The ‘God’ that you believe in, is not any other person’s ‘God’, not your husband’s, your wife’s, the person next to you in the church pew – or even the priest/preacher at the front.
The third one shows how some Christians mistakenly feel themselves attacked. Atheists don’t ‘always talk about God.’ They talk about Christians, talking about their God – claiming to know what He thinks and wants. If there were more Christians, secure in their own, but quietly acceptant of others’ opinions, and fewer aggressive know-it-alls, there’d be far fewer Atheists pointing out apparent mistakes and contradictions. If Snidely Smartass hadn’t published his ‘Smart Christian – Dumb Atheist’ joke, I wouldn’t have written my post. As ye sow, so shall ye reap. 😛