Thursday, February 09, 2006
FAITH: Solution TO CONFUSION
“Faith” is what you grab onto when you don’t really have a deity worth its salt. Faith is especially important when your religion is slapped together and makes little sense. Example: Father, Son and Holy Ghost. The Father roars, “Kill and make war!” while the son whispers, “Love and be poor.” (The Ghost is mum). The result? General confusion. Whaddya go with – killing or loving?!? And who’s the Ghost, anyway? At this point, “faith” gets invented. Definition of “faith”: “Sit down, shut up, do as you’re told, or god will hurt you.”
Real religion can be seen and felt. No one needs “faith” in the green wingback chair sitting in your living room. It’s there, and you know it. It makes sense. Likewise, Goddess worshippers don’t need faith, since the Goddess too can be seen, touched, and heard. She’s the trees behind your house. She’s the wind rippling through the trees. She’s the brown earth, the hills, the green plants sprouting in spring. She’s you when you look in a mirror. She’s logical: she’s the Female source of all life. She says “Love others as all good mothers love their children.”
When our kids are born is when we run to the shelf and pull down “faith.” When our children say, “But Daddy, why didn’t Eve get born from a mommy? You said everything gets born from a mommy,” we need Faith.
When the dear darlings say “Hows cum god says fight wars but Jesus says have peace? Who’s right?” you need Faith.
One falls back on faith at “Mommy, hows cum god says to stone people to death? (Lev. 20 et al.)” or “Hows cum god turned her into a pillar of salt? You said he loves everybody!” or “Hows cum everybody in the Bible is a boy? Doesn’t god love girls?” or “Why did god set fire to people?” (Gen. 38:24; Lev. 20: 14) or “Why did god tell that daddy to burn his little boy?” or “But, but – how did Cain get married, ‘cuz where did the girl come from?” or “God lied! He said Adam would die if he ate the apple, and Adam didn’t die!” or “But, but, but – you just read that god made the plants first! And now here it says the people came first and then the plants! (Gen. 1 vs. Gen. 2)”
When you can’t see, feel or hear a deity, that’s bad enough. But when the deity also defies logic -- that’s a crime. But, hey. When you use torture to get anyone to “join” your “religion” (which is how Christianity and Islam originally bagged virtually ALL converts), who needs logic?
Nevertheless, “faith” helps. “Why? Because I said so! Shut up, and do as you’re told, or god will hurt you!”
Thnx to snack for the foto of the pillar of salt