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That was me, smacking myself in the forehead, I do that in response to idiocy!
Grills - 2003, December 31:
"Truth? Jesus didn’t have a lofty goal of uniting the people of the world together, hoping to plant the seeds of self-actualization that would guide humanity toward creating a utopia. During his life and the 2,000 years that followed, Jesus has divided people. He intended to. Don’t believe me? Check your New Testament cue cards, Dean.
Or, a third possible choice: You are wrong. You are not God's chosen bible intepretor for the rest of the world. Maybe your vision of reality is a farce. Maybe your "holier than thou" attitude would make Jesus sick to his stomach. You ever thought about that? With your selective readings and pompous self righteousness?
If this vision outlined above is what God really wants, then count me out. I will be working my ass off to bring humanity together, I will preach about unity, togetherness, and all that sappy crap that people write off as unrealistic garbage. If heaven is spending eternity with these clowns then hell's looking like a pretty interesting place, full of people that tried to make the world a better place.
We are fighting a metaphorical war, one between guys like this who wish to extend tribal strife and fighting till the end of the world, which they would gladly cheer on as long as their side was winning, or the rest of us that just want us to get to a point in history where trivial shit like this doesn't cause us to act like raving nutcases. Those crazy mofo's strapping bombs to their chests think they know what God wants too. What are the chances they're right. About as good as this guy. Zip, Zilch, Zero...
I don't know what God wants, I don't claim to know and I laugh at anyone that does, they have been wrong thoughout all of history and they will be wrong for the forseeable future. You could say that any and all faith I have in God lies in the fact that he doesn't act like his so called followers think he should. The world is a beautiful place, people are amazing creations. You can't take away my appreciation for that by placing me on the wrong side of some kind of tribal fence. And if you live your life dividing yourself from others... from good people?
I'll repeat an important point again. I don't claim to know what God wants. Think about all the people who say they do, and think of all the people that have gone before them as well. There have always been people willing to speak for God. Through them, God was always right there supporting rulers, their wars and their crimes. I'm more optimistic than that.
I won't deny that there might be some spiritual connection between us and something beyond this world, but it doesn't take much thought to see the glaring holes in the various religions, most of which were written before we even discovered the lightbulb!
What are the chances that we knew the nature of God, the Universe and everything in it before we even knew how to make an electric toaster? Not good. I say give it some time, there's always more to learn. Why close the book, why say we have all the answers already?
credit to Roger Ailes as well.
tristero weighs in here
(post edited to remove numerous typos)
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