From: atanu@hpsemc.HP.COM (Atanu Dey)
Subject: God's Football Team [LONG]
This is going to be rather disjointed and boring. You have been warned!
Question: It appears to me that God is normally assumed to be on the
side of the good and the holy - for example, in the recent case of
the Ayatollah and the Author (S. Rushdie). And it also seems that
since the Prophet is blasphemed, God would be at least as upset as
the good Ayatollah (May he live 10,000 years and kill all who disagree
with him and his religion) to see such satanical writing. So, why does
God not solve the whole debate by striking Rushdie ( BTW: Rush to Die :-)
dead and collecting the $5.2 million. In fact, last time God did make a
few bucks (around 8 million) through Oral Roberts, didn't he?
I assume that you know this guy called God. I unfortunately have not
the opportunity to meet him personally. All I know about him is
from second hand knowledge; like reading stuff which has been written
about Him (I capitalize in keeping with tradition) by people who have
first hand knowledge about what He wants and does not want; also from
stuff that He Himself has written. In short, the word of God as written
by Him and as written by those who have heard him speak personally.
Rather strange fellow, it appears to me. According to some who have
direct knowledge of what He wants, He appears to have the morality of
a sadist and the intelligence of a doorknob. OK, I am exaggerating.
He is smarter than that. But he is certainly mean minded. If you do
not 'believe' in Him, then you go to some kind of HELL. Some kind of
egomaniac, if I have ever heard of one. Then, at times He orders some
of the people who believe in Him to go out and kill those who do not
believe in Him. Then at times those who believe have to lead miserable
lives (which they do willingly enough, given their feeble intellects
and lack of moral fibre) so that they may go to HEAVEN.
So He wants (Digression: I cannot understand this at all. How can
God 'want' anything at all? 'Want' implies a lack and so obviously
this God guy is not perfect. But that is another point I will go into
later.) people to believe in Him as though somehow his godhood is
dependant upon how many trust him - somewhat in the lines of a
democracy with votes and all that sort of things. Popular acceptance
seems to be a big thing with this guy. So He is insecure.
And He wants things but cannot do it Himself. Like, when He needs
a few million dollars, He has to ask Oral Roberts. He is forever
either asking for things or talking to others giving them orders.
For example, talking to Idi Amin. Or to the Bakers. Must have a very
busy day. Anyway, as I was saying, He does not believe in doing
a thing for Himself - He deligates most of the jobs to trusted
followers like TV evalgelists and assorted godmen (and godwomen)
Some of these godpersons have to do cheap tricks like materializing
Seiko watches out of thin air to convince the unwashed masses that
He is serious.
The worst part of all this is that He is a terribly confused person.
He cannot do a thing himself. So instead of deligating the task to
one trustworthy lackey, He gives contradictory orders to about a
half a dozen of them. And these guys then go around doing what He
has told them creating confusion and generally killing the others
who are also following His order - only they are referring to the
other books which contain His words.
So, from what I know second hand, it appears that He has been the
cause (indirectly, of course) of the worst instances of man's
inhumanity to man (not to mention those to animals). Every person
who believes in a faith that purports to be the only TRUE faith
is implicitly condemning the other faiths to be bullshit. And, I
have no problems with what someone believes in - it is what a person
does as a result of that belief that is of concern.
Beliefs - what a deadly concept. Literally DEADLY. A belief is a thing
beyond reason. A person could observe a fact and state it without
requiring others to subscribe to it. That person could be burned at
the stake because that fact contradicts the beliefs of the masses.
In general, beliefs held by the masses are generally wrong. As someone
once pointed out, when were the wise and the good ever in majority?
I think that it is safe bet that any belief held by a significant
majority is most probably wrong. (Maybe, I should encode this as
the Inverse Majority Belief Law: The likelihood of the correctness
of a belief is inversely proportional to the number of people holding
Beliefs are fine as long as they are kept within the brain of the
believer. When coersion has to be applied to make others believe
that, then watch out. Take the question about Creationism and Evolution.
Evolution is not a belief. It is a codification of an obsersation about
the nature of the universe. And given the nature of the universer,
knowledge of a certain area is never complete nor incontrovertible.
Yet those whose beliefs this goes against are up in arms about this
I wonder what it would have been if God were not painted differently.
Imagine God to be the sum total of all the laws of the universe and the
body of god to be the universe and every part of the universe to be
a part of that infinite. A search for God to be that search for the
mysterious within us and without us.
But wait a second. Why should we have to search for God? Actually, it
is a rather pompous endeavour. Just doing what makes one happy without
hurting another should be a good enough guide to living. Why hold any
other thing sacred? If you don't hold any belief sacred, then you will
not have to go kill someone if they don't say the correct words.
And so to hell with all the 'holy' books of the world. The only
books worth talking about are the ones that can be changed. The ones
which are not open to change are the sole responsibility of people
whose intelligence compares unfavourably with that of a block of
In conclusion I can only say: " Thank you, good night and may your
god go with you."
LET NOBLE THOUGHTS COME TO US FROM ALL UNIVERSE.
= Rig Veda =