Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Illegitimate Son of a Carpenter

Maybe a man named Jesus did exist, but he wasn't a god. I jokingly told a story this morning that Joseph and Mary had unlawful intercourse and would face being stoned to death, and so convinced the community that their son was conceived by ...God. 
 
Then the carpenter taught his son practical philosophy which stunned the pompous aristocratic priests who knew nothing of hard labor and the philosophies of life that are derived from it. In their curiosity and Jesus' "mischeviousity", they prevented him from leaving, which was an act further strengthened by his belief that he was a god, something Mary and Joseph taught him so that he wouldn't realize that he was in fact an illegitimate son and go around proclaiming the fact (as children are inclined to do).

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Pagan Blog Prompts: Earth Day

While there isn't much I do that is environmentally unfriendly, I don't have any religious beliefs, so I can't say I was inspired by the Light-Bearer. That said, one's religious beliefs and being "green" are two separate things in my book. To say they are the same would be to say that all atheists actively hurt the environment. In fact, being scientists, many of us care about our environment deeply.

However, the eco-sensitive theist could not merge the two unless one is a pantheist (e.g., one who believes that nature IS deity). In that case, then hurting the environment would be detrimental to their religious beliefs. If a non-pantheist wanted to be eco-friendly, it would be an act of secular generosity, since there is no incentive for doing such eco-friendly acts. If such a person was not so generous, that one probably has a nihilistic life-view. ("I'm going to die before anything bad happens to me, so why should I care?")

The only people that I can see combining the two are Pagans who believe that the earth IS deity, not that there are separate deity-entities.

Pagan Blog Prompts

On "Vampires"

When you hear the word, "vampire", what do you think of? Dracula (for you older ones)? Twilight? A kind of bat?

There are people who claim that their body's life-support system requires the ingestion of someone else's blood. I don't know who these people think they are, but there is no scientific evidence for this. It's mostly overly emotional teenaged drama queens who think that they have some magical properties because they watched Twilight.

It's the same way with most Neopagans. A vast majority of them are indeed overly emotional teenaged drama queens who can feel "vibes" in the air. If by energy you mean light, then yes!

Here's the message: take the world for what it is. Hurting others to serve your own beliefs is wrong.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Bully Returns

Another news story about some innocent Chinese people being imprisoned in China for no apparent reason was published on the USA Today website yesterday. Once again, religious persecution is the name of the game. Last time it was a Nobel Peace Prize winner, and before that, countless pointless arrests for those with religious/philosophical/lifestyle views differing from those of Hu Jintao.

My question is this: what the hell has China to gain from suppressing the expression of its people?

Does it fear a loss of control? Notice our own country. Our government controls us like master and slave and yet we are free to express ourselves however we wish. This blog would be illegal in China.

Does China fear it will lose face? It just did and will continue to dig it's own grave in the realm of reputation if it goes on doing so. China thinks it can just mess with its own people and say, "Look! We're powerful!"

I think it is this way for no other reason than the classic Hollywood high school bully performs his malicious acts. The leaders in China are ruthless sons-of-bitches who feel the need to suppress/imprison/interrogate/brainwash/kill their own people for invalid reasons so they can satisfy their sadistic needs. These monsters in the Chinese government have no reason for their actions other than that they would love to watch the world burn light the fire themselves.

China: you are the next human rights target. Remember Victorian France? They only had 26 million people.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Pagan Christians!? Whaaat!?

Today I happened to stumble upon (literally; not through that cursed webservice) one particular blog called, "Pagan Blog Prompts". It is a weekly-updated collection of prompts to encourage readers to expound upon various religious topics (under the assumption that a Pagan is reading and writing).

I found one prompt from January 2011 eye-catching: "Christian Paganism? Is it possible?"

I find this to be an utterly pointless question (with no insult to the author). I can't believe (ha) that anyone would have the audacity to call themselves both Christian and Pagan. While Christianity is indeed a derivative of Paganism, the two forms of belief have almost nothing in common. For one example, Christianity is monotheistic while Paganism is poly/pantheistic (depending on the practicioner's particular beliefs).

However, there is one thing that I'd like to point out about Christianity and Paganism that completely destroys the possibility of the so-called, "Pagan Christian". In Christianity, love is proclaimed and taught, yet there is hardly any love (this is, yes, a generalization). I can't tell you how many times I read or hear about Christians, especially Roman Catholics, who give to their church and not to some worthy cause, or who ignore their own doctrine and never perform acts of service to humanity. Almost all the Christians I know are just like this.

Pagans are much different, I find. Pagans do not always preach about love, yet they can be the most loving. (I take this from blogs and forum posts I read...I don't actually know a Pagan.) They are the ones who have a general love for nature (including humanity) as well as love for their gods.

It is because of this difference in level of love, that, I think, makes it impossible for "Pagan Christianity" to exist. There is a conflict of personality, of morality.

It's not that the beliefs are so different, because beliefs differ from person to person. It's that it is not possible to both love and not love in the same moment in time.