Autodidact: self-taught

Mar
31
2011

The God Who Wasn’t There

by V. L. Craven

Last night I watched the documentary The God Who Wasn’t There, which was made by a former fundamentalist Christian who realised that the Jesus story was extremely similar to other myths going back at least as far back as 2,400 years before the common era.

Wow. At least come up with a new story, people.

I don’t get why people need a person to look up to. The Bible was written by humans so, clearly, we don’t need a supernatural force to tell us to not be jerks to one another. Why can’t people recognise how much better life is if one doesn’t behave abominably to one’s fellow man and go with it?Why does there have to be a supernatural element? People have invented gods for millenia. Why don’t they trust themselves enough to make the correct decisions?

My hypothesis is that it gives your stance more weight. ‘It’s not me saying this, it’s this omnipotent being.’ It’s the ultimate, ‘My dad can beat up your dad,’ argument. ‘Well, if you disagree with me then you’re going to Hell.’ It’s nice to feel that those who dare to hold an opinion than you are going to be punished for not bowing to your superiority. Atheists don’t get to have that. We have no eternal punishment for those who disagree with us.

You also get to be special. Because you have some higher knowledge than the people who say, ‘There’s no scientific corroboration of any god’s existence.’ Those wacky, logical people.

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