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Right In Two May 7, 2006

Posted by benj in Philosophy & Religion.
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Since time immemorial, it seems like man has always been obsessed in dichotomizing the realm of possibility. It’s not necessarily a bad thing considering that the early man’s perception in being able to discern whether something is edible or toxic by merely looking at something could’ve improved the chances of the species for survival, but unfortunately man has taken to a level that simply defies all mores of common decency and ethics. For more than three thousand years, man has learned to discriminate against those who don’t belong to their side of the dichotomy.


We’ve heard it all – from divisions facilitated by socio-economic stratification like the delineation between the rich and the poor as well the ideological chasms that separate capitalists and communists. The worst lines of demarcation are those that are decided by factors that are hardly in an individual’s control. Come to think of it, almost all labels that cause social partitions are beyond one’s control. An individual is likely stick with a creed, set of beliefs, habits etc. that are more in tune with his innate philosophical leanings. Since these things go in tandem with a person’s trove of ideas, with time, acquired traits and practices become imbibed by the individual – thus making it much less of a preferential issue and more of a predilection/helpless inclination point. So from both sides it becomes a personal attachment to something they like. It stops being just a nominal choice that one makes and becomes the only option for most people with the passing of time. With the strengthening and ‘reinforcement’ of such preference, one is more likely to develop a hard line stance against things that are in direct opposition of one’s points.

The most troubling among the discrimination arising from this so-called phenomenon of preference is bigotry. This is most evident with the attitude that majority of christians employ when dealing with people from different faiths and people who do not see the need to believe in god – the atheists. There are two common responses from the bigoted christians that I know:

Response Number 1:
So you’re a Satanist/ Pagan?

One, non-belief in the christian god is not supposed to be viewed as Satanism – well at least not to the average reasonable person. But if you’re a hardcore zealot, worshipping a false god is a sin, ergo, brought about by the trickery of The Devil. As I’ve posted in a previous entry, the First Church of Satan doesn’t foster evil and much of its bad reputation can be attributed to the fact that they chose a controversial bible figure’s name. To the uninitiated: the members of the First Church of Satan do not consider Satan as their god, nor do they think he exists. The physical entity Satan only exists in the over imaginative minds of hard-headed christians who bleat like sheep to everything that the church says. For an example of such a moron, check out the most idiotic comments here.

Two, I have a hard time grasping the notion that christianity was supposed to be the norm and it is a foregone conclusion that everybody in this country has to be christian. Some people have even taken it to the next level – they’ve even called the Philippines a ‘christian country’ without even thinking about a minority (but nevertheless a great minority) of people who don’t consider themselves christians. I’m amazed by the audacity of such individuals. Had it not been for the King of Spain’s obsession over spices, the Philippines would’ve been easily the third of Southeast Asia great Islamic republics – along with Malaysia and Indonesia.

Third, the christian religion is hardly original. Easter is celebrated on the date of one of the most important pagan holidays – Yastra. December 25, the date that the roman catholic church has selected for jesus christ’s date of birth is actually a knock off from Methrianism. Other concepts such as the Mary being the holy mother of god (from the cult of Isis), the sharing of bread and wine in religious celebrations et al. are deeply rooted in beliefs of other pre-christian faiths. To top it all off, jesus christ – the supposed messiah — actually got baptized into the movement started by John the Baptist. In short, when all is taken as the sum of all parts, christians are more pagan than atheists.

Response Number 2:
In due time, god will find you. I will pray for you.

Again, what’s with the moronic, self-righteous assertions of some christians? Why do they act as if they have the monopoly to the truth and salvation? Is it because of the bible? They honestly believe it despite the fact that it has come up with dozens upon dozens of discordant teachings and postulates that would actually be unthinkable in today’s anti-misogynist world (check Leviticus)?

By saying this response, they hide their disapproval and bigotry behind their sugar coated friendly banter. What such statement actually communicates is their expression of moral elitism towards a non-believer. To them, being non-christian will never be acceptable, so they are hoping that a non-believer will eventually be a member of the christian community. It’s pointless really. Would you expect them to be open to the idea of being lectured about the concept of atheism and other religions? I doubt it. They would respond with a more dismissing tone – probably more dismissing than the responses of most atheists.

Clearly, in the hands of moronic individuals, religion quickly turns in to the worst invention of man – even worse than the atomic bomb and all other weapons of mass destruction. Religion is a mere facet of existence. Don’t take it out of the church. We mind.

 


Right in Two is the tenth track off Tool's newly-released album – 10,000 Days. Yeah, I was serious when I said I'll make the titles of my succeeding posts very relevant to Tool's music.

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1. ollie - May 9, 2006

nice read! i know what you mean about christians. especially when you said: “To them, being non-christian will never be acceptable,”. you see, my gf & i go to a christian church. and i play guitar for their music ministry. the pastor of that church even did that whole prayer thing to me. w/c caught me by surprise. coz later i found out that now, im supposedly a born-again!!! HAHAHAHA! kinda funny, coz up til now we still cant digest their ways of thinking. & we still consider ourselves agnostic. so wat da hell are we doing there? i dunno, i like playing music. & my gf is in the choir. but we both share the same sentiments about our church. & we have met some cool people. but other than that i dont think we’ll ever be “baptized”. coz one thing that irks me about christianity is the way they always talk down about other religions. how supposedly their “souls are lost” and they’re “spiritually dead”. give me a break!

2. lateralus - May 9, 2006

ollie: thanks for dropping by. for a moment there i thought no one was going to pay attention to this post *wala kasing pictures! ahaha*

They want to keep on dividing it into two. Despite their won bible's appeal to be humble and low-profile, they keep on insisting their supposed spiritual superiority over others! Hypocrisy. That's especially true for born-again christians.

I always imagine a world without christians – that would be the real heaven.

Im glad you liked reading that piece, hopefully I'll see a lot of your comments on similarly themed items – when I get around to write more of them in the future.

3. mico - June 15, 2006

wow, you have lots of posts regarding religion. I’m trying to read it out. Still drowning in those words.
I can really relate to this, though.

4. benj - June 16, 2006

i appreciate your effort to dig through the archives, man. 🙂

5. Mark - July 21, 2006

Hello, came by here via Google (“right in two”).. and liked you’re writing about religion. I too wrote a lot about this “thing” that conquered our souls, minds, whatever you may call it.. Unfortanely its in dutch, so you problaly can’t read it..:)

I wanted to ask you how most Christian Philipennes(?? correct) use their religion to point at you saying you will die and go to hell, because you’re not one of them. In Holland half of the country is a atheist, the other half are Jews, Muslims, Christians and what more.. most young people laugh at all these religions and make their own. Some by burning candles and using Wicca, others just by using drugs to get in a higher state of consiousness… The government, mostly Christians, tried to put these youth-related thing in a ban.. It didn’t work..:)

How is the influence in you’re country?

6. benj - July 22, 2006

excellent.

the philippines is probably the country in which the church has the most influence. the influence of the clergy is so strong that the nation’s leaders literally have their hands tied in legislation. the church leaders blackmail them into playing into the whims of the church.


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