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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Be pure of mind

Jesus used Poe's Law often.

There are many things Jesus said in sarcasm or tongue-in-cheek that his devoted but frightened followers actually take seriously.

For example, do you really think Jesus believed that looking at a woman and experiencing sexual attraction was equal to adultery? Do you really think Jesus felt that those "guilty of" masturbation should feel offended and cut their hand off or that those "guilty of" looking at an attractive woman should feel offended and poke their eyes out so as to avoid ending up in a garbage heap? Do you really think Jesus felt that people should fear the one who can destroy both body and soul rather than just those who can only destroy the body?

Or is it possible Jesus was making fun of the absurd claims of purity by the self-righteous traditionalists and making use of Poe's Law?

Do not get me wrong. I am not making an argument for not regulating our behavior or exercising appropriate social tact as we deal with many of our biologically induced responses. We can exercise a reasonable degree of self control, and that should be more than sufficient. But an obsession with a fake standard of purity as if God required such antiseptic brains strikes me as not only absurd but also as responsible for a great deal of over reaction that actually makes those problems even worse.

I have never met a porn addict, for example, who was not also deeply entrenched in and energized by dark shame and self loathing at a very personal and private level. They have no clue how it is their shame combined with a false standard of purity that causes them to give up the impossible and then give in to their miserable inclinations with utter hopelessness. They might even hide it by dismissing the entire conflict altogether.

They would simply be better off thinking to themselves something like, "WOw!," and then 3 seconds later moving on into more worthwhile activities. Do we realize how much sexual damage we do to others by being so extreme in our absurd standards?

Friday, December 14, 2012

Accept Jesus as your personal savior or else...

Accept Jesus as your personal savior or you will burn in hell for all eternity.

This sounds way too much like the criminal organization of heaven. Where the real threat is from God who is making us an offer we can't refuse of turn or burn whereby we must join the organization and offer it our loyalty in order to escape the mayhem that would never come our way if it were not for the very one also making us the offer of grace.

If God's love is insufficient on its own to bring us into fellowship then it is insufficient for everything. Creating all this fearful drama is ridiculous.

To think that any one's eternal destiny is fully dependent upon their acceptance of unverifiable terms is not just absurd, it is insane and abusive beyond measure.

That is not good news. That god should not be worshiped, he should be indicted for racketeering.