04 April 2008

It would be better

Last night my wife said an interesting thing about religion, the likes of which I'd never heard from her before.

We were discussing the Iraq situation and I talked about the division between Sunni and Shia Muslims that is helping to fuel so much civil warfare there. An hour or so later, she displayed an impressive train of thought for someone who usually has religious blinders on, actually connecting criticism of another religion to her own religion and appreciating the meaningful parallels.

Out of the blue, and with a touch of disappointment in her voice, she said, "It would be better if God would just come down and explain exactly what was going on and exactly what he wanted."

Indeed it would.

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4 Comments:

At April 04, 2008 5:29 PM, Blogger Eamon Knight said...

Hey, she's on the slippery slope. For me, there came a point when I realized that, if there was a God, no one had the faintest glimmer of a one-legged clue just what the hell he was up to. And what's the point of believing in that?

 
At April 05, 2008 12:25 PM, Blogger langmann said...

It wouldn't matter if He did. The media would either twist the whole event into some sort of left-wing justication of their fairy-tale beliefs or write Him off as some sort of hard-right zealot.

Either way the criminals in Iraq would still find a reason to blow up little kids.

 
At April 07, 2008 2:11 PM, Blogger Carlo said...

But most of the pastors/priests/imams/Fred Phelps all know exactly what god wants, don't they? Can't you twist this into, "So how do you know what god wants you to do?"

 
At July 03, 2008 2:51 PM, Blogger Metro said...

I think the problem is primarily that there are far too many people who believe exactly that.

Hey--there's potential for a new religion here: The Church of the Uncertain.

Founding principle: We have no idea what the hell god wants, so we're just going to live in any old way that makes us comfortable, try not to piss too many people off. If god thinks we're doing something wrong he will surely inform us (see: Great Flood, Plagues, etc.).

Anyone founding such a church could guarantee a supply of believers from the ranks of the agnostics.

 

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