This Morning’s Sermon

Ah, Happy Holidays, everyone. I haven’t posted anything in a while. We have hopefully all had a lovely Thanksgiving. And now we approach “oh sh!t it’s xmas” –

Yes, I was at church, playing the organ this morning. Sometimes some of what the priest is yammering on about manages to trickle in. I wonder what he would say if he knew that he’s speaking to an atheist who is making a collection of idiotic preacher phrases.

This one wasn’t half as bad as MANY I have heard. (I should write a blog on those.) He was saying that “God wants you to know ________” , “God wants you to feel that _________”, “God wants to put these words in your heart.” Well, my usual knee-jerk reaction to all of those is: “Anyone who tells me what god wants is lying.”

But there is a little more here. I look around at the choir, and I see intelligent human beings. Professionals, all, in multiple fields. And they either look completely bored, or they are nodding and smiling.

Think about “God wants you to know” or “God wants to put these words in your heart” for just a moment. And, for the sake of the thought experiment, let’s limit this god. This isn’t the entity that supposedly touched off the Big Bang by speaking. Let’s just say there is an eternal spirit that is earthbound, and wants humans to recognize it. It wants all the world to know it and — worship it for some reason. It thinks it’s all-knowing and can improve our miserable little lives.

Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Romans 14:11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

So, if this deity simply has the ability to influence human thought on a mass scale, and nothing else (no manipulation of matter, no healing diseases, no influencing the weather) – if it wants all humans to know it, we WOULD know it. If it had ANY ability to communicate telepathically, God would have one name throughout the world. All god-stories would be the same (with some minor cultural and linguistic variations, probably) everywhere.

Ok, so let’s limit this spirit further, because there are bunches o’ gods and there are people still killing each other over who has the correct one. So no “mass scale”.

Let’s say it can influence only people who “pray the right way”. Somehow humans have to meditate themselves into a certain type of brain pattern and kiss it’s invisible ass correctly to have its powers work. Maybe even one building . . . we might have to drop it that far. There would then be ONE group where its people are speaking with one voice, saying the same thing, telling the exact same story. If a single group actually WAS connected to an entity that could make them healthier, wealthier, wiser, etc. – – – the rest of humanity would destroy them. Unless this invisible telepath actually could create floods and send murderous angels, and then that group would be the only ones on the planet. And everyone would, indeed, bow the knee. Everyone would know the name of god. Success!

I have played for xtian churches for decades. Baptist, Bible, Assembly of God, Church of God Holiness, Presbyterian, Methodist, Catholic, Unitarian, etc., etc., etc. And gee, not even the staff in the church offices can agree on what god wants at any given hour. They all have the same book, but put two preachers in the same room with a 4-verse passage and they will not agree on what those 4 verses mean. You would think a preacher would have that telepathic RED PHONE connection down, since he has devoted his entire LIFE to telling people what god wants, wouldn’t you? If they did, the two guys would pray together and get a clear answer. News flash – that never happens.

God wants _____. The most powerful being in the Universe wants something. And yet, it can’t even prove its own existence to groups of people who are desperately begging for that proof. That makes no sense. It makes absolutely no sense.

Published by libbylawrence

Fundamentalist turned Atheist in the US Bible Belt. Sharing fun memes and musings with anyone who is interested.

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