Life in Lubbock, Texas, taught me two things: One is that God loves you and you’re going to burn in hell. The other is that sex is the most awful, filthy thing on earth and you should save it for someone you love.
Consider the poor duck-billed platypus. He looks like he’s made from the parts of several animals, something made from remains found in the Almighty’s work shop. Perhaps God was bored and decided to have a little fun, something to do on his day of rest.
His effort to create humans may have been accomplished in the same manner, although our design defects are less obvious. Most of our parts look like they belong together. On the surface we appear to be well thought out, but there are certainly issues with our functionality.
“Where God went wrong —and God Seeker Guy has brought this to his attention on several occasions…”
Although we have proven our ability to achieve great things, we consistently undo much of the good we accomplish by indulging in religious dogmatism and denying the rights of others to follow any faith they choose.
Where God went wrong —and God Seeker Guy has brought this to his attention on several occasions with little success— is that he created a creature with poor instants. Animals are not self-destructive, they have the ability to function as a well-organized group and they usually work together for the betterment of the herd. True, animals will kill each other in terms of different species but most don’t destroy members of their own group, although the odd lion will kill the young of a newly acquired female, a policy humans have avoided so far.
God immediately realized his mistake in tinkering with Homo sapiens and booted them out of their designated living quarters. Later he found it necessary to come up with numerous commandments to stop them from slaughtering their neighbors and indulging in all sorts of sordid activities.
Assembling the duck-billed platypus showed the Almighty had a sense of humor, fabricating humans, not so much.
GSG (God Seeker Guy)
The perfect allegory for religion is to lay under a huge barren tree in winter, look up and observe the thousands of bare branches. A risky endeavor since most birds are not toilet trained, however with some degree of caution you can get a little insight into how religions have grown and branched out over the centuries.
Each tree has the potential to blossom and bear fruit, it can then provide shelter and food. However those same blossoms can block your view and the fruit can become bitter. If each tree were a single religion with its various sects and cults, then we must accept that it’s easy to get lost in the forest.
“The process of discovery involves traveling down many paths that lead to dead ends…”
Alright, enough with the silly metaphors. The point is that religion has become so diversified over the centuries that it’s difficult to find a place to belong. Those of us who prefer to choose a region rather than acceding to the one we are born to, have so many options, so many possibilities, that this writer has, so far, been unable to embrace any one faith.
That is not necessarily a bad thing, the search is fascinating and at times very rewarding. God Seeker Guy has been able to answer countless questions that have lingered for years simply by keeping an open mind and listening to what others have to say. True, he is unimpressed with what he has seen so far, but it’s the institutions he questions not the need for faith that most of us crave.
A search through his blog will unearth numerous contradiction of course, for that GSG does not apologize. The process of discovery involves traveling down many paths that lead to dead ends, that is the price we pay for discovering the truth, whatever that may be.
So pick a tree, any tree and see where it leads you.
GSG (God Seeker Guy)
According to some estimates, there are roughly 4,200 religions in the world. God Seeker Guy is not a member of any one of them. While he may seem to have a little problem with Christianity, make no mistake, all organized religions are anathema to him, including disguised creeds like Atheism.
At the moment, he’s seeking answers, not a place to belong, not a place to feel safe or accepted. The three so called principal religions, Christianity, Judaism and Islam are all interesting to be sure, but hardly worth the sacrifice of personal and intellectual freedom. Cheondoism, Mazdakism, Zoroastrianism may be better choices, who knows?
The point here, is how do we pick a faith? How do we choose? The answer, of course, is that most of us don’t select anything, it’s done for us at birth. If born a Jew or Muslim, you become a member of that faith by default; therefore, our religion is simply a result of chance or geography. If that is the case, how can any one religion be the ‘right’ faith?
It‘s just as well the choice is made for us, because it would take several lifetimes to search through 4,200 religions, and since God Seeker Guy assumes he only has one lifetime, he has better things to search for, like a really good pizza place.
-GSG (God Seeker Guy)
Churches welcome all denominations, but most prefer fives and tens.