Measured Against Reality

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Life

Here's something that I've never really understood: Why is it, if heaven is eternal and this life is only a passageway to it (Pascal's "infinite reward"), that Christians care so much about life? It really doesn't make any sense.

It seems to me that the best thing to do to someone, in Christian theology, would be to kill them, that way they get to heaven sooner. I realize that's stupid and no one believes it, but I wonder why.

It also seems like they should support abortion and all that wonderful embryo-destroying stuff, (unless, of course, the "soul" needs to be baptized to be saved, or some other ritualistic thing). Those little piles of cells incapable of life on their own wouldn't even really have to start living, and they'd get straight to heaven! (Actually, I wonder what a blastocyst soul in heaven would look like, hmmm.) Or maybe god sends blastocysts to hell. Who really knows? (I bet someone thinks they do!)

I'm sure that someone's come up with a solution to this, and it's probably over 500 years old (because I know that the older an idea is, the more respect we should give it!). But really, it doesn't matter, because it would undoubtedly be something so silly and asinine that I'd have to laugh (just like the rest of theology).

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  • I think most of the people who believe in baptizing (or, as you put it, other "ritualistic" nonsense) have come up with some way to do their ritual to others anyway, so you're right. If you think it's so important, just do a big blanket baptism of all the embryonic stem cells, solid in the knowledge that you've "saved" them and that they're "going to heaven" and let the rest of us start curing diseases.

    By Blogger Terra, at 2:16 PM, July 24, 2007  

  • Apparently, God is a vengeful bastard who will send little "unborn babies" to hell because their moms decided not to continue the pregnancy.

    Somehow, this doesn't apply in the cases of miscarriage. So not only is God an evil bastard, he also gets his jollies punishing "unborn babies" for the mistakes of their parents.

    I think a lot of Christians don't stop and think if any of their theology really makes sense. Who wants to believe in a God who will condemn sinless cells to eternal suffering just because their moms were too young/unhealthy/unprepared to raise them? Doesn't seem very just or merciful at all, if you ask me. Then again, what do I know? I come from the northern states and am therefore a vile heathen.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:53 AM, July 27, 2007  

  • Sounds like you lay out the rational pretty well for being a suicide bomber.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:06 PM, July 27, 2007  

  • To answer your first Q. The central mission in Christian Philosophy is to reach people and in doing so teach them love, understanding and acceptance. Now, contrary to popular stereotypes, attaining salvation is a main theme but not the focal point. Jesus was counter to the mainstream culture of his time. He expressed the fallacies of wealth, power, status and greed. Can that be seen today in the US? Can we say the the main artery of the US is its Economy and who around this world is suffering for it? Not us, we enjoy our precious coffees, universities, movies and music, 10$ statues of kig tute that took a seven year old 8 hours to carve. You seem stuck in a mode of thought, but you need to look past it because it's bigger than you seem to understand.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:21 PM, July 27, 2007  

  • To answer your first Q. The central mission in Christian Philosophy is to reach people and in doing so teach them love, understanding and acceptance. Now, contrary to popular stereotypes, attaining salvation is a main theme but not the focal point. Jesus was counter to the mainstream culture of his time. He expressed the fallacies of wealth, power, status and greed. Can that be seen today in the US? Can we say the the main artery of the US is its Economy and who around this world is suffering for it? Not us, we enjoy our precious coffees, universities, movies and music, 10$ statues of kig tute that took a seven year old 8 hours to carve. You seem stuck in a mode of thought, but you need to look past it because it's bigger than you seem to understand.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:21 PM, July 27, 2007  

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