(Click image to see the boys’ true interest before cropping.)
— You ask him, I’m not asking him.
— Umm, God, my friend is much the angel, you took his wing, can you give him back his wing?
— God? A cherub with one wing cannot fly, just as a one-winged angel cannot. God? God?!
— I’m telling you, it’s always “Wait until your name’s called, wait your turn.”
(Only one of the two has two wings to fly. It is a painter’s concession
to aesthetics, otherwise the two overlap.)
Money, with much the same power as a religion, and likewise
worshipped and cherished, all throughout the ages.
Adoration of the Dollar Sign by Francesco Bassano
Used with permission.
Bring Back that Old Time Religion
Is Christianity more destructive than Scientology?
The answer depends on who you ask. Scientology can be seen as a cult just like the Hare Krishnas, or the Moonies. Christians are in rapture over a false prophet, and the Pope shelters pedophiles. Christians are against female reproductive rights, and are homophobic. Christians, Catholics especially, believe in little of no church leadership role for women. Both belief systems expect blind devotion to precepts that defy any logical tests.
|Issue||Christian Belief||Scientology Belief|
|Leader of the Faith, (that is, Who is Idolized), and their Profession||Joseph was the carpenter, not Jesus, and the latter was the one who fraternized with prostitutes. Jesus the Christ would have to be Mary Magdalene’s pimp. Jesus the Christ was a bit of a philosophizing lounge-about who, to feed himself, spent time with (and basically helped to prostitute) hookers such as Mary Magdalene.||L. Ron Hubbard was an author.|
|Economic climate of religion’s founder||There was not a robust market for sermons among Romans, most of whom existed at a subsistence level. The economy was wildly fluctuating, the top 11.5% had 40% of Sestertii, the coin in largest circulation. The GDP (gross domestic product) per capita was said to be 500 kilograms in wheat annually (the estimates from Wikipedia suggest that a family of four owned two tons of wheat each year, which sounds impossible to me). Speeches were a tough sell at best, and were not going to feed him. Remember, this was an economy that lacked any stores to churn up commerce.||Fairly robust, global economy. 1950’s America had a strong market for selling books such as his Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.|
|Unfortunate (but not undeserved) comparison of the faithful...||With pedophiles. Pope Francis actively shelters pedophiles. In concern for Christians-at-large, and uncomfortable publicity, he has prevented the prosecution of pedophile priests. Will the masses start attacking Christians, as the Pope claims, because of pedophile priests? Doubtful, but this doesn’t matter anyhow. Pedophile priests are only a matter for the law, and not for the Church. The Church is not above the law.||With Hare Krishna, and brainwashers.|
|Belief System||“Love one another” was Christ’s chief tenet. We did not know this already? Parents don’t love their children? Christ died for your sins. What does one have to do with the other? Per Luke 24:39-41, Christ never died on the cross. All of Christianity is predicated on a fiction.||Xenu from outer space first colonized earth. Scientology is the religion for people who lack education, and are gullible. (So is Christianity but that religion has had more of the faithful working at honing it over a much longer time.)|
|Most remarkable soul(s) saved||“He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her” — at a hooker Christ somehow came across. They caught the adulterer in the act, so this was at a centralized house of prostitution. In the link above, note how Jesus the Christ writes into the dirt to maximize effect. He is a world class, ancient, carny.||Tom Cruise, Elizabeth Moss, and John Travolta|
|Savior’s relationship with the rest of the World||“I am the light of the world.” Christ did have a streak of conceit in him that was a mile long.||Like Christ, mysterious L. Ron had millions of followers.|
|Piousness of adherents||Every last Nazi was baptized as a Christian. Christianity has never owned the patent on goodness. I personally know that Christians will attack you like pit bulls if you question their Vatican-endorsed, mishmash of religious nonsense.||There are Scientologists that won’t speak with their family. Isabella Jane Cruise, and Connor Antony Cruise, won’t speak with Nicole Kidman, their lifelong, adoptive mother. Nicole has been deemed a “suppressive personality,” which really means nothing, except to a Cruise Scientologist about to board a spaceship with Xenu, that Kidman wants to shut down.|
|A few bizarre tenets of the faith||That birth control can be seen as being immoral. That regarding reproductive health, fetuses are people.||They have decided that psychiatry is without value. Their belief that earthlings came from outer space 75 million years ago, on aircraft similar to McDonnell-Douglas DC-8s..|
|Sexuality||Pope Francis, and his Church, are on a new kick. He’s been paraphrased as saying that sex is an extension of love, and that being puritanical is wrong.||Scientology is not concerned with repressing sexuality the way the Church has been.|
|Gays and Lesbians||Sorry, gays and lesbians, “homosexuality is against Christ’s teachings.”||Tolerant towards gays and lesbians, not much of an issue.|
|Reproductive Rights||At best, and without any backing in scripture (there were abortions in Biblical times), the most liberal Christians view abortion as an absolute last resort. To follow an embellished view of Christ’s lesson plan: Teenage motherhood must be accepted as part of the wayward girl’s life.||Abortions are acceptable.|
|Leaders of the Faith in Hollywood||Ashley Judd (I hesitate to include her, but she is always in touch with observant Christians, regularly discusses the New Testament, and year-after-year, she loves celebrating Christian holidays. She would be the first to admit that she’s always been intrigued with Baby Jesus, especially his relationships with women.)||Tom Cruise is number two or number three in the Scientology rankings.|
|Religious quote||“Canned ham, mayo, white bread, and Gospel readings about baby Jesus, can life get any better than this?” “Methodism, right or wrong.” (Ashley almost met the Pope during the kick-off of the short-lived, Joint Judd-Francis, Christian Proselytizing Crusade. “I post about Christianity, because Christ is such a good thing. Why else would I?”)||“If we get year-end, disciple headcount, L. Ron clone numbers above ten million, I’ll be one very, very, happy man.”|
|Proselytizing||Very annoying attempts to get new followers.||Very aggressive and hurtful retention methods.|
Regarding historical foundations, both so-called religions are on incredibly shaky ground. Christianity though, has ventured into the political realm, to the detriment of women-at-large, gays, and lesbians, and the victims of sexual abuse. Christians have done, and continue to do, the most harm. Scientologists can be brain-washed, but the same can be said about Christians who ignore the dark side of their worship.
Ten Thousand Crucifixions, One Reamed Heel Bone?
The Smithsonian Channel did a television show entitled Crucifixion Mystery, which attempted to reconcile the supposed Crucifixion of Jesus the Christ, with skeletal and written evidence. The story of Christianity hinges on Jesus the Christ supposedly in agony because of his purity and wholesomeness. Yet here are more reasons why the story of Jesus’ execution doesn’t hold up to scrutiny.
Biblical Jerusalem was, and is, in the middle of a desert. It didn’t have trees tall or thick enough to carve crucifixes. A much simpler method than hoisting a timber overhead, would be to tie the prisoner up, and drive a stake into the heels and hands.
Still, there aren’t any skeletons of people with holes in both their hands, and both their feet. There’s only one skeletal remains with an exposed heel hole, but it looks like it was made with a portable, power drill. (The other bone in the world that is possibly associated with a crucifixion, is seen below.)
How can we be certain that Crucifixion was widely used when there isn’t any evidence of it?. Or was it an imaginary deterrent? Slaves considering a revolt had this punishment to weigh before they torched the master’s farmhouse. Yet the cautionary stone tablet from that age concerning Crucifixion was for the literate. Since when were slaves taught to read?
There is just one skeleton in all the world for all time that is said to prove crucifixion was in widespread use everywhere.
Here it is:
Is this a human bone, or is it a hog bone? The stake is bent at the end because it couldn’t get through a timber? Then how did the weight-supporting wrists stay in place? Where are the wrist bones? How was the crucifix hoisted without spinning around and around? If they used guy lines, how did these at all help from going from the horizontal to the vertical? If they dug a hole for the timber, did they have a fence pole digger so the crucifix could possibly stand upright?
Was Crucifixion so effective? How do you keep the prisoner still enough to drive stakes through their body? Why not just incite a mob to stone someone they didn’t like? The mob needs to get out their frustrations on someone, or anyone. Why not just pin down the hated, and all take turns smashing his face with a large stone? This would certainly satisfy the depraved. After the ancient hicks got the pleasure of carnage, they ran back to their caves. There wasn’t any court system to provide justice for the innocent.
Crucifying and stoning are so gruesome, can humans actually act as these executioners? Which makes one wonder about how the United States finds such satisfaction ending life in a similar manner in the present day. Meanwhile, Britain ceased executions in 1964. (In 2019, Texas and Virginia murdered the most people. Entirely innocent people have been executed. Even Pope Francis has spoken out against the death penalty.)
How much of Crucifixion mumbo-jumbo is only to tell an engaging, Biblical story of good versus evil? Christ’s crucifixion story was supposed to demonstrate how committed he was to saving this Earth from sin. One, everyone on Earth still sins; and two, there is no cause and effect between any execution, and making anyone else’s life any better.
A search of the New Testament for the word, “crucifix,” turns up nothing. It was not included in the Bible. The Christ story makes the Roman Empire sound like the most vicious people in the history of mankind. Without entirely improbable crucifixions, and the rise of a diabolical cult of Christians acquiescing to power, what makes the Roman government so evil? The homophobia and misogyny arose from Christ’s church, not from Rome. At the Coliseum, Christians were thrown to the lions, because they were expendable, wild-eyed losers.
Christianity did set up two-thousand-years of persecution of the Jews, because the Israelites were said to have killed Jesus the Christ. It never would have effected the Vatican company line on the Christ fiction, but Baby Jesus should have been stoned to death. Keep in mind, every Nazi was baptized at birth.
The Smithsonian program concluded by displaying a stone etching of Jesus with a donkey head, one obviously of zero intellect. Except for ancient Jesus freaks, most could see through the false, repressive spirituality of Jesus the Christ, even though Christianity was enforced by the Empire as a form of social control. God was everywhere, capable of punishing anyone, and making sure that no one stepped out of line. The State must live on forever at the expense of the infidel’s ideals. 12/27/19.
GOP: Fetuses, First; Women, Second
I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible under coat hangers, with liberty and justice for those with the mean green to get an abortion up North. Southerners, welcome to even more poverty, more unplanned and unwanted parenthood, and more unwanted children. Heil Jesus the Christ!!!...
Throughout the ignorant south, fetuses are people. Fetal tissue is infinitely more valuable to extremely-crude, Baptized, Klan members than the women bearing that fetus. Crack pot politicians down there claim they are in touch with god’s will when they’re just plain touched. The chapter and verse of god’s will is never cited, and won’t be, because abortions were common in Biblical times.
By banning all abortions including when the pregnant woman was impregnated by a rapist (even when raped incestuously), Christ-poisoned Alabama just became the nation’s leader in the number of teenage mothers, ones who will be stuck on welfare, likely for their entire life (Missouri, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky and Ohio have also decided to make their State’s emblem the coat hanger).
Congrats, Christian, misogynistic, cavemen (and all their Christian, misogynistic, cavewomen)! Alabama will be known for something besides being a scorched, uninhabitable pit! For women, it is now the land that time forgot!
Women and girls in Alabama, your body now belongs to those occupying your State House. If you, or someone you know, does business with Alabama, make a run for it, and leave the State, because they shove their women around by denying them basic reproductive rights.
Hey, Southern cretins, you don’t have to get an abortion when you have an unwanted pregnancy, you can have all the unwanted, and expensive, children you’d like. Then you’ll only have yourself to blame for you and your family’s impoverished standard of living. Just don’t enforce your Christian sickness on the rest of humanity...
First, omnipotent Jesus the Christ said let there be the slavery of African Americans. Now, he says let there be slavery of pregnant mothers to their unwanted fetuses. Tens of millions in the Southland passionately believe in a gutter religion. They kneel before a monster deciding the fate of women who deserve so much better than this hypocritical, nonsensical, bullsh*t. 5/20/19.
There’s a World of Difference between Jews and Zionists
The Jews are a great people, and their culture is just as beautiful. Zionists are homicidal fascists. I’ve heard that any Jew who won’t identify with Zionism is anti-Semitic...
Zionists committed genocide against the Gazans in 2014, murdering over 2,100 innocent Palestinians. Zionists believe that the Jews deserve a homeland where they are the least welcome anywhere on Earth. Israelis invade, steal land, and then set up settlements wherever they please, and disregard United Nations sanctions against their egregious behavior.
They think that Hitler — and now Trump and Israeli, imperial king, Benjamin Netanyahu — gave them carte blanche for land theft, and to maintain Israeli apartheid. The conditions that gave us 9/11, are being recreated by Trump. Trump is pushing hard for the Jewish campaign dollar by making Jerusalem the capital of Israel without any regard for Palestinian claims, and expropriating the Golan Heights for the Zionists. The United Nations condemns Israel as “an occupying power,” and “an affront to international law.”
Here is a simplifying parallel where life imitates art: In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, once freed of the bondage of their tyrannical farmer, the barnyard animals turned on the weaker amongst themselves. They had learned absolutely nothing about kindness from their suffering and hard labor. The farmer was Hitler; the barnyard animals are the Israelis; who have now turned on those they live amongst, the Palestinians.
For saying as much as I just did, Congress is trying to drum Representative Ilhan Omar out of the Capitol building. Our national public officials get much of their coffers filled by AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Omar complained that Americans have dual loyalties, with both America and Israel. This is not true, the powerful in America such as Trump have a single loyalty, with Israel (when Trump is not fawning over Putin in Russia, that is).
The leading newspaper in America, The New York Times, has a substantial Jewish readership that it aims to satisfy. In other words, the truth can be a rare commodity — especially regarding how terrible the Zionists are in Israel.
The Reasons Why Christianity is a Gutter Religion
Presidential-hopeful Elizabeth Warren quoted from a verse from the Bible, where Jesus the Christ shows his conceit and grandiosity. In fact, Christ sounds pathetic:
 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Jesus claims that if you have hurt others, you have hurt him, the self-anointed god. This is just more Christ self-aggrandizing. He is really pandering to the lowest common denominator, which is his core base of morons. This patter is typical of Jesus the Christ, when with incredible hubris, he refers to himself as being the one, true god.
Here’s another example:
 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
He brings the dead back to life, folks!!! He goes around flaunting his immortality, when he’s just a freak show. 2/26/20...
Here’s a find. A photograph on the entry to Treblinka stating “Christ Macht Frei,” instead of, “Arbeit Macht Frei.” The latter means, “Work makes free,” which was just the opening salvo in the world’s all-time leader in sadism. This only goes to show how vicious Christians can be.
The joke that the Nazis were playing here, was that work does not make a camp prisoner free, they’ll get gassed anyhow, but no Jew has to know this until they’re actually in the gas chamber, and the doors are bolted shut. At this point, the camp prisoners realize that these weren’t the promised showers.
The Nazis did not gas a single Protestant, they were exempt from being executed. If the Jews only converted, they would have been spared being suffocated by carbon monoxide. Jews could survive if they embraced, and placated, their tormenter.
This demonstrates how much Jesus the Christ loved Jews: He wouldn’t allow their slaughter, if they had Holy Water splashed in their face, ate communion wafers weekly, and professed their profound passion for their new-found messiah, until the end of their natural lives.
The Jews only needed to accept the Christ as their personal savior, then they would all be alive today. Why would they choose death over becoming a Christian? While every Nazi was baptized, anyone who wasn’t knows the reason why conversion was impossible: Christians are homophobic, misogynistic members of a pedophile-sheltering hate group. 2/17/20.
Pope Francis just slapped a parishioner. It just goes to show that even though he has spent his entire life getting versed in the teachings of Baby Jesus, he is no more spiritual than anyone else. He just lives in a palace, and we don’t.
Once Francis welcomes gays and lesbians to his good, ol’ boys club; once he stops marginalizing nuns, or sisters, in favor of priests, or fathers; if he cared about women enough to grant them reproductive rights; and as soon as he allows secular prosecution of his in-house, sex criminals; then he might be atoned respect, but never, ever before. 1/01/20...
There is just one skeleton in all the world for all time that is said to prove crucifixion was in widespread use everywhere. Here it is:
Is this a human bone, or is it a hog bone? The stake is bent at the end because it couldn’t get through a timber? Then how did the weight-supporting wrists stay in place? Where are the wrist bones? How was the crucifix hoisted without spinning around and around? If they used guy lines, how did these at all help from going from the horizontal to the vertical? If they dug a hole for the timber, did they have a fence pole digger so the crucifix could possibly stand upright?
There is much more to this story... 12/29/19.
Nuns with whips — that was the story in the Sunday Review of the New York Times. Okay, it wasn’t reported with any sensationalism, they just reported that orders of nuns owned and sold people, or slaves. The Catholic Church first took root in the South, so by 1820 many Catholic orders held slaves.
So much for Christian piety, so much for all those holier-than-thou Catholics. What’s more, how did they hold down these slaves? They didn’t have the magic touch with the enslaved. They didn’t magically get them to enjoy slavery. They would have had to whip them, beat them, and shackle them. All done in the name of Jesus the Christ. 8/04/19.
One of the problems with Christianity, is that it is so bizarre, it actually interferes with people living a good and equitable life. Millions cannot identify with what is officially known as being good, or Christian, so they go the opposite way entirely. Trump is a good example of someone who strayed from the primrose path of just conduct, and who never joined the grand congress of Humanity... 4/23/19.
Most Christians are too far gone to accept any Biblical evidence proving that their religion is a gross misplacement of a lifetime of faith... Yet for those who aren’t too far gone, we have this: If you have been to The Other Letter before, you know that Jesus the Christ is alive following the Crucifixion. In fact, post-Crucfixion, Christ says: “Have ye here any meat?” He never died on the Cross, he never rose out of his tomb, as the Easter fairy tale goes.
All of this makes Jesus the Christ a very dark, even evil, historical figure, because in Mark, Chapter 15, Verses 34, Christ says:
“And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
The only problem with this verse being attributed to Jesus the Christ is that he survives his Crucifixion. Then who is crying to God for being forsaken, for being sacrificed? Simon the Cyrenian was this sacrificial lamb, he was the one who carried Christ’s cross. In the tumult of a Crucifixion, one staged to coincide with a one-in-eighteen-year, total solar eclipse, Christ is unscathed, so who is crying for their life?
It would have to be Simon. Simon trusted Christ, he did a huge favor for Christ by carrying his Crucifixion timber, and in return, Christ betrayed him in the worst, possible way: Jesus the Christ never claimed ownership of his Cross as the stakes were going into wrists.
This is the only verse in the entire King James Bible still appearing in the original Aramaic. The King James Version is the definitive English translation, the one most closely related to the Latin. Being textually highlighted in the ancient tongue, it is really the most significant verse in the entire Testament. It is the back door to the entire Christian movement, and shows the depths of Jesus the Christ’s depravity — and of his cowardice. 4/21/19.
Other Letter is saving the misguided from the imbecility of Christianity, one soul at a time. Because their Lord and Master Baby Jesus is a misogynistic, homophobic, cult leader. Here are more posts from the frontlines in the war against Jesus the Christ.
The term, “Tower of Babel,” was coined at a time when there wasn’t any way of standardizing language. There were very few books, and even fewer libraries. As a consequence, everyone, and every locale, had a different dialect of human speech. Language standardization was the only value of the Holy Bible. The Bible’s other function — puritanical crusades, misogyny, homophobia, inquisitions, and burning at the stake — constitutes nihilism. 4/14/19.
Because the Holy Spirit couldn’t be paternity-tested as the father of Baby Jesus, and immaculate conception is only believed by morons, how was this myth of the divine seed started?
Mary was espoused, engaged to be married, and then she was knocked up. Why did Joseph marry Mary when her pregnancy was out of wedlock and not conceived with him? Joseph was “taxed” with engaged yet pregnant Mary. Mary lied to Joseph and said that this illegitimate child was from god. Mary could then say that no man besides Joseph impregnated her.
Later, her son hung out with the hooker, Mary Magdalene, which he would have had to know via his mother. How else would Jesus the Christ gained entré to a historically closed subculture? To be well-acquainted with these dregs of society, the Virgin Mary must have been a hooker, one segregated from those honorable. This was Jesus the Christ’s family heritage.
Which of the following makes more sense: Immaculate conception, or immaculate conception as an excuse for an out of wedlock pregnancy because of prostitution? 3/28/19.
And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
This quote is from the Book of Matthew, Chapter 19, Verse 29. In it, the depth of the depravity Jesus inflicted on his followers is revealed. Romans were losing their homes, their land, and their family, praying to the King of the Rats. So Jesus the Con Man told them:
“Ye which have followed me... also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel...”
The poor fools were told they would be deliver judgment to all of Israel, and they would have everlasting life — in the next world. This was in return for their profound faith and Church membership where Jesus the Christ was promising deliverance from hardship. Of course, he never did fulfill his end of the bargain.
Matthew 5:48, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
Jesus is anal retentive — and very White. Jesus the Christ is the preacher for the lost who need help blowing their nose. Expecting perfection of yourself is a recipe for disaster, and one bringing self-harm.
Beatitudes, the core of Jesus the Christ’s teachings, are wishful thinking. Most telling is:
“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.”
Jesus is blessing me because I’m being persecuted for following him? That’s not a blessing, that’s a curse. If someone was prosecuted for following me, I’d take the fall, not have the blessed stay on with me, and get persecuted. Jesus is the Charles Manson of cult leaders. He doesn’t want defections from persecution, he only wants continued, blind obedience. He blesses you for being persecuted for his sake.
Circa 1/16/32 C.E. (Common Era) After John the Baptist was beheaded for adoring the freak for the ages, their Lord and Master, Baby Jesus, it was time for his team to go underground. Following a trip aboard a fishing boat (catching fish being the only purpose of boats back then, not gambling or sightseeing), Jesus the Christ assembled his apostles out in the desert. Because the desert is an entirely different climate than that found in cities, it was not a trip taken without concern for death by dehydration. So very few, if any, of his faithful joined him in the desert.
Jesus lied that there were five thousand pilgrims from the cities and towns at his feast speech, there wasn’t a single one out there in the blazing, dead desert. Five loaves of bread and two fish were all they had to eat. Ostensibly, Jesus was there to shore up the converts petrified by the beheading of John the Baptist.
Why would the supernatural, the majesty of Creation, present banquet food from the skies, offering divine intervention for a fraud, and magically convert this paltry meal into one for thousands? The most that a few loaves and fishes could feed were a dozen apostles and one charlatan, meaning they were the only ones there who showed up to hear him write on the ground and pontificate.
Jesus the Christ, and his apostles who were otherwise not gainfully employed (customers of lady of the evening, Mary Magdalene?), had hoped food would draw a crowd. His audience was at best limited to dying beggars wandering the desert, ones showing up, then leaving, when they saw the size of the meal offered. Jesus is the all-time biblical loser. The world would have been infinitely better off if he was beheaded along with his Christian comrade, John the Baptist...
Also in Matthew, Chapter 14, not only could Jesus walk on water, the apostle Peter could as well, once Jesus gave the all clear signal. This recount is all included for the price of the Jesus the Christ freak show...
Wearing a crucifix identifies the homophobic, misogynistic member of a hate group, one who also identifies with pedophilia. Even on the surface the practice of wearing a cross is bizarre: It’s a symbol of capital punishment. Why not wear a noose instead? Or a syringe, or an electric chair? Why not declare your passion for someone who’s been dead for two-thousand-years with a dog bone, put that around your neck, like a caveman would, because you religiously follow ancients in caves... 2/27/19.
The Vatican destroyed records detailing their organization’s pedophile crimes. Destroying evidence that can be used to convict felons is, in and of itself, a felony. Of course, we’re talking the lawless Vatican, so they have been exonerated by Christian “society” of any and all felonies because their work uniform has white collars around their necks (and not nooses?)
What completely appalls the rest of the World, doesn’t faze Catholics. Catholics know that their Lord and Master Baby Jesus, and the Pope, will receive their congregants prayers and make this all go away. In one year, this will all be forgotten. The Baby Jesus freaks can resume their kneeling in earnest, and guilt-free. One confession booth visit will be all it takes. “Father, forgive our faith for ruining tens of thousands of lives.” “Say three hail Marys as penance.”
The Pope was quick to point out that “the vast majority of sexual abuse happens in the family.” He was not quick to point out that the vast majority of sexual abuse in religion, happens in the Catholic Church. The lesson here, is to keep your family as far away from Christian houses of worship as is possible. The Southern Baptist Conference is also dealing with a sex abuse scandal. Christian churches must be well-established venues for sexual predators.
Pontius Pilate killed himself because of his guilt that Jesus the Christ survived, not that the Christ died at Golgotha. Pilate is the one who set up Christ’s eclipse light show, then committed suicide. It has always been thought that he took his own life because he killed Jesus the Christ, except Christ survived. So he killed himself because he allowed crucifix-carrier Simon the Cyrenian to die, and allowed Jesus the Christ to live — unleashing his thought control, brainwashing, puritanical, belief system on the World.
The New Testament’s Corinthian I, Chapter 13 claims the most important sentiment between faith, hope, and charity, is charity. Yet charity for whom? Who operates the largest so-called charitable organization on Earth, but the Church and the Vatican? One of the Church’s most well-known verses is self-aggrandizing.
The ancient and dated, big three religions claim that one should find their power in the clouds above; and not instead, find strength in everyone, and in all Creation, everywhere around us. How dumb can these pilgrims be?
The Jewish congregation is a wholesome, constructive, well-educated lot; or else they are part and parcel of a wealth acquisition and redistribution system, another well-established system of oppression.
The Catholics might be a wholesome assemblage; or else they form part of the pedophilia, Vatican wealth acquisition system, one misogynistic and homophobic, whereby the parishioners are charged with proselytizing new converts, and keeping the financial gears of Christianity turning. The Vatican is a tax-exempt hate group run amok. Their Church is a State-sanctioned, pedophilia ring.
Both camps, the kind and the unkind, populate both religions. One might be very ethical, the other isn’t at all.
There are bad Jews just as there are bad Christians. Yet Jews never created a Holocaust and death camps to murder Christians, as Christians did to Jews — at least Jews haven’t yet. Many might claim that Christians weren’t running the Concentration Camps. Then did the Nazis remain Nazis after the War, or did they return to how they were all baptized, as Christians?
Jesus forgives all, allowing special dispensation to Nazis because they murdered Jews, and Jews were the ones Christians have always claimed killed Jesus. I bet half the Christians (especially the Southern species) applauded the massacre of eleven Jews at the Pittsburgh synagogue. The Church is where the Mafioso feel most at home, for the same reason that the Nazis did, unlimited forgiveness meted out by pedophiles.
Welcome to the timely demise of baby Jesus the Christ, the infant terrible who has unleashed more terror on this Earth than anyone else. Why were the Jews exterminated again? Because they killed the pathetic, ghostly dictator of the lessors, baby Jesus the Christ. That obnoxious, puritanical twerp should have been garroted and paraded through Jerusalem.
Christians hate gays and lesbians, are misogynistic, are anti-semitic, and in fact, are the most hateful people on earth, ones who create entire cathedrals to absolve themselves of the sins of their hatefulness. While outnumbering the Klan ten-to-one, the Southern Baptist Conference looked the other way during thousands of lynchings. Christianity is a disease that thrives on ignorance and intolerance.
Hitler exterminated the Jewish people because they were stereotyped as being degenerates, and for being impure. According to the Nazis, the pure ones, the Christians (every last Nazi was baptized), were the ones running the concentration camps. The Nazis did not hunt down Jews for being wealthy, they hunted them because they killed that runt, baby Jesus.
The Nazis even held degenerate art exhibits to foster hate, just as the Vatican fosters bigotry today so the Christian faithful can feel superior over their under classes, and so they can bolster an unearned identity of purity and wholesomeness. Grab the air sickness bag.
The Jews had money? The genocide in the Warsaw Ghetto took place in just that — an impoverished ghetto. Vanderbilt, Morgan, Chase, Rockefeller, Carnegie, Mellon, Ford, Bezos, Gates, Jobs, and Trump (not to mention that he was a Nazi-sympathizer in Charlottesville), were, and are, the wealthiest people on Earth, yet not one was a Jew...
John Barre, leader of the Long Island Catholic congregation, a front organization for Long Island pedophiles, questioned his involvement in the recent Pennsylvania sexual abuse indictments where he had “worked,” charges levied twenty years too late. He said that if they released a pedophile, “Father” Michael Lawrence, back into the community, he would only do more damage. What he conveniently neglected to mention was that this pedophile should have been turned over to the police. The reason he didn’t was because priests belong to a higher authority, they belong to the congress of a pedophile, Vatican god. The holier-than-thou priests will never turn in their own kind to the police, they have taken a solemn blood oath of depravity, in service of Jesus the Christ.
“...A priest who raped a young girl in the hospital after she had her tonsils out; a victim tied up and whipped with leather straps by a priest; and another priest who was allowed to stay in ministry after impregnating a young girl and arranging for her to have an abortion...”
— Catholic Priests Abused 1,000 Children in Pennsylvania, Report Says (from the Aug. 14, 2018, New York Times)
The Vatican does not only eagerly harbor criminals, it just as eagerly creates them. Yet the conditions that created these horrors have not changed. The Vatican hires priests who do not have families because they are cheap workers. Because of misogyny, these “priests” are only male, whose only sexual satisfaction is what is available, that is, children.
The Vatican is a never prosecuted, tax exempt, criminal organization that plays with the heads of their brainwashed followers. The Vatican and its churches are just as lethal as the mafia, but have complete legal protection. These clergy heathens, from priest to Pope, have claimed to channel God, so police and other government agencies all look the other way. They allow killers of innocence in their ranks, who terminate young, normal lives, and they do not give one damn about it. They just cover it up, without changing who delivers their sermons, and that is unmarried pedophiles.
This is just one child in Pennsylvania from among the thousands of victims: The boy was raped, then told he needed to ask for forgiveness in confession — for being raped. There are Boston, and Long Island parishes, besides Pennsylvania’s, as well as other ones, of similar depravity. These outposts of sodomy are much more than likely, everywhere on Earth — anyplace this sick virus of a belief system called Christianity plants roots, there is criminal activity.
The horror of Sodom and Gomorrah is not found outside the Church, it is found within its walls. Why would anyone ever give the Church a dime, when it is effectively a zoo for sex felons? Or just as bad, why step inside its doors? This is where Satan continues to dwell without compunction. The church is the scariest place in any town.
The Vatican has it all going on, they are a one-stop hate shop. They hate gays and lesbians, they actively deny women rights, and their staff sexually molests children all the time. Then, on top of all this, they are rewarded with tax-exempt status. They go around claiming they are holier-than-thou, and that they smell like a rose, when they actually reek the fetid smell of death. They claim that they are religious, when they are only bigoted, felonious Nazis. The Vatican is the Ku Klux Klan...
The latest Catholic priest pedophile scandals in Pennsylvania involve yet more unreported and never prosecuted sexual assault. If this ends up causing the demise of their global Christian coven, then no one will be happier than the long-suffering Jews. Christians have always blamed the Jews for killing their sweetie-pie, baby Jesus the Christ. With baby Jesus the Christ at last out of the picture as the ghostly leader of a failed religion, the Jews can finally breath freely after two thousand years of Christian torment.
Religion is a Ponzi scheme. The one above you in seniority says God exists, so you believe, and those below you then believe. Because you now do believe, you pay for favors, or dispensations, that ultimately go to the top of the pyramid, which is the Vatican.
Jesus institutionalized love. Love had always existed, just as parenthood had (or the species would have never survived), but he made love an intricate part of his Church. Jesus institutionalized love outside of individual, personal experience; and instead it became an experience of the church system, only learned within Church walls.
This proved easy to root for, and this was the flag the Church rallied around for two thousand years. Love boosted profits; love added to Vatican land assets; love gave the Holier-than-thous non-profit status; and most importantly, love gave his church something to sell at the pulpit. Later, selling love was replaced by selling fetuses-are-people.
Pope Jorge stated that the Vatican is against all capital punishment, but he won’t state that his hate group is against all homophobia and misogyny.
According to the Supreme Court of these United States, hate and intolerance are “sincere religious beliefs.” With their backing of the baker bigot who denied service to a gay couple, the Clowns in Black and Christians are once again proponents and adopters of social injustice.
How is this any different from not serving African Americans at lunch counters in the south during the Sixties? White Southerners claimed then that they were superior to blacks.
Now, so called Christians are saying they are superior to gays and lesbians, that they are not worthy of goods and services, because they supposedly have a higher calling from god. Their hateful discrimination is guised as devout piousness.
The remedy is simple: Businesses should not serve Christians because they comprise a misogynistic and homophobic hate group.
Old, White, male virgins have decided that women cannot have control over their own bodies. Without citing Biblical chapter and verse, they claim that fetuses are people, when at three months of development — the current limit for terminating pregnancies — mice function at a greater level. The Vatican, and actually all so-called Christians, believe in unwanted children, forced parenthood, and baby giveaways.
The virus of homophobia began with hicks in caves, the ancients responsible for writing the Bible, specifically Leviticus of the Old Testament. The hate continues to this day, as Leviticus is the standard by which the Vatican negatively judges gays and lesbians. By the way, the passage vilifying the homosexual also warns of bestiality — having sex with animals. This is how topical the Bible is today.
The ones who need social justice aren’t the ones that the church is indebted to for building their cathedrals. The rich pay handsomely for absolution of their sins however falsely it is given. The poor need hope but the Vatican and the indigent both know they won’t find any inside Christian temples.
Jesus the Christ, aka, the King of the Rats
Jesus the Christ, as in Attila the Hun, as in Christ wasn’t Jesus’ family name — he never had one. There was never a Julius the Caesar. Jesus was a bastard who hung around prostitutes. His parents did not show up to claim his body after Good Friday, Mary Magdalene and her hooker friends did though. Jesus the Christ would scribble his musings in the dirt just as a side show carny would, and he led a bona fide freak show. All hail Jesus the Christ, the rat king.
Ancients in caves would be beside themselves with laughter if they knew how serious their bible scribbling was being taken today, two thousand years later. All the Church loons out there are completely wrong in believing they are reading the words of God. In reality, everything the cave dwellers wrote, all the social control imparted via meekness, was in fact jotted down by the deeply prejudiced, homophobic, and the power hungry, looking for an upper hand against the unsuspecting — and Jesus the Christ led the pack.
The cave dwellers had invented a supernatural God for indoctrinating the masses with fear, and set the World in a quest to capture the illusion of purity. Shaman-inspired deception would control every last, mind-controlled Christian, for every minute of every day. All this confusion provided for a fee by Jesus the Christ, who post-Crucifixion, and as self-appointed king, shook down his subjects with: “Have ye here any meat?”
Four Amino Acids did not establish Creation
(U.S. National Library of Medicine)
Possible pairings: adenine with thymine,
guanine with cytosine (and order switched)
DNA cannot encode all that geneticists claim that it does. 1/19/19. How do the pairs of amino acids, which comprise the genetic blueprint, account for all myriad of creation? Sets of tooth varieties, blood circulation, brain memory and reasoning, sexual functioning, glandular homeostasis (maintaining chemical equilibrium), etcetera, are supposedly given all instructions to function from the DNA genetic string, the helix...
These organs develop from a single cell, a fertilized egg, yet each require: functional differentiation (what these cells are supposed to accomplish); chemical coordination with other organs (blood processing); placement information within the body; growth limitations; dimension specs; yet there is no way they are getting these encodings from Adenine-Thymine, Cytosine-Guanine pairings.
The Theory Of Evolution Is Abysmally Weak 1/13/19. The theory of evolution and its natural selection mechanism explains the retention of advantageous traits very well. What it spectacularly fails to do is explain how those traits got there in the first place.
Random genetic mutation of just two pairs of amino acids (adenine-thymine and cytosine-guanine) — supposedly continually occuring — will never explain: brain reasoning and memory storage, body-wide blood circulation, sexual functioning, gland regulation, and the five senses, including, but not limited to, stereoscopic, 3D vision and hearing, converting touch into its cerebral manifestation, along with olfactory senses converting molecules into identifiable scents. This is an extremely limited highlight list, one without inclusion of a vast multitude of other functional refinements of species.
Another thing it cannot explain is why species do not evolve a second time. Apes did not become human a second time. In fact, outside of breeding experimentation, there hasn’t been any new species in thousands of years even though DNA is supposedly continuously mutating.
Those Are Two Pairs of Awfully Intelligent Amino Acids Is all the majesty of Creation simply a product of two randomly-arranged, DNA amino acids pairs — adenine-thymine, or cytosine-guanine? This is what geneticists and Darwinists would have you believe...
Existence of species as generated by evolutionary axioms is pretty much a statistical impossibility. Random molecular collisions of DNA amino acids can never account for all before us. Geneticists can account for the heredity of eye color, but never the intricate development of the mind — not even close. How is this masterwork created without informed guidance, instead of simple, ungoverned chemicals? Evolutionists as well usurp the majesty of Creation with their very small models of survival of the most attractive, and random genetic mutation.
Life in all its forms also played no part in establishing its own existence — life was not willed individually, yet could it have been willed collectively by some greater force invisible to pedestrian mortals? Every living being just showed up on this earth one day without any act of will, premeditation, or self-design. Further, humanity will never recreate itself from salt, water, and amino acids, or a variant there in. Or at least today they are impossibly far away from creating life given any stock of its molecular components.
For our generation’s part, we only exist because our forebears existed already and had offspring. The only reason our distant forebears exist gets into unsatisfactorily-solved puzzles. These include the unfathomable genius guiding the establishment of Creation’s: internal spirit and consciousness; 3D-stereoscopic vision; blood circulation via tubes that grew into place with appropriate density; digestion to purchase energy; healing via blood clotting; thinking and persistent memory; two-gendered sexuality; as well as grasping objects and physical mobility.
Is there proof to back these assertions? The proof of a larger organizational force behind Creation is everywhere in life’s biochemical designs (see prior paragraph), in its infinite designs and refinements. The proof of geneticists lies in four amino acids, four test-tube chemicals. The former explains much more with greater satisfaction than the latter can ever.
Species evolving independently of the DNA model makes sense. Just consider a clam I once saw out of its salt water home, freshly caught. It stuck its “foot” out of its shell. It was responding to its environment, yet it had no brain. There may be infinite other examples of this subconscious adaptation to one’s environment, going straight to advancement, an ebb of sorts, ascending the evolutionary tree independent of random DNA combinations. The four amino acid model of DNA, and evolution of the reproductively attractive, cannot explain the majesty of Creation, it is simply too limited.
In other words, it is too much to accept that four amino acids generated the majesty of all Creation seen everywhere here on this planet, and likely in many more galaxies. The Periodic Table of the (chemical) Elements holds true in our Universe, our building blocks are uniform as foundations of matter anywhere else. Pairs of redundant eyes, ears, legs, and arms, are needed for basic survival in millions upon millions of galaxies. The universe is most likely populated by other humans, ones having risen just as defiantly, and inexplicably, from the primordial ooze to join the cosmic ballet... 6/15/18.
Darwin cannot Explain Teeth, et al 1/01/17. With ungoverned evolution based solely on reproducing adaptive yet random DNA patterns, how would Darwin explain symmetrically-created and differentiated teeth? They are nicely arrayed by categories in one’s mouth. There are incisors, molars, premolars, and canines existing in one’s mouth in a very organized, symmetric fashion.
The DNA model assumes that this is all a product of random mutation when it obviously cannot be. Was there a jumble of disorganized teeth, a few molars here, a few incisors there, a one-in-a-million winning smile would need reproduction in an ape clan?
Just as teeth are not a product of random DNA, non-governed mutation, how can our vision system, our circulatory system, and our musculature, be thought of as just random instructions coming together to create majestic cross-functioning units?
Without Christmas Gifts, Christianity wouldn’t be around Today
Ashley Judd is the third ape down, in the second row. I will admit, that for an ape, she is very cute. Unfortunately, she’s not waving at the cameraman in this photo. Any contempt here is a long story involving Facebook, and Ashley’s tendency to shoot from the hip. I’ll explain it to you sometime...
These apes are standing and singing for their Lord, at the church of the Ape King, Jesus the Christ. This is the church as seen in the year 3017AD, when looking back a thousand years. The Other Letter’s Crucifixion eclipse exposition proved to be the turning point of their: screwy, alcoholic, preposterous, inorganic, intolerant, homophobic, misogynistic, hypocritical, reproductive rights blocking, hurtful, scary, proselytizing, humorless, asexual, party-pooping, self-righteous, self-important, holier-than-thou, and one-size-fits-all church, one made for goody-two-shoes, clones.
There are those among us who say that that makes this a hate site, but looking at the Vatican’s rap sheet as a misogynistic homophobe, am I supposed to like this organization? It is not worthy of our ridicule and condemnation? Why would anyone devote themselves to this God-awful mess? Although apes would, and do...
You may be wondering why anyone would bother taking on the Gospel of Jesus the Christ, and his father, God, when their story is believed by over a billion people, hook, line, and sinker. You might say: “True, The Other Letter has discovered that Christianity is based on a false premise, and that Jesus survived his own Crucifixion, but doesn’t the Church and the Synagogue do great works?”
Well, you must know that both the Vatican and the Jewish Orthodoxy are homophobic, and that they cite for their position the Old Testament’s Book of Leviticus, written by uninformed ancients in caves. The Church is also misogynistic, and will not allow women into leadership positions. Judaism and Islam are both eye-for-an-eye religions, “sanctioned” violent revenge can be justified (for evidence, just read about the Zionists slaughter of over 2,100, innocent, civilian Gazans in 2014 ).
Ultimately then, the three major religions are hate groups, ones that offer their adherents superiority over anyone besides their own kind. Their so called teachings are not based on universal love and they are without divine guidance, because their Gospel is only the ramblings of half-starved cavemen. Their sleazy religious leaders are just fakes. These Houses of Warship absolve sin, so they cater to sinners (or simpletons), making them adored by organized crime. Centralized religions, like the Vatican, make tons of money pushing crocks of unnatural advice, essentially they peddle garbage via fear of an imaginary, everywhere Jesus.
Even the nuns, those at the bottom of the Jesus the Christ heap, have a long history of being domineering and vicious. Does anyone remember getting rapped on the knuckles with a ruler by the Mother Inferior? This is almost understandable. Nuns have married Jesus, and he’s never home. He’s always out frolicking with the unmarried priests, and more than anyone else, they all love their young choir boys.
This is why The Other Letter offers an alternative, because the major religions are not all that spiritual. They only leave you cold and guilty with their prohibitions on most of the stuff people find fun; while enjoying what the warm-hearted find reprehensible.
Comparing the Major Religions to an Other Spirituality
|Spiritual Topic||Religions of the World (mostly Christianity and Catholicism, but not exclusively)||An Other Spirituality|
|The Bible Condensed|
|To quote John Lennon and Paul McCartney: “Love, love, love...”||Jesus must have felt humanity love instinctually, parents detested their children, and spouses had it in for their spouse. So his main message for his flock, repeated over and over was “Love one another.” This should have been written: “Love those who deserve your love.” Generally speaking, Christians hold gay people in complete contempt, they hold the conviction, backed by their ancient, hate-reinforcing document, the Bible, that they are fundamentally flawed. Zionists detest the Palestinians. These ‘devout’ somehow feel their piousness legitimizes this contempt, and even condones the murder of their enemy.||Love is love, it is not within one’s powers to decide whom they find attractive. What gives one group of people the right to decide who others can love? The Methodist Church just splintered because the Traditionalist majority wanted to continue being homophobic, while the minority thought this was wrong. If you were to say your Bible somewhere forbids Elton John or Ellen Degeneres from marrying their lovers, then your Bible is not worth the paper it is printed upon (to give you an idea of how topical their cherished Bible is, they also forbid bestiality, see above link). One of the first things Hitler did when he was given the reins of power, was to ban “degenerate” paintings of homosexual artists. By promoting bigotry, which has become the new cause célèbre of the Christian Church, they are right up there beside Hitler.|
|“He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”||Anyone who has never sinned, should cast the first stone condemning a sinner. This is where Jesus, in his infinite majesty, saves an adulterous woman from a mob.||Twice in the linked Biblical passage, Christ bends over and writes in the sand. Who writes on the ground to compose their thinking? Who would channel God in such a histrionic manner? God is found in the sand? No, he did it for dramatic effect, no other reason. Jesus was an ancient, sideshow carny. (A side note: if Jesus was actually without sin, he should have thrown the first stone.)|
|“...They hated me without a cause.”||Jesus is confounded by how he can be hated when we know he is God. When this insight is applied to those who are victims of hate crime, one sees that they never deserved their abuse, it was without justification.||Jesus is alive post-Crucifixion, he is hated with just cause. He just pulled off the scam of all history. Then there’s the fact that the Vatican itself hates freely — gays, and even women, are the inferiors of Christian males. It is homophobic, the gay cannot take their marriage vows in the Church where they were Baptized; and it is misogynistic because priests, the Church leaders, can only be men. Meanwhile, by the edict of White, virgin males, women must carry their unwanted fetuses to term, and any pregnant are forced to become mothers, or are subject to baby giveaways. Gays and women are treated with prejudice, and hated without cause by the Church. In fact, by promoting misogyny and homophobia, the Vatican leads the largest hate group in the World (and they claim, and get, tax-exempt, non-profit status).|
|“...Ask, and it shall be given you...”||“...Seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” Assertiveness is a Commandment from God.||I don’t have much of an issue to raise here (could I?), although Christianity has a tendency to create sheep, and Luke ll:9 addresses this in some degree.|
|“To every thing there is a season... A time to be born, and a time to die... A time to kill, and a time to heal...”||From those words in Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3, comes the lyrics for the Sixties anthem by the Byrds, Turn, turn, turn. The verses demonstrate that for every hatred shown by a few, it is recompensed by the kindness of millions of other men and women. There are cycles to hostilities.||The only qualm one might have with this Bible passage is the necessity for cycles, or seasons of hatred, that somehow murder on a national scale can be justified. With today’s advanced channels for dialog, and the wisdom of millennia, Mankind will learn enough to know that killing is only unbridled nihilism, and that it helps no people to survive. It is just the folly of the deluded and powerful with assault rifles. Before it is too late, Homo Sapiens, the most violent creature to ever tread Earth, must one day realize how wrong they have been.|
|Backdoors in the Holy Bible (and the story of Jesus the Christ)||Jesus’ grace has no backdoors, not even when the unmarried priests and the young choir boys, oh, never mind... Jesus the Christ is perfect, okay?||The biggest backdoor is in the Book of Luke, Chapter 24, verses 39 through 41. Jesus the Christ admits he is mortal and of “flesh and blood” following his supposed Crucifixion. In Luke, Chapter 23:44-45, the eighteen-year cyclical eclipse freakishly coincides with the Crucifixion indicating up to eighteen years of planning for Christ’s little, death-defying show. In Luke 23:26, Simon carries the Crucifix of Jesus, for a God, Jesus needs to lift more. To round this off, the next-of-kin of Simon the Cyrenian, who himself is ostensibly just a Crucifix-bearer, are given a mention in Mark 15:21. If anyone was Crucified that day, it would have to be Simon. He would be the fall guy when the lights went out from God venting his anger, or whatever the superstitious from then blamed the eclipse upon. Meanwhile Simon’s family had an unusual Bible tribute for getting “compelled” into taking Christ’s place at the Cross. Here are several more previously inexplicable passages.|
|The Power of Faith||Psalms, Chapter 23: “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want ... I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me ...” This may be fine until you realize that you’re handing over your fate to the ether. Isn’t faith stronger when placed with yourself in concert with all Creation surrounding you?||As soon as you hand over your free will to the ether, you lose control over your fate. Instead, join forces with all Creation, with the rest of Man, and with the benevolence evident in Creation’s aggregate bonhomie, or goodwill. What is above us, which is only an airy nothingness, is useless; but what is good and true is everyone and everything found everywhere at any time around us and beside us. Inspiration from humanity is timeless, this spans all generations.|
|Corinthians, Chapter 13||“...And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity...” The first two concern your needs. The last, charity, concerns your kindness to the rest of this Earth at large, and how, or if, those needs are met.||This is the one chapter of the Bible that even I, with a critical mind set, feel is not at all incomprehensible gobbledygook, and has actual value. It makes good sense to hold kindness and charity above hope, or even faith, because without caring, we are left all alone, and the deserving get nothing. Additionally, in Corinthians 13:4-5 “...charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up. Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil...” On the other hand, charity first is steeped in Church belief, mostly because they want your money, your charity. Churches cost money, and world religious leadership costs big money. (Joni Mitchell had spoken of these particular passages once.)|
|Eye for an eye versus turn the other cheek.||Jesus made the submission of will to the aggressor a major selling point of his Church. Join it, and you will one day reach the ideal, and live life the way Christ said he lived it. For observant Jews intent on avoiding hypocrisy and on serving their Lord, an eye for an eye also means that they should be backing the Death Penalty. One God in the Holy Bible commands us to love until our heart bleeds. In the same tome, an earlier God commands us not to love, so revenge, even deadly revenge, is certain. The last prophet of Islam, Mohammed, claims those wronged, and whom war was made against, are permitted to fight in retaliation (apparently to the death).||If you live exactly by Christ’s words you will be dead in no time. In reality, people must offer at least some resistance when they are affronted with aggression. Christ does sound as though he was shepherding pliant sheep, or raising pansies, to appease the dictators of the Roman Empire. With the full persuasive force of the Crucifixion Eclipse backing him, his directive for timidity and passivity held great sway, even unto today. The main advantage of a ‘turn the other cheek’ approach is that extreme aggression might be seen in relief with passivity as counterpoint. Of course, not defending your turf leads to guilt and even death. On the other hand, eye for an eye justice from the Old Testament ‘gives what you get.’ In practice, unless you need to satisfy the power structure, eye for an eye is a much more honest mandate for assertive behavior than the unrealistic designs of Jesus the Christ. By surviving his Crucifixion, Christ was in service of the Roman State, as Pontius Pilate and King Herod were following his practices closely. Of the three major religions, none endorse unilateral aggression, although the Quran, most recently written, seems to suggest that just, equitable scores have every right (the words used were “having sanction”) to be settled, and the Old Testament suggests almost as much.|
|The hook to get people to sign onto a faith.||“Whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Follow the path of Jesus and his apostolic Merry Men, and you will live forever, so says John 3:16. There are even songs written about John 3:16, one being John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16, by Nicole Kidman’s husband, Keith Urban. Thoughts of Heaven make the time spent in the Christians’ world of endless self-denial go by that much quicker. Mideast terrorists also get a sweet afterlife bargain with their sign-on bonus of 72 virgins courtesy of their terrorist God (or is that a sign-off bonus?) So go to Church, or the Mosque, and we’ll talk. Get in good with us, we’ll fast track you to Heaven, and get you inside those Pearly Gates. Just don’t forget to give generously when we pass around the hat.||We are not about to lay on any heavy guilt trips, or say if you don’t believe in our spiritual foundations, you won’t make it to the rolling meadows of clover. Here, we only say: enjoy all you have been given; and live and let live. High pressure, save-your-soul tactics are not our style. To quote Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, “If Jesus saves, he better save himself, because he has created plenty of fat men, guilty of nothing, or free of any sin because their sins have all been absolved by Confession with a certified pedophile.” By the way, the hook in Scientology is the promise, obviously never delivered upon, of meeting Tom Cruise and John Travolta at the L. Ron annual company picnic — that, or at last encountering Thetans, or just marching in a Right-wing, fascist, in-your-face, good ol’, anti-shrink rally (they do exist).|
|God’s, or better, Creation’s, Providence||The saints take oaths of poverty, renounce physical comforts, and live with next to nothing. Because it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle... If they’re heading straight for sainthood, they don’t shower as well. God does not overlook going this extra mile in a sainthood application.||We have all the material resources to make almost every last person on Earth happy and healthy, but our distribution system is plagued by greed. Someday we will coordinate the logistics of manufacture and distribution with the goal of satisfying World demand. This planet gets so hung up on insuring deservedness of absolute necessities. Either we make food, goods, medicine, and adequate housing, available to everyone, or we start having mass die offs.|
|Reciprocity when Judging Adversaries||“Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven...”||When you bolster your ego by lowering your estimation of someone else, you lose a degree of your innocence — you become complicit in some measure of character assassination, however seemingly innocuous. When you hate, you are denying yourself peace. Giving love fills our hearts with it; denying others love, denies that same feeling to ourselves. If you are only busy taking people down, your life is an empty one. You become vulnerable to any of the slings and arrows your adversary may be known to carry for themselves about you. In harboring thoughts corrupting their character, you are over time, ultimately corrupting your own well being. That said, the typical recourse for being hurt is to judge your adversary, usually as harshly as the situation demands.|
|Everyone is a sinner, this puts us on the same plane||An adulterous woman is about to be stoned. Jesus scribbles in the sand, then says: “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”||Note that by Jesus’ own measure, he himself does not cast a stone either. Jesus is as much of a sinner as anyone else. The Vatican will say that Jesus would never stone a woman though. Simon the Cyrenian, who carried Jesus’ cross, and likely took the fall for him as well, would have a better idea as to how innocent Jesus is, especially with Christ’s post-Crucifixion comment proving he survived his torture very handily: “Have ye here any meat?”|
|Forgiveness||Forgive them, they know not what they do.||They should have known better, yet so far you’ve been paying for their ignorance. One day there may be the possibility that they will finally see the light. Until then, we can try to let it go or forget it. If you have ever dealt with big league bastards, do not expect forgiving or forgetting to be an appropriate remedy. Maybe if the trespasser lets you know that they had a lapse in judgment, or offers an apology, the spirit of forgiveness might or might not be offered in return. If you can muster forgiveness, it might liberate your soul, not only for you, but especially to those you trust who may deserve your forgiveness. Forgiveness is an option for those who were stepped on by those who you care for, it is not in any way at all required, especially with strangers. They messed with you, you do not owe them the time of day — ever.|
|The Big Questions||Ancient, Dated Religions||An Other Spritiuality|
|Who wrote the Bible?||Most passages were written by god himself on papyrus and tablets during his occasional earthly visits. The rest were whispered into the ears of prophets who were carefully selected by god, and they hurriedly wrote them down with quills.||Seriously now, the Bible was written by very bored, ignorant, and ancient hicks likely dosed up on psilocybin mushrooms from their abodes in caves or mud huts (hallucinations explain the serpent in the Garden of Eden tempting Eve, the first woman, into eating the apple that “caused” all of Man’s downfall. Mushrooms would also explain the mark of the beast, 666). The writers were bestowed Svengali privileges which was their goal in the first place when they invented their prophecies. In their arrogance, the Biblical verses of these so-called visionaries made them sound as though they were chosen by god, even though their divinity was only self-anointed.|
|Why are we here? What is the point of endlessly pursuing material wealth, and getting ahead of the Joneses?||To serve God up in the Heavens, who is a wonderful over-achiever; and to Westernize the rest of the World, because the savages in the Third World need to be civilized, after they’ve been enslaved.||We are here: To make the most of the hand we were dealt in life; to keep the circle of life continually turning; and if we can, to provide for the next generation. We inherited stewardship of this Earth. To this end we need to elect leaders who can improve on the health and happiness, peace and prosperity, of those who were here before us. Anyone, from any station in life though, can help to improve life on Earth just by being kind and lending a hand to those in need.|
|For five-hundred and the game: Name the greatest example of the beauty of Creation.||Christians would say the greatest ever is their idol, Lord Jesus the Christ (he has disappeared two thousand years without a trace); Jews would say Jehovah is the most refined example; and Muslims would say Allah is their go-to guy beyond measure.||That Homo Sapiens can think complex thoughts, have memories, perceive the visual world in three dimensions, and experience emotion such as love and compassion, makes the real God, ourselves. Evolution credence is misplaced when given to theories of Creation derived from ungoverned, random, molecular collisions as Charles Darwin and geneticists suggest. The profoundly non-mechanical miracles of brain function, memory, language capability, and problem-solving, is far too complex to be a product of simple, unreasoned, molecular and chemical reactions. Those who say that any God accounts for everyone and everything and their movements on this earth today are wrong; and the Evolutionists who claim the majesty of Creation was only an intergalactic luck of the draw are mistaken as well. Those who look at the majesty of Creation and just plain know that there is some infinite force propelling our initial creation, are in the know.|
|What is next for this planet?||The Messiah returns during the next fire and brimstone epoch, saving us from extinction; and handing out hardbound copies of the Newest Testament for a nominal fee.||Unless World-wide, age-old, and never-ending issues are resolved concerning privilege (economic and power-based), the unequal distribution of wealth, and goods distribution, Creation may not last as long as we would hope and pray that it would.|
|Where are we ultimately going?||If we stay close to our God, to the pearly gates of Heaven.||If we regularly try to be a good person, and not a hurtful one, even overcoming most of the major obstacles set before us in life, much anecdotal evidence suggests that there is another realm. This spirit world is not seeable by mortals today — with the exception of a few signs from God one might see over a lifetime. The spark defining our consciousness will never be observed, why is it always seen as pedestrian, worldly, and of this Earth? According to well-established laws of physics, energy can neither be created nor destroyed. This law would also have to be applied to indestructible, cerebral energies. Otherwise, molecules that form our body as we live and breath today are immutable and can easily be assimilated and reincarnated into future life.|
|Evolution, or where have we been?||God created the Universe in seven days. He was originally given a month by his boss, the God of God, but the deadline was shortened as another galaxy was ready to start the full treatment.||Eternities of time created the incredibly intricate life systems such as vision and digestion seen everywhere today. (Time has no beginning. If you get to the beginning of time, there is still an eternity of time before that, and so on.) There does seem to be however, an unaccountable ebbing or pulling of life’s DNA blueprint besides trial and error from molecular collisions. Simple happenstance, and sloughing off the lineage of the non-reproducing can hardly explain the overwhelming complexity of humanity today. Can all of Creation simply be a product of random, self-organizing yet ungoverned, chemical compounds, and subatomic particle affinity? Given species advancement from interstellar dust, isn’t the theory of evolution too unsophisticated to account for our extremely sophisticated life forms?|
|What is Heaven?||This is where the good live a blissful afterlife in the next World. Christians often impatiently waste their entire lives waiting to be the grateful dead, except they may have nothing awaiting them when they check out. To ancient peoples, this is just where food was readily available.||For our days living on this Earth, it is as though there are seasons. At times, we are blessed and Heaven-bound; and other times, we are cursed and Hell-bound, or held in limbo in a Dante-like Purgatorio. The fates are all on our side, or else they seem to abandon us. If one lives a just life, the more enjoyable, metaphorical summer and autumn is a reward blessed later in life. Living as the Gods are thought to live might become a consequence of: living right; being good to one’s fellow man; falling or being in love; doing good works (even if it goes unrecognized); being tolerant until all patience is lost; although other reasons might be myriad. This is heaven on earth. Given how phenomenally complex man is, and how its evolution cannot be explained by today’s mechanisms, who is to say the cosmic does not await at the end of life’s tunnel?|
|What is Hell?||Those who do not accept Jesus the Christ are sent to torturing, excruciatingly uncomfortable, and burning Hell. The Church discusses Hell often, although none have personally seen it.||Living in a Hell on Earth might be a consequence of: going after people in attempts to hurt them; willfulness; living to excess, or denying pleasure to one’s self or someone else; living without love, without recognition, or with a broken heart; economic misfortune; or a multitude of other reasons — some your fault, some definitely not. Then there are those who found a place in their own private Hell long ago, and they would like you around for the company.|
|Why must we die?||So we can at last meet Baby Jesus up in Heaven. Ashley Judd says: “Goody, gum drops!”||Life arises from the dust and the firmament, then settles back into dust, only to rise back up again into life. A death, if not painfully prolonged, is a small price to pay for participation in the grand majesty of Creation. Death is an unfortunate fact of life. It’s an inescapable and natural consequence of molecular organization on this plane of existence. The molecular building blocks of life’s systems eventually succumb, and revert, to entropy, or random, non-governed dust. Every living creature ever born has died, or will one day die — or move to the next realm. After nature has run its course, and our bodies wear out, we must make way for the next generation. Life needs to be seen through new eyes. Were we not to die, overpopulation would force Creation to starve itself to death. For Mankind’s part alone, our experience with life might tend to get repetitive if we lived for centuries. Regardless of the existence of a hereafter, we have the potential to live eternally via: lasting, good deeds; one’s offspring; or a reincarnation of our spirit here on Earth. Regardless, there is plenty to do every day without spending too much time considering all this morbidity.|
|Is all of life sacred?||Yes, from the tiniest, ugliest fly, and the most insidious and painful cancer, it is all here courtesy of God, and with his full blessing. Any life must be revered. This includes cockroaches. God works in strange and wonderful ways, and yes, he has a sense of humor. That explains the cockroaches, the flies, and the cancer.||No, all life is not sacred. Just consider the most vile of life, Adolf Hitler. He was a monster, no one but the most vile of Nazi would say he is sacred. Or consider a human fetus, one that cannot think or breath. The only thing about it that would make one consider it human is that it is found inside a human woman’s womb. It should not be carried to term if it cannot be raised by its natural parents. Inside the womb it is an “it.” It is not a human, a child, or an infant; it is only an undeveloped fetus. The Church was looking for talking points to promote their misogynistic, homophobic coven, and in the second half of the Twentieth Century, this became a huge parlor discussion for them, to deny the poor and any “lowly” woman, reproductive rights. It astounds how the Christians have any say in lives besides their own.|
|What is the back story of our Universe?||It was created by our God in the seven days of Genesis.||It is an almost interminable, or infinite, vacuum starkly contrasted by perhaps a few planetary oases of hope, hope that life and love will prevail, or triumph, over death and hatred. The Universe has no beginning in both time and space, and has no ends either.|
|Do the innocent suffer?||No, the only ones who suffer are those who have fallen out of God’s good graces, who stopped going to Communion, and who ignore Baby Jesus’ plan for them.||Yes, the innocent suffer all the time, from the beginning of recorded history, and before. All too often, the innocent suffer more than the guilty. Every being on this Earth originates from the womb of Creation, the result of a life-giving process whose health is not informed, or guaranteed, by a God in a throne tossing thunderbolts. At the rate humanity is proceeding all disease will one day be cured, and prophesied lives of perpetual longevity like Methuselah of the Old Testament will become possible. Perhaps every disease kink in both Creation, and our experience with life and humanity, will be ironed out. Until then, life and even certain of its people, can be excruciatingly unkind.|
|What gave rise to this majesty of Creation seen everywhere?||We were put on this Earth 6,000 years ago by a male God who created everything — including the 6,000 year old dinosaurs — got the Universe up and running, and generally infused life into all of planet Earth. This was a six day enterprise, with God taking the last day off for himself so he might catch up on his rest.||An Other Spirituality believes evolution existed, but the force behind it is far from simple DNA mutation. We know that the chemical blueprint, building blocks known as DNA in conjunction with their mutation accounts for much variety of life — hair color, variants in chemicals synthesized, etcetera. Yet four amino acids cannot account for astoundingly complex, large-scale systems, ones that work together in a tightly-coordinated systems. These systems cannot be a product of molecular happenstance. Random molecular collisions are hardly enough to account for their sophistication. Just consider the sensory processors of light, sound, smell, and taste. Then consider body systems such as blood purification; esophageal digestion breaking down food into usable molecular components; and circulatory systems that transport oxygen-rich blood to every part of the body. Vision especially, takes outside light and represents it in 3D inside the brain, resolved by brain pathways we do not have the tools to detect. It is like saying a skyscraper can one day be built with gorillas in an entirely random fashion, they just need the right tools. Our species is not a function of random, ungoverned processes, but instead there is an ebb, a persistence towards manifesting the functionality that Creation requires.|
|How do the four amino acids of DNA (adenine-guanine or cytosine-thymine pairings) explain the incredible complexity of your organs’ functioning, their relative location to one another, their growth in relation to other organs, and their final expected size? Examples include the circulatory system, the vision system, memory, emotion, and a brain that out powers, high-end, silicon chips?||Our anthropomorphic God (one patterned after humans) is sitting up in his throne and he has carefully decided how your body must work.||It is supposedly proven that the DNA genome is the entire species blueprint, but the world of simple, Darwinian chemistry, and four amino acids, cannot explain the majesty of Creation. Can these nucleotide pairings explain a brain that can reason, love, and remember any type of information? How can you say a circulatory system with continuous, capillary tubing starting at the heart and going everywhere in the body, is made via these two chemical pairs? Do those four chemicals explain our senses, especially a vision system converting ambient light into intelligible imaging, and brain waves that categorize visual signals (a human brain has cells that are precisely placed and coordinated, and can reason far beyond a top-end, computer chip’s capabilities). The final explanation for the extreme genius of Creation may be known in ten-thousand years, but if it is, it likely won’t be spoken by mere mortals.|
|Doesn’t DNA explain all the majesty of Creation?||No, do not put your stock in DNA, put it in our Lord above, the almighty Jesus (or Jehovah, or Allah, if you, or your parents, were so inclined to denominate you as such).||DNA explains protein synthesis, and it is supposed to explain the cell reproduction responsible for creating life. This DNA genetic blueprint is also said to be responsible for generating every type of cell tissue, and in its appropriate location. Yet, consider that DNA is simply sequences of amino acid pairs (adenine-guanine or cytosine-thymine), connected to two helix backbones. Then are we to believe that the entire variety and complexity of Creation is the product of only that, only four chemicals? There have to be other factors in play besides just DNA — and the proteins and cells it creates, without the benefit of any supervising intellect. The precise stimulus for cell reproduction, that is, DNA helix splitting, and the initiator of life, has never been isolated, and chances are, it won’t be. If I throw a rubber ball for eternity against a wall, I won’t end up with a diamond in my hand — metaphorically, genetics theory says that you will. The tools are too simple to make masterpieces. Evolution theory would have you believe that if you cordon off, and put barb wire around, a square mile of sand, and return in a million years, you would find a thriving new, humanoid species, perhaps one less dependent on fast food no less.|
|Evil-doings||Ancient, Dated Religions||An Other Spritiuality|
|The End Times||The day of judgment, when our life’s works are evaluated by God, and we are rendered to either Heaven or Hell.||When the falsely-empowered, the wicked and mean-spirited finally must empathize with their ravaged victims. They at last comprehend the depravity of their ways — often by manipulating the law, or hiding behind their religion, to their own twisted advantage. As a lifetime of evil comes to roost on the hurtful, along with being overwhelmed by their bad conscience, and following the abandonment by their just as selfish cronies, the nasty millions take their own lives en masse.|
|The Final Cataclysm||The return of Sodom and Gomorrah, followed by hail of fire and brimstone. The Messiah at last makes his return. Like Santa, God, or his rep on Earth, checks his list to see who’s been good, and who hasn’t.||The Moon’s orbit continues slowing, then it hits the Earth, almost wiping out all of life. This is akin to when the Moon entered the Earth’s orbit originally, and it created a dust cloud that wiped out the dinosaurs’ food supply, then the dinosaurs themselves (which was concluded here earlier). Our progeny, covered in lunar dust, creates caves with straw-like PVC pipes as breathing holes, sticking out into the earth above. No, sorry, this is it, the end times, we’re done, game over. Yet by then, humanity hopefully has perfected intergalactic space travel, and sends the Aryan specimens (or at least the ones that look like me, my progeny, and the Pantheon) in the approximate direction of Alpha Centauri to repopulate. I’d project that humanity has 100,000 years before the Moon runs out of steam. Wouldn’t we have straightened out our mess on Earth by then? (This series of events is a product of a Crucifixion eclipse occurring between noon and 3PM, but the moon is expected to cross the Sun-finish-lane three hours sooner according to today’s astronomy software. The moon was revolving faster in 33AD.)|
|The Seven Deadly Sins||Either mild, venial sins, or mortal, deadly sins, can be further reduced into: wrath, avarice, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony. These destroy grace and charity making eternal damnation right here on Earth possible.||These are more the outgrowth of being unloved, hurt, maladapted, and sorrowful than independent vices.|
|Waging the War on Sin||Sin must be very carefully defined and delineated. The lines are well marked with what the religious elite has deemed acceptable. A rather elaborate Confessional, redemption system has been created involving incantations such as the “Hail Mary,” and regular, paid-for Church visits that return the sinner back to their God’s good graces, at least until the lowly Catholic sinner sins again.||We are only human. What we do one day, does not represent our character for all eternity. Try to keep in mind, most sins are the result of being unloved, and misunderstood, by others, or even by ourselves. Real sin crosses a line. At minimum, it hurts ourselves, and just as likely, it hurts others in our circle, or even complete strangers.|
|Evil||Is everywhere, always be on your guard for it.||Do as you ought, or what is just, and you have little with which to be concerned.|
|The Origin of Evil||When Eve ate the apple in the Garden of Eden. (As punishment, “He [Man] shall rule over thee [woman].” Misogyny introduced by the Old Testament.)||When Man first realized he could use a lethal weapon like a stone to get all he wanted, this was the beginning of the end of Garden of Eden pacifism and civility. This was man returning to being an ape-beast, just as males with guns do today.|
|Intolerance||We are much more known for tolerance within our congregations, than outside them. We have been anointed by the Heavens above, we decide what is right for everyone else, especially the murder of children in the womb.||Each of us arose from Creation, ultimately there is an interconnection between every one of us, whether we care to admit it or not. Ultimately, in one form or another, we all depend on one another. When a lamb strays, isn’t this our responsibility to return them to their shepherdess?|
|Exorcism||The Vatican recently recognized the International Association of Exorcists.||The scientific community is out on exorcists. Some say it is hokum, others say it’s, oh, never mind, it’s all BS to confuse the faithful... One of many problems with the Vatican is that they think everyone still lives in Medieval times.|
|Hatred for one’s fellow Man||Jesus regularly exhorted this commandment to his followers: love one another (that phrase appearing 13 times in the Bible). This was the lump sum contribution to humanity of Jesus the Christ. Somehow, Christ gets credit for inventing human affection. Before Christ couples did not fall in love or take care of their children. Christ invented this.||Even monkeys and apes know more about love and affection than many backward clans of humanity do. There is a cost associated with hate; it has a strong tendency to subsume the peaceful side of the individual. Unfortunately, that those who don’t care that they lack character have to coexist with those who do. (Trump lacks character, that’s fairly obvious to anyone who themselves has a conscience.)|
|Suicide||If you commit suicide, you go straight to Hell for all Eternity.||Whether or not God commands you to Hell, your act of extreme selfishness and cowardice puts everyone you have ever known in Hell, hating you for the rest of their natural lives. The suffering need to understand that the wounds felt today are never permanent, scars will heal at some point. If you’re thinking that taking your own life will permanently solve your problems, you need to seek help immediately. Plus, there is always the chance you will partially survive your suicide attempt only to be crippled for life — with a feeding tube, or wheelchair, as a quadriplegic, for instance. Ending your life is the tragically wrong way out of whatever crisis you are going through. There are times when we all just need to take it easy. Stay the course, stick with the program, it will all work itself out, you’ll see. There are important parts of life that take time to get right.|
|Are we only put on this Earth to suffer?||No, God in his infinite mercy would never allow that. Those dying of cancer, missed Communion, so they deserved their fate.||For a variety of reasons, especially medical ones, there may be times an individual feels that they were born to suffer. Besides the physical and mental abuse of diseases such as cancer, one may want more than anything to even the score with a hurtful individual. If there is any hope at all when feeling completed defeated by one’s circumstances, it is that there are still good people left on Earth, and there are at least a few who love you. Creation would not have thrived as it has if our purpose in life was only to endure pain. That humanity has thrived (sometimes more notably than others) more than suggests that for the vast majority, Creation’s blueprint is sound. For those that this isn’t true, rest assured that memories of them shall live on forever.|
|Counsel on Foreign Relationships||Ancient, Dated Religions||An Other Spritiuality|
|Forgiveness to the trespasser: I give you crap, and you say that’s okay.||Christians always adamantly insist: “Forgive the sinner, sinners are just like you and I. No, they are you and I. Why else would we go to Church unless we had a huge burden of sinfulness to unload in the Confessional?”||If the trespasser demonstrates that they have changed their ways, the injured can forgive the trespasser. If the trespasser hasn’t changed his or her tune, forgiving them is a “Get out of jail free card.” The sinner should be the one forgiving — and forgiving himself. They shouldn’t expect forgiveness from anyone else. Forgiveness may or may not make the aggrieved feel better. Alternatively, make fun of your assaulter, don’t ever forgive them.|
|God is our friend, when we now have none||With Jesus, Jehovah, and Allah — you are relying on someone whose credentials may or may not be stellar, but someone who last took breath thousands of years ago, and who is someone you’ve never met in the flesh, and never will.||Anyone we thought was all-knowing here, or here no more, can be our ‘God.’ When you know someone well enough, channeling their appraisals of your thoughts and feelings is not such a stretch. If they have passed, would their answers when we knew them, be any different than what sounds so accurate from an alter ego emanating from our consciousness today? The person to channel might be one of the people we are closest to today, were closest to at another time, or someone we have never even met. Never lose sight of the here and now though, life is for the living.|
|Forgiveness cannot be withheld indefinitely.||Forgive them, they know not what they do.||You cannot remain ruled by your anger, it is not time well spent, it is not productive. For mutual preservation when we know someone well, the animosity must be set aside, and the sooner, the better. If the acts were out of character, mistakes are understandable and should be forgiven; if committing these acts are keeping in character, then the offending can even be forgiven out of pity. Another point is remembering who was the least forgiving of anyone ever (at least of Germany’s WWI debt), the Nazis.|
|The Setting Aside of Anger and Resentments||Let go and let God.||You may not realize, but you’re not punishing the trespasser by holding on to your anger, you are only punishing yourself. Before anger consumes you, try to let it go, but you can also try imagining what most good people, the majority of Creation, would think about the behavior of your malicious trespasser. You think they’re a rat, and everyone else probably would as well. If you are mad at someone you have feelings for, remember a few of the reasons why you have feelings for them, and that no one can be perfect.|
|Forgive or forget trespassers?||Forgive them. We are all sinners, and sinners are great people. (Christianity is a fairy tale religion.)||One often gets the sense one group is usually doing the trespassing, and a second, the forgiving. the Republicans are the sadists, and the Democrats are the masochists. When forgiveness seems like capitulation to trespassers, forgetting them may be a more viable alternative. Forgetting can be dismissive — ‘Such and so is not in charge of his or her own affairs’ is its mildest, root form. You may find yourself wasting time and energy with difficult people, but you need to remember that you are the better person. Forgiving can prove that you are above the petty fray. This taking of the high road will give you solace because you possess the good graces that the malefactor sorely lacks.|
|When communication breaks down with the most important people in your life.||Priests do marital counseling, think of all the experience they have in that area. There’s nothing like an hour or two of singing the praises of the Lord to bring the estranged back together.||Have you or your loved ones changed, and why? Why is there no longer any communication on the issue at hand? If the waters for reconciliation have been tested, and they have become too deep, might a competent therapist help?|
|Core Tenets of a Faith||Ancient, Dated Religions||An Other Spritiuality|
|Figurehead Role||Jesus, Jehovah, or Allah, take your pick.||An Other Spirituality has no single, solitary God, who wants to be God? Collectively, we exist and function as God. We comprise Creation, it is orders of magnitude greater than any single individual. It is our responsibility to save humanity (and Mother Nature) from extinction, and hopefully before it is too late. If you’d really like a figurehead, you can choose yourself, because as part of an evolutionary finish point, Homo Sapiens, you embody Creation’s finest. (There may be a species after us, but what else could they do that we cannot, levitate?)|
|Strangest Part of the Faith||Christians kneel before a guy who has been dead for two thousand years, and most have no idea what he might have actually stood for (including the Vatican which twists his message by claiming Christ endorses homophobia and misogyny). Jesus the Christ often said to love one another... The King of the Jews, David, said to be the direct ancestor of Jesus the Christ, collected 200 foreskins of his enemies. Were these foreskins, or the entire unit? Were these surgical circumcisions, or did he castrate 200 defeated soldiers, dead or alive?||That an Other Spirituality has met with such resistance, and that in 2,000 years no one realized that Jesus the Christ said, post “crucifixion”: “Have ye here any meat?”|
|The World is full of risk, I’d like to avoid some of this uncertainty.||God has his plans for us. We just need to be good and all our dreams will come true. God is looking out for our best interests, every minute of every day, and he needs for us to succeed so he can give a good report to his God. He knows us well, he gave the go ahead for us to be put here on this Earth.||In the Twenty-First Century of the Third Millennium, humanity alone, as part and parcel of Creation, has put in place enough well-traveled roads, road signs, and road blocks, that if we mostly pay attention to our own path, we will get to where it is we need to be. Mankind and Womankind have shown enough consideration over time that the only hazards we will have left, is one another. If we start praying to the ether for assistance: A, we are depending on the clouds for help; and B, we are ignoring the realities down here on Earth required to succeed.|
|Religious Iconography (that is, the Crucifix, the Star of David, and the Star-Crescent)||They symbolize our commitment to the faith, and it is a measure of distinction, we exist on a higher plane than the non-believer — and even than the lesser believer from inferior houses of worship.||Typically, these are necklace adornment, although even more laughably they are permanently affixed as body-defaming tattoos. While I cannot speak for every bearer, usually they have absolutely no business positing that they are Holy pilgrims of the faith. Meanwhile hiding behind this emblem is addictions such as:smoking, drinking, gambling, or overeating. Big league sinners love the Cross because it hides that they are sybarites. Otherwise it is worn because they are experiencing a major life change, and they have found themselves extremely depressed hoping the guy who has been dead for two thousand years will somehow intervene before they throw themselves under a bus. An Other Spirituality is never flaunted, it is discreet, and religious branding is unnecessary. If we want to get closer to Creation, we listen to music such as Joni Mitchell’s.|
|Does a model of human perfection exists?||Yes, and we all know him as Jehovah, Allah, or Jesus the Christ, although each religion claims that their God is superior to the inferior God’s found in bad nations. We are made in God’s (and Allah’s or Christ’s) image. Look in the mirror, and you are looking at God’s image. All religious people know to pattern themselves after this model of imaginary perfection, one only appearing on this earth once. Man is weak, mostly a mistake, but God’s like Jesus are perfect, and might even love us if we plunk down enough mean green in the collection plate.||Yes and no. Take the best traits of humanity’s best, and then roll them up, or aggregating them, might allow for the creation of a model of human perfection. There may be the kindest person alive; and the best father, mother, son, or daughter, brother or sister, may walk this earth. Yet we are all capable of being these exemplars. If you need to ask the one who knows, why channel someone who has been dead for two thousand years? — especially when there is someone alive that almost all is familiar, who is flesh and blood, or exists in places of higher learning like libraries.|
|Shouldn’t Man (or Woman) be trusted before the ether in the Heavens above?||No, God is everywhere, yet no one can see him, because he is mostly the strong, silent, invisible type.||Why is it we should always trust in God, yet never trust in Creation, or in Creation’s caretakers, Man and Woman? For millennia, we have been taught that the ether is so trustworthy, yet faith belongs in one another. Are people that backwards that we must trust the air, or ether, above us rather than Creation around us? Trusting the ether is odd, entirely counter-intuitive and unnatural. If anyone needs an alter ego for succor or decision-making, channel someone you have known personally, or known of through any reading and education.|
|Importance of an Afterlife in this Religion||Judeo-Christians, especially Christians live for an afterlife — “Next stop Heaven!!!” They have become so deprived with their ascetic, harsh lifestyles that Heaven way up in the ether is the only thing that can keep them going in this world. Same goes for Islam, although, that’s been further corrupted by the miniscule minority of terrorists, so young men think the barbarism of taking life will get them into Heaven.||Thoughts of Heaven are mostly for when you’re at death’s door, the Grim Reaper has his scythe around your neck ready for harvest. You’re running through the major memories of your life, if for no other reason than being in a tunnel of light has you a little on edge. An Other Spirituality’s official position is that there are forces and layers beyond current human comprehension. We exist in bodies miraculously beyond simple, passive ungoverned spawning, ones whose sophistication is beyond comprehension. Evolution and DNA natural selection can explain a small part of Creation, but it cannot explain all of it. Given this though, we really shouldn’t be spending our lives waiting for transport to Heaven, there’s plenty of more productive and interesting activities you could be doing down here during your life here on Earth. If we reach the next level, the afterlife, it won’t be because we made foolish time of our lives here on Earth.|
|Accountability to God||God makes everyone accountable for their actions. If you have an evil enemy, God will smote him or her. The good always prevail, evil dies in Hell.||People need to be accountable not to God, but to each other. That is the real path to World peace, demonstrating sensitivity towards one’s fellow man, not praying towards a symbol of faith and looking up in the air for assistance. While it is nice to think that God takes care of our enemies, that’s really up to you to seek justice. That said, evil lives are not so sustainable ones, they are always on the run from those they’ve hurt.|
|Where is the Source of Strength and Power?||Above us, in the ether. In our ascetic, spare creed, the heavens in the air above is our strength.||All around us, with everyone in Creation, human and even domesticated animals and wildlife, is where to find our strength. Instead of the ether in the skies, we depend on each other.|
|“The Dashboard,” or what’s been going on lately?||Where Jesus, Allah, or Jehovah bobble-head dolls are placed.||“A Dashboard” is a metaphor for your current condition. Imagine gauges measuring how well relationships are going with others. If the measurements are away from historical averages, they might be resolved by the simple passage of time, as though they were passing storms Are your issues common to the rest of humanity, or not common at all? Are there particular times when the issue, or the gauge, becomes prominent, or goes to red alert? Looking back at your life, has this always been an issue? Does it have to be one now? You can even be quasi-voyeuristic (and perhaps, a little nosy), and imagine what is on another’s dashboard. Why did Sue throw the toaster-oven at you this morning?|
|Alien Invasions||Completely unprepared. Just the other day in Israel, people were hacking each other to death, then shooting each other because of a turf war over a religious site. Religion makes people stark raving bonkers. They kill each other for no other reason than to pretend that they are ‘Holier than thou.’ There could be little green men looking out of the peepholes of thousands of spaceships each the size of Manhattan, and everyone in Israel would still be chasing each other with meat cleavers oblivious to their new, alien leadership.||Entirely well-prepared for an alien invasion — we keep our lamps trimmed and burning. We are as one with both the firmament and the cosmos, we represent unity and harmony in its every incarnation and dimension. Bring it on, three-eyed, swelled-headed, dweebs, we’re waiting for your rudeness, we intend to show you how it is done in these parts. If the aliens are only visiting Earth because they want to hot wire our cerebral circuitry to make us immortal, we are just as ready for that as well — we’ve been very well-behaved and deserve some of that ol’ extra-terrestrial gravy train. When they dig up our graves, and reverse-engineer our DNA remains via in vitro, bringing back the likes of Leonardo Da Vinci, Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein, and Jeanne d’Arc; all Other Letter, temple-goers who were active in the congregation, and are in good stead with Creation, will be at the head of the line for rejuvenation. The Vatican adherents though, will be like Friday rush hour heading for the Hamptons — they ain’t moving one inch on the line to immortality...|
|Solace for Johnny dying in the hospital.||Johnny, Saint Peter will meet you at the Pearly Gates with a mile-long scroll with the names of people God will let into Heaven this year, and I was given advance notice your name is on the list. After a short, fifty-year wait, your parents will stop by and greet you. Your grandparents will be up there within the decade, and every pet you ever had will also be there. Plus, we have the best Nintendo yet in 3923340304320D, the quadrant of heaven your grandparents picked out for you, because you’ll be sharing a double room with them.||Johnny, you will join the rest of Creation, and your spirit will live on forever. You will either be in the Heavens, or in the permanent memories of the hearts of those who knew and loved you before you left us for greener pastures, or both. Ours is not to dwell so much on this though, but instead on the time left in hospice here on this planet. Unlimited ice cream sandwiches, Johnny!!! Can we get Johnny a couple of hookers? Unlimited hookers, Johnny!!!|
|The Garden of Eden||A mythical heaven on Earth known to others as a Shangri-la, a Valhalla, or a Xanadu. By the third chapter of the Bible, Genesis 3:1-24, the solemn Bible, one oft inscrutable so mistaken for the divine, was already putting a pallor on matters. By the beginning of time, we had already reached the beginning of the Fall of Man. The Serpent tempts Eve into being of God, and into knowing not just good but evil — essentially wicked deeds now become a choice for human behavior.||Eden was a brief interval in time before Man got entirely corrupted with the realization that he could get more than he needed by using weapons instead of cooperation. For just this once, we were completely at peace with human nature, and Mother Nature. With a concerted, word-of-mouth promotion of a globe-spanning rejuvenation jamboree, we might one day return to this state of complete serenity. I cannot say why Moses et al, the writers of Genesis, metaphorically gave women the shame of creating Original Sin. I mean who starts wars, then wants to fight them to the death? Not any woman I ever knew...|
|The Subjugation of Free Will||God created the past, present, and future of all life. Once we obey God, we will be on auto-pilot, on cruise-control. God will take care of us from here.||We live independent lives of the ether, one where we decide everything in our lives, and where only we decide how our hands are played. The ether in the Heavens is no longer a consideration. Life is a lot more interesting this way. Our responsibilities exist only as required by the fellowship of Creation. We no longer blindly follow crazy church edicts of virgin, White males in robes.|
|Achilles Heel of the Faith (where does faith look foolish)||For Christians, it is the Crucifixion eclipse; for Jews, it is their perfect being, Jehovah’s, intolerance towards homosexuals; for Muslims, perhaps a book should not be judged by its heft, but the Quran is 155 pages (77,437 words at 500 per page), while Gideon’s Old Testament for the Jews is 845 pages, and the New Testament for the Christians is 259 pages.||Just as the parchment of the Holy Bible is today flaky and without substance, so is its use as a justification of the Church’s false authority regarding reproductive rights, homosexuality, misogyny, etc. An Other Spirituality has been around for less than a thousand years (closer to eight), though it has been around more than the seven days the Book of Genesis says it took God to create the Universe (the Other Letter’s magnum opus weighs in at over 200 pages).|
|Initiation into Religion||For Christians, it is baptism with Holy water — water with a provenance said to derive from God. For the Israelis, it is when they have their compulsory Army hitch, and are handed a rifle with orders to go out and murder some Arabs.||The acceptance of harmony, peace, and grace, into one’s soul; while denunciating all piggish, willful, and selfish behaviors. This means keeping the belief that we are part and parcel the family of humanity. If we seek mutual understanding, and reciprocity in resolution and compromise, and if we love, help, believe in, and trust in, one another, our unity of purpose will allow us to prevail over what was once insurmountable working in opposition. This vow does not need to be public, or as part of a grand display, but it must be felt on a rather profound level, that everyone needs to look out for much more than just ourselves, we also need to watch over our immediate circle, and whenever possible, even have consideration for the plight of those far beyond our cohort.|
|Common Plea||God, why have you forsaken me?||How did I find myself where I am today, whereas much of Creation has been spared my plight? Might there be anything I am doing wrong that the rest of the Earth is doing right? If I were to average all of Creation, why might it be I feel sub par in this given area? Why do I suffer so, when the rest of Creation does not? If I have been victimized, why? If there is a compelling need for justice, what is preventing me in seeking it?|
|Common Expletive||“God damn it!”||“This World is a dump, nothing but a dump!” “I give up!” “I can’t win — I can’t even lose to win!” “Leave me alone, I’ve had a hard life!” “Why was I cursed?”|
|Core focus of a religion’s endeavor||Proselytize the other religions, until an appropriate kingdom of heaven on earth is created for the converted souls.||Make life as we know it today into the bountiful wonderland of Creation it was always meant to be.|
|Iconic Figurehead of Faith||The male Creators — Jesus, Jehovah, or Allah in the Heavens (or ether) above. The Madonna, while not a member of the Trinity, is the maternal archetype of Christianity. There is only one instance anywhere of this potentially overburdened Creator. Multiple gods are heresy!!! Does not compute!!!||The Creator is Creation. This comprises each other, and all life everywhere around us. The number of instances of Creation are infinite. They can act in concert, or disparately. We have power and safety in these numbers. Whatever journeys in life we consider, or find ourselves on, there are always those who have blazed a similar path before us. The millions of millennia of continuous Creation advancement demonstrate its durability and integrity, just as the millennia of instinctual altruism demonstrates our DNA-written compassion and will to survive.|
|Minimum Value of a Person||God does not make garbage.||Creation today is a product of a million years of generational advancement. The body and brain function out of a solid biochemical engineering foundation, having withstood the test of a virtual eternity of time.|
|The Four Cardinal Virtues||Prudence, or deliberation in selecting appropriate action; Justice, or fairness; Temperance, or restraint of the appetites; Courage, or the ability to confront fear.||In addition, those who are kind-hearted stay true to a just path of virtuous living.|
|The Three Theological Virtues||Faith, belief in and obedience to God; hope, refraining from despair, never giving up on God’s love, or his plan for us; and charity, the faithful loving God and their neighbors.||Faith is belief in what we and all of Creation can accomplish; hope is being realistically optimistic about the prospects of any happiness we may deserve; charity is having the capacity to love the rest of Creation, not just ourselves.|
|Favorite Verses from Scripture||Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians on Charity||In Chapter 24 of the Book of Luke, where a hungry Jesus, the Holy Ghost, most unexpectedly asks for a meal, and even announces he is not a Crucified spirit, but is of flesh and blood like any other mortal.|
|Major Obstacle to Faith||Proselytizing not yet complete. There are Jews and Muslims who have somehow not yet taken Jesus the Christ as their personal savior.||By now, Man has ironed out most of the kinks in Creation, such as bodily disease. The only part we’re missing is globally heartfelt cooperation and goodwill.|
|The Zeitgeist||God has already decided everything in your life, you just need to heed his Heavenly wisdom. There are no unintended circumstances.||When witnessing the same set of World events, a subset of the infinity of Creation’s paths intersect. When they do, most everyone seems to arrive at the same conclusion at the same time.|
|The Extent of Personal Responsibility||What we don’t take care of, God will.||Individually, you are not responsible for the state of the World; but together, as a concerned family, we all are.|
|Prayer||If we are good, we can passively ask for divine intervention for pressing issues.||Relying on the ether to solve our problems gives one a false sense of security. That said, we might earnestly hope that we deserve better than we have been given — or that someone or something might intervene on our behalf. If practical, we will take a proactive stance, and not a passive one. Instead of passive prayer to clear our conscience, we might be able to take action to help remedy the situation. There are times, however, when we must surrender any hope of controlling an issue, and pray someone or something resolves it in our stead.|
|What can our religion guarantee? (Or so we think.)||Our hearts are in the right place.||Our hearts and minds are in the right place.|
|Coupling||Ancient, Dated Religions||An Other Spritiuality|
|The Masculine Role||Patterned after John Wayne, stoic, always in charge, devoted mostly to career, family being a distant second. Easily seen as being uni-dimensional — the dimension being mastery over the workplace, or the universe.||Liberated from old-fashioned ideas that they must be John Wayne. The modern man is capable of expressing emotion, doesn’t have the need to always be in charge, can work in a team. He appreciates culture. Nearly knows his way around the kitchen. Will ensure the women in his life are well-respected and well-loved.|
|The Feminine Role||Patterned after Donna Reed, passive, submissive, and if the conventionally religious Man had his way, a woman solely devoted to making sure Junior will attend Harvard. Compared to men, she is more often than not a second class citizen.||An Other woman is liberated from millennia-old expectations of her place in the World. Will take charge as she sees fit, will take on challenges that women had avoided in the past, such as high-responsibility career roles. She hates even the thought of being the helpless, damsel-in-distress. Demonstrates assertiveness, she will not subjugate her needs to those of men. She can still be very feminine, gentle, nurturing, and comforting, she just isn’t required to be that way with every turn.|
|Gender versus Sexual Orientation||God is male, no way around that. Caveman carried clubs into caves and bopped their cave girls. Then they had their way with them. Those are the facts, no gradations of sexual or gender orientation are allowed, ever.||You cannot have a dual theology, a masculine and feminine God? The man is typically conceived as a forager, and the woman, the keeper of the hearth and home. Is this written in stone? There can be no exceptions? The yin and yang of gender (either assumed by males or females) is also the over-arching relational chemistry we know and love today. Outside of sexual orientation, the male gender might orient towards being femme and females might be butch, yet both still be heterosexual (while in other galaxies there may be more than two genders, how would they court, even guessing is impossible).|
|The Pleasure Principle||Pleasure and material goods pulls us away from our God. Sex is of minimal importance.||Austere, monastic living away from material goods and pleasures matters most with Christians. Enjoying Creation’s great gifts on this Earth while you may. Worldly pleasure cause no harm unless they interfere with human relationships, or when these are lauded over others by status seekers. Fashion, for instance, is more attractive when it shows taste, and not class. Lovemaking joins two people, and is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Eroticism for the lonely via imagery or prostitution is only reprehensible when it involves children or sheep.|
|Incest (or Sex within Bloodlines)||All incestuous love in the Bible is prohibited, except for two pairings, father-daughter, and father-niece relationships. Either the Judeo-Christian God was insanely kinky, or given a father’s isolated prospects, God was only trying to be practical. (You cannot make this stuff up — we live in the Modern World, they didn’t.)||As if this had to be written, incest is for felonious lechers, the Bible goofed again.|
|Sex||A male-dominated, inhibited, joyless affair where unfortunate women must often prove their worth in bed in order to get their meal ticket stamped. The missionary position is usually employed, Christians aim for boredom between the sheets so they can be closer to ascetic Jesus. Rarely recognized as a psychologically liberating function of a healthy person.||Must be mutually gratifying, satisfying, and rewarding, fulfilling each partner’s fantasies to the hilt as lovers are told, and passionately shown, how deep their passion is, and how they are loved without reservation.|
|Dating & Virginity||Intercourse prohibited for unmarried Catholics, and likely Muslims as well. For Jews, there are no such rules. It took a long time for the Vatican to allow contraception, for Jews it was always allowed.||Protected sex is allowed. Conquests by men over women, the usual strategy of males seeking to possess evidence of their virility, are forbidden, causing their excommunication.|
|Polyamory||One man belongs with one woman for all of time.||Marriages never fail because of excitement, monogamy mostly fails because of monotony. That said, if you want to go with someone, and not the one you’re already with, it is time to break it off (overstating the obvious).|
|Inter-generational Romances||No known prohibition.||If they have enough in common to form a relationship, if two people enjoy one another’s company, if they love one another, if they are mature enough to understand that love means caring deeply for someone else, how can it be anyone else’s business to interfere?|
|Sex is best when it is||Between married heterosexuals.||Between two people who love one another deeply and tenderly.|
|Same-sex Partnering (or Homosexuality)||The Church, especially the Catholic variety of Christianity, is one that openly endorses bigotry and hate mongering. They believe it is God’s will to further discriminate against those already shunned. Church hierarchy and their followers believe bigotry brings one closer to the purity of their God.||Sexuality is outside of an individual’s control, a person cannot decide to whom they are sexually attracted. As long as the couple, straight or gay, is above the age of consent, the relationship cannot be sinful.|
|Frequency of sex||Celibacy is a higher calling. It is also the reason for the declining numbers of priest entering the seminary.||Sex rejuvenates the soul, the more often enjoyed, the better off one is.|
|Gender equality||Eve was made from Adam, not vice versa.||Women are the life-givers. Only they can give birth, breast feed, and have gifts nurturing the young. They need to be revered as such.|
|Marital gender roles||Mom stays at home, or if she works, she still does much of the housework. Dad works.||The reason couples are united in matrimony is because of mutual love and concern. Both partners must be responsible for their fair share to make ends meet. When marriage becomes the economic enslavement by a husband over his wife, whereby a woman needs to choose between living with her often demanding husband/boss, or significantly lowering her station in life and her standard of living, it is no longer marriage, it is slavery.|
|Purpose of having children||Part of God’s plan, be fruitful and multiply. Who cares about overpopulation? God wants overpopulation.||To further the unbroken generational chain of Creation. Hopefully, if we love our children, they will be a source of joy in our lives, they will enjoy their own lives, and eventually enrich everyone around them.|
|Divorce||To Jews, a divorce is an accepted, yet unfortunate, fact of life. To Catholics, marriage is deemed permanent unless annulled. Catholic remarriage after a non-sanctioned divorce is only permitted after the spouse dies.||Life is too short to be stuck in a loveless marriage, one held together by the dictates of unfeeling, tradition-bound Church. People are brought together in matrimony not realizing all the difficulties, including their partners’ needing more from the marriage than what they needed originally. The sexual appetites may be a mismatch, they may be cold fish once you really get to know them, etc. Staying in a marriage because of the parents want their children to be emotional stabile may sound admirable, but do the kids always need to be around two parents in close proximity to each other, who rarely get along, and who no longer truly love one another?|
|More Harm than Good||Ancient, Dated Religions||An Other Spritiuality|
|The “Sanctity of Human Life” and Pregnancy Termination||Catholics harp on this as the day is long — this is the rabid rally cry of the so-called Christian. They claim Jesus informs their views against pregnancy termination, yet Jesus favorite talking point is “Love one another,” which he says thirteen times. In fact, these three words are the favorite phrase of Jesus, not “end historically routine abortions.”||Christians, and Catholics especially, are in favor of: unplanned and undesired parenthood; babies put up for adoption in giveaways; and unwanted children. Abortions in back alleys with coat hangers outside the United States really gets their juices flowing. This brings them closer to their baby Jesus. A grown mouse has superior functioning compared to a human fetus at three months...|
|Unwed Mothers||At times, the Catholic Church has been insanely intolerant; prohibiting abortions on the one hand, then enslaving unwed mothers because they gave birth. Witness the docudramas Philomena, The Magdalene Sisters, and most recently, the uncovering of a Twentieth Century, mass grave of nearly 800 malnourished or otherwise diseased children in Ireland.||The shame of having children out-of-wedlock would be non-existent, because of the realization that a double standard of promiscuity is in play here — why is womanizing pretty much a badge of honor, while a woman who engages in unprotected premarital sex is so loathed? These pregnancies would happen far less often when pregnancies are planned, and when unwanted fetuses are not forced to be carried to term.|
|Christian Terrorism||Because the Church equates early pregnancy termination with murder, there are people with guns who murder others in the name of Jesus Christ — they feel the carnage they cause is God’s work. The Pope has never spoken out against abortion clinic bombings, because they are God’s way of saying the Vatican is more powerful than even common sense.||Abortion has an ancient basis. Preventing unwanted pregnancies to come to term, also prevents unwanted children. Beginning in the last century, the Church needed a selling point and they found a powerful, divisive one in a common medical procedure. However, their Jesus the Christ makes no mention of life beginning at conception. Fetuses are not people, so they should not be revered as such. Fetuses are mute, grossly immature, unviable, and without any comprehension, feeling or intellect. Adult rats are more developed.|
|The ‘Morning-after’ Pill||Prohibited, one fertilized cell is a person. Christian leaders — somehow commanded by God, yet not by chapter and verse of the Bible — believe life begins at fertilization, and with undifferentiated cell growth. Per despicable Supreme Court order, corporations can deny this day-late contraception on religious grounds. Can firehouses run by bigoted firemen not put out fires of Jewish or Black households on similar grounds? Any argument against desperately needed medical services on wholly irrational grounds is honored without hesitation?||In the ultimate irony, by blocking access to the ‘morning-after’ pill, the Church, and the Clowns in Black, are paving the way for these women to get real abortions — surgically or with coat hangers.|
|Contraception||Contraception is prohibited by the Vatican. Use the Church’s rhythm method if you desire to raise many, many children. Only advice worthy for farmers needing family farmhands.||The first line of defense against deadly, sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s), and the best way to prevent unplanned parenthood, baby giveaways, and unwanted children.|
|Stem Cell Research of Diseases||Prohibited because Christians “know” that life begins at fertilization.||Stem cell research is backed by anyone interested in ending human suffering, and because, at least for the first three months of gestation, a fetus is just that, a fetus.|
|Religions require Converts to stay Afloat||One of the major joys of a religion is converting someone you know into your faith — and overcome any resistance against you. Proselytizing could be done for money, so quota can be reached, or just because you need someone to initiate into this strange, new, unnatural world of the ether above with you, so you can now be dominant.||Religion has a rather pronounced tendency to drive people right over the edge. People of the Muslim and Christian persuasions just murdered in the name of their Lord. Israelites murdered over 2,100 in Gaza with almost no resistance possible. But an Other Spirituality? — you can take it of leave it, no sweat off our backs. No pressure from whacked-out pew-sitters. Religion, it is the oldest con game in the history of humanity. If you need someone more in your life, don’t look into the ether above, look at Creation all around you.|
|Bigotry towards homosexuality.||Were it up to the Church, there would be no homosexuals. True Bible-thumpers absolutley hate them. Because only Hitler had the kind of power to slaughter an entire class of people (and Fundamentalists must have envied Der Fuhrer, if only for this), the Church does what they can to make the “pink menace” uncomfortable. Gays are excluded from Church activities such as parades, as well as from having their marriage ceremonies officiated. Gays and lesbians are born into this faith, then locked out of it.||The Church’s attitudes toward same-sex sexuality are archaic and a disgrace. If Jesus Christ stood for this he truly belonged on the Crucifix. In the modern day, the Vatican’s failings as unfeeling, bigoted leaders are impeachable offenses, and constitute self-serving hate-mongering. Who would want to be associated with a hate group such as the Christian Church?|
|Who are unlovable, unforgivable, and unacceptable?||Catholic leadership bases their homophobia on the Book of Leviticus. This Book also forbids bestiality. The Vatican should lead a campaign against insidious bestiality as well, get their crazy loyal minions to root out sheep lovers with their pig snouts. Jews do not resent and despise gays and lesbians as the Catholics do. Yet the Israeli Jews refuse to tolerate the Palestinians, they steal their land year after year. Zionists would prefer they were all dead, and after 2014’s invasion of Gaza, the “chosen people” are intent on accomplishing just that. I cannot speak for Islam as we know next to nothing about them in the West, but Muslims make even Christian Fundamentalists seem like heathens.||We approve of everyone that approves of us. We can do very little about those who cannot love, forgive, and accept us. We have a better way, and those who don’t chose to remain ignorant of how to live the most ethically and comfortably. Perhaps they will see the light one day, but if they are so willfully ignorant they are not worth our time.|
|Is a male, religious hierarchy needed?||The Bishops, the clergy, and the lay groups, comprising the Anglican’s General Synod, the governing body of the Church of England has decided to ordain female Bishops. Experts expect the Vatican to move on a similar proposal within the millennium.||We believe in gender non-specific teams that facilitate change, leaders have always meant trouble as they hold the position because they are power-hungry. The distinction between a facilitating team and a religious dictator honors the sanctity of human uniqueness — you have the final say over your spirituality, as well your life, not anyone with power beside yourself. It would be extremely coarse and insensitive to proselytize, or impose our views on anyone else.|
|Pedophilia & Religious Leaders||Because the Vatican requires their priests to be unmarried, inexpensive, and without a family to support, the Vatican encourages pedophilia. These qualifications mean that the Church wants a priest candidate to be interested in choir boys as sexual partners. With choir boys being the draw to an seemingly celibate priesthood, the Catholic Church might just as well be called, “the Church that pedophilia built.”||Any of our enlightened can surely get married, so they will never need children as sexual outlets like in Catholicism. If officiates are ever needed, our open recruiting policy won’t shut out sensitive and talented married people from taking on positions as spiritual facilitators. Obviously, the sexual predation by Catholic pedophiles ruins young, innocent lives. The Vatican will never admit the cover ups or seek outside policiing of obvious criminal activity (just like Trump will never admit we have a gun problem in America).|
|Asking (or Begging) for Forgiveness||Quoting Pope Francis, “I beg for forgiveness,” to outraged, pedophilia rape victims of priests, those outraged because justice was never done. What he could have said was that, “The Church hopes to one day soon be worthy of your forgiveness, because we know we are still not worthy of it now.”||While the trespasser might call upon the victim for forgiveness to clear his guilty conscience, or clear the record of the organization for which he works, that measure of forgiveness should only be granted when deserved. It is in poor taste for the trespassers’ place to implore the victim for forgiveness. That is solely at the victim’s prerogative and at their discretion. Once the priests that were shuffled from parish to parish to hide the tragedies of abuse are at last fired and reported to the police, and once bishops are defrocked because they paid for the silence of sexual abuse victims; then these victims can decide on their own if they would care to forgive the Vatican, and its Church.|
|Pedophilia & Child Brides||The Church may be dead set against child brides, yet they refuse to permanently address, or budge on, the priest pedophilia tragedies listed prior.||Child brides as in Middle Eastern sewers Yemen, Nigeria, and elsewhere, are the equivalent of child prostitutes. They aren’t living the life of their own volition, and they do not have any future.|
|House of worship choice is based on how often you sin||If you are a sinner, Catholicism is the religion for you. Every week you sin, and every week you confess them. Criminals, especially those in organized crime, are well-known devotées of the Church. You’re always off the hook as a Catholic.||An Other Spirituality does not embrace the perpetual sinner. When you are absolved from sin every week, you can sin without impunity. An Other Spirituality was never conceived as a means for sinners to get off easy. If you cannot learn how to behave, you belong with the rest of the Catholics, ones absolved of wrongdoing by a preacher “anointed by God,” yet very possibly one who is a never prosecuted lover of choir boys.|
|Jihadism, or murdering for God.||Catholics have waged their own version of what the Islamic World knows as jihads — the Holy wars of the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition. A grand spectacle was made of the heathens’ execution back then, at an auto-da-fé, or a public penance, where contrition for sins was demonstrated by being burned at the stake (cannot get more twisted logic than that). Given the capital punishments by a publicity-seeking, purity-vowing, Islamic State, history does seem to have a way of repeating itself.||The only thing Holy about a Holy war is the funerals of the innocent victims once the guns (or the burnt stakes) cool, and the carnage has been hosed away. We are a peace-loving lot. While we hope others see our light, the deviant, murder-for-God compulsion is patently abhorrent and ludicrously hypocritical of what a spiritual organization’s basic tenets ought to be.|
|9/11||To ignorant Jews and Christians, the Muslims resent our freedoms. To the Muslims, militant extremists do not represent the vast majority of the peaceful followers of Allah.||The American Government has taken significant measures angering Arabs in the Middle East. Because United States political campaigns are not publicly financed, politicians can and will be bought in this country. As a consequence, Middle Eastern policy in Capitol Hill has become one placating wealthy, insular Jews — such as those comprising the America Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC. AIPAC Jews have strong ties with here-for-the-figs, land grabs from Palestinians, stealing in violation of United Nations law. It should come as no surprise that, in Washington, super-wealthy AIPAC drowns out the voices of the Palestinians, Syrians, Iranians, and Lebanese. America spends three billion dollars a year on Israeli militarism, this foot the tab, and and gave Israel carte blanche to slaughter of over twenty-one-hundred Palestinians like they did in just three weeks in July of 2014 (seventy Israeli soldiers, and three Israeli civilians, died in retaliation). One can be very naturally, compassionately, and wisely pro-Judaism, yet just as bravely anti-Zionist and anti-Israeli. The New York Times coverage favors the Israelis far before they ever will the Palestinians. Follow the two prior links, and you’ll see Israeli reports exceeds Palestinian reports by a ratio of two-to-one.|
|The Holocaust||To the Jews, it is murderous proof that anti-Semitism is never-ending. To WWII’s Pope Pius XII, it was not worth it to him to condemn the Holocaust, he wished to remain “neutral” — this Pope is currently up for Canonization as a saint. There you go — a Nazi saint.||To have a modern, industrialized nation build factories devoted to genocide is the absolute nadir of civilization, we should all hope and pray nothing gets near as bad as this did, ever again. That the pontificate of a religious organization can be canonized for ignoring the plight of six million Jews, well that organiztion just pontificates, they are only a sham.|
|Social Control||Government embraces religion: It’s on every bill of currency that we carry everywhere. A religious connection offers often mistaken credibility that those in office are somehow working for the greater good, and not their own interests. On the battlefield, the ultimate sacrifice garners the ultimate reward: a widow’s pension, and an eternity in Heaven with, or without, 72 virgins.||Under the ancient religions, an all-knowing God looks down on us all, knows when we skirt the law, and finds time to mete out punishment for the law-violator. With an Other Spirituality, we have no need here to combine our spirituality with Big Brother-like governance. Politicos do not need any more power than they already have, and they won’t be getting any more from us.|
|A First-rate Society||Ancient, Dated Religions||An Other Spritiuality|
|Rumspringa||Rumspringa is the practice of the Amish community whereby the youth are allowed to “run around,” experiment, carouse, smoke weed and drink alcohol. This is permitted while in their late teens, before they take on the adult responsibilities of the Church community. Rumspringa is not meant to make delinquency acceptable, instead it is only a relaxing of the rules for young adults. (German linguists might prove me wrong, but the rum in rumspringa may actually indicate what is done during this time, which may be to drink rum.)||In an Other World, we would adopt a similar policy wherein young adults: Whose brains are fully developed; who can accept driving responsibilities; and who are in their twenties; can have fun out of harms way. This would not conflict with adult responsiblities such as school and work, employing safety-established inebriants (nothing stronger than the socially popular, alcohol and marijuana). This would all happen before they tackle full-blown adulthood like having children. Once they have do though, the Rumspringa has to stop so their offspring can have responsible parents, or they do not get addicted to substances that definitely lend themselves to getting hooked. An addiction to drugs is costly financially, can be very harmful to one’s health, and can damage relationships with your family. If you do forgo the typical drug detour, you won’t be missing anything. If everyone you know is getting high, very seriously consider moving on. Many millions have died, or have been driven homeless or insane, because of substance abuse. Don’t become another statistic.|
|African-Americans||Why would a Black man want to kneel before the White founder of a Church — especially one who has been dead for 2,000 years, and one who was from a race that has always oppressed the Black race? The Ku Klux Klan used the Christian imagery of a burning Crucifix before handing down their grossly cruel and immoral death sentences by the noose. Isn’t brown-skinned Islam more in keeping with the heritage of African Americans?||Better yet, an Other Spirituality has no racial aspect, everyone is welcome here. We’re not a bunch of goody-goodies out to out goody-goody one another. We are just seekers of truth and serenity. Our congregation is growing every day. On the latest census in fact, one-fifth of the American population claims “Other” as their religion — that’s us. How about that, folks? Blacks may or may not want the secrets to material prosperity, but they don’t need all that Uncle Tom-ish subservience towards a Jesus who was an accomplice in the dirty dealings of the Roman Empire. Here was a supposed savior who was much more than likely, an accomplice to murder (of Simon the Cyrenian, who carried his cross), then begged for scraps after his own Crucifixion.|
|Immigration||We would love to help with the problem of your teeming masses, but we simply cannot, because NIMBY-ism is the order of the day (not in my backyard).||When a people, young or old, flee from poverty, violence, gangs, and lack of food; those who have food, peace, and prosperity in tremendous abundance have a responsibility as fellow men and women, to share all that they can. To say these immigrants, with or without papers, take the jobs of Americans, ignores the fact that we would never do the menial jobs that they will most willingly do, and with little, if any, verbalized complaint.|
|Work||Work brings us closer to Jesus and Jehovah.||Everywhere one looks, there is much work to be done. Constructive activity gives us all a sense of purpose and accomplishment because we can take pride in what we do, and it can even help to clear the mind of toxic thinking — but what need is there in getting obsessing over gainful employ, or get so crazily or insanely ambitious, that we obsess about it each and every day? Farmers worked from sunup to sunset, and went home satisfied, they didn’t stew over petty grievances. Ambition is best meant to satisfy self actualization needs, and being the best you can be, not to add junk to your home’s collection of junk, or not to pony up the money to play the ponies.|
|Education||Our religion needs to be taught at a young age. A bris is given near birth to Jews, and babies are Christened in “Holy” water. The Church needs cradle to grave subjects, so they start ’em all as young as possible.||People who cannot respect others are not happy, hopefully they can see the importance of respect at a young age. Education is how a people advances itself economically, and more than anything else, helps level the playing field with those more fortunate. Education needs to be relevant to one’s future, or establish lifelong curiosity. Students need to be qualitative and quantitative skills, as well as introducing people skills, by involved and dedicated educators. Pupils should also begin to develop an artistic temperament to appreciate culture like music (most people go through life knowing nothing about how music is made). Cooking, and even a basic understanding of home systems like heating and electricity, are important life skills. Knowing how a car works is never taught, even though everyone drives one (at least in the suburbs).|
|Industry & Materialism||Wealth is a true sign of God’s love for you. Great people own everything, and I want to be great like them. Jesus promises my wishes of great wealth will be fulfilled.||Material goods are welcome, but do we really need them in excess? Excessive consumerism can do great damage to the environment.|
|Commerce||God was a capitalist. Render unto Caesar, what is Caesar’s. We’re okay with money, money is good, so why isn’t greed good?||Creation is a shared proposition. Is money still necessary after we know accept life’s responsibilities in full? Heaven on Earth would be a free-exchange economy, unrestricted by green paper bank script, one matching manufacturers and service providers with people whose needs are currently unmet. An economic repurposing, staples or luxury, two-tier economy where goods could be proffered without green, paper money being rendered first, would end global poverty almost overnight.|
|Utopia||Is the next world in Heaven. We live goody-goody today, so we get into Heaven with Jesus the Christ. As Christians, life on Earth hardly matters, it is getting to hold hands with Jesus within the pearly gates is the only reason for living.||Christians have their heads in the clouds, they are the grateful dead. They are praying to die so they can join Jesus where all the Christian gobbledygook all makes sense. Meanwhile, back on planet Earth, an Other people has a long list of ideas on building the perfect planet.|
|The Arts||Should be a pro-God spectacle, borrowing heavily from the New Testament. For Jews, it should be about the Old Testament with a persistent theme of allaying feelings of guilt.||Should encompass the breadth of the human condition and experience. Sexuality is part of the human experience, so unlike Christians, we know it needs to be explored in full.|
|What do we find entertaining?||Family, non-sexual, non-violent entertainments, ones where Jesus is shown doing miraculous activities. Jews just want it to have something to do with the Holocaust.||We would try to tone it down for the kids, they might find some themes troubling, confusing, disturbing, or disorienting. Sex is not at all taboo for us, violence is. The National Football League is not violent, the National Hockey League is violent.|
|Musical Tastes||Gospel-related choirs, or choir-backed vocalists. Lyrics must be speak of Jesus’ heroism against all odds.||Every genre of music that qualifies as music. Rap music is not music, it is black exploitation. It has no musical merit, and it bastardizes African American music away from real music.|
|Creative expression||Themes about God such as how important Christ’s Sermon on the Mount is today, especially to North Korea, Iran, and Israel.||Expression of the human condition should be encouraged and cultivated, especially for those with apparently inborn talents, and especially for peoples that are the subjects of prejudice.|
|Pets, Wildlife, & Livestock||Ancient, Dated Religions||An Other Spritiuality|
|Treatment of Animals||Per the Book of Genesis, they are under our domain to do as we see fit. (Genesis 1:26 & 1:28 may be the only Bible verse repeated, apparently for emphasis, and because it had any bearing, however misplaced.)||We are the stewards of every living being, outside of nutritional needs, they must all be protected from harm. Mankind should try to keep their sources of food to the lower rungs of the evolutionary tree. Plant protein should be substituted for the mammalian, or even the marine variety, whenever possible. Whales likely beach when they have nothing left to eat, this makes shellfish, when restocked, without detriment to any other aquatic life such as whales when harvested beneath the sands. The Kosher prohibition against shellfish only makes any sense if they are harvested near polluted waters.|
|Euthanizing Feral Animals and Domesticated Pets (employing the term ‘euthanizing’, without legitimizing it).||Per the Book of Genesis, pets are under Man’s domain to do as we see fit, whether or not this is cruel.||Pets are not disposable. Feral animals can either stay feral in their current location where they might be endangered, or moved someplace safer elsewhere, where someone hopefully has the kindness to feed them. They might even be introduced into a compassionate person’s home on a trial basis. I understand that there are success stories where feral animals have been re-domesticated. All animals can feel and understand love over time, so by their very nature the feral might still be able to be trained. Unless a domesticated pet has demonstrated to be in great pain, they are an obligation that must be kept, or transferred to another owner. Sickness, outside of those of advanced age, may heal on its own, thus avoiding euthanasia.|
|Endangered Species||Per the Book of Genesis, endangered species are under Man’s domain to do as we see fit. Why get neurotic over animals that are on their way out anyhow? Man rules all!||Imagine the Garden of Eden as a complete, yet ancient, jigsaw puzzle with every species representing one piece part and parcel of Creation, and then arranged as interlocking ecosystems. Given a puzzle piece model, today’s puzzle is starting to look tragically empty, with more and more holes of missing animal varieties. Between Global Warming, and disregard for indigenous habitat in favor of encroaching construction, oil drilling, and pollution, one day that jigsaw puzzle may no longer appear coherent, viable, or connected as a complete mosaic — essentially, we will have entered the Biblical Revelations,’ ‘end of days.’|
|Hunting||Per the Book of Genesis, Man can be a killer, you gotta problem with that?||Our food creation system, comprising of poultry, vegetarian, and marine sources, has advanced to the point where hunting is no longer necessary. Hunting to cull herds can be replaced by netting and transporting wildlife to areas where they will not interfere with Man’s inexorable ‘progress.’ Hunting for sustenance is bad enough (and rare enough), but hunting for sport is cruel and sadistic.|
|The Other Side of the Tracks||Ancient, Dated Religions||An Other Spritiuality|
|Pornography||Is the work of Satan.||The ideal pornography is where genuine love-making, a demonstration of technique, and a development of well-budgeted, well-conceived fantasies dovetail with reality. This should exist, but it doesn’t. The closest that existed was vintage porn from the Seventies, with the production values that could pack ’em in at erotic movie houses. Porn serves as a means of arousal instead of white-knuckling. Most problematic is: fake, loveless, tasteless paycheck porn by a desperate fringe; or last rites for underage, runaway cradle-robbing. If one is fully addicted to porn, and the one being filmed is in a converted motel room, then porn is just sleazy, seedy, and exploitive. The age of consent to perform in a porn flick should be raised to 25 to end exploitation. Regardless, there is more to life than just sex, especially the voyeuristic variety.|
|Prostitution||Is the work of Satan.||When prostitutes are regularly vetted for sexually transmitted diseases (or STD’s), when these sex workers have no other way to make a living, and when no other sexual outlet is available for johns, permitted as a sex surrogate. Ashley Judd has claimed in the past that prostitution is paid rape. Well, it still pays ten times more than the other job sex workers qualify for with their lack of job qualifications, and that’s a Walmart 9 to 5.|
|Recreational Marijuana||Is the work of Satan.||Personally, I feel any recreational drug such as alcohol or marijuana is unnecessary, long-term use is generally unhealthy, and its ingestion is known to hinder brain development in youth. Yet considering many like to experiment with their consciousness, giggle weed is less addictive, can be more fun, and is safer, than alcohol. Then shouldn’t it be legally classified on an equivalent basis to alcohol? When weed is criminalized, a dangerous black market flourishes. This illegal trade network creates a distribution channel that becomes an entré into the same dealers much stronger and addictive wares, such as heroin. While weed is thought to be a gateway drug to more powerful ones, the gateway drug to weed itself is ever-present alcohol. Tax revenues from weed would be an inflow of funds as it has in Colorado, instead of an outflow to organized crime as it is today. Even so, weed as a way of life should be actively discouraged via Public Service Announcements, and other means. It is an escape, not holy smokes as part of a religious experience.|
|Medicinal Marijuana||The Vatican has stated that any drug use “constitute direct co-operation in evil.” Protestant Churches have backed the use of medicinal marijuana under a doctor’s supervision.||Permit its established use in alleviating the nausea of chemotherapy among other therapeutic, doctor-supervised uses. There are many among us today who are in dire straits medically. To deprive them of alternative medications that are known to be beneficial is very narrow-minded at best, otherwise it is even rather cruel.|
|Alcohol||The blood of Christ, used freely.||Should not be given the huge marketing and legal advantages that it has today over marijuana. There are many more alcoholics than weed-addicts. While weed might become a habit-forming crutch, occasional weekend use is at least not physically addicting like end-stage, delirium tremens-producing alcohol can be.|
|Hard-core drugs||Are the work of Satan.||Are the work of Satan, although if addicts are registered and treated, they can procure their fix without mugging, robbing, or murdering; and without catching deadly hepatitis from dirty, infected needles.|
|Gambling||Many Churches are now betting parlors for bingo. If one is looking for excitement or serenity, why not explore the great outdoors, or just get outside, instead? Gambling like bingo is more of an addiction than a release, or any exhilaration.||Gambling is an easy way to kiss your life savings goodbye. We won’t encourage it in any form. If you understand anything at all about probability and statistics you know that over time, without fail, the House always wins. Essentially you are reduced to being a rat pulling a lever for a reward of kibble, or here, chump change. Those that have spent their life counting cards, and can make money from this, are just given the bums rush, and are banned from the casino.|
|Tobacco||Permitted and accepted.||Smoking tobacco is one foul habit that might be lessened, or quit, with either cigars (which aren’t inhaled, like Tiparillos), or possibly electronic, nicotine cigarettes (which are inhaled). Otherwise, how can you hold down a job if you always need to be outside, regardless of the weather, to get a drag? Had we the clout, and the support, we would outlaw tobacco production entirely, making it completely unavailable.|
|Method for Dealing with Addictions||The well-established and proven, Twelve-step anonymous, fellowship programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, and Gamblers Anonymous, to name only a few.||The method to deal with addictions is the well-established and proven, Twelve-step, anonymous, fellowship programs. These include Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, and Gamblers Anonymous, to name only a few (there are hundreds of types of programs with tens of thousands of local meetings). The Higher Power in Step Two might become the collective spirit of humanity acting in concert, or a supportive circle of friends, within or outside the group itself. Step Seven becomes the belief that character defects can be removed, just as those with your character defects have had them removed already. These defects of character — that you had learned to accept but that only got worse unhealed — might disappear once you understand Creation gave you the same basic faculties it gave everyone else. (A personal, moral inventory is made in Step Four; and in Step Nine, one makes amends wherever possible to those we have injured.)|
|Littering||Cleanliness is next to Godliness.||Litterbugs kill wildlife which choke on the waste from their carelessness. Laws to stop littering need enforcement, typically with surveillance cameras.|
|Enforcers of the Peace||Ancient, Dated Religions||An Other Spritiuality|
|Soldiers||The religious would say that they are pacifists, but they honor their boys fighting in foreign lands. The Amish and the Quakers are conscientious objectors and will not participate in war.||If soldiers are continually revered for answering the “higher calling” of warfare, they will keep killing and dying. Wars cannot be fought without any soldiers. Meanwhile, America invades countries like Viet Nam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, that are not any threat of invading America’s shores. Christians say Saint Peter stamps dead warriors’ tickets to heaven. Don’t count on it, because killers are killers, regardless of the color and insignias on their uniforms.|
|The Military||We need a strong and powerful military.||Force begets force, just as violence begets violence, and war begets war. We need to establish peace between the nations of the World by denying special interests funding, like war outfitters (defense contractors), or backing precipitously cornered Israel. This would prevent wars that generate from other wars, just as the Iraqi War generated the war against ISIS.|
|Violence||Permitted to achieve peaceful ends.||Just as Quakers never engage in violence, we will attempt to uphold a similar ideal, until such a standard becomes untenable. Heeding Switzerland’s example, we will maintain neutrality, backing no violent, international power over another in the hope that others will join us in a non-aggression pact. Mahatma Gandhi’s anti-violence philosophy worked surprisingly well, for him, and has in other international conflicts.|
|Gun Proliferation||Not of their concern.||The NRA will argue that, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” The truth of the matter is that, “Guns don’t kill people, people with guns kill people.” Guns have no place in a first-rate society. There should be a one-time buyback as there was in Australia, where sellers are paid market rates.|
|Guns in America||The Vatican never bothered weighing in on the subject.||Should never be permitted, anywhere, except in the hands of law enforcement and military personnel. The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution should be repealed — just as the Prohibition Amendment was ratified then repealed. In over 200 years, it never has, and never will, provide for protection against a government already armed to the teeth. The gun crazies will not relent in their claim that they need guns to fend off the coming U.S. Army invasion. This same “right to bear arms” boomerangs to become the right to use deadly force in mass murders. Other countries do not have America’s murder problem. The States have a penchant for blood that began in the Wild West, one that has not abated ever since.|
|The Police||We need the police to maintain law and order.||Not just that, but because of their pay-scale and life-saving responsibilities, most should feel they belong a higher calling, and they should see themselves as good-will ambassadors for the police force. The ones that do not, are worse than the criminals they collar.|
|Imprisonment||Society must be protected.||Criminals have learned their lesson far before arbitrary lengths of punishing imprisonment are completed. Once convicts have been rehabilitated and are ready for re-entry into society, they should no longer be over-crowding expensive prisons learning tricks of their crooked trade. Sentencing guidelines are too rigid as judges should be given more latitude based on the defendant’s circumstances. Even Trump realizes that drug crimes are over-prosecuted.|
|The Death Penalty||Justifiable reasons for it are extremely rare, if practically non-existent.||If someone I knew was murdered, I would not like to see the murderer suffer for twenty minutes on a gurney. I would rather see him suffer with remorse, or just rot in jail, every day for the rest of his natural life. The day the murderer is executed, is the day his punishment is over forever. What is more, let those on Death Row live long enough for them to know they are wrong, at this point there is no longer a need to kill them. Holding a noose over someone’s head as they wait for a republic’s bloodlust to be satisfied, is cruel and unusual punishment, and is forbidden by the Constitutions of America, and those of other nations as well. Finally, people have been executed in America that were never guilty of a capital crime; and most recently in Oklahoma and Arizona, executions have been botched. Texas, by the way, does not even require premeditation of the killing to hand down an execution sentence.|
|Killing of People...||Is almost always murder.||Killing is accidental, murder is not. Intentional killing, even in war, is murder. Killing humans by an individual, or by a government, even one elected by the people, is always murder. Those involved in executing prisoners, even as State employees, are complicit in murder.|
|An Other Holiday||Ancient, Dated Religions||An Other Spritiuality|
|The Anniversary of April 17th, 33AD||This is when the Crucifixion eclipse occurred. It was a Friday, it was in April just as we have celebrated Easter for centuries, Christ is known to widely known to have lived 33 years, and astronomy software bears this all out, that an eclipse occurred on this day.||The other half of the story is that, after his Crucifixion, Jesus states, “Have ye hear any meat?” He did not die that day. In an Other Spirituality, this is the day to remind us of the Onset of the Hypocrisies.|
|Fasting||Brings the faith’s community together. Jews fast for 25-hours during Yom Kippur; Muslims abstain from daytime eating for month-long, Ramadan; and Christians have approximately six weeks of Lent from Ash Wednesday — preceded by Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, in NOLA — to Easter (although Lent may be considered more a period of abstinence than one of fasting, or abstinence from just food).||For segments of the population, such as diabetics, fasting is dangerous. In lieu of fasting, and in honor of a familial and community spirit, we will celebrate a week each year where we devote time, donate funds, or both, to causes who benefit those less fortunate than ourselves. When we have done all we can, we deserve to make some noise with a display of gratitude for Creation’s bounty, and appreciation for our triumph over adversity and evil. This could be called an Other Week of Jubilee, and be held in the Spring when life is being revitalized for most, if not all, of the population. The efforts and celebration would kick off with the Friday after the first full moon following the Vernal Equinox (this shows up Easter, but looking at the Crucifixion eclipse, or the More Harm than Good article, a victory lap is in order).|
|Major Holidays||We’re going to guess, and put a day when our gorgeous Baby Jesus was plopped upon this Earth. We’ll make Christmas, December 25th (shh, it’s a wild guess, they had no calendars then); and Easter, is when Christ is said to have risen from the dead. The reflective, Jewish High Holy Days in September are Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement for sins, and Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Ramadan, the lunar-calendar-based, month-long celebration is for those of the Muslim faith.||Every day might be a holiday worth celebrating, was one not weighted down with the care from a World often gone wildly off track (especially its goods distribution network which has a stranglehold on world happiness and prosperity, and decides the degree of world poverty).|
|Strange Selection of Major Holidays’ Dates||The first Easter in 33AD occurred the first Sunday following the first new moon of Spring — a Biblical Crucifixion eclipse could have only happened during a new moon as it’s directly between the Earth and the Sun — not the first Sunday after a full moon as the Vatican incorrectly calculates Easter today. In an effort to make the calculation understandable to the masses, the formula in determining Rosh Hashanah has been greatly simplified to: ”The molad can be calculated by multiplying the mean length of a (synodic) lunar month (29 days, 12 hours, and 793 parts) by the elapsed time since another molad whose weekday is known.” And I thought they”d make it difficult. Ramadan is figured with a non-solar-year-adjusted, rising-crescent-moon calendar and can occur any time of the year, January to December.||We can rest assured that Joseph and Mary didn’t have a calendar, or marked down Jesus’ birthday anywhere to recall the date he was born. Yet the basic, single-date selection like Christmas simplifies holiday date selection.|
|Mental Health Days||The Sabbath is considered as a day of rest, because God rested on this seventh day of Creation.||The problem with a seventh day of rest, is that you’re giving the “man” six days of work. There are different work weeks possible: Eight day weeks with every week having a three day weekend might work, if no one minds a reduction in production. Otherwise, if there are good labor protection laws in place, having mental health days are of less import.|
|House of Worship Admin||Ancient, Dated Religions||An Other Spritiuality|
|Trappings of the Faith||True, the Vatican is the World’s largest owner of real estate, but this is all in celebration of the profound love Jesus’ followers have for their congregants’ pontificates...||An Other Spirituality has much contempt for the millions making very sizeable sums off of the spirituality of others, or even living in lavish palaces such as the Vatican. Isn’t it easier for a camel to fit through the eye of a needle, than it is for a rich man of the cloth to get into Heaven? Then the Vatican crowd is going down.|
|Tax Status||Conventional wisdom dictates that because religious organizations, ones given 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, are expected to be beneficial, they will not share any of the tax burden.||Checking the More Harm than Good section above, religions should be in the maximum tax bracket in the World, with their privileged tax status revoked, because they are men’s clubs which function as hate groups. Churches are tax exempt breeding grounds for pedophilia, misogyny, homophobia, and unwanted children (because they spend much of their time denying women their reproductive rights), and non-Christian taxpayers are effectively subsidizing this by footing the bill of their Klan-like activities. The Church’s proceeds and disposition of revenue as a bingo hall is also free from paying any tax.|
|Officers||Lifetime appointments regardless of performance, even including criminal activity, because as we all know by know, the Catholic Church has been hiding pedophiles.||If possible, any spiritual organizers will be unpaid, so they will be working out of the goodness of their hearts, and not looking out to make a buck. If the organization can function without officers that would be best, one does not get closer to Creation by being told how to get there. An Other Spirituality is more of a communal, collegial, fellowship process. An exception would be organizers leading a volunteer effort, such as a food drive. Yet once anyone is paid to do spiritual work, there are huge opportunities for abuses of power, as in the Catholic Church.|
|Hierarchical?||The Pope, the Cardinals, and the Bishops, are all ranked above lay Christians, and they supposedly know much more than the laity about how Christians must conduct their lives. Much of the same deference is applied to the Jews’ rebbes, Ravs, and poseks. Women do not figure much in either male-dominated Christianity, Judaism, or Islam — they are at the bottom of the hierarchy, both in Scripture, and in the ranks today.||Here, we do not believe in hierarchies, no one is better than us, and no one is worse. Our uniqueness sets us apart from the crowd. Sharing strength, hope, and experience makes this worthwhile. Women play an absolutely pivotal role here with their sociability, femininity, and kindness, among plenty of other plusses. Decisions are not handed down, but instead are delivered by round tables (as in the Knights).|
|Centralization||A sprawling hierarchy where policy is dictated via a highly centralized decision structure.||Don’t decide others spirituality by committee. Your spirituality is decided locally here, not by someone sitting in a stuffy room with red velvet walls in the Vatican.|
|Revenue Stream||As a non-profit tax-exempt institution we accumulate as much cash as our charity drives can bring in the door. Then we are free to promote our male, White-centric agenda anyway we would like.||Income is never a concern. Our organization does not exist to amass land holdings like the one in the Vatican has for centuries.|
Pope Francis is the CEO of God, Inc.
Like North Korea’s Party Chairman, Kim Jong-un, the Pope is one of very few world leaders who was not democratically elected. Jorge Bergoglio (the Pope’s given name) has more Catholic followers than the President of China does the Chinese. Except Chinese President, Xi Jinping, doesn’t lead a misogynistic, homophobic, hate group that harbors pedophile employees like Jorge does.
Bergoglio has deluded himself into thinking he’s doing so much good for the world. In reality, he’s bringing real evil onto this planet.
For proof, just ask: a pregnant teenage girl who, without reproductive health services, is slammed with bringing an unwanted child into the world; a gay or lesbian who cannot get married in the house of worship of the faith that they were born into; a nun who has next to no say in the direction of her faith that her male peers do.
Or just ask the victims of pedophile priests, sex criminals that the Pope is harboring, in his unblocked bid to obstruct justice, and keep his pedophiles away from the police and jail sentences. 6/30/19.
Christians wear the Cross to show the World that they have met the purity and wholesomeness standards that being Baptized supposedly grants. What they are showing instead, is that they fully embrace Christianity’s homophobia and misogyny.
And if they are Catholic they are also approving of pedophilia, or at least the Pope’s blocking police prosecution of their Church’s pedophile priests. Unilaterally, the Pope has decided he is above the law, so he has also decided that pedophile priests must be handled within “the family,” the family of Baby Jesus.
The Pope claims that to expose these sex criminals publicly would cause retribution against the rank and file Christian soldier. Then does the Pope’s harboring of sex criminals better protect the filthy, guiltily complicit, high and mighty, lot of Catholics, or the pedophile priests, or both?
The correct answer is both: The homophobic, misogynistic flock needs protection now, because the priest pedophiles are getting Pope protection from police prosecution. They go hand-in-hand.
The rank and file Catholics need protection, because the sex criminals are getting protection from their Pope. If the Pope didn’t protect the sex criminals, these pedophiles would be in jail, and the victims would at last have justice and satisfaction. The high-and-mighties have found themselves mired in their hypocrisy from being supposed “good Christians” yet enabling pedophiles worldwide.
The Pope wants nothing done about all the pedophiles in his flock, or at most, have them pray and be penitent (for sex crimes, I understand the pedophile receives absolution of his “sins” after repeating three hail Marys). Just as Pope Jorge (Francis’ non-Anglicized name) believes he has been ordained to be above the law of men, his pedophiles are still above the heathen, so they never deserve prison.
To the Pope, pedophile priests are good and misunderstood Christians who only deserve our forgiveness, but never jail time. To their victims, well, many of his Church’s victims are dead... 6/27/19.
While Pope Francis may or may not be devoutly religious, more than anything else, he is the CEO of a religious organization. Any Christian admiration needs qualification because he is against gay rights such as same-sex marriage, and against reproductive rights such as early pregnancy termination. He said he will never budge on women having leadership positions in his Church.
At least he is against capital punishment and life imprisonment as well as in favor of protecting the environment, and more equitable income distribution. Most Popes do not take up any causes, and many don’t even leave the Vatican.
Religion Creates Outsiders
Islam, and this is true of every religion today, makes its congregants outsiders. Islam has clothing styles that haven’t changed in centuries, and a code of conduct more fitting the Middle Ages than the modern world. The Islamic world is baffled as to why they attract derision. The reason is that they court it.
At least the Amish hide away their strangeness in separate communities, Muslims would rather walk straight down Main Street showing it off. Although in many respects, Christianity is hardly any better — Jesus was just more bread and circuses to keep the Romans in line. If you follow the Vatican, not only is the fun in your life mostly limited to Bible study, but your sexuality is so inhibited by following Jesus the Christ that you may as well mutilate your genitalia — you won’t be using them.
The first order of business for every religion is to grab their future converts by the short hairs, and decide their sex lives — especially decide the sex lives and reproductive health of women.
This may sound like I’m promoting hatred, but I’m not, I’m promoting living in the 21th Century instead of the 11th. There is nothing wrong with being strange and antiquated, but don’t be surprised when your religion gets called out for being strange and antiquated.
The preceding has been brought to you by an Other Spirituality, where the observed year is in keeping with reality. It is 2017, back on planet Earth...
Editor’s note. This is interesting, yet puts me in dangerous waters: To me, this is a message of inclusion; to others, it might be one of intolerance. They have no interest in what I feel they need to do to integrate themselves with the vast majority of the West. 7/09/17.
Join the Priesthood — Pedophiles Preferred
The Catholic Church and the Vatican is not only a hate group (women are not welcome as leaders, nor can the gay take marriage vows there), they are also a pedophile front...
The Pope’s right hand man, George Pell (aka Cardinal Pell), is up on charges in Australia from multiple plaintiffs that he sexually abused them. The charges began early in his career as an ambitious, Vatican pedophile, one who like “more than 50 Roman Catholic bishops worldwide,” has been charged with not being able to keep it in his pants, but the rest have always walked free because the ‘higher authority’ Church is given permission to ‘discipline’ their own kind, that is, other pedophiles.
The Church, in order to save money on their speakers, and on their cost of indoctrinating their unsuspecting congregants, made it so these so-called ‘priests’ could never have families. Well, guess who was attracted to the priesthood but gay, pedophile predators.
The saddest part is that a billion people will subscribe to the crap of this Catholic, Christianity every day for the rest of their lives. Not only that, and sadder still, is that the Catholic faithful will never admit that their crazy, little Church can do anything wrong, and it has become too late for those heavily-invested in this unholy, Vatican operation to extricate themselves. In light of the Church’s criminal level of insanity, the entrance to every Church should read: “Abandon hope, all ye who enter here...” 6/29/17.
Like Jesus the Christ, Muhammad has a Rap Sheet I can’t pretend I’m an expert on the Quran, but in many ways Islam is no different from Christianity — some superman show runner performs a supernatural trick, one often astronomical. In the instance of Islam, the most significant showstopper is when the last prophet Mohammed splits the moon in two. For Christianity, the super hero has Heavenly control during the Crucifixion eclipse.
Compared to unmarried (and virginal?) Jesus the Christ, Mohammed is a bit unusual in one sense, he had thirteen wives, just about stacked them right up into his harem until his death at age 62 (I am sure he was a devoted husband to each of them, when or if he found the time to be one).
I’d need to learn more, but right now I’m giving this belief system a grade of “C,” just because some people crave belief systems. I give Christianity a “D,” because it’s leader, Jesus the Christ, was most likely complicit in a murder.
I would imagine people find what I say about their religion offensive, but I honestly feel it’s better they know the truth before they sign their life and money away by joining social control movements, sinking deeper into bottomless tripe, and into thought schooling that is both homophobic and misogynistic.
Holiday Hypocrisy 11/28/16. Christianity is a dying religion: not just because it is misogynistic, and has avowed to never give women leadership positions; or because it is homophobic, and denies marriage services in its buildings to the gay; but rather because, as of 2010, there is firm, indisputable, Biblical and astronomical evidence that the entire religion is just one nasty, evil, defaming guilt trip. If you sign on, money will pave your path to Heaven, Mass attendance makes you holier than thou, and all your deadly sins are wiped away with a sin specialist, a “father” who sleeps with boys.
Their big rallying cry is anti-reproductive choice — saving fetuses with the physiological development of adult rats (or in the case of the U.S. Vice President, legislate that the mother must have a funeral for her fetus). The Vatican, consisting of White, male virgins, thinks we need much more forced motherhood and fatherhood along with unwanted children. Don’t live the lie of Christianity.
The Jews have a much better track record of tolerance, but the Jews in Israel, the Zionists, do not. They are responsible for genocide, that is right, genocide, in 2014, and in 1982. Just to show they do not need to respect anyone else, and because they were given carte blanche post-Hitler, they settle and occupy in lands not theirs — they are common thieves. If you support either of these two religions, you support terrorists (Christian terrorists bomb and murder such as those working at Planned Parenthood).
Stay away from all the Judeo-Christian hoop-jumping, nonsense of the “practicing” religious-nut, and may your holidays have true joy!
Christian Murderer not a Christian Terrorist?
A Muslim who murders in the name of Allah is an Islamic terrorist. Yet a Christian who murders in the name of Jesus Christ is not called a Christian terrorist? Not a single media outlet would dare call the Planned Parenthood murderer, Robert Lewis Dear, or the Planned Parenthood arsonists preceding him, Christian terrorists. Nor would Google ever link to a site suggesting he was, but why?
Well, there is really not much to it. We get the news from commercial outlets that cow tow to the tastes of their readers and viewers who in turn are cultivated by what they read and watch. Most Americans want to hear only good things about Christians and bad things about Muslims, and the press will always do their best to deliver on this tacit agreement.
The mass media twists stories to tell their version of the truth in other ways. If Hitler were to appear on the scene, and then he was offered airtime, we’ve been well trained to respect the media’s offerings, and to clap like seals when Lucifer incarnate is finished. If the network is okay with someone who sounds much like a fascist, we are as well. After all, they are the experts in good and evil, we are just the clapping seals. In fact, that’s just about what happened when NBC had Trump appear on Saturday Night Live to record ratings.
We only know what billionaire media moguls want us to know, and want us to see. We are malleable voters, preprogrammed and brainwashed by the media powers that be, we fulfill their “democratic” agenda come election day. This includes every network television broadcaster, every cable network, and even supposed non-profits like PBS and NPR, who accept millions of dollars from corporate sponsors. Money corrupts more than power ever did, and inordinate sums of money corrupts and coopts absolutely.
Graciously, or not so graciously, the financial bottom line is that they all exist to coax and extract money out of your wallet; and rein in the ones who are not embracing the system. They all hope you spend your afternoon at McDonalds, or at least another earth-damaging, commercial equivalent — hey, even angelic NPR has Microsoft on board.
You sit before a slab of congealed grease on your tray, given to you by a cashier with a Crucifix around her neck, while up on a flagpole, a hoisted Bandages and Bullet Holes waves behind you, and over your shoulder. While poking at the slab with your allotted spork, you wonder if the ground tissue was from a truckload of fetuses from an enterprising and greedy Planned Parenthood (as Christian terrorists might have you believe); and if so, would you ever know the difference, or what’s more, would the mass of unviable cells, with less functioning than a mouse, ever notice the nearing butcher block?
The Vatican’s Role in Christian Terrorism 12/03/15. 4/02/19. Christianity is a misogynistic, homophobic institution that fails them by feeding its congregants falsehoods about established medical procedures, such as abortion and contraception. What is even sadder is that the latest round of Christian terrorists think they are advancing Christ’s will, one trumpeted by the church.
Because the Church unequivocally equates early pregnancy termination with murder, there are people with guns who murder others in the name of Jesus Christ — they feel, and after a few glasses of Sacramental wine the Pope might agree, that the carnage they cause is God’s work. The Other Letter has worked long and hard at a solution: What the vicious, ammo-embracing malcontent needs to do is join the political process.
Picket in front of Planned Parenthoods 24/7, have an outlet for their crazed aversion to non-full term pregnancies, because their kind is that close to picking up a gun and murdering. Jump up and down, start screaming like Banshees, because this might help to get this full term-only pregnancy nonsense out of their pea-noggin, pointy-headed system. Then have them sign on with Trump and the rest of his intolerant whack jobs. He can always use more of their rabid kind.
Picket in front of office buildings of companies who allow employees to have abortions on their medical plan. Join phone banks where gun crazies just like themselves can get out the vote for more and more guns, but just don’t use them. That’s what the gun crazies need to do, prove to the World that they are fit to own guns. Except looking at their track record at least since Columbine in 1999, and assassinations going back a full half of a century, guns just never seem to get into the right hands — those “deserving” who just need to blow away Bambi’s brains.
All kidding aside, the only way out of this nightmare the Founding Fathers left us is to repeal the Second Amendment. That and get the Church to understand that a fetus has less functionality than an adult rat, and we don’t seem to care too much what happens to them.
The alternative is bringing all pregnancies to term, which means unplanned parenthood, orphanages filled with unwanted children, unwanted parenthood, and teenage mothers giving birth who will never see their biological child ever again.
The Carnage Will Never End 12/02/15. The reason President Obama is not condemning the National Rifle Association is very simple. He’d rather leave Presidential Office in a limousine and not in a hearse. Today’s carnage in San Bernardino is not what he signed on for and no American politician will ever have the guts to tell the eight-hundred pound NRA gorilla in the room to please leave for good.
The NRA will claim they’re only in favor of (semi-automatic) hunting rifles being used by sane people — who in actuality are angry as Hell; looking to settle scores; need competence at something, anything, like shooting bulls eyes, or defenseless animals; and need to be seen as tough by their peers and not big league losers, which is exactly what they are
Yet the NRA is dead set against a semi-automatic weapons ban, the kind of weapon used by these murderous losers. The NRA also freaks out over background checks, although ultimately they don’t do anything anyhow. Most gun crazies don’t act crazy until the day of their murder rampage, when their rage is unleashed.
The typical and erroneous argument of the NRA, is that we all need guns for self-protection against neighborhood and governmental threats, which makes no sense at all. Why do we need a police department if we are so hell bent on individual self-protection? Every nation in the European Union — irregardless of what Nazism subjected them to with the Holocaust as well as World War II — do not have provisions in their Constitutions allowing citizen gun ownership.
Republicans create loopholes in gun laws, and Democrats attempt to close them. While there are a few Democrats that accept money from the NRA, by and large it is the Republicans who accept NRA support.
The hope is that the sane Americans will prevail over the crazy Americans, and ratifty the repeal of the Second Amendment. Unless America comes to its senses, the carnage will continue until America as a nation is abandoned for ineffectively protecting its citizens. America is the only nation whose Constitution expressly allows its citizens to carry murderour semi-automatic rifles, anything that can terminate life unvoluntarily, and even without the victims’ knowledge.
How exactly does the Crucifixion save the sinner?
Christ is said to have died for our sins, essentially saving us from them. What I have never been able to understand, is what exactly is the linkage between Christ’s death, and the rest of the World’s well-being?
If I ever was to run into a Christian theologian, I would pose this question of a central tenet to their faith — how is a spiritual leader’s death so inextricably linked to the happiness of everyone else?
By what mechanism does Christ’s apparently self-imposed, self-sacrifice serve as recompense for the sinner? Why should sinners feel so grateful that their leader, the one non-sinner, has been Crucified (and even said to be obediently Crucified)? How are your sins absolved by any Crucifixion, especially one 2,000 years ago, of a newly powerful and popular, Church-starter?
Like much of this faith, its heart is in the right place, but its head sure as Hell ain’t. For one, it relies too much on faith, and the ether, instead of Creation everywhere around us. (Other Letter Compact edition:4/20/14.)
The Vatican will tell you... 12/25/14. That the facts are all wrong about the Crucifixion Eclipse. That when Jesus the Christ stated he was flesh and blood after the execution, then begged for food, the Vatican will say that it was all just ancient typographical errors. They will add that the part about a Crucifixion-coincident eclipse predictable eighteen years in advance, was adjusted by God in mid-planetary orbit, it did not happen as astronomers now know it did. They’ll say that the Bible is just some random gibberish anyway, and the only thing we, the laity, need to know is that Christ died for our sins.
The Catholic Church, one doing more harm than good — the Church for over-population because it is against contraception and reproductive rights, the one whose pulpit spouts bigotry against locked-out gays, and is comfortable discriminating against women. This is the Church to absolve your sins; the Church that sinners built; and the one where the sign on the door leaving should read, “Sin Again,” instead of “Call Again.” The Church that should know better, and one day they might, only because to stay viable they will not have any other choice.
Simon the Cyrenian carried the Cross, not Jesus
Simon may have done a little more than just carry the cross, he may have been the fall guy for the young Jesus. At least that would explain how Jesus rose from the dead and was among the living after the crucifixion. Jesus didn’t die to begin with, Simon may have. When the executioners saw Simon carrying the cross, they simply assumed Simon was the one to be crucified. Because there were no photos back then, mistaking Simon for the Christ would have been easy.
At Cavalry, which one is Jesus?
Does Simon just give back the
crucifix and walk home?
Of the four gospels, only John’s doesn’t have Simon carrying the cross, Matthew’s, Mark’s, and Luke’s do. And the three gospels all indicate Simon carried the cross for much of the journey to the crucifixion.
Simon carries the cross from Praetorium, where Pontius Pilate, the Roman Prefect of Judea Province, contented the mob by sentencing Jesus. Simon carries the Crucifix to Cavalry (or Golgotha), the Place of a Skull, where the crucifixion took place.
Scripture fails to mention any fuss en route by the uncharitable, ill-natured horde — “Why is Simon carrying Jesus’ cross? Give that back to Jesus, that’s his to bear!” Instead the crowd softens its demeanor towards Christ. They’re very comfortable with Simon’s sacrifice, and possibly, of a masquerade at Cavalry.
I hope to not mince words, but Saints Matthew and Mark indicate that Simon was “compelled” to carry Jesus’ cross by those in attendance. The dictionary defines “compel” as forcing someone to do something. Contrary to popular explanations for Simon’s motivation, he was not carrying the crucifix out of charity, apparently he was doing this out of fear, fear of these interlopers. Simon must have been wondering what next he would be compelled to do.
Chapter 24, verse 34 is very weighty. “The Lord has risen and appeared to Simon.” Why would Christ’s rising only be important to Simon? After all, Simon’s official role in the entire Bible is to just carry the cross for a way. Why isn’t Christ rising and appearing to Mary and Joseph or any of the apostles? The sad part today is that movies like Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” depict Christ’s agonizing march, cross on his shoulder, when, in fact, Simon of Cyrene had that honor.
Jesus hungry following the Crucifixion 2/16/11. Take a look at the chapter subsequent to the Crucifixion in the Bible’s Book of Saint Luke, chapter 24, verses 36 to 43. A few behold Christ and are startled, he is not of the spirit world. No, Jesus the Christ assures them, he is of flesh and blood. As for the Crucifixion spectacle, he showed the affrighted his hands and feet, all are unmarked. The Christ asks these passers by, “Have ye here any meat?” What purpose would there be for a ghost to eat? If a ghost got hungry and did not eat, would he starve? How often did the risen Christ need to eat?
Given this, Simon’s unfortunate participation, and especially, a Crucifixion eclipse eighteen years in the offing, many must conclude Jesus was never nailed to the Cross. For the sake of Christ’s testament and Christians everywhere, Simon was coldly compelled the dubious honor of the agonizing march. Corinthians 13 may be consolation for the faithful, one from the sepulchre. I regret dissembling the faith (or even reading its Bible literally), yet Saint John recounts Jesus, “ ... ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Conservative or Progressive?
Twinkie or oatmeal-raisin cookie?
Ribeye steak or sushi?
McDonald’s or Trader Joe’s?
Frozen meatloaf or fresh meatloaf?
Budweiser or Molson?
Hockey or soccer?
Pickup or hybrid car?
Mercedes or Lexus?
Nationalism or globalism?
Christians Christian twice a year or prayers for peace?
’57 Edsel or ’57 Bel Air?
Kincade painting or self-crafted stained glass?
Pesticides or bird feeder?
Sneaking out of Bible study or sneaking into Bible study?
Is America less “the land I love” than a set of rights?
Motor boat or kayak?
Inorganic or organic?
The Little People or African Americans?
Spades or Hearts?
The Vatican or Musée du Louvre?
The White House or Buckingham Palace?
Visiting alien society or a trip to Chinatown?
Fishing or gardening?
Gun license or car license?
Denounce carpetbaggers or denounce carpetbaggers?
Concerned, at most, with the rights of their family, or with those of Man?
Profits before parks, or parks before profits?
Not smoke in the woods or improve the ecology?
I’ll have my Cow Medium-rare
Do you like food that has a different name when it is alive and breathing, than when it is put on your plate for dinner?
Broiled or fried cow is referred to as steak, ground beef, or hamburger. Pig becomes pork, white meat, or bacon. You’ve never heard your mother say “the cow is on the table,” or “the pig’s ready” (unless, of course, if you’re Hawaiian).
On the other hand, when chicken is eaten it is still called chicken. Turkey is not renamed whether it is alive and kicking, or on the dinner plate.
It’s not too difficult to see why new food names were given to cows and pigs, they are further up the evolutionary tree than a chicken or a turkey. As a result, ranchers had to have felt a distinction needed to be made between their livestock and the product at the other end of the slaughterhouse.
When the name of the food substance is divorced from what gave its life to create this substance, the grocery shopper can purchase, broil, and eat the by-product with a clean conscience.
Is pet, wildlife, and livestock intelligence underestimated? 2/12/11. Do the four-legged employ any decision process to position themselves in their current location? Do they have favorite places? Do they possess personalities, does one pet seem different from a previous one? Do they seem to know what to expect from different people around them? Without some sense of consciousness, how do they shift their gaze without moving their skull? Why do they make eye contact? At minimum, they know how to coax their owners to satisfy feeding and other needs.
Can it be said these actions form the foundation of noticeable cognitive capacity? Do animals have what could be called micro-thoughts, or very abbreviated perceptions on engaging their reality? Then do animals have a soul? If they are aware they are alive, is their slaughter tantamount to murder? At times, I could go for beef. Does satisfying such an urge make me a criminal? Can we ever say they possess what is known as consciousness?
True, animals utilize a fairly limited vocabulary of expression, and their intentions often remain a mystery. Cats meow, dogs bark, they display a small repertoire of emotions and behaviors that mostly does not approach the richness of Man’s. Yet exclude Man’s abilities in processing symbolic logic such as language. Then the greatest ape may not always surpass the cerebral power of the rest of the great apes (chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans).
Looking at the math, Man possesses 50 to 100 billion neurons, or brain cells. Encephalization, or the ratio of brain to body size, steadily increased from shrew-like mammals to primates to hominids with the progression of mankind’s evolution. Man’s brain is roughly three times the volume of a typical mammal’s with the same body size.
Just hypothetically, a superior animal is born one day, a stellar example of enhancement from genetic mutation. It reaches an epiphany, crosses over, and demonstrates the most basic communication abilities only ascribed to mankind (say a pet dog politely asks you to play catch outside). Once its communications were decoded, this one quasi-beast would be the Rosetta Stone of the animal kingdom.
With their long suffering translated, cowboys would be facing Judgment Day for wielding cattle whips and branding irons, as would anyone else paying the wranglers’ slaughterhouse wages. Then how could closed range chicken farms, and dairy farms with rBST-treated cows, be spared our wrath and righteous indignation?
The Book of Genesis, testament to many a generation, claims Man should not feel any moral qualms regarding eats; animals are ours to do as we see fit. The Book of Genesis, Chapter 1, Verse 28 (apparently for emphasis, ditto of Verse 26), helps to cement Man’s relationship with his environment, and deserves a place above the entrance to every slaughterhouse — this was humankind’s license to kill, guilt-free, anything non-human. Twenty-eight verses into the Holy Bible: “... and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.[italics secular]”
If God wants anything subdued, it looks like he wants it to be vegetarianism. Of course we need to eat, but with advances in food growing and processing, and in our greater sensitivities, the end of the Genesis 1:28 epoch may be near. Raise a toast to more grains, lift a glass to replenishment.
Steer clear of the queers ...
... because the queers will steer you queer. It always feels good to trash an entire portion of the population. Actually it should make the accuser feel like trash. Because as many must suspect, as a way to go through life, homosexuality has got to be pure hell. I’m a confirmed heterosexual getting on in years, and I’ve known at least two homosexuals. They get beat up and ostracized in school, and they are often not accepted anywhere else. But for better or for worse, sexual identity is forged at puberty.
Lesbians are easy for a guy to be around, but a heterosexual male hanging out with a homosexual male is like oil and vinegar. There’s always the feeling that someday he’ll make a move on you. Or that in some way he’ll compromise your sexuality, that that’s what he wants, that he wants you to become gay, or at least bi. I wouldn’t be surprised that that is what causes hate crime, young men thinking they can obliterate a plague on their sexual identity. It doesn’t work that way, gender orientation runs profoundly through human consciousness.
Ozymandias, the Pharaoh long Forgotten
Great empires, now in ruins. The Egyptian ruler of one such empire was the Pharaoh Ozymandias. He commissioned a statue of himself and the inscription on it quotes his arrogance: “If anyone would know how great I am and where I lie, let him surpass one of my works.” Ozymandias’ only remaining relic was the statue shown here, reduced to shards, found in a desert with even sand in any direction.
The moral offered: the ruling class, and their every ally, will one day be dust. Even the grandest of republics, or the most sanctified of men, will inevitably succumb to decay. Percy Bysshe Shelley tells this fable best in “Ozymandias,” a poem he wrote in 1818:
was found around the time
this poem was written
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shatter’d visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamp’d on these lifeless things,
The hand that mock’d them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
The Sword of Damocles 2/16/10. In a related vein there is the fable known as the Sword of Damocles. In the Fourth Century B.C., the mortal Damocles wanted to know what it is like to be a God. The deity Dionysus sees no objection and permits him to be a God for one day. Eventually Damocles learns the downside to deification, always overhead is a razor sharp sword held up by the thread of a horse hair. Damocles changes his mind, greatness is not for him. He now knows the price of this kind of influence and authority, one false move and your life is done and dust. The moral often construed here is that virtue is enough to live a long, happy life.
Signs from God
Mouseover for Concurrent Reality
What is beyond the skies?
Here’s equal time for the Godlessness of the prior piece.
Everyone or everything that has ever been on earth, or will be on earth, is known to be composed of microscopic atoms. These are the same irreducible (or irreducible outside of nuclear experimentation), invisible, essentially hollow building blocks most likely found anywhere in the universe. Every atom is known to be just one of 118 elements, and only 91 of these elements readily and plentifully occur in nature.
With the breaking of the first day’s dawn, atoms combined into molecules, then somehow organized into DNA code, the blueprint for each species reproduction. This DNA was encapsulated by cellular matter, and these cells were organized by function, able to reproduce, move, and, think.
What seems hard to imagine is how a single atom, alone being capable of so little utility, can be proficiently organized on the scale of billions of cells per organism to create self-sufficient life, even nature-mastering life.
Is this just a pyramided, evolved product of random molecular motion, or is there an as yet unfathomable greater power at the helm? Is life in and of itself a sign from God? Then can God exist at the atomic level? If he would never bother with such minor details, how would he have created life?
I know, that wasn’t really equal time. You know where I’m going when I die.
I’m in Heaven when I see your Smile 7/29/10. After people pass on, wouldn’t they eventually return to life? Their molecules certainly do not disintegrate. With simple ingestion, aren’t they eventually incorporated into another being to assume that being’s consciousness?
If that sounds ridiculous, don’t laugh. Most picture a buddy of Jesus Christ with a long scroll standing at the front of an interminable queue of dead people. Jesus empowered Peter with the keys of heaven so he can check the newly dead against God’s VIP list and determine where these non-breathing will spend all eternity.
An explanation many would find more credible: we are only aware of energies that we have the equipment to measure. Heavenly spirits and souls may very well exist, we just have not yet invented the measuring tools needed to prove that they do. Our model of physical reality is then predicated on today’s deficient instruments, or at least deficient when compared to tomorrow’s devices. Our tools are tooled from this universe, not from a realm never seen, or known.
Since the consciousness of any mature being is so much more heavenly-inspired, spiritual, and unfathomable than anything else in the decaying physical world, why must it obey the same set of physical laws? How can the soul be anything except immortal and immutable?
With one’s passing, the consciousness can ascend to the heavens, severed from its earth-bound corporal, bodily tether. Because the spirit is an entire breed apart from all the simply physical, mechanical, biological, or chemical, it may very well travel into the next domain.