From Huffpost 11/27/2019
Judge’s Ruling Shows Religious Freedom Isn’t Just For The Christian Right
From Huffpost 11/27/2019
I hate you!
I hate you because you are not like me!
I hate you because of the color of your skin!
I hate you because you don’t speak the same language as me!
I hate you because you don’t dress like me!
I hate you because you are LGTBQ!
I hate you because your politics are different than mine.
I hate you because you don’t live in my country.
I hate you because I live in the greatest country that ever was on Earth.
I hate you because you believe you live in the greatest country that ever was on Earth.
I hate you because you are smarter than me.
I hate you because I am smarter than you.
I hate you because your religion is different
I hate you because your Holy Books are different than mine.
I hate you because you pray differently than me
I hate you because you call God by another name
I hate you because you don’t believe in God.
I hate you because my religion is the one true religion and it says I should hate you. It says you are a blasphemer. It says you are going to Hell. Only the few who believe exactly as I do will go to Heaven.
I hate you because your religion tells you it is the one true religion and it says you should hate me. It says I am a blasphemer. It says I am going to Hell. Only the few who believe exactly as you do will go to Heaven.
I hate you because my God is a god of Love.
I hate you because you scare me
I hate you because I might not be good enough, I might not be strong enough, I might be lying to myself.
I hate you because your existence reminds me everyday that I could be wrong about everything.
I hate you because you are the witness that there are alternatives to the world I have built around myself to keep me warm, protected, and secure; and if I were to accept that these alternatives are valid, my world would crack and crash down around me. And then, who am I?
I hate you for the things I hate in myself and am afraid to acknowledge
I hate you because I shouldn’t hate you
I hate you because you hate me
I hate you because I don’t understand why you hate me
I hate you because I’ve been taught you are the reason for all the suffering in the world
I hate you because you were taught that I am the reason for all the suffering in the world
I hate you because for all my life the powers that be have taught me that you are my enemy in order to divert me from realizing that my enemy is the powers that be.
I hate you because without that hate I am nothing!
There is a chapter that was removed from “I’m God and You’re Not” at God’s personal request. He has subsequently agreed that it could be posted on the web site :
Just to clear up a possible issue in “I’m God and You’re Not” that might be misinterpreted.
At the beginning of Chapter II-Creation, footnote 7 discusses what God actually finds an obscene word to be. In it, some derogatory terms used to describe certain ethnic groups are repeated for illustrative purposes. The author wishes to assure the reader that he purposely used three different groups that make up his own ancestry, as he felt it was wrong to use ethnic slurs used against others. On the whole, he agrees with God’s take on this.
My personal take is that Magdalene was a close confident to Jesus and important in the foundation of early Christianity. And I do not think she was ever a prostitute. In any case, this is an interesting article on the controversy.
The burial site of the father of both remains a flashpoint between Jews and Muslims.
This is Lucifer speaking. If you read God’s last post, he’s taking a little break and asked me to keep an eye on you humans while he’s gone. You may also recall that I am to report back to him on your activities upon his return (and boy, do I have a lot to tell him already which is a bit frightening when you consider he’s been gone less than a week!).
In the meantime, I thought you may be interested in reading a short letter I received via Paradise Post this morning from the Big Guy…
Earth Date: July 16, 2018 4:13PM EST
Just hanging around watching a beautiful solar system set over the northern mountains here. You really should see the display of infinite colors reflected in the lake–definitely one of the best things we put together in those early Creation days. Of course, I won’t tell you where I am. I really need these moments of privacy every thirty millennium or so or I think I’d go as batshit as some of the humans are.
Oh, speaking of humans…I thought over what you and I were discussing just before I left and I didn’t want to leave you hanging any further.
I still don’t understand what is going on in some areas of the Earth right now. It’s like some madness has taken over and people are forgetting their basic humanity right now. I know many of them are frightened; they see their insolated patches of culture and tradition changing before them. It’s that old story that every civilization has to deal with sooner or later. You know perfectly well that this irrational fear allows demagogues to manipulate the crowds for their own purposes: it is so easy to deflect people from their real enemy–which is most often the very persons doing the deflecting–to some innocent. You and I have watched this over and over again much too much in human history.
And always religious texts are manipulated and twisted to support the exact opposite of their intent. These charlatans are always selecting tiny isolated part of their scripture to justify breaking the first rule of all great religions. Do I have to repeat it yet again: Love each other.
I’m sickened at how families are being split apart as they seek a better life in a new land, babies, shrieking and wailing, taken from their mother’s breast while rulers justify this by calling these family illegal and brazenly lying about them, saying that they bring nothing but crime and violence.
And there are so-called “good” Christian leaders who justify it by perverting what their founder preached. They take a letter from Paul, who as we know, had a number of serious issues–you know the rumors–and justify these atrocities by what he wrote in Romans 13:
“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves… For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. ”
Well, you know what a load of crap that is! Certainly, Paul, being subject to the will of the Roman Emperor, that SOB Nero, and tried his best to prevent the persecution of Christians by imploring them to be good citizens of the empire. But, he didn’t imply that such obedience was absolute. Just look at what immediately follows the above in the same epistle:
“ The commandments,.. are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.“
So what takes priority if the authorities asks their subjects to do something that is against the fulfillment of that law? Should the Germans in 1930s blindly have followed Hitler as so many of them did? If the authorities tell you to murder your neighbor, do you do it?
Where do you draw the moral line?
It’s like I always say, “I gave you a brain, humanity. Now, use it!”
Well, it’s getting late here and I really need to catch up on my rest. This sort of idiocy raises my blood pressure much too high. So I’ll call it a night. Talk to you in a while.
Be good. You always are.
Ever notice how evangelists and other extreme ”Christian” groups defend their support of Donald Trump by comparing him to the Jewish king David from the Old Testament. Their argument goes that King David was a fallable sinner, like Trump is, but God use David to advance His glory. What they always forget to mention that both he and the people of Israel were punished for his sins. Sorry, people, but I’m not too keen on getting a plague because of. Trump!
In researching ”I’m God and You’re Not”, I came across and read a number of the books mentioned in this article. They are fascinating reading, and give you an excellent insight into the various religious ideas and stories that were circulating in both the Jewish and Catholic religious communities of the times.
I am pleased to tell you all that finally, at long last, the first draft of “I’m God and You’re Not” is finished!!
Look for more news on this in 2018!