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!
While our normal commentator is busy with other maters, we bring you a very special guest with an important message:
Hi, you all! Lucifer, the morning star, light-bringer, Satanall, the Dragon, the Devil, good old Satan to most of you. Oh yes, also sometimes called the “Prince of this World’—and don’t I wish I were! Boy, things would be a hell (no pun intended) of a lot different around here, believe me.
First of all, let’s get it straight. This whole evil, thing. Not me. Not my job (again, no pun intended for those of you who read the book). Really, it’s all a big misunderstanding. Hey, blame the prophet Zarathustra for coming up with the whole idea of two opposing entities in the Universe, Ahura Mazda ( “the Good Lord”) and Angra Mainyu (“the Evil Spirit”) or Ahrinan. Later, when the Jews had been conquered by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar and exiled there, they took over the idea. Then, some bozo had to go translate the Hebrew word הֵילֵל in Isaiah (Isaiah 14:12) as “Lucifer” in the King James Bible.
I mean, there I was–minding God’s business like a good angel should–helping him become an even better God by pointing out where He might be going wrong–you know, playing devil’s advocate (damn, this unintentional puns–can’t escape them, can you?)–and then one day—zap, I’m suddenly this evil, horrible creature trying to seduce His creation into evil.
What are you people anyway? You’re not all Donald Trumps–nothing is ever your fault, it’s always someone trying to ruin your good name. Hello! Take some goddamn responsibility for yourselves, humanity. I’m not the one blowing up children and mothers as you keep finding newer and more sadistic ways of destroying each other. It’s not me that makes idiot fanatics crash cars and trucks into innocent bystanders in a perverted sense of what makes God great. I am not the one who makes you rape. I’m not the one who thinks that it’s okay to build more and more weapons of destruction at the cost of food, medicine, and shelter for the poor and the weak. I do not plunder and destroy this beautiful planet–the only home you have–in the name of profit.
I am not the one who puts greed and indifference over the value of a human life.
I am not he who condemns others to hell (in this world or in the next) because their skin color is not mine, their land of origin is different than mine, their culture and beliefs seem strange to me., or because they call God by a different name that I do. I am not the one going to your churches, mosques, synagogues to pray to your God in self-righteousness when you continually break the first and only important rule of all religions: “Do to others as you would have them do to you“.
Stop blaming me. I’m not the Devil of this world–You are! Do not keep listening to your fears and the whispers of men (not me!) who would keep you in darkness for their own advantage. Do not give into the worst side of your spirit when God infused you with the light to bring forth heaven on this poor planet.
The world is only made what it is by your actions
The world can only be made holy by listening to your heart.
Thank you for listening,
This post was inspired by an article written by a very dear friend for her local paper. If you are interested, her article can be found at No Evil. The original is in Greek, but an English translation by the author is included
So this post may go somewhat off the usual topics, but I felt the need to write it.
Our world. How can anyone look at the world presented to us on cable news, the Internet, newspapers, etc., and not be horrified at what seems to be daily occurrences of evil:
- wars between countries that are enemies today, and will becomes allies in the future against some other perceived common enemy
- the slaughter of innocent children, babies barely out of their mother’s wombs
- the murder of parents before their children’s eyes.
- the willful starvation of those caught in man-made Armageddons
- the sadistic cruelty that justifies the torture and maiming of our fellow humans
- the destruction of children’s innocence
And so much more can be added to this list that the heavens should cry out in agony.
But they don’t!
And millions read their Bibles, their Qur’ans, their Gitas, their Surtras, in some attempt to answer their despairing question:
Why does God allow such evil in this world?
It’s the wrong question. Yes, certainly we use our religions as weapons to justify our hate of those who think differently. We can pull passages from our holy books where our God seems to order us to commit terrible sins in His name. But a God who needs men to perform such deeds for Him is no God at all, just a pathetic and weak reflection of the worst of us A good part of I’m God ands You’re Not explores this, possibly to the point of ad nauseam.
Okay, you say, let’s take religion out of it. You still have earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, volcanoes, floods. Aren’t these evil? Certainly, these cause terrible tragedies and suffering to all living things, but unless the planet is intelligent after all and is trying to wipe out the human plague that infests it, no, these are not evil. Arguments about global warming aside, these are the natural phenomena of the planet–there is no intent, no thought behind them. We just happen to be here when they occur.
For Evil requires intelligence behind it. The earth is not sadistic, humans are. It is we who intentionally blow each other up, cause the loss of arms and legs (sometimes physically performing the act, sometimes through our war machines where individuals only exist to be counted as the enemy dead), we who send back boats of desperate refugees while we suppress the knowledge that we are most likely sending them back to living hell or death, we who built concentration camps and tolerate the Holocausts of the innocents. Only an intelligent human being can be so insanely stupid as to hate another human being merely for where he/she comes from, the clothes they wear, the way they worship or don’t worship a God.
And now in America, the nation of immigrants, hate raises it head. Follow on a blog or on Facebook, you can read such insanity as threats of civil war because conservatives and liberals have different views–I have read death threats to both sides on the Facebook pages of American politicians and political groups, where there seems to be a new vision of an America that cannot tolerate the very differences that it was founded on, forgetting the promise and ideals that made it the “Golden Land” of opportunity and a light to the world.
Is such sadism ingrained in us? Is there some part of our unconscious that relishes the idea of such torture and cruelty, that contains a spark of evil in all of us? Even though we would never condone such actions in the physical world, are we playing holier-than-thou and are unwillingly to acknowledge that under the right set of circumstances. we are blood-thirsty little gods and goddesses of vengeance?
To which wiser men than me have answered that you can have the thought, you are NOT the thought. Throughout history, better men than me have stood up before evil and said “No!”, even at the cost of losing their lives to that very evil, martyrs that lead the way to the best inside us.
Why should I hate you to the point of seeking your death merely for being different from me? Why should I be so insecure, so little a person, to feel so threatened that I become a betrayer of the ideals I hold sacred? For what do I become less than the best in me?
What kind of world do you wish to leave behind? One, better for you having existed, or one that only causes more and greater misery.
No, the question isn’t why does God allow such evil to exist; the question is why do we do.
PS. Thanks to Angelina
One of the disadvantages of being God is that you wind up getting blamed for things you didn’t have anything to do with (like sending floods to show my divine wrath), and then you get thanked for doing things that no self-respecting God would have any part of.
Let’s get this straight. Stop saying that I had anything to do with your elections, who the candidates were, and more importantly don’t say I sent the winner to you. I mean, look–just look at who you have running your countries! Do you think I’m out of my ever-loving mind?! You people claim you follow me, that you are good Christians, Jews, what-ever, and then you go out of your way to elect idiots who do everything in their power to betray what I stand for.
And further more, those kings and queens and such do NOT rule by any divine right. They are just ordinary people who’s ancestors managed to pillage and rape enough to become powerful enough to do whatever the hell (and I do mean, hell) they wanted.
So, please, especially you Americans, cut it out! I hate getting political about this, but don’t blame me for that person in the White House. You did that by yourself, rightly or wrongly.
Though if I were you, I’d be praying that I have mercy on your poor souls.
I have struggled with my understanding of the nature of God for almost all my life — from my bar mitzvah days, through my teen years where my doubts about the Bible caused my father to often call me an “atheist”, and through my adult life all these years, as I explored different religions and philosophies.
Events in my life would often convince me that God didn’t like me very much and was often out to get me. Among other areas were issues with marriage, my issues with my looks, love life, and the sense of despair that hit when I found out that my only child was autistic. Rightly or wrongly, I often felt like a fly captured by a schoolboy who delights in slowly pulling its legs off, one after the after.
And what kind of God existed that seemingly stood silent during the Armenian genocide in the beginning of the 20th Century, the Holocaust of the Second World War, the continued poverty and suffering of so many innocents across the world., a God that watches as madmen invoke His name as they kill those of different faiths or beliefs, a world continued to be bathed in blood.
And even in nature, there are horrors: what sort of a worshipful God would come up with things like parasitic wasps that “impregnate” a caterpillar with its eggs. The caterpillar continues to eat and grow while the larvae suck its blood and grow as well. Then the wasp larvae use their specialized jagged jaws to cut through the tough, thick layers of the caterpillar’s skin that would otherwise present an impermeable barrier. The larvae also release chemicals that paralyze their host, rendering it powerless as they eat their way out.
Who comes up with elephantiasis? Bubonic plague? Ebola?
This is the creation of a loving God? Or is it the work of a sadist?
And do not say who are we to question the ways of God. If a parent tortures a child, is that okay because he is the parent?
No, if this is willful of God, than that God is NOT worthy of worship. That God is not worthy of us.
So, I am left to conclude that IF this is God, I have to disown him. I cannot believe in such a God
Or I must come to a different understanding of what God is.
Because they know what the writers really, truly meant. This is funny, sad, and troubling at the same time.
No wonder religions today rarely reflect what their founders actually preached!