Where do we begin to find the answers to the many questions we ponder about life and how to live it? There are many question about life and even about who we are. Why are we here? Why are we the way we are? When I began a few years ago to look at history, my own as well as world history, I found some things very interesting. I discovered family connections with the Mormon church I never knew I had.
After being irreligious for so many years I took an interest in what this belief in god is all about. My interest became more focused after reading The End of Faith, by Sam Harris. Something in the epilogue has become sort of a guidepost for me. After saying that the situation seems hopeless, Sam wrote, “And yet, it is obvious that an utter revolution in our thinking could be accomplished in a single generation; if parents and teachers would merely give honest answers to the questions of every child.” Education is the only answer that really works to reduce the delusions of the supernatural.
There are many religions in the world, with many gods, and many stories about the relationship between humans and their gods. Very broadly speaking, the people on earth can be divided into three groups, based on belief in the supernatural and the relationship there to.
*First, this group believes that humans have a spirit, but that this spirit dies upon mortal death. They believe life on earth will continue so long as conditions permit. For these nonbelievers there is no supernatural realm.
**Second is the group that believes the spirit continues to exist in a supernatural realm along with all the other spirits and gods, with which they may or may not interact. They believe and hope that life on earth will continue forever.
***Third group, the monotheists. Their belief is that humans have an eternal spirit which after death, along with their resurrected mortal remains, will continue to exist forever in a divine realm. They believe that their story, as revealed in their Holy texts, applies to everyone on earth. They believe their god rules the universe and when the time is right, life on earth will end, as per god’s will. They pray for this to come about so they may ascend to that divine realm, and for life on earth to be destroyed. … God willing!
Even today the preachers are increasing the volume of their wailing. The signs are everywhere. It is the same old fear mongering to the faithful to get ready for the glorious day when they get to go to heaven. If you read the blogs of the believers, just here on WordPress, you will get a good idea of their delusions. Stories of fantasy and dreams. Perfection, purity and all the rest; the fantasy without bounds. It is all about them and their one-on-one with their savior. And their eternal god given soul. GROG