The GROG: Get Rid Of God. Actually it’s not about God at all. He is collateral damage. This is about encouraging critical thinking regarding the delusion of resurrection, a life after dying. Where does the idea come from that there is something after we die? Everyone knows they have a spirit. It is the religious who believe the spirit continues on after death and that there is a spirit world.
Of the various religions, the monotheistic, messianic faiths, stand out in their ontology, in particular their believe about getting into the spirit world. The key to heaven is faith in God, the creator of humankind. Their heaven is not of spirits, but of resurrected mortals who were granted the key. This most inane scam of getting people to fall in love with themselves. It is the supreme scam of resurrection. Since then, the dream of salvation has been magnified to the point where nothing is beyond possibility as the will of God. Those first Christians were Jews, already hooked on being the chosen ones, who got hooked again believing that resurrection was imminent. And, they had the Old Testament and then the New Testament to prove it! The signs for the end were everywhere. If it hadn’t been for a couple of Roman emperors that got hooked on the dream, and/or used the Machiavellian rule about not burning bridges, to let the Christians survive. What a pair, the Roman Empire and the Catholic Church. It certainly changed the course of history, which by the way, it is still doing.
It is the perfect scam. Once believed, it is almost impossible to wake up to the reality of being taken for a ride. Especially, as in most cases where children get it from their parents. In conversions there are various hooks that snag the vulnerable. In one case it was the promise of perfect physical resurrection and families being sealed together that got a Japanese friend. Just before my friend was born, his father had died, so he never knew his father. By becoming a Mormon, he could be sealed to his family and meet his father after their resurrection.
Imagination and dreams are natural, but believing that animals have only one life, but that humans have two, is not critical thinking. Why is it so easy to fool people into believing the unbelievable? One idea is, because we see ourselves from the inside and there are lots of bad things there, like guilt, shame, and anger, but God gives us reason to love ourselves, because we are His children and He loves us. And so the belief of being special gives reason to the dream of not having to really say goodbye. People who want and maybe need this to be true, convince themselves that they are special and will not really die.
The delusion that human beings are special, must be educated out of existence. Those already claimed by this delusion are lost in their dream world and believe they will be saved. Half of the earth’s population believe they are the chosen ones and they are willing to kill each other to make their version come true because “God” is on their side. Each side believes that they are the chosen ones. If this is their God’s plan, then that God does indeed work in mysterious ways!
This delusion of being special, chosen, and entitled needs to be educated out of existence. For every creature there is but one life, not two.