Comments: TWGT 3

Interesting. I vaguely remember something about the "man creating God in HIS image" idea being discussed when I took Religious Studies at college. It was called the anthropomorphicising of God.(excuse the spelling. It's early over here). Also, the word "image" was translated from the original Aramaic, so I'm wondering if that translation was any good. The original word might have meant something different to our idea of what an "image" is. Even the English language has changed an awful lot since the King James' Bible. And wasn't that translated from Latin?

I can see I'm going to be keeping Google busy for a couple of hours when I finish this. You're a very bad man Johnny!

And "Buddhist Extremist" is a great comedy religion. I think I'll put that on my census form instead of "Jedi" ;-)

Posted by Sally at September 9, 2004 05:28 AM

I guess if you're a Buddhist Extremist, then you are already doused in gasoline and nervously playing with your lighter. I can see the police stand-off now. "Lady! Put down the lighter and slowly back away!"

I'll give the Buddhists this: at least when they want to go out in a "Blaze of Glory" they have the decency to not try and take others with them.

I guess I have a twisted sense of humor when I first wake up.

Posted by Johnny - Oh at September 9, 2004 09:43 AM

This whole man-made God concept is something to behold then, considering that it was begun by nomads who were little more than cave men. It's certainly withstood the test of time...

And it doesnt explain who no cultures ever evolved with a completely different concept -- they all settled on the supernatural concept of life after death.

I'm also concerned that someone who does not beleive in their own immortal soul, or the souls of their earthly brothers, can ever have the best interests at heart for the childrens childrens children. If they're just dust, and i'm just dust, what does anything matter at all?

As someone who believes otherwise, that the things we do in this life have an eternal importance for our brothers, that frightens me.

Posted by Marty at September 9, 2004 11:11 AM

Yeah Marty. I think it's very fascinating that each society has arrived at the same place. As an athiest, I realize that I'm an aberration. Even people in mud huts came to the realization that they have an immortal soul, but I cannot seem to get that concept to "stick" in my personal outlook on life and its nature.

As for the last aspects of your comment, please don't fear. I'll probable flesh it out better in another big post, but the gist of it will be "actions have consequences". It'll be a bit more far reaching than that, but that's the root core of it.

As always, thanks for stopping by, and your input is always welcome.

Posted by Johnny - Oh at September 9, 2004 09:46 PM

Found this over at Dawn's site, and thought -- who among us cannot relate?

(On attempted suicide)

...I lacked faith, so I couldn't see beyond wanting and not having, as James wrote. I saw life not as endless possibility, but as a succession of possible things to hope for—and if I didn't get what I wanted today, it would take a supreme effort to carry on in hope that I would get it tomorrow.

What faith gave me, in a word, was continuity—a sense that there was a divine plan, and that whether or not I felt I was part of it, I was. No longer did I feel that there was no benefit to surviving pain. Faith infused even my losses with meaning, and with a sense that God was with me, loving me, during my trials as well as my triumphs.

Posted by Marty at September 10, 2004 09:25 AM
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