posted on Dec, 23 2004 @ 05:27 PM
Make of it what you will.
1. Why are there so many different religions & sects? Why so many different interpretations of Jesus and the Bible?
I speak in different languages so that I can reach different people. There is no one language that suits all people.
2. Was there a real Jesus, Son of God, who was born of a virgin & died on the cross only to be resurrected 3 days later?
It depends on what you define as “real.” We tell stories to suit the times and the people. There is a core to these stories that is true.
3. Are you then just a concept, a metaphor?
4. Is the Bible the literal word of God?
Everything is the literal word of God–because God wills everything into existence. But this does not mean that everything written should be followed
as law. There are many genres–drama, comedy, tragedy, law, poetry, science. What you know as the Bible contains a core of law, dressed up in the
psyche of the times.
5. Are we supposed to take everything in the Bible literally?
There is interpretation and then there is basic human morality. That the extinguishing of a life is a sad & terrible thing should be quite obvious; it
is a concept hard-wired into human-beings but which can be distorted or removed almost entirely due to damage of the receiving unit (body),
psychological trauma, or societal manipulation. Even a cavemen would look at the murdered body of another (which he even just clubbed himself) and
feel that there was something amiss. The idea is to dig past all the detritus of time & space and get at these basic hard-wired human moralities.
6. Is heterosexuality (versus homosexuality) a basic human moral principle?
Exactly where in the 10 Commandments does it say “fa**otry is wrong”? (channeler's note: please excuse harsh language of God)
7. So you’re saying that the 10 Commandments are basic principles of human morality?
The first 5 are laws for the particular time at which it was written, and the second 5 are basic human moral concepts.
8. Why couldn’t the people of Moses’s time be free to worship whatever god they wanted to?
The masses were nowhere sophisticated enough to accept or know what to do with a laissez faire religion. They needed rules–to be told: do this and
this and this and not this. To give them a defined God as opposed to a choice of gods was both a kindness in deference to their limitations and a
assurance that they wouldn’t go completely mad & amoral and kill each other.
9. Are we sophisticated enough now?
Those who crow about being so damn sophisticated might not really be that sophisticated. Sophistication is the courage to listen to different points
of view & synthesize. Sophistication is the courage not to need a rulebook–but to still uphold my basic tenets of human morality.
10. Was Mary really a virgin when she gave birth to Jesus?
It isn’t the point of anything. That’s just trivia.
11. Is there really a God?
Is there really a God?
12. Is there really a Jesus, as in “I accept Jesus as my Lord & Savior”?
In order for a religion (in the proper sense) to work the rules that form it must be followed and the stories within the Holy Book believed. Religions
can be very helpful for living–but it must be thoroughly believed in. Why is Christianity so popular? Because it works–it is exquisite in giving
people comfort and a purpose for living. A thorough and steadfast Faith projects one into the Garden before the Fall–and to poke holes at the Faith by
seeking other religions or pursuing science is like the eating of the apple. One who has fatally poked holes into one’s one faith is cast out of the
Garden. That’s why I said, “no Gods except me.” I was being kind.
13. How is it kind to lie to people?
It can be infinitely kind, I assure you.
14. So Christianity is a lie?
It is a reality to those who have faith. Everything hinges on faith. Faith is the glue of reality & the universe.
15. How is a person who has fatally poked holes into one’s own faith supposed to live their lives now?
Well, obviously, you can’t go home again. Better start to learn to accept paradoxes.
16. Is there a Satan?
Ask a policeman at a horrific murder scene.
17. But you willed the murder scene in question, right?
What? Are you talking about the Crucifixion?
18. Any evil in the world–it happens under your watch, right? And you’re omnipotent, so you create all–good & bad?
See what happens when you bite the apple?
19. Answer my question.
I am the Alpha & the Omega. I am beside myself.
20. Are we humans really the gods, who created the universe–each of us actively creating our own realities?
Obviously not, with all the suffering in the world.
21. Why exactly is there so much suffering in the world?
It’s all part of the plan.
22. You know, a lot of atheists who say that the answer you just gave is bull#.
When they are able to turn the Earth on its axis, tell them to call me.
23. Many months ago you told me that for all you cared, the Mormon Bible was the “correct” one. Why did you say that?
You really weren’t to be blabbing this all about town, you know. Not that most people would pay what you say much credence anyway. Except for the
Mormons, of course.
24. Are the Jews the “Chosen People”?
The followers of every religion are that religion’s chosen people.
25. Why are so many people killed in your name?
Religion when properly followed–with complete, ironbound Faith–provides a level of security, comfort, and personal identity that is unmatched by
anything else. People who present alternate views to these religions are the fatal hole-pokers of that Faith–and fatal hole-poking destroys Faith,
destroys the security, comfort, and personal identity. Hence, non-believers are dangerous.
26. Maybe then we shouldn’t have any more religion.
The majority of humanity aren’t ready for that. You might as well blow up the Earth & put them out of their misery.
27. That’s harsh.
It is, isn’t it? That’s the point.
28. So billions of people are deluding themselves with religions that aren’t really “real.”
I’ll bet a lot of them are more happy than you are.
29. Since I have fatally poked holes in my own Faith, I really don’t know what the hell to do now. I really feel the need to follow something.
Maybe try a Gnostic approach? Your best bet is to just derive good bits of information from the various religions and viewpoints–I’ve seeded them all
with core truths.
30. How do I know this whole dialogue isn’t just me talking to myself?
Because you aren’t this clever.