Originally posted by DetectivePerez
How can you clearly indetify GAOTU as not being Satan if you cannot identify it as God of the Christian religion?
That's the most absurd question I have ever heard.
Let's do a little thought experiment. I come across a giant castle in the desert. It's a beautiful, palace-like place, with instructions on how to
live inside in prosperity and beauty. There's a problem, though. For some reason, there's a madman who lives in the desert who occasionally fires
cannonballs at the castle... they never do any harm, but they sure are scary.
Now, one day, I start to get thinking, and I realise someone must have built this castle... it didn't just show up on its own. From clues in the
unity of design and my knowledge of the castle, I decide there must have been a single architect who designed the castle, and from various clues
around the castle, I decide that he's a guy named "Steve," who is a genius, is nice, and only wants me to enjoy the castle in peace and live a
worthy life. As time goes by, many others find the castle in the desert, and we all live in farily decent harmony, enjoying the castle, and trying to
fight off the madman in the hills as much as possible. To show Steve I care, I wear a little pin that says "Thanks for the castle, Steve!"
One day, a man appears out of the desert and says Steve sent him, and that he is a close relitave of Steve's... in fact, he contends that he was the
foreman at the building of the castle, and that he got the plans directly from Steve. Some people believe him, some do not. Sadly, being human
beings, we fight about it. Some people, including me, start wearing a pin that says "Thanks for the castle, Steve and Josh!" Still, we're all
clear that there was a builder of the castle, and that that guy was Steve. We all start making pictures of the castle to honour them.
The fellow who helped Steve (let's call him Josh) has to leave the castle on a long business trip one day. A while after he leaves, a guy named
"Murray" shows up, who says he is a friend of Steve and Josh's, and that he has a radio with which he can hear weekly broadcasts from Steve.
According to Murray, Steve has said he prefers to be called "The Big Guy," and that he would rather see people with pins saying "Thanks for the
Castle, Big Guy," and that he would prefer not to see pictures of the castle, but rather abstracts.
Anyway, years later, after the fighting dies down, a club starts. The people of this club agree on some basic points:
1) This is a pretty fine castle.
2) The guy who built this castle must be one awesome dude.
3) We should try to enjoy the castle, treat it right, take care of it, and help each other out.
4) We all like to think about Steve, about what he might be like, about how we can better show him that we care.
5) We don't
like that madman in the desert... some people say he exists as a single guy, some people say "he" is actually an excuse for the
bad behaviour of people in the castle, and some have very complicated other ideas. Regardless, we think he's icky.
Now, for the ease of conversation, we all decide to call the guy who built the castle "The Guy Who Built the Castle." (since some of us think he's
called Steve, some of us think it was Steve & Josh, and some of us think he prefers to be called "The Big Guy.") This doesn't mean we're not all
referring to the same guy. We all have different nicknames for him, but none of us have ever met him (some of us have read about Josh, but even the
records of Josh are pretty hazy), and so we use a description ("The Guy Who Built the Castle,") instead of a name.
Unfortunately, some people in the castle are (and let's just come out and say it) morons. They think of The Guy Who Built the Castle as a mediocre
person, much like themselves, who gets angry for absolutely no reason
, and who likes beating up on those smaller than himself. They are very
angry at the new club. "Who is this 'Guy Who Built the Castle?' Is it Steve, or is it SteveandJosh, or is it The Big Guy?" they ask. "Yes,"
we in the club reply, and they just get angrier and angrier. "Listen," they say, "you're either for the castle or against it. You're either on
SteveandJosh's side (the vast masjority of the morons who talk to the club are SteveandJosh men) or you're working for the madman from the desert!
So, change the name to SteveandJosh right now!!!!"
"But... why? You know who I mean when I say 'The Guy Who Built the Castle!' I mean the guy who built the castle! Obviously, the madman in the
desert, who is trying to destroy the castle, isn't the same guy who built the castle and told us to take care of it (unless you think that that guy
who built the castle is crazy). If I say SteveandJosh all the time, it means I can't discuss the castle with people who, in their private time,
prefer to refer to The Guy Who Built the Castle as "The Big Guy," and the people who prefer "Steve" will just think I'm nuts, or have
"You're working for the madman!" say the morons. "If I ever get the chance, I'm going to destroy you and your club! I love SteveandJosh, and I
follow all his rules (except the ones about treating everyone in the castle nicely... I don't think he meant those, really)! I hope you enjoy living
in the desert when SteveandJosh comes back to kick you out of the castle!"
And so it goes. Who do I mean by "The Great Architect of the Universe?" Why, I mean the Great Architect of the Universe, of course. If you think
that Satan was the Great Architect of the Universe, then you have problems far worse than I can fix!
[edit on 10-8-2004 by AlexKennedy]
[edit on 10-8-2004 by AlexKennedy]