posted on Sep, 28 2012 @ 04:32 PM
The writer Philip K Dick wrote a short story (I can't remember the name - Warning spoilers below) where an Astronaut was trapped in a space accident
and dying. As he was dying, he hallucinated Jesus Christ coming towards him. At first he was happy but then he was horrified as Christ began to tear
chunks of his flesh out with his teeth! Then he died.
It turned out an alien had seen the astronaut dying in outer space and wanted to comfort the dying man by projecting a hallucination into hus brain
based on the man's religion. So the alien looked into his mind and saw the man's religion had something to do with Christ and the act of eating flesh
(i.e., the Eucharist). But the Alien got confused because he could only see in a fuzzy way into the theology in the dying man's mind, so he assumed
that the God would eat the Man rather than visa-versa, because it seemed natural to him that a higher being would eat a lower being as a matter of
When I thought about this story I started being interested in the idea of eating and being eaten as a religious experience. It sounds gross on the
face of it, but that is what happens when you take the Eucharist, right? You eat the Body of God. What if there would be a religion where God eats
you? Wouldn't that make sense in a way?
I don't mean to disrespect anyone's faith, I'm just thinking aloud here.
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