reply to post by racasan
Personally, I think it makes a much easier, much more efficient method to actually rule from within than rule from without. Ruling a world from
outside of it creates a gulf between you and your subjects, making it harder and harder to care...especially during those times when you are tempted
to say, "Screw it, I'm going home. They can take care of themselves, I wash my hands of this madness." Or maybe, in an effort to lighten the load of
such a responsibility, you imagine it to be a television show or a game and say, "Did I do that? What was I drinking? Must have been asleep..."
See, I have no problem whatsoever with a god that behaves as a parent. That includes tough love, daddy knows best, my way or the highway, all that
good stuff. However, I have never met a single parent who determined every last detail of their child's design, and could foresee the lifelong
consequences of every potential choice that child would be faced with, from birth until death. And that is what separates this "God" from the
traditional parent we are used to dealing with.
As such, I refuse to believe that a creator who is all-powerful and benevolent would consider, even for a moment, giving up on any of its creations.
And hell represents exactly that: disownment, rejection, ignorance. An all-powerful benevolent being would have both the understanding and the
affection to ignore the possibility of exile or judgment until absolutely every last option of salvation has been exhausted. In fact, the Christian
god makes it clear that only one perspective is tolerable - either you adore him and desire to serve him forever and always, or you are not worth
That, in itself, is evil. Undeniably self-serving at the expense of all others. Am I to respect that? No. I am told that I just don't understand. Oh,
yes, I do understand. Every Christian redefines the Bible. If reading it literally does not match what they are told, they read it metaphorically. If
reading it metaphorically does not fall in line, they read it literally. Christians are some of the most logically flexible people on this planet.
Unfortunately, the more flexible logic is, the more meaningless it is. An oar made of jello does very little good. And they don't understand that,
because the words of Jesus as represented by various power figures throughout history determine the function of each and every phrase and word,
thereby affecting its translation in the minds of the people.
I have numerous examples of how the Bible and its assertions regarding Jesus and "God" are philosophically and logically flawed. But no one listens to
logic. Not anymore. In a world built of lies, all that matters is a convenient lie, because it's eaiser than ever to prove the truth is possible a
lie. And at that point, everything is a lie.
Yes, even the cake. Especially the cake.
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