Monday, September 29, 2008

Atheist Quote of the Week 2

Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a God superior to themselves. Most Gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child.
~Robert A. Heinlein

This was one of the main things I noticed about religions that strengthened my conviction that it is humanity that created gods, not the other way around. The Greek gods are a fantastic example; if you read the mythology, the gods bicker like spoiled children among themselves, treat humanity like tools for their disputes out of jealousy and pettiness, and commit atrocities like the worst kind of human being. And though that religion is not a modern one, the same applies to modern gods. The number of evil things people do to each other in the bible, all justifiable "because God willed it" is sickening. Rape, torture, murder... God justifies it all if the victims violated some arbitrary rule, or - and this is worse - if the perpetrators are part of God's team. That is, if the Hebrews want their Promised Land, and God said they could have it, screw the current residents. Enslave them, rape them, kill them, whatever you want - that land is theirs by divine decree and anything they do to get it is perfectly okay (Judges 21:10-24 is a great example of this mindset).

In general, gods are used as justification for all the evils of humanity. History is written by the winners and so is religion - because those vicious men wandering around the Middle East 3000 years ago ended up having the religion that survived and became the three biggest religions on Earth, their actions are justified. How ridiculous is that?

I can't see any other purpose for having religion except to control the masses and justify otherwise unjustifiable actions. How, exactly, does that lend itself to faith in what is essentially a propaganda technique?

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