A Quick Theology Lesson
Welcome to "The Gods Are Bored," coming to you from an unstable planet!
I'm sitting here today thinking about the disaster in Myanmar, mindful that such disasters happen with regularity in almost every part of the globe. Can I get a witness, Kansas?
Natural disasters are often called "Acts of God." As if God happened to be sitting out on his deck, sipping a martini, and he just decided to fling a badass cyclone at a nation in Asia.
The fact is that natural disasters are not "Acts of God." They are, in fact, proof that we live on a random planet where anything can happen to anyone at any moment.
Please follow my logic.
If one particular god happened to be better than any other god or goddess, then the followers of that god or goddess would most certainly be spared the random carnage that dogs the human race.
Illustration of main point: My Mennonite friends back home have never quite been able to rationalize the senseless death of one of their own. He was a young man of 23 who had just been ordained and was on his way to his first job as a pastor to drug abusers. As he was driving there, he was hit head-on by a drunken driver who walked away from the crash unhurt. The newly-minted pastor was killed.
Okay, your atheist would say that this proves God doesn't exist. I say no. It just proves that many deities exist, none of them any better than the others, all of them hoping we'll carry our beliefs in them through natural disasters big and small.
So, random bad shit happens to followers of all religions. What happens when we bump the reward system up to a higher plane? We all die eventually. So, is the afterlife as random as the one here? Or is it after death that the best god sorts out the best souls and leaves the rest in some celestial Gitmo?
We at "The Gods Are Bored" submit that any deity in whom you believe has an equal ability to guide your spirit to the world beyond. We feel that any other theological system would be grossly, unspeakably unfair to the vast majority of humans who have lived and died on this rock. And just as one size does not fit all in shoes, one god does not fit all in souls.
When disaster strikes -- and it will -- ask the deity of your choice for salvation. Despite the propaganda disseminated over the previous 2000 years, there's not a deity out there who can't dole out a decent eternal bliss. They all know how to do it. Every last one. Hooray!
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