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March 31, 2020

Wrap Up of “The Nature of Existence Companion Series”

Filed under: Philosophy,Religion,Science — Steve Ruis @ 12:55 pm
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As further evidence that self-isolation is the devil’s plaything, I give you quite a number of posts today. SR

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I have written a couple of times on a video series called “The Nature of Existence Companion Series,” which can be found on Amazon Prime (TV). This should wrap up my comments on that specifically, although there are some topics I will be blogging on stimulated by things in that series.

My main takeaway I have stated a couple of different ways, the latest being “Again, I was impressed by the ability of people to both (a) make shit up, and (b) not understand what they were saying.” Evangelical Christians making claims not supported anywhere in scripture, scientists making claims that are wrong (the universe was created in the Big Bang”), etc. An evangelical Christian saying over and over “The wages of sin are death.” Obviously every sinner and every believer dies (One death per customer, line up right here!). This catch phrase has been around for centuries and is based upon the misreading of the Book of Genesis, thinking that if Adam and Eve had stayed in the Garden of Eden, they would have been immortal. But Genesis clearly states that Adam and Eve were evicted, so they could not eat from the tree of life “and so live forever.” They were not evicted for disobedience, they were evicted for not being trustworthy. (This is another instance of Yahweh being a bad parent. He was willing to put a guard on the entrance to the Garden to keep Adam and Eve from entering and eating from the tree of life but he didn’t have the grace to allow them to stay, learn, and grow, by putting a guard at the tree of life. Or, crazy me, if these two trees were so fricking important, why not put guards on both of them before there was any such trouble, so that Adam and Eve were in no danger of being disobedient.

Another things stated over and over was thinking like people did thousands of years ago, that is when dichotomies reigned supreme. For example, “You can’t have love without suffering.” Really, if suffering didn’t exist no love would be displayed anywhere anytime? really? What is the opposite of love? Is it indifference? Is it hate? I have heard of love-hate relationships, do people suffer through those? The honest religions state that suffering is normal . . . unfortunate, but normal. The religions that have hijacked every damned thing under the sun as being a gift from their god have a problem, though. They have to explain suffering as coming from their god. A Baptist minister wondered what his ancestors did wrong that they were enslaved and brought to America to become, eventually African-Americans. I almost broke my jaw hearing that statement as it hit the floor with a great impact. (It recalls the native American who said (this is from memory, so is probably a little inaccurate) “When the white man came, we had the land and he had the Bible. Now he has the land and we have the Bible.” Not a fair trade, not a fair trade at all.)

Most telling was a segment on sexuality and when pre-marital sex was brought up, the Taoist and Buddhist monks demurred, saying that they cannot comment on things they have no experience in. The Catholic priests and Muslims chimed in immediately stating how evil premarital sex was. Which, of course, makes us wonder why this ruling from these religions had to wait thousands of centuries of human history to be shared with us.

And, the philosophical thinking of mainstream religionists was not the only thing from thousands of years in our past. Casual remarks from casual theists exposed the belief that god must be real, otherwise why would the universe keep ticking along? A thousand years ago in Europe it was common knowledge that angels guided all of the planets along their paths. Christianity had adopted ancient Greek thinking as a worldview and in that world view if you started moving something it moved, but if you didn’t keep pushing it it would stop. Apparently none of the sages had ever seen a rock roll down hill or water flow “down” a river. In that thinking, the universe was alike a clockwork that had to have a mechanism behind it to keep everything moving. This thinking permeates scriptures from those eras and are displayed in the thinking of modern theists, which we would hope that by now would know better.

In any case, a fascinating look at what people “believe” which in itself is somewhat horrifying. We are supposed to solve modern problems brought about, mostly, by overpopulation with that level of thinking? We’re doomed, doomed I tell you.

 

 

6 Comments »

  1. Can you fire arrows in your living room?

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    Comment by john zande — March 31, 2020 @ 6:45 pm | Reply

    • Sure, many people do although basements are preferred. We once received a photo from a reader who showed a long hall way in their house which opened onto their LR, with a “TV console” visible with its doors open displaying an archery target. We cringed because there was no way to see anyone walking from either side into a path of a shot arrow.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — April 1, 2020 @ 9:07 am | Reply

      • There’s the solution to any boredom. Let a few off 🙂

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        Comment by john zande — April 1, 2020 @ 10:32 am | Reply

        • Actually, I insist that shooting arrows is a tremendous stress reliever. The building and release of the tension of the draw provides. This and, on top of that, if you want to hit anything you are aiming at, you must clear your mind of anything other than being “with your shot.” I have found this to be interesting, too, in that after shooting for a time, all of the things bothering you come back to you, one after the next and they seem to do so in the order of their importance to you. A better mental reordering of priorities system has never been invented, I believe.

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — April 1, 2020 @ 10:42 am | Reply

  2. I think it’s pretty clear that any semi-omniscient God would have predicted that Adam and Eve would have eaten the forbidden fruit, which means it was just an elaborate plan to kick Adam and Eve out of the garden while making them think like it’s all their fault.

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    Comment by List of X — April 2, 2020 @ 2:57 pm | Reply

    • Yep, a set up if I have ever heard one. And all of the play acting by Yahweh … tsk, tsk, tsk. All part of the Big Con. The people are flawed, they all have this disease (Original Sin … transmitted just how??), and we have the cure. We accept cash, checks, and major credit cards and, most of all, your obedience.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — April 3, 2020 @ 9:34 am | Reply


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