(A Commentary That Will Take You 7 Minutes to Read. Grab a Coffee…)
I get that your religion is close to your heart. I think that, yeah, Christianity has given (the Western) world, a lot of good stuff actually. Moral fibre if you like. There’s a lot NOT to argue about in the New Testament, especially. I think we, as human beings, can all gather that much: Be nice to each other. Love mankind. Turn the other cheek. Give respect. Dig people you love. Even when they happen to be cunts. Don’t murder people, that sort of thing.
I’ve read both - note the use of that factual word – 'bibles', and gained a bit of comfort in different places and different times from each. But it’s no excuse to hate. Or be blind, or unaccepting of things that defy your construction (and let’s be grown up here, for it IS) of what is acceptable and ‘right’ within a half-baked moral framework.
I’m soooo not interested in getting into some lame polemic about Gay Marriage btw. Personally? As a gay man, I’m not that bothered – and it’s another conversation. But I am so tired of the mind-crushing tedium of religious argument against it.
For fuck’s sake, do yourselves a favour Flander-ini’s*. Your level of intellectual debate about this is embarrassingly thin; crass in its sheer ignorance. Its tiresome repetition. Its lazy and redundant banality. I cringe when I hear your ‘representatives’ on radio. Your ‘bishops’ espousing their turgid ‘view of the masses’ (sic).
And you wonder why church numbers are declining in countries where free thought – based on rational and logic argument – is espoused.
In my mind, you’re just attracting rabid and vacuous losers. (Taliban anyone?)
I wouldn’t mind so much, but so many ‘Christians’ hide behind a veil of moral high ground and petty intellectual verbal knitting – picking the bible apart, word by misinterpreted word - that it’s actually becoming really embarrassing. Even to non-Christians. No wonder you’re losing the logical debate.
So. To remind you, a few facts. Not one-sided opinions, but FACTS:
• “The Bible Is The Word of God.” Er, no. First, let’s all agree that the bible wasn’t written by God. The earliest works which came to be part of the New Testament are the letters of the Apostle Paul – many years after Christ died. The Gospel of Mark was around AD65 and AD72 after the death of Christ. (For fuck’s sake, I can’t remember what my last birthday was like. Or what I was wearing at the time.) BTW That’s from the best, most experienced and scholarly CHRISTIAN scholars on the planet. Got it?
• The King James bible is a loosely assembled collection of a bunch of writers that you have taken as, ummm gospel.
• The bible was written over a period of years. Shit happened. Oral stories changed. Thinking changed.
• Finally, your ‘ownership’ of the concept of marriage. I have to sigh heavily at this one. Marriage is intrinsically an amalgam of PRE-Christian traditions; Roman, Hebrew and Germanic. When people lived until they were, ummmm 27 or so? Remember ‘when Death Us Do Part?’ Yep. Came in handy. It’s not yours. So forget owning it. (I could go on here about the Christians hijacking dates like Christmas (Roman Southern Solstice) and Easter followed (Pagan Vernal Equinox etc.) – but won’t. Google that shit. It’s not hard.
So my good Christian friends, what to do…?
Well, as a start - just read stuff. Lots of stuff. There are many theologians that are fascinating and compelling and interesting. John Shelby Sprong. Ex-Bishop of Newark in NYC. Wonderful! Even Rowan Williams – don’t agree personally, but a compelling opposing view nevertheless. Just read. Just think. Debate and confer and argue. But don’t espouse your lazy, turgid and confused arguments as some sort of epiphany of moral clarity or judgement. It’s clear you’re seeking something within yourself that you’re not finding in real life. And so you choose to chastise people because they don’t ‘fit’ with your vaguely formed cloudy ideas.
That’s the most laaaame aspect to what you claim to do.
It’s a sad fact that the God you espouse, actually has little place in modern society. And yet, I’d readily agree that modern society probably has no greater NEED for the concept of ‘godliness’. We’re all searching for truth and a sense of belonging.
But you’re going about the wrong way.
Your very anti-intellectualism – the refusal to question, to push boundaries, to ask, to enquire, to think – to make life on earth a better place – is instead crystalised in a perverse quest to encourage blindness. And it is this, sadly I think, that will ultimately destroy and debase your religion.
That makes me sad. As much as I find a lot of ‘Christians’ (or Muslims, or any dogmatic followers for that matter) amazing and inspirational people – I think most of you are just…deluded.
Conversely - I enjoy the colour and richness that my friends of all creeds, backgrounds, persuasions and choices bring to my life; however diverse and unusual they happen to be. I love it! (Ok, Just sayin’.)
Me? I’m actually agnostic; But I do think it’s important to have a spiritual dimension to your life. I like the idea of a universal God, one that all of humanity, male, female, gay, straight, all cultures, all races, all cultures, all embracing, all accepting can embrace. Not as some silly rigid one dimensional and ‘vengeful’ figure, but as a fabric for a life well-woven; a moral comfort and framework if you like.
I get that.
I’ve never believed that God has ‘one plan’ – irrespective of what the bible says. (So please, spare me the knitting). I think life has many paths, many fascinating and interesting diversions that REQUIRE – as humans with maybe 80-odd years on this planet if we’re lucky – to be explored. Even in the light of your chosen religion.
SO let me finish - and thank you for staying with me – with a few easy questions: What is it about Gay Marriage you hate? And why DO you hate it at all? What is it undermining your life that you deny in others?
Peace to you all.
P.S And why are you obsessed by what gays do in bed anyway? It’s not that interesting. (And often lasts for no more than 7 minutes. Or maybe that’s just me?! LOL!)
* Hey I’m not practicing what I preach – I kinda liked Ned Flanders. At least he had a good heart.
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