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Sunday, May 22, 2011

IMAGINE, THE CRANKY OLD MAN GETS RELIGION

IMAGINE, THE CRANKY OLD MAN GETS RELIGION!

I just read a comment from some agnostic praising John Lennon’s “Imagine” for its view that without religion we would not have wars.  It is true that many wars have been waged over religious views.  People are killed every day because of differing religious views. 
Does that mean that religion is bad?
The fact that we have wars over religious views, and people are killed for their religious views, means some PEOPLE are bad, not the beliefs they supposedly fight over.  People are killed for gold.  Wars are fought over oil.  If we eliminated gold and oil would we eliminate wars and killing?  I don’t think so. 
People are killed over relationships, love, and sex.  Would the agnostics want to get rid of sex?  I doubt it. 
Agnostics are intellectuals who take great pleasure in showing other people how stupid they are.  If something cannot be proven by science or fact, then it cannot be true and therefore those that believe things that cannot be true are stupid and worthy of the superior intellectual’s scorn.
Religious beliefs cannot be proven by fact or science; therefore religion is to be scorned.  If there are wars or killing over religion, then the agnostics take great pleasure in pointing to the negative results of religion, as if religion is the cause of the wars or the killing. 
Religion never started a war or killed anyone.  Religion is often used as an excuse to start a war or to kill, but it is not the actual reason.  We have wars and killing because of greed.  Greed for money, greed for power, greed for pleasure, greed because some people want to be fat, rich, and powerful just for the sake of being fat, rich and powerful.
Imagine Lennon’s song said:
Imagine that there is no greed;
It is easy if you try.
Nothing to kill or fight for;
Trust in God to get you by.
Imagine all the people, living in this way...

You may say Lennon is a blasphemer;
But I would not be one.
I just think he was stupid;
Thinking having faith is dumb.

Sorry John, your music is great, but Jesus has a better message! 
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3 comments:

  1. I agree that people use excuses - one of them being religion - all the time to 'justify' their beliefs and actions.

    There's been a lot of debate recently about Gay Marriage and the other day somebody said to me "God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve" to which I replied "How many gay people does God have to create until you accept them?"

    God is love - the hate is the human.

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  2. It is the 'us' and 'them' mentality that causes trouble. Religion is great at encouraging this but isn't alone. I like the way you put this post together, but I can't say I agree. Isn't that what makes a post controversial? Thanks for joining the Weekend Rewind. I always love reading your posts x

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  3. What an interesting post, Cranky! Faith is a wonderful emotion and has pulled me through the darkest days I have faced, and without a strong faith, life would not be nearly as sweet.

    Gandhi said, "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." Upon further inspection, this thought applies to all religions and their followers. Being human is imperfection at its penultimate, but having religious faith in something greater and better makes humans better.

    This is my favorite of all your posts I have read thus far! Visiting from the Rewind.

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