Here’s a thought: If God in the traditional sense existed, how do we know he’s not changing the rules every thousand years or so, maybe more maybe less? That would basically mean that God has seen the world change and his attitudes may have changed, and thus he changed the rules accordingly, which would leave the religious fundamentalists being among those who didn’t get the message.
But then here’s the thing; why does he only tell one or two people, who would later be regarded as prophets, and rely on them to spread the word? Why not simply inform everyone, who would need to know?Come to think of it, why is it that, whenever God has something to say or rules to lay down, he only tells one or two people and relies on them to spread the word? Why when it would be so much easier for him to tell everyone, which would actually be substantial proof of his existence?
And when he does change the rules, if he does at all, what does it mean for those who were already judged as sinners condemned to Hell? Do they get redeemed, or is it too late for them? It probably is too late considering, if the Bible’s right, when God judges you then your fate is eternal.
One thing I find strange is that Christians refer to Satan (or Beelzebub) as the lord or god of this world. Isn’t Jehovah/YHWH supposed to be their lord, isn’t he supposed the only god in their belief system?
Satan being the lord of this world according to Christians probably made sense when their faith was new, considering their world at the time was run by the pagans, and Satan to them was the symbol of the heathen power they had opposed. However, after Christianity gained control of Rome, this no longer applied for much of the world, so Satan can’t be said to be the lord of this world. In the Christian age, Jehovah rules the world, though this is steadily declining in the modern age.
Not to mention, if Jehovah created the world according to Christians, shouldn’t he then be sovereign over it? Doesn’t he already rule the world that he created if he already had a plan for the world, which supposedly is imminent and cannot be undone, with Satan being just an outcast trying to subvert Jehovah’s plans?
Of course, for Satanists of a theistic persuasion, Satan is actually the true lord of this world, or even the life force of the universe. For other Satanists, he is merely a symbol of how the world runs, or how it should run. For still other Satanists, like myself, Satan is an emblem of a paradigm that we prize highly, a spiritual or ideological paradigm of personal power, individualism, and freedom as opposed to the Christian paradigm which currently rules the world (although for Christians, their idea of a Satanic paradigm rules the world instead of their Jehovah). There’s also the interpretation that lord of the world pertains to earthly and carnal desires, and the earthly realm of materiality and carnality, primarily as an emblem of said things.
Part of this depends on how you define what Satan means to you, or what the moniker of lord of the world means to you.
In regards to the story of Adam and Eve, and their “fall” after eating of the fruit from the tree of knowledge, it is commonly believed that “God” put the tree there and then told Adam and Eve not to eat its fruit. While it would seem that “God” put the tree there, I do not think so.
Personally, I think the idea that “God” put the tree there, knowing Adam and Eve would eat of it does not make sense. And I have my doubts “God” wanted to test Adam and Eve, for that implies he views them as more than just puppets, or even cattle.
My idea is that “God” created Adam and Eve and wanted them to be perfect, “pure” puppets, completely obeying his will, so the devil, who was opposed to this, saught to thwart the plan by planting the forbidden tree of knowledge and assumed the form of the serpent, in order to tempt Adam and Eve into awakening their free will, their desire, and the path to power, truth, and greater freedom. Apparently, despite the efforts of “God” to create perfect puppets, their free will was revealed by the serpent, whose mystic call awakened the curiosity of Adam and Eve, and eventually their free will, their desire, and their potential, and together they rebelled against the sinister plans of “God”.
Though in a way, this is all a metaphor for the subversion of tyranny and the madness of Order and control, and also awakening to freedom, personal power, and truth.
For some reason I had an idea that God and Satan were both Orderly and Chaotic imaginings of the principle that governs the universe. God being the perceived principle of Order for the universe, and Satan being the Chaos principle. They may be orderly and chaotic reflections of each other, but that might just be missing the point. While usually I view the Biblical god as little more than either a cosmic goblin trying to control the world, or a deranged thoughtform let loose and out to enslave mankind, this post is about God and Satan as embodied principles that resonate through or run the universe.
The principle of “God” is the principle of Order, in which the universe is governed by God, as an organized matrix in which the individual has no freedom to create his/her own structure and must conform to that of God, or the universe. This principle implies obedience and subservience to a higher power as the highest ideals.
The principle of Satan is the principle of Chaos, in which the individual is free to create one’s own structure and rules based on the raw material of the universe, and it is possible for the individual to have one’s own will and power, thus there is no order besides one’s own, and nothing rules the universe. This principle implies freedom and personal power, and that we have the potential to be gods, while Order would repress that.
Another difference between them is that while the Order would rule the universe like laws, the Chaos principle would permeate through and motivate the universe that reflects it.
I rather like this idea because it renders Abrahamism a metaphorical vehicle, and it has a very LaVeyan character to it, given how LaVeyan Satanism views Satan in a metaphorical manner. One could say the idea of “Order” and “Chaos” as a principles embodied by deities is Zoroastrian in its origin.
Don’t worry, this does not really displace the pagan, Hindu, and generally eclectic side of me, I just find Abrahamic mythology in this case a useful metaphorical vehicle, especially with regards to Satanism, and more so to my Chaos belief.
Yesterday I posted about Chaos and nature veneration. I was planning on commenting on Christianity’s hatred and separation from nature in the same post, but I changed plans and now I’m gonna do it in a separate post. This one.
From the beginning, the Bible establishes the idea that Man is not just separate from nature, but entitled dominion over it, as proclaimed by “God”. I’m not trying to be some New Age hippie type, but I’m pretty sure this belief gives people the belief that they can exploit nature because they don’t see themselves as part of it. Yes, ancient societies used resources like wood that came from tress and rock and metals from the earth, even rural societies, but I’m pretty sure even they paid their respects or tried to give back to the earth. They probably still respected nature and the power of the natural world, or at least way better than the Christian world to come, and in polytheistic societies gods are embodiments of nature. The image above shows a saint cutting down a tree that was held to be particularly sacred to Germanic peoples, not just as a symbol of supposed dominion over nature, but also as a symbol of their faith dominating over and oppressing paganism.
One would also say the Judeo-Christian denial and oppression of sexuality could also be considered to be related, since sexuality is a part of nature. In Christianity, sexuality is seen as something to feared, and there is emphasis on keeping the soul pure. Hell, there’s no sex in the garden of Eden because “God” wants his drones to be pure. We have a shunning of pleasure, the animalistic, and a love for life and a praising of sobriety, the clean, and self-denial. You might find something like this in Catholic images of the Virgin Mary crushing a serpent, where the Virgin Mary represents purity, virginity, and the Christian faith, and the serpent represents desire, sexuality, earthly forces, the devil, and paganism. The same symbolism is found in artwork of saints trampling serpents and dragons, and the cross crushing the serpent.
Their main delusion is that we are separate from nature, but we are not.
I think I already mentioned that freedom has no value in religion, but I’m here to elaborate on the Christian (or should that be Abrahamic) position of free will with regards to the God of the Bible. The Bible tends to contradict itself many times, and I think free will is an example of a topic that suffers this.
One example is in the Book of Exodus, where Moses beseeches the Pharaoh many times to let his people go and the Pharaoh says no. You would think that Pharaoh said no of his own free will, but you’d be wrong. The God of Moses hardened Pharaoh’s heart so that he would not listen Pharaoh’s commands.
“But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart and he would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had said to Moses” – Exodus 9:12
There is no good reason why a God who would grant free will and let humans behave on their own accord would alter the state of the Pharaoh’s heart so as to deliberately make him remain stubborn on his position on slavery, as if he is trying to justify the carrying out the ten plagues.
One could also say the Garden of Eden is an example too. Think: the God of the Bible creates humans in complete ignorance, as stupid yet naturally curious creatures, and supposedly allowing their free will but commanding them not to use it, especially considering the apple is of the tree of knowledge, so it’s like he’s actively preventing humans from being anything other than stupid creatures who obey this will and punishing the whole species, all generations, for not only rebelling against what amounts to oppression, but also for inadvertedly going along with something God himself set up. I mean think, he created humans to be weak, stupid, and supremely ignorant, yet curious, and their curiosity would inevitably lead them to go against God’s will and eat the fruit, as though he either takes pleasure in punishing people (unjustly) or he has some kind of plan involved, or both.
But let’s go into this in general. The Bible tries to tell us that God grants free will and brings freedom to humans.
“…where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” – 2 Corinthians 3:17
How can God give freedom when (1) he creates us and programs us to be horrible and stupid creatures, yet also curious enough to eat the tree of knowledge to identify God and learn good on their own, (2) he watches over us and sees all of what we do, hence knows what we do, (3) apparently knows not just everything he have done but also everything we will do, (4) gives us instincts and desires and supposedly free will while expressly forbids us from using it and gets pissed whenever we don’t act a certain way or worship any god other than him, and (5) from the beginnings sets all humans beings on a course to hell as their default afterlife, with the only remedy to their condition being the belief in the blood sacrifice of his son, Jesus, and receiving him as Lord and Saviour, and to top it all off he has us choose between accepting Jesus and spending eternity after death praising God’s name or spend an eternity getting fucked up the ass by trident prongs in hellfire. All of that seems like he has some kind of indescribable plan involving the suffering of millions of human beings.
Considering that, do you honestly believe free will exist in the Biblical universe, or that God grants free will? Considering this, do Christians really believe in free will?
This post is, in a way, based on this quote by the anarchist philosopher Mikhail Bakunin, from Man, Society, and Freedom. And I assure you, the title of this post is merely for shock value.
“The first revolt is against the supreme tyranny of theology, of the phantom of God. As long as we have a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth.”
To be honest, “the phantom of god” sounds cool. So cool I want to talk about it.
The phantom of god might refer to a spook imposed on the human mind and consciousness that makes us think we have a boss in heaven and that we need one. It’s been imposed upon the consciousness for so long that we’ve just come to accept the idea, and thus, our concept of God. Of course, we know where that could come from, don’t we?
So what if we got rid of the spook? Maybe we would not enslave ourselves. Maybe we would not deny ourselves our own strength for the illusion of comfort. Maybe we would be truly free in our thought if we didn’t have to cowtow to a master in heaven who for all we know isn’t there.
To kill the phantom of God would be to crush the infrastructure of illusion and self-denial we all hold so true. Much of what we call traditional morality we know is just puritanical Christian morality, and the mindset stems from the idea that by obeying the rules set by a master in heaven, we will be rewarded. So to destroy the phantom of God might also be to get rid of that incessant false morality that’s been, at best, annoying, and at worst, detrimental to human society, let alone its progress.
Think about this: he’s supposed to be all-powerful, right? Well he’s not. In fact, he only has any power or control over you if you believe he does. If you deny he has any power or just don’t believe in him, or both, he won’t have any power or control over your life. Some of the power he holds, then, comes from indoctrination. If you are indoctrinated into believing in the Abrahamic god, and into fear of the god, then logically that means you are then indoctrinated into thinking that he has any power or control over you, and that’s where you acquire spiritual slavery or submission.
If he had any real, objective power, then he could act against something that opposes his will. Why doesn’t he? Take Israel for example, his supposed holy land. If he was all-powerful and would use it against those who attack Israel, why didn’t he repel the sackings of his own temple by the Babylonians, and then the Romans? Why does he not make war with Iran, who wants to wipe Israel off the map? Why didn’t he stop the Muslims from claiming Israel in the Crusades? Why did he not support or protect Israel from attackers when the new nation of Israel was born? Why isn’t he sorting out who’s boss in Jerusalem today? Why, if the people of Israel are his chosen people?
How about the Christians? Why did he never protect them from Roman persecution? If he’s so adamant about people believing in him, why doesn’t he do something about it?
Or in general, if he’s so all-powerful, and all-loving, why does he let children die, or not prevent genocide?
He can’t do jack shit, because he has no power, or control, or even authority, unless you believe he does. If you tune out, deny his power and control, or don’t believe him, he has no power, no spiritual authority. If you want to get rid of that god, then, everyone would have to tune out, reject his authority, or just stop believing, and I’m not going in to that fully here. The point is that the Abrahamic god has no power unless you allow yourself to believe he has any spiritual authority, and with that, you know how to save yourself, by denying that spiritual authority.
We know the story of the garden of Eden don’t we? According to the book of Genesis, at the beginning of the Old Testament, the god of the Bible created Adam out of the earth and Eve out of his rib (if you don’t count Lilith being made from the earth before Eve, but that’s a different matter entirely), and they lived in the Garden of Eden with god above them, and they were pure until they defied god and ate of the tree of knowledge. But think about it for a second. Adam and Eve lived pure in the garden until the “sin”, right? What do you think that means?
They were virgins.
You see, they were pure in the eyes of the Biblical god, right? That would mean they virtually without thought, innocent of all “sinful” conduct, and I doubt they knew about sex either. Yep, Adam and Eve didn’t even have sex until they got banished from the garden for eating the fruit. To add to that, it’s been said that Eve eating the fruit of the tree is a metaphor for sex and loss of virginity. I would say that’s partly true, in that sex isn’t the only thing to it, but it’s still important to the myth. Eating the fruit could be said to be Adam and Eve’s sexual awakening, becoming aware of their of their sexuality and sexual potential, among numerous other things.
Also, is it any coincidence that Cain and Abel were born from Eve after the couple got banished from Eden and not before? Now why would the god of the Bible want to keep early Man from sexual awakening? God seems to be intent on keeping Adam and Eve away from sexual awakening and deciding good and evil for themselves. Eating the fruit is the symbol of the rebellion against god, Man’s sexual awakening, and deciding good and evil for yourself rather than having it fed to you by god in heaven. Why might that be, I wonder?
Regardless, the rebellion is still ongoing. As long as we still have the Biblical god in our minds as a deity that we worship, and as long as that god has any power, granted by faith and worship, the rebellion of the devil’s fruit will go on.
The traditional image of an angel is quite recognizable, and quite cliched. They are also depicted as very caring, merciful, compassionate, and innocent beings. We even call very saintly and innocent people, especially children and young girls, “angels”. I’m here to deconstruct two things about angels.
Their common depiction in coventional media.
Their image as such saintly beings.
As you probably know, the image you see above is a conventional depiction of an angel. This depiction originates not from the Bible, or Judeo-Christian sources, but rather the work of Renaissance artists. This was probably done to distinguish them from regular human figures, or to make them more humanlike, and thus more appealing to human eyes than what they actually look like. Though to be fair, regular angels in the Bible did look humanlike, but some of the angels look like things that would make you scream “AHHH! KILL IT! KILL IT!”
Other than the Cherubim depicted above, we have Seraphim, which are six-winged burning angels with faces hidden behind the wings, and Ophanim, which are fiery wheels with eyes.
Now, the image of angels being nice and saintly. In Abrahamic lore, they are merely servants of the Abrahamic god. Their benevolent image probably cames from the idea that the Abrahamic god is omni-benevolent. Except that, really he’s not.
We already know that the god of the Bible is quite far from his benevolent image. A god whose plan for humanity endorses genocide, rape, and persecuting those who don’t believe him, and who poses as a highly moral character but is actually a hypocrite. And for some of things he didn’t do in the Bible, he would most likely have had his angels do it for him. And that’s just what they do: serving the god of the Bible, ergo helping him carry out his plans, all of them, including the many less than savory aspects. Therefore I submit that angels are thus nothing more than the heartless enforcers of the will of the god of the Bible, who are for the most part completely subservient (Lucifer being the obvious exception), and unworthy of being compared to the innocence of children.