As I indicated earlier, Western
Civilization is fundamentally based upon religious beliefs from the
Western Christian Church. I also asserted earlier that it was the very
beliefs of the Western Christian Church which underlie many of the
obvious faults which we have identified as "problems" for modern
mankind, not just here in the United States, but virtually everywhere
around the world. We are now ready to look at why this is so.
Christianity is, at its base, a religion that is based on guilt. There should be no surprise at this, because Christianity is based on Judaism, another religion which is based on guilt. Remember all those comedy routines about Jewish mothers who lay guilt trips on their children? Those have been staples of entertainment shows for many years. And Christianity inherited that guilt-based system of morality from the Jews.
The first thing that Christians have to feel guilty about is Original Sin. Contrary to popular opinion, babies are NOT born into this world free of guilt. Even before you are born into this world, you are saddled with Original Sin.
And do you remember Jimmy Carter's public confession that he had sinned in his heart by thinking lustful thoughts about a woman other than his wife? There was a big brouhaha over that gaffe. But this is an excellent example of how Christianity operates to ensure that each of us always feels guilty about some act or omission, in thought or deed.
Of course, since we are all sinners, constantly sinning in God's eyes, we must go running to church every week to throw money into the collection plate and participate in confession and/or communion to be absolved of our sins. It's a great racket these Christian churches have, isn't it?
One difficulty arises because the more fundamentalist Christian sects, particularly those who claim to be "born again" Christians, have taken the concept of absolution from sin to new heights. In some of these sects, absolution from sin has evolved into a license to sin, for the greater glory of God and/or the greater good of some identifiable group, with the only requirement for making everything O. K. being to make it to the next church service you can in order to be absolved from all sins to date.
Is it any wonder that some of the greatest frauds committed in the name of God have been perpetrated by so-called "born again" Christians? No, it is no wonder at all. It is, instead, a natural consequence of Christianity being overloaded with guilt in the first place, which creates a need for absolution from the underlying sin, and since absolution removes all heavenly consequences of sin, it removes the guilt. Since most of these Christian ministers are absolutely convinced that the civil authorities would never dare to mess with "men of the cloth," many feel licensed by their position as Christian ministers, or even as prominent lay people, to commit any massive fraud or other crime, so long as it is not likely to result in their getting prosecuted for it.
Most scandals involving Christian clergy usually include allegations of financial or sexual misdeeds. They spend so much time preaching against greed and lust that I guess they just have to try it from time to time to make certain that they still understand it.
Because Roman Catholic priests are not allowed to have wives, or sexual contact of any sort at all, those men are under the most pressure to commit various kinds of sexual "sins." Some involve affairs with women. Some involve homosexuality. The most insidious involve molestation of young girls and/or boys that happen to fall under their spell. Stories about such incidents pop up from time to time in virtually all of the media. Are they untrue? Well, perhaps some are untrue, but most are probably true.
And what is the explanation from the church? Well, if you can get any at all, and most of the time you will not, the explanation usually amounts to: priests are human and humans sin; the church is sorry this mess occurred. End of interview.
No church, and least of all the Roman Catholic Church, wants to admit that any flaws in the system exist, let alone the truth: the flaws in the system are fundamental, and you must just expect this sort of thing to happen.
Remember, the attitude of the Christian churches is that pleasure is not a desirable activity for mankind. The founding colonists for the United States were the English Puritans, who came to this country so that they could practice religious beliefs which totally denied any concept that pleasure was a desirable state of existence. Roman Catholics only require an ascetic lifestyle for priests and nuns, but the message to lay people is still there, under the surface: pleasure is just one step away from sin, so you are best to avoid it.
But most Christian churches save their loudest ranting and raving for anything to do with sexual practices: condoms, abortion, sex education, and so forth. In the view of these groups, even talking about sex is virtually a sin because somebody might want to do it after hearing it talked about. The idea seems to be that if you keep sex a secret until after marriage, then unmarried people won't even think about doing it. And, that extends in spades to young people, who are supposed to never hear anything at all about sex in order to prevent them from having impure thoughts prior to marriage. Lucky for us all, the human drive to have sex is so strong it can overcome all obstacles placed there by the Christian churches, or else many of us would never be here because our parents would not have had the slightest clue as to how to cause a woman to have a baby. Is this crazy, or what? Of course it is.
This nearly myopic preoccupation with preventing young people from having any knowledge about sex extends to causing segregation of the sexes at an early age. From about the time a child is potty trained, it is no longer acceptable for a child to use a public rest room with a parent of the opposite sex. A little older, and it is no longer acceptable for such a child to bathe or sleep with a child of the opposite sex. A nudity taboo supposedly prevents children from ever seeing anyone's genital regions. Parents are even expected to dream up fanciful explanations for what two dogs in heat are doing to each other. Is this crazy, or what? Of course it is.
But this all goes too far when we train young kids to like those of their own sex and dislike those of the opposite sex. This sort of training warps most of the individuals involved so that they are mentally ill for the remainder of their lives. Why does Johnny beat his wife? Well, what do you expect: he was taught to hate women from a very early age. Why are Harry and Sally getting divorced? Well, they never really became friends because they never really trusted one another. And why was that? The same: they were taught from their earliest years only to trust those of their own sex. Is this crazy, or what? Of course it is.
Is it any wonder that young people find homosexual relationships attractive? You make members of the opposite sex totally unattractive, except as sex objects, and then you wonder why there are so few good relationships between people of the opposite sex?
And the base cause of this phenomena must be laid at the door of Christianity. The Christian church is so fearful of young people having sex that it would rather mess up their entire lives, and destroy Western Civilization as well, instead of taking just a little risk that some couple might actually like one another, and that those feelings of friendship might then lead to sex.
Is this too harsh an assessment of Christianity? I don't think so. As I pointed out earlier, Christianity is an Apollonian creed, and denies the need for Dionysian ("pleasure") activities. If there is anything which epitomizes a Dionysian activity, it is pleasurable sex. In those Dionysian cultures which have existed, such as the Polynesian culture, sex was just a natural and pleasurable part of a natural and pleasurable life style. In the Polynesian culture, there was no stigma to having a child out of wedlock. And in fact, it was often considered as a prerequisite to hooking a great warrior for a husband to display a strong young boy which a woman had produced from a casual liaison. One of the first things that the Christian missionaries did to the Polynesians was to alter their sexual practices.
Is there any more ill to be said of Christianity? I cannot depart this subject without mentioning that other great pillar of Christianity: hypocrisy. In a desire for expedience, any decent Christian preacher can rationalize and justify any action whatsoever by merely misquoting some portion of the Bible. Christianity is such a difficult religion to believe in with a whole heart that hypocrisy becomes the refuge for the vast majority of alleged believers. The preachers preach what is good for the congregation to hear, as opposed to what they might really believe to be the truth. They can preach a lengthy sermon about turning the other cheek this Sunday, and then take our nation to war the next Sunday. There are no moral absolutes, so the end justifies the means. Adolph Hitler relied more than many would care to admit on support from the German Christian churches. Most nations conscript God into their armies. That conscription tends to blur the line between those wars which were essentially nationalistic and those which were essentially religious in nature. But the bottom line is that Christianity has an awful lot of dead humans to be called to account for. And several of the bloodiest wars were fomented by clergy seeking to advance their position in the church hierarchy. Of course, you say, all of that was long ago in the past, and would never happen today. To that I say, oh really? Then just how do you explain away the troubles in Ireland, anyway? That surely qualifies as a religious war between two different factions of Christianity. You can deplore it all day long, but the fact remains: it is still there.
Well, this "bash the Christians" Section has gone on long enough. Now, how about a solution? For that, it is time to start a new Section.
[XXX revise to include other religions, and "God" is bad. XXX]
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