For those who have some faith left probably the best way to solve all those
problems is by converting from the Church to God / Jesus. It even makes fun,
can be done with a smile. And thus all such problems are really solved instead
of being fooled along all the way by the Church again and again.
Would Jesus or God go to Church? It's a question many writers were asking, time
and again when the Church was stuck up to to the neck in the mud of scandals.
There is the interesting advice Jesus gave when he said: "And when you pray go into
your room, shut the door and pray to your father, who is in secret..." (Matth. 6:6)
Not bad this advice if one considers just the first part 'And when you pray go into
your room, shut the door ...' what kind of problems somebody, knowingly or
unknowingly, avoids, saves himself, by following this advice and stays at home on
Sundays when looking at the history of religion and Churches. A visit to a public
library would definitely be justified in order to spend some time going through
books in the religious sections. It's really unbelievable what sort of problems
somebody can save himself in good consecience. Take for instance the tenacity
and persuasiveness of clerics and preachers, the way they usually overwhelm
people with their talk, and that is just the initial problem.
They never give up on their own even though it is more than clear that the fruits
they are growing are sour grapes at best.
Staying at home on Sundays instead of going to Church means leaving behind a
mountain of at least 5 349 724 "faith truths", and that's only counting the bigger
ones, piled up over the course of it's history. (A faith truth is for instance declaring
black to be white, and A as a Z, and so forth). Furthermore, there is the huge pile
of 140 786 contradictions and paradoxes theologions managed to create in the
context of this complex mixture of theology, philosophy and history.
Thus staying at home is good for the brain. It works much better there,
particularly when in a good mood. Not losing a sense of humor is the actual moral
requirement when it comes to something. Fear, anger, hatred are bad advisers.
The codebreakers working for the secret service would never have much would
they given in to anger, hatred or fear. This would have their abilities to solve the
problems they had on hand.
Staying at home on Sunday can become a nice little pleasure when for instance
looking at the sordid parts of church history, the medieval ages, the Borgias, who
became the reason for the upheaval, the protests against the Catholic Church and
teh subsequent reformation.
Merely staying at home and shutting the door means also avoiding the company
of the hypocrites and the fanaticism with which they pull off their stunts and
shows. And also the gossip and slander inevitably coming produced by them.
The history of religion would not be what it is, the almost eternal disaster,
without the gossip and blathering stemming from there. Gossip and slander
were time and again the means with which to implement and maintain certain
policies, be it something concerning the sexual moral or war mongering and
If the Church can be relied on in anything then it is the funeral service. The
Church has a history of getting people buried one way or another, it is
known for that. In other words, life is too short to be wasted like that.
And if one looks in the Bible what Jesus actually prophecied and warned
of were all those coming in his name, the name of God. Staying away from
Church as an act of conscience objection like quite a lot of "atheists" do
because they consider too many things as unchristian, rightly so, is thus
far more christian than going along with whatever.
In other words staying away from the Church makes life far more
interesting. It can be done with good conscience. The Lord in all that
simply did not tell not anyone to visit a temple. Quite logically to that he did
not have the list of sins in store for those not going to the temple like the
Church has. There are no Church sins in the four gospels. Waking up on
a Sunday morning, enjoying the bed and rest, enjoying to be lazy and falling
asleep again can become a special little pleasure in the hindsight of the
Church and theology. Sleeping longer on a Sunday means missing a
tradegy, a disaster, something like missing a flight that crashes, a journey
on a ship that sinks.
James J. O'Donnell: Agustine. A New Biography.
When Jesus says, in Matth. 11:28:
"Come to me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart
and you shall find rest for your souls, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light,"
it may seem strange, not make much sense. But it is getting very clear in a secular,
totally rational sense, when coming across the exact opposite, the core of Catholic
Briefly: Augustine of Hippo is the guy whose theological achievements include
the faith and believe in the Church. It was others that began with that and he
eventually instituionalized it, brought it really forward. Before him, there was
no such creed in any church. When catholic kids are taught that believe and all
the related sins (not going to Church is a sin, and so forth) which includes the
believe in priests, the believe in rituals (the sacraments) then it is Augustine's
theology which they are fed. Most catholics never get to know or hear about
that guy though. The church, in its outward appearance, keeps increasingly
quite about him while he is the most important "Father" of the whole lot.
Augustine was furthermore completing the creation of the "horrible God," the
God of doom and gloom that ruled from then on the increasing world of faith..
It was Augustine's theology that was the real Bible, with Augustine thus the
real messia, the one whose every word mattered. Jesus and the four gospels
just served as some kind of sugar coating, the occasional sweet for kids to lure
them into something and nasty experiences to follow.
The Augustinian theology also, logically, includes the denial of the individual's
mind, conscience, autonomy, the freedom to chose. Not suprisingly, this
theology is force fed authoriatarian style. Unfortunately, there is no easy to read
book which compares Jesus and Augustine, the two are extreme opposites
Augustine's theology is very complex, paradoxical, too much for a normal
human being to read it all through. It's is the benefit of that biography that it
provides a readable and comprehensible understanding of all that. O'Donnell
is a bit stuck in the matter, maybe shy when talking of the fascination of that
"father", but he gives a really good acount and readable summary of this
incredibly complex theology and of that man. he also mentions what is fascinating
about Augustine. A reader thus gets a good idea, if he wants to, about the
deceit and abuse of confidence in Gods name. In other words, Augustine is
also shown from his sweet sides. It is book for people who like to think for
themselves, like to make up their mind on their own.
The other book is:
Charles Freeman: The closing of the Western Mind: The Rise of
Faith and the Fall of reason, 2004
Freeman gives an interesting insight of what happened after Jesus, of what Jesus
actually warned of rightly and really prophetically. And what people often complain
about endlessy- instead of reading ambit. And missing quite a bit really interesting
things. The challenges of life include successfully or unsuccesfully coping with crime,
sex and money. Apart from censorship and it's consequences. There were indeed
longer periods of time when people had no chance at all to get their hands at