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On Werner's "Can't Decide"

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Submitted by A [Keen] Student of Islam (India), Jul 8, 2005 at 19:21

Most people can't be too different from Werner. Indeed, no one can be sure, what with our subtle indoctrination in an unquestionable belief that religious scripture is the immutable word of god - with no evidence for it except the mere word of the ‘chosen one', uttered too long ago to remember! One wonders sometimes whether the intermediary's word isn't actually more important than god's! And, in the case of Christ we aren't even sure whether anyone by that name ever existed! So, the whole affair of ‘religion' gets murkier and murkier with every inhuman act avowedly performed in his name.

Blind reliance and insistence on scripture is an insult to god himself, if he at all exists. After all, human intellect is something that is god's gift and enjoys his sanction. To not use it in judging the propriety of antiquated, millennia-old mores is not just laughable - it is preposterous. Scripture, at best, ought to tell us only ‘what once was', not ‘what ought to be'. The quality and values of life we want to live today must necessarily be determined on the basis of what is here and now, with due consideration to human development that has occurred by leaps and bounds since the purported ‘word of god' was ‘revealed'.

Werner hits the nail squarely on its head when he says, "That all looks pretty manmade to me" and his observation: "People put responsiblilty (sic) for their human misdeeds towards a 'God'. With that excuse you can do really anything. Why not do anything and take the responsibilty (sic) for it?"

Would any one of Moses' or Joshua's followers have committed the gory deeds the Bible gleefully says they did, if they were not first cleverly brainwashed by those ‘prophets' into an inhumane frame of mind that regarded ‘disbelief' as the worst of sins? I think not. After all, weren't they human beings too, with the same sentiments, feelings and sensibilities as those they slew so callously? Faith for the deity – whatever one may choose to call it – was and is no more than a deceitful facade for the underlying avarice of a few so-called ‘pious' persons.

One needs to understand that the whole business of ‘religion', then as now, is the greatest sham in history foisted on a gullible mankind. Allowing it to be thus imposed, therefore, is the one sin god is never likely to forgive because it is an insult to his unique largesse of human intellect and reason.

Judging by the increasing numbers of people beginning to think and express themselves like Werner, the end of the road for these shamsters can't be too far round the corner!

Genuinely meritorious thoughts and actions, appropriate and beneficial in the context of current human benefit and discharged for their own sakes - not blind and thoughtless faithfulness to now-archaic scriptures, is the surest way to real global understanding and peace.
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