By far one of the best postings I’ve seen about the most evangelical, fundamentalist and proactive religious groups out there, Atheism. I speak firstly of that - that in the context that reality is best observed from the Earth that Atheism certainly has proven to be one of Earth’s most effective religions in this age. In going out from the surface of Earth, I have two immediate comments: 1) Earth is but a small pebble in the giant cosmos far beyond the scale of a grain of sand against the scale of our galaxy - we are nothing. Yet, 2) God so loved the world that He (the Father) sent His only Son (also God) here to make right in eternity what was wronged by the flaws of creation - not because God allowed sin, but because humans mistakenly chose it.
Some of my best friends on Twitter are very smart Atheists who either work for or fly for NASA. @aggieastronaut is perhaps my favorite of the favorites. They look at the Bible and so much attention given to the context of Earth as the false center of creation and realize that much more exciting realities happen - and they do on the microscopic or macroscopic scale than they do in the Biblical rendition of the little things happening on Earth. Yet all the same these same people go out as far as I do, to fathom the mystery and majesty of creation, finding that it all must have started about 13.5 billion years ago, not the less than 6,000 years ago that the Christian fundamentalist nutjobs do - some of who join many NASA scientists like Dr. Hansen who don’t know yet that “climate change” is actually a naturally occurring, ever-changing reality of Earth and that yes, there is Climate Change now - just as there has always been. This is to be different than the kind of nutjobs you’ll find on @coasttocoast on Twitter saying as Doctor Hansen of @NASA does that humans are in any way, shape, or form smart or strong enough to either create or stop climate change.
George Noory, the current host of @coasttocoastam is one of the most bizarre people alive, who believes in this junk-science of Goya - the living Earth. I happen to believe that the Earth was designed - intelligently - to defend itself, but all for the purpose of proving that the intelligent designer - the creator of all knows what He is doing. Why oh why would God create the pot plant? To get people high? NO - to instead fill the planet with oxygen. But people smoke it, they die, and they become through the worms of death the fertilizer for the pot plant to fill the atmosphere with oxygen. When people burn down the Amazon Rain Forests, they deprive Earth of oxygen and next time it rains “Mother Earth” causes mudslides to kill everyone who burned down the rain forests. Some call this type of nature “karma,” which is a junk science in and of itself, but the fact is that nature proves that choices made in freedom do have natural consequences, and the clues are left all around nature as it is to prove right what I’m about to say.
Humans were left with free will, and through our choices, we really screwed up the balance of why God even created us to live in the first place. I mean, every alternative to Creation is already proven false by the Earth-centric religions of every alternative but for two - Judaism prior to 6 BC and Christianity ever since then. It was God, not the Epistle writer John of Patmos or brother of James - take your pick Who called the Jews the Chosen People, and to this day, how dare any of us to write as John did in the surviving Gospels to paint the Jews out to be as bad as Hitler would have said that they were. In all of recorded and prehistoric times, it was the great Iraqi (UR) resident Abram who realized first what I have to tell you what I see when I look into the sky to see those thousands and thousands of stars out there as real as and far more numerous than the cells on our skin: this Earth really is just a “nothing” in the Universe, so why would the Arc carry the Spirit of God, why would the Father with a face appear as the Burning Bush, and no it’s not a sex or DNC ploy to say that - but a fact (Who I personally believe to be a sphere in shape since as we were created in God’s image we start out as the spherical fertilized egg, made in God’s image, and one look at everything - atoms, molecules, moons, planets, stars and the Universe itself, God DOES have a fascination for spheres - but seriously unimpressed with the Catholic idea that the Holy Spirit is a dove but in the most symbolic form) ... why would any of this happen on Earth at all if Earth is just a bunch of animals limited to the smartest and brightest who can’t believe in God because they are too smart to do the math?
I mean I’m someone who is smart enough to do the math, and as everyone who knows me knows, I find the intramural nonsense between Catholics to be shameful and far more destructive within the Church - and when I say Church I mean the Orthodox and Anglicans as well - as any Christian division between endless denominations that divide Christ’s broken body or unleavened loaf to the point that someday Catholicism may be reduced to nothing but crumbs for the dogs - the Muslims who can’t interpret the Qur’an past the 7th Century because of the nonsensically illogical non sequitur opinions of mankind that followed the insecure paths of all too many Christian Catholic Popes that sort of went like this: “When we want your opinion, we’ll tell you what it is.”
Trust me, I can “use” the Bible as well as anyone, and like the strongest of Baptists, although they refuse to allow anything but the “Johnny-come-lately” truly imperfect KJV or NIV editions to come through, although the revised editions of the NAB is the best and getting better every day, the Baptists believe as I do that the Scripture is truly the living and breathing word of God for our day. The Church puts all too much emphasis on what are called Saints although some of them were great in forming the Church that Christ clearly commanded into existence as His own. All the same, let me just say that even as Saint Augustin was cited heavily in even the perhaps most important Catholic document in recent (like within the last 1,000 years) history, Redemptionis Sacramentum on certain matters to be observed or to be avoided regarding the Most Holy Eucharist, ironically I have a problem in the title. Jesus certainly as God knew every language possible, as evidenced by his vacation in Tyre, His tour through the Decapolis, His visits with “redneck” illiterate fisherman atop the Sea of Galilee, his decision to hire a great Scribe named Judas Iscariot or the educated but in all sense of the modern world Atheist Thomas to be His Disciples, and of course even in birth in 6 BC or thereabouts Jesus knew Gangsta Rap, Mandarin, Ebonics, Navajo, Cantonese, and every human language before or since. Yes Jesus, and it shames me to admit it He even knew Ecclesiastical Latin - a language that was never really a natural first for the Church although when I lived in Bella Italia for 3 years I found that the Churches built, say after the Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano a Roma (the actual home of the Holy See - NOT the Vatican) or my personal favorite Catholic Church in Rome the VERY old Chiesa di Santa Maria - although even Saint Peter probably knew a thing or two about Latin before he died in Rome, this was really never a natural Divine language of the Church, but it was especially a political one given what would happen of the Roman Empire and the 1054 split that Catholicism never really could come to grips with.
In fact, I find the presumption over all too much of the Christian Catholic lifespan that God or God’s people should have an “official” language in Latin to be totally Earth-centric and self-centered. To quote the great writer Luke in Part II (Acts) of his great work as a a great investigative reporter from Antioch who never had met Jesus, but who upon interviewing Mary and others before their deaths was able to piece together the Part I (Gospel according to St. Luke), ““We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travelers from Rome, both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs, yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God.” Amen. So all of you nonsensical types who think that the Catholic Mass can only be appreciated best by God in Latin need to realize that when this trend formed, the Church was still stuck back in the old Greek, Coptic, Ethiopian, and Egyptian versions of the Bible, the Greek clearly the most influential and correct, and at the time, the Latin Vulgate was just that - the Vulgate of the Church at the time. By the time nonsensical types in the Council of Trent for WHATEVER UN-GOD-KNOWN reason wanted to say that the 1570 Tridentine Mass is the one and best “high Mass” to reach God, I have to only say that your language is as good as all the rest ... no better and no less, and if you can understand what is going on there, more power to you. If, as you believers in the Tridentine Mass are correct in saying that God is best understood as a mystery to be revealed, then one might as well just live and die as an Atheist.
Why do I so strongly believe that the Catholic Church is the original one that comes straight from Jesus Christ, the son of God, who came to Earth to right for the Father in Heaven who as beforehand mentioned rights all wrongs with consequences to bad choices, and rewards to good choices under the soul-filled populace of planet Earth - the eternal souls that spend only a little time here in this life? Well let me say that I give fully and equal credit especially to the Orthodox (Eastern) Church as equal co-heirs in this and I once came up with a website to try to get the Western and Eastern Churches back together by 2054, a thousand years of Satan’s power over the division between the two so ridiculously and needlessly separated. There were not really so many differences between the two Churches theologically until the relatively recent dogma about Mary’s Assumption into Heaven and what is truly nothing short than the cult that followed - and as someone who hates recitals or recited prayers I believe more strongly than anyone that Mary followed Jesus - after being sentenced by who would become Saint Paul to death in the massacre of Christians in Jerusalem.
The theology of the called “Marian cults” would become huge - so huge that a Papal Encyclical would have to come out to say “knock it off, Marian Cults - cool your rockets, hit the brakes. It’s about Jesus - not about Mary.” I could not agree more, but long before any of this happened, Protestants had split from Catholics.
The greatest scourge against Protestants and the greatest scourge against Catholics is both found in the same remnant of old papyrus or parchment translated with fidelity and getting better every day by Saint Paul’s scathing letter to the disobedient, challenging, wayward Church of Corinth that against others in the region including Ephesus just couldn’t get it. (To be fair within 40 years of being called the Church that could do no wrong by Saint Paul, Jesus threatened the Church of Ephesus with extinction because “they had lost the love they had at first,” and indeed, Paul’s “church that could do no wrong” indeed did collapse by the promise and will of Jesus).
Chapter 11 first of all starts out with some important doctrine that is important to the legitimacy of the Sacrament of the Eucharist - the Holy Communion. Saint Paul is echoing what was contained in 3 of the 4 Gospels (John’s omitting this whole part for whatever reason), “For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night He was handed over, took bread, and, after He had given thanks, broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
Now I don’t know how Protestants can’t see this mandate to carry on with the Eucharist in Christian Churches, because yes it’s true, it’s in the Protestant Bible, too.
Early Catholic / Christian Bishops were so excited by these words that they became part of the Mass, perhaps even more so than the original words of Jesus did when telling the Apostles about the new Passover that was starting at “The Last Supper” or as I like to call it, “The First Mass.”
While the early Church Fathers saw the earlier quote as something extraordinary and profound, I see it as something that was, in its day an ordinary, understood fact of life that would set up the scathing accusation - not command that would come next pertaining to just how sacred this Sacrament of the Eucharist was. “For as often as YOU eat this bread and drink the cup,” accuses Saint Paul to the Corinthians, “YOU proclaim the DEATH of the Lord until He comes. Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord. A person should examine himself, and so eat the bread and drink the cup - for anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many among you are ill and infirm, and a considerable number are dying. If we discerned ourselves, we would not be under judgment, but since we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.”
I mean here’s my rub with the Catholic Church from the Pope to all of the Bishops and trust me most or all of them have heard about this by now. BY SOME VERY WEIRD ENSCREWENMENT of fact by the leaders over the years Catholicism, the accusation using “you” by Paul accusing the Corinthians of infidelity has been replaced with the imperative of “I.”
So trust me, by praying silently as the Church undergoes the 2nd most profane theological blunder - perhaps seconded only by the presumption that Jesus only speaks Latin at Mass, although His only personal experiences are like before Pontius Pilate or the Roman Centurion Jesus would had very few chances to speak English ... that we can as Paul would scream as an accusation “YOU proclaim the DEATH of the Lord until He comes,” as opposed to “I” or “WE” proclaim it, I indeed to scream when I hear this so-called “profession of Faith” “YOU” when the rest of the clueless, Scripturally dead Church mumbles out of recital without any thought “WE,” without even the beginning of a clue of what they speak. Yeah, you fellow Catholics go ahead an declare the Lord dead - and trust me, you don’t have the beginning of a clue what you’re talking about.
But all of this intramural discussion between Christians is a political fight over life on Earth, not souls in heaven. I mean even God would forgive the Protestants for not “getting” what Paul was saying in not only the relevance, but the sacredness of the Eucharist in their own Bible, but God forgives my fellow senseless Catholics for not realizing how profane the so-called “Profession of Faith” is by Paul’s accusation - far short of an imperative to believe anything as he (Saint Paul) gave his scathing delivery to the wayward Church at Corinth.
But will God forgive any of us who are Christians, or Muslims or Jews or Hindu or Buddhists who still look at the Universe in the form of Earth-centric frame-sets not too renewed from the nonsensical tides of astrology or the kind of sorcery that brought the Magi to visit the baby Jesus?
I hope so. The Atheists actually get big kudos from me. They are generally, as I am, believers in the the realm of scientifically believable realities of the present Universe of God. Believers in God quote the Big Bang - whether they believe as I do that it happened 13.5 billion years ago if as some Christians and Jews believe in sincere craziness that the Universe was created not even 6,000 years ago despite abundant evidence to state otherwise present. This same group of nutty Evangelical Christians believe that the Dinosaurs walked Earth with humans, and that all clear evidence of evolution happening even in our lifetimes is not really happening. As nutty as the fundamentalist Evangelicals are, however, no one matches the activism, enthusiasm, fundamentalism and closed-mindedness of the Atheists. Their faith in no God despite the evidence of the canvas that all exists defies logic, for no canvas was painted without a Creator - the Great Painter.
The final straw in logic does not reside in science, but rather in what is God’s Holy Spirit working within our eternal souls. Most of us know that the scientists and atheists are right - that reclaiming Earth as an eternal place for eternity for humans is absurd as scientifically it certain that in less than 4 billion years our Sun will expand into a Red Giant that will swallow Mercury, Venus, Earth and come close to touching Mars. We know through science as an indisputable fact that the Universe is expanding rapidly and against all of the laws of physics at an accelerating rate. We know that by the time eternal heaven comes, the Universe itself will have expanded and cooled into an endless collection of cold, dark, galaxies.
And so in a nutshell, religion is nuts for not believing what Atheists have discovered about science, while to go a step further, Atheists are even crazier for not listening to that Holy Spirit knocking on the door of their hearts that yes, there was a source who painted this observable Canvas and we on the doomed little Earth were so valuable that God sent His one and only Son to save us from ourselves.
So clearly, outside the existence of the geometry of space and time there is a place where heaven is and where God and all of the angels live, and yes, Mary too I am certain ... there is a timeless eternal creation where will go to spend all of eternity. Or, I suppose we will not get there, falling short of reaching orbit outside the Universe in the afterlife because of the weight of our sins. Yes there is a hell - it is here, in this Universe, and who cares about what is to found in an eternity without living with God in heaven. Living without God in heaven is hell in and of itself.