Star Wars: Our Narcissistic Battle With Ourselves

The essence of religion is the war between men and gods. The "men" in this case is humanity, and the "gods" in this case is humanity as well. One is fashioned from the clay of the material world itself, from which human's have evolved in one sense of another, or from matter.
 And as that matter eventually produced simple life and then complex life, it would produce an immaterial human consciousness; the apex of which humans believe - rightly or wrongly - to be the highest manifestation of animality. The other is the realm of man's ideas and ideals, his highest hopes and darkest hells, his emotions, vices and virtues, his intelligence and his gods.
Trapped between two points, between the earth from which we sprang and the heavens to which we aspire, our mortal mind struggles to shed its skin and become the immortal idea that we imagine must be as real as the mind that beholds it. And all the while, we struggle only to convince ourselves that the love we hav…

Judas & The Love of Money: Why Christ Would Never Be A Catholic

When Paul Tillich said that "all institutions are inherently demonic," what he was touching upon was the idea that all systems of power are, by their very nature, evil. And as Christ opposed the Sanhedrin for appointing itself as the adjudicators of all divine moral justice, imposing its dogmas and doctrines as if they were the word of God, so Christ today would oppose the Catholic Church, and every other similar religious institution, for daring to do the exact same thing. 
The Catholic never doubts for a second that, were Christ alive and well today, he'd no doubt be a Catholic, even though history shows that the Catholic Church has only surpassed the Sanhedrin in every form of corruption and brutality imaginable, and every draconian imposition of rules and dogmas it could devise. 
The good Catholic of course "believes" this is simply untrue, and almost as much as they simply chose to "believe" that God will reward them with eternal salvation for o…

The Love of Money & The First Temptation of Christ

Christ did not come to "forgive the sins of the world," which is as much of a lie as the lie that each person is here to basically secure the salvation of their own personal soul, with all those who fail at this task winning an eternity in hell.  In fact, the very "individualism" that the Church often condemns is derived from this very lie that the Catholic Church only everywhere declares to be essentially an "infallible truth." But this grand lie is simply another means of divide and control.
Instead, Jesus came to undo the sins of David, which were summed up in the three temptations offered by the Devil to Jesus while he was fasting in the desert for 40 days. Jesus would form a "new covenant" by resisting the same three temptations that had seduced David, and in so doing, cost the Israelites the "promised land" (which was never predicated upon a physical geographical location) in the same way it had cost Adam & Eve the Garden o…

The Apple in the Garden of Eden is Religion

It seems that only an atheist can see how the apple in the garden of Eden - the one that is said to have seduced humanity into believing it could "become like God, knowing right from wrong," as the serpent promised - is none other than religion itself.
It is only those who eat the fruit of that tree that indeed claim to know "right from wrong," as if they were God. Christianity, after all, is nothing but a call for people to "become like God," from eating of the "fruit of the vine," which is the zombified corpse of a man who is celebrated everywhere in the world for being the very thing that Adam and Eve sought to become when they ate the "forbidden fruit" in the Garden of Eden.
In fact, both stories are about "gardens," one being Eden and the other being Gethsemane, in which a person is said to eat of the fruit of the vine. The only difference is that one of those fruits is forbidden, and the other is said to now be needed …

Does Religion Simply Sugar Coat Every Evil?

The ability of people to deny that their religion has ever done a single thing wrong throughout history, attributing all such "errors" instead to the devil and fallible human nature, is a miracle of deception that only a god could pull off. And since such people are sure that God is incapable of ever engaging in any evil whatsoever, and deception was the very evil that cursed Adam & Eve as much as it crucified Christ, so grand a deception as this could only have been pulled off by devil himself.  
It is this very fact that leaves us to wonder if religion is itself not simply a means by which we sugar coat every evil in the sacred robes on one religion or another, allowing us always to find a way of living with whatever sins we feel we had to commit. 

the superiority of our ideas

The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist. Verbal Kent

A religion is simply a "belief" that one system of "beliefs" is necessarily "superior" to all others, and that all others therefore pose different degrees of threat to our superior beliefs. 
The simplest examples of this are the monotheistic religions of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. But these "spiritual" religions," which are no less worldly in fact than every other "religion" there is," are simply precursors to the religions that have since surpassed them in their ability to control people's minds. Today, the greatest "religions" of the world are purely secular, yet believed in and even worshiped far more than the religions of old. 
Today's religions come in a variety of forms, of course, but they work in exactly the same way as the religions of old. The old religions worked by convincing countless numb…

Religion is the Love & Worship of Fear

Religion can be defined in as many different ways as there are people willing to offer a definition. And in the sense that anyone who offers such definitions actually "believes" those definitions, ranging as they always do from good to bad, each definition can therefore be said to be equally "true."

The Christian will no doubt deny this, of course, convinced as they are that there is some absolute objective "truth" to their own miraculously favorable definition, which always has some incorruptible and unconquerable love as its source and soul.

 That so many unfathomable horrors have been piled upon horrors in the name of that very same religion, is universally attributed to human error, not the religion itself, which, the Christian will argue, is simply the flawed and human manifestation of the love of a God who is incapable of ever committing any evil, ever.

 And they do mean ever!

In "truth," however, religion has a track record that shows it …