I read a piece today that gives me the shivers. Lots of articles caused me to pause. However, this particular item stuck in my mind in tandem with the violence in Orlando. If homo sapiens evolved through the stages of development and got to the stage of mass murder with a single man and a single gun killing many people, is there any hope for man to move on past that stage into a developmental stage of reason?

The item that caused me shudders was the educated person, a Senator from Georgia, David Perdue, to pray for Obama. "We should pray like Psalm 109:8! 

This is how the prayer Senator Perdue encouraged the audience to make for Obama continues:

8 Let his days be few; and let another take his office.

9 Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.

10 Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places.

11 Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labour.

12 Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favour his fatherless children.

13 Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out.

14 Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the Lord; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.

The good Senator may not be taking up the gun and ending anyone' life. He does present a biblical prayer of the meanest sort of spirit. He bestows thoughts to a group of people of death to a father and husband. He prays for vagabond lives and desolation upon the children. 

To me, if there were a god, there would be only one that is the same around the world. He/she/it would be teaching the means to peace and reconciliation. There would not be us/them, and there would be a concern for the Earth. 

This charlatan character known as god or allah or yahway or any other name you can come up with is a figment of human imagination intended to put one group of people over all others.  

With all this craziness going on in all parts of the globe, it is vital that we stay calm, responsible for our behaviors, and willing to stand up in the presence of bigotry of all kinds. Stop prejudice in its tracks while offering a rational option. It is not our responsibility to make another think critically; it is our duty to confront such nonsense as this U.S. Senator displayed. 

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To me, if there were a god, there would be only one that is the same around the world. He/she/it would be teaching the means to peace and reconciliation. There would not be us/them, and there would be a concern for the Earth.

Depends what we're talking about.  If we're talking about a transcendent, omniscient, omnipotent, omnibenevolent god, then yeah, I would expect that of him/her/it.  That sort of god is pretty late to the stage, though.

The problem with the Abrahamic monotheisms is that they've slaved themselves to the origin myths of a provincial, tribal god.  That character translated over to Islam, despite its relatively fresh start.  The Christians are of course stuck with the origins of their mythology, since they just stuck their contribution to the myths onto the end of what the Jews had already written.  You might hope better with a complete retcon, like what Muhammad did, but I guess his times weren't all that culturally superior to the more tribal times of the ancient Jews, compared to the rapid social advances of the last 300 or 400 years.

As far as I can see, all Abrahamic religions are tribal beliefs that come out of a barbaric past to create an "us vs them" mentality with the express purpose to gain wealth and property from all others. Odd, The Abrahamic faiths are cousins from the same root and they are deadly to each other. 

It's more like all religions back then were sources of tribalism, because one of their primary benefits was to unite small groups.  I could see the gods of larger empires being more stable and benevolent, perhaps ... or at least the people of the empire would be more likely to worship the benevolent gods of their pantheon, since pretty much all pantheons had gods that covered both positive and negative attributes.

The fact that Yahweh was originally a war god might have had something to do with his viciousness in the Old Testament.  Of course given that several other gods were rolled together into him, the fact that the name that the god ended up with is that of the war god might not be as important.  It could also be that since the Jewish people kept getting the crap kicked out of them, their god focused on and promised retribution, since that's what they wanted so badly.

It really isn't at all surprising to me that Christians and Jews had such animosity towards each other, historically.  Early on, the Christians were fairly friendly towards the Jews, trying to get along with them and convert them.  Hell, some of the early versions of Christianity, before Orthodoxy took over and mostly consolidated it into one doctrine, were basically Judaism with Jesus stuck onto one side.  Bart Ehrman writes a lot about that sort of stuff.  I keep meaning to sign up for a few of his classes, since he teaches at a university about 20 minutes from me.

Later on, though, after Christianity had gained enough of a following to support itself, it didn't need the cover of Judaism anymore.  Besides, after they had been out spreading the Good News™ for so long, those who were following the True™ embodiment of Judaism had to start wondering what was wrong with those Jews who had refused the coming of their own messiah.  How corrupted and unholy do you have to be to do something like that, after all?

You can see some of that in the progression of the gospels.  The earlier gospels are fairly friendly towards the Jews.  The last gospel written, John, explicitly blamed the Jews for killing Jesus, with Pilate trying to let Jesus go and the Jews demanding the he be executed.

I don't know as much about the early history of Islam, so I can't speak much about that.  I've heard that the surahs of the Quran from earlier in Mohammad's life are more friendly towards Jews and Christians, since he was getting along with them better.

But later in his life, he was having more trouble with them.  So, the surahs from that part of his life are quite anti-Jewish and anti-Christian.

We all know man will continue evolving, the only way it will stop is if we are extinguished by some means (of which there are several) out of our control. How we will evolve if given the chance is impossible to say precisely but with the tools we have at our disposal, it is easy to envision a less physical stature and a more thought oriented being. If we could only get out of low earth orbit and "get on with it", we could open up endless possibilities.




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