When I spotted this headline in the Daily Mail, I knew immediately that this was a clear sign of God’s displeasure. He doesn’t think the guy should be a saint...or doesn’t believe in the concept. I agree!
That's a bad sign: 100ft crucifix built in honour of John Paul II collapses and crushes a man to death just two days before he is declared a saint
Just like in some good families, siblings of every description battle to be the favorite son. Such rivalry can be deadly, as when an heir to a throne poisons his brother.
This human character trait comes to mind each time I scan the news. Three religions (siblings of a sort), which all worship the same deity (dad), battle for “his” attention and approval. Why else would they fight? Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland can’t stop senselessly killing each other. Indian and Pakistan (Hindu and Muslim) have squabbled constantly, after the English drew one of their ill-fated boundaries. Jews and Muslims square off across all borders surrounding Israel (with Christians ignored or kept at bay with concessions). And, Sunnis and Shiites would gladly kill one another, given the chance for reasons known only to them.
Man is a dumb animal. I wonder what “Dad” thinks...since “he” does nothing about idiotic violence in “his” name...
An idea for a book, which I first thought of a few years ago, popped into my head today. I looked for the note I made at the time, but to no avail.
The title of book might be God: A Biography. Of course, this would be fiction (duh!), but some might be fooled by the word biography. This implies a “true” story, even though all facts about the life a real person can never be known or even imagined. Much has been written about the guy, but definitive work has ever been managed. Other writers have made up stuff for thousands of years, so my guesses will be as good as anyone’s. And, I would add a bit of humor, you know, to lighten things up. Not as in “let there be light”, but of a more creative nature. Light, after all, is just physics.
I won’t get around to anything more than fantasizing about such a project. I’m too busy trying to finish a novel I started several years ago. I keep dabbling and then moving off to some other project. The time has come to “make nails with heads” as a strange German saying goes.
"As a back-of-the-envelope calculation within an order-of-magnitude accuracy, we can safely say that over the past ten thousand years of history humans have created about ten thousand different religions and about one thousand gods."
This quote is from a new book about belief, reviewed in Reason.
Such information suggests a not unreasonable dialogue:
“Do you know why humans were put on this earth?” asks one man.
“No, why?” replies his friend.
“To create gods.”
After years of talking to the heavens and getting no response (other than in his imagination), the pope has finally received a response. Other than a few gullible Catholics, we all know he's been lying about his conversations with "god".
Science and lowly humans have made a telephone conversation with a heavenly body possible (it's been possible for decades, but the pope did not bother to call).
Of course, he spoke only with humans. Everyone knows that god doesn't take calls...
Sorry, but I could not help it...
Below are two related items, which I read recently. They are not my inventions, although I would be proud to call them my own.
"Why were humans put on earth?" asked one man.
"To invent gods," replied his more-clever friend.
If you talk to god, you are delusional.
If god speaks to you, you are insane.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.