Friday, May 20, 2011

Tomorrow, tomorrow

It would be pretty hilarious if Rapture DID come tomorrow. I'd certainly say "holy shit!"
I'm not really sure how it works for me.
I was a pretty hard core believer through most of high school. I've read the The Late Great Planet Earth, Mere Christianity, a fair amount of THE BIBLE, and at least 1,000 pages of other religious works.
So I was Most Definitely Saved.
Then I got to college, read the first two creation stories in Genesis, realized there was a chronological order issue in creation. Which is created first, animals or Man? BZZT WRONG Man was intelligently designed from monkeys by the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Seriously, though, it's both.
Genesis 1:1-2:3, 2:4-25 contradict each other on when man is made, prior to or after the animals. I read that, and my world changed forever.
Atheist immediately.
Robert Heinlein helped; Jubal Harshaw points out II Kings(2 Kings 2:23-25) - Elisha and the bears, where God kills 43 kids for mocking a prophet's bald head (seriously, go ahead and read it) It never sat right with me.
But I was saved once, right? IT SHOULD STILL COUNT. ;)

One of the brilliant things zen buddhism got right was the koan - it's supposed to be inscrutable. Here's one I like: "A monk asked Ummon: `What is Buddha?' Ummon answered him: `Dried dung.'"

One final thing on the Rapture Hoo Hah - anyone who's telling you dates is utterly full of shit. Jesus himself says "I will come like a thief in the night" - the implication is nobody will know when.
Vainglorious priests seeking airtime ... how trite.

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