As you know, I'm atheist. For me, this means that no gods or other supernatural critters presented before me have been worthy of my worship. I also believe in the scientific origins of humankind and all species prior and current.
But, I know some people DO indeed need to believe, and it absolutely astounds me as to how many sects of religions there are. Okay, we started off the Western bullshit with Judaism. We can all agree upon it. Judaism originated with male and female gods, got confusing, and then dudes started writing shit down. We got the Bible. And well over a billion people read whatever serves them daily. Thing is- Christianity and all it's 33, 000 sects of American Protestantism alone, as well as Islam and her 1000 derivations, came from this idea. And all I have to ask is why.
Why are we killing each other over fucking semantics when it is the same God? I mean, I don't personally believe in this god, but this is supreme and utter bullshit. Why does Islam have this prophet and the zillion sects of Christianity have their prophets and Judaism have the fleet of magnificent rabbis in the Talmud? It is the same thing. You read all the books and you come to the same conclusion:
Man created a God to suit his barbaric tastes. The Mosaic God and Moses were brutal fucks, Jesus is shown grinding people through a winepress, Mohammed was a brutal fuck. You should just say, "yo. I worship a merciless God that commands me to rape and murder". That's what's in all of the commands. And if you, at the end of the day, can see love out of that, you are the epitome of excellence or at the axiom of stupid.
I'd like to think that my friends who believe are at the smart end. They're the apologists, the ones who thank God without reading that Jesus commanded them to raise swords, the ones who are good people. You see, my friends who are believers are very good people, and that's why I don't understand the God they choose, you know, out of the thousands of others far more worthy of worship. I don't want my buddies to act like Jesus, for he told his men to kill anyone who refused to submit to his authority. See, that ain't peaceful, but my buddies who pray to him are.
The thing is- this Abrahamic God isn't at all worthy of the awesome people who pray to It and thankfully do not listen to the thousands of judgments, instead opting for compassion. Brought into a world with a brutal God, most of the planet's Muslims, Christians, and Jews have decided to not rape en masse, kill non-virgins (including their own rape victims), stone divorcees who marry again, bludgeon homosexuals, shun the blind, scald the leper, and enslave Africans. 99% of the people who profess to follow this god have gone against everything It stands for, and for that, I am more than glad. Could you imagine the world if people actually listened? I mean, yes, we have wingnuts; imagine if all of us listened. Now cry in joy that we haven't.
Belief is a tricky thing. Prayer is, in reality, positive meditation; a chitchat with your confident self. But worship is bigger. And these Gods require that my intelligent, hardworking pals submit, surrender, be humbled by, and give money they cannot afford to a God that they cannot see or touch, and has entirely awful historical record.
So to you, my intelligent believers- why not create a better Creator? One who actually is kind, industrious, creative, philanthropic, strong, hard-working, affirmative, and amazing. A God who is like all of you actually are, instead of a tyrannical beast who takes murderers to the promised land and refuses the decent. Create a God that is the best of humanity instead of the worst. See, that's a god I could dig.
We need to create a new Creator for the modern man, one that doesn't beat his kids, one that doesn't have 4 wives augmented by slaves whom he rapes. We need a kinder, gentler God to believe in. And I believe that god is who we are today. No weird space dudes; no fires from the sky- our God is now and is the best of humanity. It's not a fairy in the sky or a demon in the garden. The real, righteous god worth worship is within all us homo sapiens sapiens , if we choose to forgo brainwashing and embrace true neighbourship. See, if that was the definition of god, if god meant the awesomeness of how you can be, I'd dig that.
The problem is, too many of us have old gods. And like an abusive grandfather, they're hard to put into a home.