the expulsion or attempted expulsion of a supposed evil spirit from a person or place…
I want to start off by reminding the world that we have been under the influence of abrahamic religions for more than two millennia. Everything that I will say here, has been said before by many others. So if you find yourself getting angry at my views; settle the fuck down!
If you have read any of my other posts, you’ll know that I am simply trying to be facetious with subjects our society accepts as “the way it is”.
I’m not trying to get on anyone’s bad side, or offend what some might call “serious fucking people”. That said. Let’s knock some religious institutions down a peg. Or rather the leaders of said institutions.
Let’s jump into the shallow end of easily offended groups: Judaism.
I read an essay on the topic of the state of Judaism today. In it, the author criticizes it’s turn from a spiritual organisation centered only (and most importantly) on what it means to be human, what the concept of God really is, and what happened 3,000 years ago on Mt. Sinai. To what is now a organisation obsessing over the purity of its blood and the strength of the state of Israel.
He seems to blame this on the westernization of the culture and its people. I wanted to as well. I couldn’t, because there’s evidence of a influential Jewish man practicing this 2,000 years ago.
21: Jesus went from there to the area of Tyre and Sidon.
22: A Canaanite woman from that area came out and began shouting, “Lord, Son of David, please help me! My daughter has a demon inside her, and she is suffering very much.”
23: But Jesus did not answer her. So the followers came to him and said, “Tell her to go away. She keeps crying out and will not leave us alone.”
24: Jesus answered, “God sent me only to the lost people[a] of Israel.”
25: Then the woman came over to Jesus and bowed before him. She said, “Lord, help me!”
26: He answered her with this saying: “It is not right to take the children’s bread and give it to the dogs.”
27: The woman said, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs eat the pieces of food that fall from their master’s table.”
28: Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! You will get what you asked for.” And right then the woman’s daughter was healed.
Christians like to disregard the blatant racism. Claiming that it was because she had no faith in the beginning, and only after she accepted Jesus as Christ, did he acquiesce.
As you can read above. She never had any atheistic sentiments. Jesus was perfectly willing to let the girl die for not being Jewish. Only changing his mind after her self deprecating reminder that all humans deserve life.
So why did the Jewish faith adopt the values of a prophet they refuse to believe in?
In my opinion. Since the inception of the faith, the hierarchy started and ended with God. There were humans who were chosen by God to save the “chosen people”. But there is only one “being” alive today, that holds the power and authority of understanding what God wants from us: That person is… (drumroll, please) God.
The essayist argues that the adjustment of the Judaic community to an American style of “church”, halted the conversation, which was the basis of the faith. Giving all the burden of thought to the man standing on the pedestal.
A complex religion, once open to interpretation and discussion; is now relegated to the same style of hierarchical condescension as Christianity. The priest, preacher, and now rabi telling you to not hurt your little brain thinking about what the writings mean, he’ll tell you exactly what they mean.
A hierarchy is important for maintaining order. It’s counsel invaluable towards moving the organisation forward. When the hierarchy’s authority spills over into telling you what you should think about (Insert subject, group, or nationality here.) Be weary.
Power will always need enemies. It facilitates the followers’ consent to change the culture from inward regulation to xenophobia. Most members enter a denial of their own group’s corruption as a survival mechanism. Fearing the enemy will use their weakened state of change to destroy their traditions (or values.).
This brings me to what would probably get me killed if I was anybody of relative importance or fame: Islam. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it. It’s perfect.
But… to be continued…