First read this.
Any shred of belief I might have had before that we are children of a loving God just went out the window. All this about the natural man being an enemy to God unless he yields to the spirit is crap. We are specifically designed to not yield. What a cruel joke an omnipotent being would play on his billions of subjects, especially when the stakes are so high.
Global warming is a hoax.
Gay people can be ‘cured’.
Raping a virgin will cure you of the ‘thinning disease’.
Tax cuts stimulate the economy.
Giving people unemployment doesn’t.
Reagan ended the cold war.
Obama was born in Kenya.
Black people are inferior.
Fluoride in our drinking water is a communist mind-control plot.
Elvis is still alive.
And so on.
And so on.
What does God do with the unrepentant? Throw them out because they’re no good? Says something about God’s ability to create something, then, doesn’t it?
If I sound angry, it’s because I am. I was sold a bill of goods. So were you, in all likelihood. I was raised to believe in and hope for the Kingdom of God (Zion) to come someday, and it looks pretty hopeless right now. The predictable future for humans is not Zion. We aren’t on our way there. We are on our way to 1984. Humans would rather lie to themselves in order to be right about something–“we have always been at war with Eurasia and in alliance with Eastasia”–than to confront the truth and build a utopia. We would rather die than tell the truth.
This is why we don’t have any utopias. Humans don’t want utopia. We want the pain, misery and conflict that comes with believing things that are demonstrably untrue. We love suffering. We wouldn’t trade our suffering for anything in the world. And that’s not hyperbole: we really could have anything we want in the world if we just gave up our stupid lies, and we don’t! If we wanted to, we could, and we don’t, therefore the only logical conclusion I can see to draw is that we don’t want to live in Zion! We want to live in hell, and we’re doing a damn fine job of making that way for ourselves! Damn us all!