Monday, November 7, 2011
SAVING PEOPLE FROM BEING HAPPY
The problems of belief do not come from Bibles, Jesus, or Satan but rather from HUMAN GULLIBILITY. We have a tendency to believe that ideas and words equal great truths. But words cannot convey ultimate truths anymore than a map can serve as the territory. All words, written or spoken, represent abstractions. Beliefs play out a dangerous aspect of humanity and the responsibility for them must lie with those who believe. Megalomaniacs like Hitler could not have gotten into power without the faith of millions of people. So also, the beliefs in the Biblical Jesus can influence the trigger of the greatest destruction of all: the self-fulfilling prophesy of the end of the world. Let us hope that we gain the ability to use our reasoning ability instead of naive unexamined belief for such a flawed character in a book.