I’m having a godgasm!

December 14, 2004

There is this ongoing conversation on the left about how to deal with the conservative Christian movement in America. In order to deal with something you must first understand it.

I have tried for years to find a common ground in religion. There had to be something to religion, after all, because humanity has put so much energy into defining, developing and fighting over religion. But what is this thing we call religion, what is the root of our search for god, and does religion really have anything to do with god?

The general consensus I have found is that religion is supposed to be the way to god, a path to be followed that leads to reunion with the creator. In reality religions serve as social control devices that use the frailty of the human conscious to control the populace. Humanity feels alone and detached from the physical world. We have this self-awareness that doesnít seem to exist anywhere else. We have this fear of death that ways heavy on our minds and little else.

At some point in our history humans began to look inward for answers. What we found was a great depth of imagination and intrigue. The down side is that once you start thinking those deep thoughts about life, there is no turning back. Hence spirituality became one of the ways humans tried to make sense of the world.

Religion, or at least the belief in a divine being, stems from our inability as of yet to truly understand life. We have tried so hard to find the elusive truth, but thus far have come up short. Our consciousness demands a foundation upon which to build our image of self. This need led someone long ago in our past to ponder the existence of an entity beyond the physical plane. Now I will admit that the idea of god has gone through many images and definitions, but they all have the same basic basis; something somewhere that has the powers that we do not.

Life is as terrifying as it is wonderful. And it is a mystery we feel we must solve. For a very long time religion has played a dominant role in our social web, being that foundation we depended on. As for god, we have used this idea to cover up any area we cannot explain, thereby filling the hole enough to move onward. We created god in our image, filled with our pettiness, our joy and our consciousness.

The thing is religion doesnít move us forward. Filling those holes and not questioning any longer weakens us because we become closed off to new possibilities. Once established, religion becomes the antithesis to thought. Now all those perplexing questions are answered and we can sleep better at night knowing that god is taking care of everything.

And once you have given in to this belief, all someone has to do is lead you along claiming they are godís servant. Believing in a religion requires faith, one of the greatest and most detrimental exercises of the human mind. Not all religious people even have faith per say, as simply accepting an idea to cover that black hole in our understanding doesnít necessarily mean you believe it. Quite to the contrary, belonging to a religion has its own social acceptance; in many places you are expected to attend church. Regardless, faith destroys free will in a person. Once you give in, you believe you have no control. Itís all up to god now.

In order for a religion to stay in power, anything that could cause people to think for themselves must be destroyed. This leads to the brutality we see throughout history. One group must so thoroughly and savagely kill the other that no one left alive could or would dare challenge them. Science usually goes first, then the intellectuals, then anything that gives people control of their lives outside of the church.

But how it happens and why is still a mystery to me. I know a large part of it is our breeding. Most of humanity is bred to follow. Anyone who dares to speak up is killed. Hence through the millennia we have created a race of worker bees, trained to work and die so a few inbred rich families can live in palaces. And religion gives the masses hope. God is on their side, even if life sucks. Never mind the fact that religious leaders work just as hard to suppress the people and live just as fat as royalty.

Then there is always fundamentalism. Tell people itís someone elseís fault for their misery and how things were better back in the day. Suddenly the poor masses will fight to the death to reclaim this glorious past, which never existed, while in the meantime making their present lives worse.

What we see in America today is a society that has grown fat and lazy, who blames all its ails on everyone else and longs for the good old days. I find the last part especially amusing considering that the good old days were filled with violence, racism and poverty on a level most Americans alive today simply cannot understand. As for the rich, religion fills them with a sense of entitlement, since god must love them more. So they embrace religion as long as it works as a tool that props them up and makes them feel better about their greed. It could also be argued that the rich embrace religion because it makes them look better in the eyes of the masses.

I have more to say on this issue, but for now I will conclude with a thought. Very few people study the history of their religion and have no understanding of how it developed. Itís that simple. They take the bait because mom and dad took them to church. Everyone around them buys it, and not going along makes them an outcast. This goes against the herd mentality, regardless of the truth.


One Response to “I’m having a godgasm!”

  1. Rosanna Says:


    And for anyone trying who still feels that the only way to find the “meaning of life” is to turn to God, I have only one thing to say.

    Look into the eyes of a child and ask them how they feel about Baptists vs. Methodists, or Catholics vs. Jews, or the Sunnis vs. the Shiites. Their resounding look of dumbfoundedness will give you every answer you ever needed.

    Life is not defined by how much time we spent in church, or how few “sins” we committed, but what we do in this life while we are here.

    So for me and mine, I resolve to continue bringing my son up to be a strong, intelligent man who knows how to treat a woman, who knows how to make a point without beating it into someone’s head, and who treats others with the same respect that he himself would want to be treated with.

    So far, so good.

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