Share and Share Alike

30 Dec

Tis the season of holidays and celebrations and New Years…and religion. Which means a visit from the local religious affiliates and their spokespersons. They all seem like very nice people but their visit, no matter how brief, always ends with the handing over of the pamphlet…and that’s where they always lose me.

This year’s pamphlet went something like this:

It is true; most people are pretty good. However, contrary to popular opinion, not all good people go to heaven. In fact, you do not have to be a bad person to go to hell. Another interesting fact found in the Bible is that you are not really as good as you think you are.

Last year’s went like this:

What you MISS by being a Christian: HELL! (but see above)

Nothing says Holiday cheer and good will to all like a visit from your local Christian organization. That’s for sure! But don’t despair because the pamphlet lists the three things one must do in order to get into heaven…

1. Be genuinely sorry for your sin. (You are a sinner so don’t try to deny it)

2. Believe that Jesus died for you.

3. Ask Jesus to save you and take you to Heaven when you die. (I guess you shouldn’t forget to add the “when you die” part or else you’ll go right away?)

Anyway, it’s that simple! So simple that you’d think that after 2,000 years and change Jesus would have an overall approval rating greater than 31%, but he doesn’t, for only 31% of the world’s people consider themselves Christian. President Obama has an approval rating over 40% after 6 years…and nobody even likes him!…so go figure.

So according to my pamphlets, 69% of the world’s population is going straight to hell, plus all of those Christians who don’t subscribe to this rather orthodox interpretation of Christianity. And that’s why I don’t believe in any religion’s god because I think that god could do a lot better than reaching only 31% of everyone in over 2000 years. Heck, he should be able to do it in an instant… don’t you think?

It seems to me that most everyone on this planet always wants to feel exclusive and special about their beliefs. Somehow when something is available to everyone, and for nothing, it simply loses all of its value. Maybe that’s why we can’t get everyone on the same page when it comes to taking care of our planet. So Who, I wonder, do we think is taking care of Heaven…if there is such a place? Yes, I was a no good sinner down on Earth, and I helped wreck the place…but I said I believed and asked to be saved and now the after livin’ is easy and Jesus does all the heavy lifting.

But why isn’t Heaven for everybody and must only the like minded apply? I suppose that’s what makes Heaven so special, it’s exclusivity. Hell, on Earth anyone can get in! We are a greedy lot and it is hard to share the things we possess but you would think that after all of the pain, suffering and strife we go through together here on Earth we’d all just agree to share in an afterlife of peace and rest.

God knows, What would be so wrong with that?

9 Responses to “Share and Share Alike”

  1. kingmidget December 30, 2014 at 4:40 am #

    Siiiiiiiggggggghhhhhhhhh…………………….

    I just … oh, never mind.

    You and I are of like minds. It just boggles my mind how the believers don’t see the fundamental illogic behind their beliefs. Seriously … all it takes for heaven is to be sorry for your sins, believe Jesus died for you, and ask to be saved. Here’s a novel idea, maybe we should start with a different requirement … try not to commit sin in the first place. Sheesh.

  2. avwalters December 30, 2014 at 7:55 am #

    There goes the neighborhood…..

  3. womanseyeview December 30, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

    And why do I get the feeling that women would be 2nd class in ant religion’s heaven too?

  4. womanseyeview December 30, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

    Make that ‘any’ but ant might work too…

  5. RantingCrossin December 30, 2014 at 4:28 pm #

    People turn to religion for comfort and a sense of belonging. By having faith in something/someone else, the believers can pass the critical thinking to others. I can see the allure but I enjoy thinking for myself too much.

  6. drkottaway December 31, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

    I like Kwan Yin, who said that she would be reincarnated until everyone was enlightened. That is my definition of someone who is serious about caring for everyone. I am told that all of the buddhist bodhisattvas have promised to keep returning until everyone is enlightened. I want to be in that group: the heaven that is dedicated to everyone being included.

  7. 98maryanne December 31, 2014 at 4:25 pm #

    One of the biggest problems I have with organized religion is that is gives people a pass to behave as badly as they wish. There are SO many people who are rude, ugly, nasty, lying, cheating, bigots who have a rock solid belief that they are going to heaven because they sit in a church pew for an hour a week professing their “belief” that Jesus died to save them from all the “sins” they are so sorry for. And when they are caught cheating, lying, stealing or otherwise hurting someone else, it’s always, always, the devil made me do it, I am but a poor sinner caught in the devil’s web of temptation, yada, yada, yada, blah, blah, blah. But I’m still going to heaven because see above. I mean really, why even threaten hell for misbehavior if all you have to do is invoke Jesus as your personal savior and say you repent to get into heaven? Nope, hell is ONLY meant for those “others” who it’s ok to treat like crap because they are going to hell anyway. It’s really not that hard of a concept to just treat others like you would like to be treated. To be kind, just because it is the right thing to do. To understand that just because someone is different than you it doesn’t mean they are less than you. Anyway, long-winded way to say I agree with you!

  8. onnovocks December 31, 2014 at 9:05 pm #

    As with all things, it has gotten cheaper to get into Heaven. In the old days you had to buy a letter of absolution, or pay a Monk to do penance for you, especially if you were a Monarch that started a war that killed many. Well, at least the playing field has been leveled a bit to the benefit of the Poor, now if they could only do that with that other Man made thing,…the Law, …where you pay to stay out of Hell, even when found not guilty.

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