Have you GOT faith or do you just WISH you had?

As an atheist, I find faith a very interesting concept. I like the idea of it in some ways, a tendency towards hope and positivity, a belief, sometimes against logic, that everything will be alright. I think it allows people to achieve wonderful things in the face of terrible adversity and promotes some of the best attributes of humanity.

The sad thing is that so few people today actually have any faith at all.  You don’t have to look too far to see the faithful showing off the flimsiness of their faith. Have a look at any of the blogs that are in any way anti-religious or even those that just satirise or poke fun at religion and you’ll see the faithful going out of their minds. They scream the most incisive vitriol at the blasphemers, they forsake, in text, every value they have sworn to uphold, simply because someone else either doesn’t value their faith or holds an opposing view. That, to me, indicates that maybe they don’t really have any faith whatsoever, they just want to have it. Fearful people alone in the universe, like children afraid of the dark. Remember kids, all anger is a product of fear – take it from me, I should know. Surely if you have solid faith in an omnipotent God, you’re not foolish enough to think that God needs your dumb arse sticking up for Him. Can’t an all-powerful being stick up for Himself? More importantly, how strong is your faith in this God, if at the first sign of ridicule or difference you toss all his commandments away and start behaving like a terrorist? My God’s bigger than your God!

From the ancient Greeks through to fundamentalists of all denominations today, the faithful seem hell bent on endowing their deities with very human frailties. I thought the whole point of religion was to believe in something greater than humanity, a superior intelligence, a supreme being, something that transcends our shortcomings here and now and leads towards a better future by encouraging us to surpass our baser natures. So how the millions-of-mindless-shitheads do you explain the violent actions of the faithful all around the world today? Most people just don’t think it through, in fact most people don’t think at all. The vast majority of the faithful use faith as an excuse to not use their brain. Woohoo, I’ve got Jesus, there’s no need to question anything ever again! Fuck you! Faith doesn’t absolve you of the need to think. If there is one thing we can be certain of looking at history, it’s that religion has repeatedly been used by evil men to control the stupid. But maybe there’s a few people who enjoy that. Maybe there are people who love having a religious loophole that allows them to hate and murder with impunity. If so, it doesn’t appear very Godly from the outside.

The photograph at the top of this post my inspiration today. It’s a photograph by Andres Serrano of a small plastic crucifix submerged in the artist’s urine and entitled Piss Christ. A copy of it was torn up in the U.S. Senate by an outraged politician and when it was displayed in Melbourne some young chump smashed its display and an angry mob tried to have the exhibition shut down. The brainless faithful missed the point and resorted to hatred and violence rather than trying to understand or appreciate a beautiful image. Makes me think if Jesus did bother to come back, it would probably be his own faithful who would kill him this time, not just hired Roman goons.

8 Responses to “Have you GOT faith or do you just WISH you had?”

  1. Hi ,

    Just a quick line to introduce an interesting and dynamic view of the Christian faith. Maybe this could help you view the issues of faith in Almighty God from a unique perspective. Below is a copy of a post on my blog based on Who Owns Intellectual Property? I recently published a book titled Upgrade your Talents.

    Who Owns Intellectual Property?
    Recently, I came across the post titled above published by Jim Heskett on April 4, 2008 on the Harvard Business School Working Knowledge blog. However the post had closed to comments. Interesting responses were received from readers and commentators. Although the above question was not answered explicitly, the executive summary concluded that Intellectual Property was essential for the promotion of creativity and innovation as it acts as an assurance for reward and profit for the creator. It further highlights the need for Intellectual Property to reflect the changing dynamics in global society and the possibility of flexibility by a creator (and owner of IP rights) in enforcing Intellectual Property rights for the overall benefit of the wider society. James Heskett is a Baker Foundation Professor, Emeritus at Harvard Business School.

    From the same blog, writing under the Harvard Business School Alumni Bulletin series a post published on May 14, 2008 by Julia Hanna and titled “Getting Down to the Business of Creativity” made the following observations “But if creativity is integral to business, and to entrepreneurship in particular, how exactly does it occur? Where does this unicorn-like creature come from, and what exotic conditions will help it thrive in captivity? Three professors in Harvard Business School’s Entrepreneurial Management unit who focus on the study of creativity recognize the romantic allure of believing it’s a rare quality bestowed on a chosen few, but all agree that notion has been debunked long ago, and rightfully so.”

    I agree to a certain extent with the above executive summary. However, to examine the above question from the perspective of the origin of creativity and who owns the intellectual property on human creativity and innovation, I would confidently state it is owned by Almighty God. Although this view might not be shared by many, I believe I can prove beyond reasonable doubt that Almighty God owns the Intellectual Property rights of the ability of members of the human race to be creative and innovative. And in agreement with both posts, He has deposited this ability in all human beings (not just a selected few) and allowed the human race to use this creative ability for both individual and communal benefits.

    However, the ownership by Almighty God of the Intellectual Property Rights of various talents exhibited by members of the human race covers only the positive and beneficial creative and innovative abilities. This creative and innovative ability was licensed by Almighty God to the human race in exchange for royalty payments to Him. However, the human race acquired a negative and destructive creative and innovative ability through the act of piracy and counterfeiting.

    Counterfeiting Almighty God’s Intellectual Property rights brought death (and other consequences) into the human race. Persistent infringement of Almighty God’s IP rights will lead to legal action and prosecution. A conviction at prosecution could have disastrous effects; as counterfeits and pirated products are normally destroyed.

    However, like any IP rights owner, Almighty God has innovated and ensured an adequate and enhanced protection of His IP rights to remove the effects of counterfeiting and piracy. He is making an offer of Upgrade for the talents of every member of the human race to enable them avoid a conviction at prosecution. Almighty God has secured a Divine Patent and issued a Divine Registered Trade mark as a basis for an Upgrade for the creative and innovative abilities of the human race.

    He is offering a Divine Franchise Agreement for all members of the human race in exchange for royalty payments of worship and an intimate relationship.

    Want to know more? Want to accept an Upgrade for your Talents? Want to avoid a possible conviction on prosecution? Get your copy of Upgrade your Talents Now!

    Kind Regards

    Joseph

  2. Buck Frain Says:

    Get help, Joe, you’re fucked in the head!

  3. Love the photo, Joe needs help, like the article.

    To quote MASH:

    “Klinger, I thought you were an atheist?”

    “I gave it up for lent.”

  4. Old Gregg Says:

    I was waiting for the religion post, and here it is! Hurrah! You’re right; some people seem to think that faith is enough, and that if you’ve got a Bible (or any religious text) on your bedside table, you don’t need to venture beyond it. Blind faith isn’t real faith – it’s faith IN SPITE of things rather than faith BECAUSE OF things. Backward-pedalling bollocks.

    Anyway what the hell is that Joe guy’s post about? It’s too long, I can’t be bothered with it.

  5. Hans Licht Says:

    Joseph has a beard. BUT HE HASN’T GOT A CHIN.

    Why hasn’t political correctness extended to requiring a prefix of “my” in front of every reference to god? I think it would lend a more realistic sanctimony to Jo’s already sanctimonious ranting. After reading some Richard Dawkins a couple of years back, every time I read “God”, somewhere off to my left I here a little Jack Black voice say “his” or “hers”… See how PC I am? Fuck you, you pigeon crotched fellator!

    Of course Jo may be ranting with his tongue wedged firmly in his cheek. In which case I say BRAVO and Amen.

  6. I once came across an interesting artice on the web called “why doesn’t God heal amputees” which I think you’d probably like to read (google will find it). I don’t have a religion and personally believe that blind faith is possibly the most destructive thing in society.

  7. Cherax destructor Says:

    Fuck the good-botherers…. If I ever need an invisible friend to talk to I’ll invent my own. And he’ll be a shitload more fun than the boring, vengeful cunt they talk to!

  8. Halle-fuckin’-lujah!

    The amount of times I’ve had self-righteous assholes tell me (over the ‘net) that my point of view is wrong… and the worst part is, the pricks don’t even have the guts to stand their ground.
    No. They just post their reply and fuck off believing that all is good in the world and that they have just righted an affront to ‘god’.

    Of course, the moment you bring up things like the Inquisition they go very, very quiet.

    Gutless wonders, the lot of them.

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