Easter Day

April 20, 2014 11 Comments
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There are three interesting articles on Christianity at the Spectator, obviously occasioned by Easter.

If we can pass over the pagan aspects of the fertility rite to the Christian/Passover, today is clearly the one upon which the entire faith rests. Historians don’t seriously question the historicity of Jesus of Nazareth but they do fall out over the arising.

For the people of the time, the arising is certainly the clincher but not the only phenomenon deeply impressing itself on the Galilean mind, there were those miracles – or party tricks if you’re an atheist – to take into account.

The reaction of the authorities added its own authenticity and the more widely attested Roman suppression, the gnostic threat and others certainly showed this Christianity to have become a substantial problem by the 2nd century. You can call it a superstition but it’s one which grew and grew and grew and as some of the finest minds of the time fell for it, it impressed more and more.

One way or the other, a pretty strong Christology arose that people were prepared to die for within 20 years of the death of Jesus. There’ve been many articles putting that down to the charisma of leaders fooling supporters, e.g. Jim Jones, Hitler, but what marks these is that they had no redemptive element, no healing – they were either destructive or hedonistic or both. They were based on hollow values.

And what is apparent, especially today, is, as the Spectator says:

Would human life be sacred in an atheist world?

It’s disturbingly hard to say so.

This is the crux of the matter for the non-Christian in a society which was built at least on lip service to Christian ideals and what happens to a society which increasingly spurns that.   A glance at the media and it’s a constant litany of incest, small boys immolated in petrol, teens suiciding, broken families, even the leader of the nation bludgeoning through the anathema faux concept of marriage as gay but there’s something more disturbing than that.

It’s less safe, not just for women and children but also for men – it’s not a happy time for men, particularly older men, the respect women craved is diminishing in the new sexism which holds women in disrepute, as the dream fades, women are less and less happy and more and more shallow, a la Kardashian and adulthood is being forced on children, abetted by teachers, at an age where it should never ever be appearing.   This is a Lord of the Flies scenario – a descent into savagery by abandoning the very things which kept everyone safe within the rule of law.

I’ve seen the result of 90 odd years of atheism in Russia and it’s not nice.   At street level, it’s a very dangerous place and the double and triple doors to flats, including the metal outer door with its multiple bolts, plus the barred windows, is testimony to how Russians perceive personal safety.

An atheist world is not god-free morality, a happily Brave New World – it never has been, wherever it’s been tried.   Not in the least.   It is a world where the constraints people felt when Christian mores were still strong has gone and on the highway, that man who cuts you off in an act of road rage is liable to stab you to death now where once he’d have used his fists.    It’s a world egged on by gaming for the masses where no action has any restraint – for what code of morals is left to restrain the person?    Take revenge?

And it’s also a world of the PTB attempting to enslave and shore up its own position whilst going soft on criminals and hitting the innocent.

It’s human incompetence at every level of public life, dog eat dog and sheer greed ruling all.   Maria Miller was the tip of the iceberg.

Everything’s cheap, as exemplified in Cameron’s pretence at Christianity and evangelizing.   A Christian does not act as that man is acting in selling out the society based on family and a sovereign United Kingdom.

There’s a climate of fear, orchestrated and abetted by the power which has entered the God-free vacuum – the ruling elite – and their desire is for people to fear paedophiles, fear personal assault, fear rape, fear their own shadow. With no moral framework, people construct their own ideologies and sites like this tear down those ideologies as being ill thought out and destructive.

The return of God: atheism’s crisis of faith

When we talk about morals, we end up back talking about religion. That’s a good thing

In other words, there’s no substance any more – even the gold is alloy and even that alloy is stolen or given away by G. Brown.   People’s pensions are stolen.   You dismantle a code of ethics – and we did have one – and you reap the whirlwind.   We are reaping it and only the wilfully blind cannot see why this is.

So yes, Easter Day is about personal redemption and salvation but it’s also about the society we’re in and the dystopia which is now upon us, liable only to get worse as the currency collapses.   And this is why increasing numbers are reaching for UKIP in this country and reaching for Christianity again more widely.

The very nature of the society we had, based on choice, came about as a result of a few factors, not least the Judaeo-Christian underpinnings – even the enlightenment was a reaction to that.    The very fact that you are free to reject it and opt for a federalist dystopia stems from it.

There is no choice in an atheist world and we see that now in the plethora of legislation, free from constraint any more – it’s the criminalizing of the people going on here and you only need look at Russia again to track the process.   We’re already into the denounce your neighbour phase, as distinct from love thy neighbour.

I make no apology for writing this post on a site such as this.   Since the OoL split I’ve not written anything like this here but this is one day of the year when the truth needs to be told loud and clear.

11 Responses to Easter Day

  1. Mark in Mayenne
    April 20, 2014 at 6:21 am

    Yes. Christianity is a form of “social engineering” (in a positive sense) and I’m all for keeping it as a foundation of our society, even though I don’t practice.

    • April 21, 2014 at 6:47 am

      Amen!

  2. Pernseivat
    April 20, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Religion, any form of religion, not just Christianity, is all about control. “Live your life the way I tell you to or you will be eternally damned, be reincarnated as a lower form of life or, won’t go to heaven if you don’t kill enough non-believers”. The head of the Catholic church lives in luxury while the majority of its followers live in third world conditions; The Church of England is the second largest landowner after the Crown yet seeks contributions from its followers to repair those churches which are falling into disrepair; Islam demands its followers to hate anyone who is not Muslim by quoting the alleged words of a paedophilic camel thief who claims to have been spoken to by Allah. The list goes on.
    Religion, like nationalism, is said to be nothing more than a wider form of tribalism. The Bantus hate the Hutus and violence follows; Liverpool supporters hate Manchester United followers and violence often follows; Catholics hate Protestants and violence follows; Islamists hate everyone and violence follows. Get rid of the tribal brainwashing and the violence should stop. Similarly, get rid of the religious differences and the violence may stop.
    It does not follow that an atheistic world would be a natural catastrophe though it is true that those who seek to control others will always find a reason and a way. Communism is a prime example where a political ideal replaced the religious, though they, in turn, become a quasi religion with the cult of personality (Stalinism, Leninism, Hitlerite, and more recently, the cult of the Kims in North Korea. ‘Brave New World’ was mentioned in the main text but even that refers to a deity – ‘Ford’. It may be that people need to believe in something to reassure them that they are special and not just an accident of nature brought on by a cosmic law of averages and coincidence, though this surely suggests an undeserving arrogance.
    You can be an atheist, yet law abiding, have a happy family life and relationship with others, merely by treating everyone else the way that you would wish to be treated. This suggests respect and consideration, including accepting the right for others to peacefully worship any deity they believe in, something which is happening only too rarely in the religion led governments of the world.
    Having a rest now, as my brain hurts!

    • April 20, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      Communism is a prime example where a political ideal replaced the religious, though they, in turn, become a quasi religion with the cult of personality

      Precisely and as stated in the post, look at all the things which stem from that.

      The error critics make is to lump Christianity in with other religions because the one thing it is about which the others are not is freedom to choose. It’s all about freedom to choose, freedom to believe or not to. Critics point to the Old Testament but that’s not Christianity. They point to the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Catholic Church and burnings of heretics – none of that has anything to do with Christianity.

      If you look through those first four books, it’s a tale of someone who tried to persuade with words but the whole crux of it was that, in the end, it was individual choice. The proof of that is that if you don’t accept it, nothing will happen to you.

      However, if you choose not to accept Islam in an Islamic country, you’re murdered. And in atheist societies, e.g. communist, you are also tortured and murdered for not complying. In our society, while the Christian traditions applied, you still had the freedom of choice.

      • Viscount Rectum
        April 20, 2014 at 1:39 pm

        The education of British schoolchildren is now being mandated from Mecca, how facinating.

    • Radical Rodent
      April 21, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      You are right in that religion is a human construct often used for the benefit of the leaders of that religion.

      That this is so does not make the existence of God a myth, it does not disprove the teachings of Christ; indeed, Jesus, himself, was anti-religion, seeing it in a similar way to you and me. Remember, we cannot perceive the universe through the eyes of a dog, so how can we perceive it through those of God? To pretend that we can learn everything, let alone control everything, has to be the ultimate conceit, and I am sure there are many scientists who would admit that.

      Christianity itself is a simple, constructive religion; one that has no demand for fancy structures, clothing or titles, and contains no threat; that it has developed all those just shows the failings of humans. Jesus condemned no-one, so for anyone to condemn in his name shows that person to be no true Christian; the message was simple: “Follow me, and believe”. Do that, and be amazed at how full and satisfying your life can become.

  3. Voice of Reason
    April 21, 2014 at 1:03 am

    And yet, it is quite interesting that the most religious US states have the highest rates of violent crime (including rape and murder), incest, child abuse, spousal abuse, teen pregnancy, repeat teen pregnancy, divorce, and abortion. The atheist prison population is far smaller than the percentage in the general population would suggest.

    As for Christianity being ‘special’ becuase it’s by choice – that wasn’t the case until a century or so ago, and the non-CofE students at my school were certainly singled out very. My money is on Wicca. They are fools, but very gentle ones.

    • April 21, 2014 at 8:31 am

      As for Christianity being ‘special’ because it’s by choice – that wasn’t the case until a century or so ago

      Yes it was – it’s always been so in terms of the underpinning platform. Check the text – it quite clearly gives you the choice to believe or not, in fact it’s axiomatic that that choice is there, otherwise belief is a meaningless term. The whole point of Christianity was that there is redemption if you want it.

      You can, of course, attack the presumption that anyone can offer redemption but that’s another question.

      What you’re attacking, worthy VofR, is the people who have seized on scripture and cherrypicked certain passages to support their own oppression and control freakery. The Catholic Church has done it for centuries, millennia.

      The Crusades were another case in point. This was all about a group of people, the Arabs, believing differently in a bloodthirsty way and making military inroads into Europe. It was also about what was under the Mount. Today it might be about oil.

      There were considerable politics mixed up in it and the simply pious were misled into a pogrom and war which had zero to do with actual Christianity, the theory. For the underpinning theory, go to the gospels – they’re there in black and white. It’s quite clearly non-violent – turn the other cheek. Blessed are the meek.

      What’s meek about Jerusalem ankle-deep in blood, with a man in a tunic and a bloody sword, that tunic sporting a cross as its insignia? Hell, I could put on a cross, go out to the street and murder a dozen people, claiming I did it for God. Does that make me a Christian?

      Meanwhile, the good that meek people who are Christian do, e.g. Salvo kitchens, is passed over and never mentioned.

      You mention Wicca, one end of paganism, the religion of human sacrifice [Wicker Man, Druids, groves], closely aligned with and claimed by the satanists themselves, though the former deny it. When a gentle soul messes with things he/she knows not what, he/she gets annoyed that he/she is seen as bloodthirsty.

      Similarly, a gentle Muslim gets dismayed that he/she is lumped in with the throat-slitters, even though what they’re following leads to fanatics and throat slitters.

      Christianity, by it’s own gentle nature, is ripe for abuse and hijacking by not-very-nice people, e.g. in those American states you mention. The “Christian Right” in America is a w-h-o-l-e topic in itself. Let’s start with Carter and the Southern Baptists. Let’s go on to blind faith.

      So I don’t pooh-pooh what you say, worthy VofR – it’s valid – but it’s not quite as portrayed and it certainly doesn’t describe real Christianity as set out in the gospels.

      And no,I’m not proselytizing as people can do their own reading and make up their own minds about life and things. I’m only concerned with misrepresentation, e.g. Clegg over here pretending that only 7% of our laws are EU driven. Utter bollox. E.g. the guff Obama has been coming out with and Bush before him.

      • Voice of Reason
        April 21, 2014 at 7:45 pm

        Technically, every religion gives you the choice. It’s just that the adherents kill you if you choose unwisely.

      • Voice of Reason
        April 21, 2014 at 7:52 pm

        James – the neo-Wiccans belief in human sacrifice or Satan is on par with the claim the Communion means that Christians believe in ritual cannibalism.

  4. Voice of Reason
    April 22, 2014 at 1:49 am

    To join the ‘special’ nature of Christianity, one could add the Jains, the Baha’i, Shinto, Hindus, and perhaps Buddhists.

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