Really IS Great! Religions Poisoned Everything!
Hitchens’ book entitled God is not Great! How Religion
Poisons Everything challenges the popular view of God as a
benevolent creator and loving father. He developed his view
of God from the ideas propagated by religious institutions
and his observations of the evil they have inflicted on humanity.
Most will agree with Mr. Hitchens when he says truth is good
for the human family and conversely lies are bad. He extends
this thought to equate truth with observable fact and lies
with religion. Religious institutions are in fact responsible
for many abuses. Chief among them is the propagation of false
blasphemous ideas, or lies about God. Deep seeded false ideas
may appear benign on the surface but have resulted in evil
of the most unimaginable and horrific kind which continues
up to this day. He concludes religion is ultimately unfit
for civilized society.
people believe in an almighty loving God but are obscured
by their religion and lack the proper foundation to believe
it conclusively. Fearing the loss of their faith in God and
unable to reasonably counter opposing arguments they simply
reject any idea contrary to their belief. Instead they run
back to their trusted religious leaders to interpret religious
truths for them. Thus they are bound tightly in the comfort
and security (or sense of security) of their religion. This
is a precarious condition since everyone should be able to
personally give a reasonable explanation for their faith in
God. This is the first in a series of articles which intends
to reinforce a reasonable faith in God while challenging the
unreasonable religious doctrines. God really IS great! Religions
institutions control of independent thought, inquiry and reason
is a presumptuous act against humanity. Religious leaders
are eager to assert authority over society by interpreting
and presenting religious “truths” in an effort
to convert as many as possible to their group, all the while
subconsciously (or consciously) hoping they relieved their
new adherents partially (or completely) of their reasoning
faculties to question their authority. They secure trust by
instituting pompous ceremonies, erecting magnificent structures,
certifying so called “miracles”, adopting grandiose
titles, and donning royal, or if better suited, humble attire
to ensure they have a long and prosperous existence. Furthermore,
these institutions maintain their own dictionary of religious
words as they redefine common words and create new complex
theocratic terms making it all the more difficult for someone
to question their validity and possibly escape their powerful
grasp of control. Should all else fail, they resort to fear,
intimidation and terror to maintain control. An ominous fate
awaited anyone who dared to question religious authority during
the dark ages.
observation of these established religious institutions is
the basis by which Christopher Hitchens concludes that religion
employs medieval tactics of guilt, fear, control, credulity
and superstition and is therefore unfit for modern society.
Christopher Hitchens is throwing the baby out with the bathwater
(pardon the cliche). For sure, the bathwater is murky and
should be completely discarded and the bathtub scrubbed clean,
but there still remains the baby, the possibility that religion
and truth, religion and reason, religion and inquiry are not
Judeo-Christian Bible, Old and New Testament, will be used
to show how religion can coexist with truth (observable facts),
reason (logic that makes common sense), and inquiry (freedom
to question). However, the Bible is not a step by step instruction
manual. It can be likened to a puzzle with many pieces that
need to be perfectly interlinked to view the correct picture.
There are many pictures of God presented by the various religious
institutions but usually the pieces simply do not fit well
together and the resulting picture is confusing or worse,
frightening! Others discard inconvenient pieces leaving empty
spaces and an incomplete and unsatisfying picture of God.
It is very difficult to fix a puzzle that is assembled incorrectly
by moving a piece at a time to its proper place while the
other pieces are not in their correct location. It is better
to begin by disassembling the puzzle and carefully interlinking
each piece to the other to reveal a beautiful picture of faith
in a marvelous and great God.
is not the intention of these articles to convince anyone
of a true religion neither can it answer all of the questions.
The scope is to present a faith in God that is reasonable,
fair and loving to all humanity.
...test everything. Hold on to what is good. 1 Thes 5:21