Religion As Corrupted, Bloated Software

Monday, October 6th, 2008 | by Gabriel Thy |

Pushback Against Aggressive Islamic Advocacy

HERE IS A QUICK SYNOPSIS adapted from an unknown source on the more lucrative but loathsome flaws and errors contemporary cynicism has added to or subtracted from the major religious organizations (as often less convincingly but sometimes more profoundly understood by billions of adherents). Cynicism has its own methodology, and faith its own, and rarely the twain shall meet. With thyis article, we are putting our own feet to the fire, for the primary purpose of this Theosplatz blog is to help us sort out our own core beliefs by warring publicly with doubt and pretense. To wit:

1. Abraham—founder and father of three major Middle East religions was either the embellishment of the lives of three different men or a mythical character, not unlike the mythical Moses, the “Tablet-Man” who talked to burning bushes and made much magic in Egypt. Many of the 1.5 million Conservative Jews and many of their rabbis have relegated Abraham to the myth pile along with most if not all the OT.

Current crisis: Realization that the Jews are not god’s chosen people. We all are.

2. Jesus—an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a mamzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). Analyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, On Faith panelists) via the NT and related documents have concluded that only about 30% of Jesus’ sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.

The thirty percent of the NT that is “authentic Jesus” like everything in life was borrowed, plagiarized or improved from those who came before. In Jesus’ case, the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hittites, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics were iterated to the people of his geographic location.

For added irony Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the “pew people” to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the filicide.

Current crises: Pedophiliac priests, atonement theology and original sin.

3. Luther, Calvin, Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley et al, founders of Christian-based religions, also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of “pretty wingie thingie” visits and “prophecies” for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immaculate conceptions).

Current crises: Adulterous preachers, “propheteering, profiteering” evangelicals and atonement theology.

4. Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added “angels” and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

This agenda continues as shown by the assassination of Bhutto, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, and the Filipino “koranics”.

And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran and the Sunni Wahabbis of Saudi Arabia.

Current crises: The Sunni-Shiite blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing, hallucinating founder.

5. Hinduism (from an online Hindu site) – “Hinduism cannot be described as an organized religion. It is not founded by any individual. Hinduism is God centered and therefore one can call Hinduism as founded by God, because the answer to the question ‘Who is behind the eternal principles and who makes them work?’ will have to be ‘Cosmic power, Divine power, God’.”The caste/laborer system and cow worship/reverence are problems when saying a fair and rational God founded Hinduism.”

Current crises: The caste system and cow worship, reverence.

6. Buddhism – “Buddhism began in India about 500 years before the birth of Christ. The people living at that time had become disillusioned with certain beliefs of Hinduism including the caste system, which had grown extremely complex. The number of outcasts (those who did not belong to any particular caste) was continuing to grow. However, in Buddhism, like so many other religions, fanciful stories arose concerning events in the life of the founder, Siddhartha Gautama (fifth century B.C.):”

Archaeological discoveries have proved, beyond a doubt, his historical character, but apart from the legends we know very little about the circumstances of his life. Buddha, according to one legend, was supposedly talking when he came out of his mother’s womb.

Bottom line: The body, and in particular, our brain is our processing hardware. The organizing principles we use to manage our thoughts are the software which drive the machine to its heights of destiny as well as its depths of misery.

Suffice it to say, there are many good and decent ways of living given the shifting variables at our disposal but one should always be aware and cautious of the hallucinations, embellishments, lies, and myths, in a word—corruptions—surrounding the founders and foundations of said rules of life. Remember, garbage in, garbage out. Ideology can be a cruel master. Let’s not continue the mistakes of the past, but embrace a fuller, more inclusive plan of survival. With every human crisis in this 21st century, it is plain to see that the old ways and their “use by” dates have expired. But we should also be careful not to plunge into a greater darkness. Humanity has a proven track record of requiring a binding software. When this unifying software is corrupted and too eagerly discarded, chaos again rushes in for a period of treachery and tragedy before being diminished by a new if not altogether different organizing principle.

But then, have you read the Bible, particularly the Book of Revelation, lately? There does seem to be something moving into place that generic interpretations of theology on the ground seem to miss.

Marking Those Words

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 | by Gabriel Thy |
It’s hardly a secret that Muhammad taught lying for the cause of Allah was the proper approach to dealing with an inconvenient reality.

Bukhari:V7B67N427 – the prophet is said to have uttered, ‘If I take an oath and later find something else better than that, then I do what is better and expiate my oath.'”

Qur’an 9:3 – “Allah and His Messenger dissolve obligations.”

Qur’an 66:2 – “Allah has already sanctioned for you the dissolution of your vows.”

Bukhari:V4B52N268 – “Allah’s Apostle said, ‘War is deceit.'”

Qur’an 4:142 – “Surely the hypocrites strive to deceive Allah. He shall retaliate by deceiving them.”

This example gives Muslims an out when it comes to telling the truth. The truth is whatever will advance one’s Islamic cause. Jesus of Nazareth on the other hand taught us to tell the truth and not only to tell the truth but to live the truth.

Matthew 5: 33 – “Again, you have heard that the ancients were told, ‘YOU SHALL NOT MAKE FALSE VOWS, BUT SHALL FULFILL YOUR VOWS TO THE LORD.’
Matthew 5: 34 – “But I say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God,
Matthew 5: 35 – or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or by Jerusalem, for it is THE CITY OF THE GREAT KING.
Matthew 5: 36 – “Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.
Matthew 5: 37 – “But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil.

Moral equivalence. The hypocritical oath. Connecting the dots.


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Wednesday, September 10th, 2008 | by Gabriel Thy |

THOUGH HE IS LITTLE KNOWN in the West, Coptic priest Zakaria Botros—named Islam’s “Public Enemy #1” by the Arabic newspaper, al-Insan al-Jadid—has been making waves in the Islamic world. Along with fellow missionaries—mostly Muslim converts—he appears frequently on the Arabic channel al-Hayat (i.e., “Life TV”). There, he addresses controversial topics of theological significance—free from the censorship imposed by Islamic authorities or self-imposed through fear of the zealous mobs who fulminated against the infamous cartoons of Mohammed. Botros’s excurses on little-known but embarrassing aspects of Islamic law and tradition have become a thorn in the side of Islamic leaders throughout the Middle East.

Botros is an unusual figure onscreen: robed, with a huge cross around his neck, he sits with both the Koran and the Bible in easy reach. Egypt’s Copts—members of one of the oldest Christian communities in the Middle East—have in many respects come to personify the demeaning Islamic institution of “dhimmitude” (which demands submissiveness from non-Muslims, in accordance with Koran 9:29). But the fiery Botros does not submit, and minces no words. He has famously made of Islam “ten demands” whose radical nature he uses to highlight Islam’s own radical demands on non-Muslims.

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But the ultimate reason for Botros’s success is that—unlike his Western counterparts who criticize Islam from a political standpoint—his primary interest is the salvation of souls. He often begins and concludes his programs by stating that he loves all Muslims as fellow humans and wants to steer them away from falsehood to Truth. To that end, he doesn’t just expose troubling aspects of Islam. Before concluding every program, he quotes pertinent biblical verses and invites all his viewers to come to Christ.

Botros’s motive is not to incite the West against Islam, promote “Israeli interests,” or “demonize” Muslims, but to draw Muslims away from the dead legalism of sharia to the spirituality of Christianity. Many Western critics fail to appreciate that, to disempower radical Islam, something theocentric and spiritually satisfying—not secularism, democracy, capitalism, materialism, feminism, et cetera—must be offered in its place. The truths of one religion can only be challenged and supplanted by the truths of another. And so Father Zakaria Botros has been fighting fire with fire.

Read it all from noted essayist Raymond Ibrahim.