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So it indeed has been a while since I've written any rants. And yes I'm afraid this one will yet again involve religion. Why? I know not...maybe because of the fact that I've started believing I'm nearing agnosticism. Also because I noticed something which caught my attention yesterday.

There I was during mass listening to the sermon with the Cana bit...and there's the part which goes:

"Together with His mother, His brothers, and His disciples"

Many before have questioned the matter of Jesus having brothers. There are other biblical references referring to such a phrase. My point here is not to debate whether this statement is true or not. What I've always wondered is why the church believes it such an offending matter to say that Christ had siblings. Seriously, do they really think Mary and Joseph died virgins? If they did than they needed therapy. No seriously. There's nothing wrong with having sex, especially considering that this was within marriage! What difference would it make to call her Mary rather than Virgin Mary? Would she lose any degree of holiness? Would the fact that she did a normal act of love with her husband show that she was a lesser being? That she fell to the needs of mortals? Well she was one...

What this would show is that the Church has lied to us for all these years. Which is really stupid. Because how can I put all my faith into something which is clearly padding me up with well-designed lies?

This goes in conjunction with the whole matter of the chaos Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code brought up. And yet again I wonder. What is wrong with Christ having a family? Isn't the family the pure symbol of fertility and unitedness brought about by the love of a couple? Isn't feeling love towards another supposed to be one of the greatest feelings a person could ever feel? Doesn't it complete you? Because that's what it's supposed to do. And no, just because you love your other doesn't mean you can't love God simultaneously. I think the Church has for so long tried to picture Christ as the ultimate being come to earth - it reminds me of some Marvel comic. Not to mention the fact that it reminds me of the furore which came about upon the publication of The Last Temptation of Christ as well. So you have Christ crucified on the cross with the temptation to get down(heck! I bet it was cold and rightdown painful not to mention bloody scary). So He imagines what it would be like if He really got down. However the book ends on a totally religious note: Christ decides to proceed with His Father's "orders".  Anything wrong with that? Nope. Clearly however the people over at the Faith-Control unit failed to get that. Slow creatures.

As to the matter of whether this could all be true or not...I guess nobody can actually tell, unless the secret books spoken of I believe in The Da Vinci Code truly exist. Be these ideas true or not would really make no difference to the faith of many believers. Actually it would merely show us that Christ was capable of understanding us more, because He was just like one of "us". When you want to get a mission done right you send someone who is able to identify himself with the environment. What more could you want?

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And after I've probably enraged half of the (far-too-much) devout religious community, I bid thee goodnight and I hope I don't get any bombscares eep!


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Jan. 14th, 2007 08:14 pm (UTC)
I agree with pretty much everything you just said.

This also reminds me of why I need to get my hands on The Golden Compass But I digress.
Jan. 14th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :)

Ah yes I've heard of that book although I can't quite recall it at the moment. Hmmm must look it up...
Jan. 15th, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC)
I have nothing to say other than I agree! :D
And if you're nearing agnosticism, I'm almost on my way to atheism. >_
Jan. 15th, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC)
So you're saying the church is stupid? *Ottery takes out his tuning fork* Uh wrong fork *takes out his pitchfork* Mwaahahahahahahaha Booky, welcome to the dark side ...


Seriously, I stopped quibbling over what the church told me (you seriously have a lot of time on your hands don't you?) and what was important ... Love thy enemy and don't steal your neighbors wife (you'll note it says nothing about the husband *whistles* not that I would LOL) see?

Prioritize dear.


The rest is just details for the theologians.
Jan. 16th, 2007 12:47 pm (UTC)
Coincidence maybe but I was just thinking how I miss hearing from you. Good timing. ;)

Of course I've joined the dark side! They have cookies. :P *pokes annoying creatures with pitchfork* I'm getting a cool pair of horns for carnival actually. LOL That's to defy anyone who believes me to be an innocent creature. :P

Haha indeed it seems like I do, and yet I always find myself with a mountain of work. If there's something I might never understand is time-division. XD

:O You're right! What a sexist commandment indeed! Coincidentally today I handed in this essay on Christianity in King Lear and my lecturer was talking of the commandments and stuff like that.

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