Which is Stronger, Manfluence or Godfluence? 4 November, 2006Posted by paralleldivergence in Brad & Phil, education, God, My Thoughts, Political Correctness.
I’ve often thought about the situation of the world. If I was born in India, I’d probably be a Hindu. If it was Brazil, I’d be Roman Catholic. If I was born in Iran, there’d be little chance of being anything but a Muslim. And if I was born in the Bible Belt in the United States, I’d be “born again” right after I was born.
I could be a very strong believer in one religion, but had I been born in some other part of the world, there’s every possibility that I would have followed a completely different religion. If people start to think about this concept, they’ll also start to wonder about how something as personal and spiritual as an individual’s religion could be pre-determined by their parents.
Now once you understand this simple concept, you can see that many people in other lands are the way they are simply because that’s where they were born. So we have a world with different nations of people that spiritually believe different things. But which belief system is the right one? Surely they cannot all be right. One might be right and all the others wrong. Or perhaps each of them are partly right but otherwise wrong. A Christian believes that Jesus was the son of God and that he died on the cross and was resurrected. A Muslim believes Jesus was not the son of God, he was crucified, but he did not actually die on the cross and there was no resurrection miracle. Either one is right and the other wrong. Or they are both partly right. Jesus existed and was put on a cross. Or maybe they are both completely wrong and the Scientologists are actually the ones that are right. No, wait. That’s just crazy.
According to Wikipedia, Christianity accounts for 2.1 billion of the Earth’s population, while Islam makes up 1.3 billion. Together, these two are the most prevalent religions and half the world can claim to be either one or the other. So, back to the question: Which group is right?
According to the holy texts of these religions, God shone down on the Earth about 2,000 years ago and said one thing to one group of people and about 1,400 years ago, did the same thing to another group of people, coincidentally in a similar geographic region of the globe, and said something very different. Was it the same God? Why the different Message? Did one group make some part of their story up? If yes, which group didn’t quite tell the truth? Or perhaps over those 2,000 and 1,400 years the stories have become muddied like Chinese Whispers?
Onto the title of this article. “Which is stronger, Manfluence or Godfluence?“. Yes, I know, they are not words, but I believe they should be. The influences of both Man and God on this planet are so enormous that they each deserve their own term (I’ve Googled both terms, they don’t exist, I made them up, they’re mine – OK?) :) – Now when I refer to God from now on, I’ll refer to a single God and mono-theistic religions. Multiple Gods seem to have gone the way of the Greek and Roman Empires. God clearly does have influence. Well over half the world believes in a God and that belief influences what they do everyday while they are on the planet. But this is the real point. It’s the belief that is influencing people and not the God. And where did that belief come from? A Man…or a woMan.
Yes, if you believe, it was a person who taught or convinced you to believe – or it was a book printed by a Man that convinced you to believe. None of the religious texts we read today are original and untampered with. All have been translated, edited, updated and revised. If you open the front cover it does not have a heavenly seal to provide any Godly authenticity. Allah has never told anyone that if they wear a vest of explosives and kill heathens (and themselves) that they would immediately go to Heaven. They were Men that convinced the poor, unfortunate bunnies to commit atrocities for the benefit of themselves.
If you like to read bestsellers, you really should read The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. It’s quite hard-hitting, no-nonsense and straight to the point. If you Believe, it will shake and probably even offend you. What else can you expect from a book that will attempt to tear apart those very beliefs. If you want to try before you buy, take a visit to Dawkins’ website where you can hear a radio interview conducted by Penn Jillette and also take in a related episode of Penn & Teller’s in-your-face Bullshit.
They say God gave us free will, but the Lord is our shepherd. Are we sheep or not? Manfluence is so strong that it had the ability to make God and to make followers believe in the God they made. Manfluence is all about control. There’s 6 billion-plus people on this Earth. Someone has to control them.
What do you think?