Thursday, May 8, 2008

Finally an Original Post: Get Busy Living

Well, not "original" at that...this was inspired by Life, the Universe, and Everything's Square Pegs post.

While talking this post over with SurferJesus, he mentioned how bad his ex wife's christianity is for his daughter (Tadpole). The ex involves her in all the Christian stuff and is terribly into death. She keeps talking about the imminent end of the world, and on and on about death, and it's really disturbed Tadpole quite a bit, and given her nightmares. Remember, this kid is still aged in the single digits.

It suddenly struck me anew how completely hereafter-focused Christians are. This life sucks, we suck, this is a test, this is only a test. Everything gets started after death: the big party for us, the big punishment for the people we don't like. Earth is the last class before summer vacation. What a completely shitty way to live your life.

One of the benefits of atheism is getting to focus on the here and now. THIS is the party, here we are! Let's boogie!

And I get it's not like that for all xtians. God's a big comfort in times of trouble, take joy in God, all that. But like so many other things in the faith, God as a joy in life always seemed really forced to me while I was a believer. This has the feeling of trying to hold on to the Santa Clause story to your 17 year old. It just doesn't fly easily.

By the way, you should also check out LtUaE's Creationist Caught Speeding...simply delightful.

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