God and Art
Does life imitate art, or, does art imitate life? Whether you find that question interesting or a bit of a yawn depends on you, the individual. You can however apply that very same question to a more interesting topic- god and life.
Does god imitate life or does life imitate god?
Proposed within that context, the question becomes more than interesting, it can in fact become a vehicle that takes one directly into the heart of the god v man relationship.
When addressing the art imitating life or vise versa question, writer Robert Louis Stevenson wrote: Life is monstrous, infinite, illogical, abrupt and poignant.
Now compare those words with the “Bible god,” let’s call him. When the Bible was written the world was all of those things, as well as primitive. It operated on brute and monstrous deeds, cruel laws and illogical beliefs. And does not the Bible god reflect those very things? Yes he does, and in very non-mysterious ways: And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them. The Ezekiel 25:17 verse says it all, bluntly and clearly.
And so it’s been from the dawn of time. Man always using god to excuse and justify every evil deed committed. They used to pray and chant and carry on a pious treat whilst burning people alive, disemboweling and torturing. Gods have been responsible for everything from the black plague and every deadly disease you care to mention through to chickens not laying eggs.
God has most definitely imitated society.
You can see this spectacle of duplicity and ignorance in action right now, dear reader. Simply observe the different societies throughout the world. The more evolved and advanced a society the greater its level of enlightenment, and the kinder, gentler, more loving its gods.
If anyone has ever wondered what enlightenment was all about never has the correlation between it, and ignorance been as clear and obvious; there are no god-sanctioned beheadings in civilised and enlightened societies.
A developed and enlightened society understands that a god that punishes harshly, sanctions a child marrying a man old enough to be her grandfather, validates the suppression of women and generally behaves like a war-pig is no god at all but a cartoon character from an evil comic strip.
It is beyond all logic and reason as to why human beings would behave like bloodthirsty savages in this day and age. It is downright perverse justifying such wicked and vicious behaviors on the bases of carefully selected, out of context, verses, prayers and chants allegedly uttered by some archaic god. Basically they believe in everything that God isn’t.
God is Love. God is peace. God is purity. God is non-religious. God IS.
There IS a little bit of God in all of us, it’s just that some are more asleep than others.