"For it is the natural tendency of the ignorant to believe what is not true.” - H. L. Mencken
The debates to disentangle the mystery of religion will most likely rage until eternity...
Some few months ago, one of my childhood friends visited my residence in Pretoria to recount how his mind came directly to me during the course of his pastor’s sermon, earlier in the church. According to the details of his account, his passion strongly signified the certainty that the Holy Spirit must have in particular inspired his church pastor to deliver this picky sermon as forewarning to those of us who hold the conviction that there is no God.
He recounted that the theme of the sermon was drawn from the first verse of the fourteenth chapter of Psalms; the New Living Translation of the Holy Bible reads, “Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” (The translation of this same verse in my mother tongue – Yoruba – rendered the word ‘fool’ as ‘mad’). Therefore, my concerned friend reproached me to repent from my insane contention that, “There is no God,” so I can be saved from eternal condemnation into hellfire.
I thereafter inquired from him if he has a copy of my latest work – The Crisis of Religion? He admitted having one, but hasn’t had the time to read through. At once, I advised him to read some of the very elucidating topics the book has intrepidly uncovered, namely: The Gullibility of Man; Man’s Word Fathered on God; The Biblical Fraud Prophecies; Forty Faceless Authors; The Legacy of Christianity; Reincarnation vs. Resurrection, and The Failed Prophecies of Jesus, amongst others; before he could come to any conclusion of who between the two of us is actually afflicted with madness, and needed deliverance from the bondage of pernicious ignorance.
Let me clearly emphasize it once again that I am not a credulous sceptic of religion. I became an unbeliever after I’ve carefully read the Holy Scriptures and found its numerous claims to divine inspiration and command to be very much ridiculous for the belief of any rational mind.
Dogmatic religion is irrational beyond absurd! The biblical God is typically a fiction who is no different from the Ra and Thor of ancient mythologies. Therefore, the prose and poetic intellect of humankind are what the architects of religion have cunningly glued together, and pushed down the throats of the credulous majority as being the word of God, for the purpose of power and lucrative profits. In the immortal words of Sir Richard Francis Burton, “The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.”
Despite my painstaking efforts in wanting to believe in God and serve him devotedly, my incisive search for God disappointingly revealed such shocking details that he’s a bogus God that does not exist. Without a doubt, the tenet of dogmatic belief is founded upon fallacies and chronic deceptions. As Edgar Allen Poe has rightly put it, “All religion is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.” Organized religion is a cartel of scammers that coerce its credulous followers to believe in doctrines that are very much untrue, and program their pious innocence to depend fanatically upon illusion and false hopes that are entirely outside the realms of value judgments.
The tragedy of this case is that, our generation has lost the battle of saving the lives of the next generation of our offspring from being indoctrinated into the institutionalized misfortune of theocratic lies. However, the hope remains that, if the world harkened the voice of reason and judicious observation from the secular community, we might replace the fallacies of theological programming with uncontaminated truth of our natural world, and save the lives of unborn generation from the calamity of dogmatic belief that ruined the lives of their feuding ancestors.
Hmm! The gullibility of man is extremely sickening beyond the pale. The clear evidence of indiscriminate sufferings of evil by the entirety of the human race, regardless of our religious convictions and enormity of prayers, should serve as a clear pointer to the cogent clue that, every proceeding in this world has naturally happened the same way we would expected life to come about if God does not exist.
The poison of insanity and injustice is heavily rooted in dogmatic faith. Otherwise, how else can we understand the notorious verdict that pronounced guilt upon humanity, against all principles of moral justice, for the evil they did not commit? What peak of extreme delusion can be greater than this strange belief in a personal God who wants to be praised at all times, even when his deficiencies as an all-powerful and all-merciful God is as visible to his worshippers as the midday sun?
Although, the stronghold of organized religions, especially in the lives of Africans, has chronically bred very awkward delusions for the people of the black continent to be contented with not understanding the world they live in, but to the sane people amongst us, our ignorance is God.
Fraternally your friend in reason
Author of The Crisis of Religion: The Feral Excesses of the Gullibility of Man.