Dec. 7th, 2013
A friend of mine on Facebook seemed to be getting more fervent in his faith and how he used social media to put it across.
He would often tag me in religious images, which I find offensive. But I realise he's doing what he thinks is right and good and it wasn't really a big thing to me, so I didn't kick off.
Eventually, he posted an image with "PEOPLE LOOK AT THE OUTWARD APPEARANCE BUT THE LORD LOOKS AT THE HEART" and something in me snapped.
I replied that "lots of people look beyond the outward appearance, too."
He said "It's not talking about people it's talking about how god see 's it ." [sic]
To which I replied: "I don't believe in your god, I'm afraid, feller, but I do believe that people are lovely."
And then I got this: "If you believe in jesus christ then that's all that matter's our salvation is individual. It doesnt change that we are all sinner's it's got nothing to do with being nice it's about truth an saving people from death ,sin.. The truth lies within jesus man can t save you /priest /fortune teller. But the word of jesus christ which is in the bible can. As it says in the bible my people perish due to lack of knowledge. There is a spiritual blindness in the world it's up to you to want to to bé saved or not.. Im thankful the lord has saved me and opened my eyes..im thankful to the lord for using me to spread the Good news so that you will not perish.. god is love , he is the life , the way and the truth.. For god so loved the world that he sent he 's one and only begotton son. For all who believes in him will surely not perish and have eternal life.. May glory bé to god for this revelation..amen !!"
Righty fucking ho.
I replied: "OK mate, I don't think we're gonna be able to be facebook friends any more.
Some ... other... person decided to assume I didn't know chapter and verse.
Angie Morrill: "Romans 3:12 says: "Everyone has turned away; all have gone wrong. No one anywhere has kept on doing what is right; not one." ..and Romans 3:23 says: "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."..and Romans 5:8 says: "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us!" -- Scott..God loves you...and all good things come from him! ...what causes you to reject the love that God demonstrated and offers all of us?"
After a few self-agreeing posts between them, confirming each other's piousness, I got:
"Scott ,Angie and i are telling the truth.. It's from the word of god.. You cant add to the bible or take anything away from it.. God loves you i will pray for you scott as you are making the first step..God know's you better than anyone..x"
I unfriended the man and sent him this:
I'm not trying to be nasty toward you, and I respect your faith.
It's not my path at all. I'm a thoughtful man and I've investigated numerous branches of faith. They didn't work for me.
I was raised Christian and I still strongly believe in the ideals of Christ as they apply to living a virtuous life and interacting with the world and the people you meet in a positive, supportive, loving way.
I am, as a 36-year-old man, a firm atheist. My path away from religion started when I was young, but I did look back regularly to where I came from, to compare how I felt about life and to see if I felt better or worse about life with/without faith.
My conclusion was that I don't hold any faith in otherworldly things, I've grown up with and live a life that is suffused with science.
In my job, I make games that teach children to learn how to be computer programmers. I believe that as the world becomes more rooted in technology, it's a worthy goal to educate our children and hopefully contribute to the next generation in the UK being able to compete with the children of the world.
I appreciate that you're strong and bombastic in your faith. I respect that, but it's not compatible with how I live.
Throughout my life, I've regularly sought out and had conversations and relationships with people of faith, because I want to understand and love the people I live with.
None of this led to my finding faith again, just as no lengthy, late-night discussions with friends of faith led to them abandoning their faith and moving to a life of science.
I wish you nothing but the best of success and happiness, and I respect your approach to life. I expect the same for my own life, and I don't enjoy and won't tolerate proselytising expressions of faith in my own world.
I hope it's easy to see that I've only written at such length because I'd like you to have a sense of my respect for you and your faith and my desire that you would have a similar understanding of my own life without faith.
I wouldn't dream of trying to shake you from your faith, but I've given a good portion of my life to trying to understand these things in my life and come to a firm decision and a happy place in my world, and I don't want to be subject to witnessing or proselytising.
I know that it's part of your faith to use your energy to promote the things you believe in. I wish you all the best with that, I just don't want to be part of it.
I hope you can read all of this kindly and not take any of it with bad intention.
All the very best, mate,
I really can't be arsed any more. I've studied, I've learned, I've thought, I've TRIED to make these things make sense to me and they don't. I have READ the holy book (a few flavours of them) more times than the people using them as a bludgeon to me and I had previously hoped that I'd at least earned the right to be left alone. But not. Of course not.
I am still lacking the truth. And so the right to denigrate me, talk to me like I'm a moron, abuse my time and friendship, that's just given because there is still, among the faithful, no situation in which you need to consider those without faith.
No problem. Fine.
In a few years, there won't be any more of you at all.
Like banner-ads, your time has come and gone and we have ways of moving on with life that mean we don't even think about you.
If you can't be bothered to get smart and learn how to avoid rampantly disenfranchising the non-believers, then next year, your faith is going to rank just underneath Formalised Racism and three levels below Pokemon.
If it made any sort of sense, I'd pray for you, but you seem to use that to mean "I hate you and hope you stop being like you and start being like me". In real terms, I'll continue trying to not assume you're all alike, give some time and thought to each of your that I encounter and hope that there are a few more with whom I can establish friendships instead of coming away from it the way you made me feel tonight.
Dec. 5th, 2013
ONCE MORE, I ENTER THE TRANCE OF ZONTAR TO BRING YOU YOUR WRETCHED HORRORSCOPES!
(Once more I forget to put on the plastic sheath of Aldebrus to protect my furniture from the side-effects. Oh dear. Well, let’s get started, then I can clean it up afterwards. Such a persistent stain.)
Aries: It’s possible that somebody put your life in the washing machine on the wrong setting. Everything seems tight today! Weird. Also, beware the vengeance of midgets. The stars say they all have the arse on, today.
Taurus: Messages flow toward your conscious mind from the realms of the unconscious. You will dream about making love to a colour. This is not a good dream. It is a very odd dream and you should probably feel ashamed on some conceptual level. Though, all things said, it beats dreaming about being wanked-off by an odour.
Gemini: Following an encounter with a gypsy at a sweet-shop, you will henceforth be known as "Funbags McKlusky". If you do insist on taunting them, you should really learn more about gypsies and their powers. Go to your local library and ask if they have any books that could help you. Of course, you’ll need to apply for a new card, now.
Cancer: Damn those Imperial travel-agents, you knew there would be a catch in the package holiday they sold you. After a week enjoying the lush forests and wildlife to be found at the resort, you are then given cause to deeply regret holidaying on Endor when you are summarily executed for failing to pleasure a highly aroused Ewok.
Leo: Despite your good fortune in robbing that giant, you can't help but think everything feels kinda loose today. You decide to style it out and ride around on the back of one of his chickens, playing rap music loudly through his golden MP3 player. That’s the last time that lumbering, slow-ass bitch is going to step to you. You’re one bad, beanstalk-climbing, giant-punching motherfucker. Shit.
Virgo: Your habit of licking things - all things - may have had a lasting effect on your senses. Perhaps you shouldn’t have sucked on that rusty Austin Allegro. Today, everything will taste of copper. Except (ironically) that policeman's penis.
Libra: The stars are in a cheeky mood for you and only have this to say: "there will be a burrito involved", then they giggle a bit and go invisible. Making this potentially a bad weekend for an orgy. Although if you had one planned, perhaps you could just turn it into a dinner date and things should probably work out OK.
Scorpio: The stars are disappointed, we have talked about this before and you absolutely promised you had learned your lesson. Candyfloss and armpits do not mix. Bad Scorpio. No toffee apple.
Sagittarius: You will discover the meaning of the word "Vajazzled". At a funeral. Clergy are surprisingly street-wise these days and the church really does offer a wide range of services. You go for the star of David design. As a mark of respect.
Capricorn: Be on your guard. You are right to doubt this Welshman and his extremely suspicious laminated pamphlets. Contrary to his insistence, 'balls' are not an ingredient in ice-cream. Take your business elsewhere and try to drink lots of water.
Aquarius: It is important in life to make a mark such that, in death, the world may remember your actions and you will, in some way, live on. Frustratingly, though, despite your efforts and the accompanying press coverage at the time, your epitaph will fail to mention *why* you were murdered by the inventor of the wok.
Pisces: Lock the door. Turn off the lights. Unzip the gorilla suit. Wash off the ape-spunk. Another perfect day.
Fetch the flannels, it is time to mop up the living room. I really must apologise about all that, I only have myself to blame. I was thinking about getting one of those plastic sofas, apparently they clean themselves. But you know what it’s like.
Anyway, chin up, brave face, change of blouse and a bit of lipstick.
Watch the skies for equine justice.