The first of the Ten Commandments decrees that believers shall have no other gods before the one making the rules. This is all well and good until you look at the fact that none of today’s hardcore Christians adhere to this.
What I’m getting at is exemplified by one of many psychotic rants PZ Myers recently received by e-mail.
Evolution is the biggest lie Satan has ever told. Have you ever even read about where the idea of “millions of years” come from? It wasn’t entirely Charles Darwin’s idea. He simply used that idea to justify his own personal revelation to discount God…
Evolution is used now as a tool to promote the vulgar and disgusting homosexual movement that has recently become violent. By claiming that evolution is real, the gay community can claim that they were born gay, which is absurd. No one is born gay. it is a psychological problems that stems from early childhood scenarios…
I wish I could get a job teaching at a University, but I am not qualified.
There’s loads more head-spinning nonsense in this and other letters PZ posted. Great yet troubling stuff, and it raises more than a few questions.
While it is obvious to superstition-free people that Satan is merely a convenient construct to explain away the shortcomings of an allegedly omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent force as well as the tendency of humans to favor their evolutionally endowed instincts and the conclusions they reach via their intellects over misguided Biblical directives and proscriptions (no masturbating, eating of certain foods, etc.), Christians genuinely believe that Satan is a force to be reckoned with, not only instigating the ruin of humanity itself by tricking Eve in the Garden of Eden but also deceiving modern people into believing the lie of evolution and compelling them to use evolution to expand the homosexual agenda (I’m not sure what the relationship there is, but I hear a lot about it). In fact, these hardcore Christians attribute pretty much everything that disturbs and confuses them, from sex education to other religions to natural disasters to countries that don’t like America, directly or indirectly to Satanic influence.
The obvious question this raises is, how can Christians claim to believe in only one god when they openly grant that Satan has at least as much power as the alleged good guy? Prayers for sick and suffering loved ones go unanswered by the millions, hurricanes and fires and tornadoes claim the lives of innocent children on a daily basis, and life has a tendency to not only suck from time to time but to be tragically, horrifically painful, and believers are no better off than others. Yet things roundly blamed on Satan are constantly and noisily in evidence. If you believe in supernatural beings and had to pick a winner, it’s pretty clear which being that would be.
The implication is that Satan is clearly a god. Maybe not a very nice one, but a god nonetheless. After all, any being that has more real-world pull than one with limitless powers would have to have even more limitless powers (we’re talking about bullshit beings here so I can make statements that violate logic). Either that or Satan has bribed God to sit back in the shadows and allow faggotry, atheism, terrorism, and other solecisms to persist untrammeled, or perhaps God is just lazy or enjoys a good dust-up, which would make sense considering we were supposedly made in His image and are notorious for being shiftless, materially driven rubberneckers.
I guess the Christian response to this would be that Satan offers only cheap and immediate gratification, and that God allows people the free will to succumb to temptation so that only those who can resist it will come to find Him, thereby guaranteeing a flock of only virtuous sorts. This is no more or no less crippled and ludicrous than anything else in the whole dogmatic scheme, but it makes a kind of twisted, internal sense. Nevertheless, anyone who cannot see the incoherence of stipulating the existence of a kind and all-powerful deity and then stipulating the existence of another one who consistently kicks the first one’s ass is is not likely to be persuaded by real-world evidence of the failure of the entire enterprise. It’s believe, believe, believe and fuck anyone who doesn’t.
Anyway, it’s no mystery which overlord I want in my corner when this terrestrial ride is over with. Only one got game, and I’m gonna stick with the undisputed winner!