Religion is a terrible story

What is one of the things that constitutes a bad story? Many would argue unrealistic scenarios and cliché, over imaginative plots. What would a bad author who wanted to make an overexciting action-story base the plot around? Probably something where a guy “saves the world.”

Religion is a bad story. Look at how it ends; heaven or hell. Literally the worst and best things both the human imagination and language are capable of describing. It’s just too easy. Real things aren’t that imaginative.



  3 comments for “Religion is a terrible story

  1. eyeontheuniverse
    July 8, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Not all religions have heavens and hells.

    That said, assuming you mean Christianity, what would be the measure? If the story is entertaining to a large population, doesn’t that make it a good story?

    • July 8, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      Yes Christianity was on my mind when I wrote this.

      I would have to challenge the question though. Lots of hollywood movies are successful and people like them, but the underlying plot can be very poor.

      Here I am pointing out that the language used to describe religion is over-imaginitive. It makes it too easy for shows like South Park to make fun of it.

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

  2. July 27, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    God and Good

    We are born into a world of good, which we did not create. Not just material things, but ideals, like justice, liberty, and equality. And spiritual values, like courage, joy, and compassion.

    We benefit from what others, in good faith, have left for us. In return, we sacrifice selfish interest when necessary to preserve this good for others. For the sake of our children, and our children’s children, we seek to understand, to serve, to protect, and perhaps, humbly, to enhance this greater good.

    It is an act of faith to live by moral principle when the greedy prosper by dishonest means. It is an act of faith to stand up for right when the crowd is headed the wrong way. It is an act of faith to return good for evil.

    We have seen Hell. We have seen gang cultures whose rite of passage is an act of mayhem or murder. We have seen racial slavery, persecution, and genocide. We have seen revenge spread violence through whole communities.

    We envision Heaven, where people live in peace and every person is valued. It can only be reached when each person seeks good for himself only through means that are consistent with achieving good for all.

    If God exists, then that is His command. If God does not exist, then that is what we must command of ourselves and of each other. Either way, whether we achieve Heaven or Hell is up to us.

    The point of God is to make good sacred. We trust that, each time we put the best good for all above our own selfish interest, the world becomes a better place, for all of us, and our children, and their children.

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