Essay – Pangs with Many Piercings

How it is that multitudes struggle with their being and still they believe! The answer – struggle has ordained them the children of God. As children they can look away from themselves, and enveloped by the shadow of death they derive explanations for their errors through faith and conviction, keen to adopt ready-made words which explain mortality. As children they look to godwords written in script for guidance and salvation. They believe that the more abstracted, the more transient their sins are, the more inviolable they are as believers, because they have the means of overcoming them – by seeking the path of salvation. And the more their reality is demonized the more their need is for unattainable perfection. And so the first step toward salvation is impossible perfection. And the lost step is to think and reject of the idea of sin.

Fault proves there is evil in the world. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness – 1 John1:9. And evil proves the fear in minds of those who ingest godwords. Indeed, after all the words, all the prayers, all the singing, hope is dangerously exposed to every physical and mental element in existence. For are they not themselves something of evil? And when believers think negatively of themselves their esteem is challenged by spiritual authority. Only those who believe but have no need to understand supernatural ways as set down by ordained authority are relived of authority’s burden. Leave that to theologians. Let them say that the sins of believers’ ancestors are stains upon their descendants. Let them say the effect of ancestral sins is naturally evil, as informed by theology conversant with the supernatural entrenched in myth and belief.

If a diseased animal spoils a well, if gossip ruins a celebrity’s self worth, if the wrong button is pushed and there is nuclear war, if there is deviance, if there is atheism, in the eyes of witnesses the causes of these are evil, the consequences, evil. If evil happens then its solution must also happen. If one person’s good is another’s evil, and cultures and beliefs perpetuate this, the mystery of evil is further compounded by evil deeds done for good. Is there someone or something out there carrying the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Enter the anointed saviour or prophet to address this problem.

For though sinners suffer the insufferable, and though diminished, scarred and cursed by their sins, they endure it all through their saviour’s promise of repentance and salvation. Forgiveness frees sinners from their victims and repentance from themselves. And they die and their path of salvation is invoked at funerals and wakes. And the descriptions of the dead’s salvation are godword inscribed and therefore believed. The osmosis of needful faith is too entrenched for dissent to get a holistic grip. The godwords on life after death are spirited from beyond the human imagination, as though it has a limit. Divine inspiration on the other hand has not. After all it is too late to unwind the Great Lie.

The two intimates, good and evil, cannot destroy each other. Such a paradox is compelling. Such a paradoxical makes life worth living. Something is always learnt. Godwords are about good and evil, so none who believe them can live beyond good and evil. This is a challenge to the righteous, for surely God is the infinite good on the side of the righteous good; the one who is all powerful and who triumphs over evil. The dilemma is that the righteous who judge evil are limited in their understanding of it by their version of the antidote God. Hence their frustrations, which give rise to prejudice, agendas and wilful blindness, and even, murder.

Ingeniously all who sin are forgiven by the judgmental God. So long as they repent. The God is famous for its consistency of perfection. There should be no arguments on any day. Earth life is the time to get things right. When sin does arise the believer bears the painful burden of examining the self which is inevitably contradictory. Wrongs are forensically scrutinised. Guidance from authority is compulsory. And it is prayer which ultimately anesthetizes the pain of sin. The believer is convinced again and lives to fight sin again. Life is cruel, life in hope of a future without sin. And so it must be that it will take many millennia and many non gods, machine like humans whose nonsense may subvert all previous nonsense, and write straight from old crooked lines, bringing forth another light out of this age old darkness.

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