Heavenly "Bliss".
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09-03-2013, 04:32 PM
Heavenly "Bliss".
Many Christian fundamentalists still hold the notion of a heaven (with loved ones) and eternal bliss; worse still eternal suffering for the reprobates.
This contention is premised on the totally unfounded notion of "a fall" from which "a creation" built with an inbuilt capability to "sin" would be rewarded or severely punished forever.

I will argue here that the meanings we attribute to life are really based on millions of years of harsh confrontation with the very essence of nature, not any preconceived notion of bliss.

All of our many existential pains, in order to gain the infinitely lesser pleasures, see us in combatant roles against nature, and essentially ourselves. This great battle gives meaning to life, albeit a frustrating and ultra transient meaning. It is this battle against bacteria, viruses, angst, pain, misery, suffering, sense of alienation, bewilderment and other miseries that motivate us to 'overcome', as best we can... to create our meanings and pleasures within what can be viewed as an ultra frightening and lethal domain.

The Christians, with their artificial fall from some sublime state, need to throw the blame for all universal woes back in our faces, while prostrating themselves before some bizarre creature in order to seek a bliss based on insanity.

How could this ultra crude Christian heaven ever work within its own inbuilt paradoxes?
As I have indicated, our life gets its meaning from challenge; it is the great difficulties of survival that motivate us to glean out the very limited rewards. The pains inherent within creativity move us to both confront or flee our adversaries.
A heaven devoid of challenge/reward, experiment and creativity comes across as a dungeon managed by a crazed despot.

The grossly absurd deification of man made, equally absurd hopes, is not simply confined to Islam!
WE still have our Jim Jones, David Koreshs and many, more subtle look alikes within Christendom.

I am in no way a militant atheist, but would like to see much more meaningful engagement with the dangers of religious fanaticism ( not that atheists can't be overly fanatical too) in order that our great and very real existential dangers can be better resourced and less limited by those in pursuit of heavens while our own real world disintegrates before our eyes.
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