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Laughing at Catholics
Entry 1118, on 2009-11-13 at 21:27:26 (Rating 5, Religion)
Its just too easy to pick on the silly beliefs of various religious groups and have a good laugh at their expense. If you look at it logically about 90% of the mythology that most Christians believe is just obvious drivel. I mean with the Old Testament its blatant: all of the main stories there are almost certainly untrue (note that I'd never say that its 100% certain the flood didn't occur, for example, but its really close to that). With the New Testament its a bit less certain but even there the mythology: the life of Christ, the crucifixion, the Trinity, all seem like drivel when you objectively check the facts.
And more recent events don't exactly add to the credibility of the church. Historically, it was always a puzzle to Christians why their churches were struck by lightning when the brothel next door was spared. And just this year Catholics must have wondered about the efficacy of their holy water because I see in a news item that churches in Italy are installing "automatic holy water dispensers" to reduce the risk of catching swine flu from the people dipping their hands into an open font.
I don't claim to be an expert on Catholic theology but I really would have though that holy water would have had sufficient positive properties that it would have prevented the spread of diseases. Or maybe its only vampires and werewolves that it works against. Yes that makes more sense. We would expect a belief based on childish nonsense to be effective against the imaginary hazards of a fantasy world.
If you really want a good laugh ask a Catholic to explain the Trinity to you. Honestly it makes more sense to ask someone to explain the mythology around Harry Potter or the Lord of the Rings. At least those more modern fantasies are more internally consistent and contain more logic than the silly Christian stuff.
Its obvious why this has happened. Christianity is a pure invention based on little, if any, real facts and history. It has borrowed mythology (the virgin birth, the resurrection, monotheism, etc) from other religions and tried to incorporate it into its own stories. Its had people write books many years after the events (assuming they happened at all) and embellish them with their own extra bits (the star of Bethlehem, the supernatural events around the death of Jesus invented by John - assuming he even existed of course). Its had various councils and other committees make political decisions in picking and choosing what is part of the story and what isn't. And finally the religion has splintered into thousands of pieces because no one can decide which stories are true and which aren't. Here's a hint guys: they're all crap!
Its easy to pick on the oldest and biggest church an criticise it. But there are plenty of other pitifully stupid but amusing stories other churches believe: speaking in tongues (what a laugh), rejecting evolution (so funny its almost sad) and the pitiful succession of end of world events which just fail to materialise (I wonder what they say after the countdown is complete and the world just carries on regardless, sounds like a Monty Python sketch: "OK, right, has the world ended yet...").
So its fun to laugh at Catholics but don't forget to take the opportunity to laugh at fundamentalists, Pentecostals, Mormons (also known as morons) and Jehovahs' Witnesses (also known as witless). Religion is the greatest comedy show going if you just give it the disrespect it really deserves!
Comment 1 (2559) by Rick Harvey on 2009-11-16 at 23:56:10:
As you watch the Pope cruising slowly along the road in his popemobile...
You think to yourself ... Nothing spells "Faith" quite like 3 inches of bullet-proof glass.
Comment 2 (2562) by OJB on 2009-11-17 at 16:55:39:
Yes. A very perceptive observation. But, as they say, god helps those who help themselves... wait a minute, if they help themselves they don't need god for help any more. Oh no! Maybe he really doesn't exist!
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