“There have been about 3,000 gods so far, but only yours actually exists. The others are silly, made-up nonsense; but not yours. Yours is real.”
Movies have inspired many a blog post title for me, and this one is no exception. It’s a line from one of my all-time favourites, Highlander. However, that’s about all that this post and the movie have in common. While my title may have been inspired by a movie, my topic is inspired by an internet meme of the above quote from comedian Ricky Gervais, and the musings of a well-known and sharp-witted atheist, Christopher Hitchens.
“Since it is inconceivable that all religions can be right; the most reasonable conclusion is that they all are wrong.”
These two quotes neatly sum up my feelings about religion in general. Even when I was still swimming in the Christian Science Krazy Sauce pool, I harboured an ironic antipathy towards religion in general (except Christian Science). I always have for most of my adult life. When I was a Christian Scientist, I didn’t view my religion as a religion per se, and many Christian Scientists don’t either, and many thus share a similar antipathy. I viewed it as a ‘way of life’, and I guarantee you that if you ask most Christian Scientists if Christian Science is a religion in the traditional sense, many will answer “no, it’s a way of [life, thinking, being, etc.].” Many would also describe it as a philosophy, and in many ways, that is how I still generally view Christian Science. It was a weird way for me to be religious while still having an antipathy towards religion. I see this as one of may ways in which not only Christian Science, but all religion has a way of twisting and warping the mind in ways that absolutely defy logic. In some extreme cases that twisting can result in the justification of some truly horrific acts–look no further than the unspeakably heinous acts being committed by ISIL/ISIS in the name of their twisted version of Islam.
So, which is the One True Religion? Which is the One True God/Allah/Ra/Zeus/Flying Spaghetti Monster? I don’t think any of them are. Religion and all deities are human constructs designed to fulfil needs for power and control, a sense of security, or an explanation for the unknown. All of it is, as the British so aptly say it, codswallop. I often use the word ‘bullshit’. I think they’re all wrong, and the thousands of deities throughout history, including God, are nothing more than figments of the human imagination. I hope the day comes when we finally evolve beyond the need for imaginary friends and accept the universe in its known and unknown glory.