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Friday, October 19, 2007

The Church : Killin' people since the year Zero!

As I was driving home from work last night, I started listening to a fascinating discussion on BBC Radio 5Live regarding whether or not it was right to tell soldiers about to enter battle that there was no need to worry, because they'd be off to "The Afterlife" if they happened to bite a bullet. A bit of a cheek, as religion has been responsible for most wars anyway.

Now this got me thinking. I'm pretty sure that 'God', if he were to exist would probably frown on all the killing that said soldier may, or may not, have done in his career as a professional killer. In fact I think this 'God', whoever he is, was very specific about things like that. I do believe "Thou Shalt Not Kill!" was one of his catchphrases . . . . but no!

I was wrong!!

It turns out that what this 'God' fellow actually said was "Thou Shalt Not Murder!"

That makes it SO much easier to go to war!
Here are some other ways that I've come up with to say the same thing:

1. Thou Shalt Not Kill . . . unless the CIA want a regime change in the Middle East!

2. Thou Shalt Not Kill . . . unless he has more oil reserves than you!

3. Thou Shalt Not Kill . . . unless the other guy really deserved it!

Feel free to add your own!

PS - You may get a small hint from this that I don't believe in 'God', and you'd be correct. I believe in a principle known as 'Occam's Razor'.

"entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem"

This is often paraphrased as:

"All things being equal, the simplest solution tends to be the right one."

Which sounds more plausible to you?:

A. We were created in 6 days by a big white man who lives in the sky.


B. We are a biological organism, just like any other, that lives, procreates, and dies. Full stop.

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Jaggy said...

Looks like you're stirring up some middle-east interest according to your counter. Ever heard the word "Mossad" before? You're on your own.

I can't help but notice your racial comment on God. Calling him a "big white man" surely is in keeping with your views that the white man is the supreme being. I'm sure that the sort of people who believe in this sort of stuff have their own view of what their god or gods look like and what colour he/she is.

But I say let the facts tell their own story. First person to send in a photo proving that god (I presume that Inchy is referring to the westernised Christian view of God) is not white then we will consider ourselves corrected.

Inchy said...

I think that the Israeli secret service have bigger fish to fry (on a Friday? Surely not!?) than a fat, bal, Scotsman.

Inchy said...

That should say 'bald'.