Monday, May 22, 2006

The Exorcism Exercise...

So if I tune in to Action News tonight at eleven, I can hear about actual exorcisms being performed in my area...

No, I am not a time traveler from the first century CE, I swear. At least, that's what the Matrix is telling me.

Seriously folks, exorcisms? Now, don't get me wrong. I believe there are "spirits," ghosts, if you will, even atmospheric multidimensional phenomenon that, as of right now in today's day and age, we cannot explain, whether that be other sentient beings here on earth in another dimension, whether that be "souls" of people that have "passed on," or maybe even the power of the mind to produce, or create, phenomenon outside of ourselves... who knows?

But are you seriously going to tell me that evil demons, monster spirits who are servants of the great horned beast named Lucifer, are actively seeking out people, inhabiting their bodies, and causing them to scratch their own eyes out? If you ask me, it sounds like they need a good dose of Ritalin or Zoloft, but not being a scientist or a psychologist, I lack the credibility or credentials to say whether something is or isn't psychosomatic...

However, I think we cross a dangerous line when we validate the unknown by giving it a religious label and attribute powers that we hold within ourselves to a "power," whether evil or good, that simply has no basis in science....

Stick with me here, and I'll try to explain why this is not a religious bashing (Or maybe it is and I am simply a tool of the devil who is using me to send more souls to hell [incidentally, how does the devil make out in this deal anyway? The more human souls he gets into hell, he gets frequent flier miles to travel outside of hell every now and then to an air-conditioned room?]).

It used to be assumed that the earth was flat.... Why? Well, no one had seen the "edge" of the world, as it were. No one knew you could start at China and... end up back at China again simply by continuing to sail east (while detouring around the continents, of course). Of course, Columbus, the Vikings, and many other discoverers and scientists figured out the world was, indeed, round (or at least elliptical), and the church called it heresy. Of course, there are still people, believe it or not, that still believe the Earth is flat... whacko's.

It used to be assumed that the sun revolved around the Earth.... Why? Well, it says in the Bible:

Joshua 10:13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. [Is] not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.
Habakkuk 3:11 The sun [and] moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of thine arrows they went, [and] at the shining of thy glittering spear.
This, said the church, was incontrovertible proof that Galileo was a heretic...

Of course, science has since shown that the past's perceptions of our world, literally, were not correct, but since religion had attributed certain "otherworldly" power to these concepts, it became "wrong" to state against these conclusions.

Of course, there are still those who believe that anything unknown is not meant to be known, and therefore, must be attributed to some "higher power" or "god" that has a plan and a knowledge of the innermost workings of our world and lives...

I'm reminded of a book I read once, and forgive me, as I read so many books in such a short amount of time that I don't remember the name or author, but the premise was something like this: God was the narrator, and he said something to the effect of:

Hey, God here. I have to say, you humans amaze me! You figure out all these cool things, how they work, how it happens... I mean, look at me. I say, Hmm, I want a blue whale, and Poof! There's a whale! But then you guys, you know, you just kind of take my whale and say, "Oh look, this is how he breathes, and this is how he swims, and this is what they do to make such-and-such happen... You make me amazed by what I do!
Cracked me the hell up!

And I think it can be proper to suppose there may be a god or gods, there may be some things that may never be explainable by our standards of science and methods of learning, I think it wrong to simply say, "It's of the devil!" Or "It's of God!" and prey on the poor souls who don't know any better, whether that be through willful ignorance or blissful ignorance... God may or may not be behind our unexplained phenomenon that we "see" and "experience," but I think we do that god a disservice by putting actions and miracles in his mouth... Know what I mean?

Incidentally, this whole "souls" thing had me wondering... you know how fundie Christians like to say that as soon as an egg it fertilized it has a soul? Well, and correct me if I'm wrong, does that mean identical twins share one soul? I mean, twins can separate anytime from fertilization to up to 3 months before birth (the later the separation occurs, the higher likelihood that they will be Siamese twins...). Unless the soul isn't "implanted" by god until later, which would then mean that abortion isn't "murder"...

Well, I'll just digress on this one for now...

13 comments:

Darkmind said...
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DaBich said...

I happen to believe in possession. It's one of those weird things one cannot explain. Like angels and people who have died and come back speaking of the LIGHT they saw. I do not however, deem myself intelligent enough to fully understand it. Have you seen the Emily Rose movie? It's eerie.

Cori said...

From a slightly different angle, I wonder if believing you are possessed frees you from responsibility for your actions. After the genocide in Rwanda many people said the devil had possessed them. However believable that is, nevertheless each person is entirely responsible for their own actions, surely? It can be very convenient passing on to the devil what really lies on our shoulders. I see it happening in Christian-talk as well: the world is a bad place because the devil is at work. What about: the world is a bad place because we're not doing enough about it?

Anyway, interesting post, Jason!

DaBich said...

Jason...Bowmanstown...is that near Reading? Scranton?

Cori ~ hello again! Some people will use any excuse to rationalize their behavior. Have you seen the Exorcism Emily Rose? This was a rather well-behaved young lady possession happened to. It was horrible. As I told Jason, tho, I am not qualified to say if demonic possession IS a fact, I happen to believe it is.

The_Gay_Dude said...

It is 2006, right? LOL

Ergo Sum said...

I don't see how you can hold two clearly contradictory beliefs: on the one hand, you believe in spirits and souls, but on the other hand, you don't believe in a green-eyed, red-horned, lucifer-type devil.

Why not? Shouldn't you be consistent and believe in both?

Jason Hughes said...

Darkmind: Hehehe, lazy souls... sounds like a bad Monty Python skit...

DaBich: Welcome to my blog! I have to say that I can't help but not believe in possession, but that's what discussion is all about, isn't it? And no, I haven't seen Emily Rose... scary movies in general creep me out, my imagination takes over my subconscious at night, at sleep ends up being... restless, shall we say? :D Although I hear form good authority (i.e., co-workers) that it's scare factor isn't quite as high as the "just plain interesting" factor, so I may or may not see it in the future... during the day... when someone else is home... immedately followed by a comedy...

Cori: I do believe that many people can use it as an "excuse" as it were, however, I do find it interesting that only people who claim a fervent belief in God ever seem to suffer form "possession." Of course, then a fundie can claim that schizophrenia or bi-polar disoreders, hell, even my homosexuality is the result of a demon possession and I only need god todrive the demons form my life... :D

Ergo: Allow me to clarify: I believe in the high probability of "spirits" (for lack of a better term and a lack of scientific data to describe what they really are) but think it highly improbable that these beings have a desire to "harm" or "possess" us, based only in personal experince and feelings. I think the fallacy occurs (in my mind) when people, as Cori pointed out, use "possession" as an excuse to blame the devil for their problems and issues that they feel they cannot face or deal with. Call it the "Lazy Soul's Way Out," if you will. :D While I believe that other creatures, souls, or spirits exist on our plane in some forms (whether as random energy or what-have-you), I find it hard to believe (although I have to say it is probable) in a spirit (especially in the context of the bible) whose sole purpose is to "destroy" any chance our souls have in reaching some form of eternal life, know what I mean? I hope I have cleared that up... let me know if it still sounds contradictory (and mayhap I do have contradictory beliefs :D). It's not necessarily an unbelief in evil souls and spirits (again, for lack of better terms) per se, but that one exsts (and controls a whole host of others) for the sole purpose of turning us against another "soul," "deity," or "spirit."

Thank you all for your comments!

Jason Hughes said...

Gay Dude: Glad to see you back in blogosphere! And yes, despite what some would have us believe, it is 2006...

I think...

do-do-do-dooooo, do-do-do-dooo (Twlight Zone theme song here)

Darkmind said...
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Darkmind said...
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Jason Hughes said...

Why thank you Darkmind! That is very kind... unless... are there strings attached? :D

Ergo Sum said...

It's been really quiet here lately.... hmmm, what's going on?

Oh, and how wierd is that - you and I doing the same kind of job now!? :) People I work with are alright.... they're Indians, and in a very typical sense... so, the approach to work and co-workers is interestingly different... I'm trying to get used to it.

Jason Hughes said...

Why thank you Darkmind! That is very kind... unless... are there strings attached? :D