Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Blasphemy for Beginners

This should be too obvious for most, but why do the Christians want to prevent Terri Shiavo from meeting their god? Presumably she was a good person and is going to the good place, right? And isn't Heaven supposed to be far better than Earth? I haven't been to bible school in over a decade, so maybe I'm off-base here, but aren't these people supposed to believe that the worst event in Heaven (an oxymoron, I would think) is far better than the best event here on Earth?

Can someone correct me on any of this? Cause I just don't get it. And, just in case the lightning bolts aren't already on their way towards me, don't these Christians seem to be acting as if they aren't so convinced about the Eternal Reward? I understand the whole anti-suicide thing, but this could hardly be considered suicide. Legally, I believe it is considered to be suicide, as the husband is supposedly representing her wishes. But these people don't believe he is representing her; and thus consider it to be murder. So this just smacks of doubt on the whole death issue. Plus, it would seem that this should be considered part of "God's Plan", so why are they taking it so personally? Couldn't their god save her if he desired to do so? Again, why the doubts?

And unless I'm somehow all wrong about this (which I'm fairly certain that I am not), the most ironic thing is that these people would consider MY comments to be blasphemy; while I am quite certain that it is they who are the blasphemers. They talk a tough game about this stuff, but it really looks like, when push comes to shove, they're only too quick to forget about Heaven and demand justice here on Earth. They seem to believe as I do that The End really is The End, and that we better score our points now or forever hold our peace. Ok lightning bolts, I'm ready now.


BTW: For anyone interested, I consider myself to be agnostic, not atheist. So you can just save your whole "prove there's no God" thing. Besides the negative proof issue, I don't believe in any gods, but I also don't believe there are no gods, so I don't require any proof. And yes, there is a real distinction.

9 comments:

A True Believer said...

Yep that's blasphemy. More than just your insults to Christians, tempting God to strike you with lightening is also wrong. Our love of God is something that you just can't understand. You just have to have believe. You're being given your chance. Don't blow it.

Anonymous said...

I'LL BE THINKING OF YOU WHEN YOUR BURNING IN HELL. YOU MOCK US NOW. WE'LL HAVE THE LAST LAUGH.

Doctor Biobrain said...

Thanks, anonymous. You're too kind. I really understand how my truthful comments about the seeming lack of belief on the part of Shiavo's Christians should force your god to punish me for all of eternity with a punishment far worse than anything on Earth. That's a very logical belief system you've got there.

a true believer said...

It's not God who will be punishing you, Doc. It will be you punishing yourself. It's not too late. Repent.

Doctor Biobrain said...

Great. Once I get to Hell, I'll have the proof of God that I've been waiting for and I'll repent then. If God isn't forcing me to be there, this shouldn't be a problem. Thanks for the tip.

Anonymous said...

Let's see. A family member is in your house trying to kill you. If we assume you're a Christian and are going to heaven, should we try to stop him from killing you, just because you are going to a better place, or should we stand idly by and watch you die at the hand of someone who claims to "love you."

It doesn't take a Christian to figure out that standing idly by and watching someone be murdered is wrong. It only takes someone who has a conscience.

Anonymous said...

There was only one catch, and it was catch-22...

See, the participants in this little diorama are all Catholics. And part of that religion is the belief that suicide is a mortal and unforgivable sin. So if she wanted to end her life, acting on that desire would send her straight to H-E-double hockey-sticks, and the appropriate thing to do would be to prevent that sin from happening and thus keep her alive. If, on the other hand, she didn't actually want to die in those circumstances, then killing her would involve no sin on her part, only on those who do and countenance it...

Doctor Biobrain said...

Anon 3:40 PM - But that's the trick. We have to go by specific context. The folks who believe Mrs. Schiavo should be allowed to die don't believe that she'll go to hell, and believe they are acting on her behalf in wanting the tube removed. In that context, it's suicide; but that's her choice and no serious person could argue that the government can stop her.

But the folks who believe she shouldn't die do so because they believe she would not want to die, and therefore this is murder and not suicide. So she doesn't risk Hell, and should go straight to Heaven. And they cannot argue that her rights are violated by forcing her into Hell because they don't believe she wants to die. The courts might be mystified as to what she wants, but God presumably should not have such problems.

So in no way is there a problem here. She's either a practicing Catholic who's being murdered, or she's a lapsed Catholic committing suicide in accordance with her wishes and the law. And Christians are strong believers that people have freewill to choose Hell. Otherwise, what's the fun in being Christian? So there shouldn't be a problem here.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like agnostic atheism:

http://atheism.about.com/od/aboutagnosticism/a/atheism.htm

Or weak atheism:

http://atheism.about.com/od/atheismquestions/a/strong_weak.htm