Mickey Malta

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Is it “SON” or “SUN”?

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Is Mary holding Horus?

Like any other person living on this little rock, I have had my share of overexposure to religion. As I grew up I felt increasingly uncomfortable with a number of beliefs within Christianity that did not make sense to me and the deeper I delved, the further I moved away from Christianity and any other form of organised religion.

For these last 18 years or so I have been free from religion, and the one thing that works me up is when people ask me why do I refrain from stealing from others, killing those people I don’t like, and sleeping with every woman I meet since I don’t believe in the afterlife. This is horrifically shallow and offensive at best. Essentially, what they mean is that the only reason why they “lead a good life” is to win the headmaster’s prize when they present themselves in front of The Judge.

I get a whole potpourri of ridiculous comments and snide remarks and the minute I start challenging their beliefs, I get a standard reply: faith is above reason – there’s no need to doubt what you believe in. I understand. Ignorance is bliss. People like Darwin and Galileo should have never challenged a book that is based on legends passed on from one generation to the next since the Bronze Age. After all these two scientists were wrong, weren’t they?

I’m a firm believer in the power of knowledge as this is the best form of defence against brainwashing and superstition. There’s no better illustration than Plato’s Allegory of the Cave to explain the message I want to convey.

Here’s some food for thought: the next time you hear about the “Son” of God think about what kind of “Sun” the speaker is talking about. You may also want to drop the name “Horus” or “Krishna” or “Mithra” amongst others. Who knows, maybe you get asked: “what’s the difference between them?”

Written by mickeymalta

06/03/2010 at 16:10