Tuesday, August 05, 2008
God may be dead or dying, and the reason lies in the dearth of souls that feeds Him.
Since the appearance of the Deity on Earth, as Yahweh in the Hebrew Bible and Allah in the Koran, along with His various permutations in the Vedic, Egyptian, and Norse texts (and others), it seems clear that God (or the gods, if you will) needs sustenance of some kind, often confusingly said to be, by believers, a response, moral in nature, to Him, in the form of worship and obeisance.
But the sustenance that God needs isn’t just spiritual but material also, and it consists of human lives, and the souls that are intertwined with those lives, or bodies.
God is vampiric in a sense. He (or It) feeds off humankind, draining away lives and ultimately the souls that animate those lives.
But it’s not just all humankind, but particularly those human lives that pay heed to the godhead; that is, humans who pay attention to God are preferred, and taken en masse by God to keep Him alive.
Evil-doers are not feasted upon by God but thrown in the scrap heap that theologians call Hell or Sheol (or Nirvana).
Those who are called the Faithful or Believers are gobbled up, often before their Earthly time is up and they are grist for God’s appetite, which is tangible, not immaterial.
The Jews, God’s Chosen, have always been grist for His appetite, and He brought many, over the millennia and especially during the Holocaust, to His table to feast upon.
Even now, Allah’s menu is filled with Muslim faithful, and He is devouring them as fast as He can.
This is not just a sadistic enterprise, although it surely seems so.
It is a need, a need of God that keeps Him alive.
But with a dwindling supply of believers, God is and has been malnourished, even dead perhaps, as we (and Nietzsche) believe.
While Communion is the rite of humans eating the body and blood of Christ, a reciprocal activity is taking place at the same time: God eating the body and blood of humans.
And it’s those faithful who get cancers, heart disease, or have accidents that take them to God well before nature intends.
Death is God’s mechanism for feeding Himself, and if He is dead, His process lives on, in perpetuo, with no way to stop it.
This is the meaning of life: Humans were created as a food source – intangibly and materially for God.
We have been and are being farmed.
There is an exception to God’s modus, and it’s this….
God adores creativity, even while being jealous of it.
Artists, composers, writers who favor and extol God get long-lives, while those who are agnostic or atheistic are given short shrift, even Earthly pain and suffering.
Michelangelo, DaVinci, Liszt, Tolstoy, Messiaen got long-lives.
Marlowe, Shelley, Schubert, Chopin, Seurat, were cut short.
(There are many more examples, of course.)
Artists, in the broad sense, are treated differently from the rest of humankind, and we’ll deal with that upcoming.