Schopenhauer

July 26th, 2009  |  Published in Religion  |  1 Comment

Arthur Schopenhauer (born in Danzig in 1788)

The Christian faith punishes the faults, or even the mere lack of faith, of a life hardly more than 20 years old, with torments which have no end (eternal torments of hell). It adds that this almost universal damnation is actually the effect of original sin.

But this must have been foreseen by god, who firstly failed to make men better than they are and then set a trap for them into which he must have known they would fall, since everything was his work and nothing was hidden from him.

According to this dogma, God called into existence, out of nothing, a weak and sin-prone race in order to hand it over to endless torment.

There is finally the further fact that God, who prescribes forbearance and forgiveness of every sin, even to the point of loving one’s enemy, fails to practice it himself, but rather does the opposite: since a punishment which is introduced at the end of life, when all is over and done with for ever, can be intended neither to improve nor deter; it is nothing but revenge.

Thus it seems that the entire human race is in fact definitely intended and expressly created for eternal damnation and torment – all, that is, apart from a few exceptions which are rescued from this fate by divine grace, although one knows not why.

It appears that the good Lord created the world for the benefit of the Devil. A mystical creature needed by religion for without him it would be impossible to see where the boundless evil of the world would come from.

Another fundamental error of Christianity is that it has in an unnatural fashion surrendered mankind from the animal world to which it belongs, regarding animals as mere things.

Yet man, God’s creature, is the only animal which causes pain to others with no other object than causing pain. And while animals, killing for hunger can be called bestial, man indeed can be considered diabolical.

Unfortunately the state encourages religion – for the mob can only be controlled by force, laws or religion.

(Euhemerus declared already in 300 B.C. that the gods were merely deifications of human heroes and conquerors. They were myths. He is chiefly known for a rationalizing method of interpretation, known as Euhemerism, which treats mythological accounts as a reflection of actual historical events shaped by retelling and traditional mores)

Science goes beyond the explanations of the bible and is thus the enemy of religion. Consequently, in the past it was not tolerated by the church. (Luckily today it is too late to burn all the books).

But as long as Religion exercises big influence, civilization will be at a low point. And it is often the poor, the lonely, or the sick for whom religion suffices as a guide and an anchor of consolation and hope.

Slowly, mankind is growing out of religion. Faith and knowledge do not get on well together.

What a bad conscience religion must have that it is forbidden under pain of severe punishment to even mock it.

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  1. Andy says:

    November 15th, 2010at 9:04 am(#)

    Klaus,

    You make some very interesting points and I appreciate your willingness to share your religious views in this (somewhat) public forum. Your faith in the scientific method and the ability of the scientific community is very admirable, although perhaps you would shy away from terming it “faith.”

    I’m not quite sure I see God as evil, however. Let’s just say, for the sake of the exercise, that God actually exists and that humans are actually really screwed up by the misuse of their own free will. And let’s say, hypothetically, that this God is all good and perfectly loving. He wants the very best for us and he wants to be in relationship with us. And just as you would want to prevent your son and daughter from doing certain things (perhaps using drugs, or hurting other people, or selling themselves out for fame or money, or neglecting the poor) perhaps this hypothetical God wants to prevent us from doing certain evil things for our sakes and for the sake of others. After all, would you not respond in anger if you saw a rich man stealing from a poor one or a brother killing his sister?

    And let’s just suppose that there was a contemptible man who cheated his way to the top of a business, mistreated his employees, cheated on his wife, and neglected the poor. Let’s suppose that this man thought God was a joke and laughed cruelly at all those who had faith in Him and went to his death bed filthy rich and thinking he had the last laugh. Does not love require some justice? Or are all those who were mistreated by this man screwed by their genetic misfortunes, screwed because nature dealt them a bad hand? If someone mistreated your son or daughter, would you not demand justice? To do otherwise would not be love.

    Christianity asserts that there is a way out of this cycle, namely that Jesus died on the cross for humanity’s “screwed-up-edness” (notice that this is a historical argument, not a scientific one). It also asserts that only be allowing Christ to “cover for us” can God ever overlook the fact that when have, inevitably, done so much wrong to so many people. I will freely confess the times where I’ve screwed up if you wish. Anyhow, what do you do if someone refuses to take on this cover, this forgiveness, whatever you want to call it? Do you just let it go? But we decided that love demands justice? Should there be punishment?

    I recognize that I have made a modernist argument and we live in a postmodern world. Only personal experience will ever help you determine if you can believe these things. You might be interested in knowing what it feels like to surrender yourself to something greater and to just bow down and worship. It feels… right.

    The internet is no place, of course, to make a believer out of anyone. I just wanted to make sure that you and anyone else who visits your site gets a chance to see both sides of the story.

    Finally, I humbly apologize on behalf of anyone who has mistreated you, or your family, or others in the name of Christianity. Unfortunately, Christ came for the sick, not the healthy, and so many losers, bums, and sick people, like myself, end up being his followers.

    Blessings to you and your family.

    Andy Morgosh

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