God is Dead

He died in 1993. From CNN:

“For more than a decade on every Saturday, the Branch Davidian Sabbath, Sheila Martin and Clive Doyle have gotten together to pray and discuss the Bible. They affirm to each other that David Koresh was God in the flesh. Then, they usually go to lunch or run errands.”

But, don’t worry. Even though they’re attributing god status to some guy that use to hang around with them, they’re not heretics!  They still hold to the early Christian church’s cobbled together Trinity hypothesis, so that they can still claim to be monotheists.

“David is the messiah, and he’s coming back,” she explains, inspecting a bush that’s beginning to produce sweet peppers.

“Now we just wait for the kingdom.”

And he will, apparently, come back on May 21, 2011.

People believe such strange stuff, e.g. demons, astrology, the hollow earth theory. I find it easy to believe that Jesus was either an apocalyptic prophet of the 1st century CE or a purely fictitious intermediary son. Neither would surpirse me, and no supernatural explanation is necessary.

And all sectarian religious people agree on theoretical grounds. Unless you can find someone that believes that the creator of the universe: picked a group of desert dwellers, telling them they’re his chosen people, then appeared to a select few of their ancestors as Jesus, who was this god in the form of a trinity, and was also a messiah for that god in a singular form, but that he didn’t successfully spread his message while on earth (spending so much time around a small group of 12 people), so he needed to contract a letter writer to get the word out, and that later Muhammad was his messenger (thought he denied the divinity of Jesus), he then fulfilled his message with the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, then fulfilled his message again with Joseph Smith, then came back as David Koresh, giving a myriad of divine revalations about his second (third? fourth?) coming (apparently as tests to various faithful groups), along the way.

Unless you believe all that, you definitely believe that groups of people can mistakenly identify ordinary human experiences as divine acts of god and successfully pass that belief onto future generations.

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