Friday, June 22, 2012
Does God Crave & Demand Worship?
What is the purpose of worshiping a deity? Why is it essential? Churches in the United States are filled with people who think they are obligated to spend hours each week heaping praise on the "holy spirit" through prayer, music and sermons. Can this deity not survive day to day without the adulation of millions or billions of vastly inferior beings? Does this deity really have a need to cast billions of humans throughout history into hell fire if they do not worship him/her or it. Do humans think they can curry favor with the almighty through fervent and incessant worship? Does the almighty make lists of who has served it well and who hasn't, exacting petty revenge on those who do not worship while heaping great rewards on his faithful flock? In the words of Robert A. Heinlein, "The most preposterous notion that homo sapiens have ever dreamed up is that the Lord God of Creation, shaper and ruler of all the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of His creatures, can be swayed by their prayers, and becomes petulant if he does not receive this flattery. Yet this absurd fantasy, without a shred of evidence to bolster it, pays all the expenses of the oldest, largest, and least productive industry in all history." In the words of Friedrich Nietzsche,"I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time."