Monday, November 17, 2008

If It Feels Good, Don't Do It!
This quote from George H. Smith is, to me, a brilliant and concise commentary on what I regard as one of the most unfortunate aspects of the Christian religion.
"Christianity cannot erase man's need for pleasure, nor can it eradicate the various sources of pleasure.
What it can do, however, and what it has been extremely effective in accomplishing, is to inculcate guilt in connection with pleasure.
The pursuit of pleasure, when accompanied by guilt, becomes a means of perpetuating chronic guilt, and this serves to reinforce one's dependence on God.
Christianity, with some exceptions, has never explicitly advocated human misery; it prefers instead to speak of sacrifices in this life so that benefits may be garnered in the life to come.
One invests in this life, so to speak, and collects interest in the next.
Fortunately for Christianity, the dead cannot return for a refund."
-- George H. Smith


Helen said...

And here I thought it was just the patriarchal misogynistic nature of a religion that says I can have no direct interaction with the divine that I didn't like.

Randal Graves said...

Go forth and multiply. Just don't enjoy the multiplying.

Ms Smack said...

That is SO true.........
I've made out with strict Christians and they blush if I moan.

Madam Z said...

Helen, say what?

Randal, yeah, that about sums it up.

Ms Smack, you are SO funny!

Montgomery Maxton said...


jennconspiracy said...

Helen rules. :)