Bill Maher’s quest to find the truth in his new movie “Religulous” begins October 3, 2008
by Larry Simons
August 21, 2008
This looks like a pretty funny and enlightening film, and I’m not saying that as a huge Bill Maher fan. I’m a moderate fan of Bill Maher. I agree with Maher on certain things and I disagree with him on others. One area we both agree: Religion. I’m not one of those people who, just because I disagree with Maher on 9/11, throw the baby out with the bath water. I usually give credit where credit is due when people are right, sensible or logical on a particular issue.
Bill Maher appeared on Larry King Live a few days ago to discuss the new film. Several highlights of the clip (below) is when Maher says, “The idea that any person on Earth can tell you with such specifics what happens when you die just blows my mind. That somebody on Earth, another person, can just say to you, ‘Oh yes, and what happens when you get to heaven---yeah, you’ll meet Jesus, he’s wearing a white robe, there’s a little gold piping on the sleeve, and then you go in this room, we eat eggs, you watch F Troop.’ Are you kidding? What are you talking about? You’re just a person like I am. You are clueless. You have no idea what happens”.
Watch the clip
Maher then says (about religious people), “Unless a god told you personally what happens when you die… It all came from another person with no more mental powers than you have, and you don’t know…so just man up and say ‘I don’t know’.
The most interesting thing Maher says is when he’s talking about how the film is not trying to be judgmental and not pointing fingers and says, “At some point mankind is going to have to shed this skin if he’s going to move forward. I do have a serious intellectual problem with it. And on a mental level, it just ticks me off. It’s just the ultimate hustle. I asked Jesus (the actor who plays Jesus in the movie) this, ‘Why can’t God just defeat the Devil and get rid of evil? You know, it’s the same reason the comic book character can’t get rid of his nemesis---then there’s no story. If God gets rid of the Devil, and he could, he’s all powerful, well, then there’s no fear, there’s no reason to come to church, there’s no reason to pass the plate, we’re all out of a job…ya know, it’s gotta go on.”
I agree 100%. It makes absolutely no sense. The Bible says God is selfish and the Bible says God is jealous. It also says that God is love. Is love selfish and jealous? Seems to me, those should be #1 and #2 on the list of things that make it NOT love.
I have just recently become agnostic after years of believing in the Bible word for word. What changed in me? I began to THINK. After years of being very heavily involved in political and social activism, I began to grow sick and tired of the current administrations use of FEAR to make the blind masses submit. It didn’t take me long to realize that this is exactly what God does in the Bible. So I began to question things. Yes, I know, just as questioning 9/11 makes me an America-hater, questioning the Bible makes me a child of Satan himself. I know that is what the average religious person would deduct from that.
My christian friends of yesteryear would say that I’ve strayed and the Devil ‘got to me’. Well, obviously I don’t think I’m evil or I wouldn’t be an activist against evil institutions like the Federal Reserve, the CFR and the Bilderberg group, or against the pure evil of attacking other sovereign countries who did nothing at all to us, killing their innocent citizens and then continually lying about it.
You see, it’s the majority of the religious, “christian” population who support the fact that we are over in Iraq fighting “terror” because of 9/11. It doesn’t phase them that 9/11 had nothing to do with Iraq. Nor does it phase these people that one of Jesus’ central teachings was that we are supposed to turn the other cheek against our enemies. I have intertwined religion with politics because I can’t separate the two anymore. I just can’t and I won’t do it. Our world and more importantly, this country, have been ruined by religion.
I’ve always struggled with certain questions that I don’t believe anyone can answer, at least logically, without the same old mundane “we can’t comprehend God’s ways” bullcrap answer. One question is this: Let’s say one has a child who is just pure evil. They lie, curse, cheat, steal, shout profanities, break the law on a daily basis or even commit crimes. They are the worst of the worst. I’m pretty confident that the majority of parents would admit they would still love their own children despite the fact that they turned out to be the most rotten, God-awful person one could imagine. Even though their child may deserve to be locked up away from society, most parents would not want them tortured, beaten, treated inhumanely and definitely not put to death.
My question: Why does a loving God do this then? If we as mere mortals could love our own children despite the horrendous things they’ve done and not want them to suffer, why does God (who is supposed to be all loving, with a love that is supposed to transcend that of mere mortals) send people to Hell---not just to suffer and burn, mind you, but to suffer and burn FOREVER?
I can hear the bullcrap responses now: “God didn’t send them there, they did”. God is all-powerful right? He’s all loving right? Obviously not all loving enough to not want someone to suffer FOREVER, and not all powerful enough to reach into Hell to snag them out of the flames before FOREVER was over.
If someone has a logical answer to this question, I’d love to hear it. Until then, I’ll be looking forward to the new Bill Maher film “Religulous” which opens October 3.