The Lord

I’m in the process of chipping away the myths encrusting the concept of authority so as to reveal its incoherent core — meaning its essential irrationality. This is just a small chip along the way.

Try substituting “the Lord” with “the Authoritarian” in Bible texts. Suddenly, the Bible will make a lot more sense to you, and you might not like it.

Here’s an example:

Then the Authoritarian saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The Authoritarian was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. The Authoritarian said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Authoritarian.

  — Genesis 6:5-8

 
An incredible amount of work and propaganda, for thousands of years, has gone into creating positive associations with “Lord” in the minds of believers of Abrahamic religions. In fact, there is little difference between a lord and a successful authoritarian. (Just cuz you’re an authoritarian doesn’t mean you succeeded in becoming a lord — most never accede.)

Christians and to some extent Muslims emphasize the Lord as loving or caring. Jews tend to stress the Lord first as an authority and object of veneration, and only then possibly as a benefactor and lover of mankind. However, the question of benevolence is not the main issue, because there is a fundamental problem with even a benevolent dictatorship: It’s a dictatorship. Most would resist calling the Lord a “dictator” but they’d be hard pressed to explain the difference. Benevolent or not, under a dictatorship/lordship people are dominated, filling roles as dependents and vassals, as if they were helpless or obnoxious or rebellious children belonging to the the dictator/lord, hardly more than slaves with rights of temporary refusal — temporary because, after too much refusal, judgment eventually catches up to them. Even Paul the apostle was fond of characterizing himself in just this way: the “bondslave of Jesus Christ.”

No one who cares about other human beings wants to see them stuck as perpetual invalids, doting and ingratiating themselves to a Superior Being and his (rarely her) minions, whether earthly or heavenly ones. This is why in practice both governments and religions are anti-love, anti-person, and anti-divine. They presume a stance against the people, against trusting the people, and therefore against loving the people. (Presumed because they take the stance from the outset, prior to any actions by people that would justify taking the stance at all.) John the apostle called this posture and attitude “the spirit of the antichrist”.

I’m sure that some will object that religion specifically aims to lift people out of their invalidity and teach them to be independent and competent. Bullshit.

Ignore for a moment those who play the roles of Guru, Master, Father, His Holiness, His Eminence, etc., along with those who aspire to those titles and roles. They have vested interests in appearing to be something far better and more worthy than they actually are. Of the rest, to your personal knowledge, (not from hearsay like the stories preachers so love to propagandize,) how many people actually experience the promises of their religions? How many become enlightened? How many are truly holy and happy? How many are considered saints and warrant the label? How many demonstrate the quality of life and love idealized by their faiths — not just a few aspects here and there once in awhile, but actually living the kind of lives they were promised as a rule? 1%? 0.1%? Less? Even if it were 5% or 10%, that’s a dismal efficacy rate. And how many go year after year living as contingent beings in dependency on the Authoritarian and his minions? Virtually all (hypocrites excluded). For that matter, the faithful can’t even conceive of living apart from subordination to the Lord and his authoritarian representatives without becoming apostates or infidels or kofers. They aren’t aware of an alternative.

When I’ve asked believers those questions, in an effort to defend the reality of the virtuous fruits of their faiths, they invariably recite behavior and actions by their faithful which aren’t much different from those that any decent human being would typically exemplify. This boils down to the the argument, “But our faithful do good deeds!” Of course they do. Wherever humans are there will as a rule be some goodness, regardless of faith or lack of it, atheists included. Good deeds alone do not prove virtue, let alone divinely powerful life. On the other hand, as we’ve seen over and over when the curtains eventually get ripped back to expose the secrets of supposedly pious authoritarians, merely claiming virtue does not prove good deeds, either.

The success of the faithful in every religion hinges on affirming, supporting, and promoting their religion’s authoritarian program authorized by its supreme Authoritarian(s) through his/their minions. These religions do not in fact intend to empower people to become competent and independent, because then the authoritarians would be out of jobs and have no access to fleeceable and butcherable flocks. Conflicts between various religions are little different than the party politics of nations — incestuous battles for dominance between siblings devoted to the real faith their family revolves around, the true one world religion: authoritarianism.

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About Millard J. Melnyk

Motley past, promising future exploring an open, potent understanding of mutuality, individual dignity and personal power through trust. DEAUTHORITARIANIZE EVERYTHING!
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2 Responses to The Lord

  1. David Brown says:

    Millard..I found your reasoning PROFOUND to say the least….and as I read through it I couldn’t help but to think that Yeshua ben Joseph (Jesus the Christ in Greek) thought exactly the same as you! He didn’t Incarnate to Earth to create a new religion or endorse the “authoritarian” religion He was born into. Quite the opposite……He revealed the true God misunderstood in the Torah and taught that God is NOT external to Creation but IS Eternal Creation….”no beginning and no end” Ironically French Chemist Louis Pasteur proved this TRUTH in his simple “S”: shaped flask experiment that disproved “spontaneous generation” of life once and for all and gave us the Law of Biogenesis celebrated by Science. (“ALL Life MUST come from pre-existing Life.”)
    What is more ironic is that Science then turns around and says it must have happened at least once and even makes the absurd claim that the biomolecules of the “living process” “spontaneously” formed violating the Laws of Thermodynamics. ( protein enzyme catalysts are needed to lower activation energy in order to form “stable” polymers of amino acids-“proteins” and polymers of nucleic acids-“DNA and RNA” SPECIAL NOTE: the claim that RNA also exhibits catalytic activity does not resolve this dilemma because catalytic RNA is needed to do it!) It is obvious this is a non-sequitur. “What came first..the chicken or the egg?” The answer is simple…..NEITHER. The only logic is that life evolves creating the vast diversity of life on this planet as well as through out the infinite Cosmos. by Darwinian Natural Selection and Intelligent Design via Recombinant DNA.

    Why does this happen? I suspect it is the same reason that inspired you to write your essay.
    Man is mortal and therefore cannot comprehend Eternity. As a result, man “invented” God to explain Existence (and create “authoritarian religions.”) and the God man created is perceived as an anthropomorphic “superbeing” that is external to Creation Yeshua revealed that this God is imaginary. He was an atheist to this “man made” God. He realized that the Torah revealed a God that is very different than the God of “authoritarian Judaism.” Yeshua (Jesus) revealed that God dwells within and works through His Creation and His PERFECT Laws. Violation or suspension of those Laws is non-sequitur because the Laws are PERFECT. Creation was NOT an “event” but is an Eternal process and Astrophysics is finally beginning to relate to this immortal concept (Multiverse ..”Bubble Theory.” ) It is impossible to truly reject, ignore or avoid God or “hide” from Him because He is YOU! God is NOT a supernatural ghost or entity because the supernatural is an illusion. The following Scriptures give “hints” of the God in the “flesh” in the Incarnation of Christ…”God within us”………….. Psalm 82:3-6, John 14:8-23, Galatians 3:26-28, Colossians 1:27, 2:9-10, 1 Corinthians:3:16-17, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 1 John 4:11-16

    Most in Science are atheists and are forced to believe only that which can be verified by the Scientific Method and therefore forfeit the “:gift of wisdom.” . People who believe in God are forced to accept :authoritarian religion: Jesus frees mankind from ALL authoritarian religion by revealing the true God that dwells “within” life..

    SO who or what is God?……God is the Spirit of LOVE, COMPASSION, FORGIVNESS, BEAUTY, GLORY etc etc……When this God is rejected……evil manifests.

    Seems to me there are 2 kinds of people on Earth (and in the Cosmos) …those who accept the God (LOVE etc) within and those who choose to be there own “gods” (selfishness, narcissism, arrogance etc)

    “May the Force be with you!” David

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