This originally began as a Facebook response to this article about gluttony, and how everyone should be ashamed to be gluttonous and go to jesus for the cure for this god-induced shame.
Of the list of sins ignored by the church, gluttony is not in my top 10. My list would include not judging those outside the church, owning a home, getting a divorce, ignoring the old testament, or lying about everything, like the compliation of the old testament, the mythologies therein, their borrowed nature, the authors of the new testament, you know..
Just about everything.
Also, the use of Genesis 3 points out that they were lacking in something, namely contentment, before ‘sin’ entered the world. Ergo, Eden was not perfect, there was already discontent, there were already problems. Also, this was before they knew ‘right’ from ‘wrong,’ casting further doubt on any reason why they should have been expected to know it’s wrong to be dissatisfied as a prisoner of ignorance. Of course since it is a myth shoved in next to genesis 1 where there’ no adam and eve, it makes sense.
Facts vs Magic
Meanwhile fact and evolution explain our indulgence to excess; we were molded in a time where we died in our 20s, and everything was scarce. We are programmed to take as much as we can when it’s available. This was the most effective strategy for our species’ survival, and it makes sense to see barely-non-cave-men and women gorging themselves on something our brains simply tell us to do and gives us endorphins as a reward for previously-rare and important nutrients (sugars and fats) or sexual opportunities.
Meanwhile the article promises that if you content yourself with an imaginary relationship, you will gain happiness and somehow quit being human. This is the great lie of Christianity: that somehow by way of a magical invisible spirit, you can cease to have human desires. Yet we see pastor after pastor repressing these desires and exploding in headlines as sexual miscreants completely opposed to their own words. Yes I’m sure they weren’t true scotsmen.
This only makes sense when the magic isn’t real.
The article says, “Is the desire for excess sinful?” Well.. see.. here’s where I have a big problem with this cult of evil that perpetuates mental slavery and should be fought with as much ferocity as any stalin, hitler, pol pot, or other massively evil thing: Being a human being, having natural tendencies, should never be something for shame.
Breathing should not be shamed. Being upset should not be shamed. Being tired should not be shamed. Being a child who sometimes goes against their parents’ words should not be shamed.
Sexual desire should not be shamed.
Wanting to eat an extra portion of food because our ancestors that didn’t died and didn’t pass on their genes should not be shamed.
Yet, the best way to perpetuate a snake oil plot like this is to make people ashamed repressed husks of their true humanity. And then sell them the lie that your shame will disappear if you just think magical thoughts about a murderous sadistic sociopath that invented hell just in case you don’t love him back. “You can be gluttonous! just be gluttonous about the right thing: thinking about God who loves you and will torture you forever if you don’t love him back teehee”
Only under christianity can a tyrant such as this be adored by so many willfully ignorant Stockholm victims, who look at their repressive dictator as salvation. It makes me sick. Thank you for the reminder today of how insane this cult really is, that can take normally intelligent and kind people and turn them into shaming repressed monsters.