We Were All Wrong; The True God is Polynesian

portadosfundos, a Brazilian comedy group on YouTube, recently released a sketch about a Catholic woman who dies and discovers she was wrong about God. In less than a week, it’s racked up over 2,000,000 views.

Watch it (with subtitles) and see why:

Just FYI, since I missed the references, too, Hebe Camargo is basically the Oprah of Brazilian television and Silas Malafaia is a Brazilian televangelist.

(Thanks to Raimundo for the link!)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke

    the thing i’ve always liked about a lot of ancient religions and belief systems is that they just assumed the gods were cruel, unfair, capricious and harsh. i can almost understand the fearful worship of deity like that. i am always annoyed by the modern construction of the monotheistic god that wants to pretend like he’s all-loving. the evidence all around us proves that he’s not. innocents suffer and die every day, and even when they spend all their time praying, it still happens. not to mention the sacred texts of most religions, and the gory details of what angry gods do to helpless mortals for the most minor of infractions against illogical codes of behavior. why would anyone want to worship genocidal beings? it’s sick and wrong, when you think about it.

    • Raising_Rlyeh

      That is one thing I liked about the older beliefs systems as well. The god’s were basically human and flawed. I know it is so bad, but I have to post this quote from Hercules the Legendary Journeys ” When the Earth was still young. The ancient gods were petty and cruel, and they plagued mankind with suffering.”

      Apparently Silas, mentioned at the end of the video, is a Brazilian televangelist. I do like that apparently god is an optimist when he tells you to think of it as going to the place that einstein is at.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke

        the Hercules/Xena universe is a guilty pleasure of mine. it’s so wrong on so many levels, but i do enjoy it. i got way pissed at the “Eli” storyline, however. i really didn’t need to see a lame, half baked version of the “better” religion of xtianity ruining all the fun of the pagan god period.

    • Valancy Jane

      Making a god into an omnimax, entirely-spiritual being was such a big huge mistake on humanity’s part. If one has to have gods, it’s way easier on everybody to make them more or less like people. The Greeks argued and bargained with theirs, like how they deceived them into accepting the far inferior parts of sacrificed animals (fat and thigh-bones) so the people could have the nice parts (meat and skin) for themselves–no messy explanations needed for why the good parts were getting burned and thrown away in times of shortage! Even in the OT, we see a god who walks around like people do, even preferring the cooler part of the day like anybody sensible; who has to hunt down Adam and Eve in his garden when they hide from him, one who asks questions he clearly doesn’t know the answer to; who even lies about what the fruit of knowledge was and what effects it’d have on people. He’s like a person, just more so. Nobody even expected him to always make sense all the time or to be loving or even kind if he didn’t want to be. He was a jealous god, a powerfully racist, sexist, and xenophobic god, and the creator of all that was good *and* evil. And nobody blinked. By contrast, most Christians today don’t even know about that side of their always-on, always-good, always-wonderful perfect boyfriend of a god.

      Somewhat OT, many of the Psalms sound to me less like pure worship and praise and more like reminding a particularly petulant but infinitely powerful child of his promises. “You’re a good and great god! Remember? Good and great! We love you soooooo much because you’re so GOOD AND GREAT! (Please, please, keep being so GOOD AND GREAT! PLEASE?)” Like how those people treated that godlike kid in that old episode of the Twilight Zone.

  • RPC

    Braziliaaaan, not portuguese ;)

  • Name

    South Park did the same joke, better.

    The polynesian religion doesn’t seem to have had a hell or this idea of blashphemy and idol worship that’s so important to the abrahamic religions, so if god is polynesian we’re probably safer than if he’s catholic.

  • TnkAgn

    Mmmmm. Perhaps god is sweet and sour, just like Polynesian food.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alessandro.quadrado Alessandro Quadrado

    You might want to check this one out, Hemant: http://youtu.be/fRJEHX15coI

  • baal

    I’m really impressed that one actor is playing both roles but am having trouble seeing the subtitles.

    • Hayden

      What are you talking about? It’s clearly two people. If you don’t believe me, you can just look at the credits at the end.

  • chinasea

    I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, but I can’t find any subtitles.

    • guestpest

      You need(ed) to click on the CC button, for closed captioning.


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