January 30: “Work In Progress”
(aka. Parasite Onboard)
Ugh. I’m not sure how much longer I can go on with this exercise in futility. This book is anything but a page turner – quite the opposite. I purposefully slept in for the first time in a decade just to avoid it this morning, only to come home and see it sitting on my counter like a menacing character in a Stephen King novel. On with today’s review…
Fear and trembling? Hell, yeah – I’d be full of fear and trembling if I were forced to live the life of a slave, existing only to do whatever pleases my master. What a ridiculously abhorrent verse for the author to share as an inspirational tenet. Any able-minded person would certainly reject such a hideous fate.
But, what the hell is this crazy talk about salvation taking continued work? Haven’t we all heard pastors promising newcomers that all they have to do is “accept Jesus” and they will be forever saved? What’s this bait and switch? Are you saved or not? How do you know? Who gets to say? I want my damn money back!!!
Today’s Theistic Themes: You are nothing but a praise puppet, doing the will of the “holy spirit” living inside you. What else lives inside people – parasites? Demons? Who would willing seek to be possessed by an entity that promises to overtakes their free will? Not me, thanks – I’m too much a fan of personal liberty and sanity.
Now, if you dare use your free will to stray or resist from your role as an automoton, your salvation might not be so secure as you were once led to believe. Nope, you are nothing but an ant in God’s little ant farm digging tunnels for his amusement, so you’d better get used to it and smile for the camera. (That is, only if you believe in all of these man-made inventions of capricious coercion.)
Short Secular Alternative: If somebody promises you salvation with no strings attached, check behind their back for the ball and chain of oppression and servitude. You are a work in progress, no gods necessary – just humility, tenacity and the courage to leave the world a better place than you found it.
P.S. Yep, I’m finally getting around to putting up a little tip jar.
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