Monday, February 28, 2005

Sin Sins Sinners

I saw a van yesterday with a handpainted crucifixion depiction on both sides of it. It included the beaten-down Jesus and the words "Sin Sins Sinners" along the board parallel to the "ground." The back was brightly painted and posed the question: "Who do you want to spend eternity with?" Each door was then painted to depict heaven and hell.

All of this fire-spouting righteousness caused me to wonder: Does putting the fear of God into people really work?

I'm sure there was a time when uttering "Satan" was like saying the world "old" in front my dad, but times have changed. Does the scare tactic really work? The fear of bankruptcy would work. The fear of loss of sex or sexual organs would probably also do the trick. Even the loss of a finger ala Mob Boss-style would evoke some pretty heady concerns, but does the Almighty wield the fear he or she once did. Will it take a plaque of Paris Hilton movies, music and whorish ensembles before get our learn on?

10 comments:

Precious Schultz said...

Um, I would say that fear is definitely what is behind most people's "faith" in one particular religion. Otherwise, what would make most people believe that the only anglo-saxon virgin in the middle east (Named MARY?? HELLO! Why not Brittany or Shelly?) was impregnated by God and gave birth to a perfect looking surfer-Jesus who never married, never had children (which would have made him a very suspicious character), never wrote down anything, but still became the most important figure in modern religion.
OK, so for one sentence, that sure was ranting. Just keep in mind, that when you bring up religion, I'm likely to rant. I can't turn it off.

Swampette said...

In fact, Schultz always rails so vociferously against religion that I fear she might be a closeted Jehovah's Witness or something. Denial will get you nowhere, my friend.

But to answer Ashley's question, I don't think most people are religious because of fear of hell or God's wrath, I think they're afraid to face a world in which there is no master plan. People take comfort in the idea that someone or something is calling the shots. I prefer it the other way, but I'll probably GO TO HELL (insert ominous music here).

Shera, Princess of Power said...

I think that people have stopped fearing hell since the South Park Movie. How can I be afraid of Satan when all I can think of is Sadaam and his big meaty dildos. Now fear of God... that's where it's at.

Paula said...

The Bible says in 1 John 4:18 "There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love." I don't believe in fear leading to to faith in God, but a knowledge of how sinful we all are.

Jesus said...

Paula, you're doing it again.

Precious Schultz said...

Can I get an Amen??

Ashley said...

Amen.

2R said...

There will always be people who are religious out of fear, but that is simply what they were taught. A comedian I saw said he was Christian enough to know he was going to hell for his routine, but not Christian enough to go to Church and clean his slate.

Shera, Princess of Power said...

You struck a nerve, Sister Ashley. But it gets ookie when others join (and try to talk us out of) our sacrilege. Let's talk about boogers and poop. There aren't any bible verses about that, are there?

Ashley said...

Seriously. I now know why crappy books that hawk religion are on the bestseller lists. So much interest that I forgot where i put my cheese in my purpose driven life.

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