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Are christians just trapped in an old crappy soap opera?

Think of all those you know who are glued to the television when their favorite series comes on. They talk about the characters as if they are real, and even after you mention that they are talking about fictional characters, and they agree with your assessment, ten minutes later they once again refer to a character as if, someone real. They watch their favorite shows over and over. They laugh, they cry and they live with these fictional characters.

Books the same. I have read many novels more than once, just because of the enjoyment it brings. Wrapped up in a story line that interests, or maybe just makes you feel an emotion.

Those stories that embellish man, that show him to be, possibly, something that should, or could, be attained, are commonplace. Maybe the story is about wizards. How cool, mumble a few words and shit happens. Maybe it is the meek evolving into the brave or other wishful thinking. Maybe it puts man on a pedestal for some virtuous act that most will never even contemplate emulating in real life.

A good story has a powerful effect on us, we love stories. Being a science fiction reader when young, I have wondered if scientology is just a "good" story for those who enjoyed that genre so much that reality and fantasy melded into a religion. It is painful nonsense developed by a below average writer, yet still enthralls those who are caught up in that story.

Christians love their stories. Horror stories of astounding proportions. Where cruel acts and intentions are warped into moral actions.

Is that why christians pick and choose? Maybe just concentrating on the parts they love, that they are trapped in. I mean, the bible does have something for everyone. If you are a harmless being, there are many passages that call to you. If you are a vengeful person, again many passages that agree with your demeanor. Are you angry? Are you a warrior? Are you meek? You've found a friend, a book that encompasses all acts of man, one that is sure to have at least one story that binds you to the adventure.

Trapped.

 

Also posted at The Cranky Atheist.

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Comment by Adriana on May 11, 2011 at 9:02pm

Comment by Adriana on May 11, 2011 at 8:56pm

I think you are absolutely right, Neal. Human beings are suckers for "good" stories. And we consider that stories about our tribe being the best, the chosen, the only ones to have the true god or gods, are, like all founding myths, among the most popular.

Comment by Bill on May 11, 2011 at 5:57pm

You are so right, Neal! There is much to support this. I remember a study that showed heavy TV watchers actually recognized the characters on their favorite shows as friends. All the same physiological reactions that are present when people see real friends were displayed when these folks saw their imaginary friends.

The extreme popularity of fictional books and films shows the human potential to live in the imagination. We do love our stories!

Comment by MJ on May 11, 2011 at 3:17pm
Good one Neal. It reminds me of one of my final stages of theism. I created a god that had all the qualities of what IMO Was the perfect human being. I easily found bible passages to support my delusion. Thanks for helping me escape the tale I was trapped in.
Comment by Neal on May 11, 2011 at 11:46am
Lol! Jesus loves you.
Comment by Jean Marie on May 11, 2011 at 10:47am

doone is right, even many many decades later, i can still tell you 'explanations' offered to atheist questions, as if i were a shaman, too.

ha, we should do that, i could stand in as visiting theist, and you all could try to bring me to reason, and i'd be able to outtheist most theists....there really IS something for everyone. 

 

The stories do become real to them....knee-jerk reactions in their inner mental algorhythms..  Theists who can refer to more stories are higher up in the theist caste system.

 

For theists, besides the sense of community with like minds, and the feeling of being special/good, i think the game of interactive life with their gods ---which to them seems 'real'----i think that interactive 'friendship' adds some zip or spice or reduces lonliness or provides 'magical' positive feedback and distractions for them......as they also create their own lil stories, too.

 

  

Comment by Neal on May 11, 2011 at 10:14am
Shaman = storyteller. Damn them. =)
Comment by Doone on May 11, 2011 at 9:26am
A good and astute observation.  In addition,  not only do they pick and choice certain passages over and over again - they have a shaman explain the meaning of the passage.

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