When the bible was created, ‘man’ knew very little about the earth. People thought it was flat. The stories in the bible talk about Eve tempted by Satan as a snake to eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge. Eve ate it anyway. And then Adam had some too. God was angry and banished them from the garden and said “go forth, be fruitful and multiply’.
[Photograph: author unknown, internet images.]
The question is, was that a punishment? Does that mean that god’s punishment was overpopulation or does it mean that god was basically saying you are not worthy of living in gods garden because you acted like humans? I am sure there are many pastoral folk who have their opinions.
One possible idea is the belief that somehow to engage in the act of dissecting the world in a scientific way, is a way of separating oneself from the faith, and the belief that things are more stable because of it, means that we have control over our lives because of science. We can talk about heresy and the salem witch trials all we want, but that is a very bleak history we do not want to repeat.
Personally, I believe in a good and evil world and that science has not yet caught up to how to explain how good and evil and heaven and hell work. When it does, that will be an interesting day.
We may have been told to tell our prayers as children, but what happened when we became adolescents and were told that sexual health was dirty and that voyeurism was bad? What happened when we had impure thoughts that way? Did we turn against a belief system that has its great points because we just couldn’t stop being human?
As a person who has gone down a spiritual path, I have learned that sexual health is not dirty and I do not believe that god is against that. Ultimately, what god is against is anything that steals our energy or makes us die. Anybody or anything that turns against our souls. In scientific terms, god could be considered ‘the child within’ or the ‘christ within’. To destroy someone from inside, whether against oneself or being hurt or murdered, is to go against life. Our first purpose in life is to exist and pursue the state of life. Everything else comes after. This is also an extrapolation on evolutionary theory.
So do I believe in doctor-assisted suicide? This theory would say no. Do I hate men for watching women or wanting them? No. What I do not like is the use of cyberbullying and bullying in general to turn neutral or attractive images into cold sores of embarrassment and guilt which lead to depression.
So who is partly at fault for the death of young women who have been harassed and hurt on the internet? The abusers and the rest of society for judging her. We do not have to turn away from the shame we see in ourselves for seeing those images. We do not have to because those images are not bad. Don’t forget a lot of cultures walk around practically naked.