Bad Jesus, Aliens, and the Mayans

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From the beginning, humans have looked up at the stars and asked themselves; what the fuck? Among the ruins of ancient civilizations like the Mayans or indigenous tribes of North America, you can find all sorts of cool shit. These are reminiscent of belief systems intricately woven with celestial phenomena and a profound respect for the mysteries of the universe. Me? Well, I say, aliens. They’re drawing pictures of fucking aliens. More than just one or two prominent archaeologist types agree with me, making it true. After all, how would a Mayan know about the greys and spaceships?

Fast forward to the world today. We have lost touch with reality. We have become ensnared in religious excess, using dogma as a fortress against doubt and uncertainty. This is the Good Jesus, Bad Jesus dichotomy.

Historically, the myth of a supreme being has led to conflict, division, and even atrocities. Lots of atrocities. When our beliefs become rigid, inflexible, and unchallengeable, they pose a threat. This danger comes in many forms – from intolerance towards those who think differently to extremist actions committed in the name of faith, such as banning books and outlawing abortion.

Religious dogma can act as blinders, obstructing our view of the world and preventing us from seeing its myriad complexities. This tunnel vision creates an illusion of absolute certainty where none truly exists. The mysteries of the universe, the very questions that led us to spirituality in the first place, become lost, replaced by an uncompromising belief system that tolerates no dissent.

Yet, the universe is not so easily boxed in. From the mysteries of quantum physics, something that I know nothing about, to the enigma of dark matter. I know what that is from watching Star Trek. From the complexity of the human brain to the possibility of extraterrestrial life, there is still so much we do not understand. Our reality overflows with unanswered questions and endless possibilities that no single religion, ideology, or science can fully grasp. Answers to those questions might well be buried in the past, but all we have to do is open that Pandora’sbox.

What we need is a balance between faith and skepticism, reverence and inquiry. I’m an Atheist; faith can provide comfort, a sense of belonging, and a framework for moral conduct. However, the vast majority of people I arrested over the years claimed to be good Christians, so I don’t know how that affected the whole moral conduct. At the same time, skepticism ensures that we do not blindly follow any doctrine, encouraging us to question, learn, and grow. This is a lesson the followers of Bad Jesus never got.

I suppose I could talk about remembering the humility of our ancestors, but I didn’t know they were humble. I never met an ancestor, after all. Who acknowledged the vast mysteries of the universe? Aliens. That’s what I say. Aliens. They understood that some questions might never have definite answers and that this uncertainty was not a threat but a source of wonder and exploration.

Religious beliefs should not isolate us from each other, but they sure as fuck do. They should bring us closer to new knowledge, fostering mutual respect and understanding. If we can learn to balance faith with open-minded curiosity, we could create a more tolerant, inclusive society united not by a singular belief but by our shared fascination with the universe’s enduring mysteries.

Of course, for the adherents of Bad Jesus, the earth is only 6,000 years old, and Jesus rode dinosaurs. What a Croc! Did He ride a velociraptor for his appointment with the cross? If so, that would have scared the shit out of all those bystanders, including his mom, who they say was watching the execution.

The bottom line here is aliens. They are just waiting for the opportunity to strike a blow against the silliness of a god, and his alleged son, Jesus, bad or otherwise. I mean, how can people believe in such crap? Then again, 70 million of them believed in a fool and a charlatan named Donald Trump, so there’s that.

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Professor Mike

Professor Mike is a left-leaning, dog loving, political junkie. He has written dozens of articles for Substack, Medium, Simily, and Tribel. Professor Mike has been published at Smerconish.com, among others. He is a strong proponent of the environment, and a passionate protector of animals. In addition he is a fierce anti-Trumper. Take a moment and share his work.
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