Adama, Aramgeddon, Avarice, Christ, Christianity, Covetousness, Eden, Eschatology, Eve, Fall, God, Heaven, Hell, Jehvoah, Liberation Theology, Lucifer, Lust, Marx, Marxism, Pride, Religion, Satan, Temptation, Tree of Knowledge, Tree Of Life
I am trying to reflect on Christianity philosophically. The first problem that I would like to elucidate on is Evil. If Jehovah Christ created everything from scratch, void or nothingness and if God is the knower of all he must also be knowing evil before it occurred during the time of the fall. Here again God created the Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Life. Once the fruit of the tree of knowledge was eaten we become enlightened with the knowledge of good and evil. This surely means that the so called Evil existed as the created. Pride, lust and covetousness, all these fallible qualities is self present in creation. The philosophical problem how did the Devil acquire it? If Lucifer was created as an angel of light and music how did become corrupt? How did an angel with exalted qualities of virtue, beauty and magnificence stoop to become a corrupt soul? Or did God himself wanting to be God as an epitome of binary perfection of light, goodness and virtue wanted to create its exact binary opposite and so he fed the Devil with corruption, pride, gluttony, avarice, covetousness. Is it because God wanted to remain exalted, beatified and glorified. Why does God want to own vestiges of power, authority and sovereignty? Is it not the selfishness of God that he wants all created to magnify, exalt and glorify him. It means that God is the biggest Egotist. Did God have an attitude problem, a glorified pride of benevolence of deification so that every time man sin’s and asks for forgiveness, he can grant forgiveness by the supreme virtue that he is God. Again it’s kind of crazy to imagine that God would subject his created man and woman and expose them to the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden. Was God being manipulative when he cautioned them with the taboo that eating from the Fruit of Knowledge was forbidden? If God wanted to give them free will, he would not place such a kind of taboo on them. Again God in his foreknowledge knew that man will become tempted. Instead of making them sin, God could have prevented the serpent from tempting them. Eve became a paradox because she overran her restricted taboo and used her own will to accede to the serpent’s request of eating the forbidden fruit. It’s a paradox that you have a will that’s free and yet that same will is restricted with choice to be in the likeness of God. The human body is a strange construct and it is always being fallible to sin. A body cannot be virtually constructed only religion can and religious thought can brainwash the body and give it an identity that it can be virtutous. Again the sheer materiality of the body makes it covetous, lustful, jealous and gluttonous. What is the harm of desiring my neighbor’s wife and his car? The concept of trinity is most perplexing. How can the trinity be one and be separate. When Christ came down to earth wasn’t the trinity separate? If Christ is God why should he pray to father as God? Again in Christ’s words he says: “No one comes to the Father except through me”. Was Christ only human before being baptized? It is said in the scriptures when he was baptized by John: “A holy spirit descended on him like a dove”. The biggest conundrum of Christianity is that why have not Jews accepted him as the messiah? Why are they still waiting for the messiah? Again the concept of eternal heaven with the promise of dwelling in Christ with glorified bodies does not attract me. It’s puzzling to imagine why Hell was created. I in my bodily, fleshy carnal nature can never manifest virtuosity of a divine presence. Why would God want to separate some people and take them to heaven and leave all the rest to rot in hell? Isn’t that discrimination? What about people of others religions? Even if they are pious and do virtuous deeds they won’t be able to taste heaven? It’s amazing that God Christ appeared to the first century Christians but why does not the same God appear to people now. I think people who claim that they have seen God are all hallucinating. It’s ironic that each century Christians thought that the second coming of Christ will happen in their lifetime. But to sad to say till today that magnificent even has not happened. Christian eschatology is rather curious phenomena to examine. Why should a great war of nations take place? Who are the beast and the false prophet? Was John in Patmos, writing Revelation doped and was he subject to delusional thinking? How can the figurative language of Revelation be deconstructed into realities? Christ was being ambivalent when at certain places he said that rich should give to the poor while at other places he does not discriminate between the rich and the poor. No doubt one important ideology that emerged out of Christian philosophy was justice and social equality. This is has been radicalized by Marxians and those who profess Liberation Theology. According to them The Kingdom of God is Social Justice and Equality and that can be realized on Earth. But sad to say that world is more and more veering to an unjust and oppressive Capitalism and again the world is ruled by corporate Moguls who by influencing Governments embark on their vision of the world. The kingdom is really a Utopia and it can never be realized on this earth. It’s impossible to know about eternal life. On the other hand it is very evident that after death the physical body disintegrates. The soul and the spirit cannot be put into coherence rationally. Even till this day the concepts of mind and consciousness have not been deciphered fully. The only possible way to exist is to live in a state of enlightened individualism. Again accepting Christ into one’s heart disturbs the inner subjectivity of existence. One Christ comes into the fold of the being, the being looses the autonomy to live, celebrate or mourn. Christ can never encompass the angst of the being.