So belief in ‘God’ is the alternative to socialism huh?
The problem with religion is THE SAME problem with things like statism (socialism), environmentalism, animal rights, etc. It starts with either an intrinsic or a subjective philosophical base that stems from primacy of consciousness rather than a primacy of existence. i.e. that our [in]ability to perceive supercedes or precedes what actually ‘is’.
The only way to interpret that type of premise is that our consciousness ‘shapes’ reality instead of merely perceiving it. That consciousness ‘creates’ reality as we know it. Under such a scenario, you can shape reality to be whatever you wish or to nothing at all. It asserts we know nothing or at least can’t know anything with certainty.
- selfishness is a sin
- greed is evil
- selflessness is virtue
- taking care of others is divine
- anything other is ‘self-righteousness‘ and is sinful
- a.k.a. altruism
If you examine every flawed and failed or failing world philosophy they all have these things in common. You can’t know anything and there is something that is more important than yourself.
Once you can convince someone of those two things, …they are helpless before you. Once you can get someone to follow that kind of logic, their self-esteem is yours to do with as you please. Any sense of self-esteem they have can be made independent of their actions and manipulated at the will of whoever speaks on behalf of the ‘higher purpose’ or claims greater access to whatever means there is of knowing the little that is allegedly capable of being known.
Do you want to know where hell is? That’s it right there. And it’s not a creation of any “god”. It is a creation of men.