Yes. I said it. The White Man is the devil.
Consider this. The genes for dark skin pigmentation are dominant genes. Knowing that fact, it could be said that white people have been cleansed of their color so they could be recognizable for their lack of holiness. This is why African-Americans have such strong religious ties and such deep faith. The White Man must work harder to earn his place in Heaven because his mark of holiness has been removed.
That is why The White Man has so often treated those who were not white as lesser men. The White Man is angry that these people are obviously of the chosen. It is right there for everyone to see. The White Man desires to punish God for cleansing him of his rightful inheritance and therefore punishes those who bear the mark of God in their very skin.
The White Man is responsible for perpetuating slavery. The White Man is responsible for perpetuating racism. The White Man's actions throughout history cover five of the seven deadly sins. The White Man envies the chosen for their favored status with God. The White Man has perfected greed and extravagance to an art form.
And what of pride/vanity? The Bible says that God made man in his own image. But I say that The White Man has made God in his own image. Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Bethlehem is in the Middle East. Have you ever seen Jesus depicted with Middle Eastern features? Have you ever seen Jesus depicted as a Hispanic? Have you ever seen Jesus depicted as an Oriental/Asian? Have you ever seen Jesus depicted as an African? I never have. I have only ever seen Jesus depicted as a Caucasian. How audacious is that? And let's not even get started on The White Man rewriting history to glorify himself.
I could rant on but I have run out of steam. This came out of a comment a friend made on a social networking site about "how 'off the mark' our notion of Jesus can be." It started as a bit of satirical commentary but I have come to see so many contradictions (one even pointed out by a priest during a Christmas mass!) within and between modern religions and so many updated interpretations (check the Wikipedia entry for the Seven Deadly Sins) that it's hard to know what to believe. It's hard to know in what to put my faith. It's why I don't go to church.
I believe in God. I believe in Jesus. I have faith that God has a plan for me and that plan will unfold in God's time, not mine. Maybe not going to church is hampering my faith. How can I learn if I don't seek to be taught? But is it teaching or is it brainwashing? I mean, have you ever seen a Catholic mass? All the standing and sitting and kneeling and canned group responses to prompts from the priest like so many zombies. It's creepy when you really look at it.
I mean, for crying out loud, L. Ron Hubbard made up a religion on a dare and people take it seriously. I'm not saying they're wrong but who's to say who is right? Are the Catholics right because they look down upon the Baptists for their gathering and display of wealth rather than investing in philanthropic endeavors? Are the Baptists right for believing that Catholics are going to Hell because they aren't baptized as adults and don't profess that Jesus is their personal Lord and savior? Is the man on the corner right who preaches that Heaven is a chocolate choo-choo train and God is its monkey conductor? The one truth I can put my faith in is that when I cast off this mortal shell and my spirit moves on to the next plane of existence - when I go to meet God - I will learn what, exactly, is beyond this Earthly existence.
I don't know why this spark lit such a fire. I think it has been smoldering inside me for some time now but I have been unable or unwilling to put it into words. I don't even know what it really means now that I have put it into words. Maybe I should seek answers. Or should I wait for God to reveal them to me? Do you see my confusion?
Comments. PLEASE. I want to know what you think. Even if you just thought my opening was kinda fun (or kinda scary).