24 Sep 2011

Satan’s child am I

In reading the Captain’s post yesterday, I was struck by a tangential point.

You see, yesterday when I read of the incident online, I was partly amused, partly angered to read a comment that another person had posted on the Express’ website.

SOE cant save Trinidad!!! "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." All we need is our personal Lord and Saviour to cleanse us from all unrighteousness till we are whiter than snow!

Between yesterday and today, that particular gem got 128 votes. My response…

I am sure these women were praying through their ordeal but did it save them? I never could fathom the ignorance of people like you... burying your head in the sand only leave another part of your anatomy open to assault.

…got –3 votes. That got me thinking a little on the mentality of people, who choose to put ‘God’ over rational thought. Every thought/post that expounds rational thought or behaviour and not expressive of a belief in ‘God’ is automatically given a ‘thumbs down’ of disapproval.

The anger in me came about because Trinbagonians have been praying, for years, for assistance from all kind of plagues and especially the one called the crime wave. Not one instance in the history of mankind’s existence have I come across ‘God’ helping anyone. Usually, it is self effort or the effort of others that brings relief.

I mean, we had people with close links with God, closer than mine anyway, praying for crime to stop. It eh even slow dong! In fact, serious crimes doubled and tripled yearly, depending on which category you wish to look at. So Father Gilbert, Canon Clarke et all have nothing more than the same smelly farts as the rest of us… and yet, “God go help we” when the time comes. Well, for plenty, their time came and went and God eh help yet.

This morning again, I saw 14-year-old_gang-raped_by_4_boys_she_knows.  Here is comment:

Realpp, you said Lord put a hand. There are many people who do not believe in the existence of God. Some are on this blogsite and I respect their right to their views but not their views.

People brought up under the teachings of their religions have generally turned out well but because of the failure of the parents of today, some atheist, some agnostics, and some hypocrites, we are seeing a failure to instill within the minds of the younger ones the fear of a just and holy God.

Basically all religions teach an acceptable form of human interaction through proper morals. Some will say that that could be done outside of religion and that is true but when you consider a reward and punishment system, it helps to motivate those taught to a better lifestyle.

This is a huge subject and it can take a lot of discussion but I think I will leave it there. Many will disagree with this post but, I believe that religion, taught by proper parents, can do a whole lot in improving the minds and conduct of our young people.

There is only one problem with this view. The evidence does not support it:

After reading the post, I went to Google and typed in this question: Do secular countries have less crime?

The search came back overwhelming positive.

According to one study published in the Journal of Religion and Society, a US academic journal, reports: “Many Americans agree that their churchgoing nation is an exceptional, God-blessed, shining city on the hill that stands as an impressive example for an increasingly sceptical world.

“In general, higher rates of belief in and worship of a creator correlate with higher rates of homicide, juvenile and early adult mortality, STD infection rates, teen pregnancy and abortion in the prosperous democracies.

“The United States is almost always the most dysfunctional of the developing democracies, sometimes spectacularly so.”

France, Japan and the Scandinavian countries had been the most successful in reducing murder rates, early mortality, sexually transmitted diseases and abortion.

The conclusion?:

“The non-religious, proevolution democracies contradict the dictum that a society cannot enjoy good conditions unless most citizens ardently believe in a moral creator.

“The widely held fear that a Godless citizenry must experience societal disaster is therefore refuted.”

Further reading suggestion: God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens.

Once again, I am left to wonder… time to go, looks like Satan calls to me.