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The IFB pastor turned Atheist
He didn't like my fairies article:
Fear the Gnome and Fairies Too
Hey I knew writing that one, I may get some mockery, but no one sits down and seriously thinks about why these little "mythical" creatures are so celebrated. It's like so many things in culture that are taken for granted. I mean who needs Gnomes or Fairy Doors or any of that nonsense? If one is an purely materialistic atheist, wouldn't they find even focus on these things silly? What would be the use?
No one wants to get too deep or analyze WHY something is part of a culture. How come? They mindlessly follow trends, fads, and take what is handed them. Why put an ugly sports team decorated Gnome in your garden otherwise? Because other people do it? What is the purpose?
The writer doesn't know I spent years as a full blown UU "freethought, humanist" type who sat around reading Freedom From Religion Foundation newsletters [yes one can combine that with Theosophy, it's hard to explain but trust me it works. I remember reading about all those "fearful" "fundies" out to oppress us all. Where did I say I am afraid of Gnomes and Fairies? My own home used to be full of gnome statues, before I got rid of them on ebay, this before I was born again.
Trust me just writing this blog, spiritual attack is the name of the game. No Christian should fear any evil spirit when they have the power of Jesus Christ to cast any of them out.
What's "paranoid" about exploring the true origins of these figures? I didn't write the fairy tales, and/or legends that spoke of so called "superstitious peasants" fearing these creatures or calling upon them in multiple world cultures. I didn't make it up that Wiccans and other "magick" practitioners and New Agers dabble in Faire Magic.
For those of us who spent a lot of years in Fundamentalism, Bible Believer is just another bought by the blood, sold out for Jesus Christian who sees Satan, demons, principalities, and powers everywhere he looks. This is no different from Jerry Falwell’s Teletubbies are gay, Smurfs are demons, or any of the numerous demonic toys listed in the classic book of Fundamentalist paranoia, Turmoil in the Toybox. Let me illustrate this with a 1980′s video clip of Pastor Gary Greenwald interviewing Phil Phillips, the author of Turmoil in the Toybox."
Here is a question I'd like answered. What's wrong with seeing Satan and demons and principalities and powers in many places?
Ephesians 6: 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Hey I may as well say it as I see it. Strip that one down. I have seen the world atheists live in. I think some human beings want to imagine a world where everything makes sense and humanity and science despite it's foibles even with Fukishima about to poison our oceans as being in control. Sitting in the UU church, I saw enough of this mindset to last a lifetime. This smug idea that "religion" is only for the "fearful" and the so called enlightened ones full of pride revel in their knowledge. Hey I was one of them so I have the right to call it as I see it.
There's something in the human mind set where one does not want to admit the true nature of this world or the darkness that abounds. Life was a learning lesson for me when I encountered evil before me. I suppose you see a few things working with the violent, it turns that liberal belief that humans are simply ignorant and that education can solve all ills on its head. Illness and suffering were wake up calls as well. Part of this mindset is based in cognitive dissonance, denying what lies out in the world before them.
Hey I used to be one of the "freethought" crowd. I know how they think. I remember the dry essays, the focus on "RATIONALITY". The noses in the air, with piles of dusty tomes, and discussions of how humans were star dust and would return to dust and be no more.
Actually I've watched Teletubbies, years ago, I noticed it "relaxed" me but then later I thought about that and asked "Why?" It was very mind numbing. Was that by accident? I don't know if the Teletubbies were meant to be homosexuals but they did seem very androgynous. The Smurfs have a warlock that chases them down and they do have their magic flute, they're not exactly breaking out the Bibles and how come there was only 1 girl Smurf to a 100 boy Smurfs? I always wondered about that.
See any toys lately that celebrate Christianity OR even Atheism? They aren't making Joe the BioChemist dolls. The Scooby Doo kids didn't get out the beakers and test tubes to do interesting chemical experiments, and extol the virtues of evolution, they went hunting for ghosts [spirits] though I'll grant in their case, most turned out to be guys in costumes. Why did that take so long to figure out? It seems an honest atheist would even wonder from their side of things, why so much "entertainment" is focused on "magical thinking and fantasy. Wouldn't they shudder at the damage done to future scientists as they are taught Disney World style to live in a dream fantasy land? Hmm maybe fantasy thinking is why so many think GMOs are a good idea and believe in global warming.
There's a lot of occult in children's toys and cartoons. A friend of mine had an old "Land of the Lost" show on the other day and with curiosity I took a relook. I saw every one of those shows as a child. Remember that show from the 1970s? That one was definitely an evolution training tool for children, with its Pakuni proto-humans who befriended the father and kids with much other strange things to offer like the alien-demonic looking Sleestaks.
Some will say "How dare you go there! These things have no deeper meaning. They are all just cute cuddly children's shows and cute fairies and Gnomes, it has no deeper significance!" That really is the extent of their argument and I find it wholly dissatisfactory. Really that is the claim, that there is no deeper significance to any of it. Odd how the "rational" crowd doesn't question the existence of so much of the debris of the "superstitious" world they purport to reject. Well I believe they do have significance and meaning. I always ask for consistency but see little in this type of scoffing.
In other words, the atheists will scoff at the talking serpents in the Bible [actually that is a mistranslation, but that's a subject for another post] but then don't mind if their kid sits down and watches talking serpents for "fun".
Anyhow here is some news for this blogger, the majority of IFB churches don't care about bad toys anymore or occult in media. I don't know how long he has been out of the church system. Those days ended in the 1980s and 1990s. One can't even find movies or literature any more warning about this type of thing. From what I can tell most are playing Elf on the Shelf with their kids, putting up the Christmas tree and having no problems taking their children to the latest alien filled science-fiction movie. I like cartoons by the way, but know when I am being snookered and when they are busy introducing the occult into the scene. Oh and this too, I think my "fundamentalist" card got tore up already for refusing Dominionism and blind obedience to the police state and freemasonic pastors.