The Man in the Sky
I got “The Invention of Lying” on Netflix because it stars Ricky Gervais. I’ve loved him ever since the first “The Office” where he played the vain, vapid boss, David Brent. And no, Michael Scott (from the American “The Office) cannot measure up. There, I’ve said it.
ANYWAY, The Invention of Lying. Meh. I didn’t like it, buy it, or believe it. Maybe 2.5 stars. BUT there was one redeeming section, where Gervais’ character invents religion and the audience’s response is perfect. (Sorry, it can’t embed).
“There’s a man who lives in the sky who controls everything.”
“Did he cause my mother to get cancer?”
“We have to stop that evil bastard before he kills everyone!”
…”But he also does good things.”
“So he’s kind of a prick but kind of a good guy, too?”
LOL. It made me laugh so hard because if people tried to found new religions now with the same tenets our old religions have – if people had never heard those tenets before – would anyone believe them?
I grew up without those stories. My family didn’t go to church, didn’t have a religion. The closest I got was when I went to Vacation Bible School as a 9-year-old because the neighbor kids went, but it didn’t stick.
So the first time I read them, I was more shocked and horrified than drawn in. For instance, this:
4 Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house. 5 They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.”
6 Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him 7 and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing. 8 Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.”
What the heck kind of book has, as a hero, a man who attempts to mollify a crowd bent on rape by tossing his virgin daughters out into their midst?
But I guess that is a minor point in the litany of violent Biblical horrors. I couldn’t get with the MAJOR point, either – the one about God loved people so much he sacrificed his only son so he wouldn’t have to send us to suffer eternally for doing bad stuff on earth for 80 years or so.
It just didn’t sit right then, and it doesn’t sit right now. I’m a non-believer. I mean, I do think there is a higher power and I have my beliefs about it, but I don’t believe in the Bible at all. I guess that’s painting it with a pretty broad brush, but I can’t get that part to make sense to me.
What about you? How did you get or lose religion?