on 4/17/2005 (2)
Good evening my friends. Allow me to introduce myself. I am Godhammer. I am not a God in the true sense, at least the mythological sense, but rather a collection of animated matter, given birth and being through the cataclysmic explosion of the Big Bang, my very carbon and iron atoms forged in the heart of super novae, my bodies water molecules once played upon the stygian, vulcan shores of ancient seas.
|I, Godhammer |
I am Godflesh. I am Godhammer.
Today I pose a question. Does God punish mankind through natural catastrophes such as earthquakes, tsunamis and tornados? Or are these events merely natural phenomena, reminding us that nothing is permanent or truly solid, the very earth we stand upon like a sand castle in a hurricane, to be wrenched in titanic upheaval over the fathomless millenia of geological process and time?
The ancient inhabitants in what is now modern day Nicaruaga, devoid of modern science, did not think so.
Indeed, they perceived the eruption of a looming nearby volcano known as Popogatepe, or burning mountain, as punishment from a divine hand, and responded by throwing children into the lava filled crater in an act of futile appeasement to Chaciutique, the goddess of fire.
Of course today, we know better, correct?
When the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated into a fireball upon reentry over Texas, the Islamic world erupted in frantic chants of 'Allahu Akbar', or God is great', interpreting the disaster as the hand of Allah striking down the infidels of the 'Great Satan' America as retribution for attacking the Islamic world.
When 4 hurricanes uncoiled like Herculean sledgehammer blows through central Florida last year, Democrats, seeing Florida as the spawning ground of the evil Bush Dynasty, saw it as a divine assault upon the conservative populace, not overlooking, or failing to mention, the governorship of the president's brother Jeb Bush as further villification.
Is there any validity to these claims? Or are they merely the hopefull workings of the primitive, vengeful, human mind?
Of course it is the latter. Gods abound in human history, with no shortage of zealous followers willing to self-immolate in their servitude. Japanese Kamikaze pilots, serving the emperor, who they believed was a divine descendent of the rising sun, nearly thwarted U.S. invasion efforts in the Pacific 60 years ago. Today, Mujahadeen, fighting 'Jihad' or Holy War, in the name of Allah, have no apparent shortage of willing volunteers...some even teenagers...willing to do the same.
But to what end? For this I am sure: what they serve is not God. They serve an idea, and artistic notion if you will. God is Art, and man is seemingly willing to die for Art.
But who, or what is the true God, if there is one?
The answer of course lies in the mirror. You have met the divine being and he is you.
All living beings are divine entities. Gods, in a very strict and real sense. The power to create and destroy, to heal and inflict, lies in our hands, and in our hands only. We are the judge and jury, we are the accused. We are Jesus and we are the cross, we are the Christians and we are the lions. We cannot be deemed separate from divinity, for we are the divine.
Perhaps one further and final level of spiritual awakening needs to unfold upon us to meet our true selves: the disposal of organized religion and the realization that we, and we only, are the force of creativity and invention, us and us alone.
Think it over
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