We cannot understand our world. We cannot travel back in time to see
how it was created. In fact, the notion of a beginning is inside the
human mind. Any notion, therefore, of a god that created this world is
abstract because it is not an object that is readily in our world. Art
represents a way for humans to captivate what they believe happened and
create it in a substance to endure time. ‘god’ is not here with us and
cannot be founded through our senses unless we create ‘god’ in some
relic. Art gives humans a way to make the intangible tangible or the
unreal real. If god is all the natural structures behind what we see
every day then art is another way to personify the underlining meaning
we can never truly perceive. ‘god’ is abstract; art is concrete. By
creating religious art humans try to make what they cannot experience
through the senses into something that can be experienced by all. Since
‘god’ is dead we must create him order to justify our conception.
If ‘god’ is a hidden power that controls our world, it is only natural for
humans to want to bring this ‘god’ to life through the art of creation.
Just as language is the symbolizing of abstraction, religious art is
the symbolizing of religious abstraction. What we cannot understand we
define and symbolize in order to categorize our world and live in
structure. There is no true image of ‘god’ therefore the human mind
creates one, naturally, in order to cope with the dire lack of
understanding. If ‘god’ is life and death, destruction and
regeneration, then it is perfectly represented in the symbol of the
Jesus figure. One can create an object in order to feel closer to a
belief; the object representing the belief on behalf of comforting the
masses individually and collectively. In this way, everyone can take
part in ‘god’. Is it not more logical to think that man created god in
his image rather than ‘god’ created man in his image? Humans are
naturally story-tellers. Native Americans, for example, personified all
realms of life. The sun and ocean were alive and could be communicated
with and worshiped for community gain. Jesus functions much like this;
he can be prayed to, believed in, and worshiped. When man could not
understand the world around him he created stories to symbolize the
earth’s happenings. Where must lightening come from? For sure there
must be a man in the clouds throwing it down on us. We can only
understand the world through ourselves and our experiences because
anything else is beyond us. This is why ‘god’ gets a human face.
Religion functions as a tool for the church or government to teach the
citizens moral conviction. Art has also been used as a tool to teach
morality. Religion and art go hand and hand in creating certain
paradigms to pass along to the citizens. The government has employed
artists in order to strike deep into the mind of the public. Before
mass media occurred art was a main means of propaganda. If the church
(hegemony) wants to propagate to the masses something that they cannot
experience through senses, then it only makes since for the hegemony to
create a ‘god’ that can be experienced through senses. Would a ‘god’ by
any other name smell as sweet?

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Not according to most religious practitioners. They would tell you that God can only smell sweet if he goes by their name for him, and fits their artistic representation. All others are considered foul.
Yes, gods were created by man in his image.

The god of Moses was a mountain god who demanded human sacrifice. Ancient Jews believed that they had to give up something precious in order to get something from this god, quid pro quo. With Abraham this god became more 'compassionate' as the Jews gave up human sacrifice of their first born--all children were needed as workers and field hands, too important to waste on a silly sacrifice. Although human sacrifice was still demanded under certain circumstances by their god.

As time passed this Jewish god supplanted all the other gods, Jews still believed in others gods but believed they must worship only one: their god whom they made invincible. As Christianity evolved there was a need for a more human god that mankind could relate to, thus the invention of Jesus.
I believe that, if a triangle could speak, it would say... that God is eminently triangular... Spinoza
Or by cutting through the Gordian Knot of Spinoza's faulty premises, we, like Nietzsche, could say, 'God is dead."

"Once upon a time, in some out of the way corner of that universe which is dispersed into numberless twinkling solar systems, there was a star upon which clever beasts invented knowing. That was the most arrogant and mendacious minute of "world history," but nevertheless, it was only a minute. After nature had drawn a few breaths, the star cooled and congealed, and the clever beasts had to die. One might invent such a fable, and yet he still would not have adequately illustrated how miserable, how shadowy and transient, how aimless and arbitrary the human intellect looks within nature. There were eternities during which it did not exist. And when it is all over with the human intellect, nothing will have happened,"
That's good! But how can we know that's what he really said. I mean, the guy's handwriting is totally illegible.
Hah, hah, a very wise gremlin with bad penmanship, perhaps? However, one of them makes a strong point very eloquently.

As the poet Pete Winslow wrote, 'I blink and half my life is over.' It's hard to imagine that in the grand scheme of things our lives matter much more than a piss ant's.
Matter or not, real or not, it is 'here' and we have to 'do' it until it is over. might as well enjoy it, even though there are so many people suffering through 'it', so the question becomes, should one be totally oblivious of all the sufferers and enjoy life to the fullest or should one forget one’s own self and give up everything fighting for this human race, or should there be a healthy stable middle ground in which one can live happily and also to benefit the lives of others?
If everyone asked that question you would have your answer.
goddammit
What I find funny is that the god who is known by ONE name is treated as two by Christians. I just didn't realize, for a long time, that the god the Muslims worship (Allah) and the god the Jews or Christians worship (Yahweh) were the same god. Not only is it the same god, but that god promised Abraham he would bless both his sons, even the illegitimately begotten son, Ishmael. So these sets of people are warring over their "birthrights" even though Allah/Yahweh acknowledges both of them.

Ha... I don't think this god smells sweet at all, no matter how many names he goes by, and he does go by many names :)
Why can't all the different names/aspects of the one (or however many) true God(s) just get together and sort it all out for us humans once and for all! I mean, what is he/she/they playing at????!
because people don't see or acknowledge a universal right or wrong therefore there is conflict. people don't want others to take away their 'right'. simple.

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