24th April 11
About Religion and Nationalism
“Why and for what purpose am I on this earth?”
Some of our most vehement opponents are priests and officials of our so-called Church of England. Yet at the same time there are many nationalists who have a deep belief in God and would be most hurt if it were suggested that their belief in God prevented them from being nationalists.
Again, many nationalists are atheists. So how can these apparently opposite views tie together?
It is useful to summarise very broadly some of the way that religion has developed and recognise the existence of religions other than Christianity.
Once upon a time, many years ago, man or probably proto-man, started to be conscious of himself and his surroundings. Things happened that he could not understand or explain. The sun rises and sets. The forest catches fire. Man then made the assertion that the cause for such things was a super being. This super being we now describe as a god.
As time went by man’s brain evolved and he became increasingly aware. This, in turn, led to more and more explanations being required, and hence more gods. The concept of gods developed and it became usual to ask the gods to act favourably for the supplicant – today this is called praying. A further development was that special members of one’s tribe or city claimed direct communication with the god or gods. Such a person is known by the general term of priest.
Things got even more complicated. Gods acquired, for any particular tribe or nation, their own hierarchy. Within the time of written history, for example, we read of Zeus as being the head Greek god and Thor being top god in old time Scandinavia.
Of the major world religions that centre on a god or gods, the only one to retain this concept of many gods is that of Hinduism. Other world religions, such as, Christianity, Mohammedism and Judaism, (Religions “of the Book”), have simplified their belief by having a single ‘super-god’ that is responsible for everything.
Am interesting forerunner of these religions is the Zoroastrianism that has just two gods. (Some say one god but two principles.) There is a ‘good’ god, Ahura Mazda and a ‘bad’ god, Ahriman. The struggle between these two principles are an essential part of Zoroastrianism. Mazda is believed to be only slightly more powerful than Ahriman. In Christianity, one can discern a similar relationship between God and Satan. Here, though, God is deemed to be all powerful.
One must also briefly mention a ‘bad’ religion (also known as an anti-religion) that is a religion that promotes distortion, destruction, perversion and death – Molochism’. See below for further comment on this.
The priests have over the years built up ritual to bolster their position as the conduit between believers and their god. Codes of conduct, both for priests and the god’s followers have arisen.
In discussing religion as a general topic it is important to understand that one of the purposes of a ‘good’ religion is to give its followers a purpose in life and a way of life that promotes the health and continuance of the tribe, city, or nation.
Returning to the present, the United Kingdom and the subject of this article.
Most atheists declare that the concept of a god is so unlikely that for all practical purposes the concept can be ignored. An atheist, therefore, has no priest or book of rules with which to govern his life - a lonely position! It would be quite possible for an atheist to say there is no purpose in life. Therefore, I have no responsibility and can live for personal pleasure and not bother about other people or the future.
This is not the view of a nationalist atheist. Such a person says in answer to the question, “Why are we on this earth?” “Although I have not the slightest idea, the only logical reason must be to promote the existence and continuance of my nation.” This, of course, is every bit an unfounded assertion as that of saying there is a God!
Let us compare this with the probable response when the above question is posed to a Christian. He might say, “I am on this earth for the Glory of God. I live by the Christian code.”
It seems, therefore that there is no practical difference between the nationalist atheist and the nationalist Christian. All that is happening is that the Christian has the intermediate thought process to go through whereby he consults his God and the Christian code.
The above, of course, assumes that the Christian code is that of a ‘good’ religion.
Unfortunately, many of the Christian priests appear to have gone over to the god, Moloch, and preach perversion and irresponsibility.
This article could only be written by an atheist as, and I quote, “It’s the nature of faiths and religions that their adherents are virtually impervious to facts or information that goes against those faiths or religions.” It is thus almost impossible for religionists to take step outside their own religion and get an overview.
This article should be seen as a political article and not a religious article. What is important is that nationalist Christians and nationalist atheists both agree on the “code” or way of life for our country. It matters not whether this code is derived from a belief in God or just a direct personal belief.
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