God's rules? Which god? Whose interpretation of these rules? Your interpretation? The Pope's interpretation? Your sister's interpretation? My interpretation?
The rules that your god lays down in the Old Testament or the ones he lays down in the New Testament? All of the rules he lays down? Are some more binding than others?
Which are more important? Are the rules about sex more important than the rules about worship? Than the rules about violence?
Can you safely ignore some rules? Do you eat unclean animals? If so, why? Why is this rule okay to ignore? Is it not a sin, too?
How do you reconcile contradictory rules that your god has given?
Who is the arbiter of these rules? You? Your church? God? If your god is going to judge everyone eventually, why is it necessary for you to judge people now? Did he not admonish you to be in the world but not of the world? Then why worry about the sin you perceive all around you? Let your god send those sinners to hell; live an exemplary life, following your set of rules, and don't worry about those around you.
Why these rules and not another set of rules?
For a moment, ask yourself: "What if my set of rules is wrong?" I know you think they're right. I don't care. Ask yourself, "What if I'm wrong?" Just do a thought experiment. If your assumptions are wrong, then what do you believe? Do you choose another god? How do you know which god to choose?
Another thought experiment — just play along: what if there are no gods? Whence then your morality? Must one have a god in order to have a moral center? If there were no god, would the world descend into anarchy? Would it be a riot of hedonistic orgies?
Imagine for a moment — humor me — that you had to construct a moral life without somebody else to guide you. How would you derive your morals? Do you think that all atheists flounder, are without a moral center?
Which rules, Tammy? Why yours?
On this day at foldedspace.org
2005 — Sunrise/Sunset Kris and I recently watched the films Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. We liked them.
2003 — Welcome to the House of Leaves This connection of book to music is a fun idea. I only hope that the book can live up to the elaborate edifice which has been created around it.