Christians: Imagine I’m an Alien
by David Sims
RECENTLY, I asked in an online forum:
Assume that I’m an alien from another planet who has never heard of any human religion before. My spaceship has just entered orbit around Earth, and suddenly I am presented with proselytizers from each of Earth’s faiths. You are the representative of the Christians. Supply me with an argument that would persuade me to regard your religion as truer and better than all of the others.
Justin Duff replied:
There is a wide range of religious experience between the blindly groping faith that caused men to pass their children through the fire as sacrifice to their deities, and the divine consciousness of Jesus, who submitted His body to the purifying fire of the Spirit and came forth alive with a life that never dies. In the study of things pertaining to religion we should keep in mind the three activities of consciousness: spiritual, psychical, and physical. The spiritual is the realm of absolute principles; the psychical is the realm of thought images; the physical is the realm of manifestation. The well-balanced, thoroughly developed man, of which Jesus is the type, comprehends and consciously adjusts his spirit, soul, and body as a whole, and thereby fulfills the law of his being. Those who are on the way to this attainment have various experiences, which are symbolically set forth in the Scriptures.
And my rejoinder to Mr. Duff was:
Although there is some truth in what you said, you have gone far, far beyond what you have any actual evidence for. You’re right in that men need a sense of worth, a purpose to strive for, and a star to steer by. What these are — the measure, the goal, the guide — is where you err though presumption.
If I were not a thinking man, then I might not find any fault with your blithe provision of details scant of epistemology, or how it is you know that those particular details are true. But I am a thinking man, and one of my thoughts is that someone with different details regarding spirit, mind, and body could approach me an hour from now and attempt to persuade me as earnestly as you did.
What distinguishes your beliefs from his? What sets your ideas about Jesus above whatever contrary ideas he might have? Show me how your scriptures are better than his.
Then Dean Argent replied:
Dear Mr. Alien: We Christians are divided into two groups, the True Priesthood and the true believers. (Some “ministers” are actually true believers, which disqualifies and excludes them from the True Priesthood.) We of the True Priesthood do not believe in any Christian doctrines, which in any case are widely varied and mutually contradictory. We do, however, believe in controlling large numbers of the naturally stupid and/or gullible human beings who inhabit this planet, and we extract from these true believers large numbers of tokens (money) which are used to buy their labor, thus giving us a vast army of slaves continually at our disposal. They have been at our disposal for more than a thousand years, in fact. We agree with Pope Leo X, who once marveled, “What riches this fable of Christ has brought us!” In return for not killing and eating us, we will let you in on the game.
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