A little teaser for the TV show “V” on ABC the other night was interesting. (I do not watch it, so bear with me here.) The teaser went through some of the early stuff with the giant image of the attractive woman in the sky, her friendly attitude to people, etc. I think that they turn into really nasty aliens later on. You know, you just can’t trust those aliens.
In jumping around like a frog in a fry pan, they showed part of one scene where an old priest and young priest in the back recess of a church were discussing what they should tell parishioners about this alien phenomenon. One priest wanted to talk about it from the pulpit, but noted that the Bible did not cover such events.
They also both noted that no more than two or three of the neighborhood homeless came to their services anyway. The church was in a down and out, given-up neighborhood where most people had left decades ago.
But the priests enter the main part of the church to find – guess what? Yep, the church is filled with parishioners, scared to death and ready to receive the word of God from their priests. It’s almost standing room only.
Well, that was no surprise in this quarter. After all, the people, parishioners, the cold and hungry just looking for a warm spot, the outsiders, those returning to their religion after twenty years, were all there for one thing. They were afraid. I don’t blame them. If this show were real life, I would be afraid also.
I just would not go to the church of any denomination for answers – any answers. After all, churches and religions have not been able to give us any serious, thoughtful, cogent, reasoned answers for anything else in life, any time in life, at any point in history. Churches, church attendance and religion are built on fear.
They have the carrot (heaven) and the stick (burning flames, lakes of fire, etc.) to alternately reward or beat us into shape. And if we don’t believe, there is no burn salve, ointment, or hospital burn treatment center to go to. You just burn and burn and burn, for – well, forever, if you can imagine that. And if you believe such malarkey (both the burning and the eternity parts), that might scare you.
It scared the extras in this TV show, and only showed most dramatically that religion – any religion, all religion – is based on fear. Otherwise, all those extras representing real people would be sitting home, realizing that they could do nothing about the activities of these superior aliens, except just sit there trying to enjoy themselves until the last “hoorah”.
After all, you just can’t trust those aliens. You can’t trust religionists either, with their fanciful fairy tales.