Re – “Situations in religion here do not lend credence to supposed situations in the hereafter.“
Just a short thought:
Some people say that this world is hell.
Does Chidi expect as above, so below – the same as vis-versa? Or that terrorism will be rewarded with paradise ? Who has promised that? Given the psychological hedonism of the world in which we live, Heaven/ the Hereafter is a fascinating idea not least, the intellectual pleasure and spiritual rewards of studying the Torah at the feet of the Throne of Glory. In the summer of 1998 I got a foretaste of this at the Chabad House in Wimbledon, studying Parashat Chukat which is the Torah portion of the Red Heifer , at the round table with Rabbi Nissan Dovid Dubov.
Dante’s hell and the more prosaic Gehinnom are also fascinating ideas impacting on some believers as a deterrent to doing evil /sinful action – the Roman Catholics even have a brilliant idea called purgatory, a resting place of transition for the sinful who must suffer there before transiting to heaven above. Are you still wondering why it’s called “ the missionary position”, Chidi ?
Chapter 3 of Joyce’s “ Portrait of an Artist as a Young man” should instruct those liars who did not attend any catholic school and were consequently not choir or altar boys – or indeed paedophilia objects, as to what to expect, dear Chidi of the awakening, Chidi man of the Igbo Cultural Renaissance, early first rider of the apocalypse…
“Thou shalt not kill; but needst not strive / Officiously to keep alive” ?
In Judaism, there’s reverence for life, even pikuach nefesh.
I know little of what Judaism says about the Hereafter. I have not studied much about such matters, but I am slightly more familiar with the non-violent work in progress known as Tikkun Olam
Right now at the top of the mind is the news that’s just coming in, of Swedish troops to the Golan
With you as the addressee, Boko Haram and the so called religion of peace is at the top of the situation agenda down there on Nigeria’s mother earth and the paradox here is that just like the al-Qaeda Jihadists, the Boko Haram people entertain great expectations and no doubt, flying without wings, would like to ascend to “the brightest heaven of invention”, to a peaceful love life in the Islamic paradise, free from all acts of wanton terrorism, and with lots of dark-eyed virgin women up there, waiting to serve all their sexual needs. Indeed, the Boko people and allies must thus be highly motivated, probably believing with all their hearts that they are also soon on the way to the paradise of the 72 virgins each, as a reward for all the iniquities they have committed down here on the planet earth. What is not yet clear is whether or not there will be equal rights / gender equality in that paradise – whether the women who wear hijab and burqa here on planet earth will also be entitled to be entertained or loved by 72 virgin men each, in the dimension called paradise, and one cannot help but wonder about the population increase up there in the infinite reality of Cleopatra’s “infinite variety”
“And on their promises of paradise
You will not hear a laugh” (The Gates of Eden)
If the pious among the Muslims claim that the impious acts of the Boko people deserve nothing but the everlasting fires of jahannam what would be the basis of their rebuttals?
A safe conclusion is that they may have chosen the wrong religion : Valhalla would have been a better destination because there,at least they can continue to fight all day, pick up their swords first thing in the morning and start fighting, start fighting “ the kuffar”
I have said my little piece, others are free to say theirs instead of bridling at the seams.
The above was a short and by no means complete thought, as in Themba Feza…
A few more items (some nauseous) about the sociology of some religious situations in the here and now, on this side of the globe:
Sweden | EuropeNews
Europe’s meltdown: a cautionary tale
Now Stockholm has caught up with Malmo ( With regard to the growth of parallel societies, a competent sociologist had better take a closer look into this phenomenon.
The religion of peace strikes again
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