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Girl, you'll be a woman… soon
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I love you so much, can't count all the ways
I've died for you girl and all they can say is
"He's not your kind"
They never get tired of putting me down
And I'll never know when I come around
What I'm gonna find
Don't let them make up your mind.
Don't you know…
Rays of sunlight breaking through gaps in cloud cover. Some Christians I know would consider this a sign of God. Really? They're just light photons that left our nearby star eight minutes ago, traversing through a partly cloudy sky at just the right angle to make the rays readily apparent, and look heavenly, to a lucky observer.
Christians are eager and quick to write off some photogenic weather as evidence of God. As an armchair philosopher, surface explanations like that hold absolutely no appeal to me. I wanna dig deep and find out how the combination of sunlight and clouds came to be associated with Heaven. Biblical references to Heaven being "above" and Hell being "below" no doubt play a part. But I'd wager an even bigger role can be ascribed to cultural references over the centuries, from Renaissance paintings to today's TV shows and movies. It's funny that a lot of Christians put a premium on purity of belief, and yet can't seem to fathom how extra-biblical sources have influenced their religion.
When I pass by a church, I sometimes wonder why it's a Christian church. Why aren't there any buildings dedicated to Freyja worship? Why aren't there any temples for followers of Artemis? Christianity didn't always have hegemony. But it did win some key political and military battles (e.g., Constantine converting and making it a state religion throughout the Roman Empire) and the rest is, as we say, history. One thing you won't ever hear talked about during Sunday sermons is the systematic extermination of pagans, once Christians acquired political power. Killings, forced conversions, cultural apprproations (e.g., all the good, fun stuff about Christmas originally came from pagan traditions). Why does a "religion of love" have so much blood on its hands?