Thursday, 5 December 2019

Human Or Inhuman?

Updated: May 2, 2015 4:48 pm

TALKING about gods, secular and communal, Satiricus was intrigued to read in the papers the other day that the number of atheists in the UK will rise to 40 per cent by 2050, according to a recent survey. It says the number of Christians in the UK fell by more than 4 million in the past 10 years, while globally more than 100 million people were projected to leave Christianity. Well, now, a Christian is a follower of Christ, so not remaining a Christian would mean not following what Christ preached.

What, then, did Christ preach? Christ said: “These enemies of mine that did not want me to become king over them bring here and slaughter before me.” (Luke, 19:27.) Jesus Christ! If a hundred million Christians no more wanted to slaughter Satiricus for remaining a nefarious non-Christian wouldn’t that mean allowing him to carry on the murderous business of boring his readers to death?

Then again, Jesus said, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters he cannot be my disciple.” (Luke, 14:26.) Well, now, this seems to be the real test of being a Christian, and it is so sad that 100 million followers of Christ are so much afraid of flunking it that they want to opt out of the exam. Shame on them. Hinduism says, “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”, the whole world is your family. Then why did Christ tell Christians to hate only their family? Clearly because he was considerate enough to understand that only after learning to hate his own family well can a Christian acquire the competence to hate the whole non-Christian world.

Fortunately for Christ, there are some among his latter-day followers who are talented enough to be able to do that even now. For only a few months back an American Christian publicly promised that those who do not believe in Christ are going to hell “with a one-way ticket”. Isn’t that a promising start?

Unfortunately for hell-bent Satiricus, there would be another problem. It is bad enough that he is not a Christian as per the dictionary meaning “follower of Christ”. What is worse, as per the colloquial meaning “Christian” means “a human being”. Then the question is, is Satiricus human or inhuman? God knows!—The Christian god.

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