Sunday, June 07, 2009

I am sooo going to hell...

As many of you know, I teach a Sunday School class on occasion. I have theological differences with the Church I attend, but there are area's where what I believe and what I am supposed to teach intersect, and so these area are where I focus my lesson.

I personally feel it would be dishonest of me to teach something contrary to what the organization would have me teach, but also dishonest to myself to teach something contrary to what I believe.

Sometimes it's easy, sometimes it's tricky. Today was a tricky one. In cases like these I try and teach as factually as I can, leaving personal statements of belief out of it.

The topic was tithing and there was a serious disconnect in the lesson between how this particular principle came into being in organization with which we were attending, and the actual principle itself.

Actual principle is that there are spiritual benefits to giving, and that God doesn't require it of us for his benefit, but for ours. I personally think that there are benefits to charitable giving. The benefit of thinking of someone other than yourself, helping another share in whatever success you have had, and above all know that it's not all about the money.

The organization I attend, instituted it (well it was always there, but no-one did it, so they started emphasizing it very strongly) because they were on the verge of bankruptcy.

The worst thing is, that as I'm teaching this, a George Carlin piece kept flashing through my mind.

I found a short, clean version of the idea on the Atheism page on

Religion convinced the world that there's an invisible man in the sky who watches everything you do. And there's 10 things he doesn't want you to do or else you'll to to a burning place with a lake of fire until the end of eternity. But he loves you! ...And he needs money! He's all powerful, but he can't handle money!
[George Carlin, from album "You Are All Diseased"]

For those who can handle it... There is an excellent clip of it on YouTube, complete with facial expressions, expletives and more a elaboration explanation.


  1. LOL. I'll see you there - all the most interesting people are going to hell, anyway.

  2. Ever considered the option - there is no hell?
    I agree on the charitable giving thing, as social beings we should look after those in trouble or who can't look after themselves. I'm just very, very picky about where my money goes. I'm 'known' at work as the bitch who won't buy raffle tickets if it's raising money for church school. Public schools, I buy those, bundles.

  3. Ms Mouse - I have and I fully embrace the fact that there is no such place...

    It's just been remarkably liberating to whole heartedly accept that all those around me think I'm headed there though - Really lowers everyone's expectations.

    I think my money this year will be going to the children's hospital, or perhaps the Hess Cancer Foundation.

  4. I am certain there is no such thing as hell. But it's fun to say that all the interesting people are going there. It stops the irritating "but aren't you afraid of going to hell" questions about being a heathen.

  5. Of course if I'm wrong, and I don't think I am but IF, then I'll look forward to spending eternity with all of you!

  6. At lease we'll finally get to meet!