All right, the front page of one of the premier dailies said that they have found the coffin of Jesus and James Cameron was looking mighty thrilled about it. Good for him… and so what?
I have never understood religion. Everyday in every way I keep hearing I have broken a million religious codes, and none the worse off than anyone else. So they have found Jesus body and are fully convinced that he was married to Mary Magdalene and perhaps they had a brood of children.
The point is, even if Jesus died in his sleep, at a ripe old age, what he had to say, and the way he lived his life was far more significant than poor old Dan Brown’s scribbles over two novels or Cameron’s sentimentalism in the Titanic. And in any case we resort to religion to console ourselves when we're down. And the constant reminder of the sufferings of the “son or reincarnation of god” is usually to writhe in guilt. In religion we actually lost out on the deeper words of what god really had to say. Paradoxically, the same can be said of a Marxist rally, where the true meaning of "the state shall wither away" are lost in the entire jargon.
In the sphere of religion or atheism and all that goes with these two extremes, one can only say, “In dogmatism no one can hear you scream." Because we are so deaf listening to the loud shouts of all. Veering between being an atheist to an agnostic, I must say I have found non-believers are as dogmatic as the rabidly religious ones. Put the Marxist next to the Papillary and each can say so stuck in their groove….and neither get ahead or find anymore meaning to life, state or poverty.
For me all religion is anti woman, and necessarily patriarchal. However I am also convinced that religion was itself a process of a revolution, and the revolutionaries at the center of it would cringe at the horror that has taken place in their name.
All religions are so unlike their thinkers, in fact no religion will be able to even justify their actions if it is put into the context of the word of God. The word was meant to set the soul free to introspect and do so much more, religion tied it up in chains.
Jesus would be horrified at the ornate ceremonies, crusades and the many convolutions that actually ended up keeping the faithful out of the fold. Krishna or Ram would definitely cringe at the sacrifices, sati, Babri Masjid episode, and the horrific murder of Graham Staines and his children. I don’t know much about Islam, but I’m sure the World Trade Center is not a part of the plan of God, nor are the million wars, or suicide bombings. And these are just some of the countless incidents to be deeply ashamed of, done in the name of religion and has absolutely nothing to to with word of God.
As for finding the coffin of Jesus, let us kneel and pray that James Cameron does not subject us to a three hour sugary, sentimental drama of the discovery…
(cut and paste this link for the Cameron story -http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3368731,00.html)