Fill a Void28 March, 2009
I have got to be more careful when typing in search terms. I recently bought a Tamiya Infantry Tank Mark II, Matilda (it’s an old kit (actually, the first tank model I ever built was this one (long ago)) and discovered a molding error in the turret. I really don’t want to order a new turret, so I decided to check on-line for a way to fill a void in the styrene plastic. I typed in “fill a void” and hit enter (I should have included the word ‘styrene’). This is what came up.
Fill The Void – 3:44pm
Well, I had to wonder just how a fictional bronze-age rabble-rousing rabbi could fill a void, so I clicked. And entered a painful web site.
Right at the top:
(I think that is the light at the end of the tunnel. But it looks more like an onrushing freight train.)
In every person’s heart, there is a void (there better not be a void in my heart — most holes in the heart are congenital birth defects which, if not treated, lead to a really short life) – an empty place that can only be filled by one thing (surgery?). Each of us goes through life seeking and searching for that one perfect fit, that thing that will fill the void (Oh, a metaphorical void. I have never searched for perfection in anything. In a chaotic world, perfection is not achievable. If you are searching for perfection, I guess you would feel empty.). Many try to substitute other things, money, drugs, careers, relationships (Don’t knock it. A real relationship with a human being (as opposed to a fictional delusion) is quite fulfilling), fame. Many seek fulfillment through mystical, religious or occult practices. But these things, however attractive they seem, cannot truly satisfy that inner longing (Wait. Ya’ll are trying to sell Jesus (which means Christianity (or at least some form of Christianity) and in the same paragraph insisting that mystical, religious, or occult practices will not fill the void? Believing in a mythical sky-daddy who killed his own son who was himself ain’t mystical? Christianity ain’t religious? Speaking in tongues and handling snakes ain’t occult?).
The Bible (which version of the thousands of different translations?) teaches (the Bible teaches nothing, preachers and teachers teach what the nonsense means) that only the One who made man’s heart (Mom and Dad? or at more philosophical level, the evolutionary process which led to homo sapiens?) can also fill it. Are you seeking fulfillment? (No, I am seeking a really good Reuben, though. Can you help me there?) Are you lacking inner peace? (Yes. Those with inner peace are totally happy with who they are and aren’t real likely to try to learn or try new things) Not sure of your purpose or direction in life? (There is no ‘purpose’ in life except finding a mate, fucking, and having children. That is our biological purpose. Other than that, life and reality just are.) Let Jesus Christ into your heart and know Him as you Lord and Savior (Depends. Does he have a medical license as a cardiac surgeon? If not, no way is he getting in my heart). He is the ONLY way to truly fill the void!
Today, over at Pharyngula, the humanist of the year P. Z. Myers, posted this picture of a church sign from Arkansas (it is a quote from Martin Luther):
Reading the two paragraphs from the Voiding in Jesus web site simply reinforces what many of us have already grokked: Faith is the greatest enemy that reason (or rationality (or reality)) has. If fallacious arguments from authority combined with a great straw-man will convince anyone to embrace the great zombie, than I guess that rationality, reason, and reality aren’t really a part of that individuals life.
I arrived there searching for something else (advice on using gap-filling CA to fill a molding void in a styrene model) and found, what is to me, a rather amusing site. I wonder just how many people sites like this one have snared over the years? And I wonder, how many of those snared simply transfer loyalty from one brand of theism to another, or from one form of Christianity to another? And how many actual atheists or universal deists actually get snared?