Jose Saramago and The True Nature of God

A week or so ago I finished the heretical genius that is Jose Saramago’s The Gospel According to Jesus Christ. Saramago’s unique style of writing and wonderful narration meant that it instantly stood out from many of the other books I have read. It is unsurprising that the book attracted great controversy, with its alternative portrayal of Jesus’ life it was never going to be a church favourite.

As the book progresses the reader begins to see not the loving, kind and caring God that is so often presented and portrayed, but a God who is arrogant, selfish and egotistical. The word of God, the acts of God, and every human invention that we have attributed to him have in fact been incorrect. The message that Saramago tells us is that if God were to exist, and he doesn’t, but if he were, then he would not be the God that we think of today.

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A Letter From Ray Jasper. Death Row. Texas.

I am not ashamed to admit that I have simply copied and pasted everything in the letter from another site and posted it here. I am not ashamed to say it because I think it is an incredible letter, thought provoking and heartfelt, and I believe as many people as possible should read it. I am immensely opposed to the death penalty, for any crime, it is neither humane nor fulfils any of the criteria needed for justice. I truly hope that in my life time I will see the eradication of capital punishment worldwide.

I originally read this on gawker.com.
What follows are the words of Ray Jasper.

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Is There A Person…

Is there a person living who advocates the deaths of others? Would they stand on high and proclaim to others that the killing of people is not only justified but welcomed? Guns, bombs and more sinister methods of slaughter are essential to a thriving society and a joyous life. The task to take human life is a decision we are allowed to take ourselves, it is a decision without consequence and a decision without impact. Is there a person who can honestly say that there is nothing immoral and unethical about preventing another human being continuing their life? A person who can make the choice, and take the decision to permanently extinguish the fire of existence. To halt the candle before it had run its natural course and burned out of its own accord. Is there a person living who can look another in the eye and say to them with all honesty and conviction “I posses a right to take your life from you, and I will act upon that right if I see fit”? The person gazes upon the other in full knowledge that the same sentence can be repeated back, and both are fine with it. Is there a person who advocates this?

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