Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Is God Dead? (First Installment)
“God Is Dead”, probably the most famous statement of Friedrich Nietzsche. It was first stated in the section “The Madman” from the book, The Gay Science, written by Nietzsche published in 1882.
“‘Where has God gone?’ he cried. ‘I shall tell you. We have killed him - you and I. We are his murderers. But how have we done this? How were we able to drink up the sea? Who gave us the sponge to wipe away the entire horizon? What did we do when we unchained the earth from its sun? Whither is it moving now? Whither are we moving now? Away from all suns? Are we not perpetually falling? Backward, sideward, forward, in all directions? Is there any up or down left? Are we not straying as through an infinite nothing? Do we not feel the breath of empty space? Has it not become colder? Is it not more and more night coming on all the time? Must not lanterns be lit in the morning? Do we not hear anything yet of the noise of the gravediggers who are burying God? Do we not smell anything yet of God's decomposition? Gods too decompose. God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?’ - Nietzsche, The Gay Science (section 125 “The Madman”).At first, I was not sure what to think about this section because it did not sound happy or proud, but instead it almost felt like a lament, like the author is sad that “God is dead”. This confused me because he seemed to really hate God (in this case the God of the Christians, Jehovah God), so would he not be joyful and feel accomplished that “God is dead… and we have killed him”. The more I read it, the more it became less and less regretful and sad, but instead became more and more mockful and sarcastic with rhetorical questions such as “What did we do when we unchained the earth from its sun?” and “What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent?” and “What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us?”
I understand what he is saying, we’ve “killed” God mentally, taking Him out of our everyday life and completely denying His existence. Many people believe that Nietzsche was right, that God is in fact dead because there are many people in the world that no longer acknowledge Him. We’ve kicked Him out of our homes, our schools, and are hell bent on kicking him out of our country. But can you really kill God? If so, how would we kill Him?
I personally think in order to kill God; you have to completely erase Him from your home, culture, and country. Which, I do not think any culture or country has done. Sure, we’ve kicked Him out of our schools and homes, but have we really killed Him? We constantly talk about Him, debate whether He’s real or not, and when bad things happen we blame Him. So how can He be dead, when it is us who are keeping Him alive? Nietzsche made a decent point saying “God is dead”, but I think that he was wrong. You cannot kill God. It’s impossible, whether you believe in Him or not. It’s like saying you killed Santa Claus, you cannot. You cannot kill something that someone believes exists, whether you believe it or not. As long as there is at least one person who believes, then God will always be alive.
To put it into better perspective, it’s almost like the movie “Rise of the Guardians”. When no one believed in Pitch, he could no longer affect anyone and somewhat, in a sense died. I do not think we will ever get to a point in time when we can “kill God” because to make all of humanity, or even an entire country stop believing in God, is impossible. People die all over the world for the belief in God and as one dies, more rise up. It’s a never ending cycle.
I personally believe in God. To be more specific, I believe in Jehovah God. The reason I say that it’s a never ending cycle because if it could end, then God would have lied. If God lied, then He is NOT God. I say this because of Matthew 24:22 “And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.” This is talking about the time when the Anti-Christ will reign for 7 years. Yes, I know it sounds “crazy” to those that don’t believe, but both sides (Atheists and Christians) believe “crazy” things.
What I do not understand about this, is why Nietzsche felt the need to declare that “God is dead… and we killed Him.” The fact that Nietzsche felt the need to say that we have “killed” God, shows an almost hatred for God. Why feel the need to declare it, unless there was some form of dislike or anger towards God, otherwise he would not feel the need to be so vehemently vocal against God and those who believe in Him. “After coming into contact with a religious man I always feel I must wash my hands.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
In my opinion, Nietzsche was not an Atheist, but instead a Misotheistic. It seems like every day there are more and more people that hate Jehovah God. They hate that God tells them no, when they want a yes. In other words, God established boundaries or laws that we should not cross or break, and that totally provokes people. People hate to be told they cannot do something, so they in turn hate God and those who follow Him. If I am just being dramatic or oversensitive, then why doesn’t Nietzsche attack other religions. Why does he only attack Christianity? He even says that other religions have a right to despise Christianity. “If Islam despises Christianity, it has a thousandfold right to do so: Islam at least assumes that it is dealing with men” ~ Nietzsche (The AntiChrist, Chapter 59). This statement confused me the most because Islam has more rules, regulations, and intolerance than Christianity, which seems to me to be his problem with Christianity. In my opinion, Nietzsche sounds bitter. It’s almost as if he is trying to totally separate himself from the God he grew up with as much as possible. He is trying to kill something that is deep within him that he does not want to conform to, even though he knows it’s right. He seems to want to eradicate and demolish the rules and regulations he had as a child. This is not atheism, this is pay back, this is a slap to the face, this is hatred. He sounds like someone who hates God because he does not want to conform to His laws and commands, but instead wants to live life to the beat of his own drum. To me this is childlike and rebellious.
I do not believe there are any true Atheists, just simply many people who are Misotheistic. So, in conclusion, God is not dead and we did not kill him. We CANNOT kill God. We CANNOT say He is dead. We can only deny His existence and live life as if He was never here.
You may call me what you want and tell me I am a horrible person, but I will go to bed with a clear conscience because I do not think there is a God, I KNOW there is a God. And He is NOT dead.
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