People go mad over a good story or movie and can become so involved in it that they even dress as the characters. The recent release of the latest Star War picture proves that there is nothing like fiction to bring in the money and influence the majority. Actors are sought after, admired, even worshiped while some followers may have plastic surgery to take on their features. Followers of Elvis Presley are a case in point as tens of thousands imitate his ways almost 40 years after his death.
So what is it about fiction that grabs people to this extent? What happens to their mind and their spirituality if all they care about is what has come out of other people’s imagination? The behaviour of mankind is entwined in idealism dreamt up by ancestors and refined into great stories.
Recently when a new device was released by a major computer company people queued up from the night before to be among the first to get their hands on it. But there is nothing special about being first except that they can brag about it. That hits the nail on the head because everything of worth in this world is about pride and vanity.
Images of celestial bodies transformed into human like gods are adored; prayed to; nurtured; cared for lovingly; and paraded around on the shoulders of men who treat them as supernatural beings. To expect that they have power and can answer one’s prayers is about as dumb as the human mind can be and yet that is what is at the heart of religions today.
“They lavish gold out of the bag, and weigh silver in the balance, and hire a goldsmith: and he maketh it a god; they fall down, yea, they worship. They bear him upon the shoulder, they carry him, and set him in his place, and he standeth… yea, one shall cry unto him, yet can he not answer, nor save him out of his troubles.” Isaiah 46:6,7
Religions like all fiction are based on magic and worship. They are based on what one can’t see and the tricks or foolery associated with things like the after-life or with the status of one in this life. The fools who follow them are unable to separate reality and to search within for the spiritual connection to the real God, the Spirit of the Universe. It now has all worshipers of idols in its sights.
“These two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of the sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enhancements… Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth; and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt now be able to put it off; and desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know.” Isaiah 47:9,11