Saturday, 3 October 2009

The invention of lying

ricky gervais new film is hilarous and also makes some interesting points. Its a film about a world where nobody can lie - until ricky gervais character discovers how to. He then tells his dying mother that when she dies she will go to heaven and suddenly a new religion is born who worship the man in the sky. It will raise some awkward questions for xians such as why nasa have never found there man in the sky, when there man in the sky is responsbile for all the good things but not the bad things, why there man in the sky only told us he exists recently rather than millions of years ago and how sitting there waiting for heaven makes you less happy than being an athest and living your life to the full. I know people like richard dawkins sell lots of books but people like ricky gervais reach new audiences that many of the other new atheists fail to reach.


johnny said...

Hi Mike.

Awkward questions? lol

just strawmen, Mike, just strawmen.

God Bless,

johnny said...

Hi again, Mike.

I was giving your post a bit more thought, and it occurred to me that the concept behind Gervais film is self-contradictory.

You see, it implies that God (who can not lie) would be more powerful if He had the ability to lie (in the movie, God is portrayed by the "innocent" society). Yet, this concept is presented as a truth (albit fictional and funny--- and, likely, missed by more than 99% of those watching the movie).

However, if lying is more powerful than the truth, then truth would not matter. The problem with this is, attempts to deny the law of non-contradiction always afirm it.

And, in the words of Lily Tomlin (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-in )
"That's the truth pphhhtt"

Besides, Mike, aren't you the one who goes on and on about the "unbias" of atheists because they are "searching for the truth?"

Jesus the Christ is:

The Way;
The Truth;
The Life.

While you think Christians are "sitting there waiting for heaven", and you go about "living your life to the full", you might want to contemplate who is actually living life and who is wasting it... start this contemplation by thinking in terms of Pascal's wager. In these terms, ask yourself what it means to have life and to live it fully.

After you've given that some thought, then think about Jesus' words...

Joh 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.