God's Google

So many religions that they blanket the earth and seem to stretch out as far as the moon
So many religions that they blanket the earth and seem to stretch out as far as the moon | Source

When you or I have a question about something or other, we frequently run to our computer and send our curiosity over to one of the search engines, such as Google. We want answers. Sometimes we actually get answers.

Think about how possibly identical to one another "religions" might have become had the ancients been blessed with some sort of a Google search engine kind of thing.

There so many different religions that more than one world may be needed to hold them all
There so many different religions that more than one world may be needed to hold them all | Source

How many religions are there?

How many different "religions" are there? Why so many? Does each separate religion have a belief setup that is true and correct, but different from all of those other religions? Well, there surely are a bunch of different religions, too many of them to ever list on just one or on several pages. Most of their adherents will assert that "their" religion was dictated to them by "the maker." Now, that is rather interesting. If that is how each religion began, then "the" maker was a teller who constantly lost track of his own story, for each of the religion founders had obviously been told something different from that which was told to all of the other founders.

Moses and the Ten Commandments
Moses and the Ten Commandments | Source

How many commandments?

How many "commandments" are there really on those "10 commandment" tablets, and were they truly hauled down a mountain after being carved onto heavy stone facings without the use of carving tools? Did one of those edicts actually warn people against wanting to grab the neighbor's ass? How did a burning bush do that text composing and carving? Or did it?


Did the ancients do drugs?

Did the ancients do drugs and marijuana? Did they abstain while writing out their religions? Their religious ideas had to have come from somewhere other than only from dreams in the night. Maybe people whispered tales to them and the religious scribes wrote the stories down onto cave walls or papers of papyrus.

Some religious garb requirements are practical and others not so much
Some religious garb requirements are practical and others not so much | Source

Why do they dress differently?

Hats and coats. Therein lies controversy of custom and habit. Why do some religions go for particular wearables? Little round hats for men, flowing robes for preachers, face masks for females over the age of puberty, and bones through the noses for others? If a person does not dress out using the dictates of their own religion, will they be doomed to fry in a sinners' fire pit?

Some foods are OK and others are not OK  (even if they taste good and have lots of vitamins)
Some foods are OK and others are not OK (even if they taste good and have lots of vitamins) | Source

Religious foodies?

Eats. Fish on Fridays. No pork ever. Alcohol is out except during a religious ceremony. This and that on separate plates. Sometimes it is "eat with your fingers" and other times, not. Religion and public health are often combined. It is of some interest that the leaders of some religions are called "medicine men." That side of things can become fairly complicated, one religion to the next.

One way to visualize a fallen angel
One way to visualize a fallen angel | Source

Harken to the singing and screaming

What is an angel? Why are some big money financial investors called "angels?" What is a devil? Is there more than one of them? Someone said that the devil is a "fallen angel." Why didn't some other angel pick that devil back up again? Do angels really have wings? How do devils survive the heat and pain of hell? What is a "bat out of hell - one of the fallen angels reincarnated as a flying rat?

But Grandma is way too big to fit inside a stork like this one
But Grandma is way too big to fit inside a stork like this one | Source

Is your grandpa now that bullfrog?


Is reincarnation, per se, possible. If not, is it symbolic only or is it somehow "real" in some other way? Is it bologna? Over by the Himalayan Mountains, best you do not molest a migrated stork, for the ancestors of the people over there are said to be "in the storks." Perhaps that is just another way of saying that matter is neither created nor destroyed. Maybe that goes for "spirits" and "souls," too.

Grandpa being returned to us as a bullfrog would present much the same kinds of problems as to size and shape, but the croaky voice might seem to be in there in a more sensible manner. It is said that some sects wear masks over their noses to avoid harming an ancestor who has been reincarnated in the form of a flying bug. That might work for me, depending upon the bug population in which that procedure might be applied.


The Pied Pipe of Hamelin - one of many fairy tales in print
The Pied Pipe of Hamelin - one of many fairy tales in print | Source

Should we look it up in our Grimm's?

Don't you just wish that the ancients had recourse to a "Google" sort of thing. Then, today, I could go to some textbook and get the straight of how things really were and are in the maker business. Yes. I understand that each religion has its own textbook.

The problem is that each book says things unlike what is said in the other books. Today's computer search engines plus Internet content can almost immediately show that to be so. It would have helped to have had search engines back then when religions were first put into the cookpots in preparation for feeding them to humanity.

Put your money here where it might do some good - or whatever
Put your money here where it might do some good - or whatever | Source

What seems to work for me will work for you, too

Oh well, I suppose that I will never get the straight of this stuff.

Even so, I will admit that I had a most pleasant experience with one of the established religions one time, some years back. The first magazine article for which I was paid (real money !) was for a piece I sent off to one of the religious magazines. They paid for that article with a nice big check. After that, whenever I looked in on one of that religion's worship services, they passed a brass collection plate to me such that I might return their money to them.

When things like that happen I remind myself of the many of the good things that religious sects try to accomplish, and which often enough they actually succeed in pulling off. Some, on the other hand, seem to get into doing evil things - bad, hurtful things that no one should do as individuals or as religious conglomerates.

I am not alone in appreciating blades of grass
I am not alone in appreciating blades of grass | Source

Now I am doing it, too

I look to my own experiences with things akin to religion - no drugs, alcohol, hypnotism, and things like that to influence me. One day, I looked out the window. Green grass. Lots and lots of green grass. All that grass out there. No man could have made even a single blade of that grass. Someone or something had to have come up with all of the grass seed. Only earlier grass could have managed that piece of work. But from where did that earlier grass come which made the grass seed that made my through-the-window green grass? Grass does not come from a book nor from the mouth of a preacher carrying on in a pulpit. There are rain clouds, but I had never come across a grass seed cloud. There were no voices whispering in my ears, and nothing close by with which to "Google" for answers or for suggestions. No priests with little round hats nor learned PhD's in professor clothing to explain to me what I was seeing.

All of that grass that came from somewhere didn't need any of that stuff. That was when I figured that I had been looking through the window at my very own "Blade of Grass Church."

Maybe that is where they all came from, all those many different religions - simple people looking through windows and marveling at what they saw beyond. There surely is a lot of grass in the world, plenty of stone for carving, mountains for descending, jackasses for not grabbing, food for eating and for avoiding, clothing to be worn, bullfrogs that croak in the night (with or without Grandpas), and storks that migrate back and forth, full of ancestors, to and from the mountain valleys every year.

All that a person needs to conjure up their own religion is a window through which to look.

Out of control, that's what so many folks become
Out of control, that's what so many folks become | Source

Some benefits from there having been no "God's Google"

My conclusion is that ours would be a very dull world were there but one or two religions. If you want to start people feuding, yelling, cussing, laughing, crying, and getting their undies all wadded up, even to setting off with their own killing wars, you need only carry on about religion as you understand it rather than as others want you to undergo it. Or, if you are not the worrying type, establish your own religion and tell others what you did. Why not? Seems to me that's what many, many people did before you showed up looking for the manger or its counterpart. Then, sort of sit back and observe the ruckus you will have started.

Works every time.

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B. Leekley 19 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

A curious book speculating on the evolutionary origin of consciousness and incidentally of religions is The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind by Jaynes.

You might be interested in a degree -- or at least classes -- in Comparative Religion.


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GusTheRedneck 19 months ago from USA Author

Brother Leekley (B.Leekley on HubPages) -

I must confess that I get quite lost in the title of the book by Jaynes you so kindly recommended for my reading.

As to my possible interest in a second degree or classes in Comparative Religion, I will have to beg off, for one degree in that area satisfied my then curiosity.

Enjoy your day, the one today and those to come next.

Gus :-)))


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drbj 19 months ago from south Florida

Loved every moment while reading this ingenious piece, Gus. You have your window overlooking your field of grass by whomever, whichever God. My window displays the unbelievable beauty of the ever-changing ocean. We are both blessed.


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GusTheRedneck 19 months ago from USA Author

Good Doctor BJ (drbj on HubPages) -

I am happy to have pleased you with my candlelight typing. Windows are nifty gadgets to have around, at least when the sun shines so that a body can actually see stuff through the glass. I keep looking for some kind of revelation, but so far, no luck. Grass is OK, and if I were pushing the communally-correct kind of grass, I'd have me a right popular cult going. You are right about us being blessed, but as of the moment I am not sure how that works.

Have fun today. (Not that you ever forget to do that...)

Gus :-)))


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Austinstar 19 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

I think even Willie Nelson would be good with the Church of Grass. About halfway through this article, I was getting my wallet out to put a little something into the hub plate. I settled for voting this up UP, Beautiful, and Awesome!

By George, I think you've got it!

Oh, if you really want to know about the Abrahamic religions, I would recommend a hefty tome by our own James Michener. It's a little book called, 'The Source' and it's the holy grail of rip-roaring stories about the beginning of religion. Told from the archeology of a 'Tell' in the 'holy land'.


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GusTheRedneck 19 months ago from USA Author

Hi Lela (AustinStar on HubPages) -

Now that I got IT, I suppose I will have to call on you medics to come up with a cure. Bye the Bye... that book you are recommending is one of those "kis and Tell" things. Take my word for it.

Emergency today. My window is getting steamed up on the inside from all of the thunderstorm after thunderstorm outside to the point where the grass is overgrowing and I cannot watch it do so. Not fair.

Further to that, Thor does not have an e-Mail address, nor a Facebook thing, nor a Twitter Twattle deal, nor a smart-phone, nor a dumb one.

Not fair at all.

Gus :-)))


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Austinstar 19 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

Well, plug Thor into the DVD player and enjoy some action!

We have almost got enough rain to trickle down into Lake Travis for a while. I think we managed to raise the level a whole foot! and more to come.

And rain is almost as fun to watch as is grass. :-)


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brakel2 19 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Gus -Great hub for one to think about. You sure do have intellectual curiosity and a great mind. I enjoyed the working of your mind and the window of your life looking at blades of grass made by Someone. Thanks for sharing your precious thoughts. Sharing. Blessings, Audrey


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Randy Godwin 19 months ago from Southern Georgia

A simply wonderful way of looking at religion, Gus. And I too have been fond of "grass" since the 60's. :P


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GusTheRedneck 19 months ago from USA Author

Hello Audrey (brakel2 on HubPages) -

Those blessings are certainly welcome here. Thanks. As to the working of my mind, I don't think that it is working very well. There sits my little mind, directly below the scalp whereon my beautiful, curly hair used to be. If that mind were working the way it ought to work, I'd have those curls back again in a flash. Obviously, that mind is not working worth a skunk's stripes. But thanks for making such a mistake out of rare kindness. It was much appreciated.

Gus :-)))


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GusTheRedneck 19 months ago from USA Author

Howdy Randy (Randy Godwin on HubPages) -

We grass-lovers look at lots of stuff, don't we. Sometimes we manage to see some, too. It's a pure wonder.

Gus :-)))


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GusTheRedneck 19 months ago from USA Author

Hello again, Lela (AustinStar on HubPages) -

You may be correct about Thor. Today is "his' day, Thursday.

As to the lake, one time I was on the board of a company owned by a fellow who wanted to have a show-off home at the lake there in Austin. Cost him more than a mil to hang it together. Then the drought hit and the lake went down and down and down. The last time I viewed the place, the water level was about 50 feet below the level of his dock. He despaired as to what he should do. It was suggested that he put up a sign at his dock - "Private Drydock."

Gus :-)))


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Austinstar 19 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

Was that A. J. Foyt's house? I think I used to go to school in Houston with one of his sons. But it's been so ling ago now, that my memory fails me.


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sallybea 19 months ago from Norfolk

GusTheRedneck

Freedom of expression, oh what a wonderful thing is too.

Grass and more grass and nature too, someone had to be responsible for conjuring all that up but who?

One of your best Gus, I loved reading this.

Best wishes,

Sally


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GusTheRedneck 19 months ago from USA Author

Lela (AustinStar on HubPages) -

The costly house built next to the shrinking lake at Austin was not A.J.'s. The guy who had the thing built with a gazillion bucks that he had been advised to put to work gainfully into his business was, fortunately for the racing game, involved in a much slower enterprise. When asked why his company continually teetered on the banks of Lake Travis and of failure, those of us who tried to tell him which way was "up" had no excuse for our own stupidity - we never learned how to get him to listen to us. No way to save the day financially, either. The money was blown on a costly house and grounds on a lake that didn't want to be there. No way to sell the place other than at a terrible loss. There were some other things, too, so I resigned. Probably saved myself from all sorts of problems and headaches, ulcers, jail sentences, need to emigrate, and so forth.

Have fun today. Memories return, so don't let the little stuff bother you.

Gus :-)))


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GusTheRedneck 19 months ago from USA Author

Hello Sally (sallybea on HubPages) -

Kind comments from an expert wet felter and photographer beyond compare are particularly foot-warming. (The compliments enter the eyes, are processed 'twixt the ears, and are so weighty that gravity assists them throughout the rest of a person, clean down to the toes.)

What I am hoping for is another of your photo deals, for the only felting to which I pay attention and have feeling are the non-fibrous and the mostly dry stuff. (I know that from having felt these things growing up...)

I'll be watching and waiting.

Gus :-)))


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torrilynn 19 months ago

I agree that if there was a such thing as a God's google then there would possibly be only a couple of religions, instead of the one's the numerous amount that we have now. thanks for the read and for answering a lot of questions that some may have.


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GusTheRedneck 19 months ago from USA Author

Hello Torri (torrilynn on HubPages) -

And here I thought that I was asking questions, not really answering them. Goes to show you what happens when "maturity" hits, doesn't it?

Gus :-)))

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