The divine in Language

There are so many religious and divine concepts in language; let’s discuss English which has a Judeo-Christian bias. The concept of Heaven and Hell is a false dichotomy created by a myth to create absolutist moral structures. It falsely attributes fate after death to God because we are so grandiose as to believe in existence after.

Blessings and curses convey wishes and divine luck. The concept is an unnecessary, false causal attribution to a divine actor. When someone is grateful or lucky, they say they’re blessed because they are looking for the cause in a higher power to explain things. We seek explanations, so, we believe in whatever comforts us.

Prayers are an artificial way to foster hope by reaching out to a supreme, divine being in control of fate. It means to have faith in God and let it rectify the situation. We don’t have enough self-belief and control of the situation so we pray in an attempt to somehow convince this “creator” to provide us with a certain outcome.

It stems from the idea that we can somehow affect what will happen. “Praying for someone’s recovery” or “Praying I get something” or whatever it may be is a false imposition of control onto God because we believe that we can somehow do something about the situation through praying. Praying doesn’t do anything in itself but deceive us.

Faith is having trust in God as if trust in a fake, over-glorified entity will do anything but delude. Even if God may be more of a concept than an actual figure, it is still a product of the deceptive, false stories we have told ourselves to construct a narrative around the arbitrary nature of fate.

Sacred refers to a mythologically guarded figure perhaps because of an arbitrarily large amount of faith placed in a symbol. Some sacred symbols may be holy but they’re only so because they are associated with God. Such deceptive and sentimental associations with non-existent figures cloud our perceptions and impede rationality and science.

Themes of religion and God are deeply rooted in language. We are so deluded through indoctrination by culture, religion, and language that we take seriously the aforementioned ideas, unknowingly invoke them, and don’t question them. What seems to matter are the lies we tell ourselves.

Variety writer