I saw this movie tonight, I couldn't stop watching. Ultimately it makes two fantastic points.
1) During an interview with an ex-gay man:
Crazy ex-gay: No one is born gay.
Bill Maher: Really? Have you seen Little Richard???
2) What other concepts from the bronze age do we still uphold?
When you ask people, from the deep south or from a hostel in Amsterdam, they all say they found God at their lowest point. It's easy to manipulate someone at their lowest point. Jesus doesn't find people who are happy and self-fulfilled. People find god when they're looking to fill a hole.
The problem with this is that people at this point are susceptible, they're looking for meaning. And since there is no god actually talking to anyone, these tenets come from other men. Not women you'll notice, men. And this is the essence of clubs. I am superior because I am in this club and you aren't. My club gives me purpose. Come join my club.
If people are so happy in Jesus, why can't they feel that and keep it to themselves? Because the hole in them is not filled, it's only filled when they remind themselves they're in the club. Because that's the essence of a club, it needs new members. And these people look for people at low points. Are you feeling like crap? I have the answers. I'm special because I'm going to get into heaven, you're not.
And we elevate people, because there is no god, we elevate people and listen to the views of the pope or our rabbi or our minister. Not god. We focus on the interpretations of god through these men. And our club is better. I'm getting into heaven. And this leads to 9/11 and it leads to the holocaust, and it will ultimately lead to the end of civilization as we know it.
It's ironic, that the thing so many people use as salvation is what could ultimately destroy humanity.
The earth was not created 5000 years ago. There never was a man named Jesus. And a civilization built on a model of us against them cannot survive.
I hope we as a people can wake up. It's so easy to look for outside answers, to look everywhere else but within. The truth is if you have a hole, only you can fill it. You are the love that you need. It's not an easy answer. It's not a book you can buy or a club you can join. But it's the truth.
Maybe we can build a religion around that.