“God, grant me the sanity to deal with s*** I cannot change, the cunning to change the things I can, and wisdom to hide the bodies. For yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for I am the meanest mo-fo in the valley! Thy saw and thy shotgun they comfort me. They maketh others to lie down in green pastures and beneath the still waters. To restoreth my soul in the paths of righteousness.”- Chainsaw 6:16.

A great many of you are grimacing and shaking your heads. Crossing yourselves if believably applicable. Maybe offering up a prayer for my immoral soul. In the certain assurance that this writer will surely- “Go to hell! Go directly to hell, do not pass GO, do not collect $200.”

No worries, dear reader, it’s all already been arranged. A friend has agreed to drive the bus and I’ll be giving the guided tours- “And on your left… disco inferno, and to your right the highway to here.”

Before we offend any further, perhaps a disclaimer is in order. “The views and thoughts contained within this article are those of the writer and his alone. They are opinions and in no way mean to offend or reflect upon the views and thoughts of the Focus, and blah blah blah… you get the idea- this is all me folks.”

Do you think a guided tour of hades (or whatever negative “afterlife” comes after life) would have a negatively positive effect on the masses? Suppose that would depend on who paid for the gas. But corporate sponsorship aside, would a literal, unabridged, unedited, undeniably real view of the “wages of sin” wake people up? It certainly couldn’t hurt (please… keep your hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times) and might help streamline some things in the varying organized religious communities.      

Seriously, shouldn’t there be only one? They can’t all be right… can they? Or does it come down some basic set of rules based on a universal sense of faith and belief… with the rituals and specifics aside? Or do the specific methods of each make the final determination of righteousness?

How do they know they’ve even got the right deity? Or if there’s more than one? Belief + faith does not equivalate truth. It’s all myth, fiction and fairytale… until the end.  And though the mainstream religions have the numbers, it doesn’t mean the crowd is right.

Argue all day long. Get mad, get angry, get offended, be hateful and threaten anyone who would question your beliefs. Because that’s what Jesus (or the savior of your choice) would do?

Maybe that tour should incorporate a trip to paradise also… free cheeseburgers to the 1st 1,000 customers. It’d be like visiting the real “Graceland”- thank you very much.

Ya know to heck with the tour, what about a one on one with the creator or custodian of all of everything? Or maybe a pay per view streaming event. No- a universal presentation for all by the great I am… what I am… and that’s all that I am!

You’d know it was really Him, Her, Them, It… whatever because you just would. And then they could tell us what was right and what we should be doing. Oh, we’d still have free will and all that jazz. But with unquestionable direction.

Honestly though, consider it. If we actually encountered who or whatever was responsible, a lot of people would deny and keep on keeping on the way they’ve always kept on. If it were inconvenient or questioned what they believed. So why would “God” waste his time? According to the “good book” there’s already evident experience about denial in the face of actual angels.

Besides, that would defile the basic principle of all religions- belief.

Huh? What do I believe? After years as a self-proclaimed atheist, several more as an accused agnostic… I’m still not sure I “believe” in anything. But there is something and I don’t think any certain religion, worship style or attending the right church has anything to do with it.

It’s so much bigger than all that. So far beyond comprehension that it’s incomprehensible… this is where faith would need to step in, and I don’t think I’m a chosen messenger.

I welcome almost all questions, comments via Focus, or E-mail me at [email protected]. Hope to hear from ya, until then try and stay focused! See ya.