I guess this is working, this catharsis of mine.

As with many successful cooking techniques, simplicity is paramount. Take for instance the meal I made for my family last night: saffron rice with peas and fresh tomatoes, tortilla espaƱola, potatoes with chorizo sarta and bacon, and french cut beans in olive oil and lemon juice. If you haven’t made anything like this before, this might just seem too complicated. Perhaps it’s just too much. But, when you actually try to prepare these dishes, you realize that the recipes are simple. There are simple ingredients. There is simple preparation. Even the presentation is simple. The most interesting aspect of all this is that these dishes are some of everyone’s most favored offerings here in our household. Pizza is very much the same way. Simple preparation and simple ingredients yield amazing results.

I think God is very much the same way. God is not so complex that we cannot understand it. However, at the same time, I don’t think God is meant to be understood. In fact, I’ll go as far as to say that at this particular time in my life I firmly believe that God is a human creation to satisfy an internal spiritual need. Some of us have it. Some of us don’t. I have it, therefore I’ve pontificated about it. This is not to say that God does not exist, because I believe that God does. But, alas, this is a matter of faith – and faith is personal, not public. Before I go further into this, I want to stop. I want to stop for the very reasons that have shaken my faith in Christianity and my understanding of religion. A point is to be made of this, but it cannot be done by word alone. This is done by making an attempt to understand all that affects us – nature, science, literature, the Earth, weather, and, indeed, humans. God is not human and it is an insult to this power to embody it in human form just so we can selfishly identify with it. We, as humans, cannot identify with God directly. However, we, as humans, can identify with ourselves and with our place in everyone’s lives and everything’s existence – hence, God.

God, though, is dead…

…because God is no longer understood (or, perhaps, was never understood) by the religions that claim God’s favor. I don’t think God can be right or wrong, good or bad, rooting for one side over another. No. Rather, it is the human will to project this upon God to bolster their own fractured, selfish, and imperfect existences.

That is where I stand on God.

What about Jesus, you ask? What about Christianity? I’ll get there soon. I’ll give you a snippet of what I think, though:

Jesus: philosopher, activist, anti-establishment rogue killed by The Mob

Christianity: grass roots movement turned corporate whores.