Empty and Malleable Vessel
(Top Posts - Distance From Belief
in theism - 052101)

I addressed this issue previously in a post entitled
"Born Free", but here's another perspective for
consideration ...

A human child is a vulnerable being, depending
totally on others for its survival and its definition
of self ...

An empty and malleable vessel ...

And into that vessel, whatever is poured shall conform
to the shape of the vessel and shall become a part of
that vessel, and shall shape that vessel ...

Should that vessel be filled with the thought that there
is, in the area of the unknowns, a super-being and a
vast supernatural world and a belief in a particular christ
dude which is required for immortality, that vessel will
likely be burdened with that view for its entire life ...

Likewise, should that vessel be filled with the thought
that there is, in the area of unknowns, a search by
humankind for answers, an unwillingness to just believe
in what forebears had passed down as if it was true,
that vessel will likely be free to continue the search,
unburdened with obligations of following myths from
prior generations no matter what ...

A baby/child is ...

An empty vessel ...

Into which ...

We pour ...

That which was ...

Poured into us ...

Such is the nature of life ...

The pouring. and the shaping of the malleable
form of the vessel, and the pouring again and ...

In all this ...

Where do the simpleminded guilt-tripping magic
being "believe or else" notions of the christians
fit in?

Nowhere, my friends, nowhere, for, consider this ...

Should we pour, into the empty vessel, the notion
that ...

Xanthus is the supreme being, believe that she exists,
and believe that Marishnu came to earth, that she lived
a selfless life full of joy and giving and freedom from
the burdens of human existence, ascending into a
wondrous HappyForeverLand, and you, too, shall
be one with Xanthus and Marishnu and live in that
"beyond description wonderworld" of bonding with
the creator forevermore, and ...

Believe not, and ye shall suffer immortal torment, and
thus sayeth the parents/churches/peers/society into
which the child is born, and thus shall it be, and ...

Surround these notions with "Xanthus/Marishnu or
else" as 'the' only way to immortality, and have secular
entities and disbelievers, even, treating belief in Xanthus/
Marishnu as somehow special and deserving, at the very
least, of worth for 'them', if not for you, and promote
silence when it comes to pointing out the flaws in the
"Xanthus/Marishnu or else" notions, and ...

Have all these notions pushed/acclaimed in large
'holy' prominent 'Xanthus-blessed' buildings and
ceremonies and symbols and in the tying of the whole
shebang into law, marriages, death, funerals, social
functions, hypocritical epitome of good, promotion
of pretentiousness / slavery, idolization of the status
quo, promotion of acquiescence to silence/submis-
sion/conformity, and ...

Yes, indeed, that vessel, that child, will be burdened
with the myth of Xanthus and Marishnu for her/his
entire life ...

Shaping that malleable vessel with doctrine/dogma
and social/culture conformity mechanisms/pressures,
and ...

Thank Xanthus, thank Marishnu ...

Pray to Xanthus and Marishnu ...

Xanthus/Marishnu is "THE" answer, and ...

A tornado sweeps through town and kills
a few, and, no prob, "Thank Xanthus", *I*
was "saved" from the devastation, and such
propaganda is pushed upon the populace,
including the children, constantly, and ...

Guess what ...

The empty vessel, the child ...

Shall leverage her/his view of life off of Xanthus/
Marishnu, for that has been what the child, the vessel,
has been shaped by/filled with ...

And likewise ...

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Such is the nature of the christian faith, nothing more
than a myth poured into and shaping malleable vessels,
for the better part of the last 1,900 years, added to the
God myth which has been around as a "made-up answer"
for unknowns, in widely assorted forms, for all of written
history, the reasons why ...

We ...

Can ...

and Must ...

Do Better ...

For the children, the vessels who are naught but that ...

Which we pour into them ...

And for us, those shaped and formed by the pouring
of the christian myth, and other myths of faith, who
can and must free ourselves by virtue of the power
of human intellect, the ability to cast aside the myths
and biases and prejudices and deceptions and all
of the burdens of prior generations that have been
poured into almost every one of us, carryovers from
the residue of human history, refuse humankind
would be best-served to put in our past, forevermore ...

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236 uses of the word 'truth" in the christian bible, 117
in the Old Testament and 119 in the New Testament,
follow.

Seems that canting "truth", along with the 4,739 cants
of the word "God", is a key component of the perpe-
tuation of the God/Christ myth from generation to
generation.

Call it truth, and by virtue of claim, it becomes so?

Sheesh, where's the evidence?

Just cant Xanthus 4,740 times and in the Xanthus/Marishnu
holy document, whip up 237 cants of truth, and voila,
you've one-upped the christian bible ...

GENESIS 24:27 his mercy and his TRUTH: I being in the
GENESIS 32:10 and of all the TRUTH, which thou hast shewed
GENESIS 42:16 whether there be any TRUTH in you: or else

EXODUS 18:21 fear God, men of TRUTH, hating covetousness; and
EXODUS 34:6 longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and TRUTH,

DEUTERONOMY 13:14 if it be TRUTH, and the thing certain,
DEUTERONOMY 32:4 a God of TRUTH and without iniquity

JOSHUA 24:14 in sincerity and in TRUTH: and put away the

JUDGES 9:15 the trees, If in TRUTH ye anoint me king

1 SAMUEL 12:24 and serve him in TRUTH with all your heart:
1 SAMUEL 21:5 unto him, Of a TRUTH women have been kept

2 SAMUEL 2:6 LORD shew kindness and TRUTH unto you: and I
2 SAMUEL 15:20 back thy brethren: mercy and TRUTH be with thee.

1 KINGS 2:4 walk before me in TRUTH with all their heart
1 KINGS 3:6 walked before thee in TRUTH, and in righteousness,
1 KINGS 17:24 word of the LORD in thy mouth is TRUTH.

2 KINGS 19:17 Of a TRUTH, LORD, the kings of Assyria have
2 KINGS 20:3 walked before thee in TRUTH and with a perfect
2 KINGS 20:19 good, if peace and TRUTH be in my days?

2 CHRONICLES 18:15 say nothing but the TRUTH to me in the
2 CHRONICLES 31:20 good and right and TRUTH before the LORD

ESTHER 9:30 kingdom of Ahasuerus, with words of peace and TRUTH,

JOB 9:2 is so of a TRUTH: but how should man

PSALMS 15:2 righteousness, and speaketh the TRUTH in his heart.
PSALMS 25:5 Lead me in thy TRUTH, and teach me: for
PSALMS 25:10 LORD are mercy and TRUTH unto such as keep
PSALMS 26:3 mine eyes: and I have walked in thy TRUTH.
PSALMS 30:9 the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy TRUTH?
PSALMS 31:5 thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of TRUTH.
PSALMS 33:4 right; and all his works are done in TRUTH.
PSALMS 40:10 lovingkindness and thy TRUTH from the great
PSALMS 40:11 lovingkindness and thy TRUTH continually
PSALMS 43:3 thy light and thy TRUTH: let them lead me;
PSALMS 45:4 prosperously because of TRUTH and meekness
PSALMS 51:6 Behold, thou desirest TRUTH in the inward parts:
PSALMS 54:5 unto mine enemies: cut them off in thy TRUTH.
PSALMS 57:3 God shall send forth his mercy and his TRUTH.
PSALMS 57:10 unto the heavens, and thy TRUTH unto the clouds.
PSALMS 60:4 it may be displayed because of the TRUTH. Selah.
PSALMS 61:7 O prepare mercy and TRUTH, which may preserve him.
PSALMS 69:13 mercy hear me, in the TRUTH of thy salvation.
PSALMS 71:22 the psaltery, even thy TRUTH, O my God: unto
PSALMS 85:10 Mercy and TRUTH are met together; righteousness
PSALMS 85:11 TRUTH shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness
PSALMS 86:11 will walk in thy TRUTH: unite my heart to
PSALMS 86:15 long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and TRUTH.
PSALMS 89:14 thy throne: mercy and TRUTH shall go before thy
PSALMS 89:49 thou swarest unto David in thy TRUTH?
PSALMS 91:4 shalt thou trust: his TRUTH shall be thy shield
PSALMS 96:13 with righteousness, and the people with his TRUTH.
PSALMS 98:3 his mercy and his TRUTH toward the house of
PSALMS 100:5 everlasting; and his TRUTH endureth to all generations.
PSALMS 108:4 the heavens: and thy TRUTH reacheth unto the clouds.
PSALMS 111:8 and ever, and are done in TRUTH and uprightness.
PSALMS 117:2 toward us: and the TRUTH of the LORD endureth
PSALMS 119:30 chosen the way of TRUTH: thy judgments have I
PSALMS 119:43 not the word of TRUTH utterly out of my
PSALMS 119:142 everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the TRUTH.
PSALMS 119:151 O LORD; and all thy commandments are TRUTH.
PSALMS 132:11 LORD hath sworn in TRUTH unto David; he will
PSALMS 138:2 lovingkindness and for thy TRUTH: for thou hast
PSALMS 145:18 him, to all that call upon him in TRUTH.
PSALMS 146:6 all that therein is: which keepeth TRUTH for ever:

PROVERBS 3:3 Let not mercy and TRUTH forsake thee: bind them
PROVERBS 8:7 my mouth shall speak TRUTH; and wickedness is an
PROVERBS 12:17 that speaketh TRUTH sheweth forth righteousness
PROVERBS 12:19 The lip of TRUTH shall be established for ever:
PROVERBS 14:22 evil? but mercy and TRUTH shall be to them
PROVERBS 16:6 By mercy and TRUTH iniquity is purged: and by
PROVERBS 20:28 Mercy and TRUTH preserve the king: and his throne
PROVERBS 22:21 of the words of TRUTH; that thou mightest answer
PROVERBS 22:21 answer the words of TRUTH to them that send
PROVERBS 23:23 Buy the TRUTH, and sell it not; also wisdom,

ECCLESIASTES 12:10 written was upright, even words of TRUTH.

ISAIAH 5:9 of hosts, Of a TRUTH many houses shall be
ISAIAH 10:20 the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in TRUTH.
ISAIAH 16:5 sit upon it in TRUTH in the tabernacle of
ISAIAH 25:1 things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and TRUTH.
ISAIAH 26:2 righteous nation which keepeth the TRUTH may enter in.
ISAIAH 37:18 Of a TRUTH, LORD, the kings of Assyria have
ISAIAH 38:3 walked before thee in TRUTH and with a perfect
ISAIAH 38:18 down into the pit cannot hope for thy TRUTH.
ISAIAH 38:19 father to the children shall make known thy TRUTH.
ISAIAH 39:8 there shall be peace and TRUTH in my days.
ISAIAH 42:3 not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto TRUTH.
ISAIAH 43:9 or let them hear, and say, It is TRUTH.
ISAIAH 48:1 of Israel, but not in TRUTH, nor in righteousness.
ISAIAH 59:4 nor any pleadeth for TRUTH: they trust in vanity,
ISAIAH 59:14 standeth afar off: for TRUTH is fallen in the
ISAIAH 59:15 Yea, TRUTH faileth; and he that departeth from evil
ISAIAH 61:8 direct their work in TRUTH, and I will make
ISAIAH 65:16 in the God of TRUTH; and he that sweareth
ISAIAH 65:16 by the God of TRUTH; because the former troubles

JEREMIAH 4:2 The LORD liveth, in TRUTH, in judgment, and in
JEREMIAH 5:1 judgment, that seeketh the TRUTH; and I will pardon
JEREMIAH 5:3 thine eyes upon the TRUTH? thou hast stricken them,
JEREMIAH 7:28 God, nor receiveth correction: TRUTH is perished,
JEREMIAH 9:3 not valiant for the TRUTH upon the earth; for
JEREMIAH 9:5 will not speak the TRUTH: they have taught their
JEREMIAH 26:15 thereof: for of a TRUTH the LORD hath sent
JEREMIAH 33:6 reveal unto them the abundance of peace and TRUTH.

DANIEL 2:47 and said, Of a TRUTH it is, that your
DANIEL 4:37 all whose works are TRUTH, and his ways judgment:
DANIEL 7:16 and asked him the TRUTH of all this. So
DANIEL 7:19 I would know the TRUTH of the fourth beast,
DANIEL 8:12 it cast down the TRUTH to the ground; and
DANIEL 9:13 turn from our iniquities, and understand thy TRUTH.
DANIEL 10:21 in the scripture of TRUTH: and there is none
DANIEL 11:2 I shew thee the TRUTH. Behold, there shall stand

HOSEA 4:1 because there is no TRUTH, nor mercy, nor knowledge

MICAH 7:20 Thou wilt perform the TRUTH to Jacob, and the

ZECHARIAH 8:3 called a city of TRUTH; and the mountain of
ZECHARIAH 8:8 be their God, in TRUTH and in righteousness.
ZECHARIAH 8:16 every man the TRUTH to his neighbour; execute
ZECHARIAH 8:16 the judgment of TRUTH and peace in your
ZECHARIAH 8:19 feasts; therefore love the TRUTH and peace.

MALACHI 2:6 The law of TRUTH was in his mouth, and

MATTHEW 14:33 him, saying, Of a TRUTH thou art the Son
MATTHEW 15:27 And she said, TRUTH, Lord: yet the dogs eat
MATTHEW 22:16 way of God in TRUTH, neither carest thou for

MARK 5:33 down before him, and told him all the TRUTH.
MARK 12:14 way of God in TRUTH: Is it lawful to
MARK 12:32 thou hast said the TRUTH: for there is one

LUKE 4:25 tell you of a TRUTH, many widows were in
LUKE 9:27 tell you of a TRUTH, there be some standing
LUKE 12:44 Of a TRUTH I say unto you, that he
LUKE 21:3 he said, Of a TRUTH I say unto you,
LUKE 22:59 affirmed, saying, Of a TRUTH this fellow also was

JOHN 1:14 begotten of the Father,) full of grace and TRUTH.
JOHN 1:17 Moses, but grace and TRUTH came by Jesus Christ.
JOHN 3:21 But he that doeth TRUTH cometh to the light,
JOHN 4:23 in spirit and in TRUTH: for the Father seeketh
JOHN 4:24 him must worship him in spirit and in TRUTH.
JOHN 5:33 unto John, and he bare witness unto the TRUTH.
JOHN 6:14 This is of a TRUTH that prophet that should
JOHN 7:40 saying, said, Of a TRUTH this is the Prophet.
JOHN 8:32 know the TRUTH, and the TRUTH shall make you free.
JOHN 8:40 hath told you the TRUTH, which I have heard
JOHN 8:44 abode not in the TRUTH, because there is no
JOHN 8:44 because there is no TRUTH in him. When he
JOHN 8:45 I tell you the TRUTH, ye believe me not.
JOHN 8:46 if I say the TRUTH, why do ye not
JOHN 14:6 am the way, the TRUTH, and the life: no
JOHN 14:17 Even the Spirit of TRUTH; whom the world cannot
JOHN 15:26 even the Spirit of TRUTH, which proceedeth from the
JOHN 16:7 I tell you the TRUTH; It is expedient for
JOHN 16:13 he, the Spirit of TRUTH, is come, he will
JOHN 16:13 guide you into all TRUTH: for he shall not
JOHN 17:17 Sanctify them through thy TRUTH: thy word is TRUTH.
JOHN 17:19 that they also might be sanctified through the TRUTH.
JOHN 18:37 bear witness unto the TRUTH. Every one that is
JOHN 18:37 one that is of the TRUTH heareth my voice.
JOHN 18:38 unto him, What is TRUTH? And when he had

ACTS 4:27 For of a TRUTH against thy holy child Jesus,
ACTS 10:34 and said, Of a TRUTH I perceive that God
ACTS 26:25 but speak forth the words of TRUTH and soberness.

ROMANS 1:18 men, who hold the TRUTH in unrighteousness;
ROMANS 1:25 Who changed the TRUTH of God into a lie,
ROMANS 2:2 God is according to TRUTH against them which
ROMANS 2:8 do not obey the TRUTH, but obey unrighteousness,
ROMANS 2:20 of knowledge and of the TRUTH in the law.
ROMANS 3:7 For if the TRUTH of God hath more abounded
ROMANS 9:1 I say the TRUTH in Christ, I lie not,
ROMANS 15:8 circumcision for the TRUTH of God, to confirm

1 CORINTHIANS 5:8 unleavened bread of sincerity and TRUTH.
1 CORINTHIANS 13:6 not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the TRUTH;
1 CORINTHIANS 14:25 report that God is in you of a TRUTH.

2 CORINTHIANS 4:2 of the TRUTH commending ourselves
2 CORINTHIANS 6:7 By the word of TRUTH, by the power of
2 CORINTHIANS 7:14 things to you in TRUTH, even so our boasting,
2 CORINTHIANS 7:14 which I made before Titus, is found a TRUTH.
2 CORINTHIANS 11:10 As the TRUTH of Christ is in me, no
2 CORINTHIANS 12:6 I will say the TRUTH: but now I forbear,
2 CORINTHIANS 13:8 against the TRUTH, but for the TRUTH.

GALATIANS 2:5 an hour; that the TRUTH of the gospel might
GALATIANS 2:14 uprightly according to the TRUTH of the gospel,
GALATIANS 3:1 not obey the TRUTH, before whose eyes Jesus
GALATIANS 4:16 your enemy, because I tell you the TRUTH?
GALATIANS 5:7 you that ye should not obey the TRUTH?

EPHESIANS 1:13 heard the word of TRUTH, the gospel of your
EPHESIANS 4:15 But speaking the TRUTH in love, may grow up
EPHESIANS 4:21 taught by him, as the TRUTH is in Jesus:
EPHESIANS 4:25 lying, speak every man TRUTH with his neighbour:
EPHESIANS 5:9 in all goodness and righteousness and TRUTH
EPHESIANS 6:14 loins girt about with TRUTH, and having on the

PHILIPPIANS 1:18 in pretence, or in TRUTH, Christ is preached;

COLOSSIANS 1:5 in the word of the TRUTH of the gospel;
COLOSSIANS 1:6 it, and knew the grace of God in TRUTH:

1 THESSALONIANS 2:13 as it is in TRUTH, the word of God,

2 THESSALONIANS 2:10 the love of the TRUTH, that they might be
2 THESSALONIANS 2:12 believed not the TRUTH, but had pleasure
2 THESSALONIANS 2:13 of the Spirit and belief of the TRUTH:

1 TIMOTHY 2:4 and to come unto the knowledge of the TRUTH.
1 TIMOTHY 2:7 apostle, (I speak the TRUTH in Christ, and lie
1 TIMOTHY 3:15 living God, the pillar and ground of the TRUTH.
1 TIMOTHY 4:3 of them which believe and know the TRUTH.
1 TIMOTHY 6:5 destitute of the TRUTH, supposing that gain is

2 TIMOTHY 2:15 ashamed, rightly dividing the word of TRUTH.
2 TIMOTHY 2:18 concerning the TRUTH have erred,
2 TIMOTHY 2:25 repentance to the acknowledging of the TRUTH;
2 TIMOTHY 3:7 able to come to the knowledge of the TRUTH.
2 TIMOTHY 3:8 also resist the TRUTH: men of corrupt minds,
2 TIMOTHY 4:4 their ears from the TRUTH, and shall be turned

TITUS 1:1 acknowledging of the TRUTH which is after godliness;
TITUS 1:14 commandments of men, that turn from the TRUTH.

HEBREWS 10:26 knowledge of the TRUTH, there

JAMES 1:18 with the word of TRUTH, that we should be
JAMES 3:14 hearts, glory not, and lie not against the TRUTH.
JAMES 5:19 do err from the TRUTH, and one convert him;

1 PETER 1:22 obeying the TRUTH through the Spirit unto

2 PETER 1:12 and be established in the present TRUTH.
2 PETER 2:2 whom the way of TRUTH shall be evil spoken

1 JOHN 1:6 in darkness, we lie, and do not the TRUTH:
1 JOHN 1:8 deceive ourselves, and the TRUTH is not in us.
1 JOHN 2:4 a liar, and the TRUTH is not in him.
1 JOHN 2:21 ye know not the TRUTH, but because ye know
1 JOHN 2:21 it, and that no lie is of the TRUTH.
1 JOHN 2:27 all things, and is TRUTH, and is no lie,
1 JOHN 3:18 neither in tongue; but in deed and in TRUTH.
1 JOHN 3:19 we are of the TRUTH, and shall assure our
1 JOHN 4:6 we the spirit of TRUTH, and the spirit of
1 JOHN 5:6 beareth witness, because the Spirit is TRUTH.

2 JOHN 1:1 I love in the TRUTH; and not I only,
2 JOHN 1:1 but also all they that have known the TRUTH;
2 JOHN 1:2 For the TRUTH's sake, which dwelleth in us, and
2 JOHN 1:3 the Son of the Father, in TRUTH and love.
2 JOHN 1:4 thy children walking in TRUTH, as we have received

3 JOHN 1:1 the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the TRUTH.
3 JOHN 1:3 and testified of the TRUTH that is in thee,
3 JOHN 1:3 in thee, even as thou walkest in the TRUTH.
3 JOHN 1:4 than to hear that my children walk in TRUTH.
3 JOHN 1:8 such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the TRUTH.
3 JOHN 1:12 men, and of the TRUTH itself: yea, and we

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