Dan Barker: God, the Judgmental Ghost

God, the Judgementa Ghost

"How happy can you be when you think every action and thought is being monitored by a judgmental ghost?"

- Dan Barker

Quote Source: Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist

Zaphod's picture
Quite happy if you don't care

Quite happy if you don't care what this judgmental ghost ultimately thinks of actions and thoughts or if you think its a fair judge I guess. it would be interesting to be this judging ghost because I guess you would also know everything that influenced these thoughts and actions. What a voyeur this ghost must be! Kind of kinky!

SammyShazaam's picture
Just smiling to myself over

Just smiling to myself over the mental image of a frowning, judgmental ghost :)

Lauren's picture
I know this a somewhat

I know this a somewhat comical quote but this is the core reason why I left Christianity! I hated feeling ashamed for my actions over some "being" I had never seen or spoke to and ultimately had no connection with. When I realized this my future flashed before my eyes and I noticed if I continued to force myself to believe I would have an unhappy life full of shame and lack of control. Why would I live such a life?

Zaphod's picture
Your comment really gave me

Your comment really gave me some food for thought. I think this is the first time I have ever seen reference to someones future flashing before their eyes. I have heard people say their life flashed before their eyes but never the their futures. But i guess if your whole life flashes before your eyes then that would mean past present and future kind of like the story of A Christmas Carol. I guess it was wrong of me to think all these years of ones life flashing before their eyes to imply only their past life.

firebolt's picture
Now that's some food for

Now that's some food for thought! The fact that every second of your life is being monitored would surely drive many people insane!

Zaphod's picture
Food for thought would be, if

Food for thought would be, if you thought that every second of your life was being monitored chances would be you were indeed insane!

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