How did god-the COSMIC PSYCHOPATH- get in the picture, anyway?
Early man, in his explanation of the mysteries about which he was surrounded, invented an invisible ‘something’ that sent lightning bolts crashing, floods flooding, fires firing. He feared it- and he certainly got that right- so he invented rituals to appease it. He gave it a name, often a face, and bowed down to its power. As time passed he invented others who had power: over the hunt, over the hearth–and soon he had a whole mysterious Family who had power over everything.
Eventually they became known as gods and goddesses.
As man became more sophisticated so did his gods. The Egyptians gods were incredible beings and, usually, the mightiest human in the clan became one. Powerful humans were always the favorites of the heavenly royals. Cleopatra was Isis, remember? And Roman generals were spawns of the gods. Julius Ceaser was related to Venus. There were many gods and goddesses who lived invisibly- sometimes visibly-among them. Remember Leda and the Swan? The swan was Jupiter in disguise. As a little girl I often wondered how that worked. Why a swan? Looked rather clumsy to me, but Michelangelo presented it so well.
All over the world there were invisible Families who belonged to certain tribes. They were very human in their antics. Loved sex and wine and food and parties and beautiful women. They were often beautiful, powerful women. There were also gods of war, hauled out in the killing season, almost all of them men, though there were exceptions. There were gods of death and gods of a mythical underworld and the daughter of a goddess who was kidnapped-but that’s another story.
Then came a tribe of Mid Eastern people who invented a god of their own. Pretty fierce old guy. Not at all easy to get along with. He had many rigid rules and regulations and, of course, Ten Commandments scribed in rocks and kept safe from human eyes in an Ark of the Something or Other. This god was a pain in the neck to the powerful Romans but, in those days, one came to an agreement with another guys’ god. In fact, if one were a traveler and found a god or goddess one liked, he’d bring him or her home to sit by his fire, protect his house and kids and women. These gods and goddesses heavens’ royalty, were useful to earth royalty who built great temples to them and sold them and their favors to the people. This profitable business of selling favors from the gods, next to prostitution, is probably the oldest profession in the world. In fact, Some religions and prostitution sometimes went hand in hand.
Then, again in the Mid East-the cradle of civilization-came a spawn of the one god cult who favored the poor over the powerful. He was a people’s god and, since people always outnumber the powerful, he was a great pain in the neck to the powers that be. For his audacity he was nailed to a cross- a terrible Roman death-and the cross became their standard. In a few hundred years there were so many of them Romans made of them a profitable spectator sport and fed them to the lions.
Then came Constantine, a Roman general with a battle to win, who saw a cross in the sky the night before battle and promised, if he won, he’d convert. He won.
Here comes the COSMIC PSYCHOPATH part…