Notes on the Christian ImaginationIn Christianity neither morality nor religion comes into contact with reality at any point. Nothing but imaginary causes: god, soul, ego, spirit, free-will or unfree-will. Nothing but imaginary effects: sin, redemption, grace, punishment, forgiveness of sins. A traffic between imaginary beings: god, spirits, souls. An imaginary natural science: anthropocentric, complete lack of the concept of natural causes. An imaginary psychology: nothing but self-misunderstandings, interpretations of pleasant or unpleasant general feelings. For example, the condition of the nervous sympathicus with the aid of sign language of religio-moral idiocyncracy: repentance, sting of conscious, temptation by the devil, the proximity of god. An imaginary teleology: the kingdom of god, the last judgement, eternal life. This purely fictitious world is distinguished from the world of dreams very much to its disadvantage by the fact that the latter mirrors actuality while the former falsifies, disvalues and denies actuality. Once the concept "nature" has been devised as a concept antithetical to god, "natural" had to be the word for reprehensible. This entire fictional world has its roots in hatred of the natural actuality. It is the expression of a profound discontent with the actual. But that explains everything. Who alone has reason to lie himself out of actuality? He who suffers from it. But to suffer from actuality means to be an abort of actuality. The preponderance of feelings of displeasure over feelings of pleasure is the cause of a fictitious morality and religion. Such a preponderance however provides the formula for decadance.
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