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The ruling dictator of a county cooks people in an oven for a relatively short amount of time and people call him a monster. The purported ruling dictator of the Universe cooks people in an oven forever – and people call for his praise and adoration, demanding that he be worshiped. It’s interesting how ramping torture up to a cosmic level suddenly makes it virtuous.

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Brian introduces us to his new best friend — and his hobby. 

 

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Hypothetically speaking, let’s say someone approached you and made an offer that ended with you ruling the entire Universe and beyond.  Being this is hypothetical of course, they are able to prove to you that they can deliver the goods, and that things will occur just as they say.  You might think that getting to rule the entire Universe and all that lays beyond it would cost you a lot, but it really won’t.

Here’s the deal: All you have to do is be beaten, whipped, and tortured for around 15 hours (slightly less than what is considered a “double shift” here in the United States), and ultimately die from the ordeal.  However, you’ll only be dead for about a day and a half, and then you get to come back and live forever as the ruler of everything.  You’ll be the top cheese, the head honcho, numero uno… etc. etc. etc.  So, would you take the deal?  I’m pretty sure I would, as would a large portion of the world.  Just think of the impoverished people in third-world countries dying of starvation and AIDS — I’m pretty sure they would jump on that deal.  I would go as far as to say that the majority of people in the world would take that offer…  You’d almost have to be crazy not to.

On the level of “forever,” can you really say that 15-hours of torture is really all that bad?  I don’t think you can, at least not if all power wisdom, knowledge, and rule will be yours forever, once a span of time that amounts to the passage of less than one grain of sand from the hourglass of eternity is over.  Sure, crucifixion was a horrible way to die, don’t get me wrong, but I can think of things that are worse.

Private First Class Ralph “Iggy” Ignatowski was a U.S. Marine who had the misfortune of being captured by Japanese soldiers during the battle of Iwo Jima.  He was brought underground and tortured for as many as three days.  His fingernails and toenails had been ripped out one-by-one.  His ears had been cut off.  His eyes had been gouged out, and all of his teeth had been smashed out of his mouth.  The bones in his arms and legs had been excruciatingly fractured, which left him like a helpless rag doll.  His penis was cut off and then shoved into his own mouth.  Finally, he was bayonetted repeatedly, and had the back of his head smashed in.  Ralph Ignatowski was tortured without a promise to rule the Universe for going through what he endured, but he laid down his life in service to his country, and the cause of freedom.  Not only do I think that what Ralph Ignatowski went through was worse than what the Bible portrays Jesus as having gone through, I also think it’s a real sacrifice, because he didn’t get anything in return.

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