What is the connection between Mary Shelley’s novel, ‘Frankenstein’ and the King Missile song, ‘Martin Scorsese’? Both illustrate the problem that comes when someone loves someone; only their love, for whatever reason, manifests itself as violence.
For Frankenstein, his love for beauty translated into a need to throw the little girl into the lake. After all, out of her love for the beauty of the flowers did she not throw them in? He didn’t know any better.
Martin Scorsese is about a fan of the director’s film who basically wants to mutilate the man based on how great his films are. It’s told from the point of view of the obsessive fan who’s outlet for love is violence.
This brings me back to a post that I put up here some time ago about how there are those who pursue pleasure and that’s also how they manifest the feeling of love. But, there are also those who, for whatever reason, manifest their love through pain, either through giving it, receiving it, or both. Pain, for them, is equivalent to pleasure. (Of course there are also those who lie somewhere in between who like to ‘spike pleasure with pain’ as the Red Hot Chilis song goes).
So the universal maxim, ‘Love others as you would have them love you’ only works when the way someone loves is considered. The point I’m making is that it is far from a universal idea. The same goes for the idea of God.
The reason Protestant Christianity has seemed to work fairly well in modern times is that it has evolved to embrace a very broad definition of God by encouraging a personal relationship with Him. This is also why Neo-Paganism and the Universalist Unitarian ideals have also become fairly popular.
The more specific a belief system becomes about God’s attributes and how to worship that God, the more and more we begin to refer to it as a cult. God, in order to appeal to the most people possible, must be omnipotent and omniscient. Only then, does God fill the needs of everyone who believes in Him. And, only then, does He fulfill the needs of those who dont’ believe in Him. Because, by being a monumental God, those people, whether they’re atheists or agnostics or undecided have a broad enough concept to throw themselves against.