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Religion - general aspects(criminal complaint included) In the beginning...
This article mostly refers to Christian religions, but many of the issues presented are relevant for religion in general. It's possible that what you read here might differ slightly from what you heard in church. The article is not a criticism of religion, but a presentation of facts. Evolutionism (^) and atheism (^) are not mentioned (^).
Edsger Dijkstra (^), 1975:

Sometimes we discover unpleasant truths. [...] If the truths are sufficiently impalatable, our audience is psychically incapable of accepting them and we will be written off as totally unrealistic, hopelessly idealistic, dangerously revolutionary, foolishly gullible or what have you. (Besides that, telling such truths is a sure way of making oneself unpopular in many circles, and, as such, it is an act that, in general, is not without personal risks. Vide Galileo Galilei.....)

Genesis 1:1,25 (^) (King James Version):

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Of course, everyone else saw that it was not, but who could complain? Then God created humans, and when he was finished with the whole thing, he saw that it was very good (Genesis 1:31). However, before the people and all the other animals on the earth, God made lots of sons.
Job 38:4,7 (^):

Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

The sons of God already existed when the stars were created, in the fourth day. Other translations, like the Romanian Orthodox Bible (^) to which the criminal complaint presented below refers, mention angels instead of sons, but the sons of God also appear in Genesis 6:4-5 (^), for instance:

the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them,
And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

So the sons of God, who were created before the humans and were not men but might have been angels, which is not very clear, were so compatible with humans that they were able to interbreed with them. This raises the question of why God bothered to create humans, which is answered in Psalm 2:4 (^):

He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

The Bible also explains why men were wicked and why their thoughts were evil.
Whence cometh evil?
Isaiah 45:7 (^):

I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

Amos 3:6 (^):

Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?

Apparently God, after seeing that what he made was very good (it wasn't), he also saw that it was boring (probably not bad enough), so he continued to create even more evil, for reasons also explained in the Holy Scripture.
John 9:1-3 (^):

And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

God made a man blind from his birth just for fun, then healed him when he was probably close to his death anyway, considering the life expectancy in those times, and there's another detail which most people overlook (^).

In his book, An Anthropologist On Mars (1995), neurologist Oliver Sacks recounts the story of Virgil, a man who saw very little until having cataract surgery at age 50. Virgil's subsequent behavior was that of a "mentally blind" person—someone who sees but cannot decipher what is out there; he would act as if he were still blind. Often confused, Virgil rapidly sank into depression.

The brain is more important for vision than the eyes, so for Jesus to enable that man to see, he had to significantly alter his brain. Children learn to interpret what they see the same way they learn any other skill, such as, for instance, to talk (^) - by forming neural connections gradually, over time, in the proper conditions.

Adult listening skills are critical

Here, Jesus created all those highly complex connections very quickly and without affecting any other functions of the man's brain. This is remarkable not just because of the precision required, but also because all the functions are interconnected. The spittle he used to anoint the eyes of the blind man was just for artistic effect. It follows from here that if God didn't like the wickedness of man or his evil thoughts (Genesis Chapter 6), he could have just rewired people's brains, so that they would no longer be evil, and while he was at it, fix the other things too, because it wasn't people's fault that the earth was filled with violence. Apparently, killing almost all the people on the earth was more fun. Just for the record, free will can not be used as a justification for this, as an article titled God deserves to burn in hell (^), which refers to God in general and not to any specific religion, very nicely explains:

As to the (non-existent) ‘free will’ thing… It doesn’t cut it. Here is why: take person A being the perpetrator of a violent crime and person B being that crime’s victim. [Person A's] ‘free will’ is to execute that violent crime on person B. However, what the ‘free will’ proponents forget about roughly 100% of the time is the person B and [per] free will. Incidentally, person B’s free will is NOT to be a victim of a violent crime.
Here’s a generic example. Take a little kid getting raped. The claimed god/higher power stands by watching a little innocent kid get raped (probably jacks off to that, too) and [...] In many cases [...] the rapist only needs to repent or pray or follow through with some silly ritual and boom – full forgiveness and heaven.

Also, assuming that God has perfect knowledge of the future (Isaiah 46:10-11 (^)), on which prophecies depend, btw, free will is impossible, because when someone is faced with a choice, the only possible choice is the one that God already knows, so no choice. Thus, we appear to live in a world in which God creates evil for the purpose of having fun and all we can do is thank God for having chosen a few people (not you) from the beginning, to salvation (2 Thessalonians 2:13 (^)).
Of course, various other opinions have also been advanced.
Femi Aribisala (^):

Popular Christian theology says the devil was created good, but he became evil. [...] That is impossible! Nothing deviates from God’s purpose. [(Isaiah 46:10-11)]
God creates evil that we might know and appreciate the good. If we don’t know darkness, we would not appreciate light. If we don’t know evil we would not appreciate good.

Everyone knows that unless at least one of your children dies, preferably in a horrible way (^), you can't appreciate the remaining one(s). However, Femi Aribisala's point of view is contradicted by the Bible.
Revelation 4:11 (^):

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

Saint John of Damascus (alt):
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page 165, translated from Romanian: When the Scripture says: "God does evil" and: "There is no evil in the city that the Lord has not done", it does not show that God is the cause of evil, but something else entirely. The word "evil" has a double meaning: sometimes it shows evil by nature; it is contrary to the virtue and the will of God; at other times it shows what is evil and painful in relation to our feeling, i.e. annoyances and misfortunes. These are only apparently bad, because they are painful, but in reality they are good.
So if your child is run over by a train*, this may be an annoyance and misfortune, but it's good because killing children is in accordance with the virtue and the will of God, as will be shown in the next chapter, which means that God doesn't cause any evil. If you're a priest, pastor or other religious leader concerned about admitting that God causes or creates evil because you think it might be bad for business, then Saint John of Damascus solves your problem. Similar ideas can be found in George Orwell's book 1984 (^).

"WAR IS PEACE", "FREEDOM IS SLAVERY", "IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH". As mentioned, the ministries are deliberately named after the opposite (doublethink) of their true functions: "The Ministry of Peace concerns itself with war, the Ministry of Truth with lies, the Ministry of Love with torture and the Ministry of Plenty with starvation." (Part II, Chapter IX – The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism).

*No, the child will not be saved.
However, Saint John of Damascus's approach to this issue is condemned by the Bible.
Isaiah 5:20 (^):

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

The Romanian Orthodox Church solved the problems presented above in the most elegant fashion, by simply modifying the relevant texts in the Orthodox Bible and instructing believers not to read any other versions (see page 25 of the criminal complaint below).
A criminal complaint
As shown so far, God created people to laugh at them while having them in derision (Psalm 2:4, Job 38), or to kill them in all sorts of imaginative ways, when derision is no longer entertaining enough. According to the Bible, when killing people becomes boring, God likes to make them kill each other, a fact also noticed by a Romanian guy named Vasilică Militaru, who filed a criminal complaint (^) in 2018 against the heads of the Romanian Orthodox Church, who publicly promote and praise the murderers presented in the Bible. In Romania we have some laws which forbid this kind of stuff, although unfortunately no one can hold God accountable, due to technical reasons. Vasilică Militaru has a degree in theology and has spent 7 years at a monastery (^) close to a hieromonk named Iustin Pârvu (^), so his views might be a little biased, i.e. he's trying to present Jesus from the New Testament in a somewhat favourable light, which is possible by overlooking a great deal of what he did, but the complaint is ~150% valid from a legal point of view, which is why it was closed and he was notified that the same would happen to any other complaint referring to this kind of subject, because it's not like the laws were made for everyone, or, as some guy named Henry Kissinger (^) apparently said:

The illegal we can do right now; the unconstitutional will take a little longer.

Unsurprisingly, the Romanian Orthodox Church did not take the complaint into consideration, i.e. could not find anything to say against it, but Vasilică Militaru was criticised by many good Christians, who couldn't understand what's wrong with him, that he is bothered by all these murders. An English translation is available below in OpenDocument and PDF formats.
Criminal complaint

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A few fragments:

Against the alleged perpetrators Daniel, the Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, with the name Dan Ilie Ciobotea, and the members of the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church, [...] for committing the crime of "publicly promoting racist and xenophobic ideas and conceptions such as ethnically, racially or religiously motivated violence and murder, the superiority of some races and the inferiority of others", provided for and punished by art. 2, letter a, and art. 5 of the Government's Emergency Ordinance no. 31/2002 concerning the prohibition of organisations and symbols of a fascist, racist or xenophobic character, and of the promotion of the cult of persons guilty of crimes against peace and humanity, amended and supplemented by Law 217/2015, published in the Official Gazette of Romania no. 558/27.07.2015.
Thus, the aforementioned guided, blessed and approved the printing and marketing on the territory of Romania of the book entitled the Orthodox Bible from the opening page of which we quote: "THE BIBLE or HOLY SCRIPTURE printed with the approval of the Holy Synod and with the blessing of the Toohappy Father Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church".
Orthodox clerics, who operate under the strict control of the Synod hierarchs, tacitly approve of religiously motivated murder and believe that God was doing an act of divine justice when these murders were committed by people in His name. Orthodox hierarchs, most of them with university doctorates and professors at theological faculties, invariably motivate: "We cannot deny what God has decided. This is what the Holy Church teaches us because it says so in the Holy Scriptures."
Reading the Bible is part of the religious education of minors, being recommended by religion teachers in Romanian schools and high schools, without an express warning about violence and murders in passages such as those that will be cited. [...] Also, the concept that the representatives of the "chosen people" have the right to do anything, including murders, in the name of God, is explicitly conveyed.
At the same time we see the cruelty of the child killer, Moses, who, dissatisfied that Israel's warriors killed only mature men, mercilessly ordered the execution of children and women: "Why have ye saved all the women alive? ... Now kill all the males among the little ones, and all the women that have known man, kill them.". [(Numbers 31:15,17 (^))]
The ROC cult preys on the gullibility of believers who do not have time to carefully study the biblical writings.

Numbers Chapter 31 (^), mentioned above, is also cited in an article titled The Psychopathological Profile of the Biblical God Called Yhwh (Yahweh): A Psychological Investigation Into the Behaviour of The Judaic-Christian God Described in The Biblical Old Testament (^), by Dr. G. Perrotta, Department of Criminal and Investigative Psychology UNIFEDER:

XII) paedophile trend. On one occasion, in particular, he demanded from the spoils of war 32 girls aged over three years. However, the question is controversial because, according to that culture and that historical and temporal context, it was permissible to perform sexual acts with children above that age;

This fragment refers to Numbers 31:40 (^):

And the persons were sixteen thousand; of which the LORD'S tribute was thirty and two persons.

The persons that God demanded for himself were women children (Numbers 31:18), as they were the only ones left alive, and this was part of the division of the spoils of war described in the translated criminal complaint, on pages 10 and 11. Vasilică Militaru didn't mention Numbers 31:40, but he did notice that in the description of the spoils of war, the animals are presented first and then the surviving virgin women, taken as sex slaves. Animals were more valuable than female slaves. Of course, from the expressions psychopathological profile and psychopathological diagnosis we can only retain the word psychopath, because the suffix -ological and the word diagnosis have no place in the context of psychology or psychiatry (^), but in essence, Giulio Perrotta's article (^) is mostly in agreement with Vasilică Militaru's criminal complaint, and even with its slight imperfections, it does contain some common sense observations referring to God, which anyone should be able to understand, such as:

IV) violent.
VI) vindictive. There is often no proportion between the offensive act and the assigned punishment. He tends to take revenge in a striking, violent and punitive way, showing that he cannot distinguish between good and evil, right and wrong.
VIII) neurotic, obsessive, touchy and insecure.
IX) indifferent to human suffering, misanthropic and racist. He shows no regrets after having massacred men, women, and children, justifying the deed committed due to disobedience or belonging to an enemy faction.
XI) cruel and sadistic.

The soul & the death
In geometry, a straight line is defined as a line with no curvature. The curvature is the amount by which a curve deviates from being a straight line and it should already be obvious that we're not getting anywhere. In 1931, Kurt Gödel published two theorems referring to mathematical demonstrations (^):

The first incompleteness theorem states that no consistent system of axioms whose theorems can be listed by an effective procedure (i.e., an algorithm) is capable of proving all truths about the arithmetic of natural numbers. For any such consistent formal system, there will always be statements about natural numbers that are true, but that are unprovable within the system. The second incompleteness theorem, an extension of the first, shows that the system cannot demonstrate its own consistency.

Ignoring (or not knowing) these facts, some people have attempted, even less successfully, to define notions much more complex than a straight line, such as, for instance, a woman, or consciousness, also known as sentience, and although even less is known about consciousness than about natural numbers, this didn't stop people from making silly statements, sometimes even in articles presented as scientific (^), such as:

The human brain is the most complex of all biological organs; it not only gives rise to consciousness-[...]-but also mediates our behavioural responses.

If this is a scientific article, then science must be a synonym for poppycock, because the brain can not give rise to consciousness. If someone were to make an identical copy of you, down to the last subatomic particle, and if what would be obtained would be a functioning person, that person would not be you, i.e. would have a different consciousness, in spite of per brain being identical to yours (if you disagree with this idea, I don't have any further arguments to support it). On the other hand, your brain changes significantly throughout life while your consciousness remains the same. This is one of the reasons why machines will never be sentient, however complex they may be.
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Are you me?

In religion, the consciousness is usually referred to as the soul, and many people are preoccupied with what happens to the soul after the body ceases to function (i.e. death), because unforeseen consequences may arise. Fortunately, the Bible is pretty clear in this matter.
Matthew 10:28 (^):

And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Revelation 13:1,8 (^):

And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea,
And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

In case the formulation seems ambiguous (it is, but in other translations (^) it's not), the Lamb was not slain from the foundation of the world. The names were written from the foundation of the world, i.e. when the world was founded, in the book of life.
Revelation 20:15 (^):

And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

So whoever was not written from the foundation of the world in the book of life — you most likely weren't (Matthew 7:14 (^)), there's nothing you can do and it's not clear whether anyone was — will be cast into the lake of fire. Many people seem to be unaware of this, possibly because it's not mentioned very often in church, which, as Vasilică Militaru pointed out, preys on the gullibility of believers who do not have time to carefully study the biblical writings. Mark Twain, for instance, supposedly said: I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it. Although such expectations might be considered a little overly optimistic, Mark Twain's statements point out the fact that the people who want to argue that God does not create evil in spite of having created everything, by claiming that evil does not exist and is simply the absence of good, like darkness is the absence of light, are wrong. On the contrary, good does not exist and is simply the absence of evil. If nothing happens, that is good. Other considerations:
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Men of God
The following video features Steven Anderson, a well known American Baptist pastor, Calistrat Chifan, a Romanian Orthodox hieromonk who was filmed hitting a woman in 2022, and a former priest named Daniel Balaș, who makes some comments about Calistrat Chifan and about the Romanian Orthodox Church in general. At the end of the video, Daniel Balaș refers to Ioan, a 13-year-old kid who killed himself because his father (a priest) was beating him (^).
Ioan Olărean died on November 9. The initial news from the local press was that the boy had committed suicide because of love related sorrow. Two days later, people in town started talking. Under the protection of anonymity, because they are afraid of the boy's father (^).
The mother of another friend of
Ioan tells how she found out one day that the boy was beaten at home, after reading the messages between the two children. She also does it under the protection of anonymity.
Another girlfriend of
Ioan says that the boy constantly had bruises on his body and that one of the reasons why he was beaten was that he did not want to become a priest, like his father.
Ioan's girlfriend: And that was it. [His father] wanted to make him a priest. He told him: either you become a priest or I'll kill you! How i made you, that's how I'll kill you! He said he wanted to kill himself many times and his friends stopped him. He said he'd rather die than go through what he goes through at home,

According to Orthodox Christian Theology (^):

Direct suicide, in the eyes of the Church, is and will always be the ultimate rejection of God and His love for us.

So unfortunately, after having lived a wonderful life until the age of 13, Ioan will also be tortured for eternity in hell (^).

For those who hate the Lord, [His] Presence will be infinite torture, hell and eternal death.

But there is still hope for his father, who didn't ultimately reject God's love and can easily go to heaven if he confesses his sins to a(nother) priest and follows a few simple instructions. Of course, Ioan won't be there, but the guy apparently didn't like him anyway.
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From another news site (^):

as the sources say, on Monday evening (on November 7), the boy left home, devastated with pain after another quarrel in the family. He didn't leave any note behind and he didn't tell anyone where he was going, but he always told his friends, classmates, that he can no longer stand the [mis]treatment at home. The boy told them that his father had been beating him since before he started going to school, and as time went by, the aggressions increased as he was demanded to be first in class.
"He told us all, everyone in school knows that his father was beating him. He told us that he beat him when he was little because he couldn't tie his shoelaces." One of
Ioan's best friends told us.
"The whole school knows that he was beaten at home since he was little. His mother was also beaten.
Ioan himself told us at school. One day before the suicide, I showed Ioan a picture of his brother and said he looks exactly like him, then he told us: from tomorrow I won't look like him any more!"
Immediately after the publication of the article announcing
Ioan's suicide, the Diocese of Severin and Strehaia requested our editorial office to delete it, through various sources, and because this didn't happen, the Restart News web site was blocked for two hours following a paid cyber attack, according to the specialists whom we contacted.

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So what then?
I don't know, but I have a page with a few suggestions made by various people, which you could take into consideration. According to one of those opinions,

If it's truth that you're looking to find, it is nowhere outside of your mind (^).

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