Screamingly, hysterically, mordantly, disgustingly funny.
I want to be clear here. This is not me laughing at any one religion in particular. All religions are beautiful, in one way or another. All religions are horrific, in one way or another. And ALL religions, bar none, are freaking funny as hell. In one way or another.
Take the Khlysts. Not sure offhand if they’re still around, but they were a religious sect formed in Russia a couple of centuries ago. They believed in asceticism (I’m cool with that) and were rumored to be into flagellation (less cool with that) and “ecstatic rituals” which occasionally turned into orgies (overrated).
Their main thing seemed to be that salvation could only be gained by total repentence, which in itself is not unusual or original. However, they took it a little further by saying that salvation is easier to achieve if you’ve truly transgressed, i.e., been a complete asshat.
In other words, . ‘Sin in order that you may obtain forgiveness’.*
I LOVE IT!!!
There is absolutely no limit to what humans will believe, what we will make ourselves believe. No limit.
Really, all you can do is laugh, at all of us.
*C.L. Sulzberger, in his book The Fall of Eagles