You say your God is like what?
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Driving down Highway 101 in Washington last week I saw a church sign.*
GOD IS LIKE COCA COLA
HE'S THE REAL THING
I've long considered Coke's slogan, "It's the real thing" to be about as empty of meaning as an advertising slogan can get. Thus it seems quite appropriate to apply it to a deity. And not in the positive sense the church intended.
But I started wondering in what other ways is God like Coca Cola.
Well Coca Cola originally actually contained cocaine - and there is a school of thought that the Judeo-Christian God originated out of the consumption of a kind of mushroom which caused hallucinations.
Coca Cola today is little more than diluted sugar syrup, a good description of many forms of contemporary Christianity.
Consuming too much Coca Cola is unhealthy - the same applies to God.
Coca Cola seems to reinvent itself every generation with new formulas and new flavours - so does God.
Coca Cola is heavily marketed - so is God.
You really have no need for Coca Cola in your life - just as you really have no need for a God.
Yes, the church sign pretty nearly had it right in claiming God is like Coca Cola - except we do know Coca Cola exists.
* Sorry, but it was not possible to take a picture due to speed and the impossibility of pulling off the road.