Faith plays an instrumental part in a person’s life. However, occasionally there are religions which add a dab of humour to faith.
If you are looking for an unusual belief systems, take a look at these two religions and let us know what you think.
Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
Uhmmm… Yes, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster or Pastafarianism (hahaha) must be one of the oddest belief structures. Ever.
According to the religion’s creation myth, an invisible and undetectable Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe after drinking rather heavily. In fact, according to these beliefs, it is because of the Flying Spaghetti Monster’s drunk state that we have a flawed earth.
Furthermore, all evidence for evolution was planted by the Flying Spaghetti Monster to test the faith of Pastafarians (hahaha). When scientific measurements such as radiocarbon dating are taken, the Flying Spaghetti Monster is apparently changing the result with His Noodly Appendage…It get’s better.
As for the afterlife, the Pastafarian Afterlife includes a beer volcano and a stripper factory. The Hell is very similar, just the beer is stale, and the strippers are diseased, of course.
But wait, there’s more…
According to this rather bizarre religion, pirates are divine beings and are considered the original Pastafarians. Furthermore, Pastafarians believe the thought of pirates being villainous fiends is because of misinformation spread by Christian theologians in the Middle Ages, and by Hare Krishnas. What?!?!?!
Apparently, pirates were peace loving explorers who spread good will and gave candy to small children.
But how did this unusual belief system begin?
Well, in January 2005, a man by the name of Bobby Henderson wrote a letter to the Kansas State Board of Education. In that letter, he satirised creationism by professing his belief that when a scientist did carbon dating, a supernatural being which resembled spaghetti with meatballs was changing the results with his noodly appendage. I don’t even want to know what he meant with this.
However, he argued his claimed belief system was just as valid as intelligent design and evolution and deserved equal time being taught in classrooms. While he wrote the letter to stop the teaching of intelligent design in biology classrooms, the belief system caught on.
In fact, both the Netherlands and New Zealand regard it as a legitimate religion. The United States and other countries are to follow suit. Got to love them first world counties…
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…. Someone messed up, really, really badly…
While an avid Star Wars enthusiast myself, I need to admit this is taking fandom to an entirely new level. Jediism is inspired by certain parts of Star Wars, namely the fictional religion of the Jedi Knights.
Jediism devotees, I refuse to call them Jedis, believe the Force really exists. Now for those who don’t know anything about Star Wars, the Force is the energy that holds the Universe together. Jedi Knights from the movie franchise, I just had to clear that part up, can control and use the Force. They are also bound by a code of morality and justice, unlike Sith Lords like Darth Vader.
Now, those who follow Jediism, believe they are capable of similar feats. Weirdos.
As weird as that sounds, Jediism is also referred to as a combination of Taoism and Buddhism, which also contributes elements of medieval chivalry. This sounds saner than people trying to use the force and act like Yoda.
But just how serious are people about Jediism?
Well, the Temple of the Jedi Order was registered in Texas in 2007, whil Daniel Jones founded the Church of Jediism in the United Kingdom during the same year.
While Yoda and Obi Wan Kenobi were epic beyond words, trying to become a Jedi Knight is a bit weird. Also, if you are over 18 years old and are still trying to use the Force, go see a mental health practitioner.
If you want to know more about these two religions or want to sign up (hahaha), be sure to Google them and may the Force be with you.
Just be careful the Flying Spaghetti Monster doesn’t change the Google results with his noodly appendage.
Have a great….FREAKY FRIDAY!!!