I prefer to be theocratic to being atheistic. I just do not have enough faith to trust in nothing. I like believing in a Supreme Being that holds everything in His hands including little me. I like The One that is good and made everything good and not one that is destructive. I like Him who made me in His image and expects me to behave accordingly. I like it even more when I am allowed to choose and do what pleases Him.
It is no mystery that there are many theocrats and they believe in different deities. In some countries there are as many as there are people. Then these polytheistic theocrats have “head deities.” Some of these gods have unreasonable demands. They are also very partial and intolerant. What is a bit incomprehensive is that these deities stand behind their theocrats. It has always puzzled me that God endorsed the acts of Moses, Joshua, David and many other leading people in the Bible that were not exactly behaving humanely. When I studied Islam, I learned that Muhammad believed and obeyed similar orders. Comparing their perceptions of their gods with the one Jesus represented, we find an enormous difference and at times total contradictions. Yahweh and Allah governed by the sword and still do. The God or Father Jesus represented outlawed the sword and offered peace to the world (Matthew 26:52; Luke 2:14).
The difference the gods of Moses and Muhammad demanded from the one Jesus represented are worlds apart. The origins of Yahvism and Islam demanded the sacrifice of millions of human lives. The Father of Jesus asked but for one. Unfortunately, Christian theocrats also found the sword handy, first for their defense and then for their aggrandizement. Jesus, who was sent to reconcile man with man and with the Creator, ended up creating enmity (Matthew 10:34-42).
Theocrats that resort to the sword will not enter Jesus’ Kingdom. The admission is for those that save lives and not for those that take it. Flesh and blood cannot cross the finished line. That also is a problem for the atheist. He has to remain in the place of nothing. He has to hope that there is really nothing. In that sense, both atheist and theocrat believe in worlds that do not exist. Of course, Jesus did not think so (Luke 16:19-31). Will, however, Jesus overlook their misguided foolishness, like he did the thief’s that died with him, and let them into paradise (Luke 23:43)? In that final moment, will we have time or be able to admit our wrong and plead for mercy? I have stood at bedsides when loved ones were no longer able to choose. That is why I like being a Jesus theocrat. He allows me to choose long before I have to make that final choice. And I do reaffirm it every day. The fact that I am is proof that I have not come from nothing; but that I have come from someone that loves me and cared enough to save my soul. In Jesus I put my trust and not in nothing. I have faced death several times when I had visions of a judge I was too afraid to meet. After I had made my choice, I had a vision of a place where I would very much like to be in eternity.