“England and America are two countries separated by a common language.” – George Bernard Shaw
Religion deserves a dictionary of its own, and indeed there are already quite a few. However, they typically use a very serious approach. How about something lighter, but one that still carries the correct meaning of things?
So here it comes – The Ultimate Religious Dictionary:
Angel – An alien humanoid of male gender, with wings and knowledge of the Bible. Typically guards the righteous (see ‘Righteous’).
Ape – Charles Darwin’s grandfather.
Bless – Recite ancient text while looking as if you’re making an effort.
Christian – (if the speaker is a Christian:) A good man; (if the speaker is a religious Jew:) A pagan; (if the speaker is a Muslim:) A criminal and a conqueror.
Church – A place where God wants us to be without hats.
Democracy – A regime that conducts elections.
Dinosaur – A non-existing animal, part of some anti-religious scheme.
Evolution – A fantasy designed by some poor lunatics in order to demonstrate their hate of the truth (see ‘Hate’, ‘Truth’).
Freedom – Your option to choose what your priest or rabbi or sheikh tells you.
God – (There’s no definition to this word, but you’re supposed to understand it anyway.)
Hate – Possessing non-religious opinions; Opposing the religious way of life; Criticizing religious beliefs.
Heretic – One who dares to say things, which religious literature defines as heresy, regardless of their meaning and content.
Jew – (if the speaker is a religious Jew:) A good man, if religious; a potentially good man, if non-religious; (if the speaker is Muslim:) a conqueror with American friends; (if the speaker is Christian:) a chosen person who might or might not abandon the right way.
Kangaroo – An animal that swam all the way from Noah’s Ark to Australia, some 4000 years ago.
Kosher – Food (and sometimes other things) stamped by a well-paid person, who has learned kosher rules (see ‘Learn’).
Learn – Study the text of the Bible and other religious literature; Practice logic rules that appear in ancient religious texts (such as the Talmud) as long as the outcome is identical to the one that is found in the text.
Love – Converting one’s belief to religion (‘Love of Israel’ – converting one’s belief to Orthodox Judaism).
Messiah – An unclear title, for which there is a strong competition between Jesus of Nazareth, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson of Chabad-Lubavitch, and a futuristic stranger riding a white donkey.
Miracle – Something that perhaps happens and that makes you feel good if it happens.
Mosque – A place where God wants us to be with no shoes on.
Muslim – (if the speaker is a Muslim:) A good man; (if the speaker is a Christian:) A terrorist; (if the speaker is a religious Jew:) A somewhat primitive religious person.
Pluralism – Justification for missionary activity.
Protein – The evidence for evolutionists’ conspiracy.
Psalms – A Jewish medicine for everything. Since the Gulf War in 1991 it has been known to stop missiles.
Pure – Exercising not having sex for a long time; not being dead; not during menstruation.
Purpose – The plan designed for the future of a thing or a person in the blueprint of the universe drawn by God.
Righteous – A person, typically a male, who performs religious rituals in detail.
Save – A Christian flavor of ‘Love’ (See ‘Love’).
Sex – Something that God lets you get away with, under certain conditions.
Strengthen – Act in a way that encourages others not to think rationally.
Sun – A big source of light created after Earth, circling Earth ever since.
Synagogue – A place where God wants us to be with hats.
Tradition – A logical method of proving things beyond doubt.
Truth – Anything that correlates with the speaker’s belief.
Unity – A situation where everybody follows my religious rules.
Okay. Now you may put the book aside, have a short break, freshen up and come back soon invigorated.