Tag Archives: christianity

For Heaven or Hell?

14 Aug

I couldn’t resist adding the below irreverent rant by comedy legend, George Carlin, on this very topic. It makes you think.

Below is an 11-part haiku chain poem. I hope that you like it.

“For Heaven or Hell?”

© 2012 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved.

Streets paved of gold and
pearly gates. Milk and honey.
Angel wings for all.

You will see loved ones
long lost. Reunified with
your spouse forever.

Make sure to go to
church each and every Sunday
to receive blessings.

The blessings for your
faithful attendance will be
mercy and goodness.

Don’t forget to go
to church or fail to pay your
tithes and offerings.

The salvation of
your soul is at stake. So guard
your duties, my friend.

GOD loves you, but he’ll
punish disobedience.
Hot fire and brimstone.

You will burn forever.
Eternal torment because
you are damned. No hope.

Hope has been lost. You
had your chance but you didn’t
heed warnings. Obey!

HE loves you, but will
throw you in the pit with that
devil, Lucifer.

So what is your life goal?
What are you aiming for? You
for Heaven or Hell?

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Organized, Distorted Doctrine

1 Aug

The title of this poem was inspired by the host of Occult Science Radio, Curtis “The Illuminated One” Davis. I hear him say that people do crazy things when following an organized, distorted doctrine. What a cool way to sum it up! So, his phrase inspired me to write a poem about how religion can be skewed to jusitfy economic and political interests.

I am not saying that any particular religion is bad. I’m just showing how it can be used at time to manipulate people and to justify certain behavior.

The “dark side” of religion is explored here. I hope that you enjoy this poem and commit to being a vanguard against those who use religion to justify the inhumane treatment and/or slaughter of other human beings.

This poem is a series of 32 haiku poems that are strung together in a series to tell a story. I call this style that I created a haiku chain poem. According to Dictionary.com, a haiku is a major form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, and employing highly evocative allusions and comparisons, often on the subject of nature or one of the seasons; or a poem written in this form.

“Organized, Distorted Doctrine”

© 2012 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved.

Religion alone
in not necessarily
a bad thing. Really.

What makes it bad at
times is how misguided or
evil men use it.

Judaism is
first. Christianity came
next. Then Islam, third.

This is not order
of preference, but it is
chronological.

Unfair advantage,
jealousy and sheer contempt
and chauvinism.

All wrapped in greed, hate,
lust for power, control, and
White Supremacy.

The Chosen People.
This land is our land given
to us by Balfour.

Palestinian
Arabs, you have to go now.
We’re here now. That’s that.

The Torah says that
the land of Israel is
our inheritance.

That is what we say
and stand by. And so what we
are Thirteenth Tribe?

The Invention of
the Jewish People
blew the
whistle. Cover blown!

Once everyone learns
that this is political,
not spiritual – Well…

Everyone will know
the truth, but will the truth free
the land? We’ll see.

Accept HIM as your
lord and savior! He saves you
from yourself. Your sins.

We’re his disciples
on Earth. Saving souls in the
sweet name of Jesus.

He is merciful
to his flock, but if you’re not
of us, you are lost.

Abandon your ways.
There is only one way. If
not, death is certain.

Bow down and kneel at
the cross. Heretics will be
cast out, stoned, or burnt.

We look like GOD, so
listen to us. Obey. A
servant among us.

Without our ways
your soul is lost, but now it’s
found. Convert and live.

Sharia is the
law by which you should live. If
you do not, you’re damned.

Burning in the fire
of Hell for eternity.
Ask for forgiveness.

But you must whisper
your prayer in Arabic or
GOD may not answer.

We hold fast to the
laws of sharia even
though it set us back.

Fundamentalism
retarded our progress and
we lost our great lead.

We set off the spark
in Europe to ignite the
Renaissance. Lights on!

They were in the dark
ages. No rule of law. Pure
barbaric lifestyle.

What kind of god would
pick favorites above all
other nations? Huh?

Sanctioning wholesale
slaughter of innocent people
and seizure of land.

Is not it quite odd
that so-called holy people
do unholy things?

Hypocrites. Liars.
Imposters. Hate mongers and
male chauvinist pigs.

Strange ways, practices
and beliefs. O-D-D means
organized, distorted doctrine.

Jah Rastafari

19 Jun

This poem is a series of 18 haiku poems that are strung together in a series to tell a story. I call this style that I created a haiku chain poem. According to Dictionary.com, a haiku is a major form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, and employing highly evocative allusions and comparisons, often on the subject of nature or one of the seasons; or a poem written in this form.

This piece is about a religious movement whose adherents are called Rastafarians.

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“Jah Rastafari”
By Tyrone Turner
Copyright 2012
All rights reserved

Haile Selassie.
He is the second coming
of our lord, Jesus.

He will take us home
to Zion, in Africa.
Not Jersualem.

Ethiopia
is where Zion always was.
The birthplace of man.

The body is a
holy temple. A holy
place is not hand-made.

A reasoning is
a group of rastas smoking
ganga and talking.

Upfulness may be
a topic of discussion.
Do you overstand?

The downpression of
Babylon doesn’t want us
to puff the ganga.

When a fire is sparked
it makes I and I feel calm
and gives clear thinking.

Don’t worry about
a thing because I and I
will make it all right.

Some choose to wear hair
in natty dreadlocks and live
a Nazarene code.

Many Rastas don’t
eat meat as to touch dead flesh
means that you touch death.

It is best to not
partake of alcoholic
drinks. Babylon’s tool.

Alcohol causes
confusion and strife among
Jah’s chosen people.

Plus fermented drinks
make your body unclean and
a cementary.

There is no Heaven
in the sky. It will be here
on Earth in Zion.

A chosen few will
have life everliving in
their current bodies.

All men and women
are created equal in
the eyes of our lord.

Misunderstood and
sometimes feared. I and I be
Jah Rastafari.

So, What Do You Serve?

8 Jun

Noah built the ark.
The disbelievers mocked him.
The flood drowned them all.

Father Abraham’s
Dad, Terah, served strange gods made
Of wood and of stone.

Joseph was betrayed
By his own blood brothers. They
Were jealous of him.

Joshua proclaimed
That his house would serve the LORD
The liberator.

Samson slew thousands
With the jaw bone of an ass.
Delilah tricked him.

Ruth was Obed’s mom.
Obed was Jesse’s dad. Through
Jesse comes David.

Samuel was a
child prodigy. The god of
Abraham blessed him.

Job kept up his faith.
He was sick and lost it all
But he was made whole.

The shepherd boy slew
The powerful Goliath.
David was faithful.

King Solomon. Wise
Was he. He let his strange wives
Turn him from his god.

Obadiah was
Elijah’s helper, plus he
Cared for GOD’s prophets.

Jonah lost his way
So a great fish swallowed him.
Follow GOD’s commands.

In my house we serve
the great God of Israel.
So, what do you serve?

He Died For Our Sins

5 Jun

This poem is a series of 17 haiku poems that are strung together in a series to tell a story. I call this style that I created a haiku chain poem. According to Dictionary.com, a haiku is a major form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, and employing highly evocative allusions and comparisons, often on the subject of nature or one of the seasons; or a poem written in this form.

This poem is about the central figure in Christianity, Jesus Christ.

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“He Died For Our Sins”
By Tyrone Turner
Copyright 2012
All rights reserved

Born of a virgin.
Foretold of by the prophets.
Seed of Abraham.

Seeds of Abraham
through his son Jacob, later
known as Israel.

Jacob’s name became
Israel after he fought
the angel of GOD.

Our saviour was
called Jesus. He was GOD in
the flesh. Son of GOD.

GOD so loved the world,
that he gave his only son.
So that we might live.

He would die for us
in our place so that we might
live as immortals.

Being with our great
GOD, the heavenly father,
for eternity.

Herod hunted him.
He knew that a child
would be born to them.

He would be for all.
Not just the house of Jacob.
All nations on Earth.

He was known as a
carpenter’s son, but he’s
our great redeemer.

He made the lame walk.
He caused the blind to see and
even raised the dead.

His miracles were
many. He was free of sin.
A pure, untouched lamb.

Pilate washed his hands.
He let the people decide.
They wanted his death.

He was crucified
on the cross at Calvary.
Did GOD forsake him?

He was not cast out
or forsaken by GOD, but
was resurrected.

For two full days he
was entombed, but on the third
day, he lived again.

He ascended back
to Heaven. Mission complete.
He died for our sins.