When I stopped believing in Santa, my disbelief towards God wasn’t far off. I began to see that Santa was a creation, a tool, which authority figures used to manipulate children into being good little boys and girls. If they were good, obeyed the rules and their parents, they would be rewarded with presents. If they were bad and did not believe in the old bearded one, they would surely be threatened with punishment of a lump of coal in place of toys.
Thinking about this, I started to draw some similarities between Kris Kringle and the Lord and the more I did so, the more it solidified for me that God is seemingly the St. Nick for the masses; an elaborate form of social control created by and in the interest of people in positions of power.
I’ve been thinking about this for a few years now and I shall illustrate my conclusions regarding the similarities between the two via the power of… a chart!
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