Website review: God.com, and others

In this time of great uncertainty and upheaval, people from all different backgrounds are looking for something more in life than merely earthly contentment. They sense there’s something more to life than that which we can see, some great intangible force that controls our world in ways we can barely comprehend. If we can seek to understand this omnipresent yet invisible force in some fashion, perhaps we’ll gain insight into the fundamentals that underpin our very existence.

But I suppose the Internet can only do so much for us.

I’m actually more interested in realms even greater than the digital universe, though I know I can’t get there without going through the web. So I’ve done a little spiritual seeking of my own, looking at various sites that hint at divine intervention, at least if their domain name is any indication. (It’s no accident, you know, that “domain” and “dominion,” as well as “Domino’s Pizza,” come from the same Latin root, meaning authority or deity.)

Obviously, you need to start such a mammoth quest at the top, and that would have to be god.com. This is a very simple site with only a few sub-categories, primarily “food for thought” (which disappointingly is not gift baskets of heavenly treats) and a webstore. Actually, god.com is a redirect to emgonline, home of the Evangelical Media Group, producer of various religious tracts and audios. The home page asks some very fundamental questions – Does God exist? Is there a heaven and a hell? Is the Bible really true? – that you’d think they know the answers to.

Oh, well, let’s proceed next to jesus.com, which turns out to be another redirect, this time to the Metropolitan Community Church. When I first saw the URL of “mccchurch.com,” I thought I had ended up at McDonald’s latest diversification effort. After all, if innovations like healthy kid’s meals and fine lattes can work, why not a venture into Judeo-Christianity? Then I remembered where I had heard about the Metropolitan Church before: its membership is primarily made up of what they obliquely call the “transgender and gender non-conforming” communities, in other words gays, lesbians and transsexuals. Can you imagine the fit that fundamentalists would have if they knew that jesus.com linked to a site like this? Talk about your rapture.

Speaking of which, both rapture.com and heaven.com send you to an interesting page for the Gospel Media Network, which apparently is some sort of aggregation for these sites. It includes links to religion.com, messiah.com, muslims.com, jew.com, buddha.com and armageddon.com. This is really going to save me a lot of work. Both jew.com and buddha.com are concerned with both other-worldliness and concerns of the flesh, with jew.com offering links to dating, cars, entertainment and finance, and buddha.com providing credit card help, tanning lotion, dental insurance and golf vacations. Armageddon.com takes itself a bit more seriously, with a countdown to Armageddon, end-time Bible prophecy and, for the kids, movie downloads.

Bible.com, not surprisingly, sells Bibles: not just traditional translations like the King James Version but also the “New Men’s Devotional Bible” and the “Confident Women Bible”. There’s also a link that provides Bible answers for issues like trials and suicide (the latter of which I’m guessing the Bible is against). Salvation.com has as its focus an offer of better understanding that God loves you and that Jesus is “Lord”. It’s also the same site as something called 7777777.com, which isn’t thoroughly explained though it’s over 11,000 times better than the 666 mark of the Devil. Allah.com is an educational outreach spot that seems to be obsessed with Kosovo but also promotes Christian dialog with a downloadable biography of Jesus.

Several websites I would’ve thought were going to help me with my spiritual exploration were actually intended for purely commercial purposes. Cross.com is a seller of fine fountain pens. Revelations.com offers church management software and a payroll system. Lord.com provides valuable expertise in adhesives and coatings, vibration and motion control, and magnetically responsive technologies. Their tagline – “Lord. Ask Us How” – sounds more like a prayer than a corporate slogan, though I guess it could serve as both when you’re dealing as they do with poison-containing encapsulants.

With pagan and Wiccan religions gaining more and more legitimacy these days, I also checked out a couple of addresses from the dark side. Hell.com starts you out on a black page that says nothing but “no one can hear you,” then gets even scarier when you click on that and read that “hell.com is a private parallel web – there is no access via web browser.” Wow, that is scary cool. A visit to satan.com was a little more conventionally frightening, with categories like occult, witches, satanic rituals, the Antichrist and, inexplicably, debt consolidation.

Perhaps even more terrifying than these was the material I found at christ.com. Most of this huge website is comprised of a blog abandoned shortly after the recent presidential election, when Christ’s choice for commander-in-chief was crushed by over a hundred electoral votes. A “webservant” who calls himself Job (real name, Marc) laid out the case against Barack Obama in a September post, where he coined the term “Obamacide” to describe the candidate’s alleged support for the mathematically impossible fourth-trimester infanticide. In October, he ranted that Obama is too inexperienced to protect your diminishing 401K and that people should instead trust the Lord to turn the capital markets around. Just before the election itself, Job formally endorses McCain, though he seems resigned to the likelihood that most Christians are going to opt for the gay-marriage, assisted-suicide, child-murdering candidate.

Job has receded into the background since the election, perhaps practicing that patience he’s so famous for. Meanwhile, the rest of christ.com keeps chugging along with anti-MSNBC logos, Fox News reports on how only 40% of Americans believe in evolution theory while the engagement of Mandy Moore is a certifiable fact, and a spot where you can enter your prayer requests. Among those currently awaiting action is a supplicant who needs a car payment, another who wants their business blessed, and a third who inquires about God’s will for them, specifically tonight. There’s also a cryptic Bible verse that should serve to inspire and puzzle all visitors: “Suppose ye that I come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division (Luke 12:51)”. Huh?

I think part of the great spiritual hungering we’re now seeing around the world is linked to a belief that a better understanding of the mysteries of the universe will allow us to make a difference during our lives. We want to know what’s good and right and essential so we can do these things and leave behind a legacy that we have been here and left the world a better place.

 

If the browser history I’ve left behind during this research is to be my heritage, I think I can feel I’ve accomplished what I set out to do. Except maybe for that quick peek at TMZ.com.

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4 Responses to “Website review: God.com, and others”

  1. Rocky Humbert Says:

    Great minds think alike. In today’s post, Rocky Humbert references the Bishop of London and the Church of England’s Prayer for the Current Financial Situation.
    see: http://onehonestman.wordpress.com/2009/02/12/the-bishop-of-london-never-got-the-sack/

  2. fakename2 Says:

    I’m disappointed that god.com did not provide the answers I seek. I mean, if you can’t trust God on the Internet, who can you trust? I’m thinking God needs a new webmaster.

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  4. Samantha Says:

    Great post! Sounds like a very interesting journey you went on. Sorry you didn’t find more answers. Again, great post!

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