I'm not an official convert, not just yet, at least. But I have been doing a bit of research on Pastafarianism and it's moral values, and I'm very interested and receptive to what the religion entails. However, I do have some questions before I can officially consider myself a follower of the religion, and whether or not it's right for me.
FSM is described as an omnipotent entity. He tampers with scientific results with his noodly appendages, which is truly an extraordinary power, and which also supports the claim that FSM is omnipotent. But in that case, why does FSM allow evil acts to occur, if he has the power to stop them? And surely he must if he is capable of tampering with every scientific result that has ever taken place. As sort of an extension, FSM is an open supporter of equal rights for humanity, as discussed in the eight I'd Really Rather You Didn't's. In which case, why has FSM done nothing about racist and sexist ideals, things that directly violate his moral code?
For that matter, what about evildoers in the afterlife with the Beer Volcano and the Stripper Factory? Even in the lower sectors where the beer is stale and the strippers have STDs, I'd imagine people are capable of harming others, if their senses to enjoy beer and strippers are still intact, surely they can still experience pain. What happens to people who commit crimes in the afterlife? I'm not worried about false convictions as FSM is omnipotent and knows who is innocent and guilty, but what happens to the guilty parties? Are they allowed back in Pastafarian Hell to commit more crimes? Does FSM convict them to isolation?
To expand further, what decides whether you go to Pastafarian Heaven or Hell? What qualifies you as being a good or a bad person to FSM? Are you a good person if you believe in FSM? Are you a bad person if you don't believe in him? Do you have to kill or rape to be condemned to Pastafarian Hell? Do you have to preach hateful, bigoted ideas to impressionable minds? Do you have to cause wars and mass genocide? Where exactly does FSM draw the line between "flawed, but well-intended human" and "Objectively bad person"?
I understand that Pastafarianism is a flexible belief system. Different people may have different answers to these questions. And that's fine. I'm just asking for YOUR answers to these questions. I've read up on this, and I want to believe FSM is truly a kind, loving entity. Honestly, I do. The idea of a religion that doesn't promote hatred, bigotry, or ridiculous outdated rules is attractive to me. A humble entity who doesn't demand worship and promotes love and acceptance is attractive to me. I want to embrace that into my life. But until I understand these questions and concerns, I don't think I can. But maybe they can. Which is why I've come here, asking for answers. Maybe this religion is right for me, and maybe it isn't. But I need your help to discern that it is.
A big thanks to anybody in advance who can help me understand these dilemmas.
Maybe I won't be saying this in the future, but what the Pastafarian Hell. I'll bite, just this once, if nothing else.