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Hotel California Could Describe Xianity


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I was reading the Jehovah's Witness Visit thread, and when I read a comment by Violet, I thought of the Eagle's song Hotel California and how it could easily be about xianity (not the Eagles intention I imagine but definitely correlative to me, especially the last two verses)

 

Violet's quote:

 

Then I started going to a non-denominational church and realized after a few months that this was a different room in the same fucking house.

 

Hotel California Lyrics:

 

On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair

Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air

Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light

My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim

I had to stop for the night

There she stood in the doorway;

I heard the mission bell

And I was thinking to myself,

"This could be Heaven or this could be Hell"

Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way

There were voices down the corridor,

I thought I heard them say...

 

Welcome to the Hotel California

Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place)

Such a lovely face

Plenty of room at the Hotel California

Any time of year (Any time of year)

You can find it here

 

Her mind is Tiffany-twisted, she got the Mercedes bends

She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys she calls friends

How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat.

Some dance to remember, some dance to forget

 

So I called up the Captain,

"Please bring me my wine"

He said, "We haven't had that spirit here since nineteen sixty nine"

And still those voices are calling from far away,

Wake you up in the middle of the night

Just to hear them say...

 

Welcome to the Hotel California

Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place)

Such a lovely face

They livin' it up at the Hotel California

What a nice surprise (what a nice surprise)

Bring your alibis

 

Mirrors on the ceiling,

The pink champagne on ice

And she said "We are all just prisoners here, of our own device"

And in the master's chambers,

They gathered for the feast

They stab it with their steely knives,

But they just can't kill the beast

 

Last thing I remember, I was

Running for the door

I had to find the passage back

To the place I was before

"Relax, " said the night man,

"We are programmed to receive.

You can check-out any time you like,

But you can never leave! "

 

We all successfully escaped (some to a greater degree) but it is rare to leave Hotel Xianity wink.png

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Over the course of 30 years, 2Honest and I (separately and then 20 years together) went through some of the many rooms of xianity...from bible thumper to charismatic to accountability/shepherding to family/holiness to grace/kingdom with breaks (from particular rooms, not the hotel) in between.

 

In the end, we spent a decade in the penthouse (grace), but we finally realized that the best the hotel xianity had to offer was still a prison and we had to check out. We briefly tried a version of xian universalism in order to stay in the hotel, but that was short lived.

 

It seems very rational to me now that our next steps were agnosticism to deism to atheism. These room changes came in very short order thankfully.

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I had heard (from a xian site) that that song was about a literal old reconverted hotel in California that was used as a church of Satan. or something.

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Oh, well now this song will be stuck in my head for the rest of the evening!

 

I've come to believe that churches are all branched off the same family nut tree.

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I had heard (from a xian site) that that song was about a literal old reconverted hotel in California that was used as a church of Satan. or something.

we were told the exact same thing in our fundy school when i was a kid (during the satanic scare days) and from then on the song freaked me out. one of the best songs ever written, yet christianity ruined it for me. Arseholes.

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I had heard (from a xian site) that that song was about a literal old reconverted hotel in California that was used as a church of Satan. or something.

 

I read it's about debauchery and greed in the '70s music industry.

Though applying it to Xianity is an interesting thought.

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