Created By: deuxhero on July 26, 2011 Last Edited By: deuxhero on September 24, 2011

You Are Worshiping Me Wrong

Deity tells their followers to quit doing a supposedly holy practice

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Related to Unwanted False Faith and Stop Worshiping Me

  • In the Knights of the Nine DLC for Oblivion there is a large number of implications from the very start, even bearing a Strong Family Resemblance to Talos's supposed decedents, that "The Prophet" that starts the quest line is the (relatively) recently ascended Talos Septim. "The Prophet" is quite critical of the modern church of the Nine Divines, and insists on following "the old ways".
  • Jesus to the Pharisees in The Bible makes this Older Than Feudalism.
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  • July 26, 2011
    Acebrock
    I don't think we allow phrases as trope titles anymore.

    Also, might Monty Python And The Holy Grail count? That's what I immediately thought of when I saw this.
  • July 26, 2011
    deuxhero
    Needs more detail.
  • July 26, 2011
    SunnyV
  • July 26, 2011
    Acebrock
  • July 27, 2011
    Fanra
    Also, might Monty Python And The Holy Grail count? That's what I immediately thought of when I saw this.

    If we are going to mention this, we should put in the proper quote, rather then just state the title of the work:

    GOD: Arthur! Arthur, King of the Britons! Oh, don't grovel! If there's one thing I can't stand, it's people groveling.
    ARTHUR: Sorry--
    GOD: And don't apologize. Every time I try to talk to someone it's "sorry this" and "forgive me that" and "I'm not worthy". What are you doing now!?
    ARTHUR: I'm averting my eyes, oh Lord.
    GOD: Well, don't. It's like those miserable Psalms-- they're so depressing. Now knock it off!
  • July 27, 2011
    Fanra
    In Dogma, Rufus, the 13th apostle, speaks of Jesus:

    Rufus: He still digs humanity, but it bothers Him to see the shit that gets carried out in His name - wars, bigotry, televangelism. But especially the factioning of all the religions. He said humanity took a good idea and, like always, built a belief structure on it.
  • July 27, 2011
    Bisected8
    • In The Bible, this is pretty much what god did when he had Moses record the ten commandments.
  • July 27, 2011
    AgProv
    Literature, Discworld/The Last Continent'' - the God of Evolution is explaining how he came to lose all his followers. He ws trying to patiently explain to them how pointless all that human sacrifice bit was and that there was really no need for it and while we're about it, let's be nicer to each other for a change. Only for them to defect to the more fundamental barbaric god from the next valley.
  • July 27, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^^^^ That would make a good page quote actually, it's what came to mind when I saw this YKTTW's title.
  • July 27, 2011
    Tiiba
    Small Gods should be first on the list. Omnians worshipped Om so badly, they almost killed him!
  • July 27, 2011
    hotrods4ben
    This happens a lot in The Bible.
  • August 10, 2011
    TBeholder
    • Forgotten Realms had a big case during Time of Troubles, while gods were mostly depowered. Clergy of Torm (god of loyalty) established an oppressive theocracy. They didn't bother their patron with such trifles, but when Torm finally found out what's going on, he was highly unamused and roared at them loud enough for the entire city to hear.
  • August 11, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    Ag Prov - i think you are wrong. He lost his followers because the worshippers of the fundamental barbaric god slaughtered them. Their god taught them to slay unbelievers.
  • August 11, 2011
    Prophet
    • Miguel and Tulio invoke this in The Road To El Dorado a few times. Once to stop a human sacrifice, every other to keep it a secret that they weren't real gods.
  • August 11, 2011
    KamenZero
    I do like this trope, but still needs a good description. would it be Up For Grabs at this point?
  • August 11, 2011
    Shnakepup
    • The song "Divine Disappointment" by rapper Alias is from the viewpoint of an angry god who's fed up with his followers:
      You all think that you know me, but you really don't
      Ever-forgiving you say of me; in reality I really won't
      From the day I gave you life, to your last annointment
      You have all been nothing but divine disappointment
    Made even more explicit later in the song:
    Even if I had the power to help you I wouldn't even bother
    So stop thinking that I love you and stop calling me your Father
  • August 11, 2011
    foxley
    In the Richard Condon novel Money is Love, the Greek gods are absolutely astounded when a human manages to successfully get a prayer to them. They (and, by extension, all the other pantheons) were completely unaware that humans had ever made any attempt to contact them.
  • August 11, 2011
    robybang
    • While Brian from Life Of Brian isn't a deity, he's worshiped like he is one, with people following his every word. When he gets tired of it and tells them to go away and be individuals they all blindly agree to be individuals.
  • August 11, 2011
    KamenZero
    Presumably God and Jesus' reason for telling Joseph Smith to start the church of Mormonism and bring the true gospel back to Earth.
  • August 12, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    In the Old Testament a couple of Jews makes a fire ofering to God. It is against the procedures he dictated so he burns them alive.
  • August 12, 2011
    robybang
    • Ben Folds "Jesusland" is about Jesus visiting America and becoming appalled at how people worship him.
  • August 13, 2011
    azul120
    Bender in Futurama episode "Godfellas".
  • August 13, 2011
    peccantis
    Worship Veto? Current title's not going to be accepted by Fast Eddie as dialogue-like.
  • August 13, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Cain And Abel. God rejects Cain's sacrifice of grain in favor of Abel's sheep sacrifice.
  • August 13, 2011
    RobinZimm
  • August 15, 2011
    FastEddie
    Needs a non-dialog title and an actual description.
  • August 15, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    what's with non-dialogue titles recently?
  • August 15, 2011
    Antigone3
    Is this limited to the actual deity only? I just caught Hartnell in "The Aztecs", and Barbara tries to take advantage of being mistaken for divine to end human sacrifice.
  • August 15, 2011
    peccantis
    ^^ Fast Eddie has more or less vetoed dialogue-like titles.
  • August 16, 2011
    TheJackal
  • September 16, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    That might be better, Jackal.
  • September 16, 2011
    Ryuuma
    Possibly subeverted in the Belgariad: Torak choose the Angarak and Murgos as his followers, and at one point their priests, the Grolim, start to worship him with human sacrifices. However when Torak finds this out he's delighted and accept it as the official form of worship.
  • September 16, 2011
    Darthcaliber
    Family Guy: George W. Bush claims to be following Jesus' will in regard to the Iraq invasion. Jesus himself calls him out on it.
    JESUS: You know nothing of my work! How you ever got to be president of anything is totally amazing.
  • September 24, 2011
    TBeholder
    Right God, Wrong Worship?
  • September 24, 2011
    surgoshan
    • Another Discworld example. The Duchess of Borogravia is worshipped in place of their insane-slash-dead god Nuggan. She finds it painful because she's NOT a god and asks that they stop worshiping her and that they stop worshipping Nuggan.
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