“When I was a kid, I had this existential crisis, and I was trying to figure out what’s the meaning of life. And I was like, ‘It all means nothing.’ And I read like a whole bunch of religious books, including the Bible,” Musk said. “And I’m like, ‘There’s a whole bunch of things in there they didn’t teach you in Sunday school.’”
“Sodom and Gomorrah? Dark. Yikes. You know, God sure changes his mind a lot from the Old Testament to the New Testament. I’m like, ‘Whoa.’ He was pretty vengeful in the Old Testament,” Musk continued.
Toward the end of that interview, then Creative Director of the Babylon Bee Ethan Nicolle asked if Musk could do him “a quick solid” and accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Musk’s reply was one of ambivalence.
“As Einstein would say, ‘I believe in the God of Spinoza,’” Musk said, citing a concept held by some scientists that the natural laws of the universe constitute a sort of deity. “But, hey, if Jesus is saving people, I mean I wouldn’t stand in his way. You know, like, sure. I’ll be saved. Why not?”
Nevertheless, while Musk does not share the theological convictions of evangelicals, he does identify with many of their values as a political bloc.
Last month, it was announced that Musk had reached an agreement with Twitter to buy the tech giant out and take the company private. Musk’s express intention for buying Twitter was to promote a greater sense of free speech on the platform, which he sees as the de facto public square of our time.
Conservatives have long been critical of Twitter’s content moderation, which they feel disproportionately mislabels conservative ideas as “hate speech.”
To that end, Musk expressed his willingness to lift Twitter’s lifetime ban on former president Donald Trump in a recent interview with the Financial Times at their “Future of Car Summit.” Trump was banned from Twitter shortly following January 6, 2021, and many believe that his incendiary tweets provoked violence at the United States Capitol building that day.
“Well, I think there’s a general question of, ‘Should Twitter have permanent bans,’” Musk said. “I’ve talked with [former Twitter CEO] Jack Dorsey about this. And he and I are of the same mind, which is that permanent bans should be extremely rare and really reserved for…accounts that are bot or spam/scam accounts, where there’s just no legitimacy to the account at all.”