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AA Economics – SCOD Transition Systems

Posted in Economics, Philosophy, Psychology, Spiritual, Sustainability, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on June 2, 2017 by Drogo

Religious vs. Business

Christian, AA, Buddhist vs Capitalist Business

Economics is a belief based philosophy that we can use psychology (behavioral) and accounting (math) to facilitate successful transactions of commerce. Some people want rational and peaceful economic systems in harmony with nature, and others want predatory ‘winner takes all’ systems as over-bearing master abusers. Before Marx wrote about communism and socialism, Christianity was founded on communal living and social services (similar to tribal Pagans). Christian social services are based on the concept that ‘giving is its own reward’ because God loves them, wants them to give without material or monetary benefit, and will reward them in the after-life for their sacrifice. AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) uses a Christian prohibitionist type of addiction therapy, run on member based donations and volunteer work. Buddhism has a similar charity concept that encourages vows of poverty and sacrifice.

Rather than predatory State Capitalism, or dogmatic Church Monarchy, we could change towards more moral humane systems. We can reward ‘givers’ more than ‘takers’. We need to be aware of the poor who give it all away, and the rich that take more than their fair share; because the system currently works in reverse. So we can develop a middle-ground between the two extremes of Religion and Business ideology. Communism clearly has the modesty of religious morality, and Socialism has the best aspects of trade & barter ethics. Clearly the best type of Capitalism (if it is to survive) will embrace egalitarianism for the majority of the population, that makes more property public and rewards those that give to others the most.

Predatory Capitalism is like an addiction, it is very hard to break a harmful habit if we feel we cannot stop ourselves from doing, even when it hurts ourselves and others more than it benefits them. Therefore perhaps a SCOD system of economic transition can be similar to AA, where we can admit we have a problem, and that by helping others we are solving the problem. Then we can begin apologizing to all those we could have given more to, when we only practiced Capitalism.

* This essay is an addition to the book:

SCOD Economics: Alternative Economic Theories

Friend In Need – Christian Witchcraft

Posted in Book Reports, Crafts, Religions with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 17, 2015 by Drogo

This is a reprinting of an extremely rare (only one copy known to exist by experts) old American spell book by the Wizard Zittle. Pennsylvania-Deutsch (German immigrant) braucher pow-wow hoodoo folk-lore magick literature, spread into Boonsboro, Maryland. Inspired locals like Michael Zittle made and used original and pirated books for medicine cures and magical charms of self-help, self-reliance, and self-sufficiency. While considered dark-evil ‘powwow magick’ during the 1800s, these independent publications were Christian folk-lore witch-craft; as most European immigrants were proudly Christian Protestants (Lutheran) and Catholics. This curious occult local artifact has now been revived by local occultist, and Pagan Priest Drogo Empedocles!

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Historic Paganism and Human Sacrifice

Posted in History, Pagan, Religions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2013 by Drogo

Ancient writers were always accusing enemy cultures of evil deeds. This type of propaganda is still used today, as evident with main-stream news networks. While the ancients made many factual detailed accounts, there is no doubt that as humans they were just as fallible to influences as we are today. Historians today seem unable to cite any substantial archeology to defend the Greek, Roman, or Jewish claims that their enemies conducted mass human sacrifices; at least by our traditional literal definition of Satanic ritual human sacrifice. There is no conclusive evidence regarding human sacrifice in Celtic or Canaanite history, anymore than in early Greek, Roman, or Jewish history.

Rumors about enemies executing criminals, assisted suicides, or cremation of dead bodies were easily labeled simply as ‘sacrifice’ because rituals were overseen by priests. These manipulated rumors were spread by a few select literate sources to an already biased audience ignorant about barbarian culture. With no counter-culture period writings, we cannot believe the accusing texts at surface value, despite the appearance of fairness due to some compliments or rhetorical claims.

Sacrificing human lives during a war or battle certainly happened, and continues to happen in military conflicts and secular fights today. There are religious aspects to conflict sacrifices, but are more related to fighting, war, and secular killing in general. Conflict sacrifice deserves its own essay; regarding suicide, decapitation, cannibalism, and other practices before, during, and after fighting or hunting.

The Hebrew Torah references human child sacrifice in ancient Egypt, Israel, & Canaan. When the Torah mentions child sacrifice in terms of the first born sons of Israel, it is considered an acceptable metaphor, or symbolic ritual rite of passage into religious service. Curiously the Torah does not make a detailed account of Hebrew child sacrifice when Moses says “’With a mighty hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. When Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the LORD killed every firstborn in Egypt, both man and animal. This is why I sacrifice to the LORD the first male offspring of every womb and redeem each of my firstborn sons’.” – Exodus 13:14

I believe by the time of Moses, most cultures that practiced human sacrifice had a concept of sacrifice as a ‘tax payment’ to a higher authority. In Israel they ‘sacrificed’ their first born sons to the higher authority of the Jewish Temple Priests, in the name of God. In Canaan they ‘sacrificed’ their children to the higher authority of the Babylonian Temple Priests of Ba’al. Canaanite rituals probably included rites-of-passage where their youth passed through sacred flames (fire baptism), as existed in many other cultures from Egypt to America. First born sons were sacrificed by parents, meaning they gave them over to the priests in the service of a Temple. In Egypt the lambs’ blood on the doors meant that they had already sacrificed lambs to God, so they did not owe him their sons. This trade of sacrifice is known as Consecrated Redemption, which is described later in the Torah (Numbers 3:49).

In modern times we do use the term ‘sacrifice’ when describing military service, and patriotic parents accept this sacrificial concept of duty to the nation. We also use the word ‘sacrifice’ when following strict religious restrictions; giving up one thing for another higher blessing. My argument is that the origins of our modern definition of ‘sacrifice’ was possibly started during the time of Abraham, when God told him he could sacrifice a lamb instead of his son. By the time of Moses, sacrifice (even human sacrifice), meant trading one valuable asset to an authority, to insure the blessing of another. So when the Torah refers to sacrifice, it is referring to the established traditional ritual metaphor.

The ritual metaphor of human sacrifice relating to death, was often over-emphasized as political propaganda for their intended audience. It is much easier to reject the practices of others, if we believe them to be repulsive. Sacrificing sons (giving money to priests) may have been a tax on the parents for being able to keep their child; as with livestock God demands a sacrifice, but you can exchange one animal for another, or the monetary equivalent. In the New Testament Jesus was worth sacrificing a dove to the Temple. Jesus later became the ultimate human sacrifice when he died for our sins, so that no one needed to give sacrifices to the Temple anymore, because he said through him we can ask God directly for forgiveness, and he paid the price of sin for all. This was very popular with poor people, since they often could not afford the price of sacrifices. Also the sacrifice tax may have been intended as population control.

Another problem with biblical terms, is that Canaanites and Israelites were ethnically similar by the Second Temple period (Job 40:30, Proverbs 31:24). In archaeological and linguistic terms, the kingdoms of Israel and Judah were a subset of Canaanite culture. The disdain for Canaanites in the Torah was related to the semantic use of the word Canaanite as a synonym for merchant or trader who does business with Babylon. Clearly the Jewish Temple Priests did not like outside religious influence, as it was threatening their power and diminishing their sacrifice (tax) income.

Regarding literal historical Pagan human sacrifice by American Aztec Priests, and some Native Asian Islander cannibalism, there is more evidence that they actually did kill many humans to appease the gods or gain their powers. Despite this fact, human sacrifice is not mandated by main-stream Neo-Pagans today in any form. Human sacrifice for salvation is generally rejected by New-Age ideology, as salvation typically comes from within and is achieved through self-realization, without the need to contribute to an institution or higher authority. Most people do not like to pay taxes anyway.

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Criticism of Monotheism by a Polytheist

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, Religions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2013 by Drogo

Comments of Caution Regarding Abrahamic Bibles :

Beware the Jewish Torah, the Christian Bible, and the Muslim Quran !!!

… for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God.” – Exodus, in the Ten Commandments

I have studied the Bible with Catholics, Protestants, and others. My mother taught Sunday School at our Methodist Church, I went to Catholic High School, and I have discussed the Bible with many clerics from all branches over the years. I have studied Christianity almost as much as Paganism. I am not Christian anymore, yet I have intense psychological roots in Christianity and so I feel a need to continue to address my knowledge about it. Also Christianity continually comments on Paganism, so I will return the favor. Of all the religious mythologies in the World, please do not take the Abrahamic bibles literally; specifically the parts mandating bigotry against gays, pagans, or other freedoms like “bad words”.

Jewish, Christian, and Muslim bibles all contain some good general myths, lessons and moral values; yet these books all claim to contain the only beliefs for true spiritual salvation, even when there are significant contradictions between them, and hypocrisy within all three of them. The inclusive parts about love are good, and the exclusive parts about hateful bigotry and violent persecution are evil. As Pagans we accept that our gods can have evil destructive aspects, yet ironically those monotheistic bibles claim that their god is purely good, and blame all evil on humans and their trickster spirit The Devil. The Devil has been intentionally depicted as a horned Pagan deity. The tradition of depicting evil as Pagan, is so antagonistic it would be like Pagans saying that our main evil spirit is their God, except that the old man with a white beard is not even a god at all, but simply the most evil spirit that the Goddess ever allowed to exist. To say one “believes the word of God” is one thing, but taking the words literally has led to many evils throughout history.

I will comment on the Christian Bible, since I know it the best, and it includes part of the Jewish / Hebrew Torah, and is similar to the Quran. Of the three bibles, I know least about the Muslim / Islamic Quran. My criticisms of the Christian Bible, are mostly a response to those Christian crusaders and witch hunters (including my ancestors) that waged holy war, and tortured and executed countless other humans, based on their terrible literal interpretations of the holy words of their choice. In fact many believed that they had no choice, because it was the will of God to destroy heretics, pagans, and sinners. My oldest recorded ancestor was an English crusader baron, and in America I am directly related to Judge Danforth, who presided over the Salem, Mass witch trials. It is because of their sins against humanity and the decimation of the old nature gods, that I seek to make amends for the wrongs of Christians against Pagans, and heal our connection with Nature.

Warnings should be placed in monotheist bibles that expose their doctrines of global domination (Manifest Destiny), and their persecution and conquest of pagan cultures. We must continue to make cultural changes in our New-Age of understanding, for our New World religion, spirituality, and magic. We all should have the freedom to practice Abrahamic religions, in our own personal ways by reading them as works of glorious fiction. I consider the Christian Bible to be metaphorically divinely inspired. The Bible can enrich the soul, just as manure can enrich the soil. If either one can relieve some of our suffering, than I say unto thee, “Hallelujah”. I know there are certainly many millions of people that have felt their lives were enriched by monotheist practices. The truths in religions are the archetypal metaphors and moral lessons that apply to the current needs of the people. I will quote Bishop Spong now, because as he says, “Christianity must change or die.”

Notes & Quotes on Sins of Scripture by Bishop John Shelby Spong

Let us have a Christianity that supports civil rights, equal rights, religious freedom, peace, and evolution of thought! Amen.

“Christian voices in our world continue to employ words that reveal nothing less than arrogance toward other religions, whose adherents they regard as fit subjects not for dialogue but for conversion. This attitude is regularly enforced with biblical claims that a particular religious tradition the certainty of the ultimate truth of God that is seen first as religious bigotry and later as religious persecution.” – Preface

“The Bible is a subject of interpretation: there is no doctrine, no prophet, no priest, no power, which has not claimed biblical sanctions for itself.” – Paul Tillich

“In the history of the Western world, however, this Bible has also left a trail of pain, horror, blood, and death that is undeniable. Yet this fact is not often allowed to rise to consciousness. Biblical words have been used not only to kill, but even to justify that killing. … It might be difficult for some Christians to understand, but it is not difficult to document the terror enacted by believers in the name of the Bible.”

“I had to document the evil that Christians have so frequently rendered to others in the name of our religion, including the way we have justified violence with biblical quotations. … There is plenty of guilt to go around. It appears to be in the nature of religion itself to be prejudiced against those who are different in looks, language, habit, and religion. Violence is almost always the result of such prejudice.”

“I believe the Bible must be preserved, but not the Bible that people have used to enhance the pain and evil present in human history.” – Word of God

“Perhaps the strangest claim ever made for any written document in history is that its words are, or somehow contain, the Word of God.” “By Sins of Scripture I mean those terrible texts that have been quoted throughout Christian history to justify behavior that is today universally recognized as evil.” Beyond the biblical lists of immoral mandates… “It is quite easy to demonstrate that the Bible is simply wrong in some of its assumptions. It is hard to maintain the claim of inerrancy in the face of biblical statements that are obviously incorrect. The Word of God is not infrequently simply wrong.”

Moses did not write the Old Testament (Torah). He was dead for at least 300 years. David did not write Psalms, again several years after the death of King David. Jesus’s followers did not write the Gospels. Paul was wacked. “Paul was many things, but divine was not one of them.” – A Claim That Cannot Endure

Bible and Environment

Over-breeding is a real problem in the modern World. Environmental ignorance is a real problem for civilization as well.

Climate Change Summary

As global warming occurs at the poles, ice melts. The Ocean water temperature rises, and coastal flooding is happening around the World. This causes more frequent and larger hurricanes and tidal waves that kill and displace thousands. Combined with droughts on the mainland, these disasters create more violent civil conflicts.

Biblical Anti-Environmental Attitude Summary

The quest to dominate the Earth comes from Old Testament times. Hebrews coming from Egypt, had a sky god named “YHVH” (I am that I am). They wanted their ancestral homeland back from the Canaanites, who worshiped an Earth Goddess Astarte, and her Lord Baal (Master). Hebrews were shepherds who believed in animal sacrifices to their sky god, and Canaanites were agrarian farmers who preferred grain sacrifices to their gods. The Hebrews invaded and made holy war against the Canaanites, their neighbors.

“Mother Earth is fighting back. Mother Earth is rebelling against the way she has been treated by a single species which acts as if the whole world exists to provide comfort and wealth for that species.”

“…let them have dominion over … (animals), and all the earth…” – Genesis 1:26

“Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it.” – Genesis 1:28

“Bad theology creates bad ecology.”

What was it about Jesus the human, that caused people to say his miracles were true and that he was the Messiah? – Chapter 31

No, I do not believe that Jesus stilled the storm, walked on water, … But I do want to understand what the experience was with Jesus, that caused people to apply Hebrew scripture God language to him.”

Carl Sagan a devout Atheist with a Jewish background, was a friend of Spong. Yet as an astrophysicist he was always referencing religion and God. He said if Jesus had ascended at the speed of light, he would still be traveling within our Galaxy. Perhaps the point of the New-Age Movement, is that despite whether any of the prophets wanted us to believe all of their stories literally, or not; we need to use their stories and lessons in ways that fit our own lives and times.

To make a god in our own image is not a sin of idolatry or vanity, it is a natural healthy desire to understand ourselves and promote our well-being. However many cults and religions have attempted to say that their one “God” is exclusive to their faith, and “He” is only accessible to others through full conversion to their entire dogmatic system of exclusive beliefs. It is a great evil to claim that only your own god exists. To admit that all religions are myths, is not just to admit to how false the stories may or may not be; but also to understand that spiritual experiences can only be communicated through fictional metaphors, because the Spirit World is not defined by non-fiction physical reality. Religious Mythology is taken very seriously, but metaphors are less likely to promote war.

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Drogo’s Comments about Mormons

Mormon Bible & The Church of Latter Day Saints

Revolutionary War veteran and Congregationalist preacher, Solomon Spalding (1761-1816) wrote a satirical historic-fiction of the lost civilization of the “American Mound Builders.” He had a skill for mimicking biblical language. Joseph Smith came from a family of evangelical Christian folk-magicians. During his years of treasure hunting he was given Spalding’s main unpublished work, known as “Manuscript Found”, which is now ironically “lost”. Together with his friends, Smith based the book of Mormon on the only existing copy of Spalding’s best work. Smith was a charlatan and learned many ways how to fool many people by using spiritual language. Only years later Mormons publicly released a paper claiming to be the Spalding draft, “Manuscript Story”, but it was clearly either a fake or simply an early Spalding draft. The draft version was clearly different than what was used to write the Book of Mormon, so it was either a false draft made by Mormons, or one that Smith had not used because it did not have the same tone as the other Spalding texts.

“Manuscript Story” and “Manuscript Found” were separate works, but the Book of Mormon is the only public version of “Manuscript Found”. If there is a copy of the Spalding version, it is very possible the Mormon Church will never let it see the light of day. It is more likely that Mormons destroyed it early on. Regardless it is important to realize that Joseph Smith did write the finished version of the Mormon Bible in order to deceive gullible people in order to get their money, and have influence and power. Beyond the evil of tricking people to get rich, Mormon’s have a Bible that ignores historic Native American Indian tribal cultures, and claims that Christianity was their original faith, and that losing their faith in God was an evil that turned their skin red. Native Americans were NOT descended from the evil Lamanites, and we need to stop the literal lies of Mormons that were apologist attempts at making white frontier immigrants feel better about taking Native American lands, killing them, and taking their religion and culture from them. Mormons can be nice people, and I enjoy talking to the elder missionaries that have come to my door over the years trying to convert me; however the Mormon Bible have evil lies in it, and therefore to take the stories literally as the Mormon Church mandates is fucking stupid. Oops I said a cuss word, which also disagrees with their beliefs.

This is the account given by Solomon’s brother, John Spalding about “The Manuscript Found” (the lost version):

“The book was entitled the “Manuscript Found,” of which he read to me many passages. It was an historical romance of the first settlers of America, endeavoring to show that the American Indians are the descendants of the Jews, or the lost tribes. It gave a detailed account of their journey from Jerusalem, by land and sea, till they arrived in America, under the command of NEPHI AND LEHI. They afterwards had quarrels and contentions, and separated into two distinct nations, one of which he denominated Nephites and the other Lamanites. Cruel and bloody wars ensued, in which great multitudes were slain. They buried their dead in large heaps, which caused the mounds so common in this country. Their arts, sciences and civilization were brought into view, in order to account for all the curious antiquities, found in various parts of North and South America. I have recently read the Book of Mormon, and to my great surprize I find nearly the same historical matter, names, &c. as they were in my brother’s writings. I well remember that he wrote in the old style, and commenced about every sentence with “and it came to pass,” or “now it came to pass,” the same as in the Book of Mormon, and according to the best of my recollection and belief, it is the same as my brother Solomon wrote, with the exception of the religious matter. — By what means it has fallen into the hands of Joseph Smith, Jr. I am unable to determine.”

These recorded accounts were verified by several other close relatives that knew Solomon Spalding and his works.

“I well recollect telling Mr. Spalding, that the so frequent use of the words ‘And it came to pass, – Now it came to pass,’ rendered it ridiculous. Spalding left here in 1812, and I furnished him the means to carry him to Pittsburgh, where he said he would get the book printed, and pay me. But I never heard any more from him or his writings, till I saw them in the Book of Mormon.” – Henry Lake a business partner of Spalding 1833

The Spalding theory started by Ed Howe in 1834 is certainly a more reliable conspiracy theory, than the Book of Mormon is. The facts of history seem relative and sparse, yet Smith was far less educated than Spalding. Smith was certainly somewhat literate, clever, and had many other sources and friends to help him edit. Mormonism is one of the worst branches of Christianity, like Jehovah’s Witnesses, and other evangelicals; because it mandates the literal fallacies that emphasize aggressive bigotry, with the only uncompromising resolution being that you have to believe as they do, or go to Hell. Time for a change? Hell yeah!

* Christianity in Conclusion

The fact that Christian Kingdoms and Empires had become intolerant of all other religions, and even hateful of Nature, was not the fault of their loving and benevolent founder, Jesus. The blame must clearly be laid upon those who wrote and interpreted the scriptures of sin, and acted out the evil events so clearly recorded in history. European colonists in North America often rationalized their evils with the repeated mantra that they were saving primitive, barbaric, pagans by forcefully spreading Christian civilization. It is very possible regardless of our religious beliefs, to love Jesus or his story. I go even further to study Christian mythology and enjoy Gothic Architecture. For me, that is enough, and for those that think I am doomed to Hell because they are brain-washed, it will have to be enough unless they want to metaphorically feel my Pagan wrath. Heh, yes let them fear my curse words, because sometimes you just need to tell people to kiss your ass. Live and let live, but I will debate with them about enlightenment if I have to stop the spread of their corruption. It is a pain in the ass, but freedom is worth it. Freedom of spirit is true Salvation.

I believe that Christians (and all monotheists) should have the freedom to practice the worship of just one god, however I recommend for the sake of everything holy, the future of humanity, and the planet that they use a New-Age spiritual philosophy in the tradition of henotheism, so that we can all get along. I encourage my brother Christians to adopt a new Bible, just as I am doing by writing this one. Bibles should not be the authority on the word of the gods, as any person’s linguistic expression in book form or spoken, will always be from their human perspective. The Christian Bible was written by men, is interpreted by men, and so we should be cautious because some Christians are more enlightened than others, just as with all faiths.

Henotheism is the belief and worship of a single god while accepting the existence or possible existence of other deities that may also be worshipped; the believer worships one god alone without denying that others may worship different gods with equal validity.

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Christianity

Posted in Religions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 28, 2013 by Drogo

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Christianity began as a small radical Jewish sect that worshiped the prophet Jesus as the Son of God. The secretive cult of Christianity grew as a religious passive-resistance movement within the Pagan Roman Empire. Among many other messiah prophets, Jesus (0-32 AD) was claimed to be the Christ Messiah mentioned in Hebrew scriptures (Old Testament), and brought a New Testament by supposedly identifying himself as the loving Son of God the Father. His main messages were to give away or share most of your possessions, live in humble communes, worship only God, love all, and give your money to the government (Caesar unto Caesar). Like other political-religious rebel leaders, he was crucified by the Romans; but his followers were fanatical, and they created quite a story around him, even after he was dead. The main books of the New Testament were written by disciples of apostles: Paul (60 AD letters – never met Jesus), Mark (70 AD gospel- not an apostle, but was disciple of Peter), Matthew (85 AD gospel- actual apostle’s disciples), Luke (90 AD gospel- not an apostle, but friend of Paul), John (100 AD gospel- claims to be son of Zebedee but would have been about 100). Some missing gospels are included towards the end of this summary.*

The story and parables of Jesus were dictated by apostles, to their disciples, and proselytized until there was a cult following. The most influential apostle was a critical convert named Paul, even though he never met Jesus when he was alive. Peter was closest to Jesus, but the apostles that knew Jesus did not have books recorded until generations after Jesus died. This gap gave them time to get their stories straight, and get more fans. Some of the apostles wanted others to believe that Jesus was the physical incarnation of God. The Holy Spirit of God works with God (the only true god), who was the Father of Jesus Christ, and this forms the Divine Trinity. If you did not believe the New Testament, they wanted to make it clear that you would go to Hell and burn forever. Salvation for your sins was now only possible through Christian prayer, under the direction of Church Basilica leaders.

The cult of Christ made it big when Emperor Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire. In the Dark Ages the Roman Church doctrines were made to centralize authority. Apostles’ Creed: (200 AD) The mandatory paradoxical literal belief in selected testaments, primarily the Trinity, the Resurrection and Ascension of Christ, the divine authority of the holy Church, Christ’s second coming, Day of Judgment and Salvation of the faithful. Even worship of saints. Nicene Creed: (400 AD) wanted to emphasize some additional points: Jesus was born from Virgin Mary, and only one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. King Charlemagne was one of the first on record to kill in the name of Christ. By the Middle-Ages the Church, its priests, and nobles became the judges of sin, and were well on their way to murdering millions in the name of Christ. The Crusades, the Inquisition, mission conversion, the burning times, the hanging times, and Manifest Destiny all became important parts of the Christian legacy.

The three largest worldwide systems of Christianity are the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and Protestant denominations. The Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox split during the East–West Schism of 1054 AD. The Protestant Reformation, led by Martin Luther, split from the Roman Catholic Church in the 16th century. Christianity continues to evolve and remain popular, as it struggles to adapt to modern times. New Age ethics, scientific discoveries, and technologies challenge the existence of religions with stagnant traditional moral doctrines; and despite Christianity being one of the newer religions, even it has as hard a time seeing the writing on the walls as any of the older religions sometimes.

Christian Biblical Commandments

The Greatest Commandment for Christians is the Golden Rule, it is referenced by Jesus in the New Testament several times:

“Love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.” – Leviticus 19:18 Torah

Jesus was saying that to Love God is to love your neighbor. In a way the Golden Rule sums up the 10 Commandments:

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you; for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” – Matthew 7:12

In fact Jesus expanded the definition of neighbor to mean all of humanity, even your enemy. Jesus tells the parable of the Good Samaritan, making it clear that “your neighbor” means any other person. It is important to note that Samaritans were despised by the story’s target audience, the Jews. The Samaritans were also largely taught to hate Jews. Thus the parable, as told originally, had a significant theme of non-discrimination and interracial harmony.

“Love Your Enemies. If anyone hits you on the cheek, offer the other also. And if anyone takes your coat, don’t hold back your shirt. Give to everyone who asks from you, and takes away your things; don’t ask for them back. Just as you want others to do for you, do the same for them.” – Luke 6:27

Although Christianity introduced more peaceful teachings than those in the Old Testament, God became a triple god (son-youth, father-adulthood, ghost-death), and added more about Satan, which created even more of schizophrenic dualism. In Christianity Jesus was good, and evil was blamed on the Devil Satan. God continues to allow both good and evil to happen to humans, because of the free-will and sin that he created.

The Book of Revelation (John of Patmos) is an apocalyptic description of a complex series of prophetic events, divined from psychedelic visions. Armageddon, the Four Horsemen, and 340 other apocalyptic metaphors come from 24 books of the Tenak. For example the Beast combines body traits from four beasts mentioned in Daniel 7. John was obsessed with the number 7: 7 churches, 7 spirits, 7 horns, 7 eyes, 7 seals, 7 trumpet blasts…

“To our knowledge Jesus left no written records. … Whatever else the gospels are, they are certainly not the writings of Jesus. It is equally clear that the gospels are not the result of Jesus’ dictation found in the written notes from his disciples.” – Spong, Sins of Scripture

* There were many gospels by other disciples that were omitted for political reasons within the early Church. Many of the rejected gospels contradict the Peter, Paul, and Matthew conspired versions, but were discredited by using slander (as was common practice). The fact that the accepted gospels are similar about the same key points, does not mean that those points are at all historical, in fact the only thing it actually means is that they were pushing a religious-political agenda that they agreed upon, whether it was true or not. It is these other period texts that ask us to rethink the basis for Church authority.

The West Bank Essene Dead Sea Scrolls and other Gnostic Gospels are perhaps more valid than the Bible for understanding the real Jesus. The earliest Gospels of Thomas and Mary show that some apostles did not consider Jesus to be Son of God, they did not witness miracles or resurrection, and they introduce the profound revelation that salvation was an inner spiritual journey. Bishop Marcion rejected the Old Testament God as an inferior deity (circa 150 AD). The later Gospels of Mani (Manichaeism) influenced Christianity, but have since been largely forgotten, labeled heresy, and even considered Satanic.

Satanism – Devil Worship

Originally Satan was the Jewish word for an adversary, so satan was used to refer to any accusers that challenge the heroes in the Torah (God, Eve, Job). Ha-Satan was an arch-angel of the Angelic Council, “Sons of God” who, by the time of Jesus and the Essenes, had been revealed as Lucifer (Morning Star). Lucifer Satan fell from God’s grace, and was condemned to rule over Hell as a devil with god-like powers. Pagan gods were branded as the image of Satan, but ironically Satanism is a product of Christianity. In fact most depictions of Satanism come directly from Christian sources. There are some actual Satanists that exist, and they are divided into theist and atheist churches. Satanists basically believe that God is evil and Satan is good, and so the Bible is a lie.

Monotheist immortal spirits in Christianity: God, Jesus, Satan, angels, demons, prophets, kings, apostles, disciples, sinners

Sins of Scripture Summary

Posted in Book Reports, Critical Commentary of Civilization, Spiritual with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2013 by Drogo

Notes on Sins of Scripture by Bishop John Shelby Spong

 

civil rights, equal rights, religious freedom, peace, evolution of thought

 

Preface

“Christian voices in our world continue to employ words that reveal nothing less than arrogance toward other religions, whose adherents they regard as fit subjects not for dialogue but for conversion. This attitude is regularly enforced with biblical claims that a particular religious tradition the certainty of the ultimate truth of God that is seen first as religious bigotry and later as religious persecution.”

 

Word of God

 

“The Bible is a subject of interpretation: there is no doctrine, no prophet, no priest, no power, which has not claimed biblical sanctions for itself.” – Paul Tillich

 

“In the history of the Western world, however, this Bible has also left a trail of pain, horror, blood, and death that is undeniable. Yet this fact is not often allowed to rise to consciousness. Biblical words have been used not only to kill, but even to justify that killing. … It might be difficult for some Christians to understand, but it is not difficult to document the terror enacted by believers in the name of the Bible.”

 

“I had to document the evil that Christians have so frequently rendered to others in the name of our religion, including the way we have justified violence with biblical quotations. … There is plenty of guilt to go around. It appears to be in the nature of religion itself to be prejudiced against those who are different in looks, language, habit, and religion. Violence is almost always the result of such prejudice.”

 

“I believe the Bible must be preserved, but not the Bible that people have used to enhance the pain and evil present in human history.”

 

 

A Claim That Cannot Endure

 

“Perhaps the strangest claim ever made for any written document in history is that its words are or somehow contain the “Word of God”.”

 

“By Sins of Scripture I mean those terrible texts that have been quoted throughout Christian history to justify behavior that is today universally recognized as evil.”

 

Beyond the biblical lists of immoral mandates… “It is quite easy to demonstrate that the Bible is simply wrong in some of its assumptions. It is hard to maintain the claim of inerrancy in the face of biblical statements that are obviously incorrect. The “Word of God” is not infrequently simply wrong.”

 

Moses did not write the Old Testament (Torah). He was dead for at least 300 years.

David did not write Psalms, again several years after the death of King David.

Jesus’s followers did not write the Gospels

Paul was fucked up

“Paul was many things, but divine was not one of them.”

 

Bible and Environment

 

“…let them have dominion over … (animals), and all the earth…” – Genesis 1:26

“Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it.” – Genesis 1:28

 

over-breeding is a real problem

environmental ignorance is a real problem

 

Climate Change Summary

As global warming occurs at the poles, ice melts. The Ocean water temperature rises, and coastal flooding is happening around the World. This causes more frequent and larger hurricanes and tidal waves that kill and displace thousands. Combined with droughts on the mainland, these disasters create more violent civil conflicts. – Drogo

 

Biblical Anti-Environmental Attitude Summary

The quest to dominate the Earth comes from pre-biblical, Old Testament times. Hebrews coming from Egypt, had a sky god named “YHVH” (I am that I am). They wanted their ancestral homeland back from the Canaanites, who worshiped an earth goddess Astarte, and her lord Baal (Master). Hebrews were shepherds who believed in animal sacrifices to their sky god, and Canaanites were agrarian farmers who preferred grain sacrifices to their gods. The Hebrews invaded and made holy war against the Canaanites. – Drogo

 

“Mother Earth is fighting back. Mother Earth is rebelling against the way she has been treated by a single species which acts as if the whole world exists to provide comfort and wealth for that species.”

 

“Bad theology creates bad ecology.”

 

Chapter 31

 

“To our knowledge Jesus left no written records. … Whatever else the gospels are, they are certainly not the writings of Jesus. It is equally clear that the gospels are not the result of Jesus’ dictation found in the written notes from his disciples.”

 

Literacy was very rare in the days of Jesus, and they wrote in Greek

Jesus died around 35 AD

Paul’s 50-65 AD (was not an actual apostle)

Mark’s 70 AD (earliest) (not an apostle, but disciple of Peter)

Matthew 85 AD

Luke’s 90 AD (not an apostle, but a friend of Paul)

John’s 100 AD (last) claims to be son of Zebedee but he would have been about 100

Revelation

 

What was it about Jesus the human, that caused people to say his miracles were true and that he was the Messiah?

“No, I do not believe that Jesus stilled the storm, walked on water, … But I do want to understand what the experience was with Jesus, that caused people to apply Hebrew scripture God language to him.”

Conservative Christian Environmentalists

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