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5/29/2010

And Christians Are Proud Of How God Has Preserved The Bible and Christianity?

The Council of Nicaea fresco.

Here the Nicene Creed was formulated and introduced by Eusebius. But the party from Alexandria was not satisfied. They wanted the creed to make Jesus "Very God." So Constantine offered some bait to get the bishops to sign on to a new revised and edited, God-slanted Creed. If the bishops would sign, Constantine would allow them to stay as guests and enjoy his twentieth anniversary celebrations.

For all who refused, there was immediate banishment. "We give you warning...Let none of you presume, from this time forward, to meet in congregations. To prevent this, we command that you be deprived of all the houses in which you have been accustomed to meet...and that these should be handed over immediately to the catholic (i.e. universal) church."

Eusebius signed. But right afterward, he was sorry for what he had done. In a letter to Constantine he said, "We committed an impious act, O Prince, by subscribing to a blasphemy from fear of you."

Nevertheless, today in many Christian churches the creed is recited, "We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom........."

5/27/2010

Jesus Throws Out The Welcome Mat

Fathima Ritqa Bary article

The link above takes you to a news article about a 17 year old girl who converted from Islam to Christianity at great risk to her life. Now, having been diagnosed with a malignant form of uterine cancer she asks her Christian friends to pray for her.

To me it seems like a very poor time for God to test her faith. If Christianity were true, wouldn't it be gentlemanlike for God to honor this brave little girl's faith and let her bask in a bit of warm sunshine for a while. Maybe at least until her family stops trying to kill her. Let's see how all these solicited prayers help this young lady.

I challenged a close Christian friend once to keep track of all her prayer requests as well as answers to those prayers for a couple of months, and I would pray to the Lamp in my living room for the same time period. We could compare our prayer statistics. There was not any noticeable difference. In fact, I think my Lamp did better.

5/26/2010

Just for that, something has to die!


A majority, by far, of world religions believe that God requires blood to appease his wrath toward disobedience.

5/18/2010

Please Accept My Apology


Now if that doesn't get a few of you to check out the blog, I don't know what will. You probably came here to see if I am recanting or reversing some opinion. Ha.

I will put a post on this blog next week, but I have to take care of some business, and I won't have time for leisure activities such as maintaining a blog for a few days. Have a nice week everyone, and I'll be back soon. Here is a picture of Yaquina Bay, Newport , Oregon in 2008. The sun was setting just as the a little weather was passing through and gave a very nice color gradient to the sky. It is a beautiful place. Be sure to click on the photo so you can see the whole picture.

5/12/2010


This painting at right depicts Arius at the feet of Constantine at the Council of Nicea in 325 CE. Arius disagreed with the Bishop of Alexandria, Egypt over the nature of Christ. He and his followers who objected to the idea of Jesus as god were banned from Alexandria around 321 CE and subsequently settled in Palestine. The Council decided that Jesus was "of one substance with the Father" and of a completely divine nature. This painting shows Arius on the floor in front of the Council. Everyone who sided with Arius was banished from the church. The church decided the divinity of Jesus, and so Christianity generally holds that view today.

The photograph at left is of the Gnostic Gospels, a collection of books which had been buried in an earthenware jar south of Alexandria in Nag Hammadi, Egypt. Discovered in 1945, these books date back to the 2nd century CE and contain 52 gnostic treatises, believed to be a collection that monks buried when such writings were denounced as heresy and banned.

People disagreed about Jesus' spiritual stature. The Church settled the issue, denounced and banished all who disagreed, and forbid possession of any letters or treatises that disagreed with their decree. That's how the New Testament came to be. Wow. God really does work in mysterious ways. Nowadays if one disagrees with the Nicean creed, or questions the divinity of Christ, he'll find a golden cross in his face and someone saying "Get thee behind me Satan" just like in the old days.

There's no question that some of the interesting books which were left out didn't fit very well with what they were pushing; so in order to make their New Testament look more legitimate, they just banned and burned those books. If you'd like to read some of them, many can be found at Amazon.com. They are pretty wild reading. I thought the book of Nicodemus was a gas.



SOS Cover

This is what the cover will look like. Manuscript is through editing and now in layout. We're getting closer, and I'm hopeful we may cut a few weeks off my release date, but that remains to be seen. I'm excited.

5/08/2010

Suggested Reading Re: Ninth Century BCE

From this map of the Ancient Middle East, you can see that the stage for the writing of the Old Testament was surrounded by ideas already prevalent in the civilizations around Canaan. It is my belief that these ideas were incorporated into Israel's national story. If you're new to the blog, look at Posts for the last couple of weeks.

I would like to suggest a couple of very interesting books to check out. The Book of J by David Rosenberg and Harold Bloom is a great insight from the perspective of Jews on the authorship of the Tanakh or Hebrew Bible. It's a good stretching exercise for Christians who suffer from acute dogmatism. It can be purchased at Amazon.com: The Book of J . Also, The Great Transformation by Karen Armstrong discusses the ninth century BCE when "four distinct regions of the civilized world created the religious and philosophical traditions that have continued to nourish humanity to the present day." It can be purchased also from Amazon.com: The Great Transformation . If you don't want to get the books, I do quote a couple of my favorite passages in my soon-to-be-released book.

I got my copy of The Book of J at a garage sale many years ago. It caught my eye. I didn't read it for years. When I finally did, it was an eyeopener. Now, could it have been providential that I picked that book up at the garage sale? Ha. You decide.

Have some fun: Vote in the P0ll in the column on the right. :-)


5/04/2010

War In Heaven: An Idea Older Than The Old Testament

Here we see a painting of Indra which is currently in the British Museum. Indra is one of the ancient gods of the Vedic scriptures. The Vedas, ancient canonical texts of Hinduism, were first composed in the north-western region of the Indian subcontinent somewhere between 1700 to 1100 BC. That would mean again, that these scriptures were in place hundreds of years before the first scraps of Genesis, Exodus and Numbers were first penned by "J" the Yawist in the court of David and Solomon.

One of the four sacred texts of the Vedas is the Rigveda. In the Rigveda we find a collection of ancient Vedic Sanskrit hymns. They tell a story that involves the following characters: Tvashtri, Trisiras, Indra and Vritra.

Tvashtri was a god who was believed by many to have no father or mother. He created a son named Trisiras who had three heads. With one head he observed, with another he ate and with the last he read the Vedas. Trisiras became very powerful very quickly because he had three heads. Another god named Indra was jealous of Trisiras and cut off all three of his heads. Trisiras' father Tvashtri was angry and created Vritra, a large dragon, to harrass Indra.

Prior to the Vedas, the Aryan civilization believed there was harmony in heaven. So this new development in their Vedas introduced the idea of "war in heaven" 250 to a 700 years before "J" began writing the first segments of the Old Testament of the Bible. Many interesting parallel plot lines can be seen such as father gods with no parentage, gods with three heads (trinity-like), evil jealous gods making war with the god's son, dragons, and last but not at all the least war in heaven. It was certainly a idea-rich environment as "J" wrote down the national history of Israel.

This may be the very spot in history where the idea of war in heaven came from.

5/01/2010

Isis, Osiris, Horus and Set

In 2500 BC, 550 years before the first scraps of what we know as Genesis, Exodus and Numbers began to be written down by a writer we know as "J" in the court of David, Egyptian mythology had a divine Savior god named Horus. Horus was the child of the goddess Isis. Isis's husband, the god Osiris, was murdered by Isis's brother Set because he was jealous. Isis's husband, Osiris, was dismembered and thrown into the Nile. The myth says she recovered all of his body except his penis which was eaten by a catfish. Isis used her magical powers to construct a gold phallus to conceive her son Horus, the Savior god. In another version of the story, Isis was impregnated by divine fire. Once she knew she was pregnant, she fled to the marshlands to hide from her brother Set whom she knew wanted to murder her son.

Seems like more than a coincidence that 55o to 1000 years later verses like Isaiah 7:14 where it says "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel." It's not hard to see the striking similarities between the Egyptian and Christian stories.

I present this as one more of many examples that the obscurely authored compilation which has become known as the Old Testament contains ideas that were well known in the civilizations surrounding and preceding the Israel of its author "J."

In Christianity you have Jesus, born of a virgin. Mary impregnated by the Holy Spirit. Satan jealous of God. Satan desirous of snuffing out the life of infant Jesus. Very similar indeed.

I can't help notice the similarities of the narrative of "J" when writing Genesis. Adam and Eve. Able and Cain. Cain Jealous of Able and killing him. Cain banished.