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5/28/2011

The Hypnotic Trance Of Religion

Christian Mediation And Prayer Using The Bible

It seems sacrilegious to infer that following a religious faith is a hypnotic trance.  As you gasp, consider a line from my book Surrender of Sovereignty: "And I was willing to question anything, particularly those things generally held too sacred to question, because it is a truth that error can cloak itself with no greater disguise than to be too holy for examination." I am disgusted that so many people are so lazy that they would rather sail along in the faith of their fathers and mothers than think for themselves and allow their faith to be tested by an open process of questioning.  There seems to be a prevalent attitude among Christians, some Jews, and Muslims that it is unnecessary and unwise to question the ancient pillars of their faith.  


Oh they tell me they are willing to question, but the fact is that most of those I come in contact with are only willing to perform "internal audits."  I don't have many friends who are Muslims; most of my experience is within Christianity.  I know people who will not read my book because they feel the Bible is the only book they need to read.  I have asked many if they've ever read books about dinosaurs or the Ice Ages, and have heard answers like, "I'm afraid if I start reading that garbage that I will begin to lose my faith and start doubting."


Muslim in prayer
I don't believe Christianity, Islam or Judaism will hold up under "external audits."  They have to stick to their books, their authorities, and their traditions. I believe it is a form of hypnosis which holds them within their narrow cloistered environments.  I know this will not be met with open arms by these "cloisterees," but most religious people are reluctant to acknowledge or look into the the concept of hypnosis and its relationship to the human mind.


Hypnosis is the relaxing of the mind and body in the presence of a trusted source of suggestion, allowing changes in the thinking and behavior of the subject. Hypnosis can range from subtle self-hypnosis, to conscious conversational hypnosis, to deeper therapeutic post-hypnotic suggestion.  I am not an expert on the subject of hypnosis, yet I have read up on it probably a lot more than most within the ranks of the monotheistic religions.  Hypnosis can be as subtle as a dentist saying in a calm voice, "Now this isn't going to hurt" to post-hypnotic suggestion where the cooperating subject clucks like a chicken when they hear a "trigger" word spoken at a later time.


But whatever the level of hypnosis, there are basic elements which are present; and as these elements are variables, the type and depth of hypnosis also can vary.  Here are the basic elements:


1. Relaxation
2. Trust/Trance
3. Suggestion
4. Response To Suggestion


Ellen G. White in a 'trance-like" state
I believe this is why if you ask a Christian for reasons certain doctrines of their faith are contradictory to current knowledge  in archaeology and science, some will respond, "We'll just have to wait until we get to Heaven and let Jesus explain it to us."  I will expound in the next post, but I believe Christians, Muslims and followers of Judaism are in a self-induced trance, and unless they are willing to take an unbiased look at the trust they misguidedly place in their straw Gods, Bibles, Torahs, and Korans, the trance cannot be broken.

5/24/2011

Look What The Lord Hath Allowed!

Joplin, Missouri: The Deadly Aftermath

O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: 
for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psalms 136:1

I am amazed that people believe the Bible.  Oh yes, I know, god has a purpose.  He's showing us he doesn't approve of something we're doing.  He's testing our faith.  

Maybe the Bible isn't his Word and is just a compilation of human writings. Maybe he, she or it has nothing to do with this.

5/21/2011

Trying to Rightly Divide The Words Of The Uninspired Bible

The May 21st Rapture didn't happen 
as expected for Harold Camping and his followers. 

Religious folks love to draw charts and figure out when everything is supposed to happen.  Maybe you'd like to try your hand at it.   
Here are a few of their charts to study 
while you come up with your prediction. 
Bwaahahaha!
















5/16/2011

My Prediction for May 21st, 2011

The Church Fathers
When Jesus fails to return to rapture his saints on May 21st, 2011, as predicted by Harold Camping and the Family Radio Network, I predict that many complicit fingers will be pointing at them calling them radical, extreme, a cult, and out of the mainstream of Christianity.

But Harold Camping is only doing what all Christians, Muslims and followers of Judaism do:  reading the scriptures, trying to understand them and trying to apply them to their lives today.  That is why I am going to POINT MY FINGER at the following list.  This list is just a small portion of whose names should be included.  I have included a short list of those who are responsible for taking the words of men and women and elevating them to holy writ.  By elevating these human writings to canon and circulating them all over the world to men and women of every conceivable intellect, station in life, language and temperament, those on this list are guilty, in my opinion, of placing a loaded gun in the hands of a child.  As I have  mentioned many times before (see my last post), there are so many weird and conflicitng passages in the scriptures of monotheistic religions, that when a zealous believer goes ballistic, one can rightfully blame those who led him to this situation.  So I blame all those who elevated the Bible to the status of  holy scriptures.  And quite comically, most all of those who are pointing their bony fingers at Harold Camping indeed have his blood on their hands. 


Complicit in Harold Camping's Mistake

King David, King Solomon, 
O.T. writer "J", O.T. writer "P", O.T. reviser "E", O.T. revisor "R", 
 Constantius, 
St. Clement of Rome, St. Ignatius of Antioch, St. Polycarp of Smyrna,
Didache, Shepherd of Hermas, St. Irenaeus of Lyons,
St. Clement of Alexandria, Origen of Alexandria., St. Athanasius of Alexandria,
St. Cyril of Alexandria, St. John of Chrysostom, St. Maximus the Confessor,
St. John of Damascus, The Cappadocian Fathers,
Tertullian, 
St. Cyprian of Carthage, St. Abrose of Milan,
St. Jerome of Stridonium, 
St. Augustine of Hippo,, St. Gregory the Great, St. Hilary of Poitiers, 
St. Isadore of Seville, St. Anthony the Great, St. Pachomius,
Eusebius of Caesarea, 
Athanasius, Arius,, Eusebius of Nocomedica, Alexander of Alexandria, 
Eusebius of Emesa, Martin Luther, King James,
Rabbis, Clerics, Theologians, Pastors,
All Christians,
All Muslims,
Followers of Judaism, and
The Multitude of Translators and Revisers who have published their version of the Bible in so many languages
and the millions more who have been complicit in elevating the writings of men and women to the status of Holy Scripture and Word of God, 
and making it available to all mankind to read, mediate upon, and emulate.

Yes, that's right!  I point my finger at every person who has had a hand in elevating the human writings contained in the Bible to the status of holy writ.  That includes most of the religious folks on the other end of the bony fingers pointing at Harold Camping. You've kept the myth going.  You've overlooked its glaring inconsistencies.  You've used it as a tool to separate your group from those groups who interpret the Bible differently.  And Christians, Muslims and Jews have used their falsely elevated scriptures to wreak division, death and havoc in our world.  When the clock strikes midnight in my time zone, I will be pointing my finger at all of those over the centuries who have made this moment of idiocy possible.

5/15/2011

May 21, 2011 -Proof That The Bible Is Not God's Word

I have consistently advocated, through articles in this blog, that neither the Bible nor the Koran could possibly be God's Word.  The reasoning behind my claim is that such documents, when placed in the hands of men and women possessing a multitude of levels of sanity and living conditions, is like placing a loaded gun in the hands of a child.

Both scriptures evoke one of two responses.  The first, which is more commonly seen, is to settle into being either a "Jack-Christian" or a "Jack-Muslim," following the passages which are palatable and ignoring those that are not.  The second response, which is not as common yet far too frequent, is to fervently read, meditate upon, and act out all that is found within the Bible or Koran's pages.

Case in point for this week is the return of Jesus Christ to rapture his saints to heaven.  So far nobody has lost their life over this one, but a lot of folks are giving up their life savings and financial security to spread the the "good news" of the Earth's destruction.  Consider this article of a man in New York who has spent his life savings to warn his city.

Man Spends $140K  (click on the link to view)

Although this present outbreak of faith seems fairly harmless, I caution everyone to remember the loss of life which occurs frequently from believing and acting upon the Bible or the Koran.  In my past blogs I have recounted the stories of mother's killing their children, husbands cooking and eating their wive's, people being stoned to death because of sexual practices not acceptable to religious leadership or groups.  Just this week it has been reported that Usama bin Laden's compound had a significant stash of pornography within its walls.  And the CIA reports that many fundamentalist religious fanatics are found to have lots of pornography on their computers.  Yet if a woman commits adultery, she is planted in the ground like a fencepost and beat to death by stones.  

A supreme being would not oversee the compilation of a book to be his words to humanity that could be so misconstrued and acted upon.  I have stated repeatedly that such an act by god would be tantamount to placing a loaded gun in hands of a child.

On May 21st (next week) I'd rather put my money on one of the teams at the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden Park in Glasgow than waste my savings acting out a fragmented fanatical fantasy that Jesus was returning to rapture his saints.