Gregory the Great...condemned education for all but the clergy as folly and wickedness. He forbade laymen to read even the Bible. He had the library of the Palatine Apollo burned "lest its secular literature distract the faithful from contemplation of heaven
Pope Gregory [Gregory the Great] declared that all education originated with the devil and then even outlawed the reading of the Bible by laymen. Just possessing a copy of the Bible in a vernacular translation was grounds for the death penalty.
His discoveries [Professor Thomas L. Thompson], and those of his fellow archaeologists, resurrect the theories of Comyns Beaumont who, among others, was condemned outright for his claims that the events in the bible's Old Testament did not occur at the locations specified.
As a whole, we historians have not done very well in using Biblical stories to write our history with. If one feels bound to understand the history of Israel as a revision of the Bible's traditions, one must admit the near total lack of warrant that these stories have for being accepted as historical
Although the narrative concerns what are purported to be monumental historical events, the Bible gives us no idea when they were supposed to have occurred: it provides no dates and fails to name the pharaohs in question. Despite the mass of contemporary records that survive from ancient Egypt, not one historical reference to the presence of the Israelites in that country has yet been found. Not a word about Joseph, whom the Bible tells us was a pharaoh's "grand vizier" - his chief minister. Not a single mention of Moses, whom the Bible tells us was raised as an Egyptian prince. Nothing concerning the plagues, which included the day turning to night and the Nile turning to blood. And nothing regarding the spectacular flight from Egypt by a people which, we are told, number over half a million. In fact, there is no ancient evidence independent of the Bible - from anywhere - which definitely corroborates any of these events
This egomaniacal cult of spiritual darkness could not tolerate posterity thinking of them as just another clan of primitives, not after living it up as lords in the greatest country on Earth, under the shadow of pyramids and beneath the starry empyrean of Nuith. They were legends in their own minds and wanted to be acknowledged as spiritual progenitors and as a specially endowed priestarchy directly marked and chosen by god himself. And so the cult of Judaism as we now know it was born. This is why we have to be uncommonly skeptical about every account and passage of Judaic and Christian history that comes to us from the time of the exodus, from the time of the founding of the Assyrian and Babylonian captivities, and from the Grecian and Roman periods. We can take it as a given that these accounts are infested with lies and that the testaments have been composed at the behest of the descendants of this perfidious Solar Cult of Akhenaton.
Our point should be clear. The bible's passages are certainly not to be taken as accurate historical accounts. Additionally, the authors of the passages cannot be considered learned men.Their agenda was not to inform or enlighten, but to befuddle, confuse, and control. When we read their accounts concerning the origin of the Israelites and Judites, the slavery in Egypt, the exodus, the roving in the wilderness for forty years, the settlement of Jerusalem, the alleged captivities in Assyria and Babylon, and of any other event, we would do well to be skeptical in the extreme and aware that we are not being informed of things that actually happened. What we read, although fascinating, is a travesty of history composed by consummate liars and mythmongers whose status was, and still is, utterly compromised by facts and by the truth.
The Bible - Book of the Pharaohs. Jews believe and state openly that Moses was the author of the Hebrew Torah (the first five books of the Old Testament). He is also known to be the disseminator of the hidden Oral Tradition, that eventually inspired the Babylonian Talmud. But, as the great Sigmund Freud pointed out, and as we re-assert - MOSES WAS AKHENATON - the Bible is not a Jewish tome, but an Egyptian one. This is the great secret that has been kept from humankind for so long. The generations of alteration and re-editing by Josephus and Bacon and others has merely assisted in this truth being kept hidden. But when we understand the true identity of this Moses, we understand also the true authors of the Bible. This is the real reason why Bibles can be found on Masonic altars. It is not because Masons are Christians, but because they are Atonists, as are all Christians and Jews, regardless of what false notions the Vatican spin-doctors have connived and enforced. As Albert Pike wrote in his Morals and Dogma: "The Hebrew books were written only to recall to memory the traditions; and they were written in Symbols unintelligible to the Profane."
Renegade Pharaoh Akhenaton - the "Son of the Sun" (Aton). The real "King of the Jews." He was the master of the Levites and of the "12 Tribes" under his dominion. His "biography" is the Bible, his instrument of torture - Judeo-Christianity! His Cult of Aton was, and is, identical to the pre-diluvian "Brotherhood of the Snake." His minions are the Vatican, the Illuminati, Templars, Royals and British-Israelites - enemies of freedom and truth, each and all The Atonists have expertly employed their age old symbols to indicate their presence to the symbolically literate. From their bases of operation (Tanis, Alexandria, Rome, London, New York,and Washington DC) and through their lieutenants they control the world, their new Egypt.
We believe the "captivity" stories to have been manufactured at a later date by those Atonists wishing to prevent the truth about their true destinations from being discovered. There is little doubt in our mind that the accounts of the settlement in Israel, the building of the temple at Jerusalem, the development of the united monarchy, and the attack of hostile forces from Assyria and Babylon are largely concoctions. They were necessary fictions giving the impression that the books of the bible were composed and compiled in Babylon instead of Rome. Moreover, it is difficult for us to believe that the "chosen people" were as homeless and comfortless as the bible reports. On the contrary, once we connect the dots we find that both the Yahuds/Judites/Levites and the Israelites from Egypt would have swiftly found new homes with their Hyksos kin who had been expelled a few centuries previously and who would have, by that time, found themselves new homes in the many lands around Egypt. We do not believe the Judites and Israelites to have been wanderers through any "wildernesses" for forty years. We do not believe they suffered a day of such hardship. We do believe that there was a schism between the factions after the expulsion. The Judites or Levites (Yahuds) were closely allied with Akhenaton's Cult of Aton and have been a front for them down through the ages until the present day. When this fanatical sect of Atonists realized the rest of their nation (the Israelites) did not care to continue with the plan and were disgruntled and vengeful they simply rejected and cursed them, and were cursed in return.
The Flavian and Piso families of Italy (among others) were descendants (biologically or ideologically) of the original "holy" sun clan of Aton. It was they who commissioned the writing of the bible in Rome.
The Teachers, even of Christianity, are, in general, the most ignorant of the true meaning of that which they teach. There is no book of which so little is known as the Bible
There is not a single shred of evidence for any of the implausible biblical characters as they have been presented (Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, Saul, Solomon, David, Aaron, and Jesus, etc). This is because they are later interpolations. They were designed to resemble earlier figures who wished to be remembered and lauded even though concealment was their over-arching priority. The bible is their story, their history, its many imperfections a clever mask of mystique designed to evoke reactions of awe, frustration, intrigue, and suspicion. Like tigers, the real figures have hidden behind the "tall grass" of history, so to speak. It is only recently that a few investigators have dared to burn down the camouflage and to reveal the shy creatures stalking there. The authors who have busied themselves with their investigations generally desire to discover the true identities of the biblical dramatis personae. This understandable quest is to be found animating most historians, and it is motive enough.
There are many spurious inserts in the Old Testament, but despite the cover-ups we sense that there were close bonds between the early Israelites and Egyptians. In short, the deliberate stratagem of avoiding naming important personages, of omitting and altering times, dates, and sequences of events, of distorting chronologies, and of inserting complete fabrications, worked wonders to enable the biblical editors to devise their testaments as they saw fit, shuffling historical data as a conjurer does a deck of cards.
Although a few ancient historians had alluded to the connection between the bible's "chosen people" and the ruling nobility of Egypt, it was not something the compilers of the bible wanted publicly known. This information has not been forthcoming from all the world's great seminaries or synagogues. On the contrary, what we have received from such institutions, for generations, is at issue of historical fabrication and deception. This alteration of history was deliberate and ingenious. Several devices of deception have been employed and we list a few of them here so that an understanding of the scriptures can be made easier for the reader. The devices of deception include:
Geography - The deliberate positioning of events in areas of Asia Minor and Egypt that never took place there.
Caricature - The flagrant embellishment of certain personalities to disguise their true identity.The bible contains many spurious characters and descriptions of outlandish habits and fantastic activities that are patently improbable.
Etymological - Words, terms, phrases, and place-names, etc, underwent either subtle or drastic editing and transposition.
Renaming - The deliberate alteration of personal names. This device was used widely. Names of characters were simply changed so that their existence and activities would be impossible to confirm. Titles were reported to be personal names, such as David, Solomon, Joshua, Jesus, Aaron, etc.
Omission - Key events that did occur historically are drastically downplayed or omitted altogether by the biblicists.
Invention - This involves the introduction of people or tribes, or events, that never existed or happened
Chronology - Timelines are muddled on purpose. King lists are rearranged, and the lifespans of individuals modified. Dates for key operations, such as building projects, battles, traversals, famines, coronations, marriages, births, and so on are tampered with.
Interpretation - Wild, unrealistic interpretations are given to events and ideologies to flagrantly confound understanding.
Crypticism - The introduction of a welter of code words, terms, and phrases that signify little to the layperson, but that communicate secret meanings and intentions to the initiated reader. Examples include: harlot, prostitute, virgin, drunkard, leper, cave-dweller, carpenter, shepherd, fishermen, merchant, judge, serpent, blood, seed, vine, covenant, watcher, mountain, desert, heavens.
Enoch Powell, the British politician and Greek scholar, who translated the Greek text of Matthew’s gospel, noted that it had been subjected to substantial “doctoring” even before the end of the first century AD…The New Catholic Encyclopedia…concedes that most “of the biblical writings underwent considerable re-editing and interpolation before final publication." Thus the authorship was much more of a group activity than was once thought.
…the ‘original’ Greek text was not written until around the mid-Fourth Century and was a revised edition of writings compiled decades earlier in Aramaic and Hebrew. Those earlier documents no longer exist and the Bibles we have today are five linguistic removes from the first Bibles written. What was written in the ‘original originals’ is quite unknown.
There is nothing holy about the Bible, nor is it “the word of God.” It was not written by God-inspired saints, but by power-seeking priests. Who but priests consider sin the paramount issue? Who but priests write volumes of religious rites and rituals? No one, but for these priestly scribes were sin and rituals imperatives. Their purpose was to found an awe-inspiring religion. By this intellectual tyranny they sought to gain control, and they achieved it. By 400 BC, they were the masters of ancient Israel. For such a great project they needed a theme, a framework, and this they found in the Creation lore of more knowledgeable races. This they commandeered and perverted - the natural to the supernatural, and the truth to error. The Bible is, we assert, but priest-perverted cosmology.
That there are two gods and two schools of thought, in the first books of the bible, is of major importance. It shows us that "history" was being deliberately, if not methodically, concocted.
The Jesus story is, like most of the bible, an Astro-Theological story first composed by astrologers who noticed the passage of the sun through the heavens. This knowledge is what led the scribe John to alter the dates of Jesus' crucifixion. He contradicts Mark, Luke, and Matthew, and places the crucifixion of Jesus on the eve of the Passover and not one day after it. This mythmaker at least knew the sun's astrological birthday and wanted his character's death and resurrection to correspond to the sun's transition and renewal. Astrology is where we are to look for origins concerning the life and death and rebirth of this character Jesus and not the history of men.
Even the Catholic Encyclopedia now admits that the "idea of a complete and clear-cut canon of the New Testament existing from the beginning...has no foundation in history"...The Catholic Encyclopedia concedes that "In all departments forgery and interpolation as well as ignorance had wrought mischief on a grand scale"
We are to understand that there is not a lot of authenticity to the characters who appear in the bible. Although newly discovered evidence shows that a few were based upon actual historical personages, many more were pure concoctions. Some were analogues of powerful men who desired to keep their identities hidden from mankind, and some were flagrantly outlandish fictions. Scholars tend to classify them under the term "biblical embroidery". Some were based upon historical savants, while others were the brainchildren of clever duplicitous propagandists. Some were composites of several figures, and some are representatives of psychological "types." More contentiously, others were personifications and analogues of zodiacal phenomena; in other words they were created as fictive renditions of Astrological Archetypes first studied and codified by Druids of ancient Ireland. It is certainly this last thesis that most concerns this writer. However, the other concepts are of great interest and cannot be underestimated. All in all, the way is open for a total overhaul of what we know about the Christian religion and the characters we have accepted as historically legitimate. We can only benefit from such exploration.
The Christian religion depends for the sanction and validity of its beliefs upon the Bible as does the earth upon the sun for its light, heat and life...But of the whole body of Christians who accept it and believe in it, who found their faith upon it, no two sects believe it alike; all the schisms, and heresies, and persecutions, and religious wars, and religious intolerances and bigotries which past history has recorded and current history chronicles, are due alone to the differences of belief engendered by the indubitable inconsistencies and contradictions of the texts of inspired truth of this "Holy Bible, Book Divine..."
Neither the Phoenician nor the Aramaic possessed any vowels, therefore the pronunciations differed according to locality and age. The vowel signs of the Hebrew manuscripts were introduced by Jewish scholars between the fifth and ninth centuries AD. None of the manuscripts from which our Bible was translated are older than the fourth century.
The first complete English version of the Bible was published on the basis of Tyndale's translation and appeared in England in 1535, one year before Tyndale's death. So it was at a verylate date that the English people were given the Bible. Tyndale had to flee from England and, after traveling about from place to place on the continent of Europe, he was arrested in Antwerp where, after one year of imprisonment, he was strangled to death in his cell. It was only in 1538 that, in response to the clamor of the people for the Bible, King Henry VIII issued a command to all ministers to place "one boke of the whole Bible, in Englyshe, sett up in summe convenynent place within the churches that ye have cure of, whereat your parishoners may most commodiously resort to the same and rede it." This Bible was chained to a block or other fixtureso that no one could carry it away. The clergy opposed every effort of the people to obtain access to the Bible and it was only after a great struggle that the King James, or Revised Version, was prepared and given to them. In those days very few of the common people had any leisure time and only very few could read.
It was the ‘wisest fool in Christendom’ who authorized the translation and publication of the first Protestant version of the Bible into English. He came to the English throne in 1603 and quickly became unpopular because of ‘his disgusting personal habits and his unsavory character.’ He pretended to be a scholar in theology and philosophy, but his learning was shallow and superficial. He wallowed in filth, moral and physical, but was endowed with a share of cunning that his associates called ‘a kind of crooked wisdom.’ For his new edition of the Bible he issued a set of personal ‘Rules’ the translators were to follow and ordered revisions to proceed, although he never contributed a farthing to its cost. Work began in early 1607…the translators handed over the reviser’s manuscripts of what is now called the King James Bible to King James for his final personal approval. ‘It was self-evident that James was not competent to check their work and edit it, so he passed the manuscripts to the greatest genius of all time…Sir Francis Bacon.
The resurrection verses in today’s Bibles are now universally acknowledged as flagrant forgeries and are now known to have been added to the earliest story some time later, perhaps as late as the Fourth Century or even into the early decades of the Fifth Century…More importantly, none of the early presbyters including Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian, Ammonius Saccas, Origen, and Eusebius, showed any knowledge of these verses.
The writings in the New Testament were not written by eyewitnesses of an overpowering divine appearance in the midst of human history...the Christian Bible turns out to be a masterpiece of invention...To be quite frank about it, the Bible is the product of very energetic and successful mythmaking on the part of those early Christians.
The Roman-Catholic Bible differs essentially from that of the Protestants, having fourteen more books. The Bible of the Greek Church differs from both. The Campbellites have a translation of their own. The Samaritan Bible contains only the five books of Moses. The Unitarians, having found 24,000 errors in the popular translation, made another translation containing still many thousands errors. The American Christian Union, having found many thousands of errors in the King James Translation, are now engaged in a new translation. How many more are we to have, god only knows. Martin Luther condemned eleven books of the Bible...and thus made a Bible for himself. Paul's Epistles to the Hebrews he denounced in strong terms...Dr. Lardner and John Calvin each condemned five or six books, and had a Bible peculiar to themselves. Grotius places the heel of condemnation on several books of the Bible. Bishop Baxter voted down eight books as uninspired, and unworthy of confidence. Swedenborg accepted only the Four Gospels and Revelation as inspired. The German Fathers rejected the Gospel of Matthew...The Bible of the learned Christian writer Evanson did not contain either Matthew, Mark, or John. The Unitarian Bible does not contain Hebrews, James, Jude, or Revelation. The Catholics denounce the Protestant Bible, and the Protestants condemn the Catholic Bible, as being full or errors.
There are many errors in the Bible. The learned know it; and the unlearned better not know it.
We also have to recognize that most of our Bible stories are neither whole nor original compositions. They were not put together as narrative accounts of the past, but as collections of fragmented traditions that survived the past...When we start with Israel...we need to recognize that our understanding of Israel as a people and as a nation is unrelated to any known historical Israel.
Many people have chosen to believe the incomprehensible gobbledygook of the bible simply indicates its scribes and editors were not, in fact, guilty of any conscious manipulation of history or theology. If they had wanted to create a religion to manipulate the entire world then surely they would have compiled a more consistent and realistic tome. In other words, they would have done a better job. We submit, however, that it is foolhardy to believe that the bible's utter incoherence and fantastic collection of scientific, philosophical, and theological errors, is proof of innocence on behalf of its composers and compilers. The various biblical councils could certainly have fashioned for themselves and their flock a book of sublime rationality such as would have impressed the Grecian philosophers. But this was not their aim and the inconsistencies and absurdities were purposely left in for a very important reason. A rational book, understood by all, would need no interpreters whereas a mythical compendium would require it. The clerics, bishops, cardinals, priests, and curates of the past, and the hysterical, verbose, and ludicrous evangelists and pastors who preach today, would hardly be required if the chapters, verses, and words of the bible made sense. They were not intended to make rational sense. They were chosen, entered, and espoused because they stimulate the mythic sensibility and ancestral consciousness. They stir the imagination and limbic centers of the brain, and mollify the needs and cravings of the many rather than sharpen the logic of the independent thinker. The world's masses require myths, and subconsciously rely upon them in order to feel secure. Believing these myths allows a man to feel part, rather than apart, of the collective. Men require things to believe in, and to have faith in. They are largely unaware of how these needs make them victims of manipulation. Where belief is operating, sanity and reason are often in abeyance, and the masters of the game, the "Scribes and Pharisees" so to speak, know this only too well. The early potentates never expected an independent and critical class to rise during their own time, or at any other time. They were concerned with duping the mass, the rank and file, and those illiterate hordes who could not work out the bible's meaning for themselves and who would not be permitted to do so. Humanity inherited the Cult of the Priest and has been under the power of these blackguards for thousands of years. For their special self-appointed duty of pontificating upon the "mysteries" of the bible they live in luxury and are awarded all sorts of titles and social privileges. Indeed, it is this special overclass that molds and controls the societies of the world. The god of these duplicitous and profoundly sadistic men did not write his own biography or record his own activities. He had secretaries, public relations officers, image consultants, and make-over artists to do it for him. He was made in the image of those with cruelty in their hearts and world dominion on their minds. The world's cultures were filled with gods and goddesses some of which were of a very pure and lofty nature. Some are immensely ancient and deeply revered. The god of Judeo-Christianity had to stand out. He had to be properly shaped to suit a practical and political end. If Jehovah could be made to thunder and flash, and if his countenance was stern, angry, and vengeful, as opposed to gentle, loving, and forgiving, then men would fear him. Even very rebellious and iconoclastic men would harbor fear in his presence. And if men could be trained to fear and obey their brooding heavenly "Lord" and "Master" they could soon be trained to fear and obey their earthly lords. It seemed a feasible and relatively simple ploy. It was an attractive notion to the emperors and princes who commanded their myth mongers to script "Lord God" as a most intolerant, hot-tempered sort ready to damn to perdition those who showed the least sign of contempt or self will. The scribes did their work well. Their travesty of theology sent men into a maze of conflicts and confusion. In their hellish vats fear was mixed with love and forgiveness with vengeance. On their canvases heaven was contrasted with hell, and beauty with corruption. The human reason was gradually but expertly subverted.
Masonry, like all the religions, all Mysteries, Hermeticism, and Alchemy, conceals its secrets from all except the Adepts and Sages, or the Elect, and uses false explanations and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead those who deserve to be mislead; to conceal the Truth, which it calls Light, from them, and to draw them away from it...The Teachers, even of Christianity, are, in general, the most ignorant of the true meaning of that which they teach. There is no book of which so little is known as the Bible...Masonry jealously conceals its secrets, and intentionally leads conceited interpreters astray.
Many historians have been puzzled as to why Western "European" man has had such an obsessive fascination with the convoluted nonsense of the bible. Why was this tome taken to heart by Westerners who had their own rich ancestral traditions? Certainly, force was involved, but the main reason for its acceptance is a carefully guarded secret. The bible stories were accepted throughout the occident because they were born there. Travesties they may be, but the ancestral brain remembers and is subconsciously familiar with the underlying truths contained in the bible's lamentably fragmented and convoluted texts. Behind the apparent nonsense and contradictions, the protestations and dubious morality tales, lies the great tale - that of the stars, the heavens, and the wisdom therein.
It is not very difficult for a rational person to see that there is something distasteful and wholly suspect about the majority of the sordid stories in the bible. If it were not for the indoctrination which begins during our earliest years we would regard the bible as a book to be avoided rather than lauded. If it were not because of the existential ennui that leaves a man open to manipulation we would regard the god of the Testaments as a most deplorable creature. We would regard the bible in the same way we do the Maya Popul Vuh, the Norse Eddas, or the Aryan Shastras and Vedas, as a book with interesting aspects not to be wholly believed or used to condemn other human beings to eternal damnation. Without brainwashing the bible would be avoided by literate men and hardly considered a manual for right living. No, the bible would be seen for what it is - the bizarre creation of the deranged. It might even be given an "X" rating and kept well out of the way of youngsters who would find all they require for right living in Plato, Aristotle, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Rand, or in the myths and legends of their ancestors. In our opinion, this mythic archive contains all that a man or woman needs for moral rectitude and spiritual maturation. If there is value in the bible it exists only in the proof that its text offers us concerning the depth of human idiocy and depravity. As a catalog of man's inhumanity and perversity the bible serves the student well. As William Blake affirmed, its proverbs are not of heaven but of hell.
With his instruction now fulfilled, Emperor Constantine decreed that the new writings be thereafter called the ‘words of God’ and be attached…to copies of the Hebrew Old Testament. Emperor Vespasian, in the First Century, had proclaimed the entire Jewish territory the personal property of the Roman Emperors, and his decision was officially ratified by the Senate. In effect, all later Emperors were in control of the Jewish religion…Emperor Constantine effectively attempted to amalgamate the earlier Jewish religion with his new cult. By legal inheritance, he was also the Messiah. After Eusebius had finished drawing upon the large array of presbyter’s texts, Constantine then ordered them destroyed by fire and ‘any man found concealing one should be stricken off from his shoulders (beheaded).
Additionally, most of the people of the world, being illiterate,could not care less whether the bible was based on fact or not, and the very few literate readers knew full well what the consequences were if they offered refutations or contradicted the almighty emperor and his appointed bishops. The memory of the fate of the great Giordano Bruno would be enough to quell most dissent. The situation was no different during the time of the despot King James Stuart. People accepted his "Authorized" version simply because he had authorized it.That version of the bible, and only that version, would be considered right. There was no debate about the matter.
Thankfully, there have been those down through time, as well as at the time, who knew that the bible was a concoction of ancient solar theocracy and that it did not depict actual events.
The Egyptian Book of the Dead, which is traced back to 4,260 BC, years before the writing of the New Testament, has its foundation in the lore of the heavens, and in poetical imagery follows the path of the Sun through the different signs of the zodiac. Many phrases, many headings of the chapters of the New Testament are similar to those in the Book of the Dead.
...this whole affair of which we speak and preach, and which is called Gospel, has no reference at all to any person that ever existed, or events that ever occurred upon earth, but it is astronomical.
Whoever shall find out the true sense of the Book of Genesis ought to take care not to divulge it…If a person should discover the true meaning of it by himself, or by the aid of another, then he ought to be silent, or if he speaks he ought to speak of it obscurely, in an enigmatical manner, as I do myself.
Every time that you find in our books a tale, the reality of which seems impossible, a story that is repugnant to both reason and common sense, then be sure that the tale contains a profound allegory veiling a deeply mysterious truth…and the greater the absurdity of the letter, the deeper the wisdom of spirit.
The bible is a compilation of numerous occidental and oriental pagan doctrines. Its compilation was commissioned by the chiefs of the Solar Cult (Atonists) situated in Tanis, Alexandria, Jerusalem, and Rome, in order to galvanize their empire and maintain control over the minds of the mass of illiterate and superstition-ridden human beings under their dominion. Dominion over men and the world was what it was all about, and little has changed when it comes to this agenda.
...its [The Bible's] chronology is unreliable, chimerical, and incorrect; its history contradictory and incredible; its philosophy fallacious; its logic unsound; its cosmology foolish and absurd, its astronomy fragmentary and childish; its religion pagan-derived, its morals defective, sometimes selfish, often extravagant, and in some cases pernicious...It is often dark, ambiguous, and mysterious, as well as contradictory, not only in its lessons on morality, but in its account of the simplest occurrences, this rendering it comparatively worthless as a moral guide.
In no land or literature has the mythical mode of representation been perverted and reduced to driveling foolishness more fatally than in some of the Hebrew legends.
At least, we may inquire why is it that this touted but misnamed "Judeo-Christian" religion, that all men are expected to respect and trust if not follow, does not speak in detail concerning the dynamics of man's psyche as do the writings of Plato, Aristotle, and Lucretius? And why do we find it full of animosity for what man is? Why is it so full of conflict, superstition, adversity, and rivalry? Why do we learn such terrible things about man and the world from its pages, while from a Homer, a Shakespeare, or a Lawrence, we learn so much that is great and sublime? Why is the gamut of human emotion so limited and paltry in this book meant to reflect man as he lives and is? And why do we not laugh when we read these scriptures of Christianity? Why does it state that one small "chosen" coterie will enjoy dominion over all other nations and peoples? Why does this book of Jews and Christians not contain treatises from masters of astronomy or geometry, or of husbandry, pyramid-building, and navigation? And why is it so difficult to place the authors who have contributed to it, those Solomons, Isaiahs, and Jeremiahs? Why, in this most patristic book of pages do we not encounter hymns to the earth and goddess as we do in Lao Tzu or Chuang Tzu? And why nothing concerning the spiritual significance of animals that we find in the lore of so many antique nations? Why is Earth deemed so lowly in this lauded book? We do not find it so in the works of Wordsworth, Bronte, or Hardy. And why the talk of bad angels and infernal pits of fire and brimstone? Why plagues and famines unleashed upon the unsuspecting? Why a god so wrathful and jealous and so bent on retribution and destruction? Were we psychologists we might be motivated to ask whether the bible's strange chapters and verses reflect man as he truly is, or whether they reflect how man and his world were perceived by its few psychically demented authors obsessed on emphasizing and broadcasting their own superiority and prowess. Might we not tend to agree with Nietzsche's contention that it is the desire of Christians to see the world as ugly and bad that has made it ugly and bad? In any case, a great deal may hang upon the answers to our disquieting questions.
Fortunately the bible, like any book, will reveal its secrets, but only to those skeptical and persistent enough to follow the twists and turns in its convoluted text in order to ascertain what is true and what is false. Academics concede that the bible's text is full of "pious fraud." They admit that there are two gods being spoken of in the opening books and that as time went by these two gods (Elohim and Jehovah) became fused into one, known henceforth as the "Lord God." They concede that there are errors, fictions, and skewed facts and that there are stories concerning people who never lived. They freely admit that there are plagiarisms and renditions of pagan myths and legends, and that the very gospels were not written by those four "saints" after whom they are named. Yes, a lot of things have been conceded since bible study began in earnest a mere 100 years ago. And a lot has had to be conceded given the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Gnostic Gospels, texts from within Christianity that contradict some of the most revered but falsely authenticated tropes of the official testaments.
That the New Testament analysis as we know it only began in the nineteenth century reflects the almost superstitious reluctance to examine the original texts that came out of the Church’s age-long prohibition on Bible reading for the masses. For centuries only priests read the Scriptures - in fact, in most cases they had the monopoly of literacy.
The scriptural and historical data...shows that the New Testament was never an authentic record, but was, in its entirety, a corpus of corrupted documents specifically constructed to induce a particular belief.
No, few care or have ever cared about the factuality of the bible's convoluted stories. Inwardly, subconsciously, most people know the improbability of such tales. It is apathy and conformity that motivate men to accept such fictions.
The acroamatic cipher is the most subtle of all, for the parable or allegory is susceptible of several interpretations. Bible students for centuries have been confronted by this difficultly. They are satisfied with the moral interpretation of the parable and forget that each parable and allegory is capable of seven interpretations, of which the seventh--the highest--is complete and all-inclusive, whereas the other six (and lesser) interpretations are fragmentary, revealing but part of the mystery. The creation myths of the world are acroamatic cryptograms, and the deities of the various pantheons are only cryptic characters which, if properly understood, become the constituents of a divine alphabet. The initiated few comprehend the true nature of this alphabet, but the uninitiated many worship the letters of it as gods.
It was in recognition of Bacon's intellectual accomplishments that King James turned over to him the translators' manuscripts of what is now known as the King James Bible for the presumable purpose of checking, editing, and revising them. The documents remained in his hands for nearly a year, but no information is to be had concerning what occurred in that time. Regarding this work, William T. Smedley writes: " It will eventually be proved that the whole scheme of the Authorised Version of the Bible was Francis Bacon's." (See The Mystery of Francis Bacon.) The first edition of the King James Bible contains a cryptic Baconian headpiece. Did Bacon cryptographically conceal in the Authorized Bible that which he dared not literally reveal in the text--the secret Rosicrucian key to mystic and Masonic Christianity?
We do not mean that the Bible should be continually in the mouth of man, but that he should search for its true and eternal meaning, which is seldom discovered by theologians, scientists, or mathematicians because they are blinded by the opinions of their sects. We bear witness that never since the beginning of the world has there been given to man a more excellent book than the Holy Bible. Blessed is he who possesses it, more blessed he who reads it, most blessed he who understands it, and most godlike he who obeys it.
The modern world seems to have forgotten the existence of those unwritten teachings which explained satisfactorily the apparent contradictions of the written Scriptures, nor does it remember that the pagans appointed their two-faced Janus as custodian of the key to the Temple of Wisdom. Janus has been metamorphosed into St. Peter, so often symbolized as holding in his hand the key to the gate of heaven. The gold and silver keys of "God's Vicar on Earth," the Pope, symbolizes this "secret doctrine" which, when properly understood, unlocks the treasure chest of the Christian and Jewish Qabbalah.
THERE is no doubt that much of the material recorded in the first five books of the Old Testament is derived from the initiatory rituals of the Egyptian Mysteries. The priests of Isis were deeply versed in occult lore, and the Israelites during their captivity in Egypt learned from them many things concerning the significance of Divinity and the manner of worshiping It. The authorship of the first five books of the Old Testament is generally attributed to Moses, but whether or not he was the actual writer of them is a matter of controversy. There is considerable evidence to substantiate the hypothesis that the Pentateuch was compiled at a much later date, from oral traditions. Concerning the authorship of these books, Thomas Inman makes a rather startling statement: "It is true that we have books which purport to be the books of Moses; so there are, or have been, books purporting to be written by Homer, Orpheus, Enoch, Mormon, and Junius; yet the existence of the writings, and the belief that they were written by those whose name they bear, are no real evidences of the men or the genuineness of the works called by their names. It is true also that Moses is spoken of occasionally in the time of the early Kings of Jerusalem; but it is clear that these passages are written by a late hand, and have been introduced into the places where they are found, with the definite intention of making it appear that the lawgiver was known to David and Solomon." (See Ancient Faiths Embodied in Ancient Names.)
Among theological scholars there is a growing conviction that the hitherto accepted translations of the Scriptural writings do not adequately express the spirit of the original documents.
"After the first copy of the Book of God," writes H. P. Blavatsky, "has been edited and launched on the world by Hilkiah, this copy disappears, and Ezra has to make a new Bible, which Judas Maccabeus finishes; * * * when it was copied from the horned letters into square letters, it was corrupted beyond recognition; * * * the Masorah completed the work of destruction; finally, we have a text, not 900 years old, abounding with omissions, interpolations, and premeditated perversions." (See Isis Unveiled.)
Prof. Crawford Howell Toy of Harvard notes: "Manuscripts were copied and recopied by scribes who not only sometimes made errors in letters and words, but permitted themselves to introduce new material into the text, or to combine in one manuscript, without mark of division, writings composed by different men; instances of these sorts of procedure are found especially in Micah and Jeremiah, and the groups of prophecies which go under the names of Isaiah and Zachariah." (See Judaism and Christianity.)
The books of the New Testament--particularly those attributed to St. John--contain many examples of its use. Nicephorus Callistus declared the Gospel according to St. John to have been discovered in a cavern under the Temple at Jerusalem, the volume having been secreted "long anterior to the Christian æra." The existence of interpolated material in the fourth Gospel substantiates the belief that the work was originally written without any specific reference to the man Jesus, the statements therein accredited to Him being originally mystical discourses delivered by the personification of the Universal Mind. The remaining Johannine writings--the Epistles and the Apocalypse--are enshrouded by a similar veil of mystery.
No more compelling proofs of forgery in a document can well be than the glaring contradictions between two parts of the text. Remember that in the "age of apocryphal literature" there were no printed books, thus fixing the text, and no "copyright" existed. All books, sacred and profane, were manuscripts, tediously written by hand on rolls of papyrus or sheets of parchment-skin; like the manuscripts of the Gospels, Epistles, etc., they were usually unsigned and undated, and frequently gave no clue to the anonymous writers. When one man came into possession of a manuscript which he desired, he sat down and copied it by hand, or employed slaves or professional copyists to do the labor. There was absolutely no check against errors of copying, or intentional omissions, alterations or insertions into the text, to suit the taste or purpose of the copyist. Religious books were written, and copied, by priests, monks or Fathers; religious notions and doctrines were very diversely held, and developed or were modified incessantly. Traditions of what was said or done by Jesus Christ and the apostles were, as we have seen, very variant and conflicting. Very often, as we shall see, conflicting traditions or accounts are found in the same book.
Before we choose to merely laugh off the nonsense of the Bible and flippantly or indignantly dismiss the outlandish forgeries and fictions, let us realize that, as preposterous and spurious as most of the content surely is, it was not composed by pathologically impressionable or illiterate men with chronically naive minds. No, in our opinion, the Testaments were commissioned and composed by men of high intelligence for a cozened audience of impressionable, illiterate, and naive men ready to credulously believe the myriad fabulous lies spun by their imperious overlords. Sadly, this penchant for gullibility was not only a problem of bygone days. Man is as irrational and gullible as ever. Sadly, his zeal for demonstrating the level of his ignorance and fanaticism has not abated. Not in the least.
Neither the Phoenician nor the Aramaic possessed any vowels, therefore the pronunciations differed according to locality and age. The vowel signs of the Hebrew manuscripts were introduced by Jewish scholars between the fifth and ninth centuries AD. None of the manuscripts from which our Bible was translated are older than the fourth century
[...] the vast majority of words, place names, and personal names in the bible, are of Irish origin [...]
Druidic motifs, such as the vine, tree, cross, and stone, abound in the bible. The concept of sacrifice, death, and renewal, are Druidic in origin.
Erroneous but traditional views of Bible origins and meanings are doggedly preserved by male chauvinists in particular, since the canonical books were deliberately selected and edited to wipe out all feminine images of divinity and sanction religious suppression of women. Robert Ingersoll pointed out that "As long as woman regards the Bible as the charter of her rights, she will be the slave of man." Josephine Henry grumbled, "The Bible records that God created woman by a method different from that employed in bringing into life any other creature, then cursed her for seeking knowledge." Elizabeth Stanton said there is no escape from the Bible's "degrading teaching" as to the position of women, and advised women to boycott churches.
Obviously the Bible was full of myths and legends, but most orthodox theologians had no idea of their meaning. One reason was that they didn't study the corresponding myths and legends of other cultures - ancient paganism, modem mysticism, the non-Christian beliefs of people both civilized and uncivilized throughout the rest of the world. Christian missionaries thought theirs was the only pipeline to divinity, the deities of all other people throughout the world were devils, and the myths of the Bible were absolutely true whereas all other myths were absolutely false.
The real point was that organized religions had an economic interest in maintaining literal interpretation of biblical myths.
In 1889 the book of biblical essays called Lux Mundi gave up all pretense of the scriptures' historicity or divine inspiration, admitting that the Bible is a confused mass of myth, legend, and garbled history, often contradicting provable facts.
Traditionally, the church forbade not only research but even reading of the Bible by laymen. Throughout the Middle Ages, possession of a Bible written in the vernacular was a crime punished by burning at the stake. With the Reformation came Bible-reading in search of a new basis for faith; but in the process were found many new grounds for skepticism.
According to the prevailing myth of biblical origins, the Old Testament was supposed to have been translated from Hebrew to Greek by seventy-two translators sent to Ptolemy by Eleazar, a Jewish high priest, in the 3rd century B.C., hence its name, Septuagint. Ptolemy locked the scholars in individual cells on the island Pharos, where each one made his own Greek version in exactly seventy-two days. Each translation agreed exactly, in every word, with the other seventy-one translations.
Of course this never happened. The Bible's real history was far less tidy. A collection appeared in the first century B.C. and again in the first century A.D. to be accepted by the Jews of the Diaspora as sacred, and passed on to Christians. In both Jewish and Christian hands the papyri underwent many changes. In the 4th century A.D., St. Jerome collected some Hebrew manuscripts and edited them to produce the Latin Vulgate, a Bible of considerable inaccuracy, differing markedly from Jerome's stem texts.
The King James Bible relied mostly on a Greek text collected and edited by Erasmus in the I6th century, which in turn relied on a Byzantine collection assembled gradually at Constantinople between the 4th and 8th centuries. A few older texts have been discovered: the Codex Sinaiticus, the Codex Vaticanus, the Codex Alexandrinus, and the Chester Beatty papyri. All are fragmentary, all differ from one another and from the King James version. There are no known portions of the Bible older than the 4th century A.D.
The greatest mistake of religious authorities in the western world was their view of the Bible as intrinsically different from other ancient scriptures, in that it was dictated word for word by God, not collected slowly, rewritten and mis-written, revised and worked over by human beings for a long time. The notion that the Bible did not evolve haphazardly, like most other holy writings of the same period, persisted almost up to the present day, even among people who should have known better.
The peoples and kingdoms referred to in the Bible, and supposed by commentators to be in the East, are actually to be found in the West
Through the centuries, the Bible has inspired some of the noblest achievements of mankind. It has bestowed the courage to reform corrupt laws, to liberate human souls from slavery and bondage, and to advance justice in private and public conduct.
When a belief must serve persons in different degrees of faith and insight, it is necessary to provide milk for babes and meat for men, and these words themselves become a kind of parable. In ancient times, the problem of insight seldom caused difficulties. The religion itself was presented on several levels of interpretation and the earnest follower could advance as his understanding enlarged and matured. In more modern times, each of these levels becomes a distinct sect and there is little or no continuity in the search for understanding.
This accounts for many of the changes in the translations of the biblical books. It also explains why orthodoxy actually means conformity with a specialized interpretation of the holy writings.
In most respects, the Bible is a very simple book, and many parts of it can be read to children and will benefit them.
Has any scientist, politician, educator, or philosopher been able to refute the words of Solomon? Are we willing to ignore universal integrity and trust our fate and future upon nuclear fission, chemical warfare, and the strategies of materialistically-minded economists? It would seem that the Bible is trying to tell us something, but we are slow of learning.
In the second chapter of Genesis, god created man, and in the third chapter man disobeyed God, setting in motion an endless series of disagreeable occurrences. God provided Adam and Eve with a beautiful garden where everything necessary was available as divine bounty. Even the Lord himself walked in the garden in the cool of the evening. As the story unfolds, Cain slays his brother; and God, weary of his wayward children, found Noah to be the only just man in his generation. These circumstances must be regarded as allegorical. They are not the account of a few wandering tribes which fell into one dilemma after another. It is clearly indicated that mankind was incapable of obeying the laws by which he was created and by which he could preserve himself. This story epitomizes ten thousand years of history in all parts of the world. It is the continuing record of the victory of the immediate desires over the divine purpose.
Critics have found fault with all the world's scriptures, but as yet they have discovered no useful substitutes.
In many instances we have no proof as to who wrote the sacred books, but we associate them with sanctified persons in the past who had the inner realization of the Divine Will. The real authority for the words in the Bible comes from our own hearts and we accept without question universal integrities that no honorable person can doubt. A long-suffering humankind sanctifies the scriptures of the world because they give directives which we instinctively and intuitively know to be right.
The New Testament in the surviving form is known only through early Greek manuscripts of which the earliest are believed to date from the fourth century A.D. Three important manuscripts were probably among those commissioned by Constantine. They are the Codex Vaticanus (Codex B), Codex Alexandrinus (Codex A), and the Codex Sinaiticus (Codex Aleph). The first of these is in the Vatican Library and the other two are in the British Museum.
For many ages, theologians have insisted upon personalizing natural principles. [...] This is one of the main reasons for the inability of theologians to read the Bible correctly or intelligently.
The New Testament is full of occult and esoteric teaching, some of it explicitly stated. The problem is that we have been educated to be blind to it.
Manna was the mushrooms - the small, round things in the morning dew.
Still, with all its faults, and with all its misinterpretations, the Christian Bible is the greatest book in English literature. But like most other great books, it must be approached with understanding, gentleness, impersonality, and a sincere desire to find truth.
It is proper to study history, but not proper to worship it. The Christian Bible is a semi-historical account of certain possible happenings, which, in themselves, are not necessarily the appropriate foundation for a faith. Nor does this history, or neo-history, or in some cases outright fiction, insure salvation by the reading or acceptance of it. This is the error of the ages. In a desperate effort to preserve the "letter" of the law we have committed grievous errors in the name of truth.
To preach the Gospel meant to teach or inform those who were prepared to receive instruction.
To heal the sick was to remedy not merely the infirmities of the flesh, but those of ignorance, fear, and superstition.
To raise the dead meant to recover souls from materiality by the word of Truth.
To cast out demons meant to modify the passions, emotions, and appetites.
And to cleanse the lepers meant to purify those who were unclean of thought and deed.
...in Revelation the account of the opening of the seven seals is in fact a way of talking about the enlivening of the seven chakras, and predicting the great visions of the spiritual world that will result.
...according to the ancient tradition the Word that shone in the darkness in John's gospel - and so we now see, the gods who 'let there be light' in Genesis - are the seven great spirits who work together as the great spiritual influence emanating from the sun.
Thus both Old and New Testaments allude to the role of the Sun god in creation as it was generally understood in the religions of the ancient world.
But the reality is that after layers of mistranslation and other types of obfuscation have been removed, the most important passages in the Bible can be seen to describe the deities of the stars and planets.
The metaphysical experiences described in the Bible most frequently occur near water. In religious symbolism, water is a symbol of the etheric world that extends beyond the physical plane of life.
To say that an account in the Bible may have a symbolical meaning does not necessarily mean that the account is entirely unhistorical.
It is also important to remember that nearly every personality described or discussed in the Bible is primarily a symbol, and not an historical individual. It is a great mistake to believe that there is great spiritual virtue in the perpetuation of history or the worship of ancestors. The virtue lies not in the accepting of the sacred writings but in the discovery and application of the ever living truths secretly hidden in the scriptural books of the world.
Mystery is mentioned in the New Testament twenty-one times. The word signifies mastership. Whatever the Master did in ancient times was a mystery. In London in 1666 a paper mentions "The freemen of the mystery of Carpenters." Above the mystery stood the miracle, the wonder of the gods. Between the miracle and the mystery stood the magic, or the work of the great one, the Magi, such as the three wise men.
In reading the code of Hammurabi, and familiarizing oneself with the social scheme of things in Babylon a close resemblance between the gods of the Euphrates Delta and those of Genesis may be seen. In the very first and second chapters of Genesis may be seen the coming of the Eloihim (ilu) to the valley. Genesis 2:6 starts the description "there was not a man to till the ground." "But there went up a mist from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground." (The deserts formed during the Glacial Age were watered during the melting of the glaciers. At the same time the gods came to the valley and brought agriculture to the troglodytes. "And the Lord-God (Eloihim the original--and plural) planted a garden eastward in Eden." There may have been many Edens, or Gardens.) The word paradise is from the Greek "paradeisos" a park of the gods. It was to such a paradise or Eden that the Prince of Tyre had been, Ezekial 28:13 "Thou (King of Tyre) hast been in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering," etc. And 28:2 in the same "Thou hast said 'I am a God' . . . yet thou art a man." 3 "Behold thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret they can hide from you." (We see here the aspect of trouble between the kings and the gods and the way the gods rules.)
Going farther into the method of control we find in Judges 10 "the Lord was hot against Israel and he sold them into the hands of the Phillistines . . . and into the hands of the children of Ammon." This intimates a relationship between Jehovah and Bel and Ammon. The gods of the Red Sea recognized the gods of the Mediterranean! This indeed shows that the lands were divided among the gods as is indicated in Deuteronomy 32:8 "When the most High divided the Nations . . . Jacob is the lot of His (Jehovah's) inheritance." The Most High may have been Amen-Ra, it can only be inferred.
Numerous writers have shown that Arabia was the locale of the Book of Job. They have shown how the place names agree with the personal names, and how the Arabian scenes fit those of the Book. In Job 1-6 the sons of God (Elohim) presented themselves, before the Lord, and Satan was among them. A clan of the Els would fit in well as the sons of God, and Satan seems to be a high priest of the serpent cult, a form of worship that was dying out before the onslaughts of the sun cult. In such and only such an interpretation can any sense be placed in the lines. Job as the follower of the El and no serpent cult could dissuade him. The two cults were at friendly parlance. Such rich shieks as Abraham and Job presented valuable gifts to the gods and they were the source of living for the heads of the theocracy.
There is abundant confirming evidence to indicate that the Genesis given in the Bible describes processes occurring over a period of at least a billion years;
The seventh and lowest diffusion of the fourth "world" is that with which the Creation story in Genesis is concerned.
With these thoughts in mind, let us read again the verse [Genesis 1:1] according to a fuller understanding of its meaning:
From the eternal principles and essences the androgynous creator-gods manifested forth the positive and negative aspects of Being.
A reasonable interpretation of the Biblical writings is one based upon a system of cross reference in which all the great schools of ancient religion and philosophy are considered as one composite structure. Thus each system is interpreted in the light of the others.
It is important next to realize that the secret doctrine concealed in the Bible must be discovered with the aid of certain keys. Each of the myths, fables and symbolic figures has at least seven complete and distinct interpretations. In other words, to open the door, that is, unveil the secret, the key must be turned seven times in the lock.
It may seem strange that one story or account may have several meanings, but such is the working of the Cabala. In the original Hebrew there were numerical and letter cyphers to aid in the decoding of the hidden information. Translation and editing have destroyed these older Cabalistic patterns and it is now necessary to have recourse to the fascinating field of comparative religion in order to unlock the Biblical secrets.
The Book of Revelation was around for at least 500 years before Christianity ever came into existence. The Book of Revelation was already in circulation, therefore no John ever wrote the Book of Revelation. His name was Ion, from the Ionian Sea, but when translating from Latin, when you change the letter "I" to "J" it becomes J-o-n, or Jon. However, when you translate it to English, J-o-n becomes J-o-h-n, or John. So today we're told that John wrote the Book of Revelation. No such John ever wrote the Book of Revelation. It was written long before Christ was ever born.
...in the Old Testament, there are four separate and distinct gods being discussed, but we've been unaware of that... There was the stellar God, the lunar God, and the solar God, and then, of course, we had Saturn.
Who translated the King James Authorized Version? Rosicrucians and Freemasons ...wait a minute, the Bible is a Masonic book.
There's only one way you could get a book to coincide and fall in line completely as a beautiful whole story, as if it was written as a story. So, that is what I'm saying, the Bible was written as a very beautiful story if you understand that that's all it was, a story.
Now, there's some good history in the Bible. I am not saying that the Bible is not the word of God. I just don't believe that it is the only Divine book written in the world.
Why didn’t they put the Book of Enoch in the Bible? I mean, Enoch was a real character, wasn’t he? You know, he was from Ethiopia, he was black, all of his leaders, I mean, all of his followers saw him walk out into a field and taken aboard a spacecraft. Never came back. That’s in his book, you don’t want to print that!
In 553 AD, the belief in reincarnation was outlawed at the Second Synod Council of Constantinople under the influence of the Emperor Justinian. The council decided, without the attendance of the Pope, that:
If anyone assert the fabulous preexistence of souls and shall submit to the monstrous doctrine that follows from it, let him be... excommunicated
You utter fables, and you do not even possess the art of making them seem likely... You have altered three, four times and oftener, the texts of your own Gospels in order to deny objections to you.
The Sun god composite, symbolically known as Jesus, was transformed into a supernatural Son of God by the man we call St Paul...Officially, St Paul was born to Judean parents and, like them, became a Roman citizen, despite being a Pharisee and a strict adherent to the Hebrew religion. Who else was supposed to be a Judean who became a Roman? Josephus, the pseudonym for Piso, who wrote the Gospels...Paul was the creation of Pliny the Younger (military name, Maximus) and Justus Piso.
The New Testament, the Church and Christianity, were all the creation of the Calpurnius Piso (pronounced Peso) family, who were Roman aristocrats. The New Testament and all the characters in it - Jesus, all the Josephs, all the Marys, all the disciples, apostles, Paul, John the Baptist - all are fictional. The Pisos created the story and the characters; they tied the story to a specific time and place in history; and they connected it with some peripheral actual people, such as the Herods, Gamaliel, the Roman procurators, etc. But Jesus and everyone involved with him were created (that is fictional!) characters.
We Jews and Church Leaders have known since the beginning of Christianity that it was synthesized by the Roman Piso family for the purpose of maintaining control over the masses and to placate slaves.
And, this is why we Jews are the "Chosen People" and why we have endured so much for so many years; we are witnesses to the lie. Our ancestors wrote what they could about this in our texts.
In the land of Canaan every spring, they celebrated sexual and fertility rites under the title, ‘The Marriage Festival of Canaan’. It was at the symbolic wedding at Cana in the Gospels that Jesus turns the water into wine. It is the Sun’s warmth and the Earth’s water which grow the grapes to make wine. Bacchus, the Greek son of Zeus and the virgin Semele, was said to have turned water into wine. Also there were Essene ritual terms related to water and wine.
The unfortunate scenario which prevailed until fairly recently was that, while the Bible was promoted to the front line of our cultural consciousness, the more ancient writings of the Mesopotamians and Egyptians were lost. Had this not been the case, then the wisdom and historical records of these pre-Israelite civilizations would have prevailed and it would never have occurred to anyone to consider the Old Testament as anything but another chapter in an ongoing development of morality and religion. Instead, since no contemporary annals had been discovered, the Hebrew scripture achieved a thoroughly inappropriate status as a reliable work of history.
Only during the past 150 years or so, and more specifically since about 1920, have the great storehouses of Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Syrian and Canaanite record been unearthed from beneath the desert sands. Firsthand documentary evidence from before biblical times has now emerged on stone, clay, parchment and papyrus, and these tens of thousands of documents bear witness to a far more exciting history than we had ever been told. Had these records been available throughout the generations, the concept of a particular race enjoying a single divine revelation would never have arisen, and the exclusivity of Jehovah, which has blinded us for the longest time (setting us in warlike fashion against those of other faiths who follow their own tradition), would never have taken such an arrogant hold.
The New Testament insists a great deal on what it calls faith and truth, but its guarantees for such things seem very strange...How do we know that the Gospel story is true? Because it confirms the prophecies of the Old Testament. But how do we know that the Old Testament prophecies are true? Because they are confirmed by the Gospel story. Evidence, so called, is bounced back and forth between the testaments like a tennis ball; and no other evidence is given us. The two testaments form a double mirror, each reflecting the other but neither the world outside.
The books of the Bible, Paine concludes, were made to promise far more than was ever intended at first and were made to perpetuate false beliefs for the purpose of controlling human minds and maintaining a tyrannical state.
What, to me, makes the Bible such an inviting resource is the vigor with which the rulers of evil have suppressed its unlicensed reading. It's been my experience that as predictably as such rulers play with truth, the Bible forthrightly tells it.
...the status of womanhood has been methodically undermined for centuries by the contrived dogma of misinterpreted Bible texts.
What actually transpired was that the original Mesopotamian writings were recorded as history. This history was later rewritten to form a base for foreign religious cults - first Judaism and then Christianity. The corrupted dogma of the religions then became established as 'history' and because the contrived dogma (the new approved history) was so different from the original writings, the early first-hand records were labelled 'mythology'.
But the Flood was chronologically moved in Genesis to the time of Noah, whereas it actually occurred before the time of Adam.
To whom was God supposedly talking when he made the statement, 'behold the man is become as one of us'? Certainly not to the others of the Holy Trinity, as some straw clutching bishops have suggested. The Trinity concept of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost is strictly Christian and was not established as a doctrine until the Council of Nicaea in AD 325.
Quite suddenly, it was clear that the long-supposed authentic history of the Bible was not authentic at all: it had been contrived by adjusting original records to suit an emergent religious movement from 2500 years ago.
The Old Testament as we have come to know it was a largely retrospective work, first compiled between the sixth and second centuries BC, but relating to the events of hundreds and even thousands of years before.
In 721 BC, it appears that Israel was overrun by the Assyrians and the Israelites or Canaanites were taken into captivity. However, the tribes known by official history as Judah and Benjamin, survived for more than a hundred years after that, before they were conquered and captured by our friends, the Babylonians, in around 586 BC. It was in Babylon, that ancient capital city of the reptile-Aryan priesthood and hierarchy, that the Hebrew priests, the Levites, began to create a manufactured history which obscured the truth of what really happened. I mean, ask yourself, is a Brotherhood who arranged for the destruction of ancient knowledge and libraries all over the world going to write down the true history in their texts or are they going to produce the version they want the people to believe? During and after their stay in Babylon, with its wealth of inherited knowledge and stories from Sumer, the Levites mixed truth, often symbolic truth, with fantasies and this concoction became the foundations of the Old Testament. The so-called Israelites did not write these texts or agree with what they said. Even if you accept they even existed, the Israelites had long dispersed by the time the Levites inked their pens. Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers, which together make up the ‘Jewish’ Torah, were all written by the Levites or under their supervision during or after their period in Babylon. This bunch of human sacrificing, blood drinking fanatics and black magicians, who you would not trust to tell you the time, compiled the law which Jewish people to this day are supposed to follow. Likewise many Christian fanatics quote this stuff as the word of God! It is not the word of God, it is the word of the Levites under the direction of the reptile full-bloods and crossbreeds of the Babylonian Brotherhood. The Sumerian Tablets prove beyond question that Genesis was a much edited and condensed version of Sumer records. The Sumerian story of Edin became the Levite’s biblical Garden of Eden. Remember the story of ‘Moses’ being found in the bulrushes by the Egyptian princess? The same tale was told by the Sumerians-Babylonians about King Sargon the Elder. The story of Moses is make-believe, as is the Egyptian ‘captivity’, the Exodus, at least in the form described, and also the creation of the 12 tribes via Jacob.
These texts were written by the Levites, the heads of which were reptilian mystery school initiates in Babylon. Their stories are symbolic and coded for initiates to understand and the masses to take literally.
From the fact that I was born not far from where the Master was born, and brought up under almost the identical conditions under which he lived, I have an "inside view" of the Bible which, by the nature of things, a Westerner cannot have. And I know that the conditions of life in Syria of today are essentially as they were in the time of Christ, not from the study of the mutilated tablets of the archaeologist and the antiquarian, precious as such discoveries are, but from the simple fact that, as a sojourner in this Western world, whenever I open my Bible it reads like a letter from home.
Its unrestrained effusiveness of expression; its vivid, almost flashy and fantastic imagery; its naive narrations; the rugged unstudied simplicity of its parables; its unconventional (and to the more modest West rather unseemly) portrayal of certain human relations; as well as its all-permeating spiritual mysticism so far as these qualities are concerned, the Bible might all have been written in my primitive village home, on the western slopes of Mount Lebanon some thirty years ago.
I forgot to observe, when speaking of the New Testament, that you should read all the histories of Christ, as well of those whom a council of ecclesiastics have decided for us, to be Pseudo-evangelists, as those they named Evangelists. Because these Pseudo-evangelists pretended to inspiration, as much as the others, and you are to judge their pretensions by your own reason, and not by the reason of those ecclesiastics.
But those facts in the Bible which contradict the laws of nature, must be examined with more care, and under a variety of faces. Here you must recur to the pretensions of the writer to inspiration from God.
Examine upon what evidence his pretensions are founded, and whether that evidence is so strong, as that its falsehood would be more improbable than a change in the laws of nature, in the case he relates.