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Born Again, A Holy Brainteaser

Posted in Atheist, belief, Bible, Christianity, faith, prehistory, random, scriptures, theology with tags , , , , on February 14, 2014 by chouck017894

Anything that stunts or hampers the evolutionary process which we speak of as “life” has to be cast off (religiously promoted as “sacrificed”), otherwise our awareness (consciousness) of self cannot advance into its intended evolutionary potential. This is the true meaning behind the Gospel verse which says that you must be “born again” (John 3:3). It is important to note that Jesus, the personification of the Life Principle, is portrayed as allegedly saying this to the bit-part character Nicodemus–a character who appears only twice in Christian myth. He is defined, for some strange reason, as “…a ruler of the Jews.” It should be noted that names in scriptural texts usually hold subtle meaning for those in-the-know.

The name Nicodemus is a cunning device that passes along hidden meaning only to those who have been initiated into sacred language technique, for it is fashioned upon the Latin words necho and demos–which is to say, matter and demon (densest energy action). Thus in this storyline Nicodemus actually represents the energy potential which issues out of the pre-physical void–the Creation process–creative energy passing over into defined matter form. When life becomes defined in the energy involvement as dense matter form it is the beginning of the qualification process which results in transmogrification (changed into a more evolved energy form); and this is the Pagan mystery school teaching which is summed up in Jesus allegedly saying, “No one can see the Kingdom of God unless he is born again.” The manner of being “born again” was explained to Nicodemus (verse 3) “…Except a man be born of water and spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” What is referred to here is the same spirit that moved upon the waters of Creation in Genesis: in other words, what we today may term the quantum regulation of all energy.

Then later, after Jesus is crucified, it is Nicodemus who allegedly assists in the entombment of Jesus (John 19:39). This verse says, “And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first time came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.” Nicodemus is referred to here as which, not as who! This subtly confirms that what is being referred to is not about some human being, but a personification of an aspect of Creation energy which assisted in bringing life forth out of void conditions (allegorized as night). This is sacred language technique used to alter prehistory lessons concerning the energy phases (Life Principle) that involves toward matter-form with consciousness. The technique that was used in this passion play was fashioned upon very ancient teachings concerning the Creation process—but it is being told backward!

The wording actually admits this by saying that Nicodemus “…the man that came to him (to Jesus) in the night the first time” (as in the beginning). There is no explanation ever given regarding the “first time,” only the vague inference that it referred to the first appearance when Nicodemus is said to have allegedly approached Jesus–in the night (John 3:1-2). Read that line again: Nicodemus is the man that came; not the man who came. The word “that” suggests an undefined thing or action, but the word who would be the proper designation if the verse had designated a living person. This is sacred language technique being used to disguise creative forces as a person, but secret knowledge is conveyed through the references using the inanimate which and that.

Chapter 19 of John then closes with two verses (41-42) that ring like an afterthought: “Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulcher, wherein was never a man yet laid. There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews preparation day…” This garden referred to, “wherein was never a man yet laid” is one and the same as the Garden of Eden in the Creation story. Therefore the sepulcher “wherein was never a man yet laid” was inspired by ancient lessons regarding the archetypal Earth where life is to arise as explained in prehistory cosmology lessons: so the tomb that is referred to is the use of allegory and has absolutely nothing to do with any actual sepulcher in Judea.

Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea came to the sepulcher together, and strangely they brought with them medicinal potions, not potions commonly used in that timeframe for the preparation of a body for burial. Spices and ointments, myrrh and aloes according to John 19:39, which infers that Jesus was not dead but in a state of energy alteration. He was indeed to be resurrected, but not as it has come to be interpreted. Revitalized, we could say today. Remember, no time was wasted in taking down the seemingly lifeless body of Jesus, and it is made clear that they hurried to place him in a new tomb. And too, the two Marys, mother of James and Mary Magdalene, also brought similar medicinal provisions when they went to the tomb immediately after the end of the Sabbath. And what about the set design—the curious setting of the crucifixion taking place immediately adjacent to a privately owned garden where a brand new tomb awaited? That was peculiarly convenient for such a public execution.

There is still another angle to this plotline which links it to the book of Genesis, the book of beginnings (Creation); consider the two Gospel characters named Joseph in peripheral roles. It should be remembered that the name Joseph in Hebrew means “he shall add,” like a builder. Joseph in Genesis is the eleventh son of the patriarch Jacob/Israel, and it is he who supposedly moved his whole family into Egypt–an advanced plane of existence–where his descendants remained and multiplied until Moses allegedly led the Israelites toward the Promised Land (energy as matter). In Gospel we then have the widower Joseph who became the husband of Mary, the surrogate father of Jesus, and he was allegedly a carpenter–a builder. Thus the implication is that Jesus had also been schooled as a carpenter. And finally there is also Joseph of Arimathea, a rich Jew who is depicted as coming “secretly” in the night (as had Nicodemus) to the sepulcher to take away the body of Jesus. As bit players neither of these Josephs have any speaking roles. This later Joseph appears in the story only to bury Jesus, mimicking how Joseph buried his father, Jacob/Israel, in Genesis 50:7-13. From this divine storyline the church put forth the claim that Joseph of Arimathea (the rich Jew) later became the founder of Christianity in Britain and founded the monastery at Glastonbury. And he is, of course, regarded as a “saint.”

And that, as they say, is the holy truth.

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Faith-Based Failures

Posted in Atheist, Bible, culture, faith, history, life, random, religion, thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 4, 2009 by chouck017894

One might assume from the title of this post that we will delve into the Bush-era Born Again leadership fiasco, but that stands out only as a symptom of the radical right’s built-in tendency to self-destruct.  One of the great myths of the radical right religionism is the propaganda that they alone stand upon the highest moral ground: family values, pro-life, material profits prove god’s love, man should not love man, take the Bible literally—that sort of stuff.

So when it comes to the sanctity of marriage among the fundamentalists, there is a curious point to ponder.  With the passage of time after the exchange of “I Do’s” among the hard-nosed religionists, the ironic thing is that born-again fundamentalists can turn around and boast of having one of the highest divorce rates in the nation.  This is not made up for liberalist snickering.  In fact, some years back, around 2006, an evangelical pollster, George Barna, found a very high rate of divorce among conservative Christians.  Even more disturbing to the pollster, the trend had been in place for more years than they wished to admit.

To add to the embarrassment, an independent research outfit found that the “Bible Belt” states had higher divorce rates than did other regions of the country.  The hellish irony for the self-righteous Right was that states scorned by them as hotbeds of liberalism had the lowest divorce rates.

Most alarming for the hard-nosed evangelical ambassadors of god was the glaring proof that their much touted Bible-based counseling for couples was seriously flawed.  The alarm among the fundamentalists was not so much in regard to the many marital split-ups, but that the evidence of their counseling failure seriously threatened the (unconstitutional) channeling of tax monies into their religious programs—programs they constantly declared worked.  But their true success rate was in the toilet.  And worse, it was common practice among the Born Again “counselors” to stack statistics to conceal the ineffectiveness of their programs.

 Bible-based counseling included such fundamentalist dogma guidance as:  men should run the household and wives were meant to submit to their husbands; warning that wives are at risk of becoming jealous of their husband’s relationship with his mother; children are brought forth in sorrow; woman is commanded (by god) to be under obedience (as in 1 Corinthians 14:34); woman must learn from her husband at home (verse 35); and similar dogma inspired counseling.  They then feign bewilderment that using the Bible as a marriage manual had not brought the blessings of “practical and life-changing support for steadfast marriage” as they claimed. 

The guise of pervasively religious groups protecting marriage has brought considerable amounts of public money into the coffers such as the Northwest Marriage Institute.  Congress actually allocated over $100,000 to this group in 2006—the GWB era—for the alleged purpose of building healthy marriages and thereby hoped to lower the nation’s divorce rate.  We have seen how well that works out.

The Northwest Marriage Institute later ducked out of a court challenge of using tax money for Bible-based marriage counseling brought by Americans United, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to preserving the constitutional principle of church/state separtation.  NMI dropped use of Bible quotes in order to keep its public funding.  Apparently it had nothing at all to do with the commandment not to bear false witness.

God’s Henchmen

Posted in Atheist, Christianity, culture, history, random, religion, secularism, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 22, 2009 by chouck017894

In the last quarter of the twentieth century, May 1985 to be exact, Pat Robertson, the televagelical mogul, was featured in a magazine called On Cable. Robertson, filled as usual with eternal boundless self-righteousness (ego), declared that he sought to remake America into a “biblically based nation.” His fiery right-wing politics was characterized by him as the “conservative, religious, and biblical point of view.” That “point of view” had been so slickly packaged by the time of his 1985 interview that his organization was siphoning in more than seventy million dollars a year.

The long held ideals and the values placed on diversity and plurality by the American people were regarded by Robertson to be “extreme dangers” of a secular state. The rights of minorities were being threatened in his “conservative” view drawn from biblical inspiration (that just happened to see nothing wrong with slavery). In public schools, he insisted, the children were being taught “a collective philosophy” that would lead citizens toward Marxism, socialism, or a communisitic type of ideology. In his humble (egocentric) opinion it was logical to denounce the Department of Education as unconstitutional!

Never shy about telling the nation what God wanted, Robertson asserted that the U.S. Supreme Court of the time had departed from history and the constitution. He worried publicly about “encroachment” of the judiciary. Thus Robertson charted a course to “engage” in what he termed “advocacy journalism,” and his Christian Broadcast Network (CBN) “news teams” began grinding out propagandist mini-documentaries with heavy “conservative” messages. Perhaps the heavily tilted Catholic (5 of 9) Supreme Court of today is more to his approval.

The CBN “news team” at that time was headed by a man once the editor of  The Washington Times, which just happened to be owned by the “Reverend” Sun Myung with all his questionable North Korean connections. The “born again” population, Robertson averred, was seriously under-represented in government. The evangelical then tried to ease the minds of skeptics declaring,  “The basic thing people do not understand is that evangelicals in America are not plotting to take away the rights of everybody else.”

Robertson, the modern age version of the biblical prophets, then announced that “God is going to thrust his people into positions they never dreamed they were capable of taking on.” (Bush, Cheney and others that schemed their way into federal government positions did seem to fill the requirements as set down by most biblical stars.) If the heavy tilt of religiously obsessed persons in government positions in recent years has been any indication, and if their corruption of true democratic principles is an example of a “biblically based” nation, can we truthfully say the sly takeover that Robertson advocated was “fairly benign”? 

His prophecy was on the button though; the U.S. got a born againer thrust into a government position that he was incapable of taking on.  With the blessings of eight years of bible-based leadership and conduct now behind us,  is there any doubt that a “biblical point of view” raised the nation’s standards in corruption, spying, waging war, wealth dispersion, imprisonment, torture and similar biblical niceties? 

The rise of televangelism in America from the 1950s is assessed in Time Frames and Taboo Data: A History of Mankind’s Misdirected Beliefs.

Born Again Secrets

Posted in Atheist, Bible, Christianity, culture, history, random, religion with tags , , , , , on April 13, 2009 by chouck017894

In Christian gospel there appears in one book, and one book only, a two-word phrase found nowhere else in biblical lore: born again. As is the habit of those who confuse their ego with divine worthiness, they have lifted the phrase out of context to use as a title of their self-proclaimed worthiness of heaven’s favoritism.

It is curcial, however, to understand when, where, and to whom Jesus supposedly said the phrase “born again.” The words are found in a brief scene in “St John’s” rendition of the Jesus story, and the words are said to a bit-player named Nicodemus, identified as “a ruler of the Jews,” who appears only twice in John’s storyline. It should be noted that the book of St John was written c.105-106 CE, when resistance to Roman rule was so sharp that the Pharisees actively discouraged Jews from travel in Italy and other parts of the Roman Empire declaring them to be “unclean.” But the John book was inserted later between Luke and Acts– both written c.84-90–to give the appearanace of event-continuity in Jewish resistance to the new cult movement.

The name given for the “ruler of the Jews” is a shrewd clue that passes along covert meaning only to those who were privileged to secret ancient teachings. The name is manufactured on neco-demon, loosely translated as “matter as devil.” This is Gnostic material, which the church fathers held to be heretical, but here it is so well reworked that it has become deeply rooted in some Christian sects, and the castoff line to a bit-player is taken as Jesus’ prime message to the world. But since the writer of the tale made a point in verse one of chapter three that Nicodemus was “a ruler of the Jews,” it is to the Jews that Jesus says, “You people must be born again.” (In many reworkings of this verse the word “people” has been edited out.) Then later, verse 10, Jesus asks, “…Art thou a master of Israel and knowest not these things?” The implication is that the Jews, whose alleged “ruler” was Nicodemus, epitomized matter as of the devil.

The single meeting of Jesus with the bit-player Nicodemus gives additional clue to the secret meaning in the name, for Nicodemus is portrayed as coming to Jesus “in the night” and just before Passover. With this single line there is cunningly welded together four approaches to “faith”: Jewish, Gnostic, the struggling Christian hybrid, and the suppressed ancient teachings that predated even the Egyptian and Sumerian civilizations.

Artfully admitted in St John 3:5-7, in the comment attributed to Jesus, is that ancient secret teachings are being referred to: “Most truly I say to you, Unless anyone is born from water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. What has been born from the flesh is flesh, and what has been born from the spirit is spirit. Do not marvel because I told you, You [people] must be born again.” Thus ancient teachings on man’s energy composition, then known only to select persons, was reduced to political maneuvering. (See The Celestial Scriptures: Keys to the Suppressed Wisdom of the Ancients for original teachings on energy as matter, and what water, spirit, night, and pass-over meant.)

The second and last strange appearance of Nicodemus in 19:39 casts him as providing the material for the entombmentof Jesus’ mortal remains.

It should be noted that St John summed up his account of Jesus’ life in a statement that is illogical in regards to a mortal man–even a god-sired man. “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.”

This superfluous tidbit between narrator and audience was typical of all Pagan passion plays and was often employed in Roman presentation. (It is noted in Time Frames and Taboo Data that no one has ever provided authentication of John.)