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Covenant of Special Favor

Posted in agnoticism, Atheism, Atheist, belief, Bible, culture, faith, history, humanity, random, religion, thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , on July 23, 2010 by chouck017894

…or Promises Not Kept

At Mount Sinai, Moses allegedly received directly from God the list of Laws under which the Israelites were to forever abide.  But when Moses trudged down the mountain to the Israelite camp with the stone tablets of  Law he found the Israelites had fashioned a golden calf idol to lavish their attention upon.  In anger Moses hurled the tablets of Law at the dejected Israelites and the Laws became rubble.  There was no backup technology in those days so Moses had to camber back up the mountain again to get a second batch of commandments that spelled out the rules by which the Israelites could make themselves worthy of receiving God’s conditional love.  This set of stone tablets survived and were then lugged around in an ark for years and served as the Israelites’ battle standard during their weary wanderings, for there had been no map included with the commandments.

The rest of the Old Testament pivots upon the alleged covenant that Yahweh is said to have established with the Israelites at Sinai.  For some never explained reason Yahweh pledged to make  the Israelites—out  of all the people on the planet—his chosen ones and bestowed special favors upon them.  Yahweh’s promises included a peaceful and affluent homeland.  Oddly, that land was already occupied!  But all  they had to do to receive the “Promised Land” was to indulge in a bit of genocide to show their worthiness of the gift.  According to the priest written “history,” the Israelites thus received their “inheritance” by cleansing the land with Canaanite blood as Yahweh cheered them on. 

Once the Israelites were in possession of the coveted land, the Israelites had every expectation, according to their understanding of the Sinai contract, to live peacefully in their enclosed, uncontaminated region.  But even Moses apparently neglected to note the fine print clauses attached to the Sinai Covenant.  The inherited land was not as peaceful as anticipated.  After years of guidance under assorted Judges, the Philistine armies routed the Israelite tribal levies in battle and took the Ark of the Covenant as booty.  The priests and “prophets” came to the conclusion that the reason for their problem was because Yahweh had expected them to set up their inherited land as a kingdom.  Sure enough, the “prophet” Samuel avowed that indeed such was the wish of Yahweh, and the Lord’s selection was Saul to be first king of Israel.  Saul proved to have been the Lord’s spur of the moment decision, for it proved to be a not-so-omniscient choice; and even as Saul continued to reign, God was directing the “prophet” Samuel to select the youngest son of Jesse (of the Benjamin tribe), David, to be groomed for king.  The timeframe for David is traditionally placed as 1040?-973 BCE.

So how did the Lord show his favor for David?  In a combat situation with a Philistine giant named Goliath.  Priest “history” asserts  that the youth David, who was too young to serve in the military but brought supplies, was the only one connected to Saul’s defence forces who was brave enough to meet Goliath in one-on-one combat.  The priest authors noted that David shouted, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with javelins; but I come to you in the name of the Lord.”   And the Lord made certain that the single small stone from David’s slingshot struck the most vulnerable spot on Goliath’s helmeted skull.  Later on, however, the Lord did nothing to assist all those in dire need who joined with David when he became the renegade leader of fugitives and soldiers.  After Saul’s death some 23 years later, traditionally placed about 1013 BCE, David was allegedly anointed king of Israel. 

The “word of the Lord,” according to the minor “prophet” Nathan, was relayed to David with another glorious covenant promise (1 Kings 7:12-16); that the house, the kingdom and the throne of David “…shall be established for ever.”  The only restrictive clause in this covenant was that if the king did wrong in the Lord’s sight, then the king, not the people, would be punished; even so, God would not take the kingdom away from David as he had done with Saul.  This sounds like an unconditional promise—the house of David was to continue for ever.

Genuine history seems not to have followed the Lord’s plan: the kingdom of the Israelites was conquered and completely destroyed by the Babylonians in 587 BCE, never to be resurrected as a monarchy ruled over by a descendant of David.  (Incidentally, something time-altering occurred in 587 BCE that forced every nation on Earth to begin recalculating its chronology.  It was not because David’s kingdom fell.)  Today, of course, there is the nation of Israel, but it is not under the rule of a descendant of David; it functions loosely as a democracy.  This means that the greatest covenants that God extended to the Israelites were sacred promises that was not kept.

That fact does not seem to register with the army of Bible thumpers who choose to cherry pick verses out of scriptures that will inflate their egos.  Ignoring the unfulfilled promises of the covenants that were avowed to have been extended to the Israelites allows them the privilege of accepting the present day democratic nation of Israel as the fulfillment of God’s promises.  The reason  for their self-inflicted blindness is that it allows them to indulge in spiritual lust over the New Testament book of Revelation and the alleged  “prophecy” of Armageddon—the promised first step to Christian domination of Earth.

The David Saga — Part Two

Posted in Atheist, belief, Bible, Christianity, culture, faith, random, religion with tags , , on August 2, 2009 by chouck017894

An important clue to all biblical myths is hidden in the alleged chronology of the characters.  David, for example, is claimed to be removed from the patriarch Jacob by nearly 1000 years.  Even encyclopedias present this myth as fact, but the chronology is not verifiable by any references other than scriptural fiction.  This “knowledge” is distributed despite biblical myths contradicting themselves in matters of chronology.

From the start the timetable presented in Scripture implies an enormous period of  time that continues through the books of Exodus, Joshua, Judges, and up to Samuel.  The stories insinuate that 700 to 1000 years separated Jacob from David.  In the later book of Ruth, however, it is stated that David was the tenth generation from a little-known character Pharez, but Pharez happened to be a contemporary of Jacob.  Ten generations do not account for 700 to 1000 years except mythologically.

All the important features about the David myth found in 1 and 2 Samuel are structured upon pre-Hebrew teachings regarding the development of energy into matter form.  The unsubstantiated character of David was fabricated by priest-writers to personify the prephysical energy stages of matter development.  This accounts for all the deceitful character traits and treacherous deeds credited to David but which were overlooked and actually blessed by a curiously apathetic god, for the prephysical energy involvements are amoral in their creative involvement.

The character of David, as mentioned, was inaugurated out of pre-Hebrew teachings concerning Creation, cosmology, biological life, and man’s interrelationship with it all.  In shaping a “history” for the rabble interlopers of Canaan, priest-authors devoted to Yahweh adapted the ancient teachings into a bogus “history” by personifying as their  forebears the primordial energies that involve to manifest as matter.  For example, the “Israelites” personify elementary particles; the “enslavement” in Egypt allegorizes primal energies held by attraction to amass, and the “wilderness” refers to the various prephysical energy planes through which creative action takes place.  David, in this version, personifies the will of life (known in the ancient teachings as the Life Principle) that becomes the nucleus of biological life.

The two books of Samuel (written by priests of Yahweh in Jerusalem c. 850 BCE) give David’s circuitous path to the throne in abundant detail, masking with its pseudo-chronological presentation the movement of the Life Principle through the prephysical energy planes.  This is illustrated early-on with David confronting the “giant” Goliath, a name derived from the Hebrew word golyath.  “Giants” in all ancient myths commonly personify the boundless primordial energy planes through which matter develops.  When David is brought in to confront the “giant,” the Israelite forces (representing elementary particles) are said to have stood immobile for the typical forty days (the four primordial energy planes through which matter is initiated as taught in the older teachings).  David volunteers to confront Goliath.  The assertion that an army of men would simply stand aside and place the fate of their nation in the hands of a boy not old enough  for military service is ludicrous.  But we are expected to believe that the ill-matched contestants met for battle in the valley of Elah in the Shephelah, and David brought down Goliath with a single shot from his slingshot.

The characterization of David never progresses out of this personification of primordial energy movements, which accounts for all his less than moral carryings-on while being blessed by the Lord (creative law).  Thus “blessed” David allegedly initiated sweeping wars and expansion, which emulates primal energy movements toward matter definition (as the pre-Hebrew creation lessons had taught).

David’s death is said to have resulted from falling down a flight of stairs on a Sabbath (7th day), in his 70th year, all of which are symbolic of the descent of creative energy into the seventh energy plane that is physical matter.  And what did David allegedly say on his deathbed?  He is depicted as gushing primal vile against a Benjamite that had cursed him “in the day when I went to Mahanaim: but came down to meet me at Jordan (symbol of life’s flow), and I sware to him by the Lord (creative law) not to slay him with the sword.” (1 Kings 2:8).  David’s last vindictive instruction to his son Solomon was “…hold him (the Benjamite) not (to be) guiltless…” and that Solomon would “knowest what to do unto him; but his hoar head bring thou down to the grave with blood.” (1 Kings 2:8)  In other words, the last of the primordial energies must be put down in order for energy to amass into matter–as was taught in the pre-Hebrew lessons.

All this may be distressing to devout believers in scriptural “history,” yet truth-seeking biblical researchers and historians have concluded that the descriptions of the history of Israel are no more than elaborate, skillful ideological constructs fantasized by priest-authors.  The truth is that no mention of either David or Solomon has ever been found in any contemporary Mesopotamian or Egyptian texts—a bizarre omission if both these characters were such power figures that would have been assessed as a threat.

Furthermore, archaeological finds in the regions of the alleged David/Solomon era have not supported the biblical “testimony” of such persons as Saul (c. 1025-1005 BCE), David (c. 1005-970 BCE), or Solomon (c. 970- 931 BCE).  No evidence has ever been  found, for example, of David’s conquests or of the empire he allegedly launched.  Indeed, arachaeology digs have shown that Canaanite culture had continued uninterrupted in that region with an Iron Age 1 settlement system in that time-frame.  And no sign has ever been found of any monumental architecture or even an important city in Jerusalem c. 970-931 BCE that the story of Solomon implies.

It is wise to remember that very little in biblical stories are what they seem.