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Biblical Chronology of Turmoil in Heaven

Posted in Atheist, belief, Bible, faith, Hebrew scripture, history, prehistory, random, religion, scriptures with tags , , , , on December 1, 2013 by chouck017894

One of the numerous things that was given scant attention in scriptural tales which are accepted as “history” was the circumstances of planetary conditions during the timeframes in which the varied scriptural stories were cast. Turmoil occurring in the heavens, although often terrifying, was pretty much accepted for many generations as standard operating procedure. As a result much of mankind’s true history has been lost in the fog cast by superstitions and self-serving religious interpretations. So persuasive and deeply embedded are these versions that even dedicated researchers and scientists have been virtually muzzled by “sacred” traditions despite mounting evidence which has been unearthed and which show that traumatic events once took place in the heavens and caused havoc on our little planet. Man’s manufactured faith systems always claim authority, however, and must not be questioned by any discovered facts.

In the middle of the second millennium BCE, up to the beginning of the seventh century BCE, the heavens in the vicinity of Earth were in the process of being remodeled. That alteration somewhat reflects on a larger scale the dramatic changes that science has shown occurs in the microcosm–the atom. An atom is the smallest unit of an element and consists of a positively charged nucleus which is surrounded by a system of electrons—an appearance resembling a prototypal solar system.

Humans today, with the exception of some religious eccentrics, know that our ancestors on this planet date back for many thousands of years, and yet there is a surprising lack of in-depth world history. The little history that we do have available to us to draw upon extends back in time for only a little more than four thousand years, much of which is peculiarly vague and narrowly focused.

Curiosities abound throughout the “authorized” accounts of humankind’s history. Few, however, are as baffling as to why the celestial body we know as planet Venus suddenly became the object of worldwide attention around the general timeframe 1650-1600 BCE. In this timeframe the Babylonians were well-schooled in mathematics, calculations, algebra, and quadratic equations, and they had become increasingly nervous about disturbances taking place in the observable heavens. Astronomical records were being kept in the later reign of Ammizaduga (generally set at 1582-1562 BCE), and from these it is clear that astronomers were fully aware that the routine rotation of stars as seen from Earth were an illusion that was caused by Earth revolving on its own axis. The plotting of heavenly mechanics such as the equinoxes and solstices were routine to them.

So it was a situation of uneasiness to witness the looming presence in the sky of an unfamiliar celestial object—especially since its presence coincided with a slight alteration in Earth’s rotation and tilt. And there was also the disturbing matter of the volcanic mountain, Stroggili,on the Isle of Thera (Santorin) having erupted in the Mediterranean Sea (about 1645 BCE)–considered as one of the planet’s oversized volcanic eruptions. It was in this period that the unfamiliar celestial entity began to be addressed as a deity–a goddess of awesome beauty and terrifying power–an awe and fear that would possess the people of the entire world for many generations. Indeed, this period of frightening and dramatic celestial changes is attested to in later Roman literature, such as in the book Of The Race of the Roman People by Marcus Varro (116-27 BCE) In this book the author related that the planet known to them as Venus had once “…changed its color, size, form, course, which had not happened before nor since…” Varro backed up his account saying that renowned ancient astronomers affirmed that the event had indeed happened to the “Morning Star,” and it had never happened before or since. Varro also noted, “…we read from the divine books (meaning Hebrew scriptures) that even the sun itself stood still when a holy man Joshua, the son of Nun, had begged this from God.” Let us note here that even “saint” Augustine also quoted from this author’s book.

The timeframe in question here, c. 1600s BCE, is another period that has often been accepted as the period background of the Exodus story (but the true timeframe is more likely around 1496 BCE). The date most commonly given for the death of Moses is 1456 BCE, which supports this assessment. Geological evidence indicates that around this 1600 BCE timeframe that planet Earth entered into a strong magnetic field, which was also a period of heavy meteor showers around every part of our planet. It can be understood how recollections of various former chaotic events could be confused, condensed and intermingled by later amateur historians (who relied on revelation). There is, as an example, a Samaritan chronicle which relates that during the timeframe in which Joshua supposedly led an invasion into Canaan a new star was born in the east. If this star-birth event took place in the timeframe allotted to Joshua, then it predates the timeframe for Moses by generations. The Samaritan account of the new star said that it held power “against which all magic is vain.” That pretty much discredits the claim that Joshua had any influence over the heavenly adjustments that took place.

In connection with this there are the recent findings unearthed by archeologists that confirm that events of the Joshua story were in reference to celestial conditions and activities that took place earlier–much earlier–than events that make up the Moses epic. The later priest “historians” at work in 8th century BCE Jerusalem found it more beneficial to their purpose to patch together past events to provide themselves with a history that supported their claim as “chosen people.” There are other scriptural stories that also tell of turmoil in the heavens and that the continuing threats from the heavens went on for generations. As an example, in Job 9:5-7 (plagiarized from an older Babylonian source) it says, “Which removeth the mountains and they know not which overturned them in his anger. 6) Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble. 7) Which commandeth the sun and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars.” Etc. And in the book Haggai 2:6, God is quoted as saying, “Once more…I will shake the heavens.” It is thus accepted numerous times in “holy word” that the heavens had experienced turmoil.

Approximately fifty-two years after c 1600 BCE, or around 1548 (slightly previous to the timeframe of king Ammizaduga, 1582-1562 BCE), the celestial body that had so traumatized Earth seems to have emerged out of decades of clouded skies to appear as a radiant new member of the solar family. That is to say it had attained a fairly orderly orbital pattern among the neighboring planets. The Assyrians called the new planet Ishtar; the Greeks called it Aphrodite; the ancient Mexican records named it Quetazacohuatl; and the Romans would call it Venus.

The heavens were not yet peaceful, however, and Earth had more to endure, for the entrance of Venus into the planetary lineup had more than once disturbed the orbit of Mars. It was in this period of turmoil that Mars probably lost its atmosphere and water. The awe and fear that the bright new planet continued to still inspire in Earthlings is shown in it being addressed as a beautiful but fearsome celestial deity. Even some 750 years later, around 800 BCE, the involvement of the new planet with Mars still exerted strong influence upon planet Earth to the point that it triggered exogenous disturbances in Earth’s rotation. This is attested to by pottery that was cast in the 800 BCE timeframe and scientific analysis revealed that the material differed in magnetism from earlier pottery. This later timeframe just happens to be the time of the “prophet” Isaiah who had this to say about the adjustment of the new neighbor planet: “How art thou fallen from heaven O Lucifer (bright light of Venus), son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” (Isaiah 14:12-13)

Even as late as c. 606 BCE, the timeframe of the “prophet” Jeremiah, the inhabitants of Earth were still apprehensive over the orbital interactions of the planets Venus and Mars. The past Venus intrusion had caused troublesome effect on the orbit of the once peaceful and seldom noticed Mars. And despite the recent Babylonian invasion and destruction of Jerusalem (586 BCE), the Jews still gave Venus devotion as “queen of Heaven” and burned incense and offered wine to her on the roof of buildings. Jeremiah was an astronomer, and, like earlier astronomers, was portrayed as a “prophet” because he could chart the likely times of violent planetary interactions. Thus in the book of Jeremiah, chapter 44:17, the account says all the men knew that their wives had burnt incense unto other gods (meaning Venus). And the women adamantly continued to “…burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem…”

Reference to the heavens once having been in disarray can be found in many ancient records of other cultures. But even when they are a part of accounts deemed sacred, such as the biblical verses referred to here, there is a peculiar self-inflicted blindness that such planetary interactions could have in fact taken place. Even science, because of religious in-your-face “sacred history,” is forced to deny that such heavenly disturbances once disturbed Earth. But the heavens remain indifferent to mankind’s lack of curiosity. And Venus, the adopted “sister” in the solar family, continues in its orbital path and to rotate on its axis in an opposite direction than every other planet in our solar family.

Diversity = Salvation

Posted in Atheist, freethought, religion with tags , , , on April 2, 2009 by chouck017894

The world today is troubled by societies and cultures that are influenced not by a passion for Truth but by man-conceived religious practices that attempt to herd everyone into servitude through indoctrinization, strict rites and rituals, and rigid regimentation. The hallmarks of such religious posturing are seen in the heavy indulgence in fault-finding, finger-pointing, name-calling, and passing judgment upon anyone unlike themselves. Thus everyone lives with a sense of intimidation and all are discouraged from celebrating their personal unique perspective of life.

Along with this contrived approach to spirit, these regimented and theatrical faith systems exhibit a shocking ignorance of our place and purpose in the universe, which has in turn encouraged a shameful disregard for nature, and by extension disregard for the welfare of our little planet.  Instead what is claimed is that man has “dominion” over nature.

There has been displayed, in fact, a deep contempt for nature in highly organized religions, and they continue to insist that there can be no deviation from their narrow man-conceived ideologies. These faith systems fail to acknowledge the respect that the universe holds for diversity. Earth, the very planet that these institutionalized religions seek to constrain with their prejudices is itself the glowing example that disproves the hard-line notions used to manipulate people.

Consider: In the solar system family lineup, Earth is the unique one, the deviant one, the self-expressed rebel, and the sole refuge of intelligent life.

The real salvation of life–as we know it at least–is the one planet that is quite unlike all the rest of the planets in the solar system. This fact is glaringly at odds with the doctrines, dogmas, discriminations and principles of organized hard-line religions that attempt to bludgeon everyone into cookie cutter sameness. What this attests to is that the intention and the necessity within creation is for diverse ways and life expressions so that life may develop with higher potential. In short, diversity and variation of life expression should be recognized as the second law of Creation (the first being unlimited abundance)— for any “salvation” of genuine spiritual value rests solely in the freedom to express personal uniqueness without shame.