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Fallacy of Sinful Sodom

Posted in Atheist, Bible, freethought, prehistory, random, religion, thoughts with tags , , , on November 1, 2011 by chouck017894

Nowhere in biblical tales is there ever any mention as to what was happening across the rest of planet Earth or in other civilizations during the timeframe-settings used in the priest-composed stories.  The tale of the “sinful” city of Sodom (and Gomorrah, etc) is found in the scriptural book of Genesis, a title meaning beginnings, i.e. Creation.  So the tale of Sodom is another disguised account of the Creation process.  That ancient “city” in the region of Palestine is traditionally accepted as having been located just south of the Dead Sea and was destroyed by “brimstone and fire from the Lord (Genesis 19:24-25), allegedly due to its occupants’ incorrigible wickedness.

That some actual worldwide traumatic event(s) occurred in past eras and were later recounted from the limited perspective of one group of people in one limited locality should always be taken into account.  Those prehistory events, passed down through oral legends and drawn upon for plotlines to serve as a history for the nomadic Hebrew people, were not perfectly reworked.  Whatever the legends origins may have been, the Genesis tale of Sodom and Gomorrah has been presented through millennia as the ultimate symbols of human wickedness and divine retribution.  The peculiar aspect of this biblical tale is that the city’s implied “sinfulness” is never specified; it all hangs on insinuation.  The titillating suggestion that the men of Sodom were primarily same-sex oriented was an interpretation of a later interpreter of holy word, injected no doubt to spice up a monologue to get people’s attention—or perhaps to express some repressed desire.

To repeat, the priest-written book of Genesis is about beginnings, the process of Creation, particularly the buildup of energies that manifest as matter.  (This is encoded in Einstein’s formula E=MC2.)  Each developmental stage, or what ancient teachings referred to as a patriarchal principle of Creation, is thus disguised as some Hebrew/Israelite “patriarch” throughout the book of Genesis.  Each of the claimed “patriarchs” actually represent some developmental stage of energy involvement; and each level of energy has certain inherent limitations, thus each subsequent level of creative energy supersedes the previous one.  This is the meaning behind all the “begats” of unknown characters that are listed.  And this brings us to the disguised meaning behind the destruction of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim (Genesis 18-19), each of which represent a pre-physical energy level.  In the subplot of Lot, the nephew of the “patriarch” Abraham, Lot is the focus on the transitional phase of energy into the next level of creative energy which is accounted for by the “Lord” allowing Lot to flee to the fifth “little” city of Zoar, which is stressed as being “nearby.” (Genesis 19:20)

So what traumatic period of real planetary history was used to give this story its apparent background legitimacy?  There are two general timeframes that have been used in attempts to find confirmation of Sodom’s existence and destruction: Those dates are 29 June 3123 BCE, and the other is a timeframe between c. 2800 and 2300 BCE.  In more recent times researchers have concentrated more on the earlier 3123 BCE timeframe.  Interestingly, the first year of the Jewish calendar is placed in the year 3760 BCE, which allows a mere 637 years for serious accounting of alleged Israelite events leading to Sodom being obliterated by god’s wrath.

There is proof that throughout the narrow timeframe of 3200-3100 BCE a very serious planetary trauma was being played out.  On the opposite side of planet Earth, for example, a precise date was recorded in a Mayan account: It records a terrifying period of long darkness that began in the night of 4 Ahau 8 Cumku, which corresponds to modern reckoning as the 13th of August 3114 BCE.  And curiously the earliest “omen tablets” of the Sumerian/Babylonian cuneiform tablets have also been dated from this general timeframe!  Something of worldwide importance alarmed all world cultures.  Scientific investigation has detected that a large meteorite was  involved earlier on the date 29 June 3123 BCE.  Whatever occurred nine years later in 3114 BCE was likely a secondary event set off by that earlier heavenly disturbance.  Strangely, in this timeframe the celestial body we know as the planet Venus suddenly gained holy importance to many world cultures.

Was that celestial object we call Venus the cause, or did it act as a deflecting influence?  Venus does have some strange characteristics that do not match with the rest of the solar family lineup.  For example, Venus is the only planet to revolve on its axis in an opposite direction from any of the other planets.  Furthermore, Venus is unique in that it has the most sluggish rotation in the solar system: it is some 250 times slower than the rotation of Earth.  But for whatever the reason for Venus’ difference, the timeframe of 3123 BCE is a highly unlikely time for the Sodom saga in relation to all the other Israelite tales.

Most likely the five “sinful” cities of Genesis fame met their destruction in a later time period.  Using the traditional dating set for the Noah flood, archeological science has determined that the so-called “Cities of the Plain” in the Valley of Siddim could have existed only in a five hundred year span between 2800 to 2300 BCE.  It is verifiable that there were towns along the shore of the Dead Sea in this timeframe, and they were established for the collection of and trade in quantities of asphalt that was abundant in these surroundings.  Asphalt was highly prized in many ancient cultures as waterproofing material for boats, roofing and mortaring stone works.

Global disruptions and unusual celestial activities were still occurring and being recorded in this 500-year timeframe.  It should be noted that the Dead Sea region where the five “cities” were situated was, and still is, prone to earthquake activity.  The “wickedness” of these towns actually lay beneath the sandy soil upon which they had been built.  The sandy soil would weaken in what is called liquefaction when subjected to severe earthquake pressure.  In an earthquake of magnitude six or more, the buildings in the city would have sunk into the ooze by at least three feet, and a considerable expanse could have flowed into the sea.

The locale of this biblical tale was, throughout the 2000s BCE, an active asphalt production area, and pockets of methane gas trapped beneath the surface would have burst into devastating firestorms when flying sparks ignited them.  Thus the holy account  says, “…and lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.” (Genesis 19:28)  Within twenty minutes the stricken cities could have vanished from the face of the Earth.  It was too ripe of a legend not to use when the priests were fabricating their Israelite history.

With this dramatic backdrop the character of Lot personifies the Life Principle which moves in transitional stages of manifestation toward matter development.  This meaning is also supported in Genesis 19:29 where it says that Lot was “…sent out of the midst of the overthrow, when he (god) overthrew the cities in which Lot dwelt.”  To dwell in five cities would mean constant movement.  In this subplot of the Abraham character, the five cities therefore represent nuclear involvement which gives rise to chemical elements—the catalyst for all life force and mental activity.  It is from these elements that there is generated a vast horde of different compounds which are necessary for life.  And so the story continues with Lot fleeing to a cave situated above Zoar; in myths caves traditionally represent pre-physical conditions (the virginal void), and there, ardent for life, Lot is made drunk (just as was Noah when he attained matter).  Abraham’s nephew then has an incestuous relationship with his two daughters (representing energy substance), who subsequently bore sons, one named Moab and the other named Benammi.  Thus an extended plotline is provided to build upon later, and Lot, his daughters and their claim to legitimate history abruptly disappear from the stage.

Lucifer Falsely Accused

Posted in agnoticism, Astronomy, Atheism, Atheist, belief, Bible, Christianity, culture, faith, Hebrew scripture, prehistory, random, religion, thoughts with tags , , , , , on January 15, 2011 by chouck017894

In the misinformation passed off as holy word, a name used in the book of Isaiah (14:12, written in the 7th century BCE) was Lucifer, which acknowledged a troublesome comet that, after many generations, had recently attained an established orbital pattern among the other planets.  We know that awesome celestial object today as the planet Venus. (See related posts listed at end.) Faith merchants latched onto the comet/star’s alleged “fallen” status, reworking and personifying it into an archangel cast from heaven for leading a revolt of angels.  That 7th century BCE revisionist project is a prime example of the quality of interpretation that is honored as “revealed wisdom.”

Not much better, our encyclopedias assert that Lucifer was a name used in ancient astronomy for the  morning star, meaning Venus when it appears in the morning before sunrise.  But the reference to “ancient astronomy” is obviously calculated from the general period of Isaiah, which at best goes back no further than the 8th century BCE, for in authentic prehistory charts the planet Venus was not then included.

The general consensus among Bible scholars in regard to the Isaiah verse is that the “prophet” was referring to the king of Babylon.  That is a bit of a stretch to suggest that the Israel “prophet” would think of the king of Babylon as “…son of the morning.”  The early Christian fathers chose to interpret the Isaiah verse differently, saying the verse in question was a reference to Satan’s fall from Heaven!  Considering the name’s association with a comet’s transformation into a planet alluded to in Isaiah, the “fall from heaven” was an easy image to sell.  Thus did the name Lucifer become a Christian alias for the  imagined Satan/Devil, the “prince of darkness.”  This, we shall see, was a deliberate inversion of the original meaning in the name.

In the later Christian cult interpretation of Lucifer, we should take into account the timeframe in which the original verse and the Christian interpretation were presented.  The pre-Christian name is best understood from the Latin words lux or lucis, meaning “light,” and ferre, meaning “to bring.”  This attests to the more ancient meaning from the lessons on Creation that were once illustrated with constellation figures, and which explained the glowing life energy that scriptures say “shown in the darkness” of the Absolute. 

It is from the formation of pre-physical elements into visible matter that we received the scriptural fiction of the “chief angel,” Satan, falling from grace and who “…kept not his first estate.”  The “first estate” in the ancient teachings given with the astronomical figures referred to the pre-physical elements that energize into everything that manifests as matter form.  There could never be any advancement or evolutionary movement unless that “first estate” was discarded.  Priests in their cunning used this as their meal ticket by declaring that free will was used to “rebel,” and as a result all persons had to be saved from the “sins” of that imagined rebellion.  Their hobgoblin Satan-Devil-Lucifer was declared to have been the  first to rebel, and all this, it is avowed, accounts for original sin that was dumped upon Adam and Eve—and all the rest of us!

  • Related posts: Years of Heavenly Havoc, July 2010;  Threats From Heaven, September 2010.

Years of Heavenly Havoc

Posted in Astronomy, Atheism, Atheist, belief, Bible, culture, history, nature, prehistory, random, religion, science, thoughts with tags , , , , , , on July 1, 2010 by chouck017894

Of major importance in understanding how the priests of Yahweh could convince people that their staging of “history” was truthful, it all seemed to be supported by periodic disturbances that had dominated the heavens for generations.  The heavens had been in a state of instability that began around 1600 BCE with the passage of a huge comet into the solar system.  In the eighth century BCE, as Yahweh’s priests composed their version of history, planet Earth experienced exogenous disturbances in its rotation, and this coincided with a reverse in Earth’s magnetic poles.  Also at this time the young planet Venus had at last attained an established orbit, causing the “prophet” Isaiah (who kept watch of the heavens, meaning he was an astronomer) to allegedly say, “How art thou fallen from heaven O Lucifer (Venus), son of the morning!  How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” (Isaiah 14:12-13).  In this same general  timeframe other cultures around the world, such as Babylon and  China, found  it necessary to formulate a new calendar.  The newly established eight-year orbital cycle of Venus determined the schedule for the Olympic Games, the event being held every half cycle.  The orbital period of Venus was also of prime importance to the Mayans and Aztecs on the opposite side of the planet.

Other biblical astronomer “prophets” of this general timeframe were the minor “prophets” Joel, Micha and Amos.  It was Amos who began warning that a new terror was approaching “out of the north,” referring to the disturbed orbit of the planet Mars.  He predicted that a raash—a catastrophic commotion—was to fall upon Earth and that Syria, Edom, Moab, Ammon, Phisitia and other far-off countries would be devoured “…with the tempest in the day of the whirlwind.”  Both Amos and Joel warned that the whole Earth would be shaken (using the word shaog) as opposed to some local earthquake.  For all his warnings the astronomer Amos was persecuted and killed.  But all that he foretold came to pass, and the planetary jolt was so severe that Earth’s rotation was disturbed.  Assyro-Babylonian records confirm heavenly havoc took place and that there was no eclipse of the sun in the regions of Babylon or Assyria between the years 762 to 701 BCE.  Science has confirmed the reversal of Earth’s magnetic poles is clearly evident in the magnetic dip of the iron particles in the kiln-dried vases by the Greeks and Etruscans of this timeframe. 

The “prophet” Isaiah had an observatory-watchtower from which he pursued his calculations of heavenly activities.  In this timeframe the focus of his concern was the trajectory of planet Mars, which had had its previous calm orbital pattern disturbed by the movements of Venus.  Thus the portrayal of Isaiah as a “prophet” disguised and mystified his reliance upon the science of astronomy to warn of impending upheavals.  The priests later recorded in Isaiah 29:5-6 that “…a multitude of terrible ones” bombarded the Earth.  In other words, there was a rain of destruction caused by the inrush of meteors during the close passage of Earth’s two neighboring planets.  Mars passed close to Earth’s electrical field which resulted in “…thunder, and earthquake, and great noise, the storm and tempest and the flame of devouring fire…”  Thus when the “prophet” Isaiah warned of “stones falling  from the sky,” he meant exactly that.

Isaiah relied entirely on his skills in the science of astronomy, charting the times of likely heavenly turmoil.  The priestly authors of Judaic lore, however, preferred to render the scientific studies used by Isaiah into the illusion that God had showered him with the divine gift of prophecy.  That way even in times of terrifying turmoil the priests could pretend an especial insight of God’s plans.  Isaiah conducted his watch of the heavens through the reign of four kings of Juda  —Uzziah,  Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah.  In this period of time Assyria was at the height of its power, and Hezekiah’s priest advisors were urging the king to ally himself with the Egyptians against the possible Assyrian invasion.  Isaiah, however, thought it much wiser to ally with Assyria, for he reasoned that the coming natural disasters would be better met by having closer provisional support.  Hezekiah followed priestly advice and Assyria attacked.  The skies opened and according to 2 Kings an “…angel of the  Lord went forth and slew a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the camp of the Assyrians.”  In other words, the unprotected Assyrians were driven off by the bombardment of meteorites. 

 The book of Isaiah is the first and longest book of the major “prophets,” consisting of a collection of “prophecies” attributed to Isaiah. The book, which is divided into five sections that are of similar length, is the result of a massive amount of editing and self-serving by the priest authors.  Each section begins with an attack on people’s arrogance and an appeal for (priestly) justice, and culminates with a hymn or prophecy of salvation—obvious  intrusions on what Isaiah had actually presented.  The books of the “prophets” extend from c. 750 to c. 450 BCE, and  include Amos, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Lamentation, and Daniel—a period in which the heaven adjusted to portray what we see today.

Neither religionists nor scientists of today give serious consideration to ancient accounts of interplanetary disturbances in Earth’s past.  Indeed, most accounts were systematically destroyed.  All of them could not be obliterated, however, and we have reference to those frightening times by several eminent writers.  One highly reputable one was Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BCE-65 CE), who wrote in what is called the Silver Age of Latin literature.  Seneca authored seven books under the title of Questiones Naturuleas dealing with meteorology and astronomy.  Pertinent to this post, Seneca wrote of frightening heavenly disturbances that once occurred in the Etruscan-Roman past, and he made careful distinction between the lightning discharges of  “lesser bolts” generated out of clouds and the Earth-scarring bolts that had taken place between planets “by which the threefold mass of mountains fell.”

And a contemporary of Seneca, Pliny the Elder (c. 23-79 CE), soldier, statesman and author, was familiar with older Etruscan books and referred to them in his Natural History regarding a great planetary lightning discharge from the planet Mars a few centuries previously which totally destroyed Bolsena, “the richest town in Tuscany” (in Etruscan territory).  As did Seneca, Pliny made studied distinction between lightning generated between clouds and the thunderbolts exchanged between planets.