I believe upon reading any book, any article, you are in fact reading someone else’s opinion, and felt it so important to be open minded in that respect, it was one of my son’s teachings, so yes, your perception of me is correct, thank you.
Curiosity, to me, (who said, it is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education?)is perhaps a road to more knowledge…and I’m hungry for knowledge. One must deciper for himself/herself what is fact, and what works for them, but certainly not expect others to maintain their beliefs, because it might cause them to stagnate their learning ability and fulfill their capacity…to me anyway.
Is the Di Vinci Code Legitimate? Who’s to say, as it does offer some very interesting & truthful facts, and certainly scares the heck out of fundamentalists, otherwise they wouldn’t be so threatened by it and try so darn hard to disprove or prove it. It’s just a book and the last time I looked this was a free nation, able to read and discover on their own.
And I ‘d like to mention, that Brown’s book is certainly far from being the first concept of that subject. My art teacher back in 12th grade issued the theory to us then, including the painting which you can’t deny, as well as literature to read and study.
Remember, artists back then were extremely censored from any propaganda (as their religious leaders viewed in their writings and paintings and were banned from socity or worse) so they painted in codes…or wrote in codes.
While I’m inclined to agree with you in your statement, there is also much truth to Brown’s concept, and let me remind you again, that he is certainly far from being the first writer on this subject. Men have indeed questioned these issues way back through history.
1st and foremost I’d like to apologize, Stephenos, I remember reading or hearing that Women were exempt from reading the Torah, but in fact I must be wrong, as I can find nothing on that subject now, but I have found similar material which does verify the suppression of woman caused by religions and their religious leaders, etc.
I do believe the Bible is in it’s own entity, a sacred book, and a much needed tool to live life by, for man does need rules to govern him, without them, everything would be chaoitic. And also believe that is where each and every religion started from, at least someone in the beginning was smart enough to recognize they needed rules to survive (each other).
All three parts of man was blemished by the fall: 1st, his soul was contaminated; 2nd, his body was transmuted into sinful flesh ; 3rd, his spirit was deadened. It IS important that we recognize the tactics put into motion by God’s enemy to corrupt man’s soul (his mind, emotion, and will), and maybe just maybe since if I believe in God, then I also believe in the devil, and one common denominator is the fact that there is a negative and positive energy in all things...just like a battery.
Stephenos, I have a really difficult time believing that an entity designed all this, our entire solar system and beyond, all the animals, the perfection of the lands, it’s waterways and seas, that is so in sync, so faultless, including the balance of everything which is needed for the next thing to survive. Then, to boot, he designed and invented man…the intensity & complexity of structure alone is miraculous, which works ingeniously...along with the spirit and mind, of which we only use, I believe 1/3 of?
Also, over one apple, man was contaminated and made to suffer for the rest of man’s existence and will most likely be his own demise. I mean, dude, just look at our history’s wars from the beginning, led by men, over land and religious indifferences…??? (a little humor there)
The brutality of man to inflict pain, torture, corruption, simply to sustain power and justify it? Look at man’s intolerance alone, my goodness, the extreme lefts and rights as an example, the fear of being told we’re wrong, and admitting it…or to persecute another human being because of his/her beliefs.
Society, to me, is a very complex and confused breed and so far behind their capacity, mentally and our social beliefs?
We are men who thrive on conditioning, and wouldn’t know what in the heck to do, without someone else telling us what to do, how to do it, and look to others and to society for approval to be happy…not to mention, what to believe. We believe what we’re told as pure unadulterated fact, when we largely need to seek answers…go beyond the answers.
The great artists had so many mental disabilities…because they were banned from society, because their genius was believed to be diverse and if a society cannot explain that difference, then it is given a negative label.
Even today, people fear intelligence, fear saying to themselves and to others, hey I was wrong…they will stand by corruption because they fear taking a stand on their own, and being mocked or disliked for their beliefs???? How primitive? How old is man and we haven’t changed a whole lot in that respect? We’re stagnated within our own conditioning…by money, material wealth, politics, greed, corruption, etc.
When it comes to authenticity of the Bible, well, I have a problem with it, due to it’s origin, which is man, who is in fact, by nature overpowered by the thought of power itself, inclined to persue desires of the flesh…Money, sex, control, wars are power.
Man is deceiving by nature, to obtain all of these “things” I mean for example, what religion in it’s right would allow their religious leaders to violate children for years and still they have followers and contributers? And that is just one example.
Even Jesus Christ denied the censored doctrine of the churches. Most of these writings have been censored, ignored by controlled orthodoxy, and even denied in an attempt to disprove the fact that mankind has always been able to metaphysically contact the higher sources, and even prophesy, or speak on behalf of those forces.
The Bible states in the New Testament that the human race will see visions, prophesy, speak, and act on behalf of God and that these actions were never indigenous to the biblical men of old. Making this statement within the Bible itself, proves that the Bible was never intended to be the only canonized, holy word.
When we have read and listened, we have denied most of the metaphysical musings of mankind as poetry and general literature, keeping holy only that which was decided for us by men????
The Nag Hammadi Texts and Dead Sea Scrolls have never been consecrated, although the thinking mind and spirit cannot deny the virtue of their metaphysical content.
Documents such as The Book of Enoch have been omitted from the Bible. This is an amazing fact considering the Old Testament records Enoch having walked right with God and was taken into the clouds without dying. The Book of Enoch discusses the nature of mankind in accordance with the nature of angels and their plight, and the interweaving of the race of angels with the race of mankind.
The Lost Books of the Bible openly discusses issues such as the afflictions of mankind at the hand of the dark angels, and the Forgotten Books of Eden explains at length upon the original spiritual affliction of this race of mankind through the deception of Adam and Eve.
The Secret Doctrine, by Helen Blavastky, a commentary of The Dzyan Chohan (claimed to have originated in Atlantis), openly expounds on the nature of mankind in relation to the cosmic and universal forces, especially mankind's relationship within the oneness of the higher forces. The Nag Hammadi Texts and Dead Sea Scrolls have never been canonized, although the thinking mind and spirit cannot deny the virtue of their metaphysical content.
The persecution of people for being witches, which began in the Medieval period, increased during this time. In 1484, Pope Innocent VIII issued a bill declaring that Germany was full of witches. Two German inquisitors, Jakob Sprenger and Heinrich Krämer, published the now infamous Malleus maleficarum (The Hammer of the Evildoers) in 1489. It became the authoritative guidebook for three centuries, followed by judges and church authorities alike.
Anti-witch endeavors continued into the 1600s and 1700s, and carried out by the Protestant authorities as vigorously as Catholic ones, in both the Old World and the New World. In New England in 1692, nineteen men and women, all having been convicted of witchcraft by the Puritans in Salem, Massachusetts, were hanged. One man, who was more then eighty years old, was actually pressed to death under heavy stones for refusing to be tried for witchcraft. Hundreds were accused of witchcraft; dozens jailed for months without trials, including children.
In the areas of education, women were traditionally exempt, and often discouraged from any study beyond an understanding of the practical aspects of the Torah, and the rules necessary in running a Jewish household, both of which they have an obligation to learn. Until the early 20th century, women were discouraged from learning Talmud and other advanced Jewish texts. Women were exempt from having to follow most of the set daily prayer services, and most other positive time bound mitzvot ("commandments"), such as wearing tefillin. (There are a number of notable exceptions). As such, the halakha (traditional law codes) specify that women are not eligible to be counted in a minyan for purposes of time-specific prayer, as a minyan.
Women's behavior was extremely limited in ancient times, much of the women of Afghanistan during the recent Taliban oppression.
1. Unmarried women were not allowed to leave their homes
2. They were normally restricted to roles of little or no authority.
3. They could not testify in court.
4. They could not appear in public venues.
5. They were not allowed to talk to strangers.
6. In the Hebrew Scriptures, women were generally viewed in a negative light:
Stephanos, I don’t know if the authenticity of the Bible is true or false or in-between…amd actually, I don’t really care…and won’t really know until the day I die, will I? No one really does, …but even more so, then debating religion and/or doctrines of religions…is man’s faith…isn’t that virtually the root of God’s grace?
Why, just think about it…man has killed other men over this difference of opinion for thousands of years...and have we really come changed anything other then our fashions and form of travel?
We still get involved in perfectly normal conversations which lead us into heated arguments and condescensions of anger out of fear of simply looking like a fool, (well so what, sighs) which in truth, starts wars between men? More sighs...and shaking my head...
To me, that is so juvenile, so, such a waste of time of God’s perfection, and gift of life and lives..
I believe upon hurting another person, either physically, or mentally, with words, by torture, and/or by murder, your not only upsetting that one man’s life, but the entirety of his family, friends, who are grievously effected by his demise. These people are in turn horrifically changed along with their lives, and the lives of the persecutor, as well, including his families, friends, and maybe, just maybe, therein lives a horizon of answers??????
Until we realize, that our actions and decissions effect the lives of others so drastically, there will not be change...how can there be, when we constantaly inherit the dark sides of man, instead of learning something new...really really loving people and allowing.
Take for instance, the man who is murdered by another man. The murdered man’s son, grows up living to revenge his father’s death…now, take into account the wife, her family, the son’s family, their children…the murder himself, and his family, his wife’s family, their children?
Look at all the people whose journey might have been different if it hadn’t been for that one man’s action of murder, which has now stagnated how many generations from intellectual growth and much more importantly, how come we haven’t realized this yet in society?
We're the same greedy people who will sometimes do anything for money, power, sex, and convince ourselves that we are justified in doing so. We even take our own children's demise and turn it into a gain for us...does that bring them back? No, but people sue every single day for gain of material wealth?
We are so primitive and so youthful...we should be so much farther along.
How come we have not taught this within our schools…to me, our educational system is so pre-historic. We could be so much better?
I hope you know, there is nothing in this comment, that is directed at you to disvalue your beliefs or integrity or change your mind, what-so-ever, however, it is in fact me, the who of who I am, and what I believe....
I appreciate your kindness in sharing and expressing your beliefs as well…thanks so much for taking the time to do so.
Anatole France said...
The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards
Now, excuse me while I go sing a chord from
"I AM WOMAN"