|Darkness (King Herod) ordering the death of all the stars (children) at dawn in an attempt to destroy the birth of the Sun (Jesus) which conquers darkness.|
|1907 book by Lyman E. Stowe|
In ancient times people were very familiar with the Sun and the stars. At night they had nothing better to do than gaze up at the stars. They saw how the stars move across the sky during the night, and how different constellations are visible at different times of the year.
They made up stories which were allegories based on what they saw. Later on, these stories took on a life of their own, as the stories were passed down from generation to generation but the knowledge of what the stories represented was lost. People started believing the stories were real and actual history of events that actually really happened in the past, when originally the stories were nothing more than allegories for what people saw happening in the stars.
The ancients looked to the sky to determine what time of year it was. It was important to know what time of year it was. You needed to know when it was time to plant crops and when it was time to harvest the crops. As the year passed the Sun appears to make a journey through the constellations of the Zodiac. The entire story of Jesus’ ministry is an allegory for this journey.
“The name of Bishops, retained to this day,—the Episcopacy, the Diocese, the See, are all derived from that function of seeing, or looking out, to observe the phenomena of the visible heavens, which was their appointed duty.”1.
According to the current theory, humans were first hunter/gatherers, then they organized and became farmers—and this is where religion comes in. In order to farm you need to be aware of the seasons of the year; you need to be able to communicate to others your ideas; and you need to be able to pass down to the next generation the knowledge you've accumulated—hence “The Book”. You also have to have faith that this farming technique will work and you will be rewarded for your efforts with a bountiful harvest in the future.
If this theory is correct then ancient Religion was archaic science and modern science is our new religion.
It's not surprising in our present culture of digital watches and wall calendars that we've lost the original astronomical meaning of these Bible stories. Today most people never look at the stars or pay any attention to the position of the sun in the sky.
The following is the result of my intensive investigation into the Bible, its contents, origin, history, and everything that modern day biblical scholars know. Surprisingly, the link between Solar Mythology and the Bible was known over two centuries ago. (See History of Research into Solar Mythology and the Bible.)
“God does not need me or the church to defend God. Any God that I have to
defend is a pretty weak God it seems to me, and any God the church needs to
defend. I'm always amazed at religious people who somehow think I have the
power to destroy God. The only power I might possibly have is the power to
raise questions about their limited understanding of God. And if they've
identified their limited understanding of God with all that God is, then it
feels to them as if I'm destabilizing belief in God itself. I don't have that
power. I certainly don't have that ability.”
—Bishop John Shelby Spong
(Bishop Spong Speaks Out: Sept. 11 and Death of God, the Father / the Bishop & the Cosmologist)
“The need to share our painful experiences is a fundamental part of our humanity. If you look at our religious texts, at the threads that have survived thousands of years, shared experiences of despair are woven throughout. One of the most fundamental questions that religions seek to address is why we suffer, and what we can do about it. Although we may feel alone in our dark moments, these texts can be a source of comfort and power for people because they remind us that whatever we are going through, human beings have been wrestling with despair for as long as we have been around.”
—Rev. Julia Hamilton, August 25 sermon, Misery Loves Company (given 3 days after she officiated my wife’s funeral)
|Joseph Smith looking into the hat to read the gold tablets.|
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It's dirtier than Hustler, more violent than The Sopranos .... it's
pretty impressive for an
illustrated Bible made entirely of Legos.
Brendan Powell Smith has spent the past four years staging and photographing particularly
intense biblical scenes in the living room of his home. The thirty-two-year-old son of an
Episcopalian Sunday-school teacher is an avowed atheist, but he insists his project is
meant to explore the Scriptures, not mock them. "My version of Noah's Ark focuses a
little more on the people who didn't make it onto the boat."
See more at The Brick Testament.
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