Category Archives: Concerning Theology

Miscellaneous Content Concerning Religion and Theology

Marianne Williamson on Easter, Passover and Community…


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Date: April 03, 2021

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“Overly Secularized Culture”?…

We can talk about that…but I think our culture is not nearly secular enough.

The issue exists with intolerance and aggression…and let’s be honest…inclinations towards domination, which exist within so many religions.

Religions do not have enough practical restrictions on them, to stop them from imprisoning, degrading and tormenting those who are born into them, for example.

Very little about religions is voluntary, for a vast amount of people who find themselves in them.

…And various religions aspire to control governments, hence the population as a whole.

This power greed is wrong.

The taste for dealing out punishment to those different, is wrong.

Religions are complicated…They have a very real dark side to them.

A lot of people do not take this into account, when considering why we do not want religions to be in political power…or overly influential in a culture.

I subscribe to the belief, that religion is best pursued as a private journey among people who self elect to be there…people who understand they are involved for self reasons, personal examination and contemplation…

…Not people who are looking to “zealously save the world from itself”, and “cast out the wicked”.

I fully agree with trying love.

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The Indo-European Sky Father…


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Date: February 23, 2021

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“The Proto-Indo-Europeans of the Pontic Caspian Steppe and other parts of Eastern Europe in the neolithic worshipped a paternal deity who they called Dyḗus ph₂tḗr “sky father”. With comparative linguistics and comparative mythology we can learn a lot about this ancient god from whom Greek Zeus, Roman Jupiter, Irish Dagda, Vedic Dyáuṣ Pitṛ́ and Norse Odin and many others also derive. In this video I explain what we know about the god’s mythic roles relating to cattle, his relationship to other gods in the Indo-European religion and his association with different animals in later pagan religions.

The Sky Father is the most well attested of all the Indo-European gods and is central to our understanding of Proto-Indo-European religion.

00:00​ Intro
01:34​ Indo-Europeans and their beliefs
03:55​ Comparative mythology
05:00​ Linguistics
07:55​ Identifying the sky father
11:15​ Indo-European cosmogenesis
14:24​ Celestial vs Terrestrial and Hieros Gamos
16:24​ Sovereign gods
17:15​ Zeus
18:34​ Horse twins
19:49​ Sacrificial beasts
22:28​ Bulls
23:21​ Eagles
24:52​ Wolves
26:25​ Conclusion”

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WHY ARE WE HERE? (II) – A Scary Truth Behind the Original Bible Story Part 2…


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Date: December 07, 2020

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“This information will change the way you think about the history of humanities origins. What implications does this have for us today?

In this follow up 2020 documentary WHY ARE WE HERE chapter II Paul Wallis explores the many possible and plausible mistranslations and misinterpretations of our ancient origins. Including the creation story of the Edo People of Southern Nigeria and Benin. The Sons Of Osanobua. The Filipino story of Tagalog. Are the connections dotted over cultures, beliefs, and religious institutions all a coincidence? What are the implications of these translations? Did the Gods come to earth using Ancient Technology? What if THE BIBLE IS NOT ABOUT GOD. But about the Sky People – The Anunnaki?

In Part one here: https://youtu.be/CFKDRArS-HM (WHY ARE WE HERE? A Scary Truth Behind the Original Bible Story | Full Documentary) Paul documents the links within the Sumerian creation account: The word Annunaki, he explains, means “Those who came from the heavens to Earth,” a phrase that made clear their extra terrestrial origins.

Many of the world’s oldest mythologies claim that governance over human society began with dominance over human beings being established by superior beings or “gods.” And then the job of rulership gets handed over at a later stage to human governors or Kings..

The Bible originated from the ancient Sumerian text. Text found with the same story. Pre-dating the Biblical accounts by thousands of years. Documenting Ancient Aliens.

The Sumerian story begins with the rulers coming down from the heavens. And the glyph for these rulers is a symbol pointing to the sky! The Annunaki were from the heavens. They were sky people!”

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What Is Zoroastrianism?…


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Date: July 19, 2020

01) What Is Zoroastrianism?


“What do Emperor Xerxes, Freddie Mercury, and Ireland’s richest citizen Pallonji Mistry have in common? All of them are Zoroastrians. The ancient religion of Iran. This is one of the oldest ongoing religions and altered the course of history by influencing Judaism, Christanity, Islam, and Greek philosophy.

Zoroastrianism was born in ancient Iran at least 3,500 years ago. It all began around 1500BCE give or take a few centuries with the Prophet Zarathustra or Zoroaster as the ancient Greeks called him and so English speakers do too. While we call the religion Zoroastrianism actual Zoroastrians tend to call it Mazdayasna, meaning Worshipper of Mazda.

But today it has only a fraction of the millions of followers it once had. So what is Zoroastrianism, what do Zoroastrians believe, and where do otters fit into it? Well Let’s find out.

The Avesta:
http://www.avesta.org/avesta.html

I’m happy to have stumbled upon this.

Zoroastrianism is a religion I’ve never known much of anything about, and I’ve wanted to take a closer look at it to figure out why people consider it the precursor to Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

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Left Behind and the Translation of God – Renegade Cut…


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Date: June 01, 2020

01) Left Behind and the Translation of God – Renegade Cut


“What is premillennial dispensationalism and how does it relate to American politics? How did the Left Behind novel and film series popularize belief in the Rapture in America? In the first Renegade Cut feature film, authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins as well as thousands of years of Biblical scholarship are put under the magnifying glass.

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Left Behind: The Movie. Cloud Ten Pictures, 2000. Film.
Left Behind II: Tribulation Force. Cloud Ten Pictures, 2002. Film.
Left Behind III: World at War. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2005. Film.
Berlin, Adele. The Jewish Study Bible. Oxford University Press, 2004. Print.
Clark, Fred. The Anti-Christ Handbook: The Horror and Hilarity of Left Behind. Amazon Digital Services LLC, 2015. Print.
Coogan, Michael D. The New Oxford Annotated Bible: Fourth Edition. Oxford University Press, 2010. Print.
Friedman, Richard Elliot. The Bible with Sources Revealed. HarperOne, 2005. Print.
Friedman, Richard Elliot. Who Wrote the Bible? HarperOne, 1997. Print.
Kravitz, Bentzion. The Jewish Response to Missionaries. Jews for Judaism International, Inc., 2001. Print.
LaHaye, Tim, and Barry B. Jenkins. Left Behind: A Novel of Earth’s Last Days. Tyndale House Publishers, 1995. Print.
Nicholls, William. Christian Antisemitism: A History of Hate. Jason Aronson, Inc., 1995. Print.
Rossing, Barabara R. The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation. Hachette Book Group, 2007. Print.
Faigin, Daniel P. “Why Don’t Jews Believe in Jesus as the Messiah?” Shamash.
Coltrain, Scott. “The Rapture Theory Debunked” Sermon Central.
Heilbroner, Nigel. “Evangelicals, Israel, and the End of the World” Huffington Post.
Hunt, Zach. “Nobody is Getting Left Behind (Because the Rapture is Never, Ever Going to Happen) Huffington Post.
McDurmon, Joel. “The Antichrist Hoax” The American Vision.
“The Bible’s Buried Secrets” Nova. PBS, 2008.
Rich, Tracey R. “Mashiach: The Messiah” Judaism 101.
Clark, Fred. “Left Behind Index (The Whole Thing)” Patheos.
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Most MYSTERIOUS Artifacts Believed To Have SPECIAL Powers!…


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Date: August 23, 2019

01) Most MYSTERIOUS Artifacts Believed To Have SPECIAL Powers!


“Check out the Most MYSTERIOUS Artifacts Believed To Have SPECIAL Powers! From magical objects with supernatural powers to mysterious ancient but real magical relics, this top 10 list of mythological artifacts will amaze you!”

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Here’s What Nobody Told You About Adam And Eve…


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Date: June 04, 2019

01) Here’s What Nobody Told You About Adam And Eve


“Everyone knows the basic story of Adam and Eve. They were the first humans, created by God in the Garden of Eden. All was well until a snake tricked Eve into eating an apple, then Eve tricked Adam, then God kicked them both out, and it turned into a whole thing. Well, here’s the real story of Adam and Eve.

If you actually read Genesis, you’ll notice God creates the universe and everything in it twice, and the two accounts directly contradict each other in some places. If you don’t take the creation story literally, as many Christians and Jews don’t, then it’s not an issue, but it’s a huge problem for some Biblical scholars who believe Genesis was one story completely written by Moses.

Some people in history have gone to great lengths to make the two versions mesh, like when they made Adam a hermaphrodite. In the first version of creation, it says God formed Adam and Eve at the same time, and the story used the phrasing:

“… male and female he created them.”

Some early Christian theologians decided this meant that they were made to have both sexes, and while many church leaders were uncomfortable with that idea, it stuck around as a theory for centuries.

The two versions of creation are also where the idea of Lilith comes from, and Jewish mythology says she was Adam’s first wife. She later became a demon, as usually happens in these stories. Lilith is the woman mentioned in the first creation story, while Eve is the one made later from one of Adam’s bones.

Watch the video for more of What Nobody Told You About Adam And Eve!”

You have to be really, really, really out there, to take it literally.

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A Protestant Learns About Greek Orthodoxy…


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Date: March 01, 2019

01) A Protestant Learns About Greek Orthodoxy


“Greek Orthodoxy has always been a bit of a mystery to me, and I wanted to get a clearer sense of what it’s all about so I drove down to the Assumption Cathedral in Denver, Colorado and spent the morning getting answers straight from the source.

Huge thanks to Father Chris Margaritis for taking the time to hang out!”

Interesting video…I’ve never before seen the inside of a temple [church?], of this sect.

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Why Strict Religions Succeed…


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Date: January 26, 2019

01) Why Strict Religions Succeed


“Across cultures, religious communities that expect more from their members thrive (or religious communities in which members face greater consequences for leaving). Meanwhile, lenient religious groups struggle to maintain membership. Why is this? Wouldn’t you assume most people would want to join the easiest religion? Recent research suggests that strict religions are sociologically and psychologically predisposed to succeed.”

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