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10 Things Pope Francis Said That that May Signal the Dark Side’s Demise

By Aaron Nelson | ANTIMEDIA

Ten Things Pope Francis Said that May Signal the Dark Side’s Demise

(ANTIMEDIA) I admit it. I’ve always been quick to poke fun at the Pope. I am usually the first to attack the Church by pointing out how it has been corrupted for centuries. Most of my family grew up Catholic, so I’ve grown up despising the religion for its insistence on blind faith in a man drowning in self-worship with unlimited wealth and global influence.

Believe me, I’m not a fan of the Vatican, so go ahead and call this an exercise for keeping an open mind.

Let’s take a look at the data.

1) Pope Francis believes that doing good is more important than being Catholic.

The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists.”

In other words, even atheists can go to heaven if they do good deeds in this world. Since I was just a child, this concept of “believe our religion or sin and be damned to hell for all of time” has made little sense to me.

Yeah, but “what if you’re never even given a chance to discover the ‘right religion’? God banishes his beloved creation to eternal hell?

Pope Francis confronted this problem directly. As expected, many Catholics now accuse him of “single-handedly destroying Catholicism” by making such “controversial” statements.

2) He has consistently attacked crony capitalism and revealed how greed has corrupted the global economy.

As recently as last week, Pope Francis urged world citizens to stand up against the corrupt global economic system by creating a “truly communitarian economy” based on distribution of goods among all.

Do we realize that that system has imposed the mentality of profit at any price, with no concern for social exclusion or the destruction of nature?”

In a speech in Bolivia, he explained that “when capital becomes an idol,” it ruins society. When “greed for money presides over the entire socioeconomic system,” guiding individuals to make decisions, society is ruined. He stressed that state capitalism, which he referred to as “the dung of the devil,” breeds the greed which enslaves human beings and destroys fraternity.

It is no utopia or chimera. It is an extremely realistic prospect. We can achieve it. Working for a just distribution of the fruits of the earth and human labor is not mere philanthropy. It is a moral obligation,” he said.

This system is by now intolerable. So let’s not be afraid to say it: we need change; we want change.”

3) Pope Francis is aligning himself against Israel by recognizing the “State of Palestine.”

The Jerusalem Post warned that such statements cannot go unanswered, calling the recognition of Palestine a “severe blow to Catholic- Jewish relations” and urging “Jewish people to protest in the strongest possible terms”—so Pope Francis realizes the damage he has done to Israel.

The Pope praised Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as an “angel of peace,” and even declared Marie Alphonsine Ghattas and Mariam Baouardy, two nuns from 19th century Ottoman Palestine who cared for the poor, the first Palestinian saints of modern times.

Pope Francis needs to realize that by recognizing the fictitious ‘State of Palestine’ he is aligning himself against Israel, the Jewish people and the bible itself. And that is something we cannot forgive, nor soon forget,” says Michael Freund of The Jerusalem Post.

On the eve of elections earlier this year, Israeli President Netanyahu said a Palestinian state would not be established on his watch.

4) He believes the Internet is “something truly good, a gift from God” with “immense possibilities.

This is something truly good, a gift from God,” Pope Francis wrote.

He praised the Internet as having “immense possibilities” because it allows people from around the world with different backgrounds and perspectives to communicate instantaneously.

To [have a] dialogue means to believe that the ‘other’ has something worthwhile to say, and to entertain his or her point of view and perspective,” Francis wrote. “Engaging in dialogue does not mean renouncing our own ideas and traditions, but the pretence that they alone are valid and absolute.”

5) He challenges Monsanto science and supports funding independent research to study the dangers of GMOs and pesticides.

Pope Francis believes the spread of genetically modified crops is destroying ecosystems and negatively affecting regional economies by forcing farmers to buy Monsanto seeds.

GMOs must be approached with a sympathetic look at all its aspects, and this requires at least one more effort to finance several lines of independent and interdisciplinary research… as we have seen in this chapter, the technique is unlikely to be able to …self-limit its power,” he said.

In other words, he supports the financing of independent research to be conducted by scientists who are not funded by Monsanto and other biotech industry giants.

Pope Francis continues, “We get sick, for example, due to inhalation of large amounts of smoke produced by fuels used for cooking and heating. This is added to by….fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides and toxic pesticides in general.”

It creates a vicious circle in which the intervention of the human being to solve a problem often worsens the situation further.”

He’s right.

6) Pope Francis challenged global business leaders to “ensure humanity is served by wealth, not ruled by it.”

While addressing more than 2,500 participants at the World Economic Forum, Francis demanded that more be done to “promote the growth of equality.

I ask you to ensure that humanity is served by wealth and not ruled by it,” he said.

The growth of equality demands something more than economic growth, even though it presupposes it. It demands first of all a transcendent vision of the person.”

He continued that “It also calls for decisions, mechanisms and processes directed to a better distribution of wealth, the creation of sources of employment and an integral promotion of the poor which goes beyond a simple welfare mentality.”

His comments followed a report released by Oxfam that revealed the 85 richest people in the world have as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion.

7) Pope Francis is the first “Holy Father” to wash the feet of a woman.

The Church’s unbalanced male hierarchy and refusal to ordain women can be interpreted as a belief in the inferiority of women. Catholics believe a woman’s place on this Earth is only in the home. They’ve justified denial of women their right to vote by claiming the absence of politics protects their dignity.

It was refreshing to see Francis be the first Pope to wash the feet of a woman, and while I applaud his alleged desire to see a “greater role” for women in making “important decisions” in the Catholic Church, he still believes a woman should not be allowed to become a Priest. He also called abortion “horrific.”

Last July Pope Francis said women are “more important than bishops and priests.”

The world is waiting for a definitive statement from Francis regarding women’s suffrage.

8) He apologized to those sexually abused by Catholic priests and begged to be forgiven for crimes committed against Native Americans in the name of God.

Pope Francis pledged “not to tolerate harm done to a minor by any individual, whether a cleric or not” promising that those guilty of sexual abuse “will be held accountable.”

I beg your forgiveness, too, for the sins of omission on the part of Church leaders who did not respond adequately to reports of abuse made by family members, as well as by abuse victims themselves,” said Francis. “This led to even greater suffering on the part of those who were abused and it endangered other minors who were at risk.”

Further, after attacking colonialism with sharp critiques of the global economic order and military industrial complex, he apologized for the church’s sins during Latin America’s colonial era.

Some may rightly say, ‘When the pope speaks of colonialism, he overlooks certain actions of the church,’ ” Francis said. “I say this to you with regret: Many grave sins were committed against the native people of America in the name of God.”

I humbly ask forgiveness, not only for the offense of the church herself, but also for crimes committed against the native peoples during the so-called conquest of America,” he added.

9) He believes parents of gay children should stand by them and when asked about LGBT rights he responded, “Who am I to judge?

This may not seem like a big deal to the youth of America, but for some perspective, his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI previously called homosexuality “a strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil” and an “objective disorder.”

We have to find a way to help that father or that mother to stand by their son or daughter,” Pope Francis said.

We come across this reality all the time in the confessional: a father and a mother whose son or daughter is in that situation.”

As Sergio Lo Giudice, an openly gay senator of the Democratic party, points out, the Catholic Church still has a long way to go. He has said that “there has been no opening on the doctrinal, so homosexuality remains for the Catholic church a sin as well as a moral disorder,” suggesting the rhetoric is merely a PR stunt to help the Pope’s image.

Whether or not acceptance of homosexuality is in the Church’s future, a dialogue that never existed before has begun thanks to Pope Francis.

10) Pope Francis labeled the military-industrial-complex the industry of death.

During a speech to children organized by the Peace Factory Foundation, Francis explained that every war has the arms industry behind it.

Many powerful people don’t want peace because they live off war,” the Pope said.

This is serious. Some powerful people make their living with the production of arms and sell them to one country for them to use against another country.”

He labeled the military-industrial-complex “the industry of death, the greed that harms us all, the desire to have more money.

Recognizing that wars “lose lives, health and education,” he stressed that today’s wars are waged to make even more profit. “The devil enters through greed and this is why they don’t want peace,” Pope Francis said. “There can be no peace without justice.”

He openly wondered “if this war here or there is really a war, or [if it is] a commercial war to sell these arms?”

In his April Easter address, he urged to end the absurd violence, bloodshed and persecution occurring around the world.

We ask for peace, above all, for Syria and Iraq, that the roar of arms may cease and that peaceful relations may be restored among the various groups which make up those beloved countries.”

He called for both sides of Ukraine’s civil war to respect the ceasefire, also praying for peace between Israelis and Palestinians “to end years of suffering and division.”

Additionally, Pope Francis sent a letter to the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in December:

Nuclear weapons are a global problem, affecting all nations, and impacting future generations and the planet that is our homeSpending on nuclear weapons squanders the wealth of nationsTo prioritize such spending is a mistake and a misallocation of resources which would be far better invested in the areas of integral human development, education, health and the fight against extreme poverty,” he wrote.

If you are one of the people who thinks the Pope Francis is single-handedly destroying Catholicism by making “controversial” statements like these, it is unlikely your mind can be changed.

For those who feel like they are being teased by his words, maybe they should take real action to change the world instead of arguing over whether Pope Francis is a good guy, bad guy—or merely another pawn of the dark side attempting to sprout roots within the global political awakening itself.

Things Pope Francis Said vs The Common Ground Movement

Until I learned of the three great tasks Pope Francis urged the world to address, I never considered writing about the Vatican’s ruler. While it is refreshing to hear such rhetoric, we cannot forget that the Vatican has unlimited wealth and influence within the dark side he appears to be challenging.

Pope Francis should put his money where his mouth is and open up the Vatican’s limitless wealth to change the world he appears to detest.

Feed the poor.

What caught my attention was the similarity between his tasks and the unifying ideas of The Common Ground Movement.

The Pope’s first task: To create an economy centered around the ”service of peoples,” not at the “service of money,” as our world’s current economic system operates. Francis explains that he believes a “truly communitarian economy” based on distribution of goods among all will put the spotlight on service rather than profits, which in return will protect “Mother Earth.”

A unifying idea of The Common Ground Movement is that the people must hold the corrupt financial (and political) systems accountable for crimes they commit. While it does not provide a solution, the CGM is in agreement with what Pope Francis identifies as the problem—that the world’s current economic system is enslaving the majority of the human race by focusing strictly on the service of money and profit.

As The Common Ground Movement puts it—very few would disagree with the assertion that our current financial system has us headed for disaster. If left uninterrupted, the most likely outcome is, well, the eventual self-destruction of our planet.

The Pope’s second task: To unite the people on the “path of peace and justice” to defend their sovereignty against colonialism.

The new colonialism takes on different faces. At times it appears as the anonymous influence of mammon: corporations, loan agencies, certain free trade treaties, and the imposition of measures of austerity which always tighten the belt of workers and the poor,” he has said.

Pope Francis says that “monopolizing communications” is another example of consumerism. He argues that this is the same “new colonialism” that ultimately denies countries the right to development.

A unifying idea of The Common Ground Movement is to end the global surveillance state the human race never signed up for. The Pope’s second task also touches upon another unifying CGM goal to hold the corrupt political systems accountable. Here, we find yet another shared goal of uniting the people on the path of peace and justice.

The Pope’s third task: To “defend Mother Earth,” by breaking down the current system, which ravishes the planet’s ecology.

Pope Francis condemned the world’s governments for what he refers to as “cowardice” by failing to protect the Earth, calling it “a grave sin.”

We cannot allow certain interests – interests which are global but not universal – to take over, to dominate states and international organizations, and to continue destroying creation,” he said.

This sounds like an awful lot like the first unifying idea of The Common Ground Movement— that there be no more wars of aggression. Taking previous statements made by Pope Francis concerning the military-industrial-complex and “powerful people who do not want peace because they live off war,” it is safe to assume these are the same global interests “destroying creation” that cannot be allowed to take over and dominate countries and international organizations.

Wait… What Is The Common Ground Movement Again?

The Common Ground Movement can be simplified down to 3 unifying ideas:

  1. No more wars of aggression.
  2. End the surveillance state, and the militarization of the police.
  3. Hold the corrupt political and financial systems accountable.

If a decentralized, non-violent resistance movement with no leader—designed to unite activist groups from across all areas of the political, economic and social spectrum—sounds like music to your ears, I encourage you to get involved.

The Common Ground Movement believes there is not simply a revolving door between the Washington and Wall Street, but that the two entities have literally mutated into one organism—and it is imperative to come to terms with the reality that these problems are not going to be solved through elections or petitions.

The people are going to have to take their power back without asking for permission, but that will only be possible if they unify under common goals and set the rest aside.

If your interest has been sparked, you can learn more by watching this video, “Revolution: An Instruction Manual” and by following The Common Ground Movement on Facebook.

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Newfound ‘Gospel of the Lots of Mary’ Discovered in Ancient Text

Owen Jarus | Live Science

An image showing the opening of the gospel. The text is written in Coptic, an Egyptian language that makes use of the Greek alphabet. The pages of the gospel are small, measuring less than 3 inches (75 millimeters) in height. Credit: Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Mrs. Beatrice Kelekian in memory of her husband, Charles Dikran Kelekian, 1984.669

An image showing the opening of the gospel. The text is written in Coptic, an Egyptian language that makes use of the Greek alphabet. The pages of the gospel are small, measuring less than 3 inches (75 millimeters) in height.
Credit: Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Mrs. Beatrice Kelekian in memory of her husband, Charles Dikran Kelekian, 1984.669

A 1,500-year-old book that contains a previously unknown gospel has been deciphered. The ancient manuscript may have been used to provide guidance or encouragement to people seeking help for their problems, according to a researcher who has studied the text.

Written in Coptic, an Egyptian language, the opening reads (in translation):

“The Gospel of the lots of Mary, the mother of the Lord Jesus Christ, she to whom Gabriel the Archangel brought the good news. He who will go forward with his whole heart will obtain what he seeks. Only do not be of two minds.” [The 7 Most Mysterious Archaeological Finds on Earth]

Anne Marie Luijendijk, a professor of religion at Princeton University, discovered that this newfound gospel is like no other. “When I began deciphering the manuscript and encountered the word ‘gospel’ in the opening line, I expected to read a narrative about the life and death of Jesus as the canonical gospels present, or a collection of sayings similar to the Gospel of Thomas (a non-canonical text),” she wrote in her book “Forbidden Oracles? The Gospel of the Lots of Mary” (Mohr Siebeck, 2014).

What she found instead was a series of 37 oracles, written vaguely, and with only a few that mention Jesus.

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Can Astronomy Explain the Biblical Star of Bethlehem?

David A Weintraub | phys.org

Bright stars top Christmas trees in Christian homes around much of the world. The faithful sing about the Star of Wonder that guided the wise men to a manger in the little town of Bethlehem, where Jesus was born. They’re commemorating the Star of Bethlehem described by the Evangelist Matthew in the New Testament. Is the star’s biblical description a pious fiction or does it contain some astronomical truth?

VENICE, ITALY - MARCH 12, 2014: The Adoration of Magi by Antonio Vassilacchi nickname l'Aliense (1556 - 1629) from Chiesa di San Zaccaria church.

VENICE, ITALY – MARCH 12, 2014: The Adoration of Magi by Antonio Vassilacchi nickname l’Aliense (1556 – 1629) from Chiesa di San Zaccaria church.

Puzzles for astronomy

To understand the Star of Bethlehem, we need to think like the three wise men. Motivated by this “star in the east,” they first traveled to Jerusalem and told King Herod the prophecy that a new ruler of the people of Israel would be born. We also need to think like King Herod, who asked the wise men when the star had appeared, because he and his court, apparently, were unaware of any such star in the sky.

These events present us with our first astronomy puzzle of the first Christmas: How could King Herod’s own advisors have been unaware of a star so bright and obvious that it could have led the wise men to Jerusalem?

Next, in order to reach Bethlehem, the wise men had to travel directly south from Jerusalem; somehow that “star in the east” “went before them, ’til it came and stood over where the young child was.” Now we have our second first-Christmas astronomy puzzle: How can a star “in the east” guide our wise men to the south? The north star guides lost hikers to the north, so shouldn’t a star in the east have led the wise men to the east?

And we have yet a third first-Christmas astronomy puzzle: How does Matthew’s star move “before them,” like the tail lights on the snowplow you might follow during a blizzard, and then stop and stand over the manger in Bethlehem, inside of which supposedly lies the infant Jesus?

What could the ‘star in the east’ be?

The astronomer in me knows that no star can do these things, nor can a comet, or Jupiter, or a supernova, or a conjunction of  or any other actual bright object in the nighttime sky. One can claim that Matthew’s words describe a miracle, something beyond the laws of physics. But Matthew chose his words carefully and wrote “star in the east” twice, which suggests that these words hold a specific importance for his readers.

Can we find any other explanation, consistent with Matthew’s words, that doesn’t require that the laws of physics be violated and that has something to do with astronomy? The answer, amazingly, is yes.

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Did the Historical Jesus Exist? A Growing Number Of Scholars Don’t Think So

Valerie Tarico | Rawstory

jesusMost antiquities scholars think that the New Testament gospels are “mythologized history.”  In other words, they think that around the start of the first century a controversial Jewish rabbi named Yeshua ben Yosef gathered a following and his life and teachings provided the seed that grew into Christianity.

At the same time, these scholars acknowledge that many Bible stories like the virgin birth, miracles, resurrection, and women at the tomb borrow and rework mythic themes that were common in the Ancient Near East, much the way that screenwriters base new movies on old familiar tropes or plot elements. In this view, a “historical Jesus” became mythologized.

For over 200 years, a wide ranging array of theologians and historians—most of them Christian—analyzed ancient texts, both those that made it into the Bible and those that didn’t, in attempts to excavate the man behind the myth.  Several current or recent bestsellers take this approach, distilling the scholarship for a popular audience. Familiar titles include Zealot by Reza Aslan and  How Jesus Became God by Bart Ehrman.

But other scholars believe that the gospel stories are actually “historicized mythology.”  In this view, those ancient mythic templates are themselves the kernel. They got filled in with names, places and other real world details as early sects of Jesus worship attempted to understand and defend the devotional traditions they had received.

The notion that Jesus never existed is a minority position.  Of course it is! says David Fitzgerald, author of Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at All . For centuries all serious scholars of Christianity were Christians themselves, and modern secular scholars lean heavily on the groundwork that they laid in collecting, preserving, and analyzing ancient texts. Even today most secular scholars come out of a religious background, and many operate by default under historical presumptions of their former faith.

Fitzgerald is an atheist speaker and writer, popular with secular students and community groups. The internet phenom, Zeitgeist the Movie introduced millions to some of the mythic roots of Christianity. But Zeitgeist and similar works contain known errors and oversimplifications that undermine their credibility. Fitzgerald seeks to correct that by giving young people interesting, accessible information that is grounded in accountable scholarship.

More academic arguments in support of the Jesus Myth theory can be found in the writings of Richard Carrier and Robert Price. Carrier, who has a Ph.D. in ancient history uses the tools of his trade to show, among other things, how Christianity might have gotten off the ground without a miracle. Price, by contrast, writes from the perspective of a theologian whose biblical scholarship ultimately formed the basis for his skepticism. It is interesting to note that some of the harshest debunkers of fringe Jesus myth theories like those from Zeitgeist or Joseph Atwill (who tries to argue that the Romans invented Jesus) are from serious Mythicists like Fitzgerald, Carrier and Price.

The arguments on both sides of this question—mythologized history or historicized mythology—fill volumes, and if anything the debate seems to be heating up rather than resolving. A growing number of scholars are openly questioning or actively arguing against Jesus’ historicity. Since many people, both Christian and not, find it surprising that this debate even exists—that credible scholars might think Jesus never existed—here are some of the key points that keep the doubts alive:

1. No first century secular evidence whatsoever exists to support the actuality of Yeshua ben Yosef.  In the words of Bart Ehrman: “What sorts of things do pagan authors from the time of Jesus have to say about him? Nothing. As odd as it may seem, there is no mention of Jesus at all by any of his pagan contemporaries. There are no birth records, no trial transcripts, no death certificates; there are no expressions of interest, no heated slanders, no passing references – nothing. In fact, if we broaden our field of concern to the years after his death – even if we include the entire first century of the Common Era – there is not so much as a solitary reference to Jesus in any non-Christian, non-Jewish source of any kind. I should stress that we do have a large number of documents from the time – the writings of poets, philosophers, historians, scientists, and government officials, for example, not to mention the large collection of surviving inscriptions on stone and private letters and legal documents on papyrus. In none of this vast array of surviving writings is Jesus’ name ever so much as mentioned.” (pp. 56-57)

2. The earliest New Testament writers seem ignorant of the details of Jesus’ life, which become more crystalized in later texts. Paul seems unaware of any virgin birth, for example. No wise men, no star in the east, no miracles. Historians have long puzzled over the “Silence of Paul” on the most basic biographical facts and teachings of Jesus. Paul fails to cite Jesus’ authority precisely when it would make his case. What’s more, he never calls the twelve apostles Jesus’ disciples; in fact, he never says Jesus HAD disciples –or a ministry, or did miracles, or gave teachings. He virtually refuses to disclose any other biographical detail, and the few cryptic hints he offers aren’t just vague, but contradict the gospels. The leaders of the early Christian movement in Jerusalem like Peter and James are supposedly Jesus’ own followers and family; but Paul dismisses them as nobodies and repeatedly opposes them for not being true Christians!

Liberal theologian Marcus Borg suggests that people read the books of the New Testament in chronological order to see how early Christianity unfolded.  “Placing the Gospels after Paul makes it clear that as written documents they are not the source of early Christianity but its product. The Gospel — the good news — of and about Jesus existed before the Gospels. They are the products of early Christian communities several decades after Jesus’ historical life and tell us how those communities saw his significance in their historical context.”

3. Even the New Testament stories don’t claim to be first-hand accounts. We now know that the four gospels were assigned the names of the apostles Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, not written by them. To make matter sketchier, the name designations happened sometime in second century, around 100 years or more after Christianity supposedly began. For a variety of reasons, the practice of pseudonymous writing was common at the time and many contemporary documents are “signed” by famous figures.  The same is true of the New Testament epistles except for a handful of letters from Paul (6 out of 13) which are broadly thought to be genuine.  But even the gospel stories don’t actually say, “I was there.” Rather, they claim the existence of other witnesses, a phenomenon familiar to anyone who has heard the phrase, my aunt knew someone who . . . .

4. The gospels, our only accounts of a historical Jesus, contradict each other. If you think you know the Jesus story pretty well, I suggest that you pause at this point to test yourself with the 20 question quiz at ExChristian.net.

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A Colossal Dilemma Within Science & Religion

Christina Sarich | Waking Times | July 15 2014

“The Destiny of Man is to unite, not to divide. If you keep on dividing you end up as a collection of monkeys throwing nuts at each other out of separate trees.”  ~ T.H. White

Let me assure you – I do believe in God. I believe in the Divine, with a big ‘D.’  I believe in a vastness, which has created this Universe and others, which our human minds can hardly digest. What I don’t believe in anymore is science, or religion.

Religion is nothing more than a human construct to try to explain the unexplainable. In the process it becomes political. Oh. So. Political.

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Our religions institutions are now (and have been) used by the crumbling powers-that-be to divide us. We separate ourselves not just as fundamentalists, but also as ‘believers’ in dogma of every flavor.

Then – there’s science. Truly a ‘religion’ in its protectionist fervor, and hell-bent on upholding the discordant, outdated, simply false projections that are supported by institutionalized information parsing. It is upheld with tactics no less pernicious than organized religious institutions.

Questioning is the most important aspect of science, and that is a direct threat to authority, and ironically scientists and the science institutions have become authorities and churches. They have become our priests of the modern era. Whatever the priest with the biology hat says must be true about life. Whatever the priest with the physics hat says must be taught as facts. . . Science is no longer serving the purpose of discovering truth. It has become the main method of control. Governments have always kept people in line by collaborating with certain institutions. It used to be organized religion, where there basically was no difference between state and religion. Now, there is no difference between science and state. Why? Because of where the funding comes from.”

This ‘scientific’ paradigm is not meant to heal humanity, it is meant to keep it sick. It is meant to keep us as consumers – of drugs, of petro-guzzling cars, of toxic products that none of us needs. An old survey from the EPA estimates that 7.6 billion tons of industrial wastes from 60,000 businesses are generated. Most of these wastes are in the form of waste waters (97%), but they fill our air, our soil, and everything from shampoo to crayons.

“Every year, nearly $100 billion is invested in biomedical research in the US, all of it aimed at teasing apart the invisible bits of the body. We assume that these new details will finally reveal the causes of illness, pinning our maladies on small molecules and errant snippets of DNA. Once we find the cause, of course, we can begin working on a cure.”

And then, as if this wasn’t convoluted enough, Darwin pitted religion against science with his theory of biological evolution outlined in The Origin of Species. We are still contaminated with Darwinism and its accepted authority today, even though chemists have failed to explain the origin of the genetic code, have made several erroneous assumptions about the nature of junk DNA, and humans enjoy many behavioral and cognitive traits which have no evolutionary advantage for mere survival: music, art, religion, and the ability to ponder the nature of the universe.

Darwinian, Newtonian science has kept us locked in one room, and religious wars have kept us locked in another. Yet we try to see the expanse of a mountain vista from the time-out chair we’ve been sent to by these patriarchal institutions.

To summarize, we have religions fighting other religions, science fighting new ideas, and religion and science fighting one another. What a mess!

Humanity’s True History

I won’t begin to tell you I’ve pieced together our entire human history in its entirety. There are individuals who have dedicated their entire lives to studying just one particular facet of who we are. Though I have the interest, it would be an insurmountable task to unveil all our secrets completely. What I have been able to do, is see a history of deceit, which without disclosing, will keep humanity emboldened in its separatists, polarized angst forever. We are living in a prime moment to overturn this history of lies. As each mind wakes up to its own true identity, and recovers its truest origins, we will be freed.

We will no longer be easily oppressed through banking fraud, delusory social constructs, false flag events, political fallaciousness which leads to war, and the utter environmental obliteration of our beautiful planet. We will no longer be hoodwinked into eating GMOs, getting vaccinated against our will so that these dissolving powers-that-be can steal our DNA, and try to control us, or clone us, and we will no longer be made into a slave race to bow to evil masters.

“Belief is both prize & battlefield, within the mind & in the mind’s mirror, the world. If we believe humanity is a ladder of tribes, a colosseum of confrontation, exploitation & bestiality, such a humanity is surely brought into being, & history’s Horroxes, Boerhaaves & Gooses shall prevail. You & I, the moneyed, the privileged, the fortunate, shall not fare so badly in this world, provided our luck holds. What of it if our consciences itch? Why undermine the dominance of our race, our gunship, our heritage & our legacy? Why fight the “natural” (oh, weaselly word!) order of things? Why? Because of this:—one fine day, a purely predatory world shall consume itself….If we believe that humanity may transcend tooth & claw, if we believe divers races & creeds can share this world as peaceably as the orphans share their candlenut tree, if we believe leaders must be just, violences muzzled, power accountable & the riches of the Earth & its Oceans shared equitably, such a world will come to pass. ~ David Mitchel’sl Cloud Atlas (p. 508)”

Our divinity is our biggest secret. It’s been kept from us so that the fascists, psychopathic, and soul-less can run the planet.

Religions as well as science have told us that human entities are only a few thousand years, to at most, a hundred thousand years old. In the Bible’s Book of Genesis, we are told man was created from the ‘dust of the earth’ just 6000 years ago. This age is determined by counting the generations of biblical figures recorded throughout the Bible, starting with Adam in the Garden of Eden. This has now been exposed as its own conspiracy.

Dr. Michael Cremo suggests that humans are linked with an ‘extremely old’ history. We are millions of years old – and human origins go back, possibly, to the beginning of this Universe (as well as others.) The Earth is also not our only home in the Universe. In Cremo’s book, Forbidden Archeology, he summarizes some of the lies we’ve been told. We aren’t just a lineage of warring tribes as the bible suggests, or an evolution of apes. Man’s history is much more mysterious.

Did you know, for example, that footprints were found in Texas, that were dated to the same age as dinosaurs? Richard Dawkins, of Oxford, has this to say, “. . .[concerning the] alleged human bones in the Carboniferous coal deposits. If authenticated as human, these bones would blow the theory of evolution out of the water.” (Free Inquiry, V.21, No.4, 10/11/2001)

Or, that 70-ton blocks were somehow transported to the Peruvian Mountains, with the closest source of the rock’s red granite being five miles away, at the apex of another mountain? There are dozens of other megaliths in human history that have been dated much further back than any ape-man could have built them, and with architectural prowess that would require advanced knowledge and extremely sophisticated technology to build.

These include:

The Baalbek Acropolis – Across the Leontes Mountains from Beirut, Lebanon it is dated thousands of years before the Romans, and archeologists can’t explain the skill with which the monolithic, 800-ton, stones are carved.

Rockwall, Texas – Just ten miles outside of Dallas, Rockwall is possibly home to a prehistoric, buried city. A 1907 New York Times article entitled, Digging for Buried City, reported that Mr. J.E. Hess was excavating around the wall in hopes of locating a buried city. He reported that the wall is made up of regularly sized and shaped native sandstone slabs- and that the wall was buried to a depth of about three feet, and that it was known to be approximately 40 feet high. It is suggested that within these walls was a temple. Inside the temple were, according to an article in the St. Louis Republic, many statues of idols, all curiously marked as well as the bones of large animals (many of them petrified) including reptiles. It was speculated that human and animal sacrifices took place at the temple.

ICA Stones of Peru – These stones are immaculately carved with remarkable scenes of medical transplants, people riding dinosaurs, telescopes, and views of the planet Earth as it appeared 13,000,000 years ago (that’s right, 13 MILLION years ago, pre-stone age). The stones depict advanced medical wisdom, including how to conduct surgery.

The Egyptian Sphinx – John Anthony West and Graham Hancock, allege that the Sphinx was sculpted by non-Egyptians ca. 10,500 B.C. They say there is good reason for this, and it doesn’t have anything to do with the historical Egyptians. They explain that the Sphinx has been covered in sand for most of its long history. If it wasn’t continually being cleared by modern workers, it would be re-buried up to its neck in sand in less than fifty years. The shifting sand has to be fought back on almost a day-to-day basis. So, if it has been under the sand for most of its existence, why is it so weathered?

Shoe Print in Pershing County, Nevada – A shoe print was found in Triassic limestone, strata indicative of 400 million years, in which the fossilized evidence clearly revealed finely wrought double-stitching in the seams of a shoe.

Dr. Stanley Rhine’s Find – Another human-like footprint was discovered in strata indicative of 40 million years old. A few months before, a similar find was made in Kenton, Oklahoma, and at a similar time time, a discovery of a footprint in stone was revealed in north-central Wisconsin.

Ancient maps – accurate maps have been uncovered which correctly depict the continent of Antarctica (before it was covered with ice) well before Europeans ever found it, suggesting that a technologically advanced culture must have lived on this planet in times well before historians are apt to admit.

A 140,000 Year Old Human Skull Was Found in Tanzania – This skull called the Iwo Eleru skeleton is the oldest known so far from the entire West African region.

Was Earth Seeded by Aliens?

There are dozens of archeological finds, mysterious sites, both above and below water, and questions left unanswered. The prominent scientist, Richard Dawkins, suggests that we were seeded by extra-terrestrials from other Universes. He leaves no space for divine design, however. Prof Chandra Wickramasinghe, an astrobiologist from Cardiff University suggests that there is ‘overwhelming evidence’ that life on earth was ‘seeded’ from outside earth more than 3,800 million years ago. In an article published in the International Journal of Astrobiology, he argues that all life on earth, is indeed alien. He says that there is a cyclical transfer of life process from planet to planet, and scientists have confirmed that ‘alien’ DNA is mixed with human DNA.

If nothing else, these findings prove that the origins of man are much more antiquated than we ever would have imagined, and the trivial wars of this planet and this era, are but a fly’s eye in the ointment. The religious teachings that compel us to ‘obey’ some patriarchal, bearded man in the sky are simply blasphemous. If nothing else, we can look to the fractal, holographic nature of divine geometry to see that there is some organizing pattern, which couldn’t have just started 6000 years ago, nor 100,0000, nor even a million years ago.

“At the very earliest appearance of human civilization we observe the presence and importance of geometry.  It is clearly evident that geometry was comprehended and utilized by the ancient Master Builders, who, laboring at the dawn of civilization some four and one half millennia ago, bestowed upon the world such masterworks as the megalithic structures of ancient Europe, the Pyramids and temples of Pharaonic Egypt and the stepped Ziggurats of Sumeria.”

In the very least, we also know, through studying these divine structures of antiquity, that we are part of a template. We can no longer relegate our wisdom to mainstream science and their findings, nor the teachings of misleading religious doctrine. We are much more than these playground games. We are as old as time. It is in the embracing of these new mysteries with an open mind that we will finally know the human creation story, rightly.}

About the Author:  Christina Sarich is a musician, yogi, humanitarian and freelance writer who channels many hours of studying Lao Tzu, Paramahansa Yogananda, Rob Brezny, Miles Davis, and Tom Robbins into interesting tidbits to help you Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and *See the Big Picture*. Her blog is Yoga for the New World . Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing The Body And Mind Through The Art Of Yoga.




‘Sigil’ and the Ambiguity of Words and Their Meanings — Part One

By Omar Cherif
'Sigil' and the Ambiguity of Words and Their Meanings I always knew that being trilingual is helpful in writing and in communication in general. Other than thinking in different languages, the ability to word your thoughts in a variety of ways, and having a wider vocabulary to choose from there are also some other benefits. Something happened lately which reminded me of all that.

 

So I stumbled upon the English word ‘sigil’. And since I am a peckishly curious lexophile who is passionate about ancient history, linguistics and theology, I decided to dig deep into the etymology of that word — in English as well as in Arabic.

The Merriam-Webster’s definition of ‘sigil’ is: a sign, word, or device held to have occult power in astrology or magic.
‘Sigil’ is pronounced ‘sijel’. It derives from the Latin sigillum, meaning: seal, statuette, stamped figure; or “little sign” from signum.

The word could also be related to the Hebrew where ‘segula’ means “word, action, or item of spiritual effect; a sacramental talisman that supersedes logic as a protective or benevolent charm or ritual in Kabbalistic and Talmudic tradition.”

In medieval ceremonial magic, the term sigil was commonly used to refer to occult signs which represented various angels and demons that the magician might summon. 

The use of symbols for magical or cultic purposes has been widespread since at least the Neolithic era. Some examples from other cultures include the yantra from Hindu tantra, historical runic magic among the Germanic peoples, or the use of veves in Vodoun (Voodoo).

A common method of creating the sigils of certain spirits was to use kameas (magic squares) where the names of the spirits were converted to numbers, which were then located on the magic square. The locations were then connected by lines, forming an abstract figure.

The current use of the term is derived from Renaissance magic, which was in turn inspired by the magical traditions of antiquity.
In astrology, the term ‘sigil’ means an occult device that is supposed to have great power. Alright.

 

What has really grabbed my attention to the word ‘sigil’ in the first place was that I have heard it before a long time ago from the Qur’an where it is mentioned in “Souret al-Feel”, or Chapter of “The Elephant” among other citations. The Arabic pronunciation is only slightly different and it sounds more like “sidjeel”. Ten-year-old me had been told that it means “baked clay that was sent by God to kill the bad guys.”

According to the Islamic belief and the Qur’an, during the year of the elephant — the year prophet Muhammed was born — God sent some kind of dark cloud of birds called “tayr ababeel” with sidjeel, or stones of baked clay, in their beaks and claws and they bombarded Abrahah al-Ashram, the Ethiopian general and king of Abyssinia. He was planning to destroy the Kaaba and change its location over to his kingdom to draw the annual pilgrims of Arabia to come to his kingdom. It is said that on his way to Mecca, Abrahah took 200 cattle that belonged to Abdul-Muṭṭalib (497 – 578), prophet Muhammed’s grandfather who was the head of the tribe back then. But the sidjeel-throwing birds attacked his army of men and elephants before reaching Mecca and saved the Kaaba as they all fled in panic.

He made them like an empty field of stalks and straw, (of which the corn) has been eaten up.”

Abrahah is believed to have died right after.

In history, however, there are no clear details about Abrahah’s death, only that it is around the year 553 based on the inscription at Murayghän.

So according to the rich Arabic language, the definitions of the word ‘sigil’ which I found in the dictionaries are:

  • Baked clay; solid mud cooked in fire. 
  • A valley in hell.
  • Where the suffering of the non-believers is inscribed.



And based on the interpretations I found ‘Sigil’ could also mean:

  • Somewhere in the Universe; possibly, I assume, leftovers of asteroids or meteors or comets…or any space debris.
  • A distant evil planet, from the Arabic word ‘segin’, which means hell.
  • From the Arabic verb ‘saggal’ meaning record; a rock that has the name of the person it’s going to kill inscribed on it. Hm.

 

Another mention of “Sidjeel” in the Qur’an is when God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah — the two towns in ancient Palestine where lived the people of Lut, the Biblical Lot. 

Those two cities were mentioned in the Book of Genesis and throughout the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament as well as other deuterocanonical sources.

Whether or not they have existed in real is still widely disputed by archaeologists.

However, in all three Abrahamic religions, Sodom and Gomorrah have become “synonymous with impenitent sin, and their fall with a proverbial manifestation of divine retribution.” The two cities have since been used as metaphors for vice, explicit sexual practices and homosexuality which were all viewed as a deviation…from the norm.

For Muslims, there may be a plethora of suggestions for what had happened based on the Qur’an and its interpretations, which contains seven references to the residents of Sodom and Gomorrah.

In Emam Al-Thaalabi’s famous “Qisas Al-Anbiya” or Stories of the Prophets — various collections of tales adapted from the Qur’an and other Islamic literature, closely related to exegesis of the Qur’an — the people of Lut were considered vile and sinful who lived in debauchery and engaged in sodomy. They didn’t listen to Lut’s warnings so the archangel Gabriel took permission from God to destroy them. After ordering Lut to leave by night, Gabriel slid his wing underneath all four towns that belong to his people, lifted them between the earth and the sky then flipped them upside down. There was a fifth town that was deliberately kept intact because its residents have adhered to Lut and listened to his warnings.
Those same five valley cities are recorded in the Ebla tablets as well as in the Bible.

According to Stories of the Prophets, the sidjeel stones only started to fall down the residents after that some were able to flee the cataclysmic event…or Gabriel’s giant wing. The story goes that while fleeing, Lut told his wife not to look back, however, she did and was instantly hit by the sidjeel rocks, turning her into a frozen statue (à la Pompeii). Supposedly the rocks would only fall on the people of Lut, killing them on the spot and/or turning them into statues. So sidjeel here entails knowing the name of the person it’s going to kill.

In the Genesis account, the story of the towns and their inhabitants represent a powerful lesson in the perils of wickedness. They were sinners against the Lord, and He decided to destroy them. The wife disobeyed and looked back and was instantly turned into a pillar of salt where she stood, possibly by hot fire and brimstone. Sigil?

Sigil 2

In science, Sodom and Gomorrah obviously have a different, less dramatic story. There has been a great deal of study and archeological research on this subject. The area where these two cities were thought to show evidence of volcanism in the past, and it is also on a fault line. However, there’s no agreement among archaeologists, scientists and theologians that Sodom, and its sister town Gomorrah, existed at all — let alone that they were annihilated in a sudden apocalyptic demise.

Some others scientists, however, believe that the area was indeed destroyed by a terrible natural apocalypse that matches the description in the Book of Genesis. American forensic anthropologist Professor Mike Finnegan, believe that huge earthquakes in the early Bronze Age destroyed this area around the Dead Sea and killed its inhabitants; that’s sometime between 1800 BC and 2300 BC. And since Sodom and Gomorrah could have been towns built on the edge of the Dead Sea, there is a possibility that they have been destroyed by earthquake and landslide.

Two books cover these events thoroughly: The Destruction of Sodom, Gomorrah and Jericho: Geological, Climatological and Archaeological Background by David Neev and KO Emery (Oxford University Press, 1995), and Canaanites (Peoples of the Past) by Jonathan Tubb (British Museum Press, 2002).

Equally important, I also found two out of many documentaries about this hot potato of a topic which are: The 2-part Sodom & Gomorrah Documentary. TRUE STORY. And, Ron Wyatt Archaeology – Sodom & Gomorrah.

Sigil 3

So, is it a mere coincidence or could the word ‘sigil’ in English have possibly originated from Arabic and Hebrew? Its first known use in the English language is in 15th century, that’s many centuries after Lot and Abrahah. Personally, I see a certain correlation between “a magical device that supersedes logic” and “a mysterious rock coming from somewhere unknown in the Universe that knows the person it’s going to kill.”

Words happen to be forgotten through the ages. They are given different meanings; perhaps intentionally some of the times and haphazardly some others. That’s what history is all about. Could sigil have one origin? Could we ever find out? Likely not. These are just examples of a much larger web of ambiguity that has limited our understanding of languages and defined our lives as humans
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To Be Continued…

 

About the Author:

Omar Cherif
Omar Cherif
is a trilingual writer and researcher, photographer and blogger with degrees in journalism, psychology, and philosophy. After working in the corporate world for ten years, he took writing as a vocation and is currently finalizing his first book about dreams, the subconscious mind and spirituality among other topics.

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Crowds Flock to Basilica After Holy Grail Claim

Discovery News | March 31st 2014

Jesus and the Holy ChaliceCurators were forced to remove a precious cup from display in a Spanish church when crowds swarmed there after historians claimed it was the holy grail, staff said.

Visitors flocked to the San Isidro basilica in the north-western city of León after two historians published a book saying the ancient goblet was the mythical chalice from which Christ sipped at the last supper.

The director of the basilica’s museum, Raquel Jaén, said the cup was taken off display on Friday while curators looked for an exhibition space large enough to accommodate the crowds.

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“It was in a very small room where it was not possible to admire it to the full,” she told AFP.

Made of agate, gold and onyx and encrusted with precious stones, the object in León is formed by two goblets joined together, with one turned up, the other down.

It has been known until now as the goblet of the Infanta Doña Urraca, daughter of Fernando I, King of León from 1037 to 1065.

The two historians — León University medieval history lecturer Margarita Torres and art historian José Manuel Ortega del Rio — identified it as the grail in their book, “Kings of the Grail,” published last week.

They said two Egyptian parchments they found in 2011 at Cairo’s University of al-Azhar set them on a three-year investigation.

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Spiritual Humanism – Lilou Mace Interviews Jay Lakhani

Jay Lakhani discusses findings at the cutting edge of modern physics and how they relate to the broader ideas of spirituality at the heart of Hindu tradition – with Lilou Mace. Lakhani is a Theoretical Physicist, and is the Head of the Hindu Academy, Education Director for the Hindu Council UK.  He is a teacher at Eton College, and Author of several books relating to the teaching of Hinduism in schools in the UK.

Spiritual Humanism fuses traditional religious behaviors onto the foundation of scientific humanist inquiry.




Fate of Ark of the Covenant Revealed in Hebrew Text

Owen Jarus | LiveScience | Jan 10th 2014

ArkOfTheCovenant__0109A newly translated Hebrew text claims to reveal where treasures from King Solomon’s temple were hidden and discusses the fate of the Ark of the Covenant itself.

But unlike the Indiana Jones movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” the text leaves the exact location of the Ark unclear and states that it, and the other treasures, “shall not be revealed until the day of the coming of the Messiah son of David …” putting it out of reach of any would-be treasure seeker.

King Solomon’s Temple, also called the First Temple, was plundered and torched by the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar II in the sixth century B.C., according to the Hebrew Bible. The Ark of the Covenant is a chest that, when originally built, was said to have held tablets containing the 10 commandments. It was housed in Solomon’s Temple, a place that contained many different treasures. [Religious Mysteries: 8 Alleged Relics of Jesus]

The newly translated text, called “Treatise of the Vessels” (Massekhet Kelim in Hebrew), says the “treasures were concealed by a number of Levites and prophets,” writes James Davila, a professor at the University of St. Andrews, in an article in the book “Old Testament Pseudepigrapha More Noncanonical Scriptures Volume 1” (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2013).

“Some of these (treasures) were hidden in various locations in the Land of Israel and in Babylonia, while others were delivered into the hands of the angels Shamshiel, Michael, Gabriel and perhaps Sariel …” writes Davila in his article.

The treatise is similar in some ways to the metallic “Copper Scroll,” one of the Dead Sea Scrolls found near the site of Qumran in the West Bank. The Copper Scroll also discusses the location of hidden treasure, although not from Solomon’s Temple.

The Treatise of the Vessels (Massekhet Kelim) is recorded in the 1648 Hebrew book Emek Halachah, published in Amsterdam. In the book the Treatise is published as Chapter 11 (one of its two pages shown here). The two pages also contain material from other book chapters.
Credit: Scanned images courtesy www.hebrewbooks.org, they can also be seenhere and here.

The treatise describes the treasures in an imaginative way. One part refers to “seventy-seven tables of gold, and their gold was from the walls of the Garden of Eden that was revealed to Solomon, and they radiated like the radiance of the sun and moon, which radiate at the height of the world.”

The oldest confirmed example of the treatise, which survives to present day, is from a book published in Amsterdam in 1648 called “Emek Halachah.” In 1876, a scholar named Adolph Jellinek published another copy of the text, which was virtually identical to the 1648 version. Davila is the first to translate the text fully into English.

A story of legends

The writer of the text likely was not trying to convey factual locations of the hidden treasures of Solomon’s Temple, but rather was writing a work of fiction, based on different legends, Davila told LiveScience. [In Photos: Amazing Ruins of the Ancient World]

“The writer draws on traditional methods of scriptural exegesis [interpretation] to deduce where the treasures might have been hidden, but I think the writer was approaching the story as a piece of entertaining fiction, not any kind of real guide for finding the lost Temple treasures,” he wrote in the email.

The structure of the story is confusing. In the prologue it states that Shimmur the Levite (he doesn’t appear to be a biblical figure) and his companions hid the treasures, “but later on the text mentions the treasures being in the keeping of or hidden by Shamshiel and other angels,” Davila said. “I suspect the author collected various legends without too much concern about making them consistent.”

Similarities to the Copper Scroll

The Copper Scroll, which dates back around 1,900 years, and is made of copper, shows several “striking parallels” with the newly translated treatise, Davila said.

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