Saturday, 17 November 2007

The Lot of Women: The Problem with Judgement

If you regard the scriptures objectively, and I hope you can, you will probably reach the point where you have to question certain things. You don't have to nail notices to church doors any more but it's still possible to cause a stir by asking questions which challenge fundamentally basic and accepted beliefs and dogmas. You may love or loathe the challenge but if you are looking in from without, you can make up your own mind without judgement, which is what this post is chiefly about.

My Revelation

This article assumes that you can adopt an open mind about God or whatever you feel represents God in the scheme of your belief. I found that the more I studied the scriptures, the more I was led to question the reasons why certain things happened, always with the understanding that I was looking at the situation with modern and educated eyes. I found myself looking at the "judgement" aspect of the bible and making the earth-shattering discovery that if there is a God at all, he would never ever judge anyone.

The Sodom and Gomorrah Story

I could choose any part of any of the books from the old and new testaments but I've found Genesis a rich tapestry from which arguments may be drawn. In particular, the story of Lot's wife has intrigued me as an example of how women have been devalued like coins of the realm. But before Lot's wife became the salt of the earth, there was the small matter of Lot's daughters.

Lot showed hospitality to two men (angels) at the gate but some men of Sodom came demanding to "know" the angels (meaning they wanted to have sex with them). Lot refused. So far, so good. But then amazingly he told the Sodomites that they could have his two daughters instead! "Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man..." (Gen 19:8 ) Excuse me! Stand up the modern father who would willingly sacrifice his virgin daughters to complete strangers for the sake of other complete strangers. Would the girls have had any say in the matter? I think not.

The Wife with No Name

The bible does not tell us the name of Lot's wife, which is interesting because names are of paramount importance. Names represent an identity. No name - no identity. Then Noname, as I shall call her, sealed her fate by looking back at the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and you know the rest. The point is that she was judged. What was her crime? What kind of justice was that? Why should Noname die along with all the inhabitants of these towns? It's all down to this thing called judgement.

Judgement is Flawed

My research has led me to the conclusion that a nation or community can only evolve, spiritually or otherwise, if they treat their women-folk fairly and as equals. If you can think of such a nation or community, please let me know. I'd love to hear from you. It would be wrong to think that we, in the West, can pat ourselves on the back whilst looking eastward. That would amount to judgement.

God judged no one, least of all Noname. God didn't judge the people of Sodom and Gomorrah either. They judged themselves and found themselves guilty. In so doing they brought about their own destruction. It is possible that Noname felt guilty about what was happening and judged herself. Man is the only judge, and over the millennia he has turned it into an art form - but flawed. Flawed because judgement cannot be anything else. If we could only learn to love ourselves, and therefore others, we would not need to judge at all. And the world would be a happier place.

Saturday, 10 November 2007

Crouching Scripture - Hidden Agenda

One of the all-time favourites from the bible has got to be the story of Noah and the ark.

You may remember the song about the animals going in two by two, so I won't repeat it here. But after the waters had subsided and things got back to normal, there was an incident which had far-reaching repercussions for one member of the family.

The Curse

"And Ham, the father of Canaan saw the nakedness of his father..." ( Genesis 9:22 KJ )

One day Noah got drunk (demon drink?) and lay down uncovered. Sooner or later one of his sons was bound to come in to Noah's tent (maybe to borrow some money - you know what kids are like) and it was Ham's bad luck to be the one. When Noah recovered from his bender he was full of rage. His anger with Ham knew no bounds and he cursed Ham to be a servant to all, forever.

As David Icke, in his magnificent book 'Children of the Matrix' put it, "What's the big deal?" This was no crime. Surely this event wasn't worth such a vitriolic attack on his own son. Sons have had less than this for smashing up their fathers' cars!

Bloodlines and Aliens

This event led me to do some research on bloodlines because clearly, Ham had seen something he wasn't supposed to. I discovered that Noah belonged to one of 13 specific bloodlines, hybrids from the time of the Anunnaki, who bred with the Cro-Magnon people of the earth.

"The sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair..." ( Genesis 6:2 )

The sons of God were the hybrids who took the Cro-Magnon women as wives and this is where it all began. The bloodlines are still with us today but my point in mentioning them is that they have the reptilian element which was the signature of the Anunnaki who created the hybrids. I believe that Ham saw something "reptilian" in his father as he lay uncovered that fateful day. The following poem comes about as a result of my research so far.

Earth to Earth

You came to Earth
To plunder gold
The legacy you left
Grows old
And repressive

You engineered
Our D.N.A.
To suit your means
So that some day
You'll take by stealth

You own the banks
The stores, the schools
But do not think
Of us as fools
In ignorance

Remember too
That Earth is king
It waits for none
To do its thing
To be reborn

And when our home
Should be renewed
Both yours and ours
Will fight for food
And destiny

Sunday, 4 November 2007

Jericho and the Power of the Mind

The Jericho Story

I reckon God had it easy in biblical times. Situations were either black or white. No grey areas. Only one race of people was "chosen" and God was on their side. Nowadays, when two nations go to war, they both claim God is on their side. This puts God in a serious dilemma since they can't both win. What a responsibility!

Most of us have been fed the sanitised version of Joshua and the battle of Jericho, and the rollicking song about the walls "tumbling down". It has been accepted as "business as usual" for the children of Israel, and no one bats an eye about the bloodshed and death that goes with such crusades. A bit like the Middle East today. No change there!

However, I'm not writing this post to moralize but to highlight the psychological aspect of Joshua's success in this campaign, and his hardly-mentioned defeat in the following one.

Mental Preparation

Have you ever witnessed or experienced firewalking or smashed a one inch thick piece of wood with your bare hand. Even comparatively "weak" members of the audience have achieved success here, but I guarantee that if they tried to repeat it at home they would fail. Why? Because the mental preparation would not be in place. At these events the audiences are hyped up to incredible levels. They shout and repeat words of encouragement to the one on the stage. What they are doing in fact is combining their energy and giving it to that special person, to whom victory is the only outcome. The military also use the same technique on their raw recruits. Without it, they would not be able to do the job.

So it was with Joshua and his men before they conquered Jericho. They were hyped up. Their mental preparation was perfect. They could not fail.

The Transgression

"But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing..." (Joshua 7:1 King James Version)

It so happened that Joshua's men tried to "take" the city of Ai. It was smaller than Jericho and wouldn't need the same task force or preparation. The result of this campaign was defeat. The men of Israel were chased back to their camp and Joshua "rent his clothes and fell to the earth upon his face..."

The reason given for the defeat was that someone had taken something he wasn't supposed to from Jericho - "the accursed thing", and was made to confess the crime. Have you noticed in politics, there's always a scapegoat when things go wrong.

I reckon this failure was nothing more than bad mental preparation. The battle hype wasn't there. The men of Israel were probably living on past glory, something we would call over-confidence, but with no substance to it. That was the transgression.

When they eventually got it right, they were victorious over the people of Ai. It's all to do with the power of the mind.

More bloodshed!