Christ as a myth and Bible banned for 1230 years

For Christ as a myth, see the following from a world-class scholar (with permission to all to copy):

http://www.stellarhousepublishing.com/originsofchristianity.pdf

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Reading the Bible was banned for 1230 years

The Church banned the reading of the Bible by laity. Penalties included being stoned to death or being burned at the stake after confiscation of real and personal property.

Reading of the Bible was banned for 1230 years, starting with the First Council of Constantinople in 381 (attended by Pope Damasus).

After he suppressed the Bible, Damasus (Pope from 366-384) created an array of formidable penances and additional anathemas ‘designed to keep the curious at bay’5, the chief tendency of the priesthood was to keep the Bible away from people and substitute Church authority as the rule of life and belief.

Owning a Bible was a criminal offence

In 860, Pope Nicholas I, sitting high on a throne built specially for the occasion in the town square, pronounced against all people who expressed interest in reading the Bible, and reaffirmed its banned public use (Papal Decree). In 1073, Pope Gregory supported and confirmed the ban, and in 1198, Pope Innocent III declared that anybody caught reading the Bible would be stoned to death by ‘soldiers of the Church military’ (Diderot’s Encyclopedia, 1759). In 1229, the Council of Toulouse, ‘to be spoken of with detestation’, passed another Decree ‘that strictly prohibits laics from having in their possession either the Old or New Testaments; or from translating them into the vulgar tongue’. By the 14th Century, possession of a Bible by the laity was a criminal offence and punishable by whipping, confiscation of real and personal property, and burning at the stake.

With the fabricated Christian texts safely hidden from public scrutiny by a series of Decrees, popes endorsed the public suppression of the Bible for twelve hundred and thirty years, right up until after the Reformation and the printing of the King James Bible in 1611.

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Is it Possible? A Universe From Nothing?

DID YOU KNOW?

YOU ARE MADE OF STARDUST… REALLY.

(“Forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today.”)

Famous Physicist Lawrence Krauss (“A Universe From Nothing”) says (From Wikiquote):

“The amazing thing is that every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements – the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution – weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way they could get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So, forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today.”

From YouTube: “A Universe From Nothing” by Lawrence Krauss, AAI 2009 (16:50-17:23 minutes into the YouTube)

But wait. A Universe from Nothing? Is it Possible? Yes, according to Physicist Lawrence Krauss.

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But wait. A Universe from Nothing? Is it Possible? Yes, according to Physicist Lawrence Krauss.

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Comments about the book “A Universe From Nothing”, by  Fabian Gutierrez, followed by other quotes and a synopsis of the book.  One of the biggest questions of mankind is from where have we come? How was the universe created?

All the religions tell us about a superior being who created everything with his omnipotent powers, the traditional starting point for the argument of the existence of God. But science puts God out of the job and gave us the explanation of the “ Big Bang” instead.

But neither science nor religion have shown a demonstrable conclusion about how everything began.

The big bang? The power of God? Nobody knows and nobody can prove it.

However, why not assume that everything came from nothing?

Laurence Krauss explained how modern science demonstrated empty space is not really empty, and that the conclusion is the support of the theory (very believable after reading the book) that the universe came from nothing. He takes us on a clear, guided journey around the issues of “nothing”…that which we cannot see in the universe, but through the laws of physics and math is actually measurable, in a theoretical sense. He lays the explanation out in language that is accessible to non-scientists.

He used the latest in scientific knowledge, his expertise and the innate ability to explain very complex topics in an accessible manner. Lawrence Krauss takes us on an exciting voyage of discovery that helps us understand the universe.

With this grounding in the “how” of the universe’s formation, he then tackles the “why”. The Big Bang, he notes, has been embraced by some religions—it was endorsed by the Pope decades ago, for example—because it appears consistent with their creation stories. Krauss, though, argues that the Big Bang doesn’t imply, or require, the presence of any kind of supernatural creator. The universe could arise from “nothing”, he explains: quantum gravity allows the formation of the universes (yes, plural) from the absence of space and time; in fact, he goes on, the formation of universes might be inevitable given the unstable nature of that “nothing”. No creator or other precipitating event is required, and there may well be multiple universes with different physical constants—which could explain why the constants of this universe seem fine-tuned to allow the formation of galaxies, stars, planets, and life.

As a former university professor my admiration goes to the author for providing a book that is accessible and enjoyable to the masess. This is how science books should be written.

Quotes from the book

“The amazing thing is that every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements – the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution – weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way they could get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So, forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today

“In 5 billion years, the expansion of the universe will have progressed to the point where all other galaxies will have receded beyond detection. Indeed, they will be receding faster than the speed of light, so detection will be impossible. Future civilizations will discover science and all its laws, and never know about other galaxies or the cosmic background radiation. They will inevitably come to the wrong conclusion about the universe……We live in a special time, the only time, where we can observationally verify that we live in a special time.”

“Of course, supernatural acts are what miracles are all about. They are, after all, precisely those things that circumvent the laws of nature. A god who can create the laws of nature can presumably also circumvent them at will. Although why they would have been circumvented so liberally thousands of years ago, before the invention of modern communication instruments that could have recorded them, and not today, is still something to wonder about.

“Now, almost one hundred years later, it is difficult to fully appreciate how much our picture of the universe has changed in the span of a single human lifetime. As far as the scientific community in 1917 was concerned, the universe was static and eternal, and consisted of a one single galaxy, our Milky Way, surrounded by vast, infinite, dark, and empty space. This is, after all, what you would guess by looking up at the night sky with your eyes, or with a small telescope, and at the time there was little reason to suspect otherwise.”

“I should point out, nevertheless, that even though incomplete data can lead to a false picture, this is far different from the (false) picture obtained by those who choose to ignore empirical data to invent a picture of reality (young earthers, for example), or those who instead require the existence of something for which there is no observable evidence whatsoever (like divine intelligence) to reconcile their view of creation with their a priori prejudices, or worse still, those who cling to fairy tales about nature that presume the answers before questions can even be asked.”

Synopsis
(from New Books in Brief)

The apparent contradiction between the universe beginning at a finite time, and the premise that something cannot come from nothing, has often been used as an argument for the existence of an uncaused cause, or creator. However, in his book ‘A Universe from Nothing: Why There is Something Rather than Nothing’ physicist and cosmologist Lawrence Krauss argues that a full understanding of the science that has yielded our current picture of the universe also allows us to see that something can indeed come from nothing.

Our best science tells us that the universe is an ever expanding entity consisting of some 400 billion galaxies that began with a very powerful and very hot explosion from a single point precisely 13.72 billion years ago. The degree to which our best science here has advanced in the recent past is reflected by the understanding of the universe that we had just a century ago. At that time, it was thought that the universe was static and consisted of just one galaxy: our own. In the past 100 years, though, Einstein’s theory of relativity revolutionized how we understand space and time and the physical processes operating at the very largest of scales, while quantum mechanics has revolutionized how we understand these processes at the very smallest of scales. It is the development of these theories in particular that has provided us with our current understanding of the universe.

However, the picture of the universe that these theories have furnished us with still leaves us with an apparent problem: What existed before the big bang? Surely something must have existed beforehand, for if nothing existed then something (indeed everything!) came from nothing, which seems absurd. Indeed there are few things more intuitively implausible than that something can come from nothing. In the philosophical community ex nihilo, nihilo fit (from nothing, nothing comes) is appreciated to be a self evident premise, and one of only a handful of postulates that are completely indisputable.

The apparent contradiction between the universe beginning at a finite time, and the premise that something cannot come from nothing, has often been used as an argument for the existence of an uncaused cause, or creator (most often understood as God). However, in his new book ‘A Universe from Nothing: Why There is Something Rather than Nothing’ renowned physicist and cosmologist Lawrence Krauss argues that a full understanding of the science that has yielded our current picture of the universe also allows us to see that something can indeed come from nothing. Thus, for Krauss, science can in fact do the work that it is often thought only God could manage. As Krauss puts it (borrowing a line from the physicist Steven Weinberg), science does not make it impossible to believe in God, but it does make it possible to not believe in God (p. 183). In introducing us to the science that allows for the possibility of something coming from nothing, Krauss takes us through the history and evolution of physics and cosmology over the past century, beginning with Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity in 1916. In the course of this journey we learn about what our best science says about the basic make-up of our universe (including the existence of dark matter and dark energy), as well as what our best science tells us about how the universe (likely) began and where it is (likely) heading in the future.

 

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Converts Away From Religion

(Not just Christianity. Further down see converts away from Judaism,  Mormonism, and Islam )

Bart Ehrman,  Author, Once a fundamentalist evangelical Christian, and later a Youth Pastor, took eye-opening historical-critical bible study courses at Princeton Theological Seminary and now describes himself as an Agnostic.  He wrote a book titled “Who wrote the Bible and Why it Matters” exposing forgery in the New Testament.

http://www.christianpost.com/news/agnostic-scholar-bart-ehrman-on-who-wrote-the-bible-and-why-it-matters-97169/

Class President of Christian University comes out as an Atheist. 

http://abcnews.go.com/US/northwest-christian-university-class-president-reveals-atheist/story?id=20845696

Woman Minister from Florida comes out as an atheist at American Atheists’ Convention in Bethesda, Maryland. 

http://www.npr.org/2012/04/30/151681248/from-minister-to-atheist-a-story-of-losing-faith

Leaving Westboro Baptist Church:  Son of the Minister of a hate-filled Church left on his 18th birthday for atheism.

http://life.nationalpost.com/2012/09/29/leaving-westboro-nate-phelps-traded-his-fathers-hate-fuelled-faith-for-atheism/

One More Thing: 17 year Advisor to the Pope Exposes Bible Fraud and Forgery

http://beyondallreligion.net/2011/08/28/advisor-to-the-pope-exposes-bible-fraud-and-forgery/

good_bye_by_whispered_nightmares-1star of davidNational survey shows Jews leaving Judaism, assimilating, becoming Christians or “Nones”

http://www.nycreligion.info/?p=10529

Leaving Ultra-Orthodox Judaism

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2010/09/12/leaving-ultra-orthodox-judaism/ 

mormon symbolRick’s Story: Why I left the Mormon church:

“I came to realize that the idea of one having a testimony of the truthfulness of the church was a totally deceitful concept. The church pushes people to say they “know” the church is “true”. (The gospel is true, the bishop is true, the Book of Mormon is true, and on and on.) No one ever says they “believe” it is true.”  Click the link below to read more…

http://carm.org/christianity/testimonies/why-i-left-mormon-church-ricks-story

Leaving Islam

http://www.faithfreedom.org/Articles/sina/why_i_left_islam.htm

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Edgar Cayce: Out of Russia

This may be suddenly timely. Could a former Russian KGB Lieutenant Colonel spy have stopped a United States Nobel Peace Prize winner from starting a catastrophic war?
From Edgar Cayce (“The Sleeping Prophet”):
“It will take years for it to be crystallised, but out of Russia comes again the hope of the world.” (1944) No. 3976-29

“Again”? This was written in 1944, one year before Cayce died, predicted by Cayce himself. (Along with predicting 1945 being the year of his own death, he predicted 1945 to be the year WWII would end. He had already correctly predicted the beginning and ending years of WWI before it started). Recall that Russia stopped Nazism and Hitler at Stalingrad in 1942, and went on again as a U.S. ally to win the war against Germany in 1945. Could Putin be the new hope? Well, maybe Putin just saved the world from WWIII.

Russia , on September 9, 2013, got Syria to agree to put their chemical weapons under international control, and not use them. On September 12, 2013, the UN confirmed it received Syrian documents joining the Chemical Weapons Convention prohibiting chemical weapons. Destruction of their weapons has started on October 6th.  The U.S. didn’t attack, which would have brought missile retaliation from Iran, and most probably WWIII.

What did he say about China? Cayce promised amazing changes in the country that would lead to more democracy and greater religious freedom. He also suggested that eventually the height of civilization would move from the West to the Chinese people: “And these will progress. For, civilization moves west.” (#2834-3)

Not all Cayce’s predictions have come true, by any means, but the true ones have been startling accurate.

If you were in a casino at the roulette table,  and could accurately predict  red or black,  or odd or even,  only 60% of the time, you could become a millionaire easily and fast.

Some say Cayce was accurate at least 80% of the time.

Maybe all his predictions rightly did not  come true:

From Cayce himself:

“Prophecy is never given for any other purpose than as a warning. For this reason, a successful prophecy is one that has been averted and therefore does not happen.”

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CAN THERE BE TOO MUCH SPIRITUALITY?

Can there be too much spirituality?  Following are 6 examples of too much spirituality, plus a Zen story about how we often lack control in our lives.

1.  Osho (“You are in prison and you don’t know it” and Rajhneesh  overboard devotees) The Indian Guru Osho transplanted himself to Oregon and was known as Rajhneesh. Worshiping a Guru in excess: How about buying him 93 Rolls Royces over time?  If only ½ of this is true, it is startling:  The Article in Oregon Live 

I have been to his book store in India. (He had written over 90 books, and that may be an understatement). One of the books that Oho wrote is “You Are in Prison And You Think You Are Free”. In the first page of that book someone asks Osho,    “Osho,  George Gurdjieff has said: ‘You are in prison.  If you wish to get out of prison, this first thing you must do is realize that you are in prison.  If you think you are free, you can’t escape.’

“What are the prisons that I call home”?

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Truth or Religion… What hurts more?

The Truth hurts… that is what I was taught!

Not so sure about this anymore?   Just in the last year some startling facts have surfaced regarding organized Religion across the Globe.  Whether CNN, Fox News or your local news station, crazy acts of violence are being documented from East to West.

247791_4787633290690_1294015416_nA group of Secular Free Thinkers created a cyber culture called “Religion Hurts” generating monthly documentaries in the News.  The series of videos are roughly 10 minutes long, display the violence people endure for the sake of “Religious Worship”.  It is painful to hear and know such horrible stories.  To view these tragedies, one after the other, is so evident that we are in dyer need of change.  You make the call…

Here is the latest breaking news regarding Religion around the World:

Does the Truth hurt?  
Or is it peoples reaction toward Religion that may be causing so much suffering in our Global Humanity?
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Women’s Plight Perpetuated by World Religions

From Huffington Post, June 28, 2013

ATLANTA — Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says religious leaders, including those in Christianity and Islam, share the blame for mistreatment of women across the world.

The human rights activist said Friday religious authorities perpetuate misguided doctrines of male superiority, from the Catholic Church forbidding women from becoming priests to some African cultures mutilating the genitals of young girls.

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