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I form the light, and create darkness. I make peace, and create evil. I the Lord do all these things. Isaiah 45:7

Is it now from the mouth of the Most High that good and evil come? Lamentations 3:38

If there is calamity in a city, will not the Lord have done it?  Amos 3:6

Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Exodus 4:11

And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them... Deuteronomy 4:19

And God [Nature!] made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. Genesis 1:17

The Moon represented the Female energy, but there was one that was worshiped the most, one to rule them all. The Sun represented the Male energy.

And God [Nature!] said, "Let us make [evolve!] man in our image, after our likeness." Genesis 1:26

But it was really the other way around... Man made God in his image, only with a Halo to symbolize the Sun.
Helios: Greek Sun God
Shamesh: Sumerian Sun God
Horus: Egyptian Sun/Son of God, Light of the World
Surya: Hindu Sun God
Garuda: Hindu Sun God
Freyr: Norse Sun God
Yahweh: Christian God
Jesus: Christian Sun/Son of God, Light of the World

Man [the powers that be] invented Gods, not only to give us something to worship, but also something to fear.
The goal [of the powers that be] has always been to control us with fear.

There are three places in Bible where Jesus is referred to as the Chief Corner Stone, or Capstone.

And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; Ephesians 2:20
Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. I Peter 2:6
Jesus looked directly at them and asked, "Then what is the meaning of that which is written: "'The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone'?..." Luke 20:17

Any architect can tell you the "Chief Corner Stone" is the Greek for "peak of a pyramid", the capstone. Even on our dollar bill is the eye inside the chief cornerstone. This is the All-Seeing Eye of Horus, the Wedjat, the Son/Sun of God, Amen-Ra, Light of the World. Coincidence that it also refers to Jesus? I think not! Jesus (allegorically) is the all-seeing eye, the light of the sun that watches over us daily, yearly, epochally, etc.

The light of the body is the eye; therefore, when thine eye is single [daytime?], thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil [night?], thy body also is full of darkness. Luke 11:34

In that day shall there be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the Lord. And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt. Isaiah 19:19-20

In the very middle of Egypt stands the Great Pyramid of Giza/Cheops/Khufu, exactly in the middle. Amazing! And it had already been sitting there 3,000 yrs before the Bible was written.

Jesus says, I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. John 10:11 
I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep... John 10:14 
Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep,... Hebrews 13:20
And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: Revelations 12:5 
And he shall rule them with a rod of iron:... Revelations 19:15 
The Lord is my Shepherd... Thy Rod and Thy Staff, they comfort me..." Psalm 23

The Pharoah was referred to as The Good Shepherd. The people, royal household, and religious household of Egypt were called in Egyptian the Shepherd's Fold, and Pharoah being the representative of Amen-Ra, the Son of God, was called The Great Shepherd who looked after the shepherd's fold. And the Pharoah was considered to be the incarnation of Amen-Ra who ruled for God on earth, and this is where we get the idea that there would be an earthly kingdom. The Pharoah was the King of the Kingdom.

The Throne of Amen/Atum in Heaven
I was in the spirit; and behold, a throne was set in heaven, and One (Amen) sat on the throne. Revelations 4:2 
See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtMSA3Dy1lI&NR=1
Over time, Aten became Amen, which then became Egypt's "all-God". Amen is the single greatest force in the (known) universe - the power of the sun in the sky.

Mono and Polytheism existed throughout most of ancient Egypt; however, Akenaten/Ikhnaton, the "heretic king", decreed the Law of One (monotheism, one God, one Creator, Aten/Amen) AkenATEN eventually becomes TutunkAMEN.

For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. Galatians 4:22-24 (KJV)
Why does Paul (or whoever the real author was) say "Which things are an allegory"? Very telling! It's not a mistake. That's what he meant! He knew these stories were allegorical, just as he knew his "Christ Jesus" was a spiritual being in the heavenly realm - not a physical being in the physical world.

In the beginning of Christianity the intellectuals of the Christian Church for some two-and-a-half centuries took the entire Bible as allegory and did not approach its reading as if were literal history!
From the Instructions on sacrifices and worship of the Egyptian Tenth Dynasty, King Merikare (c. 2000 BCE) is told:
More acceptable to God is the virtue of one that is just of heart than the ox [of sacrifice] of him that doeth iniquity.
We see this fundamental religious tenet clearly echoed in the OT in Hosea 6:6: 
For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
From Robert Feather's The Mystery of the Copper Scroll of Qumran

Priestly Benediction
The allusion to a sun that illumines the face of the worshipper is central to the blessing, and is reminiscent of the theme espoused by Akhenaten in his Priestly Benediction:
...the Beams (setut) that give health and sustains all that is created...
...the Beauty (neferu) of the light giving the power to see and enjoy life...
...the Love (merut) from the warmth giving beneficial qualities of well-being...
The words are echoed in the Book of Numbers, 6:24-26, recording the Priestly Benediction still used today by rabbis and priests alike...
The Lord bless you, and keep you:
The Lord make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you:
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.
From Robert Feather's The Mystery of the Copper Scroll of Qumran

Why would anyone want to worship a god like this?

Bible “morality” (King James Version), compiled by Barbara G. Walker, Freethought Today, March 2012

KILLING (as in 'Thou shalt not')

The biblical god personally kills a total of 371,186 people, not counting his slaughter of every living thing in Genesis 7. The biblical god also orders the killing of a total of 1,862,265. Gen. 22:2 — God accepts human sacrifices (including that of Jesus, later). Ex. 12:29 — God kills all the firstborn in the land of Egypt. Ex. 15:3 — God is a god of war. Ex. 21:15-17 — Anyone who strikes or curses a parent must be killed. Ex. 22:18 — Every witch must be killed. Ex. 22:19-20 — You must kill anyone who "lieth with a beast," or who worships any god other than Yahweh. Ex. 31:15 — Anyone who works on the Sabbath must be killed. Lev. 20:10,13,27 — You must kill adulterers, homosexuals, wizards and spirit mediums. Lev. 21:9 — Any priest's daughter who fornicates must be burned alive. Lev. 24:16 — Blasphemers must be killed. Num. 16:27-33 — God caused the whole tribe of Korah (men, women and children) to be buried alive. Num. 21:3 — God caused the destruction of all the Canaanites. Deut. 3:4 — God is pleased that his warriors destroyed 60 cities. Deut. 7:16 — You must kill all the people God delivers into your hands and "thine eye shall have no pity upon them." Deut. 13:5 — Any prophet or "dreamer of dreams" who serves another god must be killed. Deut. 13:6-9 — If your brother, son, daughter, wife, or friend tempts you to worship other gods, "thou shalt surely kill him." Deut. 13:15 — If the people of any city worship other gods, you must slaughter them all, including their cattle. Deut. 17:5 — Any man or woman who worships other deities of sun, moon or stars must be stoned to death. Deut. 18:20 — False prophets must be killed. Deut. 20:16-17 — God commands complete destruction of all Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites and "thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth." Deut. 22:21— A bride found not to be a virgin must be stoned to death. Deut. 22:22 —Adulterers must be killed. Deut. 22:23-24 — A girl who is raped within city limits and fails to cry out must be killed. Deut. 28:22-27 — If you don't obey God's commandments, he will punish you with consumption, fever, extreme burning, blasting, mildew, hemorrhoids, the scab, the itch, the botch of Egypt, etc., etc. Josh. 6:21 — God's warriors destroyed Jericho and killed every man, woman, child and domestic animal. Josh. 8:25 — God's warriors killed 12,000 people in the city of Ai. Josh. 19:47 — The children of Dan wanted more room, so they destroyed the whole population of Leshen and took their territory. Judges 1:17-18 — Judah and Simeon utterly destroyed the populations of Zephath, Gaza, Askelon and Ekron. Judges 11:39  In accord with God's law, Jephthah was forced to burn his virgin daughter to death as a sacrifice. Judges 15:15 — God enables Samson to kill 1,000 men with the jawbone of an ass. Judges 20:46 — At Gibeah, Benjamin's men killed 25,000 people and burned every town. 1 Sam. 6:19 — God kills 50,070 people for trying to peek into the Ark. 1 Sam. 15:3 — God commands the destruction of Amalek: "Slay both men and women, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass." 2 Sam. 6:7 — God kills Uzzah for touching the Ark, even though he was trying to save it from falling off its oxcart. 1 Kings 18:40 — God commands the slaughter of "prophets of Baal." 1 Kings 20:35, 36 — Because a man didn't "obey the voice of the Lord," a lion was sent to kill him. 2 Kings 2:24 — God sent bears to tear apart 42 children for making fun of Elisha's bald head. 2 Kings 10:25 — God commands the killing of a multitude in the temple of Baal. 2 Kings 19:35 — God's angel killed 185,000 Assyrians in a single night. 1 Chron. 21:14 — God kills 70,000 Israelites with a pestilence. 2 Chron. 15:13 — Any man or woman who refuses to "seek the Lord God of Israel" must be killed. Job 1 — God arranges the killing of Job's children, servants and animals. Isa. 13:16 — God promises that all Babylonian children will be "dashed to pieces" before their parents' eyes and wives will be raped. Isa. 45:7 — God says "I create evil." Jer. 48:10 — Killing for God is mandatory; God curses anyone who "keepeth back his sword from blood." Jer. 50:21 — God commands that the people of Merathaim and Pekod be "utterly destroyed." Ezek. 9:5-7 — God calls for purging in Jerusalem: "let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: slay utterly old and young, both maids and little children and women . . . fill the courts with the slain." Ezek. 35:8 — God promises to fill the mountains, hills, valleys and rivers with slain men. Hosea 13:16 — God promises to have Samaritan infants dashed to pieces, and pregnant women will have their bellies slashed open. Nahum 1:2 — God is jealous, full of vengeance and wrath. Zeph. 1:3 — God threatens to destroy everything, man and beast, birds and fishes. Zeph. 1:18 — "The whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy." Zeph. 3:6 — God brags that he has destroyed many nations. Zech. 13:3 — A false prophet must be killed by his father and mother.

RAPE

Ex. 21:7-8 — A father may sell his daughter to be a "maidservant" (or sex slave) who must "please her master." Num. 31:18 — God orders his warriors to kill every living thing in a captured city, except the virgin girls, who are to be raped and turned into sex slaves. (According to verse 35, there were 32,000 virgin girls thus taken.) Dent. 21:11-12 — If a warrior likes the look of a female war captive, he can take her to be one of his "wives." Deut. 22:28-29 — A man who rapes a virgin may take her for a wife if he pays her father 50 shekels of silver. (Yet a bride found not to be a virgin must be killed. — Deut. 22) Judges 5:30 — The spoils of war include "a damsel or two" for every man. Judges 21:12-23 — God's warriors killed all the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead except for 400 virgin girls, who were taken as slaves. If there are not enough girls to go around, God's warriors may raid neighboring towns for more to rape.

SLAVERY Gen. 9:25 — God cursed Ham, son of Noah, with perpetual slavery for seeing his father naked. (Ham was formerly considered the ancestor of all Negroes.) Ex. 21:4 — A male slave may marry and have children, and may go free after six years; but his family remains the property (or hostages?) of his master. Ex. 21:7 — A man may sell his daughter as a sex slave. Ex. 21:20-21— A man may be punished for beating a male or female slave to death, but if the victim survives the beating for a few days, then there is no penalty. Lev. 19:20 — When a man has sex with a female slave (or "bondmaid"), she must be scourged. Eph. 6:5 — Paul says slaves must obey their masters "with fear and trembling." Titus 2:9 — Paul says slaves must obey and please their masters. 1 Tim. 6:1 — Paul says slaves must "count their masters worthy of all honor."

WAS JESUS ETHICAL?

Matt. 5:28-32 — Jesus says marriage to a divorcee is adultery, that a man who ogles a woman has already committed adultery, and that you must cut off your hand or pluck out your eye if it offends. Matt. 6:19,34 —Jesus says don't save any money and don't plan ahead. Matt. 8:32 — Having no regard for private property, Jesus destroys a herd of someone else's pigs. Matt. 10:34 — Jesus says he brings not peace on Earth but "a sword." Matt. 19:12 —Jesus says the best way for a man to be sure of getting into heaven is to have himself castrated. Mark 11:13 — Jesus destroys a fig tree for not bearing figs out of season. Mark 14:4-7 — Jesus says it is more important to anoint him with precious ointment than to give to the poor. Mark 16:18 — Jesus says anyone who believes in him can play with venomous snakes or drink poison without harm. (This has been often tried, with rather unsatisfactory results.) Luke 12:4748 — Jesus says it is permissible to whip slaves. Luke 14:26 — Jesus says no man can be his disciple unless he hates his parents, siblings, wife, children and himself as well. Luke 19:27 — Jesus says anyone who denies his rulership must be killed. John 15:6 — Jesus says anyone who doesn't believe in him must be burned. Acts 5:5-10 — Ananias and his wife Sapphira were killed for withholding money from the church. 2 John 1:10-11 — A Christian is forbidden to offer hospitality to a non-Christian, not even to wish him "Godspeed" on parting.

NEW TESTAMENT WOMEN

1 Cor. 11:3-10 — Women are inferior "because man was not created for woman, but woman was created for man." Every woman "while praying or prophesying" must have her head covered "because of the angels," meaning the spirits (it used to be believed that women's hair attracts spirits). 1 Cor. 14:34-35 — Women must not speak in church. If they want to ask questions, they must learn from their husbands at home. Eph. 5:22 — Wives must submit to their husbands as they would to God. 1 Tim. 2:11-14 — A woman must not teach, or hold authority over a man, but must "learn in silence with all subjection," because "Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression." (So, being gullible is the original sin.) 1 Tim. 5:9 — Paul says the only women acceptable by the council of elders are devout, monogamous women over the age of 60.

PLAIN SILLINESS

Gen. 1:11-12 — God made all green plants on the third day of creation, but neglected to supply the sun (on which both plants and "days" depend) until the fourth day. Gen. 6:6-7 — Because a few people displeased him, God "repented" having made the world, and decided to destroy all life on Earth. Lev. 11:5-6 — God thinks rabbits are cud-chewing animals. Deut. 22:5 — All crossdressers, or women who wear pants, are "abominations." Deut. 25:11-12 — A woman who seizes a man's genitals, even to defend her husband from an attacker, must have her hand cut off. Deut. 33:17 — God believes in unicorns. Matt. 5:22 —Jesus says anyone who calls another "fool" will go to hell, but then does it himself. (Matt. 23:17) 1 Tim. 2:9 — Christian women are forbidden to braid their hair or wear jewelry. James 5:14-15 — Prayer by the elders of the church is the only sure cure for sickness. (Christian Science, anyone?) Which Ten Commandments do you prefer? Ex. 20, Ex. 34, Deut. 5 or Deut. 27?

Barbara G. Walker is author of the monumental feminist/freethought sourcebook The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets (1983). Her 20 other books, published by Harper & Row, include The Skeptical Feminist. An atheist, she has also specialized in debunking New Age assertions. Order Walker's newest book (many chapters of which were originally published in Freethought Today), Man Made God (Steller Press), $24 ppd., from FFRF, Box 750, Madison, WI, 53701, or atffiforg/shop/.


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