Jerry- History, Mythology and the resurrection of the dead
Apr 02, 2006 11:59 AM
"I see. So, instead of just communicating their opinions, they would
present some historical scenario as authoritative in order to get
you to buy into their belief. That would be a misuse of the
original idea of history. It is dishonest manipulation. The word
history comes from the Greek and originally met "inquiry." So,
history, in its original use, was a means of discovery--a way to
inquire into and thus more deeply understand ourselves and others.
That is also how I use history and how ,I believe, history ought to
be properly used."
A few years ago, I had purchased a very nice $400 four volume set of
history books called "Chronology of World History", which was
published by ABC-Clio/Hutchinson. It was their last set too, so I
was very lucky that I got it before someone else did. I saw it in a
library one time, and since it was a reference set, I couldn't check
the books out and take them home with me. So I purchased the
publisher's very last set before it was out of print.
The four volume set was the most elaborate undertaking ever
accomplished, to document the entirety of the earth's recorded
history, spanning across every continent and nation, and
encompassing all historical categories. Politics, religion,
ecology, science, economics, society, etc.. The fourth volume
contains every international news event ever broadcast up until
1998. 70,000 historical news events in world history, from the dawn
of recorded time, were condensed to a paragraph in length each. And
containing no indoctrinations. Just the facts.
Of course, a stange thing occurs the further that we go back in
recorded history. History begins to convert to mythology, with no
fine line inbetween the two. This is because modern phonetic-based
languages descended from picture-based alphabets containing
thousands of visual symbols. An ancient Oriental alphabet might
contain 1000 different characters, for example, as opposed to a mere
26 characters in phonetic english. Each syllable represented a
picture prior to phonetics.
And before ancient alphabets concisely contained 1000 letters,
languages first existed as heiroglyphs in caves and tombs. (For
example, in Egyptian pyramids). The walls of caves and tombs
recorded the life histories of the dead, as documented by ancient
news reporters who weren't that artistically acute. These
heiroglyphs constituted the most accurate of ancient recording
methods, prior to the introduction of refined languages.
However, the little children had a problem learning the history
lessons which were embossed on the walls of caves and tombs. After
all, how do you interpret the pictures? So ancient historians
interpreted the historical storylines, that the ancient news
reporters had embossed on the caves and walls. The ancient
historians (even as you consider yourself to be a historian) took
the children directly into the caves and tombs, as per common
classroom settings of the time, and read history lessons from walls
as opposed to from books. Oral traditions began to follow the
pictures of antiquity.
However, even among the teachers, different interpretations of the
historical picturelines began to occur. And the unintentional
creation of mythology invariably resulted, despite the best efforts
of ancient news reporters who would never resort to base metaphor.
The ancient histories became more and more distorted over successive
generations, until literal truth was degraded into mythological
metaphor. Hence, mythology is little more than bastardized
history. Same thing goes for the Bible. The authors intended quite
literally what you and I interpet to be mere metaphor.
"The usual titles for these works are "The Corpus Hermeticum"
or "The Discourses of Hermes Trismegistus." The Collection is made
up of 18 surviving discourses to which is also usually added a Latin
work: Asclepius. The Title, "Shepard of Hermes" sounds like it
might be the hermetic writings, or a book about them. The Shepard
(Poimandres) represents the Divine Intellect in these writings, and
is the second person in the dialogue. So the Poimandres is the
Logos or Christos of Gnosticism. The best translation which I am
currently aware is entitled "Hermetica" by Brian P. Copenhaver.
Cambridge U. Press, 1992. It should still be in print."
Could be the same texts that I read, but I'm not sure. There may
have been multiple publishers. I read 'The Shepherd of Hermes' as
part of a set of pseudepigraphal texts. In the text, the man Hermes
has a vision of the post-resurrected Jesus Christ, and they engage
in a twoway dialogue of great length, discussing the nature of
various virtues and the like. The book was accepted into many of
the early biblical canons of fragmented Christian sects, but never
made it into the finalized 1611 King James. As many other books, of
Pseudepigraphal literature was deemed even less reliable than
apocryphal literature. This is despite the fact that some of the
canonized authors had also written books that didn't make it into
the bible, such as Paul and Ezekiel. Or what about the uncanonized
book of Enoch, still existant in a halfdozen ancient languages? The
biblical book of Jude directly quotes the book of Enoch as
authoritative, even though it is rejected by the bible's modern-day
canonizers. Some books were good enough for the early church
fathers, but not good enough for the modern church. One-hundred
ancient canons were rejected in favor of a modernized one.
The particular value of pseudepigraphal literature (whether
authentic or embellished) is that fragments of key insights are
therein available concerning what the ancient theists believed,
versus what Christians 'officially' believe today. Did you know,
that prior to the onset of Darwinism, the ancients commonly believed
that the human species descended from immortal gods, and that the
doctrine of the resurrection of the dead originated as early (if not
earlier) as the most ancient Egyptians?
The earliest recorded Egyptians believed in the Christian doctrine
of the final resurrection of the dead which was to occur at the end
of time. (Or at least their version of it.) They believed it so
much, in fact, that they began mummifying the dead in preservative
wraps, simultaneously extracting their organs into jars, so that
their organs may still be available for their end time
resurrection. We still preserve bodies in coffins today, not
allowing their full decay after the model of the Egyptians, even
though we are not commonly aware of why preserving dead bodies was
started in the first place. The ancient Egyptians feared that if
the physical body was cremated, and it's organs lost, then it would
be unable to rise again at the end of the age of mortals.
And what of Solomon's references to his belief in the concept of
physical immortals who had walked the earth, in the context of the
apocryphal book of Solomon? Immortals were greatly esteemed in
Solomon's time. I'm lacking an exact quote here.
Further, the term 'Oh king, live forever' was a common reference in
ancient times that denoted the potential blessing of the re-
acquisition of physical immortality among mortals. Further, kings
were often attributed as having 'the divine right of infallibity'
concerning decisions of capital punishment. But this 'divine right
of infallibility' was only designated to those reputed to be demi-
gods (born of an immortal god and a mortal). Many of the ceasars
made this claim, for example, (that they were literal demi-gods)
having both political and religious reasons. Only a demi-god (half-
god, half-man) was pure enough to make flawless decisions regarding
capital punishment in those times. No law courts necessary when
gods or demi-gods are available.
Of course, the antithesis of the ancient doctrine of immortality was
reincarnation. If one should not accomplish the re-acquistion of
physical immortality, as is the birthright of our species, having
descended from the elder (immortal) gods, then may that one be
cursed to near-endless reincarnational cycles, until such time as
she/he becomes spiritually reawakened to the inherent physical
immortality contained within our species.
May the wicked be cast into ever-repeating reincarnational hells,
until such time as they should venture to awaken physically forever,
as per the final evolutionary cycle of the human species. Herein
being the immortal physical resurrection of all dead souls, once
having been trapped in reincarnational cycles, both dying and
birthing from hellish dimension to hellish dimension, despite the
immortal birthright contained therein, which was bestowed upon us by
our ancestral elder gods. This is what the ancients believed.
"Writing is a noble aspiration. However, how are you to present the
fruits of your own studies without being aware of the findings and
insights of others? True scholarship is done in a discourse
community where people share their ideas and everyone benefits from
hearing very different points of view, and learning about other's
research in many more areas than one is capable of doing on one's
own. One can, for instance, create an exegetical interpretation,
but would benefit by reading about exegetical systems that have been
worked out by others."
I fully agree with you. I believe that we're doing this now.
PS. I will address the rest of your text in an additional message,
insofar as I can tend to get a little bit wordy, lolol.
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