|The word for this book came from
Byblos, the City of the Great Mother, the oldest continuously
occupied temple in the world. The Goddess - called Astarte, Baalat,
Hathor etc, patronized learning, and her priestesses collected a
library of papyrus scrolls. Therefore, Greeks called any papyrus "byblos",
which came to mean any holy book. Hence the "Bible" came to be.
Some of the miracles attributed to biblical
heroes were copied from older myths of the Goddess, for example
Joshua's arrest of the sun was formally credited to
priestesses of Isis. Moses' flowering rod, river of blood, and
tablets of the law were all symbols of the ancient Goddess.
His miracle of drawing water from a rock was first performed by
Mother Rhea after she gave birth to Zeus.
One of the greatest mistakes of christian
authorities in the western world was their view of the bible as
intrinsically different from other ancient scriptures, in that it
was dictated word for word by their god, not collected slowly,
rewritten and mis-written, revised and worked over by human beings
for centuries in the collective effort to control the people in
general, and oppress women in particular.
The King James bible relied heavily on a Greek
text collected and edited by Erasmus in the 16th century, which in
turn relied on a Byzantine collection put together
gradually at Constantinople between the 4th and 8th centuries. More
texts have been discovered, the Codex Sinaiticus, the Codex
Vaticanus, the codex Alexandrinus, and the Chester Beatty papri. All
are fragmentary, all differ from one another and of course from the
King James version. There are no known portions of the bible older
than the 4th century AD.
The revised version of the new testament published
in 1881 tried to correct some of the more glaring errors. It erased
the final twelve verses of Mark, which were late interpolations
including the words that caused centuries of suffering; "He that
believeth not, shall be damned."
Traditionally the church forbade not only research
but even reading of the bible by laymen to the extent that in doing
so was punishable by burning at the stake, as the law of the lands
were governed by the church its self.
Richard Simon's 17th century Critical History of
the old testament exhibited the now well known evidence that the
books of Moses were not written by Moses, but instead compiled by
many hands at a much later date.
As years went on, it became increasingly evident
that the bible needed tidying up as people were gaining access to
it, reading it, and realizing its corrupt flaws. It was painfully
obvious that the stories retold, had been edited to suit the
requirements of the dictators of the time, namely the church.
In 1869 the book of biblical essays called the Lux
Mundi gave up all pretense of the scriptures' historicity or divine
inspiration, admitting that the bible is a confused mass of myth,
legend and garbled history.
The real point was that organised christian
religion had economic interest in maintaining literal
interpretation of biblical myths. When theologians began to give in
to the truth, they complained that viewing the bible as myth would
destroy the whole structure of their livelihood. After David
Straus's Leben Jesu disposed of the historicity of the gospel
stories, and Renan's Vie de Jesus showed that the gospels could not
be taken as literal truth, but only as romantic symbolism. The Rev
Maurice Jones exclaimed "If the Christ-Myth is true, and if
Jesus never lived, the whole world has for close on two thousand
years lain under the spell of a lie."
The Archbishop of Canterbury found it impossible
to deny the bibles lies, and began to back track with his plaintive
question, "May not the holy spirit make use of myth and legend?"
So truth was out in the twentieth century,
obviously the bible was full of myths and legends, but most
theologians had no idea of their meaning. One huge reason was that
they had never studied the corresponding myths and legends of
far older cultures - ancient Paganism, Mysticism and all other non christian beliefs from around the world. Why? Because the christian
Church wanted to convince the world that their god was not only
better than everyone else's, but that their god was the only
one. And to encourage that, the Church murdered millions of people
and destroyed as much evidence of their lies as possible.
To further the dark blot on the history of
christian missions was their arrogant vandalism of burning books,
artwork, smashing images, forbidding the songs and poetry of Heathen
tradition, instead of listening and recording them in order to
understand the people, to display a decent respect for what other
cultures believed in, as the Romans did in the days of their empire.
Had the missionaries been willing to listen and
learn, they would have discovered the mythology of the bible all
over again in other off shoots from its original sources, for all
peoples from nearly everywhere around the world, shared the same
fables of creation, the flood, the magic garden with its tree of
life and its primal couple, the wise serpent, the heaven-piercing
tower, the divided waters, the chosen people, the virgin mothers,
the saviors and all of the rest. It is known and understood that the
bible as christians know it, is merely a recent and corrupt
derivation from a world wide cycle of archetypal myths.
Despite the numerous discoveries and
clarifications made by biblical scholars in the last century or so,
the average christian person's attitude toward the bible is still
that of belief, this can be understood when one considers that
people have lived under the tyranny of the christian dictators for
about 100 generations. Living in fear of their lives and considering
the alternative of being burned at the stake by the church, many
people accepted the new rule of the land. So it is of no surprise
that almost 2000 years later, many people of today have it so
ingrained in their heads that the bible is the unequivocal truth,
that they will still commit murder, and even die themselves in its
name. The churchmen don't help matters either, they deliberately see
to it that their congregations are not told the true origins of the
Erroneous but traditional views of bible origins
and meanings are doggedly preserved by male chauvinists in
particular, since canonical books were deliberately selected and
edited to wipe out all feminine images of divinity and sanction
religious suppression of women. It will always be hoped by the
clergy, that as long as woman regards the bible as the charter of
her rights, she will remain the slave to man.
Another erroneous notion that still keep christian women shackled to their bible-based "inferior" image is
the notion that christianity was founded on the new testament, when
in fact the early churches had no gospels, but rather created and
produced their own! Not only did churchmen falsely pretend an
apostolic origin for their scriptures; they weeded out all
references to female authority or participation in christian
beginnings. Even St. Jerome openly admitted that his co-authors of
the Vulgate bible were two learned women; but later scholars erased
the women's names and substituted the words "venerable