A remarkable book. The chapter on astro-numbers shows that the basis of all religion is the movement of heavenly bodies: the sun (most importantly), the stars and the planets. Numbers relating to the phases of these moving bodies are shown to appear significantly, over and over, in the religions passed down to modern man. Nomenclature and concept in religion have very often been taken respectively from ancient stories about these bodies and from their overt properties and continually repetitive cycles of events concerning them. Think of the sun's seeming ability to walk on water, its part in healing skin ailments, in multiplying the harvest, in turning water into wine and its resurrection of the spring landscape from a wintry death. The sun was witnessed to be capable of the fore-mentioned miracles. These are the same abilities that were ascribed to a fantasy person called Jesus Christ, a literary creation. The miracles of God's sun were ascribed to the fantasy man referred to as the son of God.
Since the earliest of times, phases of movement of heavenly bodies had been honored and then carefully chartered, most especially since the sun was understood to sustain life. The original Christians were a group of thinkers now referred to as the Gnostics who saw within every man a Christ (meaning "savior, redeemer, deliverer"). By this they meant that each person could be guided, saved, delivered by their own conscience and inner voice which serves, together with an innate drive towards psychological balance, as the person's 'savior, redeemer, deliverer'. Saul of Tarsus, known as the apostle Paul, is proved in the book to have been exactly such a Gnostic Christian who was subscribing to an allegorical Christ within, and that he knew nothing of a literal Christ.
At the behest of Titus in 70AD, literary output by the writer Philo of Alexandria started the pilfering from the Gnostic Christians of the idea of an allegorical Christ for the purpose of a literal Christ to be manufactured. This was the beginnings of an elaborate, back-dated narrative to add credibility to a morphing invention of a real person named Christ supposedly having lived. In 325AD the writer Eusebius, at the behest of Constantine, another Emperor of Rome, largely completed the invented narrative. And so the Catholic religion, spawning a huge industry, was birthed - and further tweaked along the centuries. It's an industry that, inter alia, takes money from hard-working people with the promise of eternal-life-in-heaven and bullies them into buying indulgences.
Michael Lawrence gives all the rationale behind the thinking of those two Roman emperors in their wanting to create a dramatically sensational, unifying (in reality, mind-controlling) religion. Over the next 1,600 years the carefully manufactured religion was forced mercilessly upon the populations, including immediately upon the Gnostics, by means of terror, torture, property confiscation and untold numbers of horrible executions. At the same time the religion was preaching love and kindness and (conveniently for the powers-that-be) 'turn the other cheek'.
The book is full of very sobering facts. For those of us who prefer to know if we have been relayed ecclesiastically coated and cloaked, doctored rhetoric and history, the book expounds an argument based on vast research.
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- Publisher: Notori; 3 edition (30 Sept. 2014)
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