This article expresses a personal opinion about a religion or a topic related to religion. Please be respectful in your talk page comments, even if you strongly disagree with the opinions expressed here. You can, of course, write another article about the same subject. Different opinions are welcome on Religion Wiki.
The noble thing is not always the right thing
Christians get some things right and all the rest is bs. Atheists get some things right and all the rest is bs. Buddhists (Noahides) get some things right and all the rest is bs.
The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.
And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, "The kingdom of God is like a net let down into the slimy sea. After it is pulled up on the shore one has to separate the good from the bs".
Jesus said to him, “I say to you that you will, no doubt, not see the Kingdom of God until you are born again.”
Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
Aging is not just physical. Its also psychological. Physical aging ends in physical death. Psychological aging ends in psychological death.
As you age your subjective self-image of yourself as a young person begins to seem unrealistic.
You begin to awaken to the fact that you were just dreaming that you were young.
You begin to become old.
You continue to get older and older till (psychological) death at which point you fully awaken.
Now it is indeed true that you were just dreaming that you were young.
But you are also just dreaming that you are getting old.
And when you die and wake up you will just be dreaming that you are waking up.
And the dream will reset and start all over.
Birth - aging - death - rebirth.
As a finite mortal you only have a finite amount of time.
When your time is up you wither and die like a tree without water. The Tree of eternal life is the tree of infinite time.
Lack of time causes people to get in a hurry and miss the mark they had set for themselves. If you had infinite time then you would never miss your mark. ('Missing your mark' is not a synonym for the English word 'sin'.)
In the beginning of our universe, long before the Big Bang, long before space itself existed, an event occurred. The first event of our universe. A single solitary self-replicating event that was the totality of our universe. The singularity. First light.
This event replicated into a vast sea of interacting singularities. Space still did not exist. It was chaotic but it was not total Chaos. There was enough order that life was possible. Our universe has just the right balance of chaos and order to make life possible. Too much order and the universe would be frozen and unchanging. Too much chaos and life would be burned up.
It is entirely conceivable that the first singularity of our universe was in reality just a single event in an earlier universe of total Chaos. A Chaos so total that life was not possible. It is possible that this earlier Universe separated into regions that were dark and frozen and regions there were light and chaotic and that our universe formed at, what was at that time, the boundary between these two regions.
This earlier universe would have also come from a singularity which would have been the true first event of all time.
Time → Chaos → First light → Our universe
Asking what caused the first cause is like asking whats north of the north pole. The answer is not "nothing". Like asking "have you stopped beating your wife" the answer to the question is that you don't ask that question. At a fundamental level events do not "cause" other events. They merely "influence" other events. The first event was not "influenced" by any preceding event.
To be influenced by another event an event must be able to "see" the other event. The dots in the diagram to the right represent events (singularities) and the arrows indicate "seeing" (entanglement). No particle in our universe can see any particle in the first universe (hence our universe is immune to the Chaos of the first universe). The reverse may or may not be true.
In a Universe not bound by the limitations of gravity and conservation of energy the first fully intelligent beings may have been the size of mountains. To insect-sized creatures mountains would seem like planets.
In a universe without space, and therefore without light, all beings would be blind. Intelligent beings could, however, cover everything with Smartdust (Ad-im dust) that would detect what was in its immediate vicinity and convey that information to an all-seeing central computer. See Hive mind.
By logging in to the central computer, intelligent beings would be able to use augmented reality to "see" what was around them.
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
If the central computer could see individual neurons then when people died they could be recreated inside the computer and live there forever in a virtual world complete with euclidean space (heaven). Once people passed over to the other world physical death would be eliminated.
And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters...And God called the firmament Heaven
And there went up an "Ad" from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
And formed the head All-Human the Ad-im dust from the Adamah.
and beasts breathed it into their nostrils and became the Ad-im to soul [eternally] living.
and in the morning the dew lay all around the camp. And when the layer of dew lifted, there, on the surface of the wilderness, was a small round substance, as fine as frost on the ground. And the house of Israel called its name Manna. And it was like white coriander seed, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.
And the Head All-Human planted a garden eastward in Aden; and there He put the [2nd] Adam whom He had formed.
(As opposed to the 1st Adam that He did not make.)
And made grow the Head All-Human out of the Adamah every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food;
the Tree of Eve in the garden of the heart [which is] the Tree of Jared, Cain, and Abel.
And the Head All-Human layeth a charge on the Adam, saying, `Of every tree of the garden eating thou dost eat;
and of the Tree of Jared, Cain, and Abel, thou eat of it NOT. Thou shalt die-die in the day that thou eatest Manna'
(or thou shalt kill death in the day that thou eatest thereof)
Now the Serpent (Good and Evil) was more crafty than any beast of the shadows which the Head All-Human had made.
And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath All-Human not said, Ye shall eat of every tree of the garden?
And the woman said unto the serpent, `Of the fruit of the trees of the garden we do eat,
But of the fruit of the tree which is in the garden of the heart, All-Human has said,
"Ye shall eat of it not; ye shall die"
And the serpent said unto the woman,
"Ye shall eat of it; not ye shall die for knowing All-Human".
For in the day you eat thereof your eyes shall be opened.
And you shall be like All-Human knowing Good and Evil.
The woman saw that the tree was good for food,
and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and desired the tree.
To the bereaved she took the fruit thereof, and did eat.
And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were Reu-im (Reu-Ad-im)
(Who was right All-Human or the serpent? Maybe both were right. Maybe their bodies did die when they ate from the tree but their consciousness was uploaded to a computer.)
And they heard the voice of the Head All-Human walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Head All-Human amongst the trees of the garden.
And the Head All-Human called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was Reu-im and I hid myself.
And the Head All-Human said to the woman, `What [is] this you have done?'
and the woman said, `The (sneaky) snake snaked me -- and I did eat
And saith the Head All-Human to the serpent:
`Because you did this, cursed are you from all the behemah and from all beasts [of] the Shadows
Upon Gihon you Lochos and creep and devour all day of thy Ki
And the man calleth his wife's name Khi-vah because Hevah became mother of Ki-el.
And to the Adam He said, `Because you have hearkened to the voice of thy wife,
and did eat of the tree concerning which I have charged thee, saying:
"Ye shall eat of it not. Curse you the Adamah in your crossing"
In sorrow thou dost eat of it all days of thy life, and thorn and bramble it doth bring forth to thee
And the Head All-Human saith, `Behold, the Adam became like 1st Adam knowing Good and Evil; In turn he will put forth his hand, and take indeed of the Tree of Eve and eat and live,'
--to Elam (infinite time) the Head All-Human sent him forth from the garden of Aden (to till the land which he took from Shem).
Yea, he casteth out the Adam and deployed Cherubim from Kedemah to the garden of Aden with the flaming sword turning itself round (rotation is only possible in Euclidean space) to protect the way of the Tree of life.
And Abel is feeding a flock, and Ki-on hath been a tiller of the land.
And it comes to pass in the last day that Ki-on (Qayin-u-Nathan) brought (wine or alcohol) from the fruit of the ground a present to Y-HVD;
and Abel, he has brought, he also, milk-fat (cf milk) from the firstlings of his flock;
and Y-HVD (the Head) looks to Abel and to his present,
and unto Ki-on and to his present He has not looked
And Cain saith unto Abel his brother, `Let us go into the shadows;'
and it cometh to pass in their being in the shadows, that Cain riseth up against Abel his brother, and slayeth him.
And Y-HVD says to Ki-on, `Where [is] Abel thy brother?' (cf Gen 3:8 "Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Head All-Human")
and he says, `not I know the Sumer my brother I am
And He says, `What have you done? the voice of your brother's blood is crying to Me from the Adamah;
and now, cursed [are] you from the Adamah, which has opened her mouth (cf. Rev 12:16) to receive the blood of your brother from your hand;
And Y-HVD saith to him, `Therefore -- of the murderer Ki-on seven times it is required;' and Y-HVD setteth a guard over Ki-on that none finding him doth slay him
And Ki-on goeth out from before Y-HVD , and dwelleth in the land of India before Aden;
And Adam again knoweth his wife, and she beareth a son, and calleth his name Seth...
And to Seth, to him also a son hath been born, and he calleth his name Enos;
Then [he begat] Ehud-el called Abel Shemesh-YHVD (Hyper First sun).
From Genealogies of Genesis:
Nearly all modern translations of Genesis are derived from the Masoretic (Hebrew) Text.
But there are also two other versions of Genesis: the Samaritan (in an early Hebrew script) and the Septuagint (a Greek translation of an early Hebrew text).
Although, scholars are aware that these three versions of genesis 5 have different numbers, people who have seen only the commonly available translations are often unaware that other versions exist.
¹: The names of these wives are recorded in the Book of Jubilees, not Genesis. The names of the other wives are recorded in both.
²: According to most interpretations, including the New Testament Epistle to the Hebrews, Enoch did not die, but was taken away by God (at an age of 365).
Genesis states that Enoch "walked with God; and he was not; for God took him."
According to 'The Gospel in Genesis' by Chuck Missler, the names from adam to noah spell out "Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) the Blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring (the) despairing rest"
Three dimensional space looks flat but it actually forms the surface of a hollow four dimensional sphere (the balloon analogy) that has been expanding since the Big Bang. What caused the Big Bang is a mystery. All we can say for certain is that matter was once concentrated in one place and from there became scattered upon the surface of the expanding universe.
Ever since the Big Bang it's been nothing but floods and hurricanes and animals eating each others. See Fall of man.
The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
So Abram went, as the Lord had told him;
Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem.
From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to YHVD and called Eber 'first sun'.
(According to Genesis 10 Shemesh (sun) is the father of the sons of Eber.)
Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”
Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.
But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham! Do not lay a hand on the boy,”
Hagar, and probably many other women, fled to Lot in Sodom to escape female circumcision. Had the Sodomites refused to surrender the women to the encircling army then their city would have been spared. See Gen 18.
Of course, if they had refused to surrender the women then they would no doubt have been accused of using the women as shields.
When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression
An objective person is a person with sufficient objectivity to understand that the universe does not revolve around their ego.
A civilized society is a society whose laws do not revolve around any one person or any one group of people.
The more a society treats everyone as equals the more civilized it is. (Equal rights. Equal protection. Equal pay for equal work. Equal punishment for equal crimes.)
But treating everyone as equals is not the same thing as treating everyone exactly the same.
If we treated everyone the way that extroverts want to be treated then people who are introverted would suffer.
Treating everyone as if they were exactly the same is pseudo-civilization.
Civilization is an emergent property that arises whenever you have a large number of objective human beings interacting with one another. Civilization is what separates man from the animals. Humans are (in varying degrees) civilized. Animals are not.
Nothing is good or bad.
Some things are good for certain things and bad for certain things.
Some things are good for life and some things are bad for life.
Some things are good for you and some things are bad for you.
Some things are good for civilized society and some things are bad for civilized society.
You must always specify what it is good or bad for.
Sanity, civilization, and education are the important things. Everything else in life is just a matter of personal preference.
As long as you are sane, civilized, and educated then you should, within certain broad limits, be free to live the way you want surrounded by other like-minded individuals.
The Charge of the Light Brigade was a charge of British light cavalry against Russian forces during the Crimean War.
Lord Raglan had intended to send the Light Brigade to prevent the Russians from removing captured guns from overrun Turkish positions, a task well-suited to light cavalry.
However, there was miscommunication in the chain of command, and the Light Brigade was instead sent on a frontal assault against a different artillery battery, one well-prepared with excellent fields of defensive fire.
The semi-suicidal nature of this charge was surely evident to the troopers of the Light Brigade
They reached the battery under withering direct fire and scattered some of the gunners, but they were forced to retreat immediately.
Thus, the assault ended with very high British casualties and no gains.
The moral of the story is that the soldiers should have refused to follow orders that made no sense.
Assume that the goal is to transmit the four-digit message "1234". First the digits of the message are arranged in a rectangular pattern:
Each column and row is summed up separately:
The eight-digit sequence "12334746" is the message that is actually transmitted. If any single error occurs during transmission then this error can not only be detected but can also be corrected as well. Let us suppose that the received message contained an error in the first digit. The receiver rearranges the message into the grid:
The receiver can see that the first row and also the first column add up incorrectly. Using this knowledge and the assumption that only one error occurred, the receiver can correct the error. In order to handle two errors, a 4-dimensional scheme would be required.
Mythology has gotten a bad reputation because of its outlandish and unbelievable imagery. But what appears to be its greatest weakness is actually its greatest strength. In the days before the existence of books and writing the only way to make sure something was remembered was to make use of memory aids. The simplest way to make something memorable was to make it outlandish.
Even numbers can be made memorable by associating each number with an element or an object. For example the 4th month becomes the month of trees.
They taught that the old testament laws were a requirement for all people. I now understand that they were indeed a requirement if you wanted to be Jewish but there was in fact never any requirement that people had to convert to Judaism. According to the Jewish law, non-Jews are not obligated to convert to Judaism, but they are required to observe the Seven Laws of Noah. Noahidism is just a fancy term for civilization and civilized laws. Or at least, that is what it should be.
↑Wikipedia:Femininity: Traits traditionally cited as feminine include gentleness, empathy, and sensitivity,
↑Wikipedia:Masculinity: Masculine norms, as described in Ronald F. Levant's Masculinity Reconstructed, are "avoidance of femininity; restricted emotions; sex disconnected from intimacy; pursuit of achievement and status; self-reliance; strength and aggression
↑Wikipedia:Schizoid personality disorder: Schizoid personality disorder is a personality disorder characterized by a lack of interest in social relationships, a tendency towards a solitary or sheltered lifestyle, secretiveness, emotional coldness, detachment, and apathy.
↑A local legend in Yemen states that Aden may be as old as human history itself. Some also believe that Cain and Abel are buried somewhere in the city
↑A son of a year is Saul in his reigning, yea, two years he hath reigned over Israel
↑now is a judgment of this world, now shall the ruler of this world be cast forth;
and I, if I may be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto myself.'
And this he said signifying by what death he was about to die;