In the entire Dubay family, every living member except myself is a devout Christian. Since I was old enough to reason, sitting in junior church or engrossed in late-night debates with my grandmother, I could never extinguish a number of nagging doubts regarding their religion. Heaven, hell, sin, judgement, 10 commandments, angels, demons, invisible immortals like Jesus, Satan, and God, talking snakes, animal sacrifices, virgin births, walking on water, parting the Red Sea, staffs turning into snakes, eating the body and drinking the blood of Christ, talking burning bushes on mountain-tops claiming to be God, and many more fantastical, unbelievable stories that defy logic/physics and have never happened again before or since. Billions of Christians have willingly accepted this improbable mish-mash of ancient allegories and myths as literal, historical fact, but for us more discerning skeptics, even a family full of blind faith isn't enough to convince.
After moving to Thailand, having plenty of time for introspection and study, I began to research subjects like Astrotheology, Numerology, Symbology, Magic Mushrooms, and Christian History, which provided clear evidence that the Bible was never meant to be taken historically or literally by it's writers, but rather symbolically as an amalgamation of ancient myths and occult archetypes. The Bible's characters, situations, parables, and lessons, just like the Tarot or I Ching, are meant to be universal teachings, signposts to potentialities of human consciousness and experiences applicable to everyone at different times in their life. When read Gnostically, using our intuition and imagination, identifying and relating the various occult symbols, numbers, names, and stories, the Bible becomes an interesting, subtle, and infinitely varied metaphysical treatise. But when read and taught literally by the Christian establishment, the Bible becomes the most awesome weapon of mind-control the world has ever seen.
The following is taken from The Hidden Light House blog, thanks to Richard and Druv for inspiring this post, and recommending Bill Donahue's Hidden Meanings site:
The "Chosen Land" Crop Circle. The Masonic Eye in the Triangle, here surrounded by 33 rays, representing the 33 Masonic degrees of initiation, corresponding to the journey of the kundalini serpent up the 33 vertebrae of the human spine, the eye being the third-eye or Pineal gland.
The total words of the Bible are 788,280 = 33
Jesus died at age 33
The first temple of Solomon stood for 33 years in pristine splendor.
Solomon had 70,000 carriers and 80,000 stone cutters in the hills, as well as 3,300 foremen who supervised the project and directed the workmen.
King David ruled for 33 years in Jerusalem.
Jacob had from his first woman Leah 33 children (Gn 46,15) Not possible literally, the poor woman would be dead.
YES!, I think I get it now!
What is a JEW? "A Jew is one Inwardly" (Romans 2:9)
It means one who enters into meditation.
Is Ra El = Isis-Ra-Elohim, the feminine, the masuline, and EL-Spirit or God (Ida, Pingala, and Sushumna in Kundalini Yoga).
"Is" or "Isis", the Egyptian Goddess, also seen as the Moon Goddess; "Ra", the Egyptian Sun God, and "El", generally meant to signify "God"
The lower mind, the moon, is integrated with the higher mind, the sun, by the spirit or electromagnetism from above.
Jews are not a race and Israel is not a country, biblically speaking that is. It's Mythology describing one who has attained the higher, by way of meditation, by becoming a Jew (one who meditates), one INWARDLY.
The chosen land is the human brain, but first the Canaanites have to be driven out. The lower mind quality is overturned, and then:
"Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God"
What would the Palestinians do, if they read that the holy land is mythology describing the human brain? And that the word "Is Ra El" means "ISIS Ra Elohim?"
And a Jew is one INWARDLY, one who meditates, that's the chosen one. Would they tell all their Palestinian friends, and create a world uprising against the false Is Ra El? Sorry, the Jews who live in the country Israel, the Bible is not talking about you, and it's the truth! God doesn't choose a race of people.
And Prime Minister Golda Meirs' Zionist arrogance: "This country exists as the fulfillment of a promise made by God Himself. It would be ridiculous to ask it to account for its legitimacy." See the problem folks?
Ah, it's all in the Old Testament? Gotcha, right, well do as you like then. But it's all MYTHOLOGY dodos, so who is Is Ra El, and where is the Promised Land? Herein, Lies the problem with reading mythology LITERALLY:
"When the LORD your God hands these nations over to you and you conquer them, you must completely destroy them. Make no treaties with them and show them no mercy." (Deuteronomy 7:1-4)
What we are seeing in Gaza, and have seen so many times, both there and in Lebanon, is merciless Old Testament slaughter: cold, calculated, heartless slaughter. The Bible mythology, although it is mythology, the country of Israel takes the whole thing literally, and we see the results of that in Palestine and Gaza, heartless, cold, cruel slaughter, just like the mythological God of the Old testament, a murderer from the beginning:
"So they sent twelve thousand warriors to Jabesh-gilead with orders to kill everyone there, including women and children. "This is what you are to do," they said. "Completely destroy all the males and every woman who is not a virgin" (Judges 21:10-24)
"Then I heard the LORD say to the other men, 'Follow him through the city and kill everyone whose forehead is not marked. Show no mercy; have no pity! Kill them all - old and young, girls and women and little children. But do not touch anyone with the mark. Begin your task right here at the Temple"' (Ezekiel 9:5-7)
The parallels are endless between the bloodthirsty 'God' of the Old Testament and the actions of the heartless, soulless, Artificial Israel of today. Everyone of these verses can be explained in the light of Mythology, because that's what Israel is, it's pure MYTHOLOGY.
Zionism is NOT the fault of our good Israeli friends who work hard to fight the Zionist movement in their own country. We honor all the people of Israel who are opposed to the slaughter of Palestinians. It's only the minority who seek to dominate and control other human beings. Many Jews know that the Bible is mythology, but they keep silent about it. Mythology is needed to protect the language of symbols from the ravages of the Church and Religious barbarians. This is the reason all great religious scriptures were written in symbols, dark sayings and allegory.
So why does everyone read the Bible LITERALLY?
Because they have CHARIOTS of IRON, BARS of BRASS, and GATES of STEEL forged into their minds by the religious (the Pharisees), says the Bible. In modern terminology, we say someone is HARD headed or stubborn, the mythologists that wrote the Bible used terminologies such as chariots of iron, bars of brass and gates of steel, to describe the HARD HEADED ones. You see, it's ALL in the MIND!!
Failure of modern effort to read the deep message of the Bible is due to the fact that modern scholars stupidly and stubbornly refuse to see that ancient scriptural writing was esoteric or hidden as to its meaning, and allegorical and symbolical as to its method. The ancients did not use newspaper directness. On the contrary they put up their secret wisdom, vouchsafed to them by the great Sages, in the form of allegories and myths, which were to be taken as fiction in their outward dress, but as the cinematograph of profoundest truth and knowledge in an inward sense.
By a combination of symbols, nature signs and allegories, often woven into a background of real history, they sought to portray the deepest types of spiritual experience and an intellectual grip on reality. The Bible has been crassly taken for literal truth about living personages on the stage of mortal history. It has been rendered literally and historically.
This is the most egregious blunder, the most grandiose error, in all human history, this mistaking of spiritual allegory for literal human narrative. We are in position to make the unqualified declaration for the first time in the modern age that there is not one iota of history, in the ordinary acceptation of that term, in the Bible from beginning to end.
Some portions of Jewish history are utilized as the base and frame of spiritual myths. The several Judges, Patriarchs and Kings are made to stand for the central figure of the Christos. Geographical names and historical persons are mentioned but only as characters in the mystic or religious drama. According to Eusebius, one of the three chief formulators of Roman Christian theology, the Gospels of the New Testament are themselves nothing but old dramatic books of the Essenes in pre-Christian days.
The earliest and greatest of the framers of Christian theology, Philo, Clement and Origen, expressly declared it was impossible and an impiety to assert that the logos of God could take the flesh of a human personality. New research makes it positively clear that the Old Testament narratives are in their entirety rewritings of old Egyptian material, distorted and obscured as it passed through later Hebrew hands. And Egyptian scripture was never historical. It was spiritual symbology, pure and unalloyed. The weirdest phenomenon of history transpired when later ignorance took the Egyptian constructions and converted them into an absurd literal narrative. And the thinking of the whole world of the civilized West has thus been based on history that never occurred, and the Christian Church has been founded on a set of miracles that were never performed.
The only miracle envisaged in ancient theology was the transformation of human character by the indwelling god, and this spiritual miracle was poetized, dramatized and allegorized in a hundred forms of outward representation, all of which was absurdly taken for personal history later. This conversion of spiritual into biographical history has made Christianity the instrument of the grossest degradation of sublime ancient truth to which it has ever been subject. That is to say that all Christian doctrines present the ancient wisdom in a more literal and hence cruder form of meaning than had ever been done before in national religions. In the nailing of a personal Jesus on a wooden cross Christianity reduced the glorious drama of the spiritual life to its grossest and most repellent form.
It is our declaration, based on years of the most assiduous research, that it is impossible to understand the allegories of the Bible without a knowledge of ancient methods of sacred writing, and of the ancient philosophies. Our work in this field has been rewarded by a number of the most signal discoveries which are basic for further grasp of the material. The composers of ancient scriptures were poets, allegorists, dramatists and mythicists. They never wrote literally. They were in the line of generations of sages and seers who had developed the art of spiritual representation to a point of the utmost ingenuity and complexity, completely shrouding the intended real meaning under veils of symbolism, which have utterly misled modern scholars who could not pierce the outer veil to read the truth hidden underneath. Hence the works can not be read without the keys to the myths and reference to the symbols used.
The ancients themselves testify plentifully that the scriptures are allegories. Origen regards the whole Bible as a set of allegories. But the most astonishing declaration to this effect is St. Paul's own statement in Galatians that the whole story of Abraham and Sarah and Hagar is "an allegory." There is not a scrap of evidence anywhere to identify the Israelites as the historical Hebrews or Jews. The latter simply appropriated the distinction to themselves and fitted their history into the sacred scheme.
As proof of this it is offered that a monument in Egypt contained hundreds of Palestinian place names, afterward localized in the Holy Land of Judea, before the "historical" Exodus from Egypt. Hence the modern discovery of a town in Palestine bearing the name of a place mentioned in the Bible does not offer a single whit of proof that the Bible is history. It only proves that the religious formulators of the national epic had given to a certain place a name already found on the uranograph or spiritual chart, much as European explorers gave sacred names such as Salem, Providence, New Haven, Canaan, Newark, Corpus Christi and Santa Fe to new towns when they came to America. Jerusalem, Egypt, Sodom, Babylon and others are therefore only spiritual names transferred to the map from the celestial chart.
We are prepared to support the statement, then, that the Bible, sadly misinterpreted by its most loyal devotees, is in reality a collection of ancient works that embody in veiled figures the fundamentals of the genuine old wisdom of the hierophants. One might say indeed, that it is a repository of the great Mystery teaching of early times. In fact it is an assemblage of material comprising the substance of Hermeticism, Gnosticism, Kabalism, Chaldean astrology, Greek Orphism and Hindu Wisdom, drawn mostly from ancient Egypt. It would not inaptly be described as a book of Platonic Theosophy.