Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Working-Class Hands of the LORD God

He's got the whole world in His hands

In several ways, modern man seems to have overlooked, or perhaps forgotten, many obvious, yet vitally important parts of the Bible. This is most especially the case when it comes to the very first one or two pages. Indeed, one of the strangest aspects to the beginning of the Book of Genesis is how the author Moses immediately introduces an omnipotent entity called God, Elohim in Hebrew, who quickly goes to work creating the Heavens and the Earth and all the living plants and animals in around seven days by using His mere words alone, but then changes the subject entirely in the very next chapter and suddenly introduces a completely different entity known as the LORD God, or Adonai in Hebrew.

As the Bible states, this particular Divine Being seems to find Himself in the dark void that had existed before Creation and notices that the water is rising up from the depths of the Abyss, perhaps threateningly. Then, like a creative child who desires to impress His even more creative Father, the LORD God makes His own version of a man from the pre-existing clay, dirt, and water, by using His own hands, similar to what a working-class craftsman would do, and endows the little creature with an immortal soul, calling him Adam. He carefully places His new creation in a garden on Earth, called Eden, which He has carefully cultivated and organized, once again just like a working-class male quietly working in His own tiny back-yard who gets His hands dirty for a living, rather than some uppity, elitist sorcerer who can create with His mere words alone.

Reading Scriptures closely enough, one notices that, except for the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, the other plants and trees in the 'Garden' are not really His personal creation. Obviously, the LORD God (Adonai) must have taken them from the surrounding wilderness that God had already created out of nothing using only the power of His words. Later, like a talented sculptor, the LORD God once again uses His hands to create different animals from the already existing water, dirt and clay and then has the man Adam personally name these new creations separately, like an expert Zoology professor teaching His young graduate student how to designate and classify new species.

Unlike God who, in the beginning, created life from just words and without any 'profane' use of the hands, the LORD God apparently uses His hands quite often and with skilled craftsmanship. Also, like a professional surgeon and match-maker, the LORD (Adonai) goes on to carefully remove a rib bone from Adam, stitches up the wound, and then creates a female companion for him named Eve. Put bluntly, the LORD God may not be an omnipotent Creator like God who needs only seven days to finish anything and everything, but He is obviously very skilled at using His Hands in a variety of ways.

When I’m out walking, I strut my stuff yeah I’m so strung out. I’m high
as a kite I just might stop to check you out. Let me go on like I
blister in
the sun. Let me go on Big Hands I know you’re the one.

- Blister in the Sun, by the Violent Femmes

Throughout the centuries, some Biblical scholars, starting with the Gnostics, the Manicheans, and other protesting dissenters, have come to some very strange, perhaps even deceitful, conclusions about God, who created everything using only His voice, and about the LORD God, who sculpted and formed the first man and woman, tended their beloved 'Garden', and performed medical surgery using His own two hands to perform these tasks. Because of these innate differences, some have apparently decided that the LORD God (Adonai), the 'Jewish' God, must be an insane impostor god, a Devil, who is keeping us from discovering the higher, one, true God that created all life through His words in just six days. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Indeed, the LORD God’s talented use of His hands is similar to the way mankind differs from any of the other animals. Put specifically, and scientifically speaking, it is mankind (Homo Sapiens) alone that has learned to use his or her hands to manipulate objects with ever increasing precision in order to create various types of useful, material inventions. Reading Genesis carefully enough, the LORD God’s original hand-made designs of man, woman, and all the animals, which have truly become a part of God's seven day creation, clearly indicate He has been a master-craftsman from the very beginning of creation. Likewise, and ever since Adam and Eve, mankind has been kept busy as His various apprentices and assistant journeymen along the way.

As it clearly states in Genesis, God, called El or Elohim in Hebrew, does indeed create man in His own image, but does not even bother to give any of them names or help them to survive the wild and feed themselves. In stark contrast, the LORD God, known simply as Adonai, creates only one man with His own two hands, calls him Adam, and endows him with an immortal soul (a ghost) that survives biological death, taking care to give him healthy food and produce from the Garden so that he never goes hungry. Then, like a good, loving father, the LORD even becomes worried that His single male creation might be lonely and need a suitable partner, almost as if the LORD God Himself had also known personally what it was like to day-dream and long for some Divine female companionship and heterosexual love.

As most readers of the Bible already know, the LORD God also specifically instructs Adam and Eve not to eat from the two special trees in the middle of His garden called Eden. He gives them no other commandment at all. Tragically, the wise and evil serpent almost immediately seduces them both into disobedience and wicked behavior, causing the LORD to become curious and then enraged, much like a cautious master-craftsman who suddenly finds that His apprentice, along with his new girl, has just managed to ruin and destroy everything by disobeying the only commandment that the LORD God had given him.

Using the fossil records left from past ages as indications, scientists now assume that huge reptiles called dinosaurs were the first life-forms before any mammals, including man, came into existence. Keep in mind that serpents are also reptiles which are directly related to the dinosaurs. Now in terms of scientific speculation, there seems to be a distinct possibility that some highly-advanced reptile humanoids from the distant past may have managed to develop dinosaurs on earth, but eventually proved completely incapable of ever making them intelligent and self-aware, even though they had hundreds of millions of years to do so. In distinct contrast, the LORD God made man evolve quite rapidly in less than a few million. The Jewish Babylonian Talmud states the following:

The higher the position the greater is the fall, and this applies to the
who, not only was the chief of all animals, but walked upright
like man, and
when it fell it sank into the reptile world.

- Genesis Rabba 19

In contrast, the LORD God’s hand-crafted, warm-blooded, mammalian creation known as mankind eventually succeeded in prospering and advancing very fast, as history has indeed shown, just as the cold-blooded, and clearly evil, serpent’s feeble attempts at evolution, which only created extremely stupid dinosaurs, failed miserably.

Ten Commandments

In truth, man’s slow, but steady progress out of the Neanderthal caves of yesteryear is mainly due to the LORD God’s continued love and attention for His creation. Basically, the God (El) who creates biological life by words alone still tends to remain the unknowable, even the unthinkable, while the highly-skilled craftsman known as the LORD God (Adonai), who creates immortal souls (ghosts) with His own two hands, has probably been the true source of our intellectual and societal advancement for thousands of years. Obviously, the LORD God of the Holy Bible is a male immortal with hands and feet just like mankind and may have even been married to a female goddess sometime before, but is now alone and extremely preoccupied with caring for all the men and women of planet Earth. Indeed, it is the LORD God (Adonai), the Father of man, the God of nature, who is endowed with a distinct, individual personality as seen and realized throughout the entire Holy Bible. It is Him alone, and not the wicked, cunning serpent and father of the failed dinosaurs, who has been the hidden intelligence guiding Jews, Christians, and Muslims towards a glorious and beautiful future that still lies ahead.

A Special-Effects Photo depicting God's Hands

May the LORD God bless you in the name of St. Judas Maccabaeus.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Talmud and 'a certain Galilean'


The Talmudic Mystery concerning 'a certain Galilean'

QUESTION: Who is 'a certain Galilean'?

“The Judaeans … were exact in their language … but the Galileans … were not exact in their language … A certain Galilean once went about enquiring, ‘Who has amar?’ ‘Foolish Galilean’, they said to him, ‘do you mean an ‘ass’ for riding (hamar), ‘wine’ to drink (hamar), ‘wool’ for clothing (amar), or a ‘lamb’ for killing (amar)?’”

- Erubin 53a - 53b

Alternatively, what is andifa? The lock on the forehead. Even as a certain Galilean chanced to visit Babylon and was requested to lecture on the chariot passage. He said to them, 'I will lecture to you as R. Nehemiah lectured to his companions.' Thereupon a wasp came out of the wall and stung him on the andifa (forehead) and he died. Said they. 'This befell him through his own fault.'

- Shabbath 80b

What is mashkokith? - Here they explained it: 'The bell'. R. Jacob, however, said: 'The goat that leads the herd.' So too a certain Galilean in one of his discourses before R. Hisda [said] that when the shepherd becomes angry with his flock he appoints for a leader one which is blind.

- Baba Kamma 52a

A certain Galilean lectured before R. Hisda: 'Blessed be the Merciful One who gave a three-fold Torah to a three-fold people through a third-born on the third day in the third month.' With whom does this agree? With the Rabbis.

- Shabbath 88a

As a certain Galilean lectured before R. Hisda: 'The Holy One, blessed be He, said: I put a rebi'ith of blood in you; therefore I commanded you concerning blood.'

- Shabbath 31b

A certain Galilean expounded before R. Hisda: 'If one should make an analogy in respect of Elijah, what does this matter resemble? A man who locked his gate and lost the key.' R. Jose taught in Sepphoris: Father Elijah.

- Sanhedrin 113a

ANSWER: Rabbi Joshua ben Joseph of Nazareth, the Messiah (Jesus Christ)

May the LORD God bless you in the name of St. Judas Maccabaeus.


Monday, November 15, 2010

Saint Jason

Saint Jason

St. Jason Basic Facts
DISCIPLE: Considered as one of the 72 Disciples of Joshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ)
PATRON SAINT: St. Jason is the Patron Saint of Converts
BIBLE: Acts 17:5-9, Romans 16:21
HOLY DAY: July 12 (Catholic), April 28 (Eastern Orthodox), also Janurary 4 (Orthodox)
MARTYDOM: Torn apart by wild animals

Bible Passages of Saint Jason

Timothy my fellow worker greets you, and so do Lucius and Jason and Sosipater, my kinsmen.

- Romans 16:21

Now when they had traveled through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. And according to Paul's custom, he went to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and giving evidence that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, 'This Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you is the Christ.'

And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, along with a large number of the God-fearing Greeks and a number of the leading women. But the Jews, becoming jealous and taking along some wicked men from the market place, formed a mob and set the city in an uproar and attacked the House of Jason seeking to bring them out to the people. When they did not find them, they began dragging Jason and some brethren before the city authorities, shouting, 'These men who have upset the world have come here also, and Jason has welcomed them, and they all act contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus.' They stirred up the crowd and the city authorities who heard these things. And when they had received a pledge from Jason and the others, they released them.

- Acts 17:1-8

Prayer in honor of St. Jason

O heavenly Jason, in whose name I glory,
Pray ever to God for me,
Strengthen me in my faith,
Establish me in virtue.
Guard me in the conflict
That I may vanquish the foe malign and attain to glory everlasting.

- An Indulgence of 300 days

Kontakion in the Plagal of the Second Tone
Being illuminated with the teachings of Paul, ye became luminaries unto the whole world, O thrice-blessed ones; for ye ever shine upon the world with miracles, O Jason, thou fountain of healings, and Sosipater, thou glory of the Martyrs of Christ. O God-bearing Apostles, ye protectors of them that be in need, entreat God that our souls be saved.

Notes from other Sources on Saint Jason

Acts 17:5-9 says that Saint Paul stayed at Jason's home in Thessalonica, and he is mentioned in Romans 16:21. Legend says he was bishop of Tarsus in Cilicia, and evangelized the Greek island of Corfu. While imprisoned for preaching the faith, he helped convert the Martyrs of Corfu.

Jason of Tarsus
Jason of Tarsus is numbered among the Seventy Disciples. Jason appears in the Bible in Acts 17. His house is used as a refuge by Paul, Silas, and Timothy in Thessalonica. Jason was arrested when the authorities could locate neither Paul nor Silas, and was made to post bail. He was not reimbursed.

Jason is also mentioned in Romans 16:21. Jason is venerated as a saint in Catholic and Orthodox traditions. His feast day is July 12 (Catholic) and April 28 (Orthodox). His feast is celebrated on 3 Pashons in the Coptic Orthodox Church and on January 4 among the Seventy.

Born in Tarsus, he was appointed Bishop of Tarsus by the Apostle Paul. With the Apostle Sosipater he traveled to the island of Corfu where they built a church in honor of the Apostle Stephen the Protomartyr and converted many pagans to the Christian faith. Seeing this, the king of Corfu threw them into prison where they converted seven other prisoners to the Christian faith: Saturninus, Jakischolus, Faustianus, Januarius, Marsalius, Euphrasius and Mammius. The king had those seven put to death for their faith in boiling pitch.

The king's daughter, the virgin Cercyra, having watched these holy apostles being tortured and turned to the Christian faith, distributed all her jewels to the poor. The king became angry and put her in prison, yet she would not deny Christ. So he had the prison burned, but she remained unharmed. Many people were baptized upon seeing this miracle. He then had her killed with arrows while tied to a tree.

Many believers fled to a nearby island to get away from the enraged king, but as he chased them his boat sank. The new king embraced the Christian faith and in baptism received the name Sebastian. From then on Sosipater and Jason freely preached the Gospel and built up the Church in Corfu until a very old age, when they gave up their souls to God.

- Wikipedia

Introduction to Saint Jason
While on his second missionary journey, St. Paul stayed at Salonika, in the house of one, Jason. In consequence of Paul's successful preaching, the Jews, "moved with envy and taking unto them some wicked men of the vulgar sort, and making a tumult, set the city in an uproar; and besetting Jason's house, sought to bring them out unto the people. And not finding them, they drew Jason and certain brethren to the rulers of the city, crying, 'They that set the city in an uproar are come hither also, whom Jason hath received. And these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus.' And they stirred up the people and the rulers of the city, hearing these things. And having taken satisfaction of Jason and of the rest, they let them go". This is probably the Jason referred to with Lucius and Sosipater as the kinsmen of St. Paul in his letter to the Romans, and in the Greek legend he is represented as bishop of Tarsus in Silicia, going with St. Sosipater, bishop of Iconium, to Corfu, evangelizing that Island, and dying there. After preaching successfully for some time, the two missionaries were thrown into prison, where they converted seven thieves who afterward achieved martyrdom. The Syrians, however, venerate Jason as the apostle of the district round Apanea and as a martyr who was thrown to the beasts. The Roman Martyrology wrongly identifies him with the Mnason of Acts xxi 16, "an old disciple" with whom St. Paul was to lodge in Jerusalem, and makes Cyprus the place of his death as well as of his birth. His feast day is July 12.

- Saint Jason, Catholic Online

Troparion and Kontakion, Commemorated on January 4
The Apostle Jason was from Tarsus (Asia Minor). He was the first Christian in the city. The Apostle Sosipater was a native of Patra, Achaia. He is thought to be the same Sosipater mentioned in Acts 20:4. They both became disciples of St Paul, who even called them his kinsmen (Rom 16:21). St John Chrysostom (Homily 32 on Romans) says that this is the same Jason who is mentioned in Acts 17:5-9. St Jason was made bishop in his native city of Tarsus, and St Sosipater in Iconium. They traveled west preaching the Gospel, and in 63 they reached the island of Kerkyra [Korfu] in the Ionian Sea near Greece.

There they built a church in the name of the Protomartyr Stephen and they baptized many. The governor of the island learned on this and locked them up in prison, where they met seven thieves: Saturninus, Iakischolus, Faustianus, Januarius, Marsalius, Euphrasius and Mammius. The Apostles converted them to Christ. For their confession of Christ, the seven prisoners died as martyrs in a cauldron of molten tar, wax and sulfur.

The prison guard, after witnessing their martyrdom, declared himself a Christian. For this they cut off his left hand, then both feet and finally his head. The governor ordered the Apostles Jason and Sosipater to be whipped and again locked up in prison.

When the daughter of the governor of Kerkyra (Korfu), the maiden Kerkyra, learned how Christians were suffering for Christ, she declared herself a Christian and gave away all her finery to the poor. The infuriated governor attempted to persuade his daughter to deny Christ, but St Kerkyra stood firm against both persuasion and threats. Then the enraged father devised a terrible punishment for his daughter: he gave orders that she be placed in a prison cell with the robber and murderer Murinus, so that he might defile the betrothed of Christ

But when the robber approached the door of the prison cell, a bear attacked him. St Kerkyra heard the noise and she drove off the beast in the name of Christ. Then, by her prayers, she healed the wounds of Murinus. Then St Kerkyra enlightened him with the faith of Christ, and St Murinus declared himself a Christian and was executed.

The governor gave orders to burn down the prison, but the holy virgin remained alive. Then on her enraged father's order, she was suspended upon a tree, choked with bitter smoke and shot with arrows. After her death, the governor decided to execute all the Christians on the island of Kerkyra. The Martyrs Zeno, Eusebius, Neon and Vitalis, after being enlightened by Sts Jason and Sosipater, were burned alive.

The inhabitants of Kerkyra, escaping from the persecution, crossed to an adjoining island. The governor set sail with a detachment of soldiers, but was swallowed up by the waves. The governor succeeding him gave orders to throw the Apostles Jason and Sosipater into a cauldron of boiling tar. When he beheld them unharmed, he cried out with tears, "O God of Jason and Sosipater, have mercy on me!"

Having been set free, the Apostles baptized the governor and gave him the name Sebastian. With his help, the Apostles Jason and Sosipater built several churches on the island, and increased the flock of Christ by their fervent preaching. They lived there until they reached old age.

- Troparion and Kontakion

Jason & Sosipater the Apostles of the 70 & their Companions: Commemorated on April 28
Apostle Jason, of the Seventy and those with him: Commemorated on April 28

Both of these Saints were disciples of the Apostle Paul, who mentions them in his Epistle to the Romans, saying: "Jason and Sosipater my kinsmen greet you" (16:21). Jason was from Tarsus of Cilicia, and became bishop there. Sosipater was from Patras of Achaia, and became Bishop of Iconium. When they had shepherded their churches well for a long time, they departed west that they might profit others also, and arrived finally at the island of Corfu, where they were the first to preach the Gospel to its people. They suffered many things for Christ's Name, drew many souls to salvation, and finished the course of their life there. In the ancient city of Corfu, a church from the first centuries, built in their honour and bearing inscriptions that mention the Saints by name, verifies the historical account concerning them.

Jason: he that will cure, the host of Paul and Silas in Thessalonica. The Jews assaulted his house in order to seize Paul, but failing to find him, they dragged Jason before the ruler of the city (Acts 17:5-9). He was apparently one of the kinsmen of Paul (Romans 16:21), and accompanied him from Thessalonica to Corinth.

Q: Where in the Bible does the name Jason appear
A: Acts 17:5-9 and Romans 16:21. It appears that both references are to the same man.

- WikiAnswers.com

Ikons of Saint Jason

The Bishop of Tarsus, Saint Jason

A convert to Christianity himself, he continued to preach and convert others as a companion of the apostle
Paul until his unnatural death; martyred by being thrown to "wild beasts."

Saint Jason

Saint Jason - Old-Fashioned Icon

Saint Jason, Holy Monastery Dormition of Theotokos, Parnitha

Saint Jason

Ikons from the Greco-Roman Pagan Legends of Jason

(Paris, The Louvre) Apulian Krater, 350-340 B.C.

With the golden fleece in hand, Jason returns to Iolkos and is received by Pelias.

Jason and the Centaur Chiron, W. Russell Flint, 1880-1969

Argus building Jason's ship, the Argo

(New York Metropolitan Museum) Pot-painting 5th c. B.C

Jason snatches the Golden Fleece.

(Vatican Museum) Pot-painting 5th c. B.C

Jason coming out of the Dragon's mouth with Athena's protection.

Jason and Medea

Dragon guarding the Golden Fleece and Jason

The hero Jason slaying a dragon

Jason and the Argonauts (Civic Museum, Padua, Italy) Lorenzo Costa

The legendary hero Jason fighting skeletons

(Paris, The Louvre) Apulian Krater, 350-340 B.C.

With the golden fleece in hand, Jason returns to Iolkos and is received by Pelias.

(Naples, Archaeological Museum) 4th c. B.C.

Medea diverts the dragon's attention, offering him a drink to put him to sleep, so that
Jason can remove the golden fleece from a nearby branch.

May the LORD God bless you in the name of St. Jason.

SOURCE(s): - Jason of Tarsus, Wikipedia. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_of_Tarsus)- Home, Catholic Life, Saints and Angels, St. Jason, Catholic Online (http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=293) WikiAnswers, Where in the Bible does the name Jason appear? (wiki.answers.com/Q/Where_in_the_Bible_does_the_name_Jason_appear) Orthodox Church of America, Apostle Jason of the Seventy, or Apostle Jason, of the Seventy and those with him. (http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?FSID=100063) Christ Notes > Bible Dictionary > Easton’s Bible Dictionary > Entries Beginning with J > Jason, Easton's Bible Dictionary, Christ Notes. (http://www.christnotes.org/dictionary.php?dict=ebd&id=1980) Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, St. Jason. (http://goarch.org/chapel/saints/35)

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Eye Below + The Eye Above = The Eyes of the Star of David

Color and Triangles of the Four Elements

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The Eye Above = The Element of Fire OR The Element of Air

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The Eye Below = The Element of Water OR The Element of Earth

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The Eye Above + The Eye Below = The Star of David


According to the grace of God given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation and another is building upon it. But each one must be careful how he builds upon it for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely Rabbi Jesus.

- I Corinthians 3:10-11

I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold of the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him down into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more.

- Revelation 20:1-3

Greetings, I am a nobody scholar and devout member of the Roman Catholic Church who believes that the eye below the pyramid is an ancient secret that must be passed on to the next generation. Sorry to bother you, but I hope you can find the time, the patience, or perhaps just the plain curiosity to read this letter in its entirety. It’s somewhat interesting and may contain some information you may not have come across previously. All in all, it’s a fairly good read and well worth the effort of at least looking through it.

First of all, does anyone know anything about this symbol? No, I’m not referring to the already famous eye above the pyramid. I’m talking about the other symbol, the eye below the pyramid. This little known symbol is probably why the new brand of soda pop was called Seven-Up Upside Down. The rock band Live sings about it in their hit song Lightning Crashes. It’s also what the new, modern historians and scholars refer to as ‘history from below.’ It symbolizes stalactites, rather than stalagmites; valleys, not mountains; the undertow, rather than the waves. Studied carefully, it appears to be a rounded mound of earth heaped on top of a stone trapezoid foundation. At the bottom, the triangular eye rests perfectly balanced upon a singular point, thus making it the cornerstone for the entire structure. The Beatles specifically refer to this eye below the pyramid in their song Hey Jude, ‘And any time you feel the pain, hey Jude, refrain. Don’t carry the world upon your shoulders…’ The Holy Bible mentions or alludes to this symbol on numerous occasions as well.

Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell
me if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements-
surely you know! Or who stretched a line upon it? On what were
its bases sunk or who laid its cornerstone?

- Job 38:4-6

Examined closely, it really does look like a pile of dirt on top of a rock, brick foundation. It even seems as if a portion of soil is sliding or falling off on the left side- much like a possible logo for the Flat Earth Society. One thing I have become more and more certain of is that this symbol was drawn deliberately to be seen and understood both right-side up and upside down, like quite a few other famous paintings. It is certainly no mere coincidence. We may not see eye to eye about this right away, but the evidence that follows can and will change your mind. Coincidence? No way.

The next question worth asking is whether or not this is all some sort of deep, dark secret. Why else would the nickname for the secret headquarters of British Intelligence be called Foggy Bottom? It this all some sort of cover-up? Or have I exposed something undercover? I hope so, because this centuries-old secret needs to end and become a small part of today’s and tomorrow’s common knowledge. Everyone should be in on the know, so to speak. For this reason, I am sending this letter to as many intellectuals and other thinkers as possible and I urge them to share it with friends and acquaintances. Get the word out! ‘Announce and publish it among the nations; publish it; hide it not.’ (Jeremiah 50:2) Call me a radical wobbly, but I insist that the people be told the truth.

The 'Wobbly' Anti-Masonic Party

I first encountered this symbol back in 1995, years before I finally fell victim to acute paranoid schizophrenia. As a hobby during this time, I was interested in conspiracy theories, reading books like Pat Robertson’s New World Order among many others. Hindsight being 20/20, I must admit most of these books were somewhat absurd and ridiculous. Even at the time I considered any Zionist or Jewish conspiracy to be total horse manure. From what I knew about Jews personally is that many of them were from old-fashioned, traditional Eastern European families who still believed in a Biblical God. Their attitudes, beliefs and behavior were little different from most Christian families.

Even so, there are those who may ask accusingly why some of them were communist and others capitalist. The Soviet Jewish conspiracy, a lie that has been believed in by otherwise intelligent people, remains unconvincing once you discover that Stalin got rid of the vast majority of Jews from any significant positions of power within the Soviet Union during the Great Purges of the 1930s. At the time, most of the Soviet military officers that were Jewish were either shot immediately or died later in the Gulag. The aftermath made it clear that, even in Communist Russia, the Jews were still the ruled rather than the rulers.

Some anti-Semites will point to the fact that Lenin was part Jewish, Trotsky was fully Jewish, and Karl Marx was a pure-blooded Jewish convert to Christianity. Remember, Lenin was never circumcised and died after being in power for less than seven years. Trotsky was stabbed to death with an ice pick in Mexico by his former ‘comrades’, while Marx dabbled in Satanism at University and viciously attacked Jews and Judaism, in writing, several times. None of them practiced or believed in Judaism. It was Josef Stalin, a Gentile ‘Christian’, who brutally attacked the Russian Orthodox Church and murdered its clergy, not the Jews. In practice, International Communism was little more than White Russian, ethnocentric socialism, a lot less deadly than Germany’s National Socialism, but deadly nevertheless. One could say that both regimes were for the ruling class ethnic majority, whether they were Slavic or Teutonic. By any measure, the USSR was anti-Semitic nearly its entire existence. Jewish aspirations for equality within an atheist, socialist ‘paradise’ were never realized. If there ever was any sort of conspiracy, it involved misplaced Jewish loyalties, an exchange of their centuries-long trust in God and self for a sudden, inexplicable trust in Gentile strangers and godless, romantic, utopian politics. The final results, with more than a million Jews having already fled the former Soviet Union in recent decades, speak for themselves.

In addition to this, the international Jewish banking conspiracy appears highly unlikely when one examines who actually owns and runs the largest and most powerful banking firms in today’s world. With the exception of Goldman Sachs, most of them are either Japanese or European, not Jewish. The conspiracy-minded always fixate on the fact that the Federal Reserve is privately owned. Yes it is, but almost none of the original owners were or are Jewish. In fact, every bank that was involved in the formation of the Federal Reserve is now a multi-national corporation that is publicly traded on the stock exchange. Because of this anyone can own a portion of the Federal Reserve, at least indirectly. Jewish ownership in the system is minimal. It is actually quite unfortunate that the age of the Rothschilds, the world’s most powerful Jewish family of bankers, has ended. Because of their pacifist policies and investment strategies, they brought more wealth to more people than perhaps any other family in history. Even at the time, they were the exception rather than the rule.

The so-called Zionist conspiracy is also a joke. Zionism consists of personally accepting that the Jewish nation-state of Israel has the right to exist. In light of the Holocaust, I’d call that little more than simple decency. Refusing to do so is much like the cruelty of school-yard bullies that just can’t seem to leave the new Jewish kid alone. It takes more courage to defend the disliked than to defame them. Amazingly, Islam’s one billion people, many of them extremely hostile to Jews, will accuse Israel, with seven million citizens on a tiny sliver of land, of being the actual bully. More amazingly, agnostic Europe still occasionally agrees with such nonsense. What’s my conclusion? The only real conspiracy is that of the pigeons, many of them former Rabbis. Their origins remain mysterious and they have lived, almost exclusively, in towns and cities since the days of ancient Babylon. After having observed them for many years, I suspect them to be far more intelligent than you or I would have ever imagined. They just hide it from us, the rude giants called humans.

The Freemasonry conspiracy also seems like horse manure considering that many Masons are devout Christians as well. Why would a world-wide organization of mostly older Christian men attempt to plan a global, pagan, totalitarian dictatorship to destroy Christianity? It didn’t make any sense at all. The truth is that Freemasonry was, and probably still is, very anti-Catholic. The historical facts clearly show that many of them plotted for centuries to secure as much freedom and independence from Vatican City as possible. The assassination of the first and only Roman Catholic President, John F. Kennedy, in a nation founded by Freemasons, by a bullet that apparently defied the very laws of physics, remains quite troubling. This does not mean the Freemasons were responsible, but it also does not mean they are completely innocent. Besides, Freemasonry is now a failing organization that most Evangelical Protestant Christians of today refuse to join. Because of this, the Masons will continue to dwindle in numbers and power as the years go by. In comparison, Roman Catholicism still grows steadily as immigration from Latin America continues. Their children will end up Knights of Columbus and not Freemasons. As it states in the Wall Street Journal, ‘Let there be open borders.’ A future Latin American Pope is more than likely. Meanwhile, serious researchers have discovered more than a little nonsense in some of Freemasonry’s ultra-secret rites and ceremonies, including a whopping 33 different levels, or degrees, of membership. The adventurous, glory days of secretly conspiring against ‘all-powerful’ Popes and Kings are slowly coming to an end. Christianity continues, as does Judaism and Islam.

One possible conspiracy never mentioned, but worth noting, is that of male circumcision. For whatever reason, the United States is one of the only nations besides Israel and Muslim countries that circumcise their male children. This is a fairly recent phenomenon, most of it occurring after World War II. The practice is virtually unknown in Europe and Asia. Calling it standard medical procedure or claiming it is done for purposes of hygiene doesn’t really explain why Japan and Sweden, with comparable medical expertise, do not practice it. One historian may provide some clues to the puzzle:

All this is of significance because it is concerned with the fact
that there is an age-old Western tradition, much battered
and destroyed in recent generations, that has sent up new,
living shoots of vigorous growth since 1945.

- Tragedy & Hope, by Carroll Quigley, p.1232

Also intriguing is the fact that the future king of Great Britain, Prince Charles, is circumcised in a nation where literally no one else is, besides for Jewish and Muslim citizens. I believe that this conspiracy, if it actually is one, should prosper. As Jesus once stated about the old laws, which included mandatory circumcision for males, ‘Do not think I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish the law, but to fulfill it.’ (Matthew 5:17) Hopefully, this process will continue and become a permanent Christian tradition that will branch out into other countries until all the nations on earth routinely circumcise their male children. However, the question of how it became a standard American medical practice and who was behind it remains unanswered. Nevertheless, future generations should take heed of the warning that, ‘Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice, you cannot be saved.’ (Acts 15:1)

The present American situation of Christian Gentiles circumcising their male children may not last unfortunately. One never knows when the political fringe will organize and begin calling for a ban on circumcision. What happens when, and if, circumcision is declared illegal and considered a criminal offense? Will anyone resist and will anybody care? It is not a good sign that some Jewish mothers of today are making it a point to leave their own sons uncircumcised. History tells us that, almost two centuries before Christianity, this exact same phenomenon began to occur among the Hellenized Jews. At one point, the Greek rulers of Israel, along with their mainly homosexual, tyrannical Jewish allies, boldly made circumcision a crime punishable by death in order to destroy Judaism. Any Jewish mothers caught with circumcised male infants had their own babies tied around their necks and were then thrown down from a wall to their deaths. It should not be surprising that, among these same Greeks, and later the Romans, the practice of pedophilia (pederasty) was very common, socially accepted, and perfectly legal. State-sponsored and tax-funded temples dedicated to Venus, the so-called goddess of love, included little boys and little girls being forcibly used as temple prostitutes and sex slaves.

In contrast, Jewish law condemned pedophilia and made it a capital offense. The Babylonian Talmud states quite clearly: ‘Pederasty is punished by [death].’ (Nezikin III, Sanhedrin 54a) Though it may have taken centuries, the Christian religion eventually imposed a Jewish code of sexual morality upon the entire Roman Empire, and all its citizens, that made child prostitution, along with pedophilia, a heinous crime. Many other perverted practices were also prohibited including rape, incest, bestiality, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexuality, sodomy, fellatio, prostitution, pornography and masturbation. Regardless of St. Paul’s reluctant tolerance, this Christian code of moral law should now include circumcision as a common, perhaps even required, practice among all Christians world-wide. Pedophilia should be a crime, not circumcision.

Studying history carefully, I must admit to sensing a modern conspiracy against Christianity, most especially the Roman Catholic Church. During the French Revolution, hundreds of unarmed monks and priests were murdered, nuns were raped, and Churches were transformed into pagan, and even Satanic, temples where midnight orgies were held with whores spreading their legs right upon the altar. Stalin continued in this hate-filled tradition by executing and imprisoning thousands of priests and monks, as well as dozens of Rabbis. In Western Europe, 600 priests were murdered in less than a month during the Spanish Civil War. Adolph Hitler mockingly dismissed Christianity as just another ‘Jewish swindle’ and sent quite a few priests, monks and nuns to the death camps to work and die alongside the Jews. Communist China continues to persecute Christians on a daily basis. Sad to say, Christianity and the Church have been badly damaged in France, Russia, Spain and Germany. It is being choked to death in China. I had just been contemplating this perplexing anti-Christian conspiracy when I first discovered the eye below the pyramid.

Roving Eye of Pedophilia Opposed to the Mark of Circumcision

The Conspiracy Against... ------------------- Christianity Itself

The incident, if you want to call it that, happened late one night. I was just sitting there, still totally confused about what the eye above the pyramid represented, when I pulled out a dollar bill to look at it. I suddenly turned the dollar bill upside down and, for the first time, truly looked at the eye below the pyramid. For some reason, it seemed like the eye was staring straight back at me as if it were actually seeing me. Someone, who was somewhere else, was somehow looking, through this eye below the pyramid, directly at me. Never being easily scared before, I nonetheless found this very frightening. As Nietzsche once warned, ‘When you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back.’ I nervously looked away for several minutes and then, after gaining enough courage, I looked at the eye below the pyramid yet again. It still seemed to be looking straight at me. This incident may be quite similar to what Moses experienced when he encountered the burning bush.

An angel of the LORD appeared to him in fire flaming out of
a bush. As he looked on, he was surprised to see that the bush,
though on fire, was not consumed. So Moses decided, ‘I must go
over to look at this remarkable sight, and see why the bush is
not burned.’

- Exodus 3:2-3

A few days, then weeks, then months went by and I started to forget about the incident. I had by then basically decided that the eye below the pyramid was, in fact, the eye of the Devil. This was mainly because it had scared the wits out of me the first time I saw it. Upon first impression, the eye’s expression looked kind of mean, possibly even dangerous. Even so, it only took a few more years for me to change my mind completely about the eye below the pyramid. I have now concluded that, if I were ever forced to decide, I would choose the eye above the pyramid as Satan, the bad guy, and the eye below the pyramid as God, the good guy. Over time, I also began to realize that, during the initial encounter, the eye below had been trying, like with Moses, to tell me, ‘I am the God of your forefathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Moses, the God of Rabbi Jesus, the God of Roman Catholicism, the God of your Baptism and the God of your Confirmation.’ I’d just been too startled to understand this at the time.

The Four Elements of the Star of David

In particular, and after thorough study of the Bible, I have decided that, given no other choices, the eye above the pyramid is the one and only Mark of Cain that God placed upon Cain’s forehead after being banished for murdering his brother Abel. Furthermore, I have come to believe that the eye above the pyramid is the actual Mark of the Beast (666) as well. This is because, in reality, the Mark of Cain and the Mark of the Beast are the exact same symbol.

Notice that, in the Book of Genesis, the death of Cain or any of his descendants is never even mentioned, while the exact age of death is carefully noted for everyone else? Did Cain or any of his sons ever really die or are they still alive? Could it also be possible that Cain is, in fact, the Beast or the Devil? The following chart shows the clear connections between these two marks.

Aspect of Beast: Old Testament --> New Testament

The Mark of the Beast: So the LORD put a mark on Cain, lest anyone should kill him at sight. (Genesis 4:15) --> It forced all the people…to be given a mark on their right hand or their forehead, so that no one could buy or sell except one who had the mark of the beast. (Revelation 13:16-17)
The Number of the Beast: The gold that Solomon received every year weighed 666 gold talents. (I Kings 10:14) --> This calls for wisdom: let anyone with understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. His number is 666. (Revelation 13:18)

On the other hand, the eye below the pyramid probably symbolizes Abel, the lamb slain since the foundation of the world. As the Bible states: ‘Your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground.’ (Genesis 4:11) It is also the actual 'seal of the living God' placed upon the foreheads of 144,000 male virgins chosen from the 12 tribes of Israel.

‘Then I saw another angel…holding the seal of the living God.
He cried out in a loud voice to the four angels…‘Do not damage
the land or the sea or the trees until we put the seal on the
foreheads of the servants of our God.’ I heard the number of those
who had been marked with the seal, one hundred and forty-four
thousand marked from every tribe of the Israelites.

- Revelation 7:2-4

Medical science tells us that, for whatever reason, our eyes actually see everything upside down. The brain is then required to reverse the images it receives, thus resulting in normal visual perception. With that in mind, take notice that 666 is 999 upside down. Legend states that Christ was crucified with three 9 inch metal nails. The Beatles also mention this number on their White Album when they chant, ‘Number 9, Number 9, Number 9.’ This tradition is also why the American Rock band calls itself Nine Inch Nails.

A careful reading of Revelation, as well as some common sense, should lead one to suspect that the ‘Mark of the Beast’ and the ‘Seal of the Living God’ must be probably complete, polar opposites in appearance, just like the letters W and M or the numbers 6 and 9. The eye above the pyramid and the eye below the pyramid meet those requirements. Skeptics may be quick to remind you that these two different marks mentioned in the Bible could, in fact, be an entirely different set of symbols. After years of study and research, I no longer believe in that possibility. In fact, I would even claim that both of these symbols are as old as time and have been seen and understood throughout history. Without a doubt, the Mark of Cain is the Mark of the Beast and is represented by the eye above the pyramid- the calm, deceitful eye of Cain who was ‘a murderer from the beginning [and] when he tells a lie, he speaks in character, because he is a liar and the father of all lies.’ (John 8:44) Similarly, the eye below the pyramid is the Seal of the Living God and is representative of Abel’s outrage over being murdered. It can’t be that simple, some would say. Believe it or not, it may well be that simple. Readers are free to disagree with these conclusions.

<-------- Versus -------->
666 Mark of the Beast 666 _________ 999 - Seal of the Living God - 999

Regardless of those particular issues, there are many other reasons for concluding that the eye above the pyramid symbolizes the bad guy. First, it obviously represents the Egyptian enslavement of the Hebrews during the time of Moses when they were forced to build monuments for dead people, including pyramids. As the Bible states: ‘And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in mortar, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field.’ (Exodus 1:14) The Israelites never built pyramids, they built in squares, including their tents. In comparison, the Aztecs, Mayans, and Incans all built pyramids and also practiced Satanic human sacrifice and cannibalism on an unprecedented scale. Because of this history, the eye above the pyramid is not symbolic of freedom, but of slavery.

Second, the eye above is located on top of an Egyptian pyramid, traditionally a monument to the dead. Therefore this eye would represent, not the eye of the living God, but the eye of a dead Pharaoh still attempting to rise up from the dead and rule from beyond the grave. With that in mind, this eye represents not life, but death. Remember, the God of Israel ‘is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to Him all are alive.’ (Luke 20:38)

Third, there is plenty of modern slang that is derogatory and that specifically refers to the eye above the pyramid in an insulting, rebellious manner. Many would say that it stands for being uppity, like some snot with their nose in the air, who believes they are above it all, even above the law. It is not having a high IQ, it’s simply being an air-head. It certainly does not symbolize Lenin’s ‘commanding heights of the economy,’ On the contrary, it’s a bullshit pyramid scheme, a tall tale nearing bankruptcy. Instead of being a sign of financial stability, it is a clear indication that you are about to go belly-up! It is not being on top of the situation, but simply another way of deliberately overlooking major difficulties, hoping they will magically go away. In short, the eye above the pyramid stands for little more than dangerous arrogance and self-destructive pride.

At worst, the eye above the pyramid is a pie in the sky, head in the clouds, high-minded Ponzi scheme and it stinks like high heaven. At best, it is foolishly putting your ass out on a line for no one in particular and for no particular reason except, of course, to make yourself look like a hero in front of others. Some may be frightened or even intimidated by this so-called New World Order but, behind the facade, it is simply an infantile game of ‘look at my butt’ or ‘kiss my ass’ that only filthy-minded people like to play. As the ole’ Southern song recommends: ‘Look away, look away, look away, Dixieland.’

At the same time, one could claim that the eye below the pyramid does not always mean scraping the bottom of the barrel, being down and out, in the pits, or buried six feet under. Instead, it stands for grass roots, down to earth virtues, or even a bottom-up approach to deep-seated problems. In many ways, the eye below is an undervalued solution that, like buried treasure, lies just underneath the surface. It symbolizes the underlying universal truths, the root causes of goodness that touch us deep down, from the bottom of our hearts. We can’t all be top dog, so there’s nothing wrong with cheering for the underdog most of the time. The eye below the pyramid is almost certainly the reason why the nation of Australia is nicknamed the Land Down Under. Wise business owners and investors refer to it as ‘the bottom line.’ In many ways, the eye below the pyramid represents a real hero, who would never dare to commit high crimes and misdemeanors or stage a mutiny at high seas, but would gladly disobey unjust laws to fight the good fight for the down-trodden, much like the white Yankee northerners who helped to hide escaped slaves as a part of the Underground Railroad.

The eye above the pyramid has an expression that, when studied carefully, seems stuck-up as opposed to the righteous anger and jealousy found in the eye below the pyramid. ‘For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God.’ (Exodus 20:5) A classic Rock song captures the upper crust, uptight, snobbishness this eye seems to express as it gazes out from the heights of wealth and power, a classic example of what Hannah Arendt referred to as the ‘banality of evil.’

I am the eye in the sky. Looking at you, I can read your
mind. I am the maker of rules dealing with fools, I can cheat
you blind.

- Eye in the Sky, by the Allan Parsons Project

In addition, there are several Biblical passages strongly suggesting that the eye above the pyramid is the real bad guy. It does not, in any way, represent Ronald Reagan’s ‘shining city upon a hill’ nor a ‘light unto the gentiles’ nor God’s ‘holy mountain’ as mentioned by Isaiah and several other prophets of Israel. Seen literally, it is nothing more than a man-made structure, a tomb for the dead tyrant Pharaoh, not Mount Sinai. The pertinent Biblical verses include the following:

You [Lucifer] said in your heart: "I will scale the heavens, above
the stars of God I will set up my throne; I will take my seat on the
Mount of Assembly, in the recesses of the North. I will ascend
above the tops of the clouds; I will be like the Most High!" Yet
down to the nether world you go, to the recesses of the pit!

- Isaiah 14:13-15

Upon a high and lofty mountain you made your bed, and there
you went up to offer sacrifice. Behind the door and the doorpost
you placed your indecent symbol. Deserting me, you spread out
your high, wide bed, and of those whose embraces you love you
carved the symbol and gazed upon it…While you sent your
ambassadors far away, down even to the nether world.

- Isaiah 57:7-9

Beware! I am against you, destroying mountain, destroyer of the
entire earth, says the LORD; I will stretch forth my hand against
you, roll you down over the cliffs, and make you a burnt mountain.
They will not take from you a cornerstone, or a foundation stone;
ruins forever shall you be, says the LORD.

- Jeremiah 51:25-26

There also seems to be considerable evidence that quite a few individuals have been well aware of the eye below the pyramid and that both symbols are thousands of years old. The astonishing influence of these two symbols can be seen throughout the English language. Even today, they continue to shape the creation of new words and phrases, including modern terms such as: corporate downsizing, upscale apartments, rock bottom prices, top of the line merchandise, getting paid under the table or having a high-end job. Here are just a few, obvious examples:

Topic --> Eye Above, Eye Below
Standard --> Above standard, Below standard
Technology --> High tech, Low tech
Internet --> Log on, Log off
Urban --> Uptown, Downtown
Class --> High class, Low class
Greetings --> What’s up?, What’s going down?
Self-control --> Lighten up, Calm down
Patience --> Wait up!, Slow down!
Qualify --> Above all, it was wrong, At bottom, it was wrong

The original authors of the Bible, as well as many of its main characters, were most surely familiar with these two symbols. Moses certainly must have known about them. Why else would he have used the expression an ‘eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth?’ (Deuteronomy 19:21) King David and his contemporaries were most probably acquainted with them as well. Nothing else explains the following verse from Psalms:

The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
By the LORD has this been done, it is wonderful in our eyes.

- Psalms 118:22-23

The prophet Isaiah was also quite aware of it. The eye below the pyramid is exactly what he is referring to in the passage: ‘See, I am laying a stone in Zion, a stone that has been tested, a precious cornerstone as a sure foundation. He who puts his faith in it will not be shaken.’ (Isaiah 28:16) Remember, cornerstones are the very first stones put into the ground, placed there at the beginning of the foundations. Capstones are the last stones put at the very top. Logically speaking, only the eye below the pyramid could possibly represent a cornerstone.

The Eye Above is a Capstone... -------- No
t a Cornerstone

It is also fairly obvious that Rabbi Jesus knew full well about the eye below the pyramid. Why else would He have emphasized and repeated the same passage from Psalms, warning his listeners: ‘Everyone who falls on that stone will be dashed to pieces, and it will crush anyone on whom it falls’? (Luke 20:18) In addition to this, both the Apostles Peter and Paul also specifically refer to these same verses from Psalms in their own New Testament letters. They compare ‘the stone the builders rejected’ to Jesus who was crucified (rejected), yet through His resurrection became the cornerstone of an entirely new religion. In other words, it is the eye below the pyramid that most represents Christianity and not the eye above the pyramid. Likewise, Rabbi Jesus was clearly referring to the eye below the pyramid when He told Peter, ‘You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.’ (Matthew 16:18) Keep in mind that Peter was crucified upside down by the Romans.

Legend also states that this symbol represents a circumcised penis with the eye symbolizing the circumcised tip of the organ. In particular, the eye below the pyramid is a G-rated substitute for Noah’s flaccid, circumcised penis which Ham saw by accident. He then told his two brothers Shem and Japheth that their father had no foreskin. This angered Noah who had planned on teaching his sons the ancient Divine traditions first before having them circumcise themselves. Many of these traditions, which included a secret explanation about the two eyes of the pyramid, dated back to the time of Abel who had also circumcised himself before being murdered by his uncircumcised brother Cain. Using both symbols also helps to explain what Scriptures is actually talking about in the following passage:

Eye Above Verse --> Eye Below Verse --> Eye Above Verse (Bible)
I. The alien residing among you will rise higher and higher above you while --> you sink lower and lower. He will lend to you, not you to him. --> He will become the head, you the tail. (Deuteronomy 28:43-44)
II. For the LORD is the great God, the great king over all gods, --> whose hand holds the depths of the earth, --> who owns the tops of the mountains. (Psalms 95:3-4)
III. Raise a glad cry you heavens, the LORD has done this. --> Shout you depths of the earth. --> Break forth, you mountains, into song. (Isaiah 44:23)
IV. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. --> Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket. --> It is set on a lamp stand, where it gives light to all in the house. (Matthew 5:14-15)
V. The one who comes from above is above all. --> The one who is of the earth is earthy…but --> the one who comes from heaven is above all. (John 3:31)

The use of these two symbols, the eye above and the eye below the pyramid, as a method of both analysis and explanation is most certainly related to what Marxists used to call dialectical materialism. It is high time that more and more individuals become familiarized with the eye below the pyramid and the fact that it too has a very long history and meaning to it. Along with the prophets, Roman Catholic historian Carroll Quigley almost certainly knew about the symbol. He makes it fairly obvious in the following passage:

In each country the supply of money took the form of an
inverted pyramid or cone balanced on its point. In the
point was a supply of gold and its equivalent certificates; on
the intermediate level was a much larger supply of notes and
at the top, with an open and expandable upper surface, was
an even greater supply of deposits.

- Tragedy & Hope, by Caroll Quigley, p.54

The Rabbis who wrote the Babylonian Talmud were also familiar with both symbols. Nothing else explains the repeated saying: ‘The native would be in the earth and the stranger in the highest heavens? Yes, the like has found his like and is aroused.’ (Mo’ed II, ‘Erubin 9a) Note that placing the two pyramids, or triangles, together creates a Star of David. For centuries, numerous Christians have used this star as a hex to drive off demons and other evil spirits.

+ =
Heaven -------------------------- Earth ---------------- The Star of David

Traditionally in Judaism the upright triangle stands for Heaven, the inverted triangle for the Earth, while putting both together symbolizes Heaven and Earth, a golden age of peace and prosperity for all. Using this same technique, it becomes easier to understand certain concepts and phrases from historically significant people. The following chart is a sampling of this eye for an eye type of analysis.

Idea (Individual): Eye Above --> Eye Below --> Both Eyes (Star of David)
Philosophy (Hegel): Thesis --> Antithesis --> Hypothesis
Psychology (Freud): Id --> Superego --> Ego
Judaism (Rabbi Hillel): If I am not for myself, who will be? --> If I am not for others, what am I? --> If not now, when?
Christianity (Rabbi Jesus, Mark 3:23-4): How can Satan --> Cast out Satan? If a kingdom is --> divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
Mysticism (Meister Eckhart): The eye by which I see God is the --> same as the eye by which God sees me. --> My eye and God’s eye are one and the same.
Music (The Rolling Stones): There’s heads, --> There’s tails, just call me Lucifer --> And I’m in need of some restraint.

Hopefully by now I have managed to convince you that the eye below the pyramid is quite real, meaningful, and most certainly not a coincidence. Taken as a whole, this age-old riddle of the Founding Fathers is far more than meets the eye. Keep in mind that both eyes are symbolic of the pagan principle: ‘As above, so below.’ In particular, the Bible itself makes far more sense once you’ve been made aware of the eye below the pyramid. Many Scriptural verses refer to one or both pyramids on numerous occasions. Personally, I still cannot truly explain how or why I first recognized this symbol. I do remain confident, however, that my initial encounter was, in fact, a supernatural event- a sign from the Holy Ghost. So, even though I cannot prove it as an empirical fact, the evidence indicates that the eye below the pyramid has been known for millennia and remains one of history’s better kept secrets. Go tell the world until isn’t a secret anymore.

At bottom, this symbol is neither the evil eye, nor the troll under the bridge, nor the monster under the bed. It is simply a part of both Judaism and Christianity. The Jewish Torah states: ‘The God of your father…blesses you, with the blessings of the heavens above, [and] the blessings of the abyss that crouches below.’ (Genesis 49:25) Just as the New Testament proclaims: ‘I Jesus…am the root and the branch of David. I am the bright, morning star.’ (Revelation 22:16) Even children can understand these adult concepts intuitively, as in the nursery rhyme: ‘Twinkle, twinkle little star. How I wonder where you are.’ Remember your dreams, now and forever.

The Star of Creation

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Neoliteralism, a 21st Century Theology

Neoliteralism, the Cornerstone of Judeo-Christian Theology

Today, there are a countless number of methods along with differing schools of thought when it comes to Bible Studies and Theology. At least some astute observers might say there are already far too many, with each 'method' or 'school' contradicting another so that these traditionally Christian fields of study have become nothing more than a 'Mystery Babylon' intellectual enterprise. Obviously, adding yet another catchy term to the list would seem to be compounding the problem, rather than providing a solution. Nevertheless, the project of Neoliteralism, a new term for a new scholarly outlook, has only one intent and that is simplification. Neoliteralism, as the word implies, presumes to take the Bible literally, but it also includes a basic understanding of what the Bible represents. This understanding is simple, not complex, and general, rather than specific. Thus, a perfect example of Neoliteralism can be seen in the following comments and remarks:

I. The Holy Bible is the most published, read, studied, documented, analyzed, interpreted and discussed book ever known in the history of the world.
II. The Holy Bible is currently available in more alphabets, languages, and versions which are spoken and written by more ethnicities and cultures than any other book on earth today.
III. The Holy Bible is the the single most influential book underlying the development of nearly all the written languages still used on earth today.
IV. The Holy Bible is the official text of Christianity, the largest religion with the most followers in the entire world.
V. The Holy Bible is the cornerstone of monotheism, represented by the three great religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
VI. The Holy Bible is the chronological story of a single family's relationship with a specific supernatural entity that began in 3760 B.C. with Adam and ended with Joshua ben Joseph (Jesus) in 33 A.D.
VII. The Holy Bible is the most powerful piece of literature in the modern world that has inspired, motivated, and influenced more individuals to think and act in more ways than any other written document in the history of the world.

Even if the simple generalizations just mentioned may appear controversial to some readers, each one of them is not only true, but a scientific fact that cannot be denied or dis-proven. In other words, Neoliteralism is willing to make ample use of the Statistical Sciences in order to further its primary agenda, simplicity. Is simplicity an objective goal? Is simplicity biased or politically motivated? The answers to both of those questions depend on the assumptions of what simplicity will do to the fields of Theology and Religious Studies. Put bluntly, there is an infinite number of ways of interpreting Neoliteralism's emphasis on simplicity. The non-believer might suspect that it is simply a code word for fundamentalist Christianity intent on quashing complex, sophisticated dissent of traditional Biblical belief systems. On the other hand, the believer may mistake simplicity as either an attempt to water down or dilute Christian truth or an absurd strategy to tear down the Church which has been built upon a continuing accumulation of scholarship compiled and studied throughout the centuries.

In other words, religious scholars may well be skeptical of this new contraption, this intellectual tool known as Neoliteralism. All things considered, they have every right to be. Indeed, for most readers this is the first mention of the word Neoliteralism. This original piece of jargon could end up being nothing more than another case of self-promotion. Theologians and Religious Scholars, just like nearly everybody in today's world, crave attention. They crave readers, listeners, endowments, large offices, and higher salaries. For some, the spread of Christian intellectual truth is also a strong underlying motivation.

With that in mind, Neoliteralism must be honest with itself and with others about what the term really means. This includes the inventor of the word and author of this essay. In other words, who is the man behind the curtain pulling the strings of Neoliteralism? Well, for starters, Neoliteralism is obviously a self-interested attempt to be different. Are not all 'methods' and 'outlooks' found in Theology the same way? Of course they are. Theologians, like all intellectuals, entered the field out of a desire to have their religious ideas read and listened to by others. Assuming the factor of self-interest remains, here are the basic, and specific, agendas underlying Neoliteralism.

I. Neoliteralism is Catholic: Catholic Christianity is emphasized because it is older and has more adherents than Protestantism. The reason is simple, St. Peter was specifically chosen to be the leader by Joshua (Jesus) (NOTE: the author of this essay is a practicing Roman/Ukrainian Catholic scholar.)
II. Neoliteralism is Judaic: Athens, Greco-Roman Philosophy, and Hellenism are ignored in favor of Jerusalem, Mysticism, and Judaism. The reason is simple, Joshua (Jesus) was and is a Jew.
III. Neoliteralism is Iconoclastic: Extreme anti-Christian sentiments and assumptions found in the visual arts proves their inherently Pagan and demonic tendencies. The reason is simple, God prohibited the graven image as one of the Ten Commandments
IV. Neoliteralism is Scientific: Darwin's Theory of Evolution is losing ground due to scientific dissent among experts. Natural law is concurrent with biological behavior of other mammalian species.
V. Neoliteralism is Evangelical: The continued popularity of the Bible, of Christianity, and their combined historical influence clearly indicates supernatural forces that cannot be explained scientifically. The probability of Christianity's success and the Bible's best-selling status are statistically impossible. Judeo-Christian theology is a statistically significant reality.
VI. Neoliteralism is Judeo-Christian: Numerous sayings and parables found in the Gospels have exact parallels in the Talmud, the Apocrypha, and in modern Orthodox Judaism.

VII. Neoliteralism is Catholic, Judaizing, Iconoclast, Scientist, Evangelist, and Judeo-Christian.

Honesty should not condemn a new idea, theory, or paradigm. In short, these particular aspects of Neoliteralism cannot, and should not, disqualify it from being taken seriously. No type of Theology can ever be objective due to the pre-existing preferences of their creator or inventor. Most importantly, the above statements of subjectivity represent a key component in Neoliteralism. How so? By admitting the simple, unspoken truth of Theology and Biblical Studies. Rather than remain in denial, Neoliteralism simply accepts the reality of dualism embedded in the historical differences of Judeo-Christian thought.

Sometimes, like a coin with only two sides, objective study of these differences is impossible to achieve. Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, even nonbelievers and Pagan, are either Catholic or Protestant because, regardless of their personal faith, they will always prefer one over another. This understanding is also true concerning the traditional Christian stereotypes which have, at times, erupted into violent opposition. Historically speaking, the Glorious Revolution of England and the Iconoclasm Rebellion of the Byzantine Empire are perfect examples of ideas armed with swords. Everyone, including every theologian is, in the end, either a Judaizer or a Hellenizer, an Iconophil or an Iconoclast, an Artist or a Scientist, who is Private or Evangelical about being Christian or Judeo-Christian. To summarize, Neoliteralism is brutally honest about its intentions of being barbarically simple about Theology and Biblical Studies. Complexity and sophistication are both acceptable, but there must be balance instead of a one-sided journey into obscurity and obsolescence.

May the LORD God bless you in the name of St. Judas Maccabaeus.

Jason Nicholas Korning