TRUTH and GOOD BOOKS


I AM A SEEKER OF TRUTH

First, Do not get the impression I am against any, belief, religion, faith, denomination, sect or following.  I am neither an atheist nor an agnostic.  I write what I see and I see a lot.

I am Jewish by birth and belief, somewhere between reform and conservative  I am a Journalist, photographer, writer and with sufficient college in the arts, sciences and two years of religions, I believe I have been exposed to understanding of the various faiths of the world. 

My faith, a moderate Jewish belief has traditions, simple prayer cloths and a Yarmulke, just like the POPE wears, he took it from the Jews since it designated a pious individual.  

We have no devil, no bogeymen, no triplication, no fake forgiveness, no spiritual cleansing of sin, you screw up, get caught, you pay the price.  You can’t buy your way from sin and touching the TV screen and mumbling a few words will not get you salvation, more likely you will get a carpet shock from static electricity.

But as humanoids, we are human, frail sometimes moral and easily converted, as it will happen down the road other beliefs are imposed, suggested, tried, or have found their path to your heart.  Your guilt, their solution, you fall prey.  For those who believe in TV Ministries, you are termed Bablically declined, very lazy, insecure and unable to commune with those in your own real church.   

If you believe the TV thats you will be saved by some mortal professing a secret knowledge or friendship with Christ and or God, you are suffering from a lack of common sense and have fallen to the false profit.  For those who do things for the good, help the poor, feed the starving and follow your Beatitudes  and keep it in the right perspective, May God Bless You. 

In a vision I see God turning to Jesus, Moses and Mohammed, and saying “ How in the name of heaven, did you let this fake stuff get started?  It’s like they are trying to buy me off.  I don’t play that game!  Then God asked “Do these weaklings think money is the physical property, of the key to salvation”.   I proclaim, unfortunately sending a stranger money, especially one who has some bullsh*t story to go with the new airplane or rolls Royce request is the key to blasphemy and stupidity.


MAMMON - THE GOD OF MONEY

In many cultures of the world, the Money God, (in the Hindu world is called “Mammon”) is not a good GOD.  Mammon /ˈmæmən/ in the New Testament of the Bible is commonly thought to mean money or material wealth and is associated with the greedy pursuit of gain.  Jesus used the term Mammon, “You cannot serve both God and Mammon," ...

The Babeller is one who can talk the talk,  but doesn’t walk the walk nor live his life that way, his goal is your money, he just babbles and plays the righteous game.

He even is seen, like Benny Hinn usually wearing some expensive cloak like this cute 500 dollar number featured here available in multiple colors at  www.LuciferStyles.com...   Why, It’s a Benny Hinn Special.... It’s thats fake, over the top.

I leave room for those who claim a gigantic spiritual upheaval took place in their life transforming them overnight as significant. Like when redoing the wiring of a lamp and you forgot to unplug it.   

When we research the story, we usually find out that, imagination and guilt eradication to some are real.  Churches are full of redemption, thats why people go there. Confession is good, apology to the person or thing you harmed is better.  Except when it comes to law and eventually the laws of society show up.  Jail is an excellent recruiter of faith based criminals, crooks, perverts and violators.

I AM A PERSON OF FAITH
What exactly is a “person of faith”?  It depends.  If we define it simplistically: “ A person of faith is one who is guided by a set of rules and ideals that supposedly creates a path of ultimate righteousness in their daily walks in life”.  

It is NOT their personal guarantee to you of their beliefs.  About 99% of it is bullshit.  I predict and believe those telling you they are a person of faith missed the point, It’s their deeds, not their mouth that makes them a person of faith.  I trust them not, they are the worst.  They wear religion on their sleeves.  

     

GOOD BOOKS - BANNED BY THE TEXAS SCHOOL BOARD
Ignore the books banned by the Texas School Board, also known as the burn in hell fundamentalists... the extremely ignorant church ladies and a man or two who are fundamentally so incorrect. And all on the board from one church were bused in volume to an unannounced meeting to determine the books in school libraries that are allowed in Texas.

Many states with no regulations simply copy them from Texas, which is about the stupidest, most ignorant, lazy, ill-informed, duty any school official or elected official can have.

What we read , see and question, is protected by the first amendment, it’s called Freedom of Speech.  The Da Vinci Code and Harry Potter - I Loved the movies and the books...  The Catholic Church powered by the POPES, would rather never of seen the book, a best seller, “  The Da Vinci Code”,  which delves into the conversion of Paganism to Catholicism during the turbulent period of time of the Priory of Scion and the Knights Templar.  And scores some really good points about the fallacies and wrongdoings of the church.

And Harry Potter, banned by the Texas Board of Education from its libraries. 10 on that board of twelve are Evangelicals belonging to one church.   Harry Potter encouraged more children to read, all 600 pages, than anything else those brain-washed board members suggested, the majority being their own cult approved, Gospel laden feel good trash. 

How in anyones rational mind can they condemn a book about spirits when their own beliefs are all in a book about fairy tales, the Bible was not written by God, it was assembled by man from stories, and cleverly re-written thirteen times by the Popes for their financial benefits. Who doesn’t like to read a good banned book every now and then?  Here are the Books those Christians banned from school libraries.

Native Son   *  Of Mice and Men  *   The Pentagon Papers  *   Sophie’s Choice  *   Slaughterhouse - Five *  Ulysses     
To Kill a Mockingbird    *   The Color Purple   *  Death of a Salesman Howl  *   The Catcher in the Rye...
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire    *   The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn   *  James and the Giant Peach
Brave New World   *  Lord of the Flies  *   Gone With the Wind  *   and others...

The TEXAS SCHOOL BOARD also known as the “ TEXAS TALIBAN”  based on their strict religious beliefs basically enforcing their viewpoint on others.  Among the changes made by the board was the elimination of Thomas Jefferson from a list of thinkers who had inspired revolutions around the world.  Conservatives object to Jefferson’s support for a clear separation of Church and State.  

This is against the basic tenet of Church and State,  and the first Amendment of free speech. Nine or ten members of that board, recently were elected in a landslide, since they had bused the church goers in to vote them in.


EDUCATION IS THREATENED

Your kid will be exposed to ADAM and EVE and a snake instead of the proven theory that Amino Acids triggered by water vapor from asteroids landing on the molten mass called earth containing a catalyst that created the first cells on earth. You are building an idiot by allowing this both fairly thinking and its time the states got their own book boards.

And the rise of politician and leaders like Donald Trump who emulates Hitler and supports Betsy DeVos, the chambermaid and mental toilet cleaner who became the Education Cabinet member,  a confirmed very rich nutcase who got the job because she gave Trump millions and wishes to rid the US of public schools. This also needs an investigation, as our scores in math and science are at the bottom of the barrel in the world, we slipped from the top in both and TRUMP as ignorants as he is, took 7.5 Billion dollars from the education budget.

HARRY POTTER IS GOOD
Let us not forget, enough strange miracles, to teach Harry Potter a lesson or two.  Harry never parted water, sought plagues, turned people into salt, or did the Zippo lighting fluid burning bush trick.  
Harry potter did his miracles (and notice no mortals were wounded in the course of Potter events), without large rods, no big staffs, just a small 12” Merlin Inspired Deluxe Leather Bound wizard sticks made from cocobolo wood,  available on line for $39.95 or at Disney.

And for those on a budget with smaller wizards in your house, just liberate some chopsticks from your local Chinese restaurant, some spray paint, and when the paint is still wet, just sprinkle some sparkles on them. 
Hint: Use Chinese chopsticks, 9 inches long vs. Japanese chopsticks 7.5 inches, shorter and too pointy.

Potter did other strange stuff. Thats called fantasy.  I find that pretty amazing since the loyal readers of this Good Book Club the Texas Taliban often call the Potter books blasphemy and out of the box.  Thats just it.  Who's box? Not mine.  

The Good book (AKA most bibles) have an awful lot of fantasy inherent from cover to cover.  And a lot of stories of begetting, incest, murder, wars, and plagues... brothers killing brothers, weird sacrifices, nothing as nice as you might think.  And the naive claim all the bible bull as real.  

The books banned were fiction and designated as such.  The Potter books taught more kids to read than any school system can and it wasn’t a kid read, tough adult words, and it encouraged kids to read and look up words and learn. I ave see a lot of the Bible as a catalyst of hate.

The greatest incentive to reading than the school board ever dreamed up.  The difference, Potter was real fantasy, the religious right promotes fake fantasy. More than the good book did.  It got them excited about reading.  And just so you know Shakespeare did a lot of begetting, homo sexuality in his books and the bibles are no slouch when it comes to debauchery , murder and wars...


THE BOOKS OF RELIGION - THE TRUE ONE?


The humanoid inhabitants of the earth are a worldwide society of people who follow some really strange customs which cross all faiths with doctrine usually found adapted from some form of the "written word’”.   

Nevertheless all the works we base religion on, “ The written word” were created, altered, updated, changed, falsified, screwed with, corrected, abridged, unabridged, mis-interpreted and recreated to suit someone or somethings false doctrine usually a Pope or other Church leader.   

The Dead Sea Scrolls, even The Quran have also been subject to interpretation. Truth sometimes takes a back seat,  If you can’t handle truth, be gone with thee.  The King James Version has been abridged by no less than thirteen Popes and ISIS has their own version of the Muslim faith.

This piece is not a condemnation of religion nor meant to offend anyone. It is about truth, reality and tolerance. I do care what you believe, if... you believe it with an informed healthy heart, not prejudicial to anyone else’s beliefs, and you are not being manipulated by some external force.  

And I would never try to change your thinking, you are the only one that can do that.  If your heart is good , help someone else find that truth, it’s out there, the book does not have all the answers, its man’s word, not Gods... and truth comes from your acts, not someone else’s or the TV set or giving money.  The rest is all a big lie.

Just like when you grew up, you found out, "There was no Easter Bunny".  There were only the temporary pets  (Cute Bunnies and Innocent Chicks) that died shortly after being brought home to reinforce some ridiculous custom.   The law today protects these innocent creatures from the friggen idiots who came up with the practice.

That custom of animal adoption and subsequent mutilation, lack of care, starvation, suicide and murder was imported way before PETA, the ASPCA, and the Animal Control thought it was a bad idea.

Easter reveals rich associations between early Christians and the practices of the pagan religions.  The excellent but quasi-ficticious book and movie 'The Da Vinci Code' is all about this transition. Traditions practiced today evolve from pagan symbols, from the ancient goddess Ishtar. Which leads us to Easter.  

Easter, the most important of the Christian holidays, celebrates the Christ resurrection which occurred  at the time of the vernal equinox, historically a time of pagan celebration. It just "happens" to coincide with the arrival of spring. 

Easter is named for a Saxon goddess who was known by the names of Oestre or Eastre, and in Germany by the name of Ostara.  She is a goddess of the dawn and the spring, and her name derives from words for dawn, the shining light arising from the East.  Our words for the "female hormone" estrogen derives from her name.

  Ostara was, of course, a fertility goddess. Bringing in the end of winter, with the days brighter and growing longer after the vernal equinox.

JESUS -  HIRED AS THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE ELECTRIC COMPANY

Christmas lights are a conspiracy of the electric company to raise the electric bills at the end of the forth quarter so the executives of the company can get their end of year bonuses.  Really, decorating ones house, in many cases trying to outdo the neighbors, is surely a sign of religious reverence.  My close friends house’s have a simple light in the window and the money and time is spent feeding and helping the poor.

Lets face it, building landing zones and glide slopes for Santa makes little or no sense for two weeks when the rest of year you have the worst lawn on the block, dirtiest garbage cans laying at the curb and five cars strewn all over the grass and never spent a minute helping your neighbors or Charities.  

Heres a cute little number to outdo the neighbors...  Only available from Hammacher Schlemmer, this is the fiber optic Christmas tree that creates a dancing cascade of colors along its branches. Only $499.00

Lets take all that electrical wire, led’s, blow up Santa’s, and reindeer, volunteer and spend that money on the poor, help paint a seniors home in need, even help those housing for the needy, medical care, and a little food for the poorest in our country who have risen in numbers to 18%. 

Then I would say religion was doing its job.  Right now much is a joke with millions of dollars being siphoned off by the Prophiteers, the TV preachers, and all the stores selling those lights.


ITS A RETAIL THINGY
Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed most commonly on December 25 as both a religious and cultural celebration around the world.  A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, the celebratory customs associated in various countries with Christmas have a mix of pre-Christian, Christian, and secular themes and origins. 

FACT:   They don’t even know when Jesus was born, around the early to mid fourth century, the Western Christian Church had placed Christmas on December 25, a date later adopted in the East, although some churches celebrate on the December 25 of the older Julian calendar, which, in the Gregorian calendar, currently corresponds to January 7, the day after the Western Christian Church celebrates the Epiphany.   

•  Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift giving, especially bringing gifts to children, who now submit lists for the parents, in duplicate, stupid enough to go along with their kids wishes.   Thus we have a generation of some really stupid kids who have not been taught earning for deeds and good things. This year I saw some wonderful kids who gave their gifts to needy children and really exemplify the meaning of the holiday.

•  Also completing and competing with a wreath, music piped in with the same songs year after year,  and caroling, an exchange of Christmas cards, church services, a special meal, and the display of various decorations, including trees, lights, nativity scenes, garlands, wreaths, mistletoe, and holly.  Most of which will be lying at the curb somewhere around January fifth and making the  garbage.gov men work twice as hard.

•  But the real aspect today of the festival involves heightened economic activity, the holiday has become a significant event and a key sales period for retailers and businesses.  Follow the money, always follow the money.  And it’s really indicative when the believers storm out of the house and head for the malls and big box stores...  we eat we shop.


CATHOLIC VS. PROTESTANT
Catholics were responsible for  “ creatively”  writing the New Testament under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Catholic Church claims it doesn’t  Interpret” the Bible, we explain it.  (Holy Shit I didn’t know that)

Sure they do.  I suppose rewriting the bible thirteen times by different Popes help explain it.   It explained how money comes in...to buy paintings, fancy churches, hide the perverts and child molesters, and once again the poor are on the short end of the stick, staff or fancy gold-laden sticks the priests use. This is a real cheap shot by the Catholics.

The Catholics make it clear the Protestants can only “ Interpret”, because they are not the author guided by the Holy Spirit, and therefore, can only guess at the possible meaning of a chapter, passage or phrase, just as anyone can only guess at any author’s intentions in any other book.   

As the author, the Catholic Church is the only proper authority to consult in matters pertaining to the Bible". The original Douay Version, which is the foundation on which nearly all English Catholic versions are still based, owed its existence to the “ Religious controversies of the sixteenth century”.  

Many Protestant versions of the Scriptures had been issued and were used largely by the Reformers for polemical purposes. The renderings of some of the texts showed evident signs of controversial bias, and it became of the first importance for the English Catholics of the day to be furnished with a translation of their own, on the accuracy of which they could depend and to which they could appeal in the course of argument.     

My Thoughts:  Thats a nice way of saying the Kings and Popes killed anyone and everyone if the current edition of the Bible did not suit their interpretation… Can’t we all get along?


ISLAM - MORE DEFINITIVE FACTS and the QURAN
About the same time in hundreds of years another version of religion developed.  Islam is the religion articulated by the Qur’an, a text considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of God and by the Prophet of Islam Muhammad’s teachings and normative example. 

Islam literally means "submission to God.  The words Muslim, the word for an adherent of Islam, and Islam are grammatical derivatives of the Arabic verb meaning "surrender, submit" 

Muslims believe that God is one and incomparable and that the purpose of life is to worship God. They regard their religion as the completed and universal version of a primordial, monotheistic faith revealed at many times and places before, including, notably, to the prophets Abraham, Moses and Jesus. 

Islamic tradition holds that previous messages and revelations have been changed and distorted over time.  Religious practices include the Five Pillars of Islam, which are five obligatory acts of worship. Islamic law touches on virtually every aspect of life and society, encompassing everything from banking and warfare to welfare and the environment.

SUNNI and SHI’A
The majority of Muslims belong to one of two sub-denominations, the Sunni and the Shi’a.  They hate each other, each claiming they are the true worthy believers.  And probably never will assimilate or live side by side unless one or the other is eliminated.  Blood oath and retribution have fueled this fire for centuries.

With about 1.57 billion Muslims comprising about 23% of the world's population, Islam is the second-largest religion in the world and arguably the fastest-growing religion in the world.

  • 13% of Muslims live in Indonesia
  • 25% in South Asia, 20% in the Middle East
  • 2% in Central Asia, China and Russia, Caribbean.
  • 4% in the remaining South East Asian countries
  • 15% in Sub-Saharan Africa.


ENTER THE EXTREMISTS

The problem today is the increasing "Islamophobia" or "tagging'.   Grouping people by those who cannot differentiate between a peace loving Muslim, the 2nd largest religious population in the world and the extremist fundamentalist orders like the Taliban, AL Qaeda or ISIL, ISIS.

The bad boys group as “ apish  or “ daesh” a seemingly pejorative term that is based on an acronym formed from the letters of the name in Arabic.  In their world referring to them as Daesh will probably get your head cut off.  

Modern day Catholics and Protestants in their battle in Ireland are only a vestige of whats been going on for years. Two days ago (5/28/2014) a bomb went off in Northern Ireland.  Basically, no different, and the product produced was bloodshed. Both sides believing in Christ and thinking their Christ was better than the other guys Christ. So they kill each other to prove a point as to whose Christ was better.  When the real Christ stands up and throws lightening at some of these religious retards and  destroys them, then I will become a new believer.

The Taliban sees law, the Shari'ah, as Gods will and not subjective to interpretation. Your believing peace loving Muslim, takes a literal interpretation of the Qur'an and the extremist is an absolution of that law.  No different with the Sunni and the Shi'a.  And the results are the same. 

The warped aspect of the belief leads to what is normal today. Suicide bombers, death, murder, and maiming.   It is almost impossible to explain the motivation of the extremist. For if one is a believer of Islam, he is not capable of these things.  The extremist shows little understanding of the meaning of the spirit Islam brings.  

There are those who believe some Christian Fundamentalist groups are as strict in their teachings. You see the law stops them from what is really possible.  Abuse, carnal relations, pedophilia, and even the administration of proper medical aid seem to have no bearing on the color of the cassock.  Nuts are nuts,  no matter what the belief.

The extremists and barbarians under Islamic law treat women are mere property,  forced to obey under the Taliban,  and ISIS or ISIL , and one cannot begin to reflect the depth of female deprivations and sufferings. They treat the women worse than they treat animals.  While they declare the keeping of caged birds and animals illegal, they imprison their women within the four walls of their own houses. 

Women have no importance in their eyes unless they are occupied producing children, satisfying male sexual needs or attending to the drudgery of daily housework.  Common in that part of the world is the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), also known as female circumcision, and is the ritual removal of some or all of the external female genitalia. 

Typically carried out by a traditional circumciser using a blade, with or without anesthesia  FGM is concentrated in 27 African countries, Yemen and Iraqi Kurdistan, and found elsewhere in Asia, the Middle East, and among diaspora communities around the world. 

It is conducted from days after birth to puberty and beyond; in half the countries for which national figures are available, most girls are cut before the age of five.  

HOLLYWOOD  $$$  - THE BIG SCREEN BIBLE
And the Bible stories come alive by Hollywood Standards. That means totally inaccurate in some cases.  I often recall the scene where Charlton Heston, playing a gray haired MOSES, parting the Red Sea, and in his deep bass voice bellowing  “Let my people go”  just after he broke the main plumbing lines and flooded their homes and basements, polluted the water, and encouraged the roaches and frogs to proliferate.  

And in the same movie, Yul Brynner, playing RAMSES, with that stare, his three quarter magnificent profile quoting the memorable line “ So it shall be written, so it shall be done”.  

And then proclaimed thats the last time I let a Jew have the keys to the water works.   And the court scribe yelled back  “Hold that thought chief, I just ran out of ink and got to find a fresh squid”.

And how can you forget the beautiful Delilah (Hedy Lamar stroking the Black Olive Oil laden hair of handsome Samson (Victor Mature)  and screaming “ Yuck, you smell like a day old salad, don’t you have hair spray”?

Sounds like Washington, great hair, lots of stale acting and day old salad oil. So we have to put the whole thing in perspective and that is: Acts not parables, Deeds not showmanship and fact, not fiction. Thats the lesson the bible should be teaching.

My goal is to make you think and question. To make you go up, not down. Critical, with a sharp tongue and a bit of humor, thats just me.  I write because it keeps me sane. It's my medicine.  


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