“You can’t convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not based on evidence, it’s based on a deep seated need to believe.” – Carl Sagan
Introduction: (VERY FIRST BLOG POST!)
Growing up in the church I never wanted to ask my questions for fear of being reprimanded. My mother taught Sunday school and was a nurse educator. My mom just so happened to have a book called African Bed time stories and Myths. One day I happened to read one of the stories. The story was the very same story of Noah and the ark but different names I remember being so baffled and curious but knew my questions would just get me in trouble. So, I accepted the church and just stop questioning it while I was growing up. As I got older and meet different friends with different beliefs my curiosity started spreading. So, I thought back to first question. Noah and the ark. Who had the first ark story the Africans or Christian’s story? Or I could start at the beginning with Adam and Eve because that story never set right with me either. Maybe it’s from a child’s point of view that you can only see the flaws in the story of Adam and Eve, or maybe just a female child can see how this feels wrong? How can you tell me I’m the cause of THIS world and evil in it? As a female to sit back and believe the words of the bible is honestly sad but that’s just my opinion. Has Society brain washed us to think that little of ourselves? That we are nothing without a man? That we can only learn from a man? But if you are questioning me asking how is the bible demeaning females than maybe you haven’t read and studied it as much as you thought you had because in 1 timothy 2:11-14 the bible states: 11 A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. I can sit here and argue with the scripture that Adam became a sinner right after Eve but that’s not what they want you to do? Question and think on your own. It’s strange that my mother being in and of the church never questioned these things. She does research of medicine but won’t research her own beliefs. In the reality, my mother is wrong and so is the church allowing her to teach Sunday school and I’m basing that off of word for word from 1 Corinthians 14:34-35. It says, 34 Woman should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. 35 If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church. So, how can this Bible honestly be something to base my living by?
Before you read forward, I like to address that I’m not an atheist. I know somebody is watching over me and created all these beautiful things around me. I know there is a God. But my questions have caused me to lose faith in the bible. Not GOD! I just wanting to understand the truth and get to the bottom of it. My purpose of this blog post is to present the information that I have done research on so we can both be on the same page and maybe somebody can help and lead me in the right direction and give me more information or corrections about my topic. References are listed below. I do hope for some that never heard of these things I will mention it will open your eyes to do research to. Being ignorant is a choice. Let go of your ignorance my friend and keep an open mind. I have step out of the box that society has force your mind in and I’m just hoping you do the same.
So, I guess I’ll start with Christianity was not first religion. First written evidence of religion in the world was recorded on Sumerian tablets in 3500 BCE. The Sumerians called themselves “the black headed people” and their land, in cuneiform script was “the land of the black headed people. They believe that human beings were co-workers with the gods and labored with them and for them to hold back the forces of chaos.
Their creation story has similarities to one you probably heard before but different in their cultural way. A god named Marduk creates humans from gods blood and spit with clay from the earth. http://www.gly.uga.edu/railsback/CS/CSMarduk.html Very interesting little story.
Historians argue about did the Egyptians inspire the Sumerians or was it the other way around? I don’t know because I’m not historian just a student but it is said that the first Egyptian Religion story originated around in 4000 BCE and others say the myths originated 3400 BCE. The Egyptians believe in a combination of practices such as magic, mythology, science, medicine, spiritualism, and herbology, that concluded as their ‘religious‘ belief of a higher power and a life after death. Religion played a huge part the lives of the ancient Egyptians because life on earth was seen as one part of an eternal journey and in order to continue that journey after death, one needed to live a worthy life on earth to be given an afterlife. Around 2613 BCE the goddess Ma’at appears and set the principles that they were expected to uphold while on earth. Similar to another set laws you may have seen the goddess Ma’at had the “42 principals of Ma’at” listed below:
- I have not committed sin.
- I have not committed robbery with violence.
- I have not stolen.
- I have not slain men or women.
- I have not stolen food.
- I have not swindled offerings.
- I have not stolen from God/Goddess.
- I have not told lies.
- I have not carried away food.
- I have not cursed.
- I have not closed my ears to truth.
- I have not committed adultery.
- I have not made anyone cry.
- I have not felt sorrow without reason.
- I have not assaulted anyone.
- I am not deceitful.
- I have not stolen anyone’s land.
- I have not been an eavesdropper.
- I have not falsely accused anyone.
- I have not been angry without reason.
- I have not seduced anyone’s wife.
- I have not polluted myself.
- I have not terrorized anyone.
- I have not disobeyed the Law.
- I have not been exclusively angry.
- I have not cursed God/Goddess.
- I have not behaved with violence.
- I have not caused disruption of peace.
- I have not acted hastily or without thought.
- I have not overstepped my boundaries of concern.
- I have not exaggerated my words when speaking.
- I have not worked evil.
- I have not used evil thoughts, words or deeds.
- I have not polluted the water.
- I have not spoken angrily or arrogantly.
- I have not cursed anyone in thought, word or deeds.
- I have not placed myself on a pedestal.
- I have not stolen what belongs to God/Goddess.
- I have not stolen from or disrespected the deceased.
- I have not taken food from a child.
- I have not acted with insolence.
- I have not destroyed property belonging to God/Goddess
Their religious creation story was as follows: “At first, there was only Nun. Nun was the dark waters of chaos. One day, a hill rose up out of the waters. This hill was called Ben-Ben. On the hill stood Atum. Atum was the first god. Atum coughed and spat out Shu, the god of the air, and Tefnut, the goddess of moisture. Shu and Tefnut had two children. First, there was Geb, the god of the earth. Then, there was Nut, the goddess of the sky.
Shu lifted Nut up so that she became a canopy over Geb. Nut and Geb had four children named Osiris, Isis, Seth and Nephthys. Osiris was the king of the earth and Isis was the queen. Osiris was a good king, and he ruled over the earth for many years until Seth became jealous of Osiris. One day he was so angry so he used the powers to change himself into a beast that tore Osiris from limb to limb. Seth then had all the pieces distributed throughout the land. Isis was heartbroken, and stepped back as Set and their sister Nephthys became rulers of Egypt. Nephthys felt badly for Isis, and helped her travel to find the many parts of Osiris. According to legend she was able to find all but one his penis but she was still able to conceive a child, Horus. Since it is thought the act was done without everything available to do so, the argument has been that Horus was a divine conception. Horus battled against Seth and regained the throne. Horus was than named the king of the earth and Osiris was the king of the underworld.
Horus birth was also recorded in the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
Hinduism came next in 700 BCE but their book the Rig Veda was written in 1500 BCE. Thousands of years later in Armenia, a sovereign state in South Caucasus region of Eurasia, they adopted Christianity as state religion in 300 CE.
Other Similar Stories:
In Persian(Iran) the Zoroastrians book of Holy Scriptures is called The Avesta tells of how Ormuzd created the world and the first two humans in six days and then rested on the seventh. The names of these two human beings were Adama and Evah. The Avesta texts date back as far as the 10th century BCE. Some scholars also believe that the Zoroastrians were the first to believe in angels and demons, and the idea of Satan. They believe it was an ongoing battle between the forces of good and evil. Interestingly, Zoroastrian art portrays the prophet Zarathustra as being surrounded by the halo of light they you have seen before on modern day angels.
The Epic of Gilgamesh (written on clay tablets around 2150 BCE) was a story about a man named Enkidu. He was created from the earth by a god. He lived amongst the animals in a natural paradise until he was tempted by a woman named Shamhat. He accepts food from this woman and is forced to leave the place where he lives after becoming aware of his own nakedness. Later in the epic, he encounters a snake which steals a plant of immortality from him.
The Instruction of Amenemope: (Egyptian literary work wrote during the 12 dynasty) Scholars agree that proverbs originality from this text. Three parallel verses are listed below:
Proverbs 22:20: “Have I not written for you thirty sayings of counsel and knowledge?”
Amenemope ch.30, line 539: “Look to these thirty chapters; they inform, they educate.
Proverbs 22:17-18: “Incline thy ear, and hear the words of the wise: and apply thy heart to my doctrine. Which shall be beautiful for thee, if thou keep it in thy bowels, and it shall flow in thy lips.”
Amenemope ch1: “Give thine ear, and hear what I say, And apply thine heart to apprehend; It is good for thee to place them in thine heart, let them rest in the casket of thy belly; That they may act as a peg upon thy tongue.”
Proverbs 22:22: “Do no violence to the poor, because he is poor: and do not oppress the needy in the gate.”
Amenemope ch1: “Beware of robbing the poor, and oppressing the afflicted.”
The Story of Jonah: a rehash of Greek Demigod Hercules; who was also swallowed by a whale and departed from Joppa (the same town Jonah depart from)
Furthermore, over the years parts of the bible have lost historian credibility not to mention that 52 of the books are just not being used because the Protestant church does not believe these books were also “divine inspired” like the others, but the Church kept Joshua and Judges that is hopelessly contradicting itself for one example is the Book of Joshua concludes by reporting the death and burial of Joshua (24:29-30). The Book of Judges begins by reinforcing this sequential narrative: “After the death of Joshua. . . ” (1:1). There follows a long list of defeats and setbacks, including the threat of syncretism with the worship of Ba’al practiced by the inhabitants of the land, with the implication that this happened following Joshua’s death. Yet the second chapter of Judges still has Joshua leading the people during these defeats and only later reports his death (2:8-10).
Conclusion and Questions:
So far in my research I have learned that a lot of stories in the bible have come from other cultures such as Sumerians, Mesopotamians, Egyptians, Zoroastrians, Greek mythical, and that the authors of the bible that had so a called “divine inspiration” seem to have just stolen ideas from various religious but according to the bible in 2 timothy 3:16, 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for instruction, for conviction, for correction, and for training in righteousness. But isn’t that another contradiction? If most of the ideas are stolen or borrowed or whatever you want to call it, how can this not diminish the credibility of the bible?
I just want the truth! is that to much to ask? I’m not trying to debunk anyone’s beliefs I’m just confused how to choose a religion that’s not fulling being true with me I feel? And if you feel it is being true can you explain to me the similarities to me that would be awesome!
I just feel like if you write a book about how to walk and tell everybody this is the way you walk and never fall down, you’re going to list step by step instructions on how to walk, not just a basic outline or give a bunch of parables and random phases left for the reader to decipher.
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