Balladeer’s Blog examines two more ancient works which – if they had been deemed “authentic” (LMAO) – might have resulted in very different versions of Easter celebrations.
THE GOSPEL OF THE EGYPTIANS – This Apocryphal Gospel is also referred to as The Gospel According to the Egyptians. This particular work is dated to around the 100s A.D.
The surviving references to this Gospel center around conversations between Jesus and one of his female followers – Salome. The gist of the material is the Gnostic condemnation of procreation, since in their view the reproductive process does nothing but entrap even more spiritual matter in the physical world created by Yaldabaoth, the Demiurge.
Jesus calls for humanity to reject and despise “the shameful garment” called the body. He also hinted that once spiritual matter returns to the Pleroma that all duality will cease, including the notions of male and female, which will no longer be separate states of being.
One of the key sayings in The Gospel of the Egyptians is found when Jesus tells Salome “Death will endure as long as women give birth.” This concept is also alluded to when Jesus says “I have come to destroy the works of the female,” referring, of course, to all of us since our bodies – our physical prisons to the Gnostics – all emerged from the wombs of women. Continue reading
Political fanatics are every bit as repulsive as religious fanatics and they’re all determined to force the rest of us to live the way THEY think we should live. The major distinction is that religious fanatics like Muslims and Christians feel empowered to do so by their non-existent deities. On the political side American Liberal fanatics feel empowered to do so by their very real egos. Anybody who values their individuality and Continue reading
A reader asked me a question about Egyptian mythology being influenced by other cultures. Since I get occassional e-mails asking me similar questions I figured I would post my answer in the spirit of an FAQ.
My Answer: This sort of inter-cultural influence is pretty standard in mythology. No belief system springs from a vacuum. It springs from previous belief systems in the region and also from appropriating elements of belief systems of other cultures they come into contact with. The process is Continue reading
” Youtube videos are creations of the devil and have caused every act of Muslim violence going back for centuries!”
It’s your old buddy Balladeer, but you can just call me “the puppet of Jews” like Muslim fanatics do. With the barbaric and backward Muslim world proving yet again that it is incapable of coexisting with the modern world and with the weak and inept little man in the White House pretending Youtube videos justify killing people it seemed like a good time to address some Frequently Asked Questions about the hate-filled and blood-soaked religion called Islam’s latest attempts to intimidate people. So let’s look at a few FAQ’s about The Religion of Perpetual Outrage.
Q: Are you one of those cowardly non-believers who will only criticize Christianity while giving Islam a free pass?
A: No, I criticize all religions and regard them all as fascinating mythology that should never be taken literally. Muslims are the only ones who violently insist their religion should be above that sort of criticism.
Q: Isn’t it, like, mean ‘n’ stuff to criticize somebody’s religion?
A: No, it’s only rational to subject all of the world’s religions to criticism and satirical irreverence. Other religions, especially Christianity, have to put up with it on a daily basis and their practitioners may complain but they remain civilized and don’t kill anybody or burn down buildings or launch make- believe “spontaneous” riots over it. Islam and Islam alone reacts in this barbaric and unacceptable way which does nothing but make people despise Islam even more than they already do.
Q: Is it appropriate to grovelingly point out ad nauseum that not every man, woman and child who practices Islam is participating in this murderous rampage?
A: No. That is just an argument used by people trying to justify their own gutlessness. You’ll notice those same people don’t point out to Muslims that “not all Christians” or “not all Americans” made Youtube videos critical of Islam. Those spineless people only use such arguments to pretend they are taking a principled stance by siding with Islam. It helps them avoid facing up to how craven their behavior really is.
Q: What would it take to Continue reading
Sujit Das’ work Islam Dismantled: The Mental Illness of Prophet Muhammad is a much- needed critique of the founder of Islam. It’s easy to find books criticizing the founders of other belief systems from around the world but when people are brave enough to subject forever-intolerant Islam to these same rational examinations the cowardly political correctness police pretend it’s “hate speech” or “Islamophobia.”
I’ve mentioned in the past my personal belief that Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, was a mentally unbalanced man who Continue reading
Why We Left Islam: Former Muslims Speak Out is a terrific book about the ordeals and the threats endured by people who left the religion of the title. I’m a non-believer in all of the world’s religions and I often find myself in conversations where people who are fine with me discussing Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism or any other belief system with clinical detachment turn gutless and groveling if I refuse to speak of Islam with reverence.
I like to mention terrific books like this one because they deserve a wider audience. The American Left is far too spineless to treat Islam with the same critical approach they use with Christianity and the American Right lacks credibility because of the Christian fanatics in their ranks. This book allows you to hear the kind of horrific first-hand accounts the left would be featuring on every news program if they involved Christian abuses.
And as for Liberal apologists for Islam don’t waste my time asking me why it’s the business of the rest of the world to care about these issues, especially regarding Islam’s treatment of women. It’s for the same reason it was the rest of the world’s business to pressure South Africa to end Apartheid. The American Left was vocal about that issue, but hey, that’s because the pro-Apartheid forces in South Africa didn’t roam the globe blowing up people, derailing trains or piloting planes into the sides of buildings. If they had you can bet the American Left’s reaction would have been to drop to their bellies and crawl like they do for Islam, all the while pretending they are Continue reading
Pictured: An act you won't get beheaded over.
Regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog know that I consider all religions to be mythology and I often make jokes that demonstrate my lack of reverence for people who appoint themselves to lecture the rest of us about what they personally think their “God” wants us to do. That being said, it may shock a few people to see me mentioning this incident from the Lions vs Broncos game this past Sunday.
Stephen Tulloch, one of the Lions, dropped to this mock prayer pose to taunt the freshly- sacked quarterback Tim Tebow (seen in the orange jersey # 15) because Tebow is Continue reading
Recently one of my favorite bloggers, Sara from Midaeval Maiden and Life With 4 Cats, asked me a question about Egyptian mythology being influenced by other cultures. I provided an answer where the words just flowed along nicely and so, since I get occassional e-mails asking me similar questions I figured I would post my answer to Sara in the spirit of a FAQ. All in all, it saves me from coming up with a totally new post today … I think you’ll agree.
My Answer: This sort of inter-cultural influence is pretty standard in mythology. No belief system springs from a vacuum. It springs from previous belief systems in the region and also from appropriating elements of belief systems of other cultures they come into contact with. The process is called syncretism.
Even the big three religions have done it. Zoroastrianism predates Christianity, Islam and Judaism and all three of those Continue reading
Moody Bible Institute and Maranatha Baptist Bible College will meet for the Championship of the NCCAA Division II Mid-West Tournament Saturday at 1:00 pm, in the Laughlin Center on the campus of Lincoln Christian University with a trip to the National Finals in Springfield, Missouri awaiting the winner.
Moody, the number one seed advanced by defeating Continue reading