Archive for August, 2011
Doesn’t it seem a bit odd how the “God” of the Old Testament completely micro-managed the lives of the Hebrews with at least 613 laws, while the “God” of the New Testament suddenly decides from one moment to the next that people are mature enough to manage their own lives, thus condensing all the laws into one “the Golden Rule”. The funny thing is that nothing changed as far as the human condition and inclination to do the so-called “bad things” that the laws under the Old Covenant were supposed to keep them from doing.
Why did a person get stoned to death for picking up sticks on the Sabbath under the Old Covenant and suddenly after Jesus comes “God” says it’s okay to pick up sticks as long as no harm is done to another? Following the same logic, Mary the mother of Jesus could have been stoned to death under “God’s” law for picking up sticks on the Sabbath while she was pregnant with Jesus, but after the crucifixion the Sabbath law no longer warranted the death penalty. Even the case of the woman caught in adultery which Jesus stopped; under the Old Covenant law given by “God” she should have been stoned. The same goes for every other person alive during that transitional time period, because the Jews were commanded to carry out the laws given them from “God” through Moses, if they didn’t carry out “Gods” laws they would have been punished, or killed accordingly. Over, and over again in the Old Testament we read of people being killed or punished for transgressions of the law, yet with the advent of the New Covenant everything changed in the twinkling of an eye.
I understand when a human ruler changes his mind because of new knowledge or a change of heart, but according to the Bible “God” is supposed to be all knowing and unchanging, so what’s up with that? Seems to me like another case of human invention, where earlier authors of Scripture said things that conflicted with how the later authors perceived “God” to be, so corrections were made to try and “fix” the problem without throwing out the earlier writings. In that manner a transition could be made correcting for errors in the perception of God, all the while keeping the original documents that were deemed to be “God given”…but, then we are stuck with a made-up, human invented “God”.
I recently viewed a 1961 documentary on “ESP and the Sacred Mushroom” where a study was done testing the ESP powers of a person before and after partaking of psychotropic mushrooms. The results of the study showed that ESP powers greatly increased when a person was under the influence of mind altering mushrooms. Also included in the documentary was some rare footage of religious ceremonies taken in a secluded village in Mexico where the Shaman used his greatly enhanced ESP powers (from eating sacred mushrooms) to act as a “Seer”. A second video I watched called the Sacred Mushroom mentioned that the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil could be a psychotropic mushroom; immediately the verse from Genesis popped into my mind where it says:
Gen.3:5-6 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
My mind began to reason that possibly the side effects caused by eating psychotropic substances could be where the myth of the Garden Story came from. When psychotropic substances are ingested some of the first reported effects are an “opening of the eyes” and a “god experience” – also, like the documentary mentioned a heightened sense of ESP powers is experienced making a person appear wise. This precisely parallels the qualities associated with the forbidden fruit of the Garden, making a strong case for the origins of the mythical fruit of knowledge being a psychotropic sacred mushroom.