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Hidden Bible Taboos Forbidden By Organized Christianity Paperback – October 2, 2012
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An unconventional, complicated examination of Christianity.
“What if there was a way to read and really understand the Bible that has been kept hidden for centuries by the professional religious leaders of our mainstream [church]?” Slobodzien asks at the start of the latest edition of his exhaustively researched book. The work began as an essay on the recurrence of the number seven in the Bible (the Seven Deadly Sins, the seven pillars of God’s wisdom, and so on), but it has since grown to its present, extremely detailed state, which incorporates everything from the Apocrypha to the apocalypse to Chinese numerology, Mayan rituals and legends of Atlantis. The author relates it all to 21st-century science and society, spotlighting such varied concepts as quantum physics, dark energy, addiction theory, and the Bible’s stances on alcohol and sex. His main focus on “forms and numbers” leads him into some very complicated research, which he presents with clarity and infectious enthusiasm, but his ultimate goal is simplicity rather than profusion. He frequently mentions the torturous dogma of non-Christian religions (“[T]he Jewish Pharisees believed that they had to obey 613 religious commandments or taboos against specific behaviors to have a right relationship with God”) and stresses that “Jesus came to bring us something new—the New Covenant,” adding: “He did not come to bring us another organized religion called Christianity with temples and a priesthood like Judaism.” On the whole, his book has little to say to non-Christians or atheists. However, Christian readers will likely find his criticisms of organized religions provocative and his frequent calls to an inner, personal faith, free from the “toxic” perversions of organized religions, reassuring.
A spirited revisionist look at Christian doctrine.
A spirited revisionist look at Christian doctrine.
Wow, what a crazy fascinating book! I'm not one for rehashing the plot (that's what the extensive summary is for on the book description page), but trust me when I say you've never read anything like this before! It's quite dense and is not for the stupid or feeble minded... trust me. It is pretty long, but laid out in a very easy-to-follow format, with the chapter descriptions clearly outlining each subject it will cover. The writing is so easy to get sucked into, and the subject matter is fascinating! Witches, demons, Hell, Oh My! I'm not even particularly all that religious, but I was so caught up in this book and reading James Slobodzien's insightful (and sometimes mind-blowing) perspectives of different "taboo" Biblical elements, how it relates to modern life and the extensive research to back it up. Some parts were really juicy, and I actually feel like I learned a lot! It's not a fast and easy read by any stretch, but it will take you through new concepts and perspectives that you've never thought of before. Very cool. (5 stars) Stacy Decker--Goodreads; Shelfari; Barnes & Noble; Smashwords; Indie Book Reviewers
Well this book took me a while to read, but in the end I'd say it was definitely worth it! I like how everything came together, and I enjoyed reading this unusual book! The appendix at the end was very impressive too... Anyways, although the author writes of Biblical text and ideas, the themes and events that happen are relatable to modern day - I was impressed to see events even as recent as the Oregon Shooting (10/2/15) included in the book and relating it to an argument the author posits. I think James Slobodzien writes very well... very descriptive and strong and we feel like we are listening to a friend speak to us. The editing is near flawless, with the exception of the block formatting which was at times a bit frustrating. Overall an intelligent and educational, if not surreal, book that is interesting even if religious literature or history isn't your thing - there is enough scandal and sex and evil to keep anyone enthralled and see things in a new light. (4 stars) Brenda Maxwell--Goodreads; Shelfari; Barnes & Noble; Smashwords; Indie Book Reviewers
"Hidden Bible Taboos Forbidden By Organized Christianity" by James Slobodzien is definitely one of the more "different" books I've read in a very long time. It was such an interesting mix of almost everything, it is really hard to just sum up or categorize it easily. It is very engaging and the author writes with great knowledge and passion as he takes on the Bible and scripture in a way that no one has, and asks questions that I thought were relevant and eye opening, to say the least. I knew that the number seven (7) was prominent in the Bible, but I never knew just how much or why... I was so impressed with the depth of Slobodzien's detailing on his theories and the biblical evidence to source/support it. At times I did feel it could have used some trimming down as it felt a bit repetitive and lacked some focusing, and the formatting made it hard to read (all left-justified with block text). But that said, I did enjoy it very much, even more than I expected. I liked how Dr. Slobodzien writes, very down-to-earth and relatable, yet very intelligent and entertaining. And all in all was an enjoyable, and very different, type of read. (4 stars) Jenna Brewster--Goodreads; Shelfari; Barnes & Noble; Smashwords; Indie Book Reviewers
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In his riveting book, the author has given readers a series of articles that, “. . . indirectly provides a historical summary of the ancient world that leads up to the time of Jesus and the Early Church. In the process, some Old Testament taboos are uncovered and a 7 “Pillar” ANCIENT PATH and Priesthood Theology of wisdom is rediscovered. When we speak specifically of Bible or religious TABOOs, we use the word “sacrilege” which comes from the word “sacred” or Holy.” (p. 35)
Beginning from Genesis, the author mentions the first “TABOO” in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, being the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. From that he catapults into origins of pagan theology that have shaped our beliefs, holidays, and culture that we live in. Fascinating and eye opening, this book is a shocking read to say the least. One will be surprised and awakened to aspects of how such holidays as Christmas, Easter and Halloween came about.
Further delving into the “mysteries of God” that reveal hidden keys and “TABOOS” that unlock the Ancient Pathways handed down from our ancestors that are in the Bible, spiritual understanding is presented in hopes to present to the readers a rediscovery of the origins of the Christian faith, which is the Ancient Royal Priesthood. Within this, the author speaks of a way to really understand and read the Bible that enable one to understand the Mysteries of God as spoken of in Revelation 10:4. The author notes that many of the mysteries have been sealed up until the end of time as spoken of in Daniel 12:4. As noted by many Bible scholars, the author also promotes the idea that we are living in the End Times.
Packed with Scripture and historical knowledge, the author continues in uncovering patterns, namely the pattern of the number 7, therefore unfolding a Seven Dimension Theory of Everything. Riveting, this book is an unbelievable read offering insight into the development of organized religion that led to organized Christianity, which leads to the discovery of truths contained with the Bible as the author explores the ancient pathway to finding the Key of Knowledge and the Good Way. A highly recommended Biblically based book that offers wisdom to understanding the Bible, secrets to the keys of knowledge and secrets of the pattern of 7 in Bible. You won’t be able to put this one down.
This guy Slobodzien, IMO is a fraud. Lots of verbiage but little substance.
There is so much fear in the world today and Satan wants it that way so his minions can do his bidding. Many people, including those that run the "Mega churches" will simply disagree with what Dr Slobodzien has written because it will be an attack to their lies and manipulation of what is written.
My hope is people will read his book and have an awakening of their consciousness (the real second coming) and begin to question for themselves what is true and best for them.
There is only one way and that is through the son and the way to him is in the home church not going to some guy standing on a pulpit talking down to people as if he is closer to God than we are as individuals. Plus striking fear in those with damnation and imposing doom of going to hell.
God loves me and only wants what is good for me. God is not to feared but to be awed!!!
AWESOME book Dr J!!!!!