PAGAN AND CHRISTIAN CREEDS: Their Origin and Meaning Unknown Binding – June 1, 1997
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I read this book on Kindle and decided to purchase a paperback edition; that I can reread as well as research the credibility of some of E Carpenters innumerous claims, albeit these claims do not seem too far fetched by any stretch of the imagination. I was awestruck throughout its entirety, it never got boring, and even the appendix at the end is an astonishing addition, as well. It is extremely well written and not written from a narrow minded, bigot point of view; like an atheist on his soap box railing against the church. It appears that he is, without adding personal emotion or otherwise, simply pointing out some interesting discoveries he and others have made. It is clear that he believes in God as well as the necessity of the church, as it has played its part in the evolution of our consciousness.
A few notes that pop out:
Nearly every tradition on this Earth has some connection with astrology. Because the humans of antiquity age didn't have a lot on their plate like work, stress, my favorite TV show; it boils down to basically sex and food. So, in regards to the latter, we got very concerned when the sun went south for the winter because it concerned our need for food. Our simplistic minds were worried that it wouldn't come back. That's why so many deities, like Jesus were born around the winter Solstice sun, and why Easter and other similar pagan holidays are celebrated in spring; as it meant the salvation of mankind with the re-growth of crops and the multiplying of animals.
Right now the rising of the sun occurs in the astrology sign of Pieces: thus the fish symbol in Christianity. But the 2 thousand years prior to that, it rose in Aries: thus the sacrifice of the lamb. Prior to that it was Taurus and that explains why, when Moses took too long talking to the lord; the people fell back upon the old tradition of the Bull: thus the Golden Calf.
There have been around 100 ancient deities that were born around Dec 25th of a virgin, suffered for humanity, died went to the underworld or hell and resurrected. The reason for this is that, originally when we were at harmony with the world, nature and the tribe; everyone thought altruistically, what's best for the tribe or the world around us. Then the second phase of conscious evolution came in, what's called self-consciousness; now the altruistic way is abandoned and replaced with "what's in for me, how may I benefit from this": thus Cain kills Able.
So, man now sins against his brother out of selfishness; he is cut of from the tribe. He now, for the first time suffers the pain of separation from the tribe/God. He feels new things, like shame and guilt, and longs to return to the tribe. But a penance is required, a sacrifice must be paid, whether he pays back what he took, shed some of his own blood or sacrifice an animal to share with the tribe; atonement is made: thus religious rituals are born.
I could go on for a month but I will give one more account of an aspect I have recently verified. A missionary, Bishop Colenso, trying to teach the gospel to the Zulus found that he was bombarded by questions he could not answer; like the crossing of the Red Sea. Such as these backward Zulus informing him of the following... If you were to place the people of Israel 5 abreast; this would create a train 100 miles long, not to mention the accompanying servants, provisions and all the animals. They wouldn't make it across in a week, let alone in one night.
This missionary, Colenso, full of zeal and excitement returned to Europe to inform the Church of his discovery! He not only discovered that the Church didn't share in his zeal, he also found himself dismissed from his position and labeled a heretic, as was usual practice for our church of the middle ages. I say our church because regardless of which faction of Christianity you cling to, you can trace your roots back to the Roman church.
I cannot stress to you enough, how astonishing this book is. It appears to me, that it is a prelude to Ekert Tolle's "The Power of Now" and most definitely "A New Earth." If Ekert wasn't directly influenced by this book, he most definitely has been indirectly influenced through other means. This book has immediately made its way to my top best 5 books ever. Please read this book.