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A Short Film About Giving Up Faith and Gaining Even More. “The Myth of Persecution”: Early Christians weren’t persecuted. In the immediate aftermath of the Columbine High School massacre, a modern myth was born. A story went around that one of the two killers asked one of the victims, Cassie Bernall, if she believed in God. Bernall reportedly said “Yes” just before he shot her. Bernall’s mother wrote a memoir, titled “She Said Yes: The Unlikely Martyrdom of Cassie Bernall,” a tribute to her daughter’s courageous Christian faith. Then, just as the book was being published, a student who was hiding near Bernall told journalist Dave Cullen that the exchange never happened.

Although Candida Moss’ new book, “The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom,” is about the three centuries following the death of Jesus, she makes a point of citing this modern-day parallel. What Bernall truly said and did in the moments before her death absolutely matters, Moss asserts, if we are going to hold her up as a “martyr.” Moss also examines surviving Roman records. Jesus as a reincarnation of Mithra.

Prof. Franz Cumont, of the University of Ghent, writes as follows concerning the religion of Mithra and the religion of Christ: "The sectaries of the Persian god, like the Christians', purified themselves by baptism, received by a species of confirmation the power necessary to combat the spirit of evil; and expected from a Lord's supper salvation of body and soul. Like the latter, they also held Sunday sacred, and celebrated the birth of the Sun on the 25th of December.... They both preached a categorical system of ethics, regarded asceticism as meritorious and counted among their principal virtues abstinence and continence, renunciation and self-control. Their conceptions of the world and of the destiny of man were similar. They both admitted the existence of a Heaven inhabited by beatified ones, situated in the upper regions, and of a Hell, peopled by demons, situated in the bowels of the Earth.

Did Jewish Slaves Build the Pyramids? It's a popular story, but all the documentary and historical evidence tells us that no Jews were in Egypt at the time of the pyramids. by Brian Dunning By Brian Dunning, Skeptoid Podcast Episode 191, February 02, 2010 The stories we hear in Sunday school seem to form the basis for the popular belief that Jewish slaves were forced to build the pyramids in Egypt, but they were saved when they left Egypt in a mass Exodus.

That's the story I was raised to believe, and it's what's been repeated innumerable times by Hollywood. In 1977, Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin visited Egypt's National Museum in Cairo and stated "We built the pyramids. " Pop culture has a way of blurring pseudohistory and real history, and many people end up never hearing the real history at all; and are left with only the pseudohistory and no reason to doubt it. One of the first things you find out is that it's important to get our definitions right. Brian Dunning Awad, M. Comay, J. 20 Vile Quotes Against Women By Religious Leaders From St. Augustine to Pat Robertson. October 13, 2014 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. With diatribes about entertainers who invite rape and moms who are destroying America by supporting their families; with ignorant arguments about fetuses that masturbate, and females who might as well if they use contraception, it’s tempting to think Christian conservatives have reached some new pinnacle of hating women and sexuality.

But the sad reality is that even the media’s most unabashed misogynists like Michele Bachmann, Michael Burgess, Lou Dobbs and Juan Williams are actually tame compared to their ideological ancestors, including some of the biggest names in Christian history. In past centuries, men who were hailed as church fathers, patriarchs, doctors, and even saints boldly expressed their views that females are inferior and loathsome, and they explained at length why God shared their perspective.

Church Doctors and Fathers Protestant Reformers. Flood Stories from Around the World. He stories below are flood stories from the world's folklore. I have included stories here if (1) they are stories; (2) they are folklore, not historical accounts or fiction by a known author; and (3) they involve a flood. In most borderline cases, I included the story here anyway.

For example, one story (Hopi) tells of a flood which was avoided and never occurred. My method for collecting these stories is simply to collect every flood story I find. I have omitted a few extremely fragmentary accounts, such as sources that say "These people have a legend of a flood in which most people were killed" and little or nothing more. Within each continent or region, stories are grouped by language family. I am sure there are many more flood stories which could be included here. Vogul: After seven years of drought, the Great Woman said to the Great Man that rains had come elsewhere; how should they save themselves. Samoyed (north Siberia): Seven people were saved in a boat from a flood. Mongolia: Evangelicals admit the Sodom story has nothing to do with homosexuality. The Sodom story was never about homosexuality. Lot flees God's judgment The Genesis 19 story has been used to attack gays and lesbians for hundreds of years but it is time for all Christians to admit the truth.

After centuries of false teaching about what happened in S@dom 3800 years ago, anti-gay evangelical scholars admit the truth in writing. God's judgment on biblical S@dom had nothing to do with gays and lesbians. Despite the facts, some Christians still teach that the S@dom story is about homosexuality. For 1800 years after the events in S@dom, Jewish prophets in the Bible and Jewish authors outside the Bible, understood that the issue was Inhospitality, not homosexuality.

S@dom is mentioned 48 times in the Bible and never in those 48 passages is homosexuality given as the cause of God's judgment. Dr. Is a well-known evangelical author. The S@dom story “is actually irrelevant to the topic. " According to Dr. From Dr. Dr. Dr. Expresses a similar view. Dr. Dr. . - Dr. Dr. . - Dr. Dr. 1. 2. All About Horus: An Egyptian Copy of Christ? Response to Zeitgeist movie.

All About Horus: An Egyptian Copy of Christ? Horus, the Egyptian Falcon-god, is "lord of the sky" and a symbol of divine kingship. His name ("Har" in Egyptian) probably means "the high," "the far-off," "the distant one" and is connected with "Hry" ("one who is above/over"). The name appears on Egyptian hieroglyphs in the royal protocol at the very beginning of dynastic civilization (c. 3000 BC). The roles, local cult foundations, and titles or epithets of Horus are sometimes correlated with distinct or preferred forms in iconography: for example, the falcon or falcon-headed man, the winged disk, the child with a sidelock of hair (sometimes in his mother's arms).

Egyptologists therefore often speak of distinct Horuses or Horus-gods (see Oxford Encyclopedia, vol 2, "Horus" p. 119ff; and Hart, Routledge Dictionary of Egyptian gods and goddesses, "Horus" p. 70ff). The Legend of the Winged Disk. Summary of the Osiris-Isis-Horus Myth Osiris' rule plays a great role in Egyptian texts. Before the Ten Commandments: The 42 Commandments of the Goddess Ma’at | glad.is. Written at least 2,000 years before the Ten Commandments of Moses, the 42 Commandments of Ancient Egypt, the “ Ideals of Ma’at,” were one of Africa’s – and the world’s – oldest sources of moral and spiritual instruction. In fact, 8 of the 10 Commandments originate from the Ideals of Ma’at. And although they were somewhat buried in 2000 years of history, and the splitting of religions, The 42 Ideals of Ma’at are so simple, and so beautiful – they cover every basic tenant of higher awareness and consciousness – they are as relevant today as if they came straight from a modern day spiritual teacher.

Ma’at was the Ancient Egyptian Goddess of the Divine Principles of Truth, Justice, and Righteousness. She was also personified as a goddess who regulated the stars, seasons, and the actions of both mortals and the deities, who set the order of the universe from chaos at the moment of creation. The 42 Ideals of Ma’at 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. Code of Hammurabi. Beyond ALL Religion | Free Thinkers of the World. Addicting Info – 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Easter (But Really Should)

If you are celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus, I’m sure that He wouldn’t mind if you hide a few Easter eggs for the kids. – Photo from If Spring is here, can Easter be far behind? Or is it the other way around? Either way, the two are as entwined as roses and Valentine’s Day, as Halloween and pumpkins, as Winter and Christmas.

That’s no accident, as you will see… 1. Easter falls on a different date each year. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. So, there are some interesting facts about Easter. Author: T. Celebrating Easter? Which Contradicting Biblical Account of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection Are You Going to Pick? April 18, 2014 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Although pre-Christian religions are replete with the stories of dying and rising gods, the Easter tradition is founded in the Bible’s New Testament. The question is, which contradicting biblical account of Jesus’ death and resurrection are you celebrating this Easter?

Of the nearly 600 irreconcilable discrepancies and contradictions found in the Bible, a majority are found in the New Testament. Without going too far down the theological pathway, Mark, whoever he was, was the first to write a biography of Jesus, some 50 years after the crucifixion. “The New Testament is a work of crude carpentry, hammered together long after its purported events and full of attempts to make things come out right,” writes the late Christopher Hitchens. Without a doubt, the Easter narrative of the New Testament highlights these contradictions better than any other plot line found in the Bible.

Why Do I have to pay a Televangelist to Pray for Me? I have always wondered why I have to pay someone to pray for me. Does God charge a fee to his children for them to get his blessings? Or Am I condemned going to Hell just because I do not give to a church? These questions prompted me to do a little research. I found out that I was not the only person who was curious on why televangelists and most "preachers" collected money from their followers for them to pray for or send blessings to them. A 2003 survey found that only one out seventeen televangelists were members of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. I also discovered that there a sect of the ministries called “prosperity gospel”, that is taught by most televangelists, which promises financial gain if they receive tides to bless their members.

Their blessings are supposed to bring their believers money or better health. They hate in the name of the Lord, preaching intolerance instead of love. A New Look at an Old Christian Myth. What would you call it if a group of people set fire to a local forest, or a local building, such as a place of worship? Or ransack and set fire to an owner’s home simply because he practices a different religion than the perpetrators?

If it were just a group of kids behaving badly but with no real motive other than larceny, you might term it vandalism. But if there was motive behind it, and if that motive was political, ideological or religious, you would almost certainly call it terrorism. Welcome to the world of third and fourth century Christianity. Does this view seem extreme to you? It might. It almost certainly will to Christian conservatives. There are several logs which must be removed from the viewers’ eyes after all this time. In point of fact, until Decius’ “persecution” in the third century, there is no evidence that Christians were made the targets of oppression or harassment (Sartre, 298).

Why is this? This does not mean, however, that definitions are not to be found. . “1. Seeking hard evidence for the similarity of the Horus and Jesus myths. Discussion by: SonnenKlar I was thinking about writing an article on the German (de.)richarddawkins.net site regarding the Horus myth and its alleged similarity with the Jesus myth. The problem I got into is: I found quite some well done and reasonable-sounding claims of this, but when I tried to search for real evidence I didn't get far. I found these claims whereever I looked: Horus supposedly: These points are repeated wherever I tried to find real evidence.

If they are true … well, that would be devastating for Christianity. But to write anything about it in a scientific manner I'd really need something more then repeated claims. Does anyone here have more info on this? Jimmy Carter: Religion is the Cause of Horrific Abuse of Girls and Women All Over the World. Former US President Jimmy Carter’s new book, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power” will hit the shelves on March 25. The book “covers a system of discrimination that extends to every nation” and discusses topics such as discrimination, violence, forced servitude, child marriage, and genital mutilation. According to Carter: “The most serious and unaddressed worldwide challenge is the deprivation and abuse of women and girls . . . largely caused by a false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare, unfortunately following the example set during my lifetime in the United States.”

Carter and his wife, Roselyn have traveled to 145 countries and have seen first-hand how poorly women are treated in different regions throughout the world. “women are treated more equally in some countries that are atheistic or where governments are strictly separated from religion.” The book’s publisher, Simon & Schuster stated: No Longer Quivering — September 30, 2018 What Does Jesus Think of Your Wardrobe? No, for a change this is not about modesty. It’s Above Rubies Nancy Campbell being extra Bible again and thinking that your dresses represent types of spiritual things. Nancy is reaching. What does Jesus think of your wardrobe? This is kind of interesting in the fact that towards the end Nancy throws shade at those who dare wear mostly their most comfortable clothing, read shabby per Nancy.

She does get yet again that we dress for our day, what you… Read more September 29, 2018 Why Are So Many Pastors So Homophobic? There have been a handful of posts on pastor Steven Anderson’s personal blog that have given me pause that I haven’t quoted here. September 28, 2018 How Fundamentalist Christianity Creates Guys Like Judge Kavanaugh I wasn’t going to write about this. September 27, 2018 Do Not Attend the Gay Wedding But Fornicator Weddings Are Good? September 26, 2018 Forced Joy While Doing Housework? September 25, 2018 Oh good grief! 'Gospel of Jesus' Wife' Papyrus Is Ancient, Not Fake, Scientists And Scholars Say. 10 Things Traditional Christians Got Terribly Wrong. Former fundamentalist 'debunks' Bible. An Incredible Interactive Chart of Biblical Contradictions. Pagan Roots? 5 Surprising Facts About Christmas | LiveScience.

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