(Before I get started there are a few complaints and warnings I need to get out of the way: First off . . . Twitter. I started my promotion of this website there and at first I was receiving some pretty solid response. Then, for some reason, my ad campaign was halted mid-way through its anointed time. I do not understand. Upon contacting them I got some form letter than explained nothing, and when I responded to this, the same form letter came back in response. I have no idea how to clear this up and I find it frustrating. I do not like having to depend on Facebook).
Now to this–Welcome to part two of my much longer discussion on how the lies of influential people and societal leaders have had devastating influence upon both the modern and the ancient worlds, and every barbaric slaughter that has arisen in their wake. I need to give a brief warning and I will put this in bold letters for those of you that this either appeals, to or who would much rather avoid because they find it mortally offensive:
This following commentary will be very critical of organized religion throughout the ages. This is not a prejudice against any single faith, but a full scale denunciation of how these faiths were formed and the consequences of this. I am going chronologically and so we begin with the oldest monotheistic faith. Again, this is not an antisemitic screed. It includes everyone today because without Judaism, you would not have a faith to join.
With that out of the way (and the instant leap based upon three or four words elevating this rant to ‘offensive,’ and the misunderstandings so prevalent here on the internet sullenly requires me to make such a statement so that nazis and white nationalists and other various hate groups do not, for some reason, take me as one of their own–fuck all of you!) we will begin:
“Lies in Ancient History, Part 2”
Religion is about hope, to start with. As the slaves began having enough of the Egyptian indifference to life, there began a conspiracy against the Pharaoh. Moses, the first messiah, quit the royal family in order to wander the desert and fight for the rights of the slaves. It was all about an idea of freedom, the exodus was. In fact, if you can get past the mostly turgid language of the translations, the Book of Exodus is one of the greatest and most influential fairy tales that has ever been written.
Exodus tells a story of freedom. It tells about the struggle to escape from bondage and form a brand new world out of nothing but belief. This is an aspirational narrative, one full of pure ideals and a genuine belief in humanity.
Of course reality is very different. Many of the events in Exodus are questionable, to say the least. Did Moses really hear the voice of God telling him what must be done through the avatar of a bush on fire? Why was it burning? How did the flames start? Was it dry? Was it a wildfire? Did Moses himself set the thing on fire because he was having a difficult moment, a loss of faith in his adoptive father and brother and the whole fucking mess that kept those poor people enslaved? Was it hallucination? Was it an excuse for what was to come? Because the people were ignorant and filled with mystical leanings and the majesty of the foolish gods who ruled them, couldn’t the idea of a single God, one who is the creator and cause of everything, and who is far more powerful than the silly horse-headed things the Egyptians worship, couldn’t this rouse them to revolution? Was Moses really a political leader, a true revolutionary, a prophet of the type of imagines a better future for the whole world and has figured out a way to win a coming war?
So was Moses the Messiah? What is a Messiah anyway? It’s like a superhero coming to save the day, coming to bring a new perspective on living and often someone who dies trying to save the world. Usually they have some supernatural experience and sometimes the cult that they found proves very dangerous.
There was no splitting of the red sea, but perhaps a deeper understanding of high tides and low. And think about the numerous things that may have happened atop Mouth Sinai. How long was Moses supposedly up there? Did he know how to etch words into stone? He was an aristocrat. He was literate. He was probably smarter than all of his followers and even if he couldn’t write in stone, he could probably bang out any scribble on the rocks in some unknown language and tell them that it was the word of God. And wasn’t he lucky that they had reverted back to idol worship as they impatiently waited for a sign? Did Moses die up there, they wondered. We’re lost in the fucking desert. We’re gonna starve. Cannibalism? A golden calf? Give us some meat, oh golden calf, please!
Moses smashed one of the stones with the fifteen social laws to form a better society, probably smashed the one he was most uncertain about, and then screamed them into submission and demanded that they grovel before him and his ‘Word of God.’ They must repent and be humble and listen to him from now on and here, here, take these crumbs left over from the bread I was eating up there on the mountain and let’s call it manna. Here! Here! Eat!
And so the story of Moses goes until they find a clear and unsullied spot of land they name Canaan and decide to settle down, build their homes (they had been slaves who did all of Egypt’s manual labor, including building the the pyramids! They could build a hut with no trouble, I would imagine) and organize a small society under their new beliefs.
Of course their leader died, an old man wandering a desert with little food and water and climbing over mountains to what was very briefly ‘The Promised Land’ until the Romans rose to gobble up what was left of Egypt and said, hey! This land is our land now!
But when Moses died something that has happened ever since to all monotheistic faiths, Christianity after the death of Jesus and Islam after Mohammad was gone. The new leaders of the faith decided to change it to fit their needs and their perceived goals of keeping their society safe. They decided to impose punishments for violating the biblical laws. The turned God from the all-loving Daddy in the sky into a bitter, angry, vengeful monster that will turn you into a pillar of salt if you don’t follow the ways of his rabbis–of the leaders of the faith and the ones closest to God. Shit, if Moses can talk to God in a fire, I can see Him in the air and He is always chattering in my ears ideas on how to make you people do what I think must be done!
And so the poisonous lie of God began. After the first successful slave uprising in history, one that saw brutalized people run away into an even harder life with an uncertain idea of what freedom means, they simply fell under a new god’s law, similar in structure to the Pharaoh’s method of running the nation, but now added with an illusion that someday things are going to get better.
It was this idea that truly fucked the world into the fractured, desolate society of dark ages and inquisition that followed and that still in many forms exists even today.
Next: Jesus Christ, Emperor Constantine and the Fall of Rome