is a contradiction in terms to call anything a revelation
that comes to us second hand, either verbally or in writing.
Revelation is necessarily limited to the first communication-after
that it is only an account of what the first person says was
revealed to him; and though he may find himself obliged to
believe it, it cannot be incumbent upon me to believe it in
the same way; for it was not a revelation made to me and I
have only his word that it was made to him.
Moses told the children of Israel that he had received two
tables from the hands of God, they were not obliged to believe
him, because they had no other authority for it than his telling
them so; and I have no other authority for it than some historian
telling me so. However, the declaration that God visits the
sins of the father upon the children; is contrary to every
principle of moral justice.
I am told that the Koran was written in Heaven and brought
to Mohammed by an angel, the account comes with the same kind
of hearsay evidence and second hand authority as the former.
I did not see the angel myself and, therefore, I have a right
not to believe it. When I am also told that a woman called
the Virgin Mary said, or gave out, that she was with child
without any cohabitation with a man, and that her betrothed
husband, Joseph, said that an angel told him so-in a dream-I
have the right to believe them or not to believe them because
such circumstance requires much stronger evidence than just
their bare word for it; but we don’t even have that-for
neither Joseph nor Mary wrote and such thing themselves; it
is only reported by others that they said so- it is hearsay
upon hearsay, and I do not choose to rest my belief upon such
is, however, not difficult to account for the credit that
was given to the story of Jesus Christ being the Son of God.
He was born when the heathen mythology still had some repute
in the world, and that mythology prepared the people for a
belief of such a story. Almost all the extraordinary men that
lived under the heathen mythology were reputed to the sons
of some of their gods. It was not a new thing, at that time,
to believe that a man had been celestially begotten; the intercourse
of gods with women was a matter of familiar opinion. Jupiter,
according to their account, had cohabited with hundreds; therefore
the story had nothing in it either new, wonderful or obscene.
By Green Ingersol
The first organized ceremonial religion was the worship of
the sun. The sun was the “Sky Father” the “All
seeing” source of life-the fireside of the world. The
sun was regarded as a god who fought the darkness, the power
of evil, the enemy of man.
have been many sun gods, and they seem to have been the chief
deities of the ancient religions. They have been worshipped
in many lands-by many nations that have passed to death and
was a sun god and he fought and conquered the serpent of night.
Baldur was a sun god. He was in love with the Dawn-a maiden.
Krishna was a sun god. At his birth the Ganges was thrilled
from its source to the sea, and all the trees, the dead as
well as the living, burst into leaf and bud and flower. Hercules
was a sun god and so was Samson whose strength was in his
hair-that is to say his beams. Delilah, the shadow of darkness,
sheared him of his strength. Osiris, Bacchus, Mithra, Hermes,
Buddha and Quetzaloal, Prometheus, Zoroaster, and Perseus,
Leo tsze, Fo hi, Horus and Ramses were all sun gods.
of these gods had gods for fathers and their mothers were
virgins. Stars celebrated by celestial music announced the
births of nearly all and voices declared that a blessing had
come to this poor world. All of these gods were born in humble
places –in cave, under trees, in common inns and tyrants
sought to kill them all when they were babes. All these sun
gods were born at the Winter Solstice at Christmas. Nearly
all were worshipped by “wise men “. All of them
fasted for forty days, all of them taught in parables-all
of them wrought miracles-all met with a violent death and
all rose from the dead.
history of these gods is the same history of Christ.
cross was a symbol thousands of years before our era. It was
a symbol of life, of immortality of the god Agni and it was
chisled upon the tombs many ages before a line of our Bible
was written. Baptism is far older than Christianity-than Judaism.
The Hindus. Egyptians, Greeks and Romans had Holy water before
a Catholic lived. The Eucharist was borrowed from the Pagans;
Ceres, the goddess of the field-Bacchus of the vine. At harvest
festival they made cakes of wheat and said, “This is
the flesh of the goddess”. They drank wine and cried,
“This is the blood of our god.”
Egyptians had a Trinity. They worshipped Osiris, Isis and
Horus thousands of years before The Father, Son and Holy Ghost
Tree of Life grew in India, in China and among the Aztecs
long before the Garden of Eden was planted.
before the Bible was known other nations had their sacred
books. The dogma of the Fall of Man, The Atonement and Salvation
by Faith are older than our religion.
our blessed gospel-in our Divine scheme there is nothing new-nothing
original. All is old-all borrowed, pieced and patched.
the beginning God created man and all the animals from the
dust of the ground by divine magic. Then God created woman
from the man’s rib and their children were created by
fornication through a divine process that would later be known
as DNA. The animals began humping each other all over the
globe, which continued the propagation of each species and
God saw that was good. Once the Lord realized that His ingenious
bits of self-perpetuating matter would keep the world running,
He packed up His bags and left.
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