Chapter XXXI: The Bible—Fact, Fiction, Fallacy and Farce
Dear Fellow Students: Again it is through the passing of time that part of the year known to the western world and to Christendom as the winter holidays of Christmas, and as such, perhaps it might be well to pass in review upon some of the precepts and beliefs of the Christian religion, their origin and other factors which are incumbent to this particular religion.
Now I know that in the different liturgies of Unarius, we have compounded much information relative to the historical background of Christianity, yet in all fairness to say, there are many subjects and many parts of the Bible, its various stories, etc., which have not been primarily discussed and the object lesson which can be obtained from a free and open discussion of them. The Christian religion as a whole and as it is compounded or founded upon the Bible is a rather simple open and shut proposition, which suits the limited and narrow confines of the average Christian mind. He may be rather an astute person when it comes to business affairs or other factors of his daily life, but in his religion he has apparently abandoned all logic and reason and completely absconded into the realm of fantasy with this religion; for as I have stated, Christianity is founded upon fables and as fables go, there is in any fable at best, as we know, only a small grain of truth.
Let us begin first, however, with the story of creation as it is well-known in the opening chapters of the Bible, “The Lord made the earth in six days”, etc. Here is the open and shut business—a simple and direct concept so far as the Christian is concerned which does not mandate any thinking or reasoning. He does not even have to possess any historical knowledge of his religion or the general anthropology of mankind for the world as a whole. He can constantly in any small or large crisis revert to the Bible and draw from it references to prove that he is right, not realizing that the Bible as a whole is historically very inaccurate. It is filled with pure fable, legend and other different kinds of compounds which have been the direct result of common historic interplays as they were woven and interwoven through the many centuries of time. It is said in Genesis, as I have stated, the Lord apparently existed in total darkness until He said, “Let there be light”. Now the Christian has never adequately explained why God suddenly decided to create light and why He was content to live in darkness, and after that He spent some six days in creating the world. The Bible does not say anything about the other eight planets in the solar system or the sun. And it makes no reference as to how the countless billions of suns and solar systems with their planets in our galaxy—which is just a pinpoint of light in the universe—also were created. To think that even a small planet as we know it today and its large variety of flora and fauna could be created in six days even by an all-powerful God would take rather a bit of doing in itself. This concept becomes increasingly difficult to understand when we pursue the readings further; and the Bible states, “on the seventh day the Lord rested”, then apparently on Monday, He resumed operations and created Adam and Eve to live in this Garden of Eden.
Now from there on in, we begin to enlarge upon the whole intolerable concept as it is presented in this creation how it completely violates all known scientific and historical knowledge as it has been compounded by the sciences of archeology, geology, anthropology and other sciences adjunctive to determining the origin and evolution of the world and particularly, to mankind himself.
According to Bible scholars and especially to those who existed back in the 19th century, the creation took place about 4000 years B.C. Scholars of that time, as they are in the present, were very specific to give the exact day and even the hour of creation! Apparently they referred to the time in which light was first generated, for they could not have determined the six days or the creation of the earth in one specific instant. However, ignoring these contradictions, let us look around us in this fabled Garden of Eden and we will see that down to the south where this place was supposed to have existed, which was somewhere in the Near East near the Assyrian desert, we will see that the Egyptian civilization had been flourishing for some 2000 years; and one of the great Egyptian kings or Pharaohs had already erected the greatest of all the pyramids!
Also, if we look a little to the north of where this garden was supposed to be in the Assyrian desert itself, we also discover ancient cities which expressed a high degree of civilization about 7000 years B.C. Looking to the west and out into the Mediterranean south of Greece is an island called Minos. There was a Minoan civilization existing there about 4000 years B.C. which also expressed a very high degree of culture. People used copper tools, golden vessels of very fine and artistic shapes which were ornamented with mosaics and precious stones and enamels. They air conditioned their houses using solar radiation and the breezes from the ocean. They were a very refined people who wove exquisite tapestries of silk and other fibers.
If we cross the Atlantic into the Yucatan Peninsula, we can find civilizations which predated the Mayan civilization some 25,000 to 30,000 years B.C. These people also were comparatively advanced and they actually lived by a perpetual calendar, a system of time which we do not now use, but which was rather an antiquated calendar compounded by the men of that time. However, we have skipped over the Atlantean civilization and while it is true, at the present time it lives only as a legend, it flourished some 15,000 to 25,000 B.C.—possibly further back—and if we can believe all the information which has come to us from the Atlantean time, we know that these peoples used space ships for interplanetary travel. They also had the knowledge of the atomic power and they had actually harnessed the cosmic forces of the universe.
However, the Atlantean civilization, in turn, was derived so far as its science is concerned from another civilization—the Lemurian—which dates back some 160,000 years ago; and even the Bible itself indirectly mentions this civilization, for the six days in which the Lord created the earth referred to six cycles of what modern astronomers call the cycle of the recessional or the retrogressive action of the earth in its solar orbit. In our Gregorian calendar this is 25,862 years. In the Lemurian time quotients this cycle of the recessional was 33,000 years. Added all up, however, we see that so far as the Bible is concerned its history as creation began with the Lemurian civilization 160,000 years ago.
However, the oppositions and contradictions of the Bible are not only openly apparent in the opening chapters of Genesis; they become increasingly apparent and odious and contradictory as we progress through its different books and numerous depictions. In past liturgies I have discussed some of these contradictions, the legendary or fabled parts of these different stories which were, as they were chronicled by these ancient people, multiplied and increased and added to in various and different ways and into such proportions that they become preposterous monstrosities which require a rather elemental mind to believe that they could have actually transpired. Yet there are hundreds of millions of people who call themselves Christians who believe in the literal translation or the written translation of these fables just as they appear in the modern Bible.
It must be remembered at this time that these fables have come down to us through the ages not as a written chronology in any continuity or form which could be used as provable or scientific evidence that such facts existed. Most of these stories were told and retold in songs or in other ways by the people to their children and to their grandchildren. Sometimes they were written in strange languages upon temple walls carved in stone or they were inscribed upon papyrus or sheep-skin or other methods which the ancients used when and wherever there was a written language and there was some scholarly person who knew how to write the characters of that particular language. It must be remembered that for the most part, however, all peoples of these ancient times were illiterate; there were very few scholars. The written language was not entirely formal and was very subjective to differences and variations in its composition.
For the past several hundred years, however, we as the more modern people of the western world have succeeded in different ways in perpetuating history as a more accurate chronology of events which we have done in different ways, not only through the written word on paper or in stone but in other different methods, manners and means in our modern days. We have even written history on microfilm and impounded it in stainless steel capsules deep beneath the surface of the earth to be opened in a 2000 year interval of time. These are all very interesting observations which we can make if we study the progress of evolution and mankind upon the face of the earth, however, remembering at all times that the written word or the repeated word is always subjective to its own particular type of errors. Each individual who so writes or who so transcribes or repeats, does so differently. Every person will then, therefore, have a different version of the same fact. This becomes increasingly apparent as we follow the course of different historical events through the Old Testament of the Bible. The histories of Egypt during the time of Jacob and of Moses are specific examples of some of these legends which have grown all out of proportion to what they were originally in the beginning, and we have discussed the creation, its many oppositions as it appears in Genesis, and that it is actually recorded with scientific evidence which has been amassed at this present time. We have not even mentioned some of the more remote fore-bearers of mankind such as Pithecanthropus Erectus, the Java man, who lived a million years ago, or we can go a little farther back to the Zinj man who lived in Africa and who goes back about two million years ago. This Zinj man, Zinjanthropus, incidentally, used stone axes with wooden handles and cooked his meat on a fire, yet he is considerably older than Adam!
Another one of these fables or legends in the Old Testament which has grown all out of proportion to its beginning is the story of Noah and the Ark. And as this story is quite familiar to you all or you can read it, so I shall not waste words by repeating it other than to state that Noah in some way was forewarned by God or Jehovah that He was about to drown the world, so Noah took it upon himself to build an ark as he was commanded—a large boat which, according to the best knowledge, was about 150 feet long by 50 feet wide. Some Bible students have given this dimension as being rather small and say that it was much larger than this. However, large or small, we can easily see the complete fallacy and the untruth of this Noah's Ark story if we look into the books of science which exist on the earth today.
It states in the Bible that Noah took a pair of each species of the animals on the earth and placed them in the ark. Now if he had taken only the animals, this would have been more than a Herculean task. The animal species on the face of the earth as they exist today number over 100,000. Many of these animals cannot live even for a short period of time out of their native habitat; they must have their normal conditions of environment and food, otherwise they would perish. Others are known to die very quickly from fright from a psychic shock when they are moved from their natural environment into zoos in large cities. If you go to one of the zoos, you will find that great pains have been taken in many cases to perpetuate as closely as possible the conditions of the certain animals so as to duplicate their environmental conditions and make life more adaptable to them. Even so, many of them do not live long in this sort of captivity.
Enumerating the many thousands of species of animals as they are known on the earth today, we can summarize very quickly according to Genesis that these same animals existed 4000 years B.C., for there is no mention of evolution in Genesis or anywhere in the Bible, for that matter, or at least, not in the way in which we understand it. Therefore, even the animal kingdom itself must have been an incredible task to have taken upon so small a boat as the ark, all of the species of animals as they exist today. We can imagine what a pair of elephants would do to a boat which was only 150 feet long. Elephants weigh several thousand pounds each. Then there are many other kinds of animals on earth which could be largely classified as animals and under this classification they most certainly and rightly must also have been taken on the ark.
If we include all the birds, for instance, 50 to 75,000 different species of birds are again with the same necessities and conditions of environment; there is the reptile kingdom and several thousand species of reptiles. Now we get down into the insect kingdom—about 400,000 species of insects are known upon the face of the earth—many of these insects spend up to four or five, or even seven years of their life in a pupa or larva stage underground and live only a few hours above the surface, and in some instances, they do not have a mouth or a digestive tract or do not eat. They live only to lay eggs to perpetuate their species. All of these conditions and environments must have in some way or another had to have been perpetuated or sustained on the ark. We have not even mentioned the vegetable kingdom and as every gardener knows, that as far as plants are concerned, many plants would very quickly perish if they were immersed in water for a period of two weeks. In fact, many trees would die under such submersion. The delicate plants which are enumerated in the different genesis of this particular biological study are indeed numerous, and even with the extensive studies which have been made in the realm of this horticultural pursuit, all of the known species of vegetable life are still not complete. There are many species which have yet to be cataloged and classified.
So you see, by this time I have presented to you the complete fallacy of the Noah's Ark legend as it exists in the Bible today. There is, in all fairness however, a small grain of truth which might possibly be extracted from this fable or legend. There is no doubt that as a legend and as a part of the Old Testament, it actually did exist in a certain way a long time ago, but in a very small way when it is compared to the version in the Bible. Let us say of a certain farmer or dweller in a valley which was surrounded by mountains that there were periods of time of very heavy rainfall in this valley. Now if a river had flowed into this valley and flowed out through a mountain gorge, it is quite possible that a landslide could have blocked off the end of this valley, and seeing this landslide this man could have taken upon himself to build a boat, a small craft where he could take the family goat and his wife and children, and during the next rainy season when the valley was filled with water, he could float about until the floods subsided. It is quite possible and in all fairness, this might have been done, and if this is so, then other people who had seen this done would have, in the manners and ways of people, begun to recite this story or retell it around campfires or before fireplaces and through the many centuries of time, it would grow in size, until it exists as it does today in the Old Testament.
So what we are getting at in this particular discussion at this time is to objectify in the light of logic and reason the context of the Old Testament or the Bible as a whole, how it was compounded, how it has been written and rewritten and how it has been translated at least two thousand times in different languages and in different forms, each form and language with its own variances, its own interpretations; yet eight hundred million Christians use this Bible as the chronology of the human race, and they also use it as a means to attempt to predict the future of those who believe in it. Even the New Testament and the story of Jesus the Nazarene can be considered by the most objective reason to be largely legend or fable, that it too was distorted and compounded beyond all reason and logic. Furthermore, psychological implications are involved with any person who accepts the Bible literally and who, in its literal translations—lock, stock and barrel—delineates his life in whatever reactionary or haphazard manner he can, as a means of justifying his own sins and iniquities and errors, then this person is indeed lost.
He is lost until he can pick up the thread of logic and reason and subtract himself from this great legendary mass of fact, fiction and fable which he calls his Bible; and above all, he can stop using it as his own personal escape mechanism, or as a means in which he can vent his bigotry against his fellowman. He can stop using it as a weapon of coercion and fear. He must not hold it aloft over his head and point out to others that they are hopelessly lost without it, for in infinity and with Infinite Intelligence, there is an inviolate constituent which reads much more imperishably than any of the constitutional amendments in the Bill of Rights—the inalienable right of every human to determine his own course, his destiny, that he must progressively through the dimension of experience, re-attune himself with new facts and inclemency’s of life. He must constantly and never-ceasingly expand his mental horizons and cease to build the citadel of self-righteousness about himself, for all of the troubles of this present time or in any historical period can be very quickly summarized in the fallacy and error of self-righteousness which every human assumes is his soul right, and that he is heir in himself to the most logical position in the society of his fellowman. Yet withal, no human possesses sufficient knowledge to carry him beyond the grave or that he does not consciously display sufficient knowledge to pacify his life against the emotional encroachments which are constantly eating away at the bastions of his personal self-security.
It is well and right that people should historically know of their origin, for it is in their origins and in the comparisons of their present positions they can logically equate progressively or retrogressively their own personal evolution. Yet, all of these things in themselves as incremental factors of human society become part of that great system of personal idolatries which every human worships and, in turn, enables him to live upon the surface of this earth to become a conformist in his own society—to live as he thinks he lives, within himself or by himself—yet always conscious of censorship from his fellowman. And as the sun sets in the twilight years, he possesses neither the knowledge nor the experience which will assure him his personal continuity into a higher plane or expression of life.
The Bible in itself represents a great travesty of human logic and reason, a great tragedy in personal experience if any human uses it to delineate his own life or that he depends upon the prophets or intercessors for his future, or that he lays himself down to be trampled upon by the priesthood of his own making, for these individuals in their self-righteousness have anointed themselves, given themselves the high office where they tell their fellowman they are officials and delineators of God's Wisdom. They speak of the throne in stentorian tones; they mumble Latin prayers and phrases and in their actions they are reminiscent of sideshow barkers and circus spielers, those mendicants who peddle hot dogs at a baseball game, peddling their religious tripe, even of less value than the exploited wonders of the world advertised by the circus barker.
Yes, the great tragedy and the travesty of the Christian religion is most aptly expressed in the churches of today, in the garish robes and trappings of priesthood, in the bellowed and mumbled incantations, the sprinklings of so-called holy water. The great hypocrisy is apparent—apparent to all those except the unfortunate ones who have cast themselves before the altars of these false priests and their false god, for surely as Jesus lived, so was His mission to disprove this paganism, this false idolatry of religious systems whether it existed in ancient Babylonia before the god Jahweh or whether it exists today in the temporary church of our time as the god Jehovah, for truly, both are one and the same. And with all this, an even greater hypocrisy has been perpetuated, for as Jesus lived and died to disprove this false god, so the priests of today, as they have done for hundreds of years, have merged Him, His work and His personality with this false god.
They have even sanctioned this false god in adultery. They have condoned the many thousands this false god has murdered in emotional hatreds. Even as Moses came down from Mt. Sinai and found those who were worshipping the golden calf, so this false god, as the Bible says, slew two thousand of them. Can we condone murder even if it is committed by the god we worship? If we must worship a god, then let us worship one who has all the high morals, principles, expresses the logic and reason of immortality and all the other necessary expressive adjuncts which we might expect from a supernatural Being; but let us not worship one who commits adultery, murder and expresses hatred. Let us not believe in the Bible as a translator of our destiny, which in the words of Spinoza, the Dutch mathematician and lens-grinder, who said and I quote, “The Bible is filled with murder, lust, lies, adultery and fornication, and parts of it are not even fit to be read”.
Yet the whole message and the most important part of our discussion here at this moment is to more forcibly point the all-important proposition of life which was expressed by the Nazarene as the Kingdom of Heaven which is within, and in turn, resolves itself into all prerogatives of consciousness. It is not the objectivism, the experience, the world, the apparent solidity, even the life we live. Rather, it is what we can objectify in personal consciousness as to all these conformities wherein they shape our personal destiny, for the Kingdom of Heaven is not in the emotional objectivisms, the apparent mass or materialism of our world or our innumerable experiences in this world. It is the objectivisms from which we derive logic and reason, the facsimile of Infinite Intelligence and creativity through the manifestations and interplays of these material expressions. Yet hundreds of millions, yes billions of people live in complete idolatry—idolatry of the material world in which they live, for the ever-apparent form, the emotional experience connected with the apparent mass of this material world is the shape and the form of the idol they worship. In all its forms and its numerous ramifications, this is idolatry.
Only when we subtract and extract the essences of wisdom and logic wherein we can see the creativity of Infinite Intelligence, do we advance ourselves beyond the emotional experience, do we begin to become wise in the ways of Infinite Intelligence and do we begin to insure for ourselves a more progressive evolution. For surely, as we worship the sum and substance of the world as the supreme denominator of our lives, that it is the ever-apparent all, then we are idolaters and we live in idolatry.
Only when we inseminate the pure essences of logic and reason in constructive intelligence, do we begin to grow, and from our growth springs forth the tentacles which will reach upward into the vastness of the infinite dimensions beyond this limited horizon into the many mansions of which He spoke. And clinging to what we have found and what we have derived with these tentacles of Truth we will, with a stock which is strong and straight, grow toward this ever apparent and increasing Light toward this immortality, toward not the throne of some false god but to the seat of Infinite Understanding and of Creative Intelligence.