Atheism - Intellectually Informed? Or Intellectually Bankrupt? You Decide?
Atheists like to think of themselves as basing their positions on facts and reason. But do they know the facts? And what is the substance of their reasoning? If it can be demonstrated that their positions not entirely factual, and their reason is based upon error and misinformation, then they must be understood as being so misguided, that they must be deemed intellectually flat-lined and ignorant. On the web site www.Nazirene.org I use what I portray as The True Measure Of Intellect -- which I define as "...the ability of a person to re-evaluate what they believe to be true when additional and clarifying knowledge or facts is received, and then apply this knowledge in their life so as to intimately embrace the higher truth that has been revealed in the endeavor to receive still higher Truth". Considering the fact that we are all born ignorant in this life, and becoming informed and knowledgeable is a process that requires a great deal of time and effort, it can be said that our minds are nourished by an incoming stream of facts and impressions. And at any time that the flow of facts become cut off prior to our reaching an informed and ultimately an enlightened state, then we truly become intellectually flat-lined.
Nothing robs a person of what sets them apart from the beasts more than the suppression of reason -- and since reason is to a very large degree reliant upon the acquisition of facts that nourishes the mind, censorship or the suppression of facts can be perceived to be the death of the mind. In an article entitled Valedictorian Speaks Out Against Schooling by Erica Goldson, she writes: "I contend that I am a human being, a thinker, an adventurer – not a worker. A worker is someone who is trapped within repetition – a slave of the system set up before him. But now, I have successfully shown that I was the best slave. I did what I was told to the extreme." And then Erica Goldson concludes: "I will never be able to turn back these 18 years. I can't run away to another country with an education system meant to enlighten rather than condition. This part of my life is over, and I want to make sure that no other child will have his or her potential suppressed by powers meant to exploit and control. We are human beings. We are thinkers, dreamers, explorers, artists, writers, engineers. We are anything we want to be – but only if we have an educational system that supports us rather than holds us down. A tree can grow, but only if its roots are given a healthy foundation."
In view of the facts, it can easily be pointed out that the Church is just such an institutional system that exploits and controls people through a suppression of the facts. While the mark of a Christian may be their belief in Jesus, the next step in the measure of belief is as crucial as the first -- i.e., what is the substance of the person's belief's about Jesus. Jesus himself called the Pharisees hypocrites and the offspring of vipers, because they proclaimed their belief with their lips, while they in practice embraced the doctrines and traditions of men. And if it can be shown that this is also true of the Christians, then they are in reality no different than the Pharisees who Jesus condemned. Thus, if we apply the test of facts for the second step to evaluate belief, it is easily demonstrated that the original Gospels totally support the original Ebionite Nazirene position that the historical Jesus was a man who became one with God (see http://TheTenWords.com ) -- and this fact is supported by six (6) independent and authoritative witnesses, the most ancient of surviving biblical texts, as well as both the Epistle to the Hebrews and the Book of Acts. Thus, because of the suppression of facts and the adoption of pagan man-made beliefs, it is easily proven that the vast majority of Christians fail on the most elementary second step with respect to the integrity of their beliefs. Because they reject the facts, it must be recognized that they are really no different than the Pharisees who Jesus condemned and rejected -- resulting in their own intellectual bankruptcy which causes them to be spiritually flat-lined. The facts demonstrate that the later Gentile Church which worshiped the sun, moon and stars as God, changed the text of the Gospels in order to perpetuate their pagan doctrines under the banner of Jesus and Christianity. Thus, while the Christians believe in the pagan Jesus-god of heathen Rome, they reject the Jesus of the Gospels.
While you can't evaluate Atheists on their belief in Jesus, as in the case of Christians, their test must be on the basis of the facts which they ascribe to in the formulation of their positions on the Bible and other scriptures. Why? Because their disbelief is based upon a rejection of the validity of the biblical accounts from a purely historic and literal perspective. Therefore it must be concluded that in the same manner that the Christians who surrender and suspend their gift of reason in their denial of the facts, the Atheists must also be seen as a group who totally ignores the facts with respect to the very nature and purpose of the scriptures.
The foremost biblical authorities in the ancient world convey to their students and disciples that the scriptures are virtually "worthless" from an historical perspective, and are not literally factual whatsoever (see Intellectual Idiots) -- i.e., “Scripture contains an unhistorical element in-woven with the history, in order that the worthlessness of the latter may drive us to seek the spiritual meaning” (Origen quoted under Origen Adamntius; The Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics). With respect to their literal/historical factual truth, the Church Father Origen who was called the Prince of Christian Learning after the disciples themselves, portrayed the concept of a physical resurrection as being “...preached in the Churches …for the simpleminded and for the ears of the common crowd who are led on to live better lives by their belief” (see Origen, Contra Celsum - see Deism And The First Amendment).
The written text of the scriptures have so little historical value, that the Apostle Paul called them "Jewish fables" (Tit 1:14) -- portraying the literal text as the "letter that killeth" (see The Death Of The Soul). The disciple Peter who was of course personally taught by the historical Jesus, portrayed the text of the scriptures as the "books with the power to deceive" (see The Books With The Power To Deceive) -- stating that the scriptures which were allegorical, were intentionally designed so that any person could prove any doctrine of belief using the scriptures. Atheists and critics take great pride in demonstrating the great many flaws in the scriptures -- and yet, they ignore the fact that these flaws were intentionally inserted into the text, inhibiting the reader from believing the literal text, and forcing the INTELLIGENT reader to seek out the deeper meaning.
The Apostle Peter went as far as to state that beliefs derived from the literal text of the scriptures were basically "erroneous beliefs about God", which were inserted into the scriptures for a test of the reader. Why? To see if they were worthy to move beyond an elementary mindset and perspective. To the degree that Jesus condemned the Jews who believed and practiced the literal tenets of the scriptures as the offspring of the Devil (see Jews Worship The Devil). And the early Spiritual (Gnostic) Christians portrayed the Jews who embraced the scriptures as historical accounts, as worshiping a Demiurge of their own creation. Yet, in what can only constitute a total suspension of rational thought, the Atheists condemn and reject the scriptures based solely upon a literal/historical interpretation of the biblical texts.
Why were the scriptures allegorical? Written in what is portrayed as the language of the soul? (see The Demiurge - Allegory? Myth? What Is Reality?) To ignore the witness that what the Apostle Paul and other biblical authors portray as the inability of the organic "natural" man to even contemplate man's higher soul and spiritual nature -- and the Atheists ignore these inconvenient facts without any understanding whatsoever why a great many mystics totally agree with this position (see Mystery Of The Gospel) -- in conjunction with the fact that these same (Gnostic) mystics have been hunted down relentlessly by church and state in an effort to silence them -- totally discredits the Atheist critics. As demonstrated, all religions are Gnostic (see All Religions Are Gnostic) -- and for an important reason that ignorant men are in denial of, all of the worlds scriptures are allegorical, and are merely a cloak that protects and conceals the true meaning. Quoting from the chapter Science Proves Mysticism: In the Zohar it is written: “The narratives of the doctrine are its cloak. The simple look only on the garment, that is upon the narrative of the doctrine; more they know not. The instructed, however, see not merely the cloak, but what the cloak covers”. In the words of Moses Maimonedes, one of the most respected of Jewish theologians, historian, and Talmudist, where he writes about the nature of scripture: “Every time that you find in our books a tale the reality of which seems impossible, a story which is repugnant to both reason and common sense, then be sure that the tale contains a profound allegory veiling a deeply mysterious truth; and the greater the absurdity of the letter, the deeper the wisdom of the spirit”. And this fact is confirmed by the Church Father Origen who wrote: “It is sufficient however, to represent in the style of a historic narrative what is intended to convey a secret meaning in the garb of history, that those who have the capacity may work out for themselves all that relates to the subject.” Therefore, what appears to be an historical account, is not -- and it is nothing more than a cloak that conceals important sacred knowledge from those who -- because of their carnally dense and worldly mindset and thinking, cannot utilize the wisdom of the minor mysteries that are a prerequisite to overcome carnal organic limitations, and escape the profound ignorance of this world.
The authors of the scriptures intentionally inserted what a man of intelligence will immediately reject, in order to force the more intelligent to seek the true meaning that was concealed in the allegory. To the degree that the Church Father Origen portrayed those who are of such a limited intellect to actually believe the text of the written words to be "idiots" -- i.e., “What man of sense will agree with the statement that the first, second and third days in which the evening is named and the morning, were without sun, moon and stars, and the first day without a heaven. What man is found such an idiot as to suppose that God planted trees in paradise in Eden, like a husbandman, and planted therein the tree of life, perceptible to the eyes and senses, which gave life to the eater thereof; and another tree which gave to the eater thereof a knowledge of good and evil? I believe that every man must hold these things for images, under which the hidden sense lies concealed” (see Mystery Of The Gospel). That the Atheists ignore the facts, and harass idiots, is indicative of the fact that the Atheists are themselves fools.
The fact that the Atheists ignore the very well documented historical fact that these same (Gnostic) mystics wrote the scriptures in a totally allegorical context so that they would be embraced and preserved by the pagan and heathen peoples, while preserving and concealing crucial knowledge that was of the utmost importance, is again crucial for the rational mind to understand. It is a fact that all genuine (Gnostic) mystics understood that the soul evolves over the course of many lifetimes (see Christian Reincarnation) -- and that they will themselves inherit the fruit of their own actions in life. They therefore preserve and conceal essential esoteric knowledge, by inserting it within purely allegorical scriptural accounts that their enemies and persecutors used, to insure that this framework of esoteric knowledge was available to them when their soul returned in a future life.
As someone who lived in the first century of our Common Era when the Gospels were written both by myself and others, let me confirm that there is nothing in the intellectual or educational world that parallels or even approaches the level of importance with respect to the inner meaning of the scriptures that comprise both the New and Old Testaments of the Bible. No Atheist or modern intellectual possesses this knowledge that is so important, that it had to be preserved and concealed within the text of scriptures that would be embraced by superstitious and ignorant men and their leaders. Further, without the preservation of the scriptures in this manner, someone such as myself who understands how to utilize what Jesus portrayed as the Key of Knowledge, would have been unable to retrieve the lost esoteric knowledge that the church and state declared to be heresy. And while there used to be important writings that were more straightforward, these writings were immediately destroyed by secular and sectarian authorities who used superstition and the fear of a demiurge god, to rule over the minds of the ignorant people. That wise men who possessed esoteric knowledge that not even intellectuals today comprehend, recognized that this sacred esoteric knowledge could be preserved for both them, and the few who could use it, by employing the DNA CODE of this world which was portrayed as the Key of Knowledge, for the express purpose of restoring their comprehension of this foundation of sacred esoteric knowledge at a future time, means that they not only outsmarted their enemies who hunted them down as heretics, but they also outsmarted the Atheists who lack the perception and intellect to, in the words of Origen: "...that those who have the [intellectual] capacity may work out for themselves all that relates to the subject.” So the wise man in our modern times will recognize that the Atheists and pseudo-intellectuals are no more informed or understand the facts, than does their sectarian Fundamentalists who are on the opposite side of the same boat -- or ship of fools. Quoting the Wikipedia: The ship of fools is an allegory that has long been a fixture in Western literature and art. The allegory depicts a vessel populated by human inhabitants who are deranged, frivolous, or oblivious, passengers aboard a ship without a pilot, and seemingly ignorant of their own direction.
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