Daily Stuff 5-16-12

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Hi, folks!

No Herbs Outdoors today.

Rural Tourism Studio for me today! It’s the last day of it, and I’m ready for it to be done with….. The Kickoff is tonight from 5-7pm and everyone in the area is encouraged to attend. It will be at the Ona Restaurant in Yachats.

It’s beautiful outside this morning. 53F (going to the upper 50’s)… windless... The sky is very, very blue, unlike the last few days of morning cloud. There was a heavy dew last night and everyone little thing is sparkling.

The crows are out there fighting over some dead mac ‘n cheese that Tempus put out for them.

I gave one slug flying lessons yesterday morning as I was leaving for the workshop. The blasted thing had eaten *all* of the one orris flower that was left. I kicked him. He flew across the garden and hit the house next door. Yeah, I was mad….. I just can’t figure out how to keep the darned things out of the garden and it doesn’t seem that even baiting them with beer will do it. At least that way they die happy. I hate to put out slug bait.

Yesterday’s topic was Marketing on a Shoestring. I have a whole set of pages on ideas and connections and places to go for help with getting your word out. Just e-mail or ask. Some of it might go up on the Pan-Pagan group.

Today is Fundraising. We’re at the Overleaf Lodge again. The setting there is beautiful.

Tempus got the planter box picked up. He’s still figuring out how to fasten it.

Tempus didn’t get to the potatoes, I don’t think.

There’s a solar eclipse coming up on Sunday. We’re only going to see a partial, but it oughta be spectacular. http://www.space.com/15657-annular-solar-eclipse-o ccurs-may20.html Please, be smart and do not look at the sun. You can use binoculars or a telescope to project the images onto a white surface. Better yet… punch a bunch of holes in paper and look at the shadow of the sun shining through it onto the ground. That one’s weird….

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Spring hours, 11am-7pm, Thursday through Monday. If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open!

Love & Light,
Anja

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NASA Science News for May 15, 2012 - On Sunday, May 20th, the Moon will pass in front of the Sun, producing an annular solar eclipse visible across the Pacific side of Earth from China to the United States. FULL STORY: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-na sa/2012/15may_sunday/ VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YX2blo1eRk

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Today
The Moon is a waning crescent. Waning Moon Magick - From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and begin the letting go process.
Phase ends on Saturday at 4:47am.

This is the time of year when the Big Dipper floats upside down at its highest due north when the stars come out. Far below it is Polaris. Far below Polaris, near or even below the horizon depending on your latitude, is W-shaped Cassiopeia.
Look high to Venus's upper right for Capella. Look just to Venus's right for Beta Tauri, also known as El Nath, glimmering only 1/300 as bright (at magnitude +1.6). They're slowly moving apart; Beta Tauri is 1.5° from Venus on May 11th and 2.0° from it by the 18th. Venus is plunging toward inferior conjunction, when it will transit the face of the Sun on June 5–6 (on the afternoon of the 5th for North America); see our article in the June Sky & Telescope, page 50, or online. This will be the last transit of Venus until 2117.

Celtic Tree Month of Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 - 5/15
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 - 6/12
Runic half-month of Ing, 5/14-5/28 - Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. (Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.)

Sun in Taurus
Moon in Aries
Venus Retrograde
Color: Red
Harvest 5/16-17

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Calendar
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Fundraising for Tourism & Developing
Action Teams Workshop - Overleaf Events Center at the Overleaf Lodge, $5.00
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM - FREE EVENT: Community Tourism Kickoff, Location: Ona Restaurant, Yachats
http://industry.traveloregon.com/Departments/Tour ism-Development/Oregon-Rural-Tourism-Studio-1.aspx http://industry.traveloregon.com/Departments/Touri sm-Development/Oregon-Rural-Tourism-Studio-1.aspx
5/16 – Wednesday, 3pm – Herbs Outdoors – (no class this week)
5/17 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
5pm - Wicca 103 – Lesson 5/6
Planting 5/18-19
5/19 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon-ish – Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
Sun enters Gemini, 5/20 8:16am
New Moon, 5/20, 4:47pm
Solar Eclipse – 5-20-12 4:23pm
5/20 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101
Noon - Brea’s Elements (counseling)
2pm - Practical Craft
5/21 – Monday – 6pm – Wicca 101 – Lesson 1-2
Planting 5/23-25
Planting 5/23-25
5/23 – Wednesday 7pm, esbat - Diana’s bow
5/26-28 – Memorial Day weekend
6/2 – Saturday, 11am - Herb Workshop
Noon – Care & Feeding of a Rock Tumbler
3pm - Sewing Workshop
6pm - Metta Meditation
7pm – Movie Night, showing ? (discussion follows)
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/3 – Sunday, 10am – Wicca 101 Noon - Brea’s Elements (class)
1pm – Free showing of ?
3pm – Discussion follows movie
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
6/7 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting, Salty Dawg Restaurant – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
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Planting 6/1-2
June 1-3 – Psychic Fair – Special Guest, Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/1 – Friday, Tea Leaf Reading Workshop 7pm – by donation
6/2 – Saturday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
6/2 – Brandon Tweed on Raising Fowl
6/3 – Sunday, 10am-6pm - Tea Leaf & Tarot Readings by Tanya Lester, Tasiographer
Harvest 6/4
Lunar Eclipse – 6/4/12 4:03am
6/4 – Full Strong Sun Moon at 4:12am, Pathfinding Horse Moon
Neptune Retrograde 6-4-12 2:03pm
Planting 6/5-6
6/6 – Wednesday, 7pm, esbat, waning moon
Harvest 6/7-9
Planting 6/10-11
Chiron Retrograde 6-11-12 10:12pm
Harvest 6/12-14
6/14 – Thursday – Waldport Chamber of Commerce meeting – Noon
Waldport City Council Meeting – 2pm
Planting 6/15-16
Harvest 6/17-18
6/16 – Waldport Beachcomber Days
New Moon, 6/19, 8:02am
Sun enters Cancer 4:09pm
Planting 6/20-21
6/20 – Wednesday 7pm, Circle business meeting for Litha (run-through)
Litha Sabbat Open Circle, 6/22, Friday, 7pm at Ancient Light (waxing moon)
6/21 - 3pm, Crones’ Tea
Saturn Direct 6-25-12 1am
Venus Direct 6-27-12 8:07am
Planting 6/29-30
June 30 - July8 – Psychic Fair – Special Guests, Kat Cunningham, Carl Neal & Lupa Bi
Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering, Friday – Sunday, September 28-30

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www.wunderground.com
May. 16, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 5:47 AM PDT, 8:38 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 5:13 AM PDT, 9:12 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:30 AM PDT, 9:56 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 3:39 AM PDT, 10:46 PM PDT
Moon, 3:28 AM PDT, 4:52 PM PDT
Length Of Visible Light, 15h 59m
Length of Day, 14h 51m
Tomorrow will be 2m 7s longer.
Waning Crescent, 16% of the Moon is Illuminated

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Celtic tree month Huath Hawthorn May 13 - Jun 9 - I am fair among flowers - Color: Purple - Class: Peasant - Letter: H - Meaning: Being held back for a period of time - Hawthorn - Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark

Huathe - Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month - Ur - Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 16 Low 4:41 AM 0.9 5:47 AM Rise 3:28 AM 22
16 High 10:41 AM 5.6 8:39 PM Set 4:53 PM
16 Low 4:23 PM 1.9
16 High 10:33 PM 7.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – We fall in love... we fall out of love... we search for new loves.. yearn for old loves.... we have memories.... we make new memories. We live every day of our lives. Sometimes not the way that we want to... but we do it anyway... Never forget to tell someone you love that you love them.

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? - Make friends before you need them. -- Unknown

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Quotes
Gold medals don't make champions . . . hard work does. - Unknown
Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it every day, and at last we cannot break it. - Horace Mann
I don't like being told what to do. - Linda Eastman McCartney (1942-1998) US photographer
I think I began learning long ago that those who are happiest are those who do the most for others. - Booker T. Washington

The Cricket and the Rose
In fall
the cricket
beneath the rose bush
watches

as the roses fall
to the very ground
that is his kingdom also.
So they're neighbors,

one full of fragrance,
the other
the harper
of a single dry song.

We call this time of the year
the beginning of the end
of another circle,
a convenience

and nothing more.
For the cricket's song
is surely a prayer,
and a prayer, when it is given,

is given forever.
This is a truth
I'm sure of,
for I'm older than I used to be,

and therefore I understand things
nobody would think of
who's young and in a hurry.
The snow is very beautiful.

Under it are the lingering
petals of fragrance,
and the timeless body
of prayer. - Mary Oliver

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Magick – The Unoriginality of Jesus
http://www.bandoli.no/nooriginaljesus.htm
The originality of Jesus

Who was the Son of the highest God, and the biggest healer in Antiquity? He healed the sick and even raised the dead. Hear and behold: former paralysed walked again, the blind could miraculously see again, and the deaf could listen and the mute speak after the Master's gentle touch! But he did not only heal the body, he also healed the soul. They called him Saviour and Redeemer, and he healed both rich and poor, men and women, young and old, slaves and free men, friends and enemies. In one occasion a paralysed man was brough to him in his bed, and took his bed and left walking after the Saviour had touched him. What was this Saviour's name?

. . . Asklepios.

Who was born by a mortal virgin mother and had a divine Father, and was known as the "Saviour of the world"? Before he was born his parents wandered to a bigger town, and prophets had foretold his birth and that he would be a king. This instigated a search for the infant Saviour by a leading figure who wanted to kill him. After growing up the Son of God was shown all the kingdoms of the world from a high mountain. He also walked on water and when he met his end his mother and his favorite disciple stood by him. He then tells his mother: "Do not cry, I'm going to heaven". When he dies he utter: "It is finished" and the earth trembles and darkness cover the land. Then he ascended to
heaven, and his greatest achievement was to conquer death.

His name was of course . . . Hercules.

We all of course know the Redeemer who was no figure of pagan Greek polytheism. He was the true Saviour who wanted to help and save the sinful humans, by sacrificing himself. But he was willing to do this, out of love, pity and compassion for the humans.

His name: . . . Prometheus.

Now, who was the real Son of God, born by a mortal virgin mother, and often presented as the venerated newborn infant, or depicted riding a donkey? He healed the sick and did numerous wonders, among those making fine wine from plain water. He was killed but resurrected from the dead and became immortal. The followers of this God often ate a holy meal in a kind of sacramental union with the deity to achieve immortality after their death. One of this god's finest achievements was his death, his sacrifice, which delivers the whole human kind.

The God was the very popular Dionysos.

Who is the "Light of the World", the One, the God who defeated death? Born of a virgin mother, considered the first true King by the people. Who rose from the grave and ascended to heaven. He defeated death, and must be considered the single true God.

Of course the Egyptian Osiris!

Now, the real God often called the "Light of the world", "The good shepherd", "The lamb" and is ". . . the way, the truth, and the life". Identified with a cross. Who could that be?

Horus, (the son of Osiris).

The original "Light of the world" was the mediator between God and man and was born on the 25th of December. Local shepherds witnessed his birth and gave him gifts. He had 12 disciples, and when his work was done on earth he gathered together to a last supper, and then ascended to heaven. At doomsday he will return to pass judgment on both the living and the dead. The righteous will go to heaven and the sinful will be killed in a giant fire. Sunday is his holyday, and this religion gave us the seven days of the week. His followers called each other "brothers" and their leaders "fathers". They practiced baptism and established a sacred meal ritual, where flesh and blood was symbolically consumed by initiates. Above earth was heaven, and below the dark hell with demons and the sinners.

The 'Light of the World' is of course the sungod Mithra.

Wise men were led to his birth by a star, and his conception was miraculous. After his birth the ruler in the area wanted him dead and started a hunt for the child. But his parents were warned by a heavenly messenger who told them to escape over the river with the holy child. Here, he was met by shepherds. The boy grew up and did many great deeds, and was the mediator between God and man.

His name: Krishna.

Who then, was the God whose mother was told by an angel that she would give birth to a holy child destined to be a Saviour? Even as a child he instructed the priests in the temple in religious matters, while his parents were looking for him. He started his religious career when he was ca 30 years of age, and surrounded himself with 12 disciples. One of the disciples is his favorite. Another is a traitor. He and his disciples abstain from wealth and travel around talking in parables and metaphors. This God called himself "Son of Man" and was referred to as "Prophet", "Master" and "Lord". He did many great wonders and healed the sick, blind could see again and deaf hear. He also walked on water. When one of his disciples tried to do the same, he started to sink - his faith was not strong enough.

We are here obviously talking about Buddha.

Our Saviour cannot be mistaken for any other. He performed countless miracles on earth, miracles well attested to by bystanders. He healed the sick and the crippled, restored sight to the blind, cast out demons, and even raised the dead! His birth was of a virgin, foretold by an angel. While still a child, he exhibited extraordinary knowledge of religious scripture. He reformed the corrupt and worldly religions of his day. He was crucified, rose from the tomb and appeared to his disciples to prove to them his power over death, after which he ascended to Heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father. He was known as "the Son of God!" His message is of love and compassion.

We give you: Apollonius of Tyana

And there is of course the God-man, the prophet, the founder of a great monotheistic religion that still exist today. He preached that there was only one true God, and his teachings focused on the eternal fight between good and evil. The teachings include the idea of the Saviour will wake the dead and pass judgment on all. The righteous ones goes to Paradise and the sinful straight to a burning Hell. The very word of Paradise stems from this religion. This semigod started his career in his early thirties, and had a following of disciples. As a band of monks they wandered around, preaching their religion. He was eventually killed and sent to heaven.

And he was the Persian Zarathustra.


The problem for Jesus is that all these deities are much older than him. You don't have to be very bright to see where the authors of the Gospels got their "devine inspiration" when they created the Jewish version of the popular God-Man/ World-Saviour of Antiquity.
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Could it not be that Jesus is acknowledged as Messiah because he fits the pattern? Don't these archetypal criteria sit hardwired in our minds, waiting for someone to come along and meet them? Why denigrate? Why not recognize these motifs as the earmarks of divinity? And even if one is not a believer, is it really necessary to try to destroy beliefs that others hold sacred? The last paragraph of this writing sounds as smug and judgmental as the words of any religious extremist of any ilk.

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Gillian:

Mithra is thought to be the source of inspiration for the Jesus story in the four gospels. This may have been under the supervision of Bishop Irenaeus as the Mithra religion was popular among the Roman soldiers. This was sometime around 290-325 CE.

Christians of the first three centuries did not believe in a historical Jesus nor did the Apostle Paul.

What is called orthodox Christianity is a patriarchal religion intended to keep the masses in subjection.

Early believers were first called Christians. They were later (after 325 CE) referred to as Gnostics. That was subsequently equated with heresy.

I find nothing smug in the last paragraph. It's a statement of fact. These other God-men stories preceded the Jesus stories by centuries.

Galileo's comment is appropriate: "I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use."

Hypatia of Alexandria's comment is still appropriate: "All formal dogmatic religions, are fallacious, and never should be accepted by self-respecting persons as final."

Presenting myth and legend as historical events was a common practice among the ancients. Hence ancient writings are full of these kind of documents that subsequently became the basis for religion. Since such stories were not subject to any proof, it was elevated to the level of mystery.

Today it is sufficient to see that life itself is a mystery as is the mystery of existence. If you want a theology for this, consider The Mystery of Existence as God.

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Thank you David for your insights and references! Respectfully Gillian, I have come to believe that sometimes what others hold sacred, can be their greatest obstacle. When it comes to religious beliefs, nothing could be truer. The Mystery is alive within us, and so are the avatars we emulate. As I have heard it said, "The Truth is so, and then it is so what." You move deeper into the moment. Historically, having reached an insight, we seem to prefer to move deeper into being right.

John
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Hi David.

I'll answer in line.
Mithra is thought to be the source of inspiration for the Jesus story in the four gospels. This may have been under the supervision of Bishop Irenaeus as the Mithra religion was popular among the Roman soldiers. This was sometime around 290-325 CE.

--Yes. Mithraism was one of several mystery religions which abounded in Rome. The worship of Isis was another one. She has been seen, amongst other goddesses, as the model for the Virgin Mary.
Christians of the first three centuries did not believe in a historical Jesus nor did the Apostle Paul.

--That's an interesting assertion. I'd love to see it supported. It would sure make Paul look pretty cynical.
What is called orthodox Christianity is a patriarchal religion intended to keep the masses in subjection.

--I'm sure that can be said about Christianity once it was adopted by Rome. Apparently the structure of Bishop - Priest -Deacon was pretty attractive and the Judaic moral system had been appealing to Romans for some time before. But according to Eileen Pagels, orthodox Christianity had to become authoritative in order to close ranks and withstand the competition afforded by other mystery religions, persecution from the government , and the resentment of rank-and-file Romans.
Early believers were first called Christians. They were later (after 325 CE) referred to as Gnostics. That was subsequently equated with heresy.

--The earliest believers identified as Jews. The Gnostics differed from the Orthodox, amongst other ways, in that theirs was a more introspective faith. Pagels book on the Gospel of Thomas points out that that Gospel of Thomas sends the faithful inward, while the Gospel of John maintains that God is without. Having no need for a hierarchy, the Gnostics were seen as loose cannons and thus dangerous to the survival of the faith.

I find nothing smug in the last paragraph. It's a statement of fact. These other God-men stories preceded the Jesus stories by centuries.

--"You don't have to be very bright to see where the authors of the Gospels got their "devine inspiration" when they created the Jewish version of the popular God-Man/ World-Saviour of Antiquity."
I'm sorry. The statement does indeed sound smug to me. It reads as if a bunch of guys got togther with the express purpose of creating a false god. It imports a cynicism which I find very hard to believe was there. Whether Jesus existed or not, the story began on a grassroots level. There was something within the story that fostered the collective unconscious. That it was institutionalized later for the purposes of keeping the populus in line is immaterial when facing the archetypal nature of this figure. The fact that archetypal heroes have always been with us does not negate the power of any of their stories. The listing of previous archetypal figures who embody parts of this culmination only underscores the power of this figure. I do not disagree that the myth (not in the sense of a lie but of a transcendent truth) has been corrupted and perverted and imbued with a historicity which saps it of its spiritual strength. But the fact remains that this story has been a source of comfort for millions of people for two millenium. I may not believe in its literal factuality, but I take no pleasure in destroying the faith of others.

Galileo's comment is appropriate: "I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use."

--Agreed. It blows me away when I read people who have and use all of these qualities and still burn with a deep faith. I feel then that I have missed something very important.

Hypatia of Alexandria's comment is still appropriate: "All formal dogmatic religions, are fallacious, and never should be accepted by self-respecting persons as final."

--Definitely. Atheism included.

Presenting myth and legend as historical events was a common practice among the ancients. Hence ancient writings are full of these kind of documents that subsequently became the basis for religion. Since such stories were not subject to any proof, it was elevated to the level of mystery.

--Yes indeed. It still is. We've done the same thing to John F. Kennedy, Bruce Lee, Elvis Presley, Jim Morrison, Tupac Shakur...

Today it is sufficient to see that life itself is a mystery as is the mystery of existence. If you want a theology for this, consider The Mystery of Existence as God.

--Yes indeed. Contemplation upon the mystery of being can be found in Jesus' teachings and the Buddha's and the Quran and the Bhagavad Gita and in the caves of Lascaux and on Ayers Rock. All faiths return to this at the core. And I see no need to negate any one of them.

God(ess) Bless
Gillian

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Dear David,

I wrote that last note amidst a pile of papers and students interrupting me to ask advice on their Iliad projects, and I forgot to address a point.

You said:

"Mithra is thought to be the source of inspiration for the Jesus story in the four gospels. This may have been under the supervision of Bishop Irenaeus as the Mithra religion was popular among the Roman soldiers. This was sometime around 290-325 CE."

It's pretty much agreed that the Gospels were written around 50 - 100 years after the time of the crucifixion. They were well established by the time of Bishop Irnaeus. As a matter of fact, 325 is the date of the first Nicean Council in which much of what became Orthodox Christianity was codified.

It would not be surprising that much of what was attributed to Mithra would become attached to Jesus, but not so much by the organized church but by the power of the folk process. There also seems to be much of Buddhist thought in Jesus' words, and given that there would have been trade with that part of Asia for some time, it's not all that surprising.

Namaste,
Gillian

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Gillian:

You commented:

Christians of the first three centuries did not believe in a historical Jesus nor did the Apostle Paul.

--That's an interesting assertion. I'd love to see it supported. It would sure make Paul look pretty cynical.

Albert Schweitzer's book, "The Quest for the Historical Jesus" of some years ago. A more recent book, mentioned here by Two Spirit Sadaaya entitled "The Laughing Jesus" by Timothy Freke & Peter Gandy has a good historical look at both the Old and New Testaments and the Qu'ran as well. It has lots of references.

Paul only looks cynical because of all the additions that have been added to his letters to make it appear he believed in a historical Jesus and that he supported a patriarchic religion.

--The earliest believers identified as Jews. The Gnostics differed from the Orthodox, amongst other ways, in that theirs was a more introspective faith. Pagels book on the Gospel of Thomas points out that that Gospel of Thomas sends the faithful inward, while the Gospel of John maintains that God is without. Having no need for a hierarchy, the Gnostics were seen as loose cannons and thus dangerous to the survival of the faith.

The orthodox attempted to make Jesus into a historical figure. An "introspective faith" is what gnosis is about. It is a awakening, a changing of one's perspective, about how reality is perceived. That incidentally is the basis of quantum physics.

The gospel of John doesn't maintain that God is without. Jesus said, "The Father and I are one." (John 10:30) The gospel of John also records that: "Jesus answered, "Is it not written in your law, "I said, you are gods'?" (John 10:34) According to these verses, God is within and we are that god. Or as I prefer, we are that "Mystery of Existence."

The stores of the God-men are not devoid of meaning. The point is, don't claim that Jesus was the only one of these God-men that actually had an historical existence.

The first Christians, whether Jews or whatever, used the story of Jesus representing the death as symbolic of dying from the contemporary world view and awakening (resurrecting) with a new perspective on the contemporary world view.

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I find this a very interesting subject. I call it the myth of Jesus. I do believe in Jesus, mainly because I want to, and that is a good enough reason for me.

But, I was amazed when I read the "Enchiridon", a Roman Army Field Manual. This book contains the philosopy of Epictetus. What I often wonder is did the Gospels copy the Enchiridon, or did the Enchiridon copy the Gospels as in regard to the teachings of Jesus.

Maybe, just maybe the teachings of Jesus was not from Jesus at all, maybe he was just teaching universal truths that have always existed.

My favorite Epictetus quote does relate to Androgynes and the Transgender Communities when he said;

"What concerns me is not the way things are, but rather the way people think things are."

Catherine
"As you believe, so shall it be"

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Christians of the first three centuries did not believe in a historical Jesus nor did the Apostle Paul.
--That's an interesting assertion. I'd love to see it supported. It would sure make Paul look pretty cynical.
The only comment or observation I can provide here: When Paul converted, he began preaching almost immediately. It's almost as if he had a pre conceived idea of what he was going to preach (although he had been persecuting Christians). He could not have learned or memorized the three years of preaching that Jesus did in a matter of days, much less when he was supposedly temporarily blind immediately after he converted and could not have read whatever record existed of his sayings. He apparently did not have the humility, or the interest, to listen to the teachings of the historical Jesus, and therefore came up with his own teachings (like his 'faith will justify you', versus Jesus' 'you must be fruitful: a tree that bears no fruits will be cut off'). This, to me, is a sign that this historical Jesus figure did not matter to him, at least not enough to care about what he actually taught. It's not hard to imagine that many original Christians, after the death of Jesus, did not necessarily believe in the LITERAL resurrection but saw it as a symbol, or even in his literal existence. I mean, the claims such as miracles and healings would seem unbelievable to someone today. Most of these believers in the Christ as a mythical figure probably evolved into Gnostics.

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5/16/12 – For someone who has found a dream job and wants some extra oomph to help him get it.
5/13/12 – “I am still very sick and have been for a month now - really need help kicking this on the spiritual plane - depression makes you sick and I am having a hard time climbing out of this hole. I now have bronchitis as well as the ongoing infection - see Dr again on Monday - This is probably the only request for help/healing I have ever made - but I just can't seem to kick this on my own. Whatever you think will help - I feel like I am dying a very slow and painful death.” Update 5-8 Doing better, but still need help.
5/8/12 - 9-year-old boy with an inoperable brain tumor. Starting radiation. Family and friends asking help for him and for the children that know him. Update 4/7 He’s doing pretty well and back in school despite the treatments. Update 5/8 No news is good news.

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Silliness – GCF: Iams Pet Food Hotline

The IAMS Pet Professionals, a team of 30 trained customer service representatives at The Iams Company, handle more than 300,000 inquiries a year from pet owners across the country.

Although the majority of calls to the toll-free number are straightforward pet care and nutrition questions, some can be quite unconventional. Here are some of the team's favorite calls this year:

"My cat just came in from the garage and I was wondering how many calories are in a mouse?"

"I have a neutered male cat. How old should he be before I can breed him?"

"Does your dog food help with emancipation?"

"What should I feed a borderline collie?"

"What size litter box do I need to keep my cat comfy?"

"How can I keep my cat from stealing my husband's toothbrush?"

"My cat passed a stool on the indoor rug and it's stuck in the vacuum cleaner. Any suggestions?"

"How can I get the secret recipe for your Iams Chunks dog food?"

"How do I stop my cat from giving food to the dog?"

"Do you know how to toilet train a cat?"

"Will chewing pop cans remove enamel from my puppy's teeth?"

"Where can I get a six-toed cat?"

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