Sadducees and Pharisees
There was a major split in Jewish thinking regarding resurrection. The two camps were represented by the Sadducees and Pharisees (infamous from the Bible). To understand the nature of religious discourse in ancient Judah, it's useful to give some modern reference points. The Pharisees were like Catholics who believed that Scripture could be interpreted and enhanced. The Sadducees were like Protestants who thought that nothing could be added to or subtracted from the Torah: if it couldn't be scripturally justified it was either false or purely speculative. Jesus Christ was akin to a prophet like Joseph Smith of Mormonism, challenging the established positions.
Of the Sadducees and Pharisees, the Jewish historian Josephus wrote: "The Pharisees are those who are esteemed most skilful in the exact explication of their laws. [...] They ascribe all to Fate and to God, and yet allow that to act what is right, or the contrary, is principally in the power of men, although Fate does co-operate in every action. They say that all souls are incorruptible, but that the souls of good men only are removed into other bodies and that the souls of bad men are subject to eternal punishment.
"But the Sadducees [...] take away Fate entirely, and suppose that God is not concerned in our doing or not doing what is evil; and they say, that to act what is good, or what is evil, is at men's own choice, and that the one or the other belongs so to every one, that they may act as they please. They also take away the belief of the immortal duration of the soul, and the punishments and rewards in the Underworld.
"[...] The behaviour of the Sadducees towards another is in some degree wild, and their conversation with those that are of their own party is as barbarous as if they were strangers to them."
[Flavius Josephus, Jewish War 2.162-166]
It's not entirely clear why Josephus refers to Pharisees talking of souls being "removed into other bodies" since that sounds suspiciously like reincarnation. Presumably, he means the soul is put in a new version of its old body (resurrection). Note that the Pharisees clearly believe in hell and that no one in hell is resurrected. However, for eternal punishment to be meaningful, the "soul" must presumably be conscious and not some mere shade. It is also indicated that the soul is fully detachable from the body and is immortal and incorruptible, as in Greek philosophy.
The Sadducees are said not to believe in an immortal soul, nor in any punishment in the afterlife. (Josephus was in fact a member of the Pharisee faction, so his comments on the Sadducees are not impartial. Moreover, he became a collaborator with Rome after the fall of Jerusalem in 70 CE.)
In Acts 23: 6-8, Paul argues with the Sadducees: "My brothers, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee. I stand on trial because of my hope in the resurrection of the dead". When he said this, a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. The Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, and that there are neither angels nor spirits, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all.
So, we see total confusion amongst Jewish scholars. Is there resurrection from Sheol or not? Do souls die in Sheol or not? Is there a hell in Sheol or not? Is the soul detachable from the body or not? Where is Sheol?
In Matthew 22: 23-32 we read: That same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question. "Teacher," they said, "Moses told us that if a man dies without having children, his brother must marry the widow and raise up offspring for him. Now there were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died, and since he had no children, he left his wife to his brother. The same thing happened to the second and third brother, right on down to the seventh. Finally, the woman died. Now then, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?"
Jesus replied, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. But about the resurrection of the dead-have you not read what God said to you, 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? He is not the God of the dead but of the living."
Apart from the sophistry of the last remark (which in fact says nothing about whether Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are living or dead), Jesus Christ makes a number of astounding assertions that actually refute core teachings of Christianity. He states that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are living, not dead. This implies that they have already been resurrected even though Judgment Day hasn't yet come. It also means that they got into heaven even though stained by Original Sin (to which the future sacrifice of Jesus Christ had not yet offered any remedy). Christ has disproved Christianity out of his own mouth! He also says that there will be no marriage in heaven and humans will be like angels. This means that they will not have physical bodies since no Christians claim that angels have material bodies. (Do "Jewish" angels have corporeal bodies? Perhaps they do! After all, the Watchers had sex with women to produce the Nephilim.)
Jesus Christ himself was said to have descended into Sheol for three days before he was resurrected. (Matthew 12:40: For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.) In Christianity, this is known as the "Harrowing of Hell", but what does it mean in terms of the Jewish rather than Christian concept? Did Jesus Christ become a zombie shade, unable to "praise the Lord"? How could God become a shade in the Underworld for three days? It's a ridiculous idea. Even in Christian terms, the idea makes no sense. How could God spend three days in hell/Sheol/the earth?
When Jesus Christ allegedly died on the cross, what happened at the moment of his death? According to conventional Christian thinking regarding the so-called "particular judgment" (the judgement that occurs at a person's death but which is to be distinguished from the Last Judgment, which applies to everyone), his soul would instantly have gone to heaven. It would be ridiculous for Christ's soul to go to "hell". Only the souls of the damned are despatched to hell. The confusion arises because Matthew, a Jew, is thinking of the Jewish concept of Sheol, which isn't the same as the Christian concept of hell. But, either way, there was no reason for Jesus Christ to go there for three days. What Matthew is trying to do is account for the three-day gap between Christ's death and his supposed resurrection. This is an extremely serious problem for Christianity. According to Christian doctrine, Christ's soul should have gone to heaven immediately, and his body should not be resurrected and reunited with his soul until Judgment Day! The fact that he was resurrected three days after his death means no one has to wait for Judgment Day.
The point of the quickie resurrection of Christ was to "prove" the reality of resurrection, but all it did was raise the issue of where the soul of God was for three days. God went missing for seventy-hours! The universe survived for three days without the Christian God! (Despite all the idiotic Christian talk of three persons in one God, there is nevertheless only one God. If Jesus Christ is God and Jesus Christ was in Sheol for three days then God was AWOL for three days. If Jesus Christ was in Sheol for three days but God wasn't AWOL then Jesus Christ cannot be God!)
Can any Christian anywhere explain where Jesus Christ's soul was for the three days between death and resurrection? If Jesus Christ continued to function perfectly happily for three days without a body then resurrection is thereby demonstrated to be unnecessary. If Jesus Christ - God - was actually non-functional ("dead") for three days, doesn't that render Christianity stupid beyond belief? Was one of the three persons of the Trinity "dead"? But isn't he of one and the same substance as the other two persons? So if he was dead, they must have been dead too! If they were alive and he was dead then they have a different substance. If Jesus Christ the man was dead but Jesus Christ, Son of God, was alive then Jesus the man and Jesus the God are not the same person! Whatever way you look at it, the logic is impossible.
So, absolute confusion reigns. Both the Jewish and Christian ideas of the resurrection and the afterlife are incoherent. Jesus Christ didn't have a clue what he was talking about. No one thought this through (because they lacked the intelligence of Greek philosophers!). According to Christ, either angels have physical bodies and are living in a physical heaven that we could reach from earth, or angels are immaterial and resurrection will make human beings like angels, meaning that resurrection does not in fact involve a person getting his old physical body back, but rather some spiritual equivalent of his body. But why would you even need a spiritual body in heaven if it's an immaterial place? What function does a body serve in a dimensionless domain of mind? What's the point of the illusion of physicality?
The Jews realised they weren't up to the task of working out what resurrection actually means (it doesn't mean anything in fact), so they adopted the policy of not delving too much into the details of the afterlife. This means that they have moved close to the position of the Sadducees who tried not to say anything that wasn't scripturally supported. Jews often proudly proclaim themselves to be "this-worldly" (in contrast with the supposedly other-wordly Christians). They therefore think there is nothing wrong with materialism and the accumulation of personal wealth (which certainly explains a lot - the Jews are a profoundly unspiritual people; they mistake spirituality for obeying endless Biblical rules).
The Sadducees disappeared from the historical record when the Romans in 70 CE destroyed Jerusalem. They were a bizarre group since they barely seemed to be religious at all. Given that they apparently rejected the idea of resurrection, of heaven and hell, of spirits and angels, they actually seem rather like atheists. Why did they bother worshipping Jehovah at all?
They have of course been misrepresented by history. They did not deny what they were said to deny but rather maintained the position that anything not explicitly stated in the Torah could not be taught as official Jewish doctrine. In similar fashion, Protestants reject Catholic concepts that do not seem scripturally supported, and Buddhist traditionalists have very different views from more liberal Buddhists. The Sadducees were scriptural purists who refused to speculate or over-interpret the Torah or accept any verbal traditions. Their arguments with the Pharisees were to do with the latter making claims that seemed to go far beyond what the scriptures actually said in black and white. The Sadducees' position was that Jews should stick to the Torah and the obligations imposed on Jews therein; Jehovah would take care of the afterlife. If you had obeyed the Torah, you would have nothing to fear.
Both the Sadducees and the Pharisees were opposed to Jesus Christ's sect that went even further than the Pharisees in making claims unsupported by the Torah. Jesus Christ's views would have seemed strange to the Pharisees and deranged to the Sadducees. From the latter's point of view, Christ was stating that the Son of God was going to become an impotent, unconscious shadow in Sheol for three days before being resurrected by God the Father, a statement that would make no sense not only to any Jew, but to any Christian either. (Suddenly the Sadducees and Pharisees don't seem so crazy, do they? They were actually ably defending their orthodox Jewish position against a lunatic.)
As we have said many times, Christianity is refuted by its own "logic". Unfortunately, most people don't approach Christianity from the perspective of logos (reason) but that of mythos (story). It is thanks to the latter not the former that Christianity has been so successful despite being demonstrably false and absurd. Not even the Pope himself would be able to respond to any of the points we have raised. We challenge any Abrahamist anywhere to theologically refute what we have said. Here, we have engaged with Abrahamism theologically rather than scientifically. If the Abrahamists can't even defend their position on their own religious ground then they are a complete joke.
Abrahamic Resurrection Theory
One of the most disturbing phenomena in our world is that people become fanatical believers of concepts they don't understand in the slightest.
Resurrection Theory is so convoluted that you probably need to be educated to PhD level to analyse it meaningfully. Once you do, you discover that it is false in every conceivable way. Yet none of the simpletons who believe in resurrection theory every attain any comprehension of what it is they believe so fervently.
We will present the five-minute PhD treatment of Resurrection Theory, highlighting the central paradoxes.
To start with, what is it that the ordinary person believes resurrection is? They imagine that they will be brought back from the dead and continue from where they left off: the same person they always were, but now immortal and beloved by God.
When quizzed on the details, they become vague. They assume they will have a perfected body, cured of any diseases and defects, but they are unsure what age they will be. If they died at 80, will they resemble an eighty-year-old when they are resurrected? Or will they look much younger? They're not at all sure. Will their resurrected parents look like parents, or like young men and women? Again, they're not sure. Will their children be young or old when resurrected? Will resurrected grandparents, parents and children all be the same age (weird) or different ages (strange!)? No answers are forthcoming.
Next, will resurrection of an earthly body take place on earth? If not, where? Heaven? But why would you need a body designed for earth in heaven? Is heaven a physical place? It would have to be for a resurrected earth body to have any relevance in heaven. But isn't heaven a spiritual, immaterial place? So why does anyone need a resurrected, physical earth body? Complete silence from the believers.
Let's look at the key statements of Resurrection Theory:
Matthew 12:40: For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Matthew 22:29-32: Jesus replied, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. But about the resurrection of the dead-have you not read what God said to you, 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? He is not the God of the dead but of the living."
1 Corinthians 15:42-47: So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption, it shall rise in incorruption. It is sown in dishonour, it is sown in weakness, it shall rise in power. It is sown a natural body, it shall rise a spiritual body. If there be a natural body, there is also a spiritual body, as it is written: The first man Adam was made into a living soul; the last Adam into a quickening spirit. Yet that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; afterwards that which is spiritual. The first man was of the earth, earthly: the second man, from heaven, heavenly.
1 Corinthians 15:49 Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust [Adam], we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven [Christ].
1 Corinthians 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot possess the kingdom of God: neither shall corruption possess incorruption.
Any Christian has to be able to make sense of these statements.
So, step 1. What happens at death? Everyone agrees that the physical body perishes. But what happens to the soul? Where does it go? In Catholic theology, according to the doctrine of "the particular judgment", the soul goes immediately to heaven, purgatory or hell and then awaits the Last Judgment when everyone will be bodily resurrected. Unfortunately, the Catholic scenario makes no sense. If your soul can be enjoying life in heaven without a body, why does it need a resurrected body?
Catholicism was in fact so heavily influenced by Plato's theory of the immaterial soul that it effectively abandoned anti-Platonic resurrection theory…then just stuck it on at the end as a completely irrelevant appendage. Catholics, from a philosophical standpoint, actually deny resurrection: the soul can exist perfectly well without a body, just as Plato asserted. However, as Christians, Catholics were then obliged to bolt on resurrection theory because resurrection is the whole point of Christianity. The particular judgment involves a Platonic treatment of the soul (soul separated from body). The Last Judgment involves a non-Platonic treatment of the soul (soul unified with body). No Catholic has ever noticed that the particular judgment and the Last Judgement completely contradict each other. You can have one or the other, but you certainly can't have both.
If Catholics accept the particular judgement (as they do) then, rationally, they should abandon the resurrection aspect of Christianity, and they would then become Christian Gnostics (and Catholicism might then start to be an acceptable religion).
Let's be very clear about this. If your soul survives the death of the body as a meaningful version of you then resurrection becomes redundant: you have already come through death without any need for resurrection. This is pure Platonism…so why not become a Platonist (hence an Illuminist)?
If the Platonic separation of mind and body of the particular judgment is denied then what else is possible? Before that question can be answered, another philosophical distinction must be explored: materialism versus idealism.
Materialism asserts that everything is based on matter, including anything that might be described as mind or soul. Idealism, on the other hand, asserts that mind/soul is the ultimate reality, and matter, if it exists at all (many idealist have argued that matter is nothing but a mental construct: an "idea"), is secondary to mind. Thus the assertion that the universe was created from "nothing" would be interpreted by idealists as meaning that the material world of dimensionality was created from the dimensionless mental domain (which seems like "nothing" in relation to dimensional existence since it does not exist dimensionally).
Many materialists in the ancient world argued that matter came in different grades: from "gross" to "subtle". The more refined matter was, the more spiritual, soulful and mental it was. The finest, most subtle matter was typically called aether (from Greek aither "upper air; bright, purer air; the sky," from aithein "to burn, shine,") or pneuma ("wind, breath, spirit") - defined by Stoics as a compound of fire and air, although not a simple chemical compound, and also called "artistic" or "intelligent" pneuma. (Confusingly, idealists also used these words when they referred to the domain of pure mind, but now aether and pneuma had become so refined as not to be in the material world at all.)
The materialists who held that soul was some extremely subtle form of matter argued that a person was an entirely material entity composed of different grades of matter, culminating in what we might call "mental matter" - the soul. Even if the gross matter of the body turned to dust, the aetherial matter of the soul would endure. It would still be an actual thing in the physical world. It wouldn't "die". But, in that case, what would it be like?
For Plato, a soul and a body interacted but the former was immaterial and the latter material, and the former had the capacity to exist independently of any body (and this naturally fell in line with the concept that a soul could inhabit a succession of different bodies via reincarnation). A soul was not tied to any particular body, and ultimately didn't need a body. Platonism is inextricably linked to the theory of reincarnation and as soon as you become a Platonist you should reject resurrection theory. The great problem for Catholicism was that it was intellectually attracted to the incredible philosophical edifice of Platonism, but it was emotionally attracted to the idea of the dead coming back to life (resurrection). So it tried to combine the two. Given that Catholicism is the most successful religion in human history thus far, it obviously came up with a winning formula (albeit intellectually absurd - but who cares about a small objection like that?).
For the Jews and many ancient Greeks too, the soul and the body were an indissoluble entity. One could not function without the other. If the gross matter of the body turned to dust, the subtle matter of the soul associated with that body could no longer function properly. Although it might be said to die, it would still go on existing because it was composed of imperishable matter. The souls would enter a kind of vegetative state. Only if they were brought into contact with gross matter of living creatures (such as blood) could they be in any way revived. (In fact, this is the underlying basis of vampire stories - the undead can "live" only by continually sucking the blood of the living.)
All souls whose bodies have died fade away to ghostly impotence, but they never cease to exist. They go on forever as the undead, but without having any impact on existence.
Yet what if they could get their old body back? Voila - resurrection theory! Who alone would have the power to reassemble the gross matter of the body in the right way? - only the Creator himself.
So resurrection theory is the strictly materialistic view that the subtle matter of the soul can have a functional existence only if it is united with the material body it had when God first created it (supposedly). Once the original body is dead, only God can resurrect it. (Note that this materialistic view also makes God a material entity, composed of the very finest matter. Using the tale of the burning bush that didn't burn from the Book of Exodus, we can conceive of the Jewish God as purest pneuma. Interestingly, Islam describes jinn - genies - as supernatural beings made of "smokeless fire", and their leader was Shaytan! This points straight to Jehovah being Satan, as Gnostics have always asserted.)
So, the Creator makes ONE specific soul for ONE specific body. The soul cannot exist with any other body. There is no possibility of reincarnation in a different body.
Let's emphasize this point. Resurrection theory is inextricably linked with the idea of a Creator God. Those ancient Greeks who held materialist views similar to the Jews did not have a concept of resurrection because they had no concept of a Creator God. The closest the Greeks got to the idea of resurrection was gods of vegetation coming back to life in each growth cycle of the ever-changing seasons.
Reincarnation theory does not require any Creator. Souls are immortal and uncreated. Eastern religions are pro-reincarnation because they have no concept of a Creator God like the one of Abrahamism. The Celtic Druids, the Orphists of ancient Greece, the Pythagoreans (Illuminati), the Platonists, the Neoplatonists, the Neopythagoreans, the Gnostics, the Hermeticists, the Eastern religions - they all advocated reincarnation and rejected a Creator God (and in fact, in the case of Catholics, even they are philosophically inclined to Platonic reincarnationism if they're being honest with themselves).
Only the Abrahamists believe in a Creator God and only they believe in resurrection. You CANNOT accept the doctrine of resurrection if you are not a Creationist who believes in a Creator God. Creationism and resurrection go hand in hand. The idea is that the Creator uniquely makes each soul and so he controls its existence in every detail. Only he has the knowledge and power to reclothe a bare soul in a body.
(Actually, there is one exception to that. If, as the Illuminati teach, you can become God then you will have infinite knowledge, infinite power and infinite control over matter. You will then be able to resurrect yourself in any physical form you previously possessed in your personal chain of reincarnation. In fact, you can give yourself any physical form you want.)
If we return to the Biblical quotations supporting resurrection, we find a host of intractable difficulties. Matthew talks of Jesus Christ being in the heart of the earth (i.e. Sheol) for three days and three nights. In other words, he suggests that Jesus Christ entered the familiar vegetative state of the undead of the ancient Greeks and Jews. He was literally a mental vegetable for three days - yes, the God of the cosmos! - waiting to get his body back. This, of course, is a preposterous idea. If Jesus Christ was just another dead person being brought back to life by the Creator the story might make some theoretical sense but, of course, in Christianity, Jesus Christ is God himself - one person of the Holy Trinity, of the same substance as God the Father and God the Holy Spirit - so how could his substance be in a vegetative state while the substance of God the Father and God the Holy Spirit was not? It's idiotic. Frankly, Christianity became far too complex for any Christian to understand. By the time it had embraced the concept of the Holy Trinity it had degenerated into farce and even black comedy. It was as if it was making it up as it went along (which, of course, is exactly what it was doing).
Next up, we have the words of Jesus Christ himself. He declares that people won't get married in heaven (i.e. will have no sexual relations, implying no physical earth bodies) and will be like "angels". This implies that human beings will not get back their earth body at resurrection but, rather, a body like their earth body but made of much finer aetherial matter.
This interpretation seems to be confirmed by St Paul. He talks about bodies becoming uncorrupted and much more powerful. He talks of an earth body ("natural body") turning into a "spiritual body". He talks of the "first man" with a natural body being of the earth and the "second man" with a spiritual body being of heaven. Above all, he explicitly denies that "flesh and blood" can possess the kingdom of God.
For people such as Paul, resurrection is not about walking corpses or disembodied spirits. It is about the unity of body and soul and the central claim is that a perishable earthly body can be replaced by an equivalent but higher-grade spiritual body, of the type possessed by angels. Resurrection is about converting you into an angel of the Lord! (But you will of course be his total slave.) So, resurrection theory is not in fact about getting your old body back, as most Abrahamists believe, but about getting a superior spiritual body based on a finer type of matter.
What can't be stressed enough is that resurrection theory is about material bodies. A spiritual body may not be made of the gross matter of the flesh, but it is still made of matter. Hence it is a scientific phenomenon in the scientific world…and science of course has not found even one trace of any such bodies. In this view, God is a material being and so is heaven, so scientists could find a way to identify heaven, or blow it up, or kill God, or imprison him, or subject God and all the souls to massive bursts of deadly gamma rays…or whatever else. Equally, scientists could study these spiritual bodies and work out how to give us all one, regardless of the wishes of God. Once you place God, heaven and souls in the material plane, you have put religion completely at the mercy of science and in direct competition with it. There can only be one winner in that contest…and it ain't "God". Any religious person would have to be crazy to believe in resurrection theory because it is a materialist and hence scientific theory, capable of being scientifically refuted. Indeed it already has been: science has shown nothing akin to "subtle matter" (well, unless we claim that the mysterious dark energy and dark matter of contemporary physics are the province of the Abrahamist God…but even they will reveal their secrets eventually and where will God hide then?).
Let the world be done with resurrection theory. It's idiotic and embarrassing, based on discredited ancient ideas that failed to evolve, and totally reliant on a Creator God who sits at a celestial workstation, making each soul one after another and inserting them in gross bodies.
Religion can be credible only in the arena where science can't get at it in any meaningful way - dimensionless existence.
Christ's "Resurrection" - Physical Body or Spiritual Body?
In St John's gospel (John 20:15), Jesus Christ is not recognised immediately after his resurrection by one of his closest companions, Mary Magdalene. She mistakes him for a gardener! Now imagine seeing someone, to whom you were extremely close, three days after you buried them. Would you a) fail to recognise them or b) get the biggest shock of your life? How is possible for Mary not to recognise Jesus (especially since she is commonly understood to have been his wife!)? IT'S NOT POSSIBLE (assuming he was in his "old" body, rather than the body of a completely different person Mary had never seen before).
Jesus then says to Mary (John 20:17): "Noli me tangere" (touch me not). He states enigmatically, "For I am not yet ascended to my father. But go to my brethren, and say to them, 'I ascend to my Father and to your Father, to my God and your God.'"
To a Christian, this must be a profoundly troubling passage. First of all, why does Jesus claim he can't be touched because he hasn't yet ascended to his father? It's a complete non sequitur. What's for sure is that if he HAD ascended to his father, no one could physically touch him. The fact that he hadn't ascended surely meant that he COULD be touched!
Was he somehow suggesting that he now had the miraculous spirit body of an angel and couldn't in fact be touched physically? i.e. he was now a spirit apparition. Interestingly, various Christian Gnostics maintained that he ALWAYS had a spiritual rather than physical body. They regarded him as a messenger of Abraxas who never at any time physically entered into the Demiurge's evil kingdom of matter, hence was never resurrected.
Why is such emphasis placed on Jesus' command not to be touched? It is very specifically stressed. Something highly suspicious is going on.
Even more worryingly for Christians, Jesus then clearly states that he will be ascending to HIS God - which cannot be interpreted as anything other than a declaration that he himself IS NOT GOD. Jesus Christ never once said that he was God, so why do Christians say that he is? They're contradicting their own "God". If that's not bizarre and irrational, what is? Does "faith" mean that you invent things that the person you believe in didn't say?
Astoundingly, Jesus - having been so insistent on not being touched - adopts exactly the opposite emphasis a few short paragraphs later in his famous encounter with Thomas (John 20: 27): "And he saith to Thomas, 'Put in thy finger hither, and see my hands, and bring hither thy hand, and put it into my side, and be not faithless, but believing."
Now he can't get enough of being touched! What the hell's going on? In this passage, he is clearly a physical being of flesh and blood - so why didn't his wife recognise him earlier, and why wasn't she allowed to touch? Moreover, St Paul's statement that "flesh and blood cannot possess the kingdom of God" has now been blatantly contradicted. Even more disastrously for Christian believers, the resurrection process - which is supposed to remedy any physical defects - plainly hasn't "cured" Jesus Christ's wounds! Therefore, according to the tenets of resurrection theory, he couldn't possibly have been resurrected! If, for argument's sake, we say that he was - we now know that the "resurrection body" you get reflects your condition at the moment of your death. So, if you died at 110 years old, you will get a 110-years-old body to see you through eternity. Happy with that?
So, when Jesus "ascended to heaven" was it a bodily ascension, meaning that he was going to a bodily destination? Or was his body changed yet again, this time from a physical resurrection body to a spiritual body, as required by St Paul, a divinely inspired Christian prophet (allegedly)? How many resurrections does a person get? So, complete confusion reigns.
Then recall that Enoch and Elijah both ascended to heaven without dying first, hence were never resurrected - so were their physical bodies somehow converted into spiritual bodies? It's all terribly confusing.
Even more confusingly, Christ resurrected at least three people from the dead: most famously Lazarus, but also a widow's son (Luke 7:11-17) and Jairus's daughter (Luke 8:40-56). Clearly, they went around afterwards as normal human beings in normal physical bodies until their "second deaths" (i.e. when Jesus wasn't around to save them again). So, were they resurrected a second time? How did it differ from the first? Or are they waiting to be resurrected at the Last Judgment? If so, where are their souls right now? Did Lazarus's soul return to where it was before Jesus raised him from the dead? If that place was heaven, surely Lazarus would have been none too pleased with Jesus' intervention.
Can their souls be contacted? We "know" that the Witch of Endor summoned the ghost of the prophet Samuel so that King Saul could consult him. (Why are prophets available to be contacted by witches who are supposedly not to be suffered to live? How do witches carry out the necromancy? Where are the souls that they contact? Can they speak to souls in hell?)
As we have shown, Judaeo-Christianity is hopelessly muddled about resurrection. It continually contradicts itself - as if the whole thing was made up by fiction writers who kept changing the story without checking back to see what was said and done previously. It certainly isn't divinely inspired and infallible, is it? Jesus Christ himself doesn't seem to know whether he is coming or going. He is completely unable to give any scientific account of resurrection. He doesn't even attempt it (even though he's allegedly God).
No rational person could take Judaeo-Christianity resurrection theory seriously for even a second. And without resurrection, what's the point of Judaeo-Christianity? Isn't it time to move to the rational and scientifically compatible Platonic theory of the soul which makes the soul immortal and immaterial and dispenses with resurrection entirely? (That means ditching Abrahamism, of course.)
Why do Abrahamists cling to resurrection theory? Because they have been brainwashed. Because the idea appeals to them emotionally and in story terms (mythos) rather than in rational, logical terms (logos). Quite simply, only stupid people are Abrahamists. There is no conceivable defence that can be mounted of resurrection. We have shown all of the blatant contradictions. No one could reconcile these. We challenge every Abrahamist everywhere to show in what way resurrection theory can be defended. And if you can't justify it rationally, why do you believe in it? Are you prepared to believe any old shit because someone tells you to? Is that the kind of person you are? Have you no self-respect? Like Luther, do you have complete contempt for reason? Would you rather believe mad assertions than accept rational truths?
It's your choice. It's your life. It's your soul.
The truth is not for everyone - and it certainly isn't for Abrahamists, the most cretinous people in the world who openly proclaim their hatred of reason.
Resurrection is an intrinsically anti-intellectual, materialistic concept. All the smartest people have always been on the side of reincarnation, and reincarnation of course forms the basis of the Eastern religious outlook. The East got it right; the West, tragically, chose to ignore the many Westerners who also got it right and instead threw in its lot with the Jews - the first people to worship the Devil.
Resurrection is a Satanic concept, designed to make people dependent on a Creator (and the idea of a Creator is, naturally, also a Satanic concept since it seeks to make everything and everyone dependent on one being - the ultimate tyrannical king).
Resurrection is hard-wired to the master-slave paradigm. Reincarnation, on the other hand, gets rid of the Creator and makes souls immortal and uncreated. In reincarnational religions, responsibility for a soul's fate is transferred from "God" to the individual himself. "Hell", to the extent that is exists, is self-inflicted or caused by the wickedness of others. It can always be transcended by developing the right knowledge of the world. "Heaven" is gnosis - enlightenment - when YOU attain complete understanding of how the cosmos works. That knowledge makes you GOD! Reincarnational religions are about the individual perfecting himself, converting maximum potential into maximum actualisation.
The soul's fate is the responsibility of the individual and no one else can dictate it. No one, no God, can stop you becoming what you have it in you to be. Because you yourself are the universe. You are the universe in microcosm. Everything that applies to the cosmos applies to you, and vice versa. When you finally fully understand the ancient Hermetic wisdom - As above, so below - you realise that the cosmic journey, the journey undertaken by the whole universe, is nothing other than your personal journey. You are the cosmos and the cosmos is you. That's why you are capable of becoming God.
Resurrection theory on the other hand makes you a permanent slave of the Creator, dependent on him for everything, including your very existence. Only he can save you from death, and he can inflict perpetual suffering on you if you disobey him.
So, at last, we arrive at the supreme difference between resurrection and reincarnation. The former is a reflection of the master-slave paradigm and appeals to submissives, the weak, the feeble, the stupid, the servile, the "believers". You are in every way at the mercy of the "Creator" - who made you from clay - and he defines everything you do. The latter reflects the individual - the Superman/Superwoman - who turns HIMSELF from the clay into GOD. He creates himself. He perfects himself. He deifies himself. He achieves apotheosis.
No slave could ever adopt this view. Only the supremely strong and capable can pronounce themselves God. To Abrahamists - the slaves - this is the supreme blasphemy and greatest heresy. Simon Magus, Grand Master of the Illuminati and the central figure of the Illuminati's Mystery Degrees, was called by the Christian bishop Irenaeus the ultimate heresiarch and "Father of All Heresy."
Illumination is indeed the precise opposite of Abrahamism. Illumination seeks the complete destruction of the master-slave paradigm in all of its manifestations in the political, religious and economic arenas. Illumination seeks the completion of the Hegelian master-slave dialectic when there are no more masters and no more slaves.
Thus the difference between reincarnation and resurrection comes down to this - are you your own master, or are you the slave of the "Creator"? Your whole life is determined by how you answer that question. The destiny of humanity is dependent on how that question is answered by every member of the human race. We cannot escape from the Devil's grip until we kill off faith in resurrection and belief in the "Creator" - everything that defines Abrahamism.
We must trust in reason, logic, knowledge, wisdom - and ourselves!
The Structure of Sheol
Just as the Greeks embellished Hades by adding Tartarus and the Elysian Fields, so the Jews sought to add more structure to Sheol.
The prophet Enoch described four sections. The lowest level, the equivalent of Tartarus, is reserved for the absolutely damned. They will be tormented forever, and never be resurrected (but if they're in a vegetative state, they won't be overly worried!). The next level up is Gehenna. Here, the wicked are punished, but they are not cast out forever from the mercy of Jehovah. They will be resurrected on Judgment Day and may be saved (unlikely though, given Jehovah's track record). Above that is the equivalent of the Purgatory of Catholicism, where average men and women with average sins on their heavenly debit account receive moderate chastisement as they await resurrection and heaven. At the top of Sheol, the equivalent of the Greek Elysian Fields, is the "Bosom of Abraham". Here the saints, priests, prophets and most obedient Jews blissfully await Judgment Day.
All of this is described in the Book of Enoch but doesn't constitute official Jewish theology and is rejected by many, if not most, Jews.
Some Jews and Protestants contend that the soul remains unconscious and uncomprehending between the death of the body and the resurrection of the body on Judgment Day. This is a highly materialistic, anti-Platonic view of the soul, and Luther was its main champion (Protestants in general loathe the Platonic theories of Catholicism). The belief that the soul sleeps until the Last Judgment is called psychosomnolence.
A related but more extreme view is thnetopsychism (the belief that the body and soul die together and are resurrected together). This doctrine is called Christian mortalism - soul death rather than soul sleep - and denies that the soul is naturally immortal. This is the antithesis of Platonism and is an archetypally materialistic view of the soul, effectively rendering body and soul identical i.e. they can't be distinguished one from the other and they can't survive one without the other. Christian mortalism is a much more logical version of resurrection theory (which is a materialistic theory) than the "particular judgment" (which is an idealistic theory).
Soul death implies that a person can be completely annihilated - actually removed from existence, body and soul. This would of course contradict the First Law of Thermodynamics regarding the conservation of energy (but then so does God creating the world out of nothing). Jehovah's Witnesses believe in the complete annihilation of all non-Jehovah's Witnesses.
Protestant thinking continually rejects idealism in favour of materialism. Given that the Jews also prefer materialism to idealism, this explains the natural affinity that many American Protestants have for the Jews.
In a debate between Protestant William Tyndale and Catholic Thomas More in England in the reign of Henry VIII, Tyndale said: "And ye, in putting them [the departed souls] in heaven, hell and purgatory, destroy the arguments wherewith Christ and Paul prove the resurrection...And again, if the souls be in heaven, tell me why they be not in as good a case as the angels be? And then what cause is there of the resurrection?"
Tyndale is absolutely correct. If souls go straight to heaven on death, who needs resurrection? What the Protestants of the Reformation had discovered was that Catholicism had used Greek philosophy to make sense of Christianity, but Christianity is actually Jewish in origin, not Greek, and idealistic Greek philosophy is inapplicable to materialistic Judaism. The early Church committed a category error by trying to underpin a materialist religion with idealistic arguments. As Tyndale recognised, idealism actually does away with the central "truth" of Christianity - resurrection. Platonism makes Christianity redundant. Catholics, if they understood their own religion properly, would realise that they are actually Greeks, not Jews, and they should abandon Jesus Christ and turn to Greek Gnosticism or Neoplatonism. The true Christians are the Protestants…because they are Jews, not Greeks.
Protestant Christians, Jews and Muslims are all materialists. But any credible religion must of course be based on idealism. Catholicism alone is capable of being salvaged from Abrahamism. The Illuminati have a great deal of intellectual respect for Catholicism because it has many of the same roots as Gnosticism. They have no respect whatever for Protestantism, a truly stupid, materialistic religion. It came as no surprise to the Illuminati that Protestants embraced extreme capitalism so fanatically: the perfect combination of a materialistic religion and a materialistic economic ideology.
Abrahamism and resurrection theory could not be more wrong. They represent anti-religion. It shows how materialistic Abrahamists are that some of them actually call the soul mortal.
The Jews have a reputation for producing intellectual giants (though almost none of the great Jews have practised the Jewish religion), but the philosopher Wittgenstein, with Jewish ancestry himself but nominally raised as a Christian, declared: "The saint is the only Jewish genius. Even the greatest Jewish thinker is no more than talented. (Myself for instance)."
There is an enormous amount of truth in this. The Jews have been the quintessential priest caste. Jewish life is not dominated by intellectual discourse but absurd religious rules devised by old men with beards who have proved expert at manipulating pathetic, submissive, superstitious hordes of irrational, frightened, ordinary Jews. When someone won't switch on a light on because it's the Sabbath, it's impossible not to hold such a sucker in absolute contempt. They have insulted the human race and insulted God. The only winners are the sinister men with the long beards and dark hats who control the Jews: the Elders of Zion.
The vast majority of the world's greatest thinkers have been pagans, Christians (usually of the heretical variety) and atheists. Almost no Muslims are in the ranks of greatest thinkers - they are the biggest intellectual joke in the world.
As for the Jews, Wittgenstein characterised them as "reproductive" rather than "productive" thinkers i.e. they're good at reproducing and exploiting the work of others, not so great at having the truly revolutionary ideas that come from nowhere and launch whole new arenas of thought. Even the great Einstein could be accused of simply making a synthesis of many pre-existing ideas. His genius was not in thinking of something radically new, but in assembling the components made by others and seeing the apparently best way of combining them.
The intellectual vacuum that exists at the heart of Judaism is exposed by the Jews' complete failure to create any substantial vision of the afterlife. Like the Sadducees, most Jews simply opted out of thinking beyond what was said in the Torah. Nearly all speculative Jewish thought was redirected to the heresy of Kabbalah, which was a rip-off of Gnosticism, Neoplatonism and Hermeticism.
Orthodox Jews were so frightened of encroaching on the territory of Jehovah that they simply withdrew from the battlefield. Where pagans, Gnostics and Christians were obsessed with details of the afterlife, the Jews ignored the issue and became obsessed instead with obeying all of the ludicrous rules set out in the Torah. The Jews turned themselves into a people that slavishly obeyed rules, without having any clear idea of why they were doing so since they had chosen not to speculate about the nature of God, the soul and the afterlife. The only thing they were convinced of was that Jehovah would punish them mercilessly if they disobeyed him. Fear, not love or knowledge, is the core of Judaism. It is a sickening religion in every way.
Some Jews will state that they don't believe in heaven or hell. Rather, they replace these with a kind of Purgatory where everyone is gradually purified and edges closer and closer to God. The Jewish afterlife, so far as it can be specified at all, is like a spectrum. Instead of having an entirely separate heaven and hell (and never the twain shall meet), such as Christianity and Islam propound, the Jews have degrees of separation from Jehovah. The least virtuous are the furthest away and the most virtuous are closest, but there is no definite cut-off point between the good and the wicked.
Many Jews are proud of their vague conception of the afterlife. They think that their avoidance of detailing any sort of hell makes them more noble and compassionate than the Christians and Jews. In fact, they have simply sidestepped the question. No one who has read the Jewish Bible could possibly doubt that the Jewish God would send everyone who defied him to the deepest and hottest hell he could possibly construct.
Some Jews even talk of punishment in the afterlife being self-determined i.e. you choose your own punishments to correct any wrongdoings on your part and hope that God will reward you if you punish yourself appropriately.
This is a fiendishly brilliant idea for masters to spread amongst submissives. By such a stratagem, the masters can get the slaves to punish themselves: the masters don't have to raise a finger. Moreover, the masochistic slaves will punish themselves much more severely than the master ever could, and they will devise ever more horrific tortures to inflict on themselves. Such is the mentality of the masochistic submissive.
Jews claim that Gentiles will not automatically go to hell despite refusing to worship Jehovah. In that case, they must have difficulty reading their own Bible since the whole thing is nothing but a declaration of the death sentence on everyone, Jew and Gentile alike, who disobeys Jehovah in any way.
Only a Jewish moron would contend that the Jewish God doesn't send all Gentiles to hell. Of course, it's very much in Jewish interests never to breathe a word of the truth. If they openly went around saying that all non-Jews were hell-bound, they wouldn't last long. The Jews have learned to be "diplomatic", reserving their Zionist conspiracies for when they are amongst trusted friends.
People claim that The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion is a faked document. In fact, that document doesn't say anything at all that isn't explicitly stated in the Torah. The Torah says in a nutshell: "We are the Jews. We are the Chosen People. Death to all Gentiles. Our God, the supreme power of the cosmos, will kill everyone who opposes us. We will rule the world." The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion says exactly the same thing.
Jews talk of Judaism providing the best guide to leading an ethical life. You would need to have a bizarre idea of ethics to think that anything the Jews do is ethical. If you think that ethics consists of not switching on a light on the Sabbath, you have serious problems understanding ethics.
Is it not an extraordinary thing that there is no official Jewish position on the afterlife? No wonder Kant said that Judaism wasn't a religion at all, but simply a set of rules.
The energy that many other religions put into contemplating an afterlife, the Jews channel into contemplating an earthly Messiah who would resolve all of the problems of the Jews. The Monty Python movie The Life of Brian summed up the fevered atmosphere of ancient Judea, with Messiahs popping up on every street corner. Jesus Christ was just one of many Pretenders to the title of Messiah.
Another great stratagem of rabbis seeking to control their people was to claim that the more you suffered in this life, the more you would be rewarded in the next. This actually encourages people to go out and seek suffering. We see the same attitude in Islamic suicide bombers longing to "martyr" themselves because Allah will surely reward them more highly. The closest the Jews get to the Christian hell is a place called Gehinnom (Greek Gehenna), taken from the name of a valley (Gei Hinnom) south of Jerusalem, where human sacrifice of children once took place (so lots of Abrahams must have lived there!). It is viewed as a place of human waste, torture and punishment, fire and brimstone - like hell. However, others choose to think of Gehinnom as rather more benign. They see it as the place where you review your life and repent for your misdeeds. One commentator likened it to being shown a DVD of all the bad bits of your life - everything wicked, embarrassing and shameful you did, including all the secret things you thought and did in private - shown for everyone to see. You are then shown a DVD of how your life might have been if you had made the right choices and taken the opportunities afforded to you, and this is much more painful than the first because you now see all of your wasted potential and dumb mistakes. The next world is called Olam HaEmet - "the World of Truth".
The more mystically inclined say that people create a demon for every sin they commit, and in Gehinnom they are punished by these very demons. Luckily, punishment in Gehinnom lasts no more than a year! And only the utterly wicked are punished for the entire 12 months. So, unlike hell, people are there only temporarily. (Living in the Gaza Strip is obviously a lot worse than living in Gehinnom and a lot more permanent.) Gehinnom is a place of purification more than punishment; purgatory rather than hell.
The truly wicked - such as Hitler and the SS - are either eternally damned or annihilated completely - erased from existence.
The Jewish Heaven, such as it is, is called Gan Eden (the Garden of Eden) and the righteous go straight there.
Muslims believe that Eden was in heaven before the fall took place, and Adam and Eve were then expelled to earth. Some Jews have the view that the Garden of Eden was both terrestrial and celestial. It was the lower Eden, on earth, that Adam and Eve inhabited. The higher Eden, in heaven, has never been seen by mortal eyes. Had they behaved as Jehovah desired, Adam and Eve might have been granted access to the higher Eden. Instead, they were expelled from Eden completely.
It is said that the higher Gan Eden, the "Garden of Righteousness" will be gloriously revealed at the end of time.
So, if you ask a Jew if they believe in hell, they will say, "Kind of yes, and kind of no. There is no Biblical basis in either the written or oral Torah for hell. We are primarily focused on life here and now. Our task is to sort out our conduct in this world. The afterlife is for God to sort out."
For Jews, living a "good" life consists of obeying endless ridiculous rules. It's what we in the Illuminati call an extremely "bad" life. To the Illuminati, nothing could be more repulsive than living the life of a Jew, Muslim or Christian. We regard Abrahamism as an insult to life and a betrayal of the gifts of God. Abraxas wants human beings to join the glorious Community of Gods. If you would rather crawl on your belly like a snake, mumbling to your Torture God about how unworthy you are, don't let us stop you…but get the hell out of our way or we'll stamp on you. In the name of the Society of the Divine we will sweep aside all the grovelling worshippers who live on their knees as the most abject of slaves. How can such people bear to look at themselves in a mirror?
The real hell is the one in which you are far as possible from your optimal self. Most people in this world, ruled over by the Demiurge and his archons, are in hell. The Abrahamists are the damned, the servants of the Devil.
But heaven is open to everyone. Even the damned can be redeemed if they turn to the light. What is heaven? It is the state you attain when you achieve gnosis. It is heaven because you are God. You have personally completed the cosmic journey from maximum potential to maximum actualisation. You have gone from Alpha to Omega. You have joined Abraxas, the first consciousness ever to attain gnosis.
Many people dream of a new world, a new way of living. Before that is possible, humanity's consciousness must be transformed. To achieve that, the old value systems - the ones that have failed us so dismally - must be destroyed. First and foremost, Abrahamism must perish. There can never be a new humanity while the curse of Abrahamism still clings to us.
"And he who wants to be a creator in good and evil has first to be a destroyer and break values."
The time has come - revalue all values!
If God is morally perfect and moral perfection does not consist of ordering a father to make a human sacrifice of his innocent son for no reason other than to demonstrate absolute, mindless obedience, then the God of Abraham is NOT God.
So who is he? The ancient Gnostics had the obvious answer - he's Satan. Does that not immediately explain the horrific history of the Abrahamic religions and their grotesque propensity for violence and terrorism?
Abrahamism is a terrorist religion, led by a terrorist God who demands unwavering obedience even when it contradicts morality. The Jews, Christians and Muslims who trace their common ancestry to Abraham are thus revealed as evil Devil worshippers. Abraham is one of the most evil men in history and unquestionably the world's first psychopath. Like the Nazis, he placed obedience to a tyrannical monster above human life, even that of his own son.
In the Islamic telling of the tale, "Satan" three times pleads for Ishmael's life, and Abraham three times violently drives him away by pelting him with stones.
When "God" orders the murder of the innocent and "Satan" begs for the innocent to be saved, which is truly "God"? Abrahamism is the logical inversion of good and evil. It has elevated Satan to the throne of God.
Did you Know?
Jehovah is often referred to as "Elohim". This is a plural form of the Hebrew Eloah (like Allah) - God. Why would a monotheistic God be referred to in a plural form, if not hinting at an old polytheistic version of Judaism?
Sometimes Yahweh is referred to as El - the supreme Canaanite God! (That's why "el" appears in ISRA-EL!)
Jehovah's Witnesses - Jews or Christians?
A particularly repellent religious cult is the Jehovah's Witnesses, notorious all over the world for having the impudence to take their foul, moronic ideas from door to door. Such cults should be banned from approaching vulnerable people in their homes.
Jehovah's Witnesses are liars. They call themselves Christians, yet they are anything but. As their name implies, they are much more Jewish than Christian. They emphasise the sovereignty of the Jewish God, and completely downplay Jesus Christ's significance. A central requirement of recognisable Christianity is that Christ is acknowledged as God. If a different God is worshipped then the focus ought to be on that God, not on Christ.
The Jehovah's Witnesses deny the Trinity, they deny hellfire, they deny that the soul is inherently immortal, they deny the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ, they refuse to observe Christmas and Easter and even people's birthdays, and they emphasize the authority of Old Testament scripture. Their views are therefore not far removed from those of the ancient Sadducees.
So why do quasi-Jews call themselves Christians? The reason is anti-Semitism. Many small religious cults such as the Jehovah's Witnesses were formed in the 19th century when anti-Semitism was rife. To avoid being persecuted for being (more or less) Jews, these cults donned a fake and deceitful cloak of Christianity. Ill-educated people were easily conned by such stratagems. As a rule of thumb, any "Christians" who emphasize the Old Testament over the New ought to be legally labelled as belonging to Jewish sects rather than Christian ones.
Such sects give Old Testament figures such as Jonah, Joshua, David and Moses not only comparable billing to Jesus Christ, but sometimes actually place them higher!
Jehovah's Witnesses consider death a state of non-existence; consciousness is completely absent. So, they have no concept of hell. The Jewish term "Sheol" is taken to refer to the condition of death and is known as the "common grave". The soul is deemed mortal and can therefore suffer death: which amounts to complete personal annihilation. Only Jehovah can save a soul from death via our old friend resurrection.
The Jehovah's Witnesses teach that the 144,000 holiest Jehovah's Witnesses will ascend to heaven to be with God. All of the rest of the Jehovah's Witnesses will be resurrected by God after Armageddon and be given a new, clean, shiny earth to live on - a planetary Eden.
So, here we see the resurrection paradox clearly on show. There are two types of resurrection according to the Jehovah's Witnesses. One gives you your earthly body back and you live in paradise on earth. The other gives you a spiritual body and you live with God in heaven.
As you would expect, the idiotic Jehovah's Witnesses make no attempt to account for how resurrection can come in two flavours - a two-tier elitist implementation - and what it means for the nature of the post-resurrection body. Are the bodies of the resurrected in heaven immaterial or material? If they are immaterial who needs a body at all? If they are material, wouldn't they be better off living on earth?
Can the people in heaven communicate with those on earth? Well, apparently, they will rule with Jesus as kings and priests over earth - back to the master-slave paradigm big-style. What does anyone need priests or kings for in paradise? Fucking hell, will these cunts never go away? Is there no escaping them? So, presumably heaven and earth are somehow physically linked, so heaven is a physical location.
What if families are split between heaven and earth? And can the souls on earth have sex since they have their old bodies back? Are any children born? What age are all the soul-bodies? Is everyone 25? Ah, so many questions. All of them unanswered.
Naturally, all non-Jehovah's Witnesses not resurrected by Jehovah are simply annihilated. So, just as the Nazis wanted to exterminate Jews (and Jehovah's Witnesses), so the Jehovah's Witnesses look forward to the annihilation of all non-Jehovah's Witnesses. So, can anyone blame the Nazis for putting them in concentration camps? Get your retaliation in first, right?!
As for Jesus Christ, Jehovah's Witnesses consider him Jehovah's only direct creation, with Christ then creating everything else (i.e. Christ is the Logos, the agency of rational creation and ordering of the universe according to much ancient thinking - much like the Platonic Demiurge).
For some inexplicable reason, Jesus the Creator created things in such a way that he had to have himself crucified to redeem humanity from its sinful state. He was a "ransom sacrifice". Why didn't he just plan his Creation a bit better? Was he incompetent? A Creator who has to commit suicide to rectify his own Creation sounds like a particularly dumb Creator.
Nevertheless, only this dumbass can mediate between Jehovah and humanity, and Jehovah appointed him king and judge of his kingdom.
Now comes the best part of all. According to Jehovah's Witnesses, Jesus Christ is actually Michael the Archangel! This seems to be mostly based on the fact that "Michael" means "Who is like God?"
The Jehovah's Witnesses' website explains the matter as follows: "Archangel. God's Word refers to Michael 'the archangel.' (Jude 9) This term means 'chief angel.' Notice that Michael is called the archangel. This suggests that there is only one such angel. In fact, the term 'archangel' occurs in the Bible only in the singular, never in the plural. Moreover, Jesus is linked with the office of archangel. Regarding the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, 1 Thessalonians 4:16 states: 'The Lord himself will descend from heaven with a commanding call, with an archangel's voice.' Thus the voice of Jesus is described as being that of an archangel. This scripture therefore suggests that Jesus himself is the archangel Michael."
Apparently, this is what passes for Biblical scholarship. If Michael had been called Gandalf, would the Jehovah's Witnesses worship the Grey Wizard? The Jevvies never of course make any attempt to explain why Jesus Christ didn't simply call himself Michael the Archangel if that's who he was.
Here's another attempt by the Jevvies to identify Jesus Christ with Michael the Archangel: "Army Leader. The Bible states that 'Michael and his angels battled with the dragon . . . and its angels.' (Revelation 12:7) Thus, Michael is the Leader of an army of faithful angels. Revelation also describes Jesus as the Leader of an army of faithful angels. (Revelation 19:14-16) And the apostle Paul specifically mentions 'the Lord Jesus' and 'his powerful angels.' (2 Thessalonians 1:7; Matthew 16:27; 24:31; 1 Peter 3:22) So the Bible speaks of both Michael and 'his angels' and Jesus and 'his angels.' (Matthew 13:41) Since God's Word nowhere indicates that there are two armies of faithful angels in heaven-one headed by Michael and one headed by Jesus-it is logical to conclude that Michael is none other than Jesus Christ in his heavenly role."
Well, is it logical? If, in relation to WWII, we were to speak of Rommel's army (the Afrika Korps) and also of Hitler's army in Africa, would we be referring to two different armies or to the same army in two different ways: 1) in relation to the specific commanding general and 2) in relation to the Commander-in-chief of all German armies.
The approach of the Jehovah's Witnesses amounts to a kind of literalism gone insane. They always refrain from asking the much more fundamental questions. If Jesus Christ was in fact the Commander of God's Army of Angels then why didn't he adopt the role of the traditional Jewish Messiah and destroy the Romans militarily? If Jesus Christ was a military man, why, according to the Jevvies, did he talk about turning the other cheek, forgiving your enemies and loving your neighbour as yourself? How can the new Testament, supposedly about love and peace according to its defenders, be the work of a military commander?
These cretins trawl through the Bible trying to pedantically match up certain obscure references while totally ignoring the myriad inconsistencies and contradictions. This spurious scholarship of theirs fools many simple-minded, badly educated people.
Much more serious though is their attempt to terrify people by saying that the Apocalypse is imminent and anyone who doesn't join the Jehovah's Witnesses will be annihilated from existence. The weak, superstitious and vulnerable are highly susceptible to these familiar Abrahamist Terror tactics and can be easily persuaded.
We reserve particular contempt for Jehovah's Witnesses, a truly nauseating brainwashing cult. Anyone who joins the Jehovah's Witnesses is deranged. The Jevvies spend all of their time in Bible Study and haven't noticed the most elementary fact of all - that the God they worship is the Devil.
Jehovah's Witnesses are liars, fools, charlatans and monsters. They are everything that is worst in the human race. They are the furthest it's possible to get from Abraxas. They're even lower than the Jews since they were founded in the 19th century - long after the Enlightenment - and there are no excuses left by that stage.
If anyone deserves to be annihilated from existence, they do. But unlike them, we don't issue any such threats. All souls are uncreated and immortal, even those of Abrahamists. Their problem is with their rationality and sanity, not with the possibility of non-existence.
Related to Jehovah's Witnesses are Messianic Jews - Jews who regard themselves as Christians. These are people who accept Jesus Christ as the Jewish Messiah and hence they retain their Jewish heritage and follow most if not all traditional Jewish customs. In this sense they are like the original "Christians". Remember, it was St Paul - a man who never met Jesus Christ - who actually created Christianity. Christ was a Jew and his apostles were Jews and in most cases strongly opposed to Paul.
Had it not been for Paul - a priest of Mithras if truth be told, who had the extremely bad idea of combining Mithraism with Jewish Messianism - Christianity would have remained a minor Jewish sect and would have died out with the Roman destruction of the Jewish Temple in 70 CE. Paul saved Christianity by merging it with the pagan mystery religion of Mithraism (part of the Illuminist movement) and bringing respectable pagan philosophy onboard.
To the extent that Catholicism contains any good ideas, they all come from the covert Mithraic and Platonic pagan elements of the religion. The Protestants got rid of the pagan elements and returned Christianity to a type of Judaism.
In the absence of pagan elements, Christianity was never anything other than Messianic Judaism based on Jesus Christ as the Jewish Messiah, so the Messianic Jews are unquestionably the purest Christians in the world. Protestants are Jews who haven't realised they're Jews and Catholics are pagans who haven't realised they're pagans.
Isn't it a remarkable defect of a religion that it refuses to engage in serious debate about the nature of the afterlife? Judaism demonstrates itself to be a particularly stupid religion by showing almost no official interest in the subject. The Torah says absolutely nothing about what happens after death. Why was "God" so silent on something so important?
In Judaism, the afterlife is simply not discussed much. Why bother being religious and obeying hundreds of mindless rules if you have no idea what you're preparing for? It makes no sense. What it does is reveal a great deal about the Jewish psyche. What they get off on is obeying rules. This is an end in itself. They would obey the rules even if there were no afterlife. Why? Because they're submissive masochists. They love obeying. They don't even care why.
The Jews' complete lack of curiosity about the afterlife shows that despite their reputation they are not a clever people, are not future-oriented, are not intuitive and obey rules for the sake of it (and because they enjoy it).
They chose a Torture God to worship because of their innate masochism. If they had been psychologically healthy, they would have chosen a God who offered an inspiring, wondrous afterlife. But of course, the Jews don't like to think about an afterlife. They're "this-worldly" people focused on life here and now. They have narrow horizons, stunted vision and a revulsion for the grand, sweeping, all-encompassing ideas that have characterised "Gentile" thinking.
The desire to explain everything in one inspiring, grand theory - the project of the Illuminati - is nothing less than an attempt to gain the power of God over the cosmos. The Jews, Protestants and Muslims are repelled by such enterprises since they regard them as assaults on God's territory. The Catholics, because of their love of Greek philosophy, have inadvertently found themselves on the same side as the Illuminati to some extent.
If you don't want to understand the afterlife from the perspective of this world it means you do not want to become God, it means that you want to be the slave of "God". It means that you have abdicated all responsibility for the afterlife to "God". Above all, it means that you never ask "God" questions. You never query his credentials. You never doubt him.
What is the defining characteristic of Abrahamism? - the refusal to ask questions. Abraham never asked God why he wanted him to kill his son. Isn't that the most glaring missing question in the history of religion? If you don't ask that question then you are not a conscious, thinking, rational person.
Jews never challenge the Torah. Protestant Fundamentalists wouldn't dream of challenging the literal truth of the Bible. Muslims would rather die than doubt the Koran. All of these people are defined by an astonishing hatred of asking questions of "God". Absolutely everything is taken on faith, no matter how crazy.
Therefore Abrahamists are FUNDAMENTALLY stupid. Abrahamism is ABOUT the avoidance of difficult questions. It is ABOUT obedience. It is built according to the master-slave paradigm, and slaves are never allowed to challenge masters.
There is no Jewish dogma at all about the afterlife. You can believe almost anything you like. Some Orthodox Jews believe that the souls of the righteous dead go somewhere akin to the Christian heaven; others that souls wait in Sheol for the messiah to come and resurrect them. Some believe that the souls of the wicked are tormented by demons that their own sins created; others that wicked souls are completely annihilated. Some even believe in reincarnation. Yes, even though resurrection and reincarnation imply entirely different views of the nature of metaphysical reality, both fall within the range of Jewish beliefs about the afterlife. Why? - because the Jews are stupid and haven't realised that resurrection and reincarnation are irreconcilable.
The Jews are preoccupied with Jehovah's rules, and not once do they ask what function such rules serve. What does obeying the endless rules of the Sabbath have to do with anything at all? Why would God care whether someone switched on lights or not? People obey these rules only because they refuse to think of reasons why they shouldn't obey them. If they did, they would stop. But they won't because they enjoy obeying the rules, no matter how pointless they are, and they construct their identity on this willingness to rigidly and obsessively obey absurd rules. They love thinking of themselves as the Chosen People and the thing that justifies attaching this label to themselves is the slavish and mindless obeying of Jehovah's ludicrous rules.
It seems that the Jews can tell themselves any story about the afterlife that they like. But if Jews see the afterlife as a kind of fairytale - pure fiction; an arena where anything can be said without fear of contradiction - why are they so religious? It's senseless.
The Jews call the afterlife the Olam HaBa (the World to Come), but they have no official doctrinal idea of what that world is like.
As we have seen, the Pharisees, the forerunners of rabbinical Judaism, were advocates of the resurrection of the dead. Their rivals, the Sadducees, had no interest in speculation about the afterlife because it was not explicitly mentioned in the Torah. Since the Torah does not deny resurrection, the Sadducees weren't in a position to explicitly reject it. Rather, their position wasn't that resurrection was wrong but that it was wrong to affirm it if it wasn't in the Torah. For the Sadducees, resurrection was speculation not fact, and it was inappropriate to refer to it as though it were fact.
The Pharisees believed that resurrection of the dead would take place in the messianic age, when the Jewish Messiah would come and sort everything out. The Messianic time is also called the Olam HaBa, exactly the same term used to refer to the spiritual afterlife, thus implying that the two might be one and the same.
The Messiah creates a perfect (materialistic) world of peace and prosperity, and he brings the righteous dead (but not the unrighteous) back to life and gives them the opportunity to experience the paradise that their righteousness merited.
The problem about this Messianic vision is that it places enormous emphasis on the Messiah and none on God. Where is Jehovah in the Messianic scheme of things? He appears redundant. It almost starts to seem that the Jews worship the Messiah rather than God. That's why the Jews were so obsessed with anyone claiming to be a Messiah - it was as if their God had appeared amongst them.
The Christians took the next step - they combined the Messiah and God in one being: Jesus Christ. Yet traces were left of the old Hebrew Messianic vision. The Book of Revelation presents a picture that is essentially that of the Pharisees. There is talk of Christ (the Messiah) reigning on earth for a thousand years over the righteous in a terrestrial paradise. But what's the point of an earthly Eden if you can have a heavenly one instead?
Moreover, you need a physical body (via resurrection) to live on this future earth - but you don't need any physical body in heaven, do you?
Thus we see where all the confusion over resurrection comes from. Resurrection is a MESSIANIC CONCEPT relating to a perfected earth under the reign of the Messiah. Since you're living on earth, you need your old body back. But if you're not living on earth, you don't need your old body back, hence the debate over physical and spiritual bodies.
The theory of the Messiah is a completely different one from that of God yet the two have been fatally and absurdly combined, most especially in Christianity which made the Messiah and God one and the same person.
Two radically different concepts - an earthly paradise versus a heavenly paradise - have been forced into the same paradigm even though they directly contradict each other.
The Book of Revelation (chapters 20 and 21) actually presents TWO resurrections. The first resurrection is of the most righteous who will rule with the Messiah for the glorious Millennium. Satan will be bound and have no power. Unfortunately, he will then be unbound (why and by whom?!) and he will manage to persuade the ordinary people of the earth that the Messiah and his righteous companions are totally SHIT! (One has to conclude that it couldn't have been much of an earthly paradise if the people were so willing to turn against it.) Armageddon then takes place, followed by the second resurrection: the general resurrection of the dead, good and bad. The Last Judgment is enacted and souls sent to heaven or hell. No, actually, that's wrong. It's a lot more complicated. In fact, "God" creates a new heaven and new earth. Souls don't go to the new heaven, but rather to an earthly paradise, hence need their bodies back via resurrection. (According to Jehovah's Witnesses, 144,000 of the most righteous souls DO go to heaven, while the remaining Jehovah's Witnesses enjoy the new earthly paradise.)
So, is that all perfectly clear now?
What we are actually seeing with the Book of Revelation is an attempt to reconcile two different religious traditions: the Jewish Messianic tradition and the Platonic idea of an immaterial heaven where immaterial souls go. The two views are incompatible in every way, but when they're put together they create a crackingly vivid and exciting story. They are MYTHOS par excellence and if you're not smart enough to see the total intellectual fraud that is being perpetrated, you can easily fall for this spectacular nonsense.
We can see a very similar process taking place in the modern world in the shape of conspiracy theories. The theories keep growing and growing, adding more and more new elements dragged in from all over the place. The story - the Mythos - gets more and more grandiose and all encompassing, and it overwhelms the simple minded with its power. The simpletons are eager to embrace it and don't engage their critical faculties at all.
Take the 9/11 conspiracy theory - one of the most outrageous frauds in human history, constructed on nothing more than a few unusual elements of the type that always appear in the "fog of war". People spent ten years of their lives trying to "prove" this garbage. The whole thing could be demolished by one simple thought experiment: all that was required to give America the pretext to go to war was one hijacked plane flying into one building.
Had 9/11 been an inside job, there would have been a single incident, and the blame would have pointed directly at Iraq to justify America's subsequent attack on that country. There was no need for towers to be demolished, including ones that weren't hit, no need for multiple targets (massively increasing the chances of things going wrong), no need for planes to be shot down or for the closing of American airspace, no need for the President to be made to look like a gormless idiot in front of schoolchildren.
Above all, no conspiracy theorist ever explained why George W Bush would be motivated to commit high treason and be the most infamous American in history.
They said things like, "It was all because of the oil." Yet George W Bush is an extremely wealthy man living in absolute luxury. Why would he jeopardise all of that for oil? What would he PERSONALLY get out of it? The proposition is that he would risk it all - including the death penalty if he were caught, and the permanent ruin of his whole family - to make himself and his friends a tiny bit richer. Come on, get real.
We will now provide the logical version of Judaism. If smart people were responsible for its development, this is what they would have come up with.
God, in heaven, created the earth. God made the first human, Adam, from clay and Eve, the first woman, from one of Adam's ribs. Both were material creatures into whom God breathed life (gave them a soul).
It was originally intended that Adam and Eve would be immortal, like angels. This means that body and soul were intended to be ALWAYS together. They were an indissoluble unity.
Adam and Eve proved disobedient, revealing an inherent human sinfulness. God punished them by making humanity mortal. This meant that body and soul died together. The earth itself became a shadow of its original glory. It became a wicked home for a fallen people; a kind of hell.
God promised those who obeyed his will and carried out everything he required of them that he would save them from annihilation at a future date (i.e. he would resurrect them). He would not save those who continued to defy him.
At a future point - the Last Judgment - God would annihilate the entire earth then replace it with a new earth: the perfect earth that he first created for Adam and Eve before they ruined it.
He would then populate it with all those from history who had been righteous and obeyed his commandments. He would raise them from the dead - body and soul together. He could do this because he was the Creator. He could make and unmake souls, and he could re-make souls that had died. He could revive clay that had turned to dust. In short, he could resurrect the Chosen Ones, while the damned would simply no longer exist. He wouldn't bring them back to punish them. What would be the point? Rather, he would bring back only those who were truly of God.
He would remain in heaven, and no one would ever join him there. An immortal earth for immortal people would be the terrestrial equivalent of heaven.
Simple, right? We have explained everything in a nice, logical manner. Everything makes perfect sense. Resurrection is explained and so is the soul. Resurrection is a materialistic phenomenon, and the soul is simply a more subtle grade of matter - God's holy breath, so to speak. Body and soul go together. There cannot be one without the other. There is no immaterial, detachable soul. The soul does not go to heaven. Immortality is here on earth, on a perfect, immortal earth of the future, lovingly created by God.
This view is entirely materialistic. It has no Platonic idealistic elements. There is no reincarnation. There is no hell for the damned. There is no Sheol. In effect, the whole thing can be described as: God made a perfect world for immortal beings - Adam and Eve and their descendants - but they let him down so he introduced death and decay, but with a promise that he would restore the perfect world in the future and would resurrect all those who had served him dutifully. End of story.
Imagine if the Jews had said that and nothing else. The world would have been a far better place. Religion would have been much saner.
Naturally, this religion would have been refuted by science in due course since it's just a logical religion and not a true religion. The true religion is based on the uncreated, immortal, immaterial soul that undergoes reincarnation until it has perfected itself and become God i.e. the religion of ILLUMINATION.
Why didn't the simple, logical version of Judaism we have described ever come to pass? Because this logical religion doesn't contain enough Mythos. It doesn't terrify people enough (no hell and no Devil). It doesn't pander to their vanity enough (the Chosen People). It doesn't use operant conditioning and Terror tactics. It doesn't tell lots of crazy and irrational stories full of emotional highs and lows.
The Jews - the Ultimate Bureaucrats
Mitzvah is the Hebrew for "commandment"; the plural is mitzvot. The Torah provides 613 mitzvot (commandments) as given by Jehovah, and, in case anyone's running short, there are seven rabbinic commandments, giving a grand total of 620.
The Jews obsessively obey the mitzvot, these seemingly endless divinely mandated precepts and commandments.
Here is one random commandment: No.367 Do Not wear garments made of wool and linen mixed together (Deut. 22:11).
What the fuck!!!
Does any sane person imagine that the Creator of the universe is preoccupied with whether wool and linen are mixed in a garment? Are there clothes Nazis in heaven who are always on the lookout for anyone daring to mix the two?
If you want the perfect cure for insomnia, here is the entire list of the 613 official mitzvot:
This desire of Jews to obey rules amounts to a kind of mania. They don't want to be free. They hate freedom. They are the perfect slaves.
There can be no question that Judaism is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder turned into a religion. The Jews ought to see a psychiatrist: there are plenty of Jewish ones in the phonebook!
Jews will freely admit that Judaism is not a religion that focuses on the issue of how to get into heaven. Rather, it focuses on obeying hundreds of rules on earth. The Jews say their emphasis is on the here and now, on this world. That's false, of course. Their emphasis is on rules and nothing but rules. They are defined by their rules. Their identity is constructed on the back of their hundreds of rules. Jews spend their whole lives in the biggest bureaucratic exercise of all time. They must be the best office-workers in the world. The American IRS must be full of Jews - that's why it's the most pedantic organisation on earth.
The Jews as a people are supreme pedants. They love the law because that's also full of ludicrous rules. They love accountancy and banking: any activity that allows them to carry out mindless rituals and obey soul-destroying rules and regulations.
One Jew said that he was always caught off guard if a non-Jew asked him if he thought he would go to hell if he didn't obey such-and-such a command. He claimed that he made no link between the afterlife and obeying the mitzvot. He said, "We perform the mitzvot because it is our privilege and our sacred obligation to do so. We perform them out of a sense of love and duty, not out of a desire to get something in return."
"Privilege?" What planet is he living on? "Sacred obligation?" This all stems from the pathological Jewish desire to see themselves as the "Chosen People" rather than a bunch of lunatics obeying rules for no reason at all. If rules didn't exist, it would be necessary for the Jews to invent them!
Judaism says: "Be not like servants who serve their master for the sake of receiving a reward; instead, be like servants who serve their master not for the sake of receiving a reward, and let the awe of God be upon you."
Here we see he unashamed proclamation of Jewish slavery. They love being Jehovah's slaves. They can't get enough of it. Slavery turns them on. They probably marched into Egypt and begged to be slaves. The Exodus was a complete waste of time. The Jews love being held in bondage. It's what defines them. It's their core identity. The Jews are the ultimate slave people with the ultimate slave morality. They are addicted to masochism. They love masters who put the heel of their boot on their necks.
Judaism = Slavery. That's the most ancient of equations.
Angels and Demons
There's an interesting Jewish idea that our good actions create angels and our bad actions demons. When we die, we are punished by those bad demons until we have paid our dues. When we go to paradise, our good angels reward us copiously. So the more good you do on earth, the better time you will have later, and the more bad you do, the more you'll pay for it.
Christian resurrectionists ought to bear in mind that the great Christian thinker Origen was a reincarnationist who held the view that all sophisticated Christians subscribed to reincarnation while resurrection was deemed the appropriate teaching for "simple believers". Of course, Origen was declared heretical for his views, but that's Christianity's loss. It can only get near the truth if it rejects resurrection and embraces reincarnation.
The Jews have historically adopted four different ways of thinking about the afterlife: resurrection (classic Judaism), immortality of the soul (Platonic Judaism), reincarnation (Platonic Judaism), and "living on through the memories of those they knew and the influence they had over them" (secular Judaism). This last view is very popular with Reform Jews who usually deny resurrection. They like to say that their departed beloved ones remain alive in their hearts and minds (but, of course, that will no longer be true when they die too).
Most Jews believe in resurrection, some in the immortal souls, some in reincarnation and some go with the rather uninspiring "living on in the minds of those who knew you".
In general, Reform and Conservative Jews do not believe in resurrection. Rather, they endorse the Greek concept of the immortal, imperishable soul. They say that it is a divine spark - a part of God that resides within them - and it cannot die, just as God cannot die. On death, the soul returns to God, the Soul of all souls. God gives us that soul when we are born and takes it back to him when we die. (Hmmm, so how do Jews account for evil if our soul is actually part of God and God is eternally and perfectly good?)
Anyone who believes in an immortal soul is immediately in the territory of reincarnation, and some Jews do indeed believe in reincarnation and maintain that the soul of the deceased will return to earth to occupy another body. Like the Christian heretic Origen, they do not believe that souls can transmigrate into animals; nothing can go lower than its existing mode of existence, only higher.
Reincarnation is most popular in the mystical Jewish heresy: Kabbalah. This of course is a Jewish version of Gnosticism, Hermeticism and Neoplatonism, all of which are founded on the principle of reincarnation.
The great Czech Jewish writer, Franz Kafka, was attracted to Kabbalah. He heard a group of Kabbalah mystics describing the next world as being composed of ten concentric spheres. God and the righteous souls are in the innermost sphere - the centre of the universe. Then, moving outwards, come the progressively larger spheres, with proportionately more souls, each of which is less and less evolved since it is further from the divine light. (This is a highly Neoplatonic view involving successive emanations from the ultimate Source.)
When a birth is about to take place, a soul is sent from any one of these ten spheres to enter the baby, and this explains why a few people have highly evolved souls while most have extremely primitive souls. If the soul directs the person towards good, the soul is promoted to a more advanced sphere when it returns to the soul world. If it makes the person behave badly, it is relegated to an inferior sphere. The goal of each soul is of course to progress from the tenth, outermost sphere to the innermost central sphere of God himself. When it completes that long journey, it has perfected itself and it finds eternal bliss in the direct presence of God. When all the souls in existence have joined God, the universe is then perfect and the material universe comes to an end.
The souls in the inner spheres are typically those that have visited earth many times, learned from their mistakes and become righteous. The souls in the outer spheres have in many cases not had many opportunities to enter a body and are wild and unsophisticated. The "outer souls" are like Freudian id souls whereas the "inner souls" are more akin to Freudian superego souls.
Some Jews say that the soul comprises three parts. The lowest level is the animating spirit common to all animals. This dies when the body dies. The highest level is the divine spark - connected to the essence of God - which God puts into the body of humans. The middle layer is "You" (like the Freudian ego) - intermediate between the animal soul (like the Freudian id) and the divine soul (like the Freudian superego). You are torn between the good that the higher soul demands of you and the bad that your primitive, bestial soul drives you to.
The divine spark is not of God himself, but rather of Godly potential. It is seeking to perfect itself and enter into full union with God. The purpose of "You" is to help the divine spark achieve its goal. Its free will is highly curtailed in the divine sphere because of the overwhelming presence of God, so it has to descend to earth to use its free will and grow spiritually. It often seeks to learn one specific spiritual lesson, and its purpose is to make "You" be concerned with that issue.
When you die, "You" faces judgment and undergoes the purification period in Gehinnom before entering Olam HaBa (The World to Come). But what happens to the divine spark? Its fate is dependent on what kind of life you led. Its purpose was to grow more perfect spiritually. If it caused "You" to lead a good life, and to accomplish successfully its specific spiritual mission, then it is brought closer to it supreme objective. If "You" were a bad person, the divine spark has to reincarnate in another person and try the same exercise again.
When, after many reincarnations, it has accomplished all of its spiritual goals, it can at last merge with God.
Note that in this scheme, "You" and the divine spark are not one and the same. The divine spark reincarnates. "You" do not.
So, here we have a system that allows both resurrection and reincarnation. The divine spark undergoes reincarnation but not resurrection. The "You" part can undergo resurrection in the Age of the Messiah, but never undergoes reincarnation.
An ingenious scheme! - having your cake and eating it, we might say. Unfortunately, it divorces the divine spark from the person and turns it into a kind of alien parasite hitching a ride. It makes the higher soul alien in relation to a person rather than his core and immortal self. It introduces three categories of soul "creatures": animals (that have mortal souls); humans that have immortal souls capable of resurrection, and divine souls that can reincarnate until they are pure enough to enter into union with God.
Some Jews say that a man who fathers no children or a mother who bears no children will be reincarnated until they fulfil Jehovah's commandment to be fruitful and multiply. Some say that Jews will keep reincarnating until they have fulfilled every commandment. Some say that Jews who have been victims of anti-Semitism will reincarnate to take vengeance (what about the Canaanites - will they reincarnate to avenge themselves on the Jews?).
Some Jews claim that early Biblical prophets reincarnated as later Biblical prophets. Some Jews claim that it is possible for a soul to be partially perfect and partially imperfect and the imperfect part can reincarnate until it is perfect. Some Jews claim that reincarnation permits the ongoing process of tikkun olam: mending of the world. Others insist that reincarnation is all about allowing a soul to conclude unfinished business.
There is a traditional Jewish belief that every Jewish soul in history was present at Sinai and agreed to the covenant with Jehovah. To make this possible, dead Jews would have to have been reincarnated. Another take on this belief accepts the pre-existence of souls and asserts that all the unborn "Jewish" souls were present in some way at Sinai.
As a corollary of this view, many Jewish advocates of reincarnation claim that Jews only ever reincarnate as Jews and no non-Jews can reincarnate as Jews. Thus, even within the context of reincarnation, we find Jews trying to assert their nauseating, exclusivist "Chosen People" ideology.
The whole point of reincarnation is of course to bring enlightenment - not to remain as an eternal bigot!
So, there are many Jewish ideas concerning reincarnation. To that extent, they're much more interesting than the boring Christians and Muslims who refuse to contemplate anything other than resurrection.
Note also that the Eastern concept of karma plays no part in these Jewish ideas concerning reincarnation. Contrary to what many people seem to think, karma has no necessary connection with reincarnation. It's just one description amongst many to explain why reincarnation takes place.
In fact, the sole reason for reincarnation is to allow a soul to journey from maximum potential to maximum actualisation.
Jesus Christ suggested that John the Baptist was actually the prophet Elijah (Mark 9:12), but John denied this (John 1:21). It would be wrong to say that Jesus' claim was that John was a reincarnation of an ancient Prophet for the simple reason that Elijah never died in the first place, being assumed into heaven while still alive. Since he never died, the Jews expected him to come back at some point and be amongst men again.
The fact that Elijah and Enoch both ascended to heaven contradicts Jesus' statement in the Gospel of John (3:13): "And no man hath ascended into heaven, but he that descended from heaven, the Son of man who is in heaven." (Moreover, since Jesus Christ is speaking, how can he be the Son of man if the Son of man is heaven? Is he saying he's in two places at once? That he has a split soul?)
Note that Elijah, like Jesus, could raise the dead (in fact, Elijah was the first to resurrect a dead person). Like Jesus, he raised the "son of a widow". So what's so special about Jesus? (In fact, there were many people who said that Jesus himself was Elijah.)
The case of Elijah is one of the most perplexing in the Bible. Apparently, he never experienced death, but nor was he living on earth. So where was he? Biblical scholars invariably ignore these questions. Erich Von Daniken's explanation for what happened to Elijah is as good as any Bible expert's!
Mystical Jews have produced some fascinating ideas concerning souls. One idea was that all souls come from "Primordial Adam", an extraordinary prototype spiritual human with arms, eyes, legs, genitals - a full body, except all of the cells of which it is composed are actually souls, each soul having the character of the body part where it is located (so "genital" souls are extremely lustful, "brain" souls are rational and "eye" souls far-sighted). Souls continually reincarnate and attempt to purify themselves, cure their defects, and become "complete and whole" souls rather than souls strictly defined by their place in Primordial Adam. This process goes on until the coming of the Messiah and his Last Judgment. The "good" souls are then born into immortal human bodies and will enjoy eternal bliss in an earthly paradise; the "bad" suffer a quite different fate, being born into animals or even inanimate objects. A soul that inhabits a human host remembers nothing of the struggles of the past; those born into animals and objects are hellishly aware of the delicious human lives they once enjoyed. They are now forever trapped in dumb, unresponsive bodies.
Some Jews taught that faith, meditation and good deeds would allow a soul to break free from the cycle of reincarnation and enter into union with the Divine (note that there's no mention of reason and knowledge, showing the typical antipathy of Jews towards intellectual salvation).
Kabbalists, the most advanced of the Jewish esoteric thinkers, spoke of the concept of the ibbur (Hebrew for "pregnancy" or "impregnation" or "incubation") - temporary possession of a host body by a soul. A good soul that had failed to perform one of the mitzvot (commandments) could temporarily reside in a host body and direct it to complete the task. Once done, the visiting soul could immediately depart. (We might speculate that visiting souls have access to the right hemisphere of the brain and prompt the left-brain consciousness from there. If the process went wrong, multiple personality syndrome could manifest itself.) It was deemed that the weaker host soul would benefit from being temporarily coupled with a more spiritually advanced soul intent on good actions. Its spiritual progress would be accelerated with the assistance of the ibbur. Certain branches of Kabbalah taught that a body could host two such ibburs
Souls that were too evil were forbidden from reincarnating in their own right, hence had to wander the world searching for weak hosts, with submissive, compliant souls to possess. Such malevolent souls were associated with the concept of dybbuk (Yiddish for "cleavage of an evil spirit"), the opposite of ibbur. As with ibbur, a body could host two dybbuks.
A dybbuk might be thought of as a malignant spirit taking possession of a living person. The Bible is full of tales of demons being cast out from people.
In this view, we might say that all Jews have been possessed by the ultimate dybbuk - Jehovah!
In Jewish folklore, a dybbuk is a malicious, discontented or lost spirit said to be the dislocated soul of a dead person that can find no resting place. Some say that dybbuks have escaped from Sheol or were never allowed to enter in the first place because of a serious transgression such as suicide. So, the dybbuk searches for a refuge and it attaches itself to the body of a living person and inhabits it.
The play The Dybbuk by S. Ansky is about ill-fated lovers: Khonnon, an earnest but poverty-stricken student of Jewish mysticism, and Leah, the young woman to whom he's devoted. They are due to get married, but Leah's greedy father breaks the marriage contract so that Leah can be married off to a rich man she has never met. Khonnon, determined to use his mystical knowledge to overcome this catastrophe, takes the ultimate step of the esoteric searcher and discovers the true name of God, a transgression so serious that he's instantly killed and becomes a dislocated dybbuk. Still longing to be with Leah, his soul enters her body and she is thus demonically possessed, scuppering her wedding arrangements.
The remainder of the play is about the exorcism of Khonnon from Leah's soul, but it proves remarkably difficult. It is revealed that their fathers betrothed the two before they were even born: they are therefore destined to be together under the eyes of God. Even after Khonnon's spirit is driven out, the bond between him and Leah is eternal and sacred, and in due course his spirit returns to be reunited with Leah's soul, and they will be together forever.
What is a Messiah? It's a redeemer figure foretold in Scripture who appears out of the blue one day and saves his chosen people from all those who have been persecuting them, and creates a paradise for his faithful disciples where all the anxieties of life are permanently dispelled. In other words, the Messiah is nothing but the extremest case of wish fulfilment. It is about the weak relying on an ultra-powerful outside agency to defeat the strong. It is very much about THIS world, not the next.
In many ways, the Messianic vision actually stands in direct opposition to the Godly vision. In Judaism, the Messiah is not God nor the Son of God. He acts on behalf of God, yet it seems that he can bring the dead back to life and set up an eternal terrestrial paradise; in which case he has effectively created heaven on earth and replaced God. Bodily resurrection is a concept irrevocably linked to Messianism since the righteous dead - who perished before the arrival of the Messiah - must be allowed to return to enjoy the paradise denied them during their lives. The Greeks had no concept of a Messiah, hence had no resurrection theory.
It cannot be stressed enough that Messiah = Resurrection (Material Body and Soul) = Earthly Paradise. The other religious equation is: God = Immaterial Soul = Heaven. These two equations are radically different and each has its own appeal. Christianity became the most successful religion in history by combining the two, despite the rational absurdity of the exercise. Only rational people can see through this farce, and of course most people are irrational hence don't notice anything amiss. As usual, they have their cake and they eat it, which is just how they like it!
When you realise that resurrection is all about the need to get your body back so that you can live again on earth, it makes perfect sense. However, resurrection makes no sense at all if you are not coming back to live on the earth. No one in heaven needs an earth body since heaven's not the earth!
The resurrection debate shows how religious ideas mutate and expand beyond their proper boundaries. Resurrection, as a Messianic idea relating to physical existence on a perfected earth, is entirely rational. Resurrection as an idea applied to the immaterial domain of heaven is DERANGED! Any rational person who does not believe in Messiahs and earthly paradises must logically stand opposed to resurrection theory.
Most Abrahamists are stupid. They have no idea what they believe. They believe pretty much anything they're told to believe by their controllers, and they're insufficiently intelligent to see that they're being lied to.
The Jehovah's Witnesses have combined Messiah theory and God theory by having 144,000 JWs living in heaven with God, and all the other JWs living on earth with the Messiah! This is a typical religious manoeuvre. It's irrational, but no one cares because it makes some sort of mythos sense to them. What they don't grasp is that one group is bodily resurrected (the ones on earth) and the other group (in heaven) isn't. Two totally irreconcilable soul theories are simultaneously accepted: classic doublethink.
JWs are saying, in the same breath, that the soul is material and also that it is immaterial. Well, it's one or the other; it can't be both. Resurrection to an earthly paradise is a materialistic theory; a soul going to a celestial paradise is an idealistic theory. You can't combine the two (at least not if you have any intellectual honesty and integrity).
Catholicism is essentially an idealistic Greek religion concerned with God, heaven and an immaterial soul, but because it has Jewish roots it has to talk about the non-sensical idea of resurrection. So you end up with "resurrection" mutating from the logical concept of a soul requiring a physical body to live in a physical world to the illogical idea of a soul requiring its old body to live in a non-physical world.
To get round this, Christians start talking of "spiritual" bodies rather than physical ones, but that's not what any Messianic Jew understood resurrection to be. Why would you need any kind of body in a dimensionless domain? If you did have one, why would it need to have any connection with your earth body? What would it look like i.e. would it be young or old or would everyone have the same nominal age? Where would these spiritual bodies go? Would there be spiritual mountains and trees and lakes and caves and houses and food and drink? If so, the whole thing would start to resemble a computer simulation of physical reality. Which raises the question - how do we know we're not already experiencing such a simulation? In other words, is it possible to distinguish between physical reality and the idea of physical reality? This takes us right to pure idealism which asserts that there is no material world at all. Everything, including matter, is a mental construction.
Jesus the Messiah
The Jews were obsessed with the concept of the Messiah - the anointed of God, the Chosen One of the Chosen People. In ancient Israel, Jewish kings and priests were anointed, hence were, technically, Messiahs. However, once the Jews were conquered and lost their kings, the Messiah became a much more supernatural figure. It would need more than a King David to defeat the Romans; it required a figure who directly exercised God's authority and power and could overcome overwhelming odds.
So, the concept of the Messiah morphed into a priest-king, a prophet-king, a holy-king, representing God's will on earth. He would of course be of the Davidic kingly line, but he would be so much more. He would be the culmination of that line, the divine conclusion. All the Jews would be united under him and they would win glorious victories over their enemies, ushering in the Messianic Age of global peace and bliss. Those who died before the advent of the Messiah would be restored to life to reward them for staying loyal unto death.
Jesus Christ had thrust upon him every role possible: king, priest, prophet, carpenter (!), teacher, Messiah, Saviour, Redeemer, God-Man, Everyman, Unique Man, Son of God…even God himself. Never has one person had so many masks. Truly, Jesus Christ is all things to all men. (In reality, he was of course the bastard son of the Archon Gabriel and Mary the Fornicator, and played a crucial role in Gabriel's Archon Conspiracy to make humanity worship the Devil and call him God - the most successful conspiracy in history.)
When Jesus Christ failed to accomplish an earthly paradise (most of his followers thought that's what he was there to do), they either had to abandon belief in him (the logical and usual step regarding previous failed Messiahs), or redefine his Messianic mission. The Christians chose the latter approach. They turned Christ's mission from the traditional Jewish physical one about the here and now on earth to a mystical spiritual one concerning the afterlife in heaven. Christianity, instead of being another failed Jewish Messianic sect, became something distinctly different and ended up contradicting many basic Jewish teachings; yet it remained utterly grounded in Judaism. It's the most incomprehensible and illogical religion ever.
Jesus Christ can be used in any context. Anyone can project anything they like onto him, hence why he has become such a potent figure. Messiah theory and God theory became one in Christ. Of course, the whole point of the Messiah was that he was appointed by God and acted on his behalf, not that he actually was God. As usual, Christianity simply changed the rules of the game. Throughout its history, Christianity grabbed ideas from everywhere and anywhere: Judaism, Mithraism, Manichaeism, Zoroastrianism, Platonism, Neoplatonism, Gnosticism, Paganism, Messianism and stuck them all together to form the most impressive (and absurd) Mythos of all time. David Icke is like a modern-day Christian, assembling everything he can get his hands on to manufacture the ultimate conspiracy theory. It's the same game.
"Grand Mythos" overwhelms irrational people. They get huge emotional sustenance from the stories of Christ and the conspiracy theories of Icke. The fact that they are total bullshit devoid of any particle of truth is neither here not there. Virtually no one cares about the truth. It barely registers in our world. No one needs it. A comforting delusion is always more successful than a harsh truth.
That's why the Illuminati are so unsuccessful in this world. We're the only ones telling the truth - and that's our biggest failing in terms of achieving success.
The Muslims look forward not to the arrival of Christ the Messiah, but the Islamic Messiah: Imam Mahdi. However, Jesus (Isa) will have his day in the sun. He will arrive after the Mahdi in the end times, descending gloriously from heaven, and he will defeat the "great deceiver" i.e. Dajjal (false messiah).
Sadly, the world is full of false Messiahs, and all of them have believed themselves to be true Messiahs.
The Hindu concept of the Avatar, Sanskrit for "descent" (from heaven to earth), is rather Christian. A god incarnates or manifests himself on earth in physical form (just as Christ allegedly did) and accomplishes a great spiritual task before returning to heaven.
One way of thinking about religion is as a collection of building blocks supplied by all the cultures of the world. Religious leaders simply take some of the blocks and assemble them into a religion. Heretics come along and replace some blocks with alternative ones. New religions use brand new collections of blocks. So, Christianity began with lots of Jewish blocks then started replacing some of them with pagan blocks.
Intellectually, these edifices ought to collapse instantly. Sadly, their power rests on emotion not reason, so the most unstable religious buildings ever constructed remain standing even in the wildest weather and strongest winds. Nothing can topple them once people believe in them and invest their identity in them.
The Illuminati require all members to construct an artificial religion to a) show how easy it is to do and b) reveal that nearly all religious leaders are charlatans or worse. Once you have made up a religion you realise how fake religion is.
Illumination is the one, true religion because it doesn't use any of the building blocks of other religions. The core building blocks of Illumination are mathematical and philosophical. Illumination is the only logos religion. All the others are mythos religions.
Anyone can create a mythos religion, but creating a mathematical logos religion is not something that any religious fraud could ever achieve. Illumination is true because mathematics is true. It's as simple as that.
We are not Fundamentalists
Illumination is a dialectical religion. That means it subscribes to no religious dogmas at all. The "Mythos" elements are open to several interpretations, and we will not damn anyone for choosing one interpretation over another.
The core of Illuminism is a set of logos statements, which we will be revealing in the next few months. Although these have been unchanged for a very long time, we WOULD change them if the dialectic revealed that they could be improved in any way.
The dialectic is the axis around which Illumination revolves, not any set of immutable dogmas. We reject any attempt to approach our teachings in a fundamentalist light.
Mathematics anchors Illumination and mathematics is handled either correctly or incorrectly. When it comes to mathematics, there are no hiding places. You are either right or you are wrong. There are no other outcomes. Belief is irrelevant. Emotion is irrelevant. Tradition is irrelevant.
The Ship of Fools
Abrahamism is a remarkably silly and even laughable religion. It gets more comical with each passing year. Thousands of years ago, it may have made some kind of sense given the state of knowledge of most people in the world. Illiteracy and innumeracy were rife. There were hardly any books and hardly any teachers. Virtually no one knew anything of science, mathematics, psychology, philosophy and theology.
One can't really be too harsh on the simple believers of long ago. They didn't know any better. It's the people of TODAY who subscribe to Abrahamism who are the true morons. Humanity has immense knowledge now. The Enlightenment has happened. Books are everywhere. Unlike in the past, there is no excuse for ignorance and superstition.
So, are human beings actually regressing? Abrahamists must be remarkably cretinous to follow religions that have been refuted in every way imaginable. Abrahamism is quite simply absurd. It's unbelievable and ridiculous. It's time it died.
How do you make people take personal responsibility for their beliefs? It's simple, actually. You make them declare on oath in front of a group of complete strangers (no friends or allies) that they support such and such a proposition that is contained in their Bible.
So, all Abrahamists would be forced to swear on oath that if a voice in their head, announcing itself to them as God, ordered them to kill their children without giving any reason or justification whatever, they would go ahead and agree to do so, just as their patriarch Abraham did. Otherwise, they have to swear an oath repudiating Abraham, and hence his God. If you have to vocalise your personal endorsement of crazy statements and be held publicly accountable for them, it makes you think about what you are actually signing up to for the very first time in your life. No Abrahamist has ever had to state to an audience what their horrific and mad core beliefs are.
All Abrahamists think their lunatic beliefs are acceptable because they are surrounded by people who share them and never challenge them. If a nutcase who thought he was Napoleon was surrounded by other nutcases who agreed he was Napoleon, would that make him Napoleon - or would he still be a nutcase?
It's time for a new world. It's time to move beyond Abrahamism. It's time to revalue all values. Every Abrahamist value should be scrapped, and replaced with rational values based on mathematics, science, philosophy and psychology. Faith should be replaced by knowledge.
It's time to dispel the darkness of Jehovah. It's time for Illumination. It's time for the Illuminati.