posted on Feb, 27 2006 @ 01:07 PM
Does that mean “intelligent earthling”? If so then you will want to dwell on the following theory for a while.
A the end of every year villagers would cast their sins upon a goat and then take it out into the desert and push it off a cliff. That way they would
unburden themselves and start the new year with cleansed souls.
Those who later on foisted the Christian faith on the Hebrew people took advantage of this ritual to create a new myth, that of a HUMAN scapegoat who
forever took the blame on behalf of all others and died for their sins just like the goat, but voluntarily, and thus performed a once-only rite having
such powerful effects that these would persist for all eternity, rather than merely one year. The advantages of this, as compared to the previous
procedure, are huge, of course.
This is the big idea behind the symbol of the cross --self-sacrifice of a universal kind. Italian criminal law would call it “abuse of popular
belief” (the belief in magical scapegoats in this case) and the Pope and all other heads of similar organizations should, in that point of view, be
tried in court for this crime against the Israelites, even if it was committed 2,000 years ago, since Christians are, after all, something like a
Jewish cult and a heresy.
Moreover, the myth, supposing that’s what it is, involves that other crime Father Righi was being accused of --impersonation-- since the
Jewish-Christian hero is, in a way, impersonating a goat, even though this is stretching things a little, because a goat is not a person. It all
depends on the value you are willing to place on animals other than humans.
A theologian will find his way around this by pointing out that the rite of the goat “prefigured” (foreshadowed) the coming of a scapegoat for the
benefit of all humankind and is just one among the many matters in the Old Testament that anticipated the New ditto.
By the way, these are the relevant passages in the Koran:
1) Surah V, 171: "(...) say not 'Three' --Cease! (it is) better for you!-- Allah is only One God. Far is it removed from His transcendent majesty
that He should have a son."
2) Surah XIX, 35: "It befitteth not (the majesty of ) Allah that He should take unto Himself a son."
Finally, would you please describe your personal experiences concerning the corroborations sent down by the Holy Spirit? Do you mean the “peak
experiences” --Abraham Maslow’s expression I think --the miracle healings and the coincidences taken to be “signs”?
However, it COULD be that behind all, most, or some paranormal events, including the visions of the prophets and the apparitions of the Virgin Mary,
lurks a sinister type of entity whose purpose it is to confound and control, and that it would be impossible for most of us to know the difference
between the good and the evil sources.
Some believers are aware of this foul play. I once heard a preacher on a Christian TV channel saying that demons can heal, but not create matter
--what Spiritists call “apports”-- like the Biblical fish and loaves of bread, but they might be mistaken about this.
Anyway, as theologians say, God is the First Cause but It works through second causes, which means that we are all instruments of Its will, even
Attilla and the demons. They’re all the “scourges of God”, sent to teach us our lessons. All is for the best. Only a belief in this can avoid
our falling into a state of panic and helplessness.