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What religion, the only religion that wants the end times so they can be raptured and be with Jesus?
Who else according to the bible hates man and also wants to bring the end?
Contemporary Hindu eschatology is linked in the Vaishnavite tradition to the figure of Kalki, or the tenth and last avatar of Vishnu before the age draws to a close, and Shiva simultaneously dissolves and regenerates the universe.
Most Hindus acknowledge as part of their cosmology that we are living in the Kali Yuga (literally "age of darkness"), the last of four periods (Yuga) that make up the current age. Each period has seen a successive degeneration in the moral order and character of human beings, to the point that in the Kali Yuga where quarrel and hypocrisy are prevalent. Often, the invocation of Kali Yuga denotes a certain helplessness in the face of the horrors and suffering of the human condition and a nostalgia for a golden past or a future salvation.
However, Hindu conceptions of time, like those found in other non-Western traditions, is cyclical in that one age may end but another will always begin. As such, the cycle of birth, growth, decay, death, and renewal at the individual level finds its echo in the cosmic order of all things, yet affected by the vagaries of the comings and goings of divine interventions in the Vaishnavite belief.
Most Hindus believe that Shiva will destroy the world at the end of the kalpa. Some Shaivites hold the view that he is incessantly destroying and creating the world.
A Look at Yazidis, Their Practices and Beliefs Today
A mystical and secretive religion found in the mountains of northern Iraq, the Yazidis have been persecuted for their beliefs for hundreds of years. There within Iraq, the Yazidis hold beliefs both controversial and unusual to the outside world. A religion with elements of the Abrahamic
(Islam, Christianity, Judaism), Dharmic (Vedism, other Hindu Sects) and ancient Iranian religions and philosophies, the Yazidis can be said to be both a mixture of faiths and a faith of it's own.
It is debatable as to whether or not Yazidism is a pre-Islamic religion or had arrived after Islam as a heretical radical Shiite sect. Yazidis often claim their religion to be the oldest religion in the world and have no affiliation with Islam. The tradition is claimed by most other historians to have existed thousands of years before Islam, during the time of another famous holy man, Abraham.
The Gods of the old religions were similar to humans. They had their flaws and their good qualities. When Christianity came around, they introduced an all-good deity. Therefore, there had to be an all-bad deity.. excuse me - all-bad "fallen angel" to focus the prayers and beliefs of the people to God. Sin was a concept introduced to indicate that all humans are born sinners. Very doom and gloom stuff going on there. Jesus was later introduced as the 'redeemer of all mankind's sins for eternity.'
Well, since we are part of nature, it is impossible to actually be "more connected", but since many of us live the bulk of our lives in urban environments, surrounded by technology, with what evidence of living things besides ourselves kept neatly regimented, getting out into the wilds & being naked there, ie in our most natural state, certainly helps with feeling "more connected".
If you truly believe that going sky-clad is a way of being more connected to "nature," then I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.
Some scholars claim that Lucifer was a symbol of a king of Babylon, but I believe that it's describing the planet Venus as it moves through the night sky.
JERUSALEM - A magic spell to keep snakes away from the tombs of Egyptian kings, adopted from the Canaanites almost 5,000 years ago, could be the oldest Semitic text yet discovered, experts said Tuesday.
The phrases, interspersed throughout religious texts in Egyptian characters in the underground chambers of a pyramid south of Cairo, stumped Egyptian experts for about a century, until the Semitic connection was found.
In 2002 one of the Egyptologists e-mailed the undeciphered part of the inscription to Richard Steiner, a professor of Semitic languages at Yeshiva University in New York. Steiner discovered that the phrases are the transcription of a language used by Canaanites at some point in the period from 25th to the 30th centuries B.C.
"This is the oldest connected text that we have in any Semitic language," Steiner said in a telephone interview while visiting Israel to present his findings in a lecture sponsored by the Academy of the Hebrew Language. The previous oldest Semitic text dates from the 24th century B.C., Steiner said.
But in 2002 a colleague asked Richard Steiner, a professor of Semitic languages and literature at New York’s Yeshiva University, if the texts might be Semitic.
“I immediately recognized the Semitic words for ‘mother snake,’” Steiner said at a recent lecture at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he presenting the findings.”
“Later it became clear that the surrounding spells, composed in Egyptian rather than Semitic, also speak of the divine mother snake and that the Egyptian and Semitic texts elucidate each other,” he added.
Originally posted by lucid eyes
Modern witches are pleasant enough, with their ideals and apparent respect of nature, etc...
...until they go into a full-blown rant of how they hate christians, hate religion, hate christmas, hate this, hate that.