Originally posted by jimnuggits
To my mind, The Brotherhood is not an evil cabal bent on world domination, but a group of people who keep this reality from becoming truly oppressed
by those that want total world domination.
The Biblical story of the 'forbidden fruit' is a clue, and so is the Lucifer Story.
In my opinion the story is about creatures of God choosing self-awareness. Either they could live blissfully ignorant (and immortal), or they could
choose mortality in order to learn and understand the nature of good/evil, love/hate, etc.
Why would an omnipotent and beneficient God keep his creations from Gnosis?
I don't believe God is necessarily preventing mankind from finding out the truth. I don't think God is necessarily helping either, except through a
few clues that have been passed down through time and have worked their way into all civilizations and religions. Namely - love your neighbor.
I haven't decided whether we are simply the children/creatures of God; or if we are creatures with an indwelling fragment of God; or if we are
There was a great book by Scott Adams (of Dilbert fame) called "Fragments of God" (i believe) that was a free PDF novel that suggests when God
became self-aware and had experienced all He could experience, He decided to blow himself up in the Big Bang and experience ALL of creation through
fragments literally blown across the universe.
Why would God punish those who had learned the truth of their own nature?
I don't believe God punishes anyone. ALL pain and suffering in this world can be traced to one of two causes: they are either man-made, or an
accident of nature.
This is one area that I believe many religions have gone awry. If a religious leader, or founder, finds out the Truth it seems invariably that he or
his followers will twist the truth, hide it or withold it in order to exert control over the masses, who are taught "God" will punish them unless
they obey the mandates of a church.
I consider myself a Christian in the sense that I believe the teachings of Jesus are right on the money. At the same time I lament the fact (pun
intended) that some of His followers - namely Paul - began a movement which persists to the modern day as a cult of belief that man will somehow be
punished unless he believes or follows certain rules that were dreamed up by church leaders, kings, and emperors centuries ago.
Jesus had one message: Love one another.
Incredibly this is the SAME message that has been given in all major religions.
As far as punishment -
Hell (gehenna) is not a literal place. Hell (to me) is a state of separation from God, or a state of un-knowing. I think we are incarnate on this
world in order to learn the difference between love and hate; selfishness and selflessness; good and evil.
The whole point of mortality I think is to instill a sense of purpose in our journey to find out the Truth. Death isn't necessarily a punishment or
ending, but a change in which we get to evaluate what we learned in our seventy or so years, on average, and how well we can apply it to developing
WHy would the bearer of Light and Wisdom become the very epitome of Evil?
"Lucifer" is a made up word. It appears in the Bible only once and depending on whom you ask it means either Venus, the morning star, or it refers
to the Babylonian king fallen from power. The light bearer or morning star phrases are used later in the New Testament to refer to Christ.
That word I believe was inserted into the Bible in the 4th century by a monk translating Hebrew/Greek to Latin or something. There was no equivelant
to the Hebrew phrase so he used the closest word he could think of. In any case it's not a proper name or the name of the devil or whatever.
The epitome of evil is Self. When Truth is revealed it inevitably leads to abandonment of self and progression towards selflessness. Truth equals
Love, and according to the New Testament: "There is no fear in love."
Put the pieces together and the picture becomes clear.
The Christian God becomes the evil oppressor, and the brotherhood of the Snake become the protectors of Humanity.
I think that isn't accurate. There is no christian God.. only God (or perhaps multiple aspects of one God).
In that same line of thought the only oppressor is the one that seeks to prevent regular people from knowing the Truth. By claiming to be the sole
inheritors of the one and only truth in the whole world, and subjecting people to bend to their will the "church" becomes the oppressor.
It's my belief that the perpetrators of any conspiracy can be found ultimately by asking "Who benefited?