reply to post by NorEaster
I've never approached the spiritual with a sense of competition.
Mainly because I know I'm right. ← that was sarcasm to anyone else reading.
I look at the spiritual through the lens of historical information. A lot of people seem to overlook that our ancestors were extremely spiritual. They
seem to have this preconceived notion that Jesus was the first "divine" or "spiritual" figure on Earth. The way I see it, from studying the
history of the world, is that Christ—His Church, and His Father, God—were just about the worst
spiritual thing to happen to our world.
There were hundreds of spiritual avenues present when the Hebrews began wandering around the ancient Near East. Sumer had a unique system, as did
Egypt, and Mesopotamia at large, another existed in Canaan and other Northern territories, yet another was found in Anatolia, which opened the door
for the Greek mystery schools. There were ample opportunities for people to find a spiritual current which suited their personal beliefs concerning
In fact, as a little research will enlighten anyone to, the spiritual figures of Sumer, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Canaan, Anatolia, and Greece coexisted
throughout the whole of the ancient Near East. You find the Sumerian god Enki in Sumer, Mesopotamia, Canaan, and Anatolia. You find the Canaanite god
Baal in Canaan, Egypt, and the Hebrew Old Testament. The Sumerian goddess Inanna is in Sumer, Mesopotamia, Canaan, Anatolia, and the Hebrew Old
Testament. The Anatolian god Tešub-Sutekh is in Anatolia and Egypt. Anatolian gods like Attis and Kybele show up in Greece as Adonis and Cybele.
The entirety of the land was developing a universally receptive system. Neither time, nor distance was impeding the unification.
Then Abraham, Yahweh, and the Hebrew people began declaring war on everyone and everything. They invaded Babylon, tried to invade Egypt, succeeded in
seizing the lands of Canaan, and pulled in Persian Zoroastrian beliefs to help squelch opposing spiritual systems. Systems which had coexisted,
borrowed and flourished together for nearly 4000 years.
Once the Hebrews did their dirty work Christ arrived in Rome. God, His Son, and their Church then proceeded to wholesale slaughter anyone who had
escaped and still believed differently. There's an entire website
dedicated to the massive
extermination the Christians embarked upon to fuel their spiritual tyranny. And it only covers their actions post legalization, and the making of
Christianity as the state-religion.
Not only is their spiritual system built off of slaughter and bloodshed, their myths, rituals, figures, and mystical beliefs were plagiarized. The
Hebrew Old Testament is filled with myths from Sumer and Mesopotamia. Jesus Christ is an amalgamation of multiple pagan deities and archetypes.
Figures like Noah, Moses, and Joseph have direct parallels in Sumer, Egypt, and even India. Often times, their plagiarisms were not even good, but
often missed the point of the originals. After doing all of that, they killed the original participants of the system, claimed it as their own, and
began a war against all "heathen" and "pagan" faiths.
Historically, spiritually, religiously... Christianity, Judaism, and now their love-child Islam, are really about the most spiritually bankrupt, and
divinely corrupt avenues which one can take.
But it's not a competition to me; it's about the simple facts. Christ, whether mystical or not, is both attached to, and the leader of, a spiritual
system responsible for so much evil and negativity that I cannot endorse it, openly, without labeling myself a hypocrite for not trying to at least
present a more holistic, and less bloodthirsty, spiritual route.
And yes, I am aware that not all Christians are evil, or bad, or endorse all of the history of the Church, or the Bible, or the Old Testament, etc.
All I can say to those people is this: if you don't support the Church which spread Christ's message, if you don't support the whole of Christ's
message, and if you don't think the Old Testament which Christ came to fulfill applies to you... then why do you call yourself a Christian, or even
follow Christ? The world is full of other avenues. Try one. You just might like it.
And that is my two cents.
Sorry for the off-topic nature of the post, OP.
~ Wandering Scribe