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Now give I the Key to Shambbalah, the place where my Brothers live in the darkness: Darkness but filled with Light of the Sun Darkness of Earth, but Light of the Spirit, guides for ye when my day is done.
The Emerald Tablet, also known as the Smaragdine Table, or Tabula Smaragdina, is a compact and cryptic piece of Hermetica reputed to contain the secret of the prima materia and its transmutation. It was highly regarded by European alchemists as the foundation of their art and its Hermetic tradition. Although Hermes Trismegistus is the author named in the text, the first known appearance of the Emerald Tablet is in a book written in Arabic between the sixth and eighth centuries. The text was first translated into Latin in the twelfth century. Numerous translations, interpretations and commentaries followed. The layers of meaning in the Emerald Tablet have been associated with the creation of the philosopher's stone, laboratory experimentation, phase transition, the alchemcial magnum opus, the ancient, classical, element system, and the correspondence between macrocosm and microcosm.
Theatrum Chemicum translation Another translation can be found in Theatrum Chemicum, Volume IV (1613), in Georg Beatus' Aureliae Occultae Philosophorum:
Latin text Latin text of the Emerald Tablet, from De Alchimia, Chrysogonus Polydorus, Nuremberg 1541 Original edition of the Latin text. (Chrysogonus Polydorus, Nuremberg 1541)
Originally posted by MuzzleBreak
Some anectodal evidence thatIi would like to hear the opinion upon of the OP and others of our seemingly agnostic Deist crowd ( of whom i may be a sub-group--Agnostic Christian Deistist--if such a thing is possible):
Evil Spirits seem to exist--both in non-corporeal from and in corporeal form--from the experience of many witnesses;; Do you think these are usually figments of imaginations--or actual entities.
Many times these entities seem to be repelled by the name of Jesus--what are your thoughts?
Do guardian angels/spirits exist? Is there an external group mind composed of the departed that is concerned with the welfare of there descendants?
that may be your experience, but it is subjective...
im not just using the bible to refute itself, im also taking examples from other sources, extra-biblical contemporary references, and psychological analysis to show that yes the representation of the god of the bible is false if it means to portray what would be a creator of the hwole universe
its definition limits what should be a universal god into a petty and exclusive god...
Originally posted by dontreally
So you're criticizing the Hebrew bible, then, since the Christian Bible universalizes the God of the Old Testament.
Since you claim to have experience with theology, have you ever thought that perhaps instead of being read hyper-literally, the Torah is speaking typologically, or archetypally? For example, the concept of a tribal God. Maybe the idea of the tribal God refers to something far more basic. After all, isn't the idea of a personality individualized? Perhaps Biblical theology is a direct polemic against Egyptian and Babylonian ideas? After all, the Bible seems to base itself upon an earlier body of myth. The creation narrative has its basis in the Enuma Elish; the story of Noah can be found in the Epic of Gilgamesh. Instead of naively assuming that the Hebrew were simply ripping them off, far more likely, they were using their own literature and making it their own: changing some parts to fit a particular theological or metaphysical doctrine.