I think the Dead Sea Scrolls are perhaps the single most significant new information to emerge over the last 1,000 years about the Judea-Christian
origins and the New Testament. Yet to have those translations keep almost near secret for 25 years, and to have almost no inclusion of those new
insights in mainstream religion is a significant omission, conspiracy or not. I do not present myself as an expert other than as having a strong
interest in social sciences and the history and evolution of ideas. I find Joseph Campbell's sociological/anthropological writings on the origins of
myths to be closest to the truth (see- en.wikipedia.org...
). Every human culture we know of has demonstrated a need to
understand where we came from, what is the purpose of life, what values constitutes a good life, and what happens when we die.
There are similarities in many origin myths among cultures, such as the a flood and reptilian myths.
I believe we forget that there was a worldwide flood at the end of the last ice age, about 8,000 B.C (someone have the exact date?). The ocean was
200 to 300 feet lower then for about 100,000 years (BTW- ice ages are the normal climate for the last million years, NOT the current temperate
periods- about 9-10 ice ages with short 10,000 year temperate periods in-between according to science). So our most ancient cities are underwater now
and we are just now finding them. When the oceans rose hundreds of feet it was seen as a flood and therefore flood myths are in the "collective
unconscious" of many human cultures (See new thread on Shelldrake's universal memory and of course, Carl Young
"coined " that phrase).
We also still have a reptilian portion of the brain (roots of sex and aggression), a mammalian (emotions and social bonding), and a primate region of
the brain with expanded memory and reason. Again, a collective unconscious awareness of our reptilian "roots". This is called Triune Brain Theory
developed by Paul Maclean at N.I.M.H (see- en.wikipedia.org...
) popularized by Carl Sagan.
So we have floods, dragons, snakes etc., in many religious stories, as part of a universal need to answer the big questions of life, that is what
religion does for us. The key is to not get caught-up in the idea that only one culture, one idea, one belief system is correct and all others are
wrong. There must be universal tolerance - that is the most dangerous issue in our times.
One last personal experience, my family and I lost my 30 year old son a year ago, he died in his sleepafter a long illness. Up to then I was s
spiritual person in the sense that I believed life is about doing good to counter the evil that is man-made. I have been a social worker and teacher
most of my life. I respected religion since we need to answer those big questions, but not focused on one religion as being more right than another.
I did not believe in an afterlife. That has changed and the reason is profound and provable.
My son was very close to his sister, they traveled the world together volunteering in animal care projects, (my daughter being a devotee of Jane
Goodall see- en.wikipedia.org...
). Ok within 24 hours of his death while she talked to a friend on her cell phone, my son's
voice interrupted the call, he was able to use the electromagnetic energy of the in-coming cell phone to speak to her. Low and rasphy, but clearly
him. The next call she got within an hour she was out and went to voice mail and we got our first real evidence- it was recorded. Over a period of
weeks, and even during his funeral, we got more, about 10 in all, all abut 4-5 sentences and the same voice and message content only my son would
know, nick names, references to people and places. More than half are not clear enough to understand what is said, 3 are clear enough to hear some
sentences, one we have about 2/3 of the whole message, another about 1/3. Others just words here and there. But other experiences as well, even
recently, too much to detail her and now. Maybe a thread later.
We have 8 recorded of 12, and they can be emailed. We consulted many experts, had filters used to try to improve them, etc., including the Monroe
Institute where Eben Alexander, best selling author of "Proof of Heaven" goes for research and support his near death experience. Now in the end,
anyone can say we faked it, so even with hard proof like recordings, there can be reasonable doubt, but we didn't, these are real, and a variety of
people heard him directly also while talking with my daughter on the cell phone. But relevant to this thread, he does not speak of God or religion,
but says he is "seeing many people", mentions the names of deceased relatives, and he says "its sooo perfect" , (he) "is better", and "will visit you
(sister) at the house". So I know there is an afterlife, and I am still reflecting how that affects religious ideas.
EVPs (electronic voice phenomena) are real, and offer new insights into the mysteries that religion addresses. I think the Dead Sea Scrolls tell us
something new about the origins of Christianity, and its roots in Summarian religion. And as I have proof, I accept there is an afterlife, and the
conscious mind is energy that exists after death retaining our memories. Energy beings interacts with us as we live. Therefore, as the previous
poster stated, those exceptional religious profits all may still exist, and maybe are all inter-connected. I don't like the word "soul" but
apparently we live in an multi-dimensional universe in which energy beings cross over into our dimension at times, maybe they affect our thoughts
(again, some interesting personal stories for another time).
So the idea that Jesus survived death, and affects us directly through the ages, as does Budda, and the others, at least to those who will let them,
is very rational now to me. Maybe they are not separate but part of a universal collective consciousness of energy, as Eben Alexander and Robert
Monroe both state (see- www.monroeinstitute.org/). Just as science seems to indicate we are all genetically related to a few common ancestors, we
must all work to feel that connection in this life, as they exist through all history and time.
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