Emails I Have Loved
Date: Tue, 01 May 2001 13:29:06 -0500
To: Acharya S
Subject: Christ Conspiracy
I just received my personally autographed copy of your book. I am looking forward to reading it. Can I be sure that you, Acharya, so thoughtfully signed this copy?!
Anyway, I feel as though I live in a deeply religious area in Minnesota. Most of my friends, family, and in-laws are deeply religious- a mixture of Catholics and Protestants. I have just within the last year been able to break my wife away from a life-focus based on superstition. I look forward to raising our children in a freethinking home environment. I have many of the articles on your website to thank for helping me with her "enlightenment." She enjoyed your writing style.
It continues to baffle me how even well educated individuals can be so lost in superstition. The Internet is certainly a "blessing" living in the rural area that we do. It is in a small way a substitute for the lack of a local, like-minded physical community…
I am currently in a "discussion" with my Youth Minister brother-in-law over the historical accuracy of the bible resurrection story. He's a pretty good sport about it, and actually approached me - however I'm sure he sees me as a soul needing "savin'."
I have been struggling to contain my anger with organized religion. I want to learn and do more to promote freethinking. But work and home demands are high right now. This has been very stressful. Balance is of course the key….
Thanks, in many ways.
Thanks for sharing. Yes, I signed the book myself. In the end, there's a significant percentage of people who are really sweet and good. Thanks for reminding me.
To: Acharya S
Subject: Amanita muscaria mushroom
Date: Tue, 01 May 2001 17:21:55 -0700
Would you know the exact location of this artwork?
Checking out your references to Allegro, I can see why you don't refer straight to original sources; they are to hard for the lay reader. However, I don't see why you wouldn't want to see and read say Eusebius's praeparatio evangelica, book 15, chapter 32, yourself?
While I've gotten a copy of a Latin/Greek translation, and gotten ancient Greek translators to translate the passage for me (I found that they said a few words that I got right in my own translation efforts, so I believe they were truthful ...); the title is not what the Gibbons historian says it is. Well, you referenced me in email that it could have been forged by now… Now, I am looking for an English translation to read the passages and find out exactly what the chapter 32 of book 15 is all about. I have found Plato passages that where he argues that we should allow the weak-minded to believe in falsities for their own good. Well, look at what that got us into! A library destroyed and with it a lot of precious knowledge lost forever and a thousand years of dark ages. Seems scientists today subscribe to the same idea. Code the new dangerous scientific knowledge in jargon, and let people believe in falsities. I have much more to look up to confirm the praeparatio passage and the general philosophic mood of Hellenistic Rome as indicated by Reverend Taylor in his Diegesis.
This message refers to the Christian image of the amanita muscaria mushroom as the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden. Try bluehoney.org for that info. The rest of the message refers to Gibbon's assertion that Church historian Eusebius wrote a chapter entitled, "How it may be Lawful and Fitting to use Falsehood as Medicine, and for the Benefit of those who Want to be Deceived." Apparently, this quote is not to be found in the "original" Greek, although there is no "original" Greek available to the public, only that which the Catholic censors have allowed to squeak through. It is difficult to believe that Gibbon fabricated this quote he is widely esteemed as a very careful historian, one of the best in fact.
Date: Wed, 2 May 2001 22:07:06 EDT
Subject: Great book.
To: Acharya S
I got your Christ Conspiracy book. It was one of the most important books I ever chose to buy. Although I had given up on the religion years before, the book is fascinating. I don't know if you're familiar with Art Bell or his radio/net show, but I wish he would have you on instead of some of the supposed expert guests. I have requested him to have you on, but if he had you on his show, he may not be able to enjoy the controversial Christian fear mongers shows with their proofs of Christ, as it would be a dead issue if people read your book. Hopefully you will approach him.
One more thing, have you ever investigated the Enochian language of John Dee and Edward Kelly?
Thanks! I've known about Art Bell for years, having listened to him regularly some years ago. I gave up on him after a while (he had heard from me on several occasions and often read my emails or faxes on the air). He was sent a copy of my book when it was first published. Jordan Maxwell told me that he was treated very poorly during his appearance on the show years ago. It's an odd resistance, considering they've had on atheists, devil-worshippers, witches, etc. In any case, anyone who wants to write nicely to Art and make a suggestion concerning my work is quite welcome.
Regarding John Dee, etc., I copyedited a book about Jack Parsons called Sex and Rockets, so I studied the subject a bit. Parsons believed that he and L. Ron Hubbard were reproducing the Dee-Kelly experiments. (Don't blame the "flaccid" writing style on me! I tried to jazz it up but was overridden in several instances.)
Date: Thu, 3 May 2001 23:46:26 EDT
To: Acharya S
Date: Sat, 5 May 2001 17:29:55 EDT
Subject: Christ Conspiracy
To: Acharya S
I would like to pass on my thanks to you for giving me a clearer view of so many questions of which I have been researching for the answers. Having been brought up in a religious family but blessed by the spirit of God with a rational mind, I just could not blindly believe the stories in the bible. As no one could give me the answers I had been seeking, I took matters into my own hands to seek the truth, and I must really say THE TRUTH DOES SET YOU FREE. Your book gave me a better understanding of so many things I am studying in my life`s journey seeking the truth.
That's great! For those who have read Christ Con has the time and inclination to write a nice review at Amazon, your experiences would no doubt be very helpful to others and greatly appreciated by me.
Date: Sun, 6 May 2001 14:02:59 -0700 (PDT)
To: Acharya S
"And remember, the Divine needs no childish cheerleaders, inane spokespeople, or simpleminded defenders of the faith."
Hello Acharya S
Although I agree very enthusiastically with the spirit of your site, and I guess with most of its content (I haven't read it all yet), I have to disagree with the above quotation of yours. I think Divine DOES need them all. Actually they are inseparable part of the Divine as well as the "good" things in the world. The fact that the childish, the inane or the simpleminded make us furious and disturbed, is due to our inability to see even in them the Divine and how they fit perfectly in the complete picture. How even they are on the path towards the better understanding. Gaining the ability to accept the most hideous things in life is one of the climaxes of the true understanding and the most powerful external sign for reaching high degree of spirituality.
After saying all this I will say that I too do not tolerate narrow-minded people. I just know intellectually what are the ideals and that the major task ahead for each one of us is the internalization of this intellectual understanding, turning it to become our character.
Thanks for the sweet if condescending message. 8P Actually, "the Divine" is a formless, genderless, personality-less concept and doesn't need any ego boost, as does "God." This plane of existence is hardly perfect – it's a bloody (literally) mess, and anyone responsible for it, i.e., God, should not be cheered but castigated. Of course, the quality of divinity is not responsible for it; divinity is simply something that exists and that I for one choose to acknowledge. But it has no will or persona of its own – it is inherent in creation and is only manifested by us, when we act decently out of our own honesty and integrity. When I speak of the childish and inane, I refer to those who are obsessed with a cuddly god creature they keep on a shelf, to defend like pitbulls when its importance and reality is challenged.
It's absurd to assert that "gaining the ability to accept the most hideous things in life is one of the climaxes of true understanding." The ability not to accept these hideous things but to demand their end, to insist upon change, and to point out that the emperor (God) is nekkid and has a hairy ass, is definitely not only "true understanding" but also, more importantly, true activism.
As concerns toleration of "narrow-minded people," are you saying you hate the haters? Are you intolerant of the intolerant? Do you narrow your mind when it comes to the narrow-minded? J
To: Acharya S
Subject: Good on You!
Date: Tue, 8 May 2001 20:00:13 -0600
Good on You. That is, I wish or would prefer that only good things fill your life from this point forward. That's good things, as in great big birthday parties, free dinners, low insurance payments and long life for your pets. It's not the biblical good.
I've stayed three hours late at work looking over truthbeknown. Wonderful! I'm going to suggest your site to my kids. The truth is seldom published (I'm ordering your book), and when it offers this kind of release from oppression... hey! I'm supposed to protect my children, right? I do!
Have you seen the discrepancy between the popular version of the Ark of the Covenant story and what is actually IN THE BIBLE? We're always hearing that the stone tablets contain the "Handwriting of God". Well, the Bible (Exoduh 34:27 + 28) says it's the handwriting of Moses, a dude, a non-God. The first printing of the tablets, the ones God supposedly wrote, were broken by Moses when he came down off the mountain and found everyone partying with metal cows. The second printing, the ones which (again, supposedly) ended up in the Ark, were mined from the mountain, shaped and inscribed by Moses -- taking dictation from God. Now, there's a pretty big difference! If I send your book to you for an autograph, and you have your plumber sign it... WITH HIS NAME, that's not gonna be a very important autograph, is it? Granted, if your plumber were Moses it might. But what are the chances of that?
Re the tablets, yes, I am aware of the contradiction. The Bible's full of them, of course.
Also, nobody mentions that there were many "arks of the covenant," with virtually every tribe possessing one for their particular god. The Egyptian gods were likewise carried about in arks/boats. The reason why the devout were prohibited from looking inside - under the death penalty - was because there was nothing in there!
Date: Thu, 10 May 2001 01:27:58 EDT
Subject: Just a little note...
To: Acharya S
I just have a bit of a note for you, while flipping through your papers (which are actually quite interesting!) I happened upon this passage in your "Holy Days" paper...
"Few people realize that Hanukkah, which is taken to be a very important time in the eyes of the Jewish deity, Yahweh..."
I am Jewish, and I can read Hebrew, and I can only assume that you are trying to transliterate one (there are several) of the Hebrew spellings of "God" to English. Well, first things first: when reading the Hebrew, it's always pronounced "Adonai". It is believed that somebody who speaks the true name of God gets smote or something... Anyway, that particular spelling is believed to actually to have been pronounced as the sound of breath. Weird, huh? The most well-known transliteration of that word is (the actually Hebrew is yud-hey-vav-hey) would be "yahova", but was translated by German priests, and since in German, "j" is pronounced as a "y", it was spelled "jahova". Well, as you can imagine, that spelling got into the hands of some people that didn't pronounce "j" as a "y", "jahova's" witnesses came about and such... all based on a mistranslation of a word that isn't even supposed to be pronounced.
Anyway, I'm guessing you're not out to be the most respectful guy out there in terms of religion, but the Jewish deity (God) is roughly the same as the Christian deity (God), and if you must make Jewish people sound like some strange cult by making their God pronounced funny, could you at least change it to "Adonai" instead of "Yahweh"?
Sorry to even have to mention it, but it just sort of irked me, even though I laughed upon seeing that at first.
P.S. Christ was believed to actually have been born sometime in April (I don't quite remember where I heard that, unfortunately), and Hanukkah, like most Jewish holidays is the celebration of the triumph over a persecution; in this case, the Maccabees (Jewish people) vs. the Syrian King...
Thank you for your interest. The transliteration "Yahweh" has been commonly used for centuries. I am well aware of the terms "Adonai" and "Elohim." They are different words in Hebrew. In fact, these latter two are plural, i.e., "gods." If you wish to study the original Hebrew, as I do frequently, you could go to blueletterbible.org.
And no, I do not respect a cult that has on every other page of its "scriptures" the genocide, rape and pillage of other cultures. I have too much integrity and empathy. The "Jewish" deity is a monster who constantly kills people - he is not the same as the "Christian" god. He is, in fact, one of the many Canaanite Elohim - the war god.
Christ is a fictional character, and his birthday was roving, as is appropriate for a sun god. The following is an excerpt from my forthcoming book, Suns of God, from a chapter entitled, "Krishna's Birthdate":