Just spotted your blog Allan.
Your book must have been quite a work, but I wonder if you ever saw Zeitgeist,
a film which appeared on YouTube.
The problem I find, well, one of them, with making statements about religion and religious belief systems is that it tends to polarize some people; there are those who are apt to believe first, then make everything in their lives fit the belief, ......... a rather illogical way of doing things.
(Very good, give yourself a point for that statement!)
'Faith'- led beliefs are open to manipulation and the darker efforts of those who are allowed to be leaders.
(Another point for you......, are you sure you haven't read the book yet!)
The Inquisition is one of the darker periods in history when 'leaders' in Europe decided torture, imprisonment and murder were the rightful tools with which to persuade the citizens to follow the state religion.
Now, the period is swept under the proverbial carpet.
(Like I keep saying, Christians weren't any better then than Muslims are now!)
I look forward to getting hold of a copy of your book when I have time to read it, but in the meantime; Keep on keepin' on!
Best of luck JK and when you are ready to read the book I will sent you a copy! Allan.
NOW, as for Zeitgeist, the Movie is a 2007 documentary film by Peter Joseph which was released online and on DVD, presenting Christianity, the attacks of 9/11, and the US Federal Reserve Bank as instruments in plots for social control and world domination.
The film starts with a speech by ChÃ¶gyam Trungpa about spirituality, followed by a series of musically synchronized clips of war and explosions culminating with one of the towers of World Trade Center collapsing during 9/11.
Then there follows a sequence of clips showing the horrors of war.
After a few more war clips, the film then quotes Jordan Maxwell's Inner World of the Occult, criticizing religious institutions, governments, and the banking cartels who "have misled [the people] away from the true and divine presence in the universe."
This portion ends with more images accompanied by a portion of a George Carlin monologue on religion.
Part I, - Entitled "The Greatest Story Ever Told" questions religions as original God-given stories, arguing the Christian religion is mainly derived from other religions, astronomical facts, astrological myths and traditions which in turn were derived from, or sharing elements with, even older ones.
To further the Jesus myth, this part argues that the historical Jesus is a literary and astrological hybrid, nurtured politically in the interest of control.
Horus, the Egyptian Sun God, is introduced as having a number of attributes similar to many other religious deities which came after him, including but not limited to Krishna, Dionysus, Mithra and Jesus Christ; these attributes included a virgin birth on December 25th, 12 disciples, burial for 3 days, resurrection, and the performing of miracles.
Christianity is said to have evolved into a Gnostic myth, popularized by the Roman Empire for social control of Europe through doctrines established at the First Council of Nicea.
The Dark Ages, the Inquisitions and the Crusades are given as events which maintained Europe's submission to The Vatican through Christianity and on a personal note here....... if the church had not stifled scientific advancement for a thousand years we might now be exploring the stars instead of just the planets.
The following is said in conclusion: "Christianity, along with all other theistic belief systems, empowers those who know the truth, but use the myth to manipulate and control societies.
When I first saw this movie I was sure that the first part was copied from my book "The Plain Truth About God" (What the church doesn't want you to know!) since I started researching this information back in 2000.
This was before it was mainstream and popular to question organized religion to the extent it is today.
However, or wherever, Peter Joseph got his facts from, I was in agreement with almost all of what he said in the first part of the film.
To quote once more from the book; "The Plain Truth About God!"
** At the end of the first century C.E. The "Alexandrian School of Thought," of which Origin and Clement of Alexandria were part, taught that there were three possible approaches to be taken to the scriptures.
(That there were already discussions of this magnitude and significance tells us a lot of the early Christian movement.)
The first approach was the literal translation, the second was symbolic, or allegorical, and the third was spiritual.
1. The first/ literal was described as simplistic and solely for the un-educated.
2. The second/symbolic was the use of parables to convey a deeper meaning.
3. The third/spiritual transcended the mortal plane and bought us closer to God.
Unfortunately at that time, as now, the un-washed masses cried out for a ready-made, simplistic, popular faith.
A faith that can best be described as closer to a romance novel than any serious attempt at theology, history and philosophy.
This version of the "Faith," when combined with the Roman gift of organization and brute force, led to the "Christianity" that has been handed down to us.
It reduces human responsibility to the effect that "God" controls everything, and in turn awful crimes can be justified in the name of Divine Pursuit.
"This religious myth is the most powerful device ever created, and serves as the psychological soil upon which other myths can flourish."
Like I said I would almost swear that he copied passages from my book word for word but that is probably just my ego and arrogance talking since the information was in wide circulation by the time this movie came out.
Part II, entitled "All the World's a Stage," portrays the events of September 11th as supposedly either orchestrated or allowed to happen by criminal elements within the United States government. /This in order to generate mass fear, initiate and justify the War on Terror, provide a pretext for the curtailment of civil liberties and produce economic gain.
(This is where we start to get into the paranoia and conspiracy bullshit folks! In a way it's a shame since the first part made so much sense and this section completely destroys any credibility he may have had!)
According to the film, the U.S. government had advance knowledge about the September 11, 2001 attacks, the response of the military deliberately let the planes reach their targets, and the World Trade Center buildings underwent a controlled demolition.
The film claims that six of the named hijackers are still alive, that Hani Hanjour could not have flown Flight 77 into the Pentagon, that no substantial plane wreckage was found at two of the three crash sites, that the Bush administration covered up the truth in the 9/11 Commission Report, and that the mainstream media have failed to ask important questions about the official account.
Oh yea, I almost forgot! All the Jews who worked in the WTC were warned not to go to work that day!
Part III, entitled "Don't Mind the Men Behind the Curtain", argues that the three main wars of the United States during the 20th century were waged purely for economic gain for an elite few.
Events that the film alleges to be fraudulent or staged are the sinking of the RMS Lusitania, the Attack on Pearl Harbor, and the Gulf of Tonkin Incident; all occurrences which carried the U.S into the First World War, Second World War and Vietnam War respectively.
See what I mean folks....... we started off with some reasonably sensible stuff that even I can agree with but the further you get into the film the stranger and weirder it gets.
According to the film, the U.S. was forced by the Federal Reserve Bank to become embroiled in these wars not to win but to sustain conflict, as it forces its government to borrow more money from the bank, with interest attached, thereby increasing the nation's debt and the profits of those who own The Fed. The film gives a history of the Reserve, claiming it engineered the Great Depression to steal wealth from the American population and was responsible for the attempts to assassinate Louis McFadden, a congressman who attempted to impeach the Reserve.
(Note;This section also explores the possibility that there is a clandestine movement, promoted by the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, to usurp the American constitution and US dollar, by merging the United States, Canada and Mexico into a North American Union that uses a single currency, the Amero. The conspiracy part is nonesense, of course, but the unified currency and trade agreements make a lot of sense and are being seriously looked at! -ED.)
Then we go bak to a fantasy world again...... This currency union would create a super-state similar to the European Union, which together with the African Union and the proposed Asian Union would gradually be merged into a One World government.
The movie concludes that under such a government, every human could be implanted with an RFID microchip that would be used to monitor individuals and suppress dissent.
The movie ends, however, on an optimistic note, expressing confidence in the possibility of overthrowing oppressive forces and the ultimate triumph of revolution through enlightenment.
Now one word of caution kids, this movie is not to be confused with Fitna, which is a 2008 short film by Geert Wilders that explores Qur'anic motivations for terrorism, Islamic universalism, and Islam in the Netherlands.
The film's title comes from the Arabic word fitna which is used to describe "disagreement and division among people", or a "test of faith in times of trial".
It is the subject of an international controversy and debate on the limits of free speech and also has Geert Wilder on trial in Holland for promoting hate speech.
Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available as an E-Book H E R E ! and as a paperback H E R E !
Visit the blog "Perspective" at http://allans-perspective.blogspot.com