Why "Holy Books" exist

God, Lazarus and Rich man

God embraces the youth Lazarus and watches the rich man suffer in Hell (medieval woodcut)
God embraces the youth Lazarus and watches the rich man suffer in Hell (medieval woodcut)

Why holy books exist

Ignorance. A misguided idea that there is a god or only one god who has all the answers. The desire to appear as special or even a "Chosen People." Stupidity.

No single tract is holy nor is any tract original: from the Book of the Dead to the Torah and Prophets, to the Bible, all religions have plagiarized other tracts, distorting texts to show a false superiority that cannot be justified by critical analysis or research. This can be seen in the papyrus and other pictographic texts on pyramids that recounts the success of the pharaoh Thutmosis III victory over four kings at the Tel (Har) Megiddo that mushrooms into the poorly rewritten record in Isaiah 53 (The Prophets) and ultimately into the nightmare by the mad man John of Patmos in his Armageddon.

The same is true in the fantasy of a father god embracing a poor youth named Lazarus as they are entertained with the suffering of a rich man. It is also from ancient Egypt (Haemwaset on Setne papyrus: the tale of the rich man in hell) and transmogrified into a legend among the Hebrews who (as Apiru) were mercenary soldiers in the Hittite army in Egypt, to the plagiarized story of Abraham, Lazarus and the Rich man in the gospels (Luke 16:9-31). Among the ancient Hebrews/Apiru, Lazarus was the reinvention of Job who was covered with sores and sat outside of the "rich man's gate" (cf. papyrus Preisigke Sb 2034:11). In early Rabbinical legends "the Bosom ofAbraham" was where the righteous went. (cf. Kiddushin 72b, Ekah 1:85).The illustrations show cruelty, pedophile patronage, and sadism. Being held "in the bosom of Abraham" is a universal myth, that was even found in Judea: 4 Maccabees 13:17. Later christianos / christianis rejected Abraham as being dead, and that rejection found its way into the epistle to the Hebrews 11:13, 39-40. Abraham had died and hell was an imaginary place "من قلب اللهيب".

The epistles were written before any gospel came into existence. The gospels were made necessary because of the gaps of contents and references in the epistles. The purpose of both were to push a new Middle East religion to feed the priests and preachers who were estranged from labor, thinking that lips that prayed were better than hands that worked. In time, after the emperor Constantine I created his own "catholic [universal] church at his Council of Nicaea in 325 CE, the movement for a book was heatedly debated until the same emperor had the Arian bishop Eusebius of Caesarea write 50 copies to send to the churches in the East--while the early believers had scrolls that were not read by worshiped as tracts of distant gods who were later styled apostles, saints, and doctors of the church.

The growth of this church was built on pools of blood and an imperial edict (Codex Theodosius, 429 CE - 438 CE) that allowed the new believers to rob, steal, kill those who did not conform and from that rewrite the history of the faith as a part of the law courts known as ecclesia in dioceses that had been an time honored (over centuries) of imperial power (Read: The myth of persecution : how early Christians invented a Story of Martyrdom by Candida R Moss, New York: Harper One, 2013).

The Koran incorporates follows the ancients who turned horror stories into instructional lessons. Many fictional characters such as Adam, Noah, Jesus, Mary, and other fables into the text that Muhammad demanded be written down when he left the dessert--as he was taught by ancient Jews, Christians, and Greek traders.

Religion is based on myth, matures on fantasy and allows religion to deny science and forbid individual inquiry and scholarship to protect its own venal existence as it did with the Roman Catholic Church buttressing the Ptolemy theory despite the advances of Galileo--and even today protecting this pathetic god from the inquiring mind of Stephen Hawking. As long as pseudo-holy books or those writings declared by the dregs of humanity who make their livelihood off of those who work as they pray, there will no real science or freedom. As Denis Diderot wrote: "Not until the last king is strangled with the guts of the last priest will anyone be free."

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Kiss andTales 2 years ago

What about the rich people who also believe in the bible, that opinion that others who believe live off the labor of others is a personal opinion. I agree that people have miss used the book, but there is nothing wrong with the history, the morals of right and wrong, and the prophesy of our future.in that, book.

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Dr. Arthur Ide 2 years ago from Iowa Author

Wealth used for the good of others is not rejected by many groups before the early Middle Ages when it was seen as a form of apostasy--as with the early communities that broke with the Roman church. They were a simplistic people, communist as defined in the Book of the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2:44, sqq) and were destroyed by Roman armies who were in many cases controlled by warrior bishops and the emperor who needed a strong church to control a wild people (especially those outside the walls before 425 CE).

The ancient law of tithing was to feed the priesthood of Aaron whose sold obligation to pray. Many "heresies" rose up and were ruthlessly dispatched by knights of the cross and church while bishops and popes became fat and suffered gout with too much fine living. This led to the novel--and permitted--removal from society of Francis of Assisi and a new monastic community that disappeared as the order became larger and more corrupt.

Morality, as well as the concept of right and wrong, depends on the individual who sets standards. Sadly most standards are set by theologians who use them to cover up personal and organizational vices or interests. To that end the Church forbade the eating of meat on Fridays to help fishermen sell their catch--after giving the Church no less than 10% of their take either in kind or currency. Most medieval records detail this corruption and that led to a variety of communities starting to reject a defined morality. In essence the arguments made (both in Latin and Greek) note that morality is a community consideration and ultimately came to the thesis that it was immoral to go against the free will of another--but that was long and quickly ignored. It takes no writ to define morality as even scriptures of faith have divergent opinions within the sacred writings as well as outside of it--as seen in the arguments for and against war, contraception, ordination, and sex in general.

All holy books pretend to have prophesy especially about the future of the world. The tale of the End Times and Final Battle go back beyond Zoroaster's war between Ahura Mazda and Marduk (the latter being Zeus). The best texts are scrolls in Farsi, but there are some respectable studies (even those who cater to Christianity that did not exist), as at http://www.iranchamber.com/religions/articles/secr...

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gmwilliams 2 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Read this excellent, well researched, & analytical hub. Religion was indeed create to keep the masses powerless so that a ruling class can dominate them spiritually, psychically, & financially. Voted UP for very interesting.

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Kiss andTales 2 years ago

The reason that your comments do not add up is that the bible in general gives our history , genealogy, geography, history of the world powers that our in history books, the heavenly structure of the moon , and stars, and many wonderful creations, also the mention of animals as well, also how the earth recycles itself .

Before science could discover the many animals , they existed, and they still do not know everything here on this planet , yet the heavenly Father has revealed many things to us through his word the bible.

Death has been explained and yet we all are born with this in our genes. Until man can cure this, there is nothing that man can convince me that he has all the answers, he does not. And has not .All the education of this world is not the education of the spirit realm which is very much active .

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Dr. Arthur Ide 2 years ago from Iowa Author

Yours is a common consideration, but we usually find that in very old people or those without formal education. You are entitled to your faith, but few theologians and even fewer scientists will agree with your summations. The bible does not give history--save a brief gloss of a period that is not ascertained nor recorded. For example, your bible does not mention the civilization of Ham, the Great Wall, the rise of the Turks, the invention of hydraulics, etc. The book you refer to as an aside mentions only a concept as old as Ptolemy, and Ptolemy was discarded by Nicholas Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, and of course Stephen Hawking. the earth and everything else is a product of the "Big bang theory" as enunciated by the Belgian Georges Lemaître, (1894-1966), Belgian cosmologist, Catholic priest, with Stephen Hawkings of our own time defining the movement of the "explosion" and eventual implosion noting that there was never a need for a "god" as it is about physics not faith.

There are over 3000 bibles today, all being redactions of redactions, plagiarized from far older sources, such as the Code of Hammurabi to the writings of Egyptian priests. It is these ancient priests that gave to the emperor's Council of Nicaea in 325 CE such novel and unbiblical ideas as the trinity (originally: Osiris / Isis / Horus), the tales of a virgin birth (all religions begin with rape), of a god with 12 apostles that represent the zodiac, and more. In an effort to solidify the rabble Christians around his rule, Constantine I incorporated the stories of the military god Mithra: born on December 25, sacrificed, rose again, etc. These myths, however, are common accounts in the lives of more than 7000 similar gods. All are recorded in "books" (a English word that was originally "Bible").

Genetics, as a study, has ended the myth of one family: Adam and Eve, and philology discards even their names. Adam is but an ancient Urgatic word of "red earth" and Eve was the mother goddess or Creatrix of the Ur (the delta between the rivers Tigris and Euphrates.

Every story in the bible can be traced to older accounts from far older religions, even the rise of Yahweh who was forcefully wed to the Canaanite goddess Asherah: Venus. Sampson was just a retread of Hercules. The sacrifice of Abraham (the Hindu god Brahma) is a reiteration of the Spartan tale of Iphigenia sacrificed by her father Agamemnon. Even as I wrote earlier (elsewhere), Jesus is a redaction of far older myths.

None of the bible stories are real, history, or worthy of consideration except as legends woven into the fabric of literature. During the Middle Ages (some call it the Age of Faith) there was no education. Everything was memorized--as is the way with strict Islam where the only book allowed in school is the Koran, and those that do not see it as the source of mathematics, science, and life--are put to death as were those who would not convert to the brutal church of Christianity.

The realm of the spirit is actually from the Sanskrit tale of one myth engulfing and swallowing reality. There is no realm of the spirit: only this world where we all need to live in kindness and tolerance. I wish you well, but I prefer science over belief.

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Kiss andTales 2 years ago

No that is your opinion .about the spirit realm, which would make our existence a tale as well if that was truth . We are real!

you may have some education but that does not make your opinions valid.

for the wisdom of the world was like the opostle Paul said and he was well educated,

Reference Bible

1Co 2:6Now we speak wisdom among those who are mature, but not the wisdom of this system of things nor that of the rulers of this system of things, who are to come to an end.

New World Translation

Php 3:8What is more, I do indeed also consider all things to be loss on account of the excelling value of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have taken the loss of all things and I consider them as a lot of refuse, that I may gain Christ

Paul gave up the wisdom of the world to take hold of the real life.

this is not the real life.

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Dr. Arthur Ide 2 years ago from Iowa Author

You are referring to a myth: a man created by symposium and scriptorium. If he did exist, Paul would have had epileptic seizures that in those days were references to either drug use or induce hallucinations that caused the body to react. Read: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC103206... (National Institute of Mental Health). The full text by D. Landsborough (June 1987) "St Paul and Temporal Lope Epilepsy" is at J Neurological Neurosurgery Psychiatry v.50(6) and comes with a complete bibliography including STERN A. (1957) Zur Problem der Epilepsie des Paulus. in the Psychiatr Neurol (Basel) 1957 May;133(5):276–284.

Few accept that "Paul" wrote all of the letters attributed to him from both a philological and a historical point of view, with the perspective that the word order is inconsistent, etc. Ref. http://www.nytimes.com/1991/02/12/opinion/l-medica... and http://www.macalester.edu/academics/psychology/wha... and you may peruse my own books and articles on this topic.

Saul of Tarsus may have been educated as he did attend Greek lycium, but "well educated" is a stress as the world had not advanced in its thinking beyond that of Aristotle whom even Aquinas proved to be wrong at times, and modern scholars are askance.

There is no scientific proof of a life after death. The one boy who claimed he went to heaven has now recanted and admitted he made up the entire story. Read: http://ktla.com/2015/01/16/the-boy-who-came-back-f... The only "life after death" comes when someone who knew us or has known of us remembers us, as with students who remember Socrates and Plato, and in their minds these two men lived after their death. However, even these thoughts are tainted as with today's technology we can transmogrify what someone said or written as shown my the nefarious group NSA and CIA. Consider George Orwell's classic "1984". It is from this reality the term "doublethink" was invented by Orwell and is a part of the English lexicon and vocabulary.

The only real life is what we experience. If we elect to be sad, that is our world. I prefer enlightenment and the conduct of inquiry over any faith or recitation of prayers or invocations. I do wish you joy!

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Kiss andTales 2 years ago

You are making fun of spiritual information that you know little about. I could say the same for your explanation , but it is obvious

Your knowledge is limited , that is why you waste time on non sense of myth.

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Dr. Arthur Ide 2 years ago from Iowa Author

I have a doctorate in the Bible, am fluent in all Biblical languages, and have had more than 60 books published on Jesus, Paul, etc. and the bible. You are allowed and free to form your opinions, but they should be researched and then issued with suitable citations. That is scholarship.

Unfortunately, most zealous bibliolators do not think critically and only read their bible in their native tongue. That is acceptable for individual considerations, but scholars read it in its original languages: from ancient to second century Aramaic, from fourth century BCE to medieval Hebrew, all versions of Latin and Greek as words change as do sentences (for example, the "Woman taken in Adultery" has been repeatedly proven to be an invention that does not appear before the fifth to eighth centuries CE and many argue for much later--as the earliest manuscripts, housed in the Rylands Library at the University of Manchester UK, do not appear until after the beginning of the second century and most date much later.

I do not consider my textual studies of the myths of the bible to be a waste of time. It is time spent to understand why these myths came into existence (none appear until at least 70 CE, a full two generations after the death of the legendary Jesus--and there is not a single record in Rome, Jerusalem, etc. who even states the existence of such a teacher (rabbi) or rabel rouser). We find the same true with literature in the fourteenth century CE and can trace origins back to 1579 BCE in various locations.

Information is universal and timeless. There is no "spiritual information" for the few texts by "Paul" (there was no Saul of Tarsus except in literature) state patently that people of faith rely on faith and not on facts (1 Corinthians; Galatians 3:9; Psalm 146:3 that was stolen from so many older sources, etc. Do consider Psalm 118:8 טֹ֗וב לַחֲסֹ֥ות בַּיהוָ֑ה מִ֝בְּטֹ֗חַ בָּאָדָֽם׃). That line is directly plagiarized from a far older text in central African worship that contributed much to the theology of the ancient Egyptians, who, in turn, gave it to the Apiru who carried it to Cana--and over a long period of time the literature was rewritten repeatedly, so much so that it resembles the miscitations of the modern bible, especially the untrustworthy King James Version completed by lawyers at Hampton Court in 1611.

Enjoy your life and this universe we know and this water planet we call Earth.

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Kiss andTales 2 years ago

I did not doubt your wisdom or your education , but you have a cap. It is limited.

And that is like a brain surgeon who cold have a great knowledge about the human body and how it functions , but he may not be able to be a heart surgeon, because he is limited, with cetain things, so he can not talk the language of a heart surgeon. In this case your knowledge does not pass the heavens,

Because it doubts in your knowledge.

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Dr. Arthur Ide 2 years ago from Iowa Author

No mortal has limitations except for those put upon the individual either by himself or herself, or by his or her society. Man invented god as a way to answer questions the mortal was afraid to search, investigate, inquire and discover by himself. The "heavens" is an old Samarian word for sky that seemed unapproachable since men could not fly--now there are airplanes that not only send men into the heavens but beyond into space, and in time outside of space. It is the intellect that can grow, but as it does, god diminishes as the alleged omnipotence and omniscience qualifiers are exposed as man-made and not valid. The famous Thrones, Dominions and other choirs of angels were mortals way of determining what was necessary, and for that reason Seraphim were pictured as having thousands of eyes on each wing, and Cherubim were hideous monsters that guarded truth that was considered tied up in an unapproachable art--but the ark was a famous Babylonian concept of what today is known as continents--and for that reason the infamous plagiarism of the man the bible claims was Noah is universal as is his "ark"--a continent on which he stood surrounded by various species.

There is no limit to what a man or a woman can do: medicines have been invented to cure "incurable" diseases. Artificial lungs and even body parts are routine as are heart operations, open-heart surgery and even moving hearts and lungs, and even limbs from one body to another, all denied in the bible.

The bible was written by ignorant people who did not see beyond their homes and fields. The bible was written stories as the people had little to no education and it was read by the few who invented languages to placate, entertain, and assuage those who would not think for themselves. Even Martin Luther, on his way home from the university, as he passed through a dark forest, trembled when he heard thunder as it was thought of as a war in heaven or a quarrel with god, so he cried out in ignorance "Saint Ann save me"--but that salvation came when he picked himself up and ran out of the forest. Each of us is responsible for out own "salvation": the understanding and accepting of ourselves as we are and an equal acceptance of others (Matthew 7:1).

Doubt destroys man, but it festers within the mind of the individual who entertains it because of fear, superstition, or lack of appreciation of the self: the denial or self-actualization as noted by Abram Maslow. In short, doubt is the product of religion and its unholy writings that enslave people to a distant, unfathomable past that is overwrought with stale mysteries and imaginary monsters as Mephistopheleanhttp://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Why-Holy-B... monsters. I will take science and reason over religion, thank you.

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Kiss andTales 2 years ago

Again you are the the one that has put limits on your knowledge, you can not tell another person what their own experience is just because you have not experience it.

a woman can explain her experience of child birth , but can a man tell her she is just imagining the pain. No! or that it is all in her head No! Will you ever experienced her pain No! as a man No!

So that is not impossible for people to experience spiritual things that others will never experience or understand, but the knowledge of this pain is known and limited to those who give child birth.

spiritual experiences are the same. There are things we do not all ha e the answers for , but it is better to day I can not explain then then say you are the problem and you have a mental issue.

Denials are mental issues.

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Dr. Arthur Ide 2 years ago from Iowa Author

Each person has individual experiences, and what one experiences no other person of any gender, race, age, etc. can have the same experience. This is an ancient philosophical point, on par with "no man can step into the same water twice"--yes the individual can step into the Nile, but as it flows into the Mediterranean, the original water stepped into cannot be stepped into again by the same person.

Spirituality is an individual matter, as with the Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila--no one can feel the same erotic sensation as she, but only refer to it while experiencing a different excitement on their own. to claim that others can experience the same situation defies even the imagination as each of us is unique and special--the attributes of a god or goddess--but to claim divinity the individual would have had to have been in ancient Rome where any person (but especially among the leaders) could be deified as were the emperors.

Mental issues occur when people cannot see the uniqueness of the individual and threaten those who do not conform. Major mental illnesses such as schizophrenia or bipolardisorder rarely appear “out of the blue.” Most often family, friends, teachers, or individuals themselves recognize that “something is not quite right” about their thinking, feelings, or behavior before one of these illnesses appears in its fullblown form. These are never spontaneous but a product of indecision or caving into religious pressures. Denial is never a mental issue--it is a sign of robut rebuttal of group insanity and thought control: religion.

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Kiss andTales 2 years ago

You are labeling religion in your personal opinion, and you think that is valid because you believe what your system has taught you. Really you yourself have stated that no one is alike , then you diagnose people in religion with the same diagnoses, really ! Even people who are not Doctors know that everyone can not be prescribed the same medicine. Remember you said no one is the same as another. It seems to me you are mixed up!

My last post to you. Have a good night.

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Dr. Arthur Ide 2 years ago from Iowa Author

I do not follow what any "system" has taught me. On the contrary, I have written against my own theses and dissertations as they were written to satisfy staid and ossified teacher requirements. Even Aristotle did not agree in total with Plato, nor any great thinker with his or her teachers.

I diagnose the disease of religion--not its adherents. I make my judgments based on provable and authenticate citations. While there are semi-equal manifestations, as there are in illnesses that apply to people in general, I would never prescribe the same medicine to all people if investigation shows me allergies or various intolerance to specific compounds. Religion, however, I find to be an opiate for most people, and I research, investigate and publish to attempt to help those who wish an alternative.

Goodbye! I thank you for the opportunity of having visited with you. I hope you seek psychiatric help.

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Paladin_ 2 years ago from Michigan, USA

A very interesting hub, Arthur. I generally agree with your main premise, but you've covered a lot of territory, and only briefly, and I hope you publish additional hubs that more comprehensively examine some of the points you've made here.

I checked your profile and it says you've written fifteen hubs, but I can only find four. Did you un-publish the others?

I also see that this is the first hub you've published in a couple of years. Finally, I've found someone who's slower at publishing hubs than me! ;-) In any case, I look forward to reading more from you!

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Dr. Arthur Ide 2 years ago from Iowa Author

I have been finishing a few books. I only write for a few hubs. I did not know it is 15.

I will never "unpublish" as I am not ashamed of what I write. I will be back soon, and I am going to write more articles here. My own blog is my name with a dot com.

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