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Religious Myths - Why Do They Exist?

Updated on December 16, 2014

Religious Myths And The End of the World

As the world comes ever closer to its end the interest in religious myths and the truth concening human beliefs is increasing. With full memory of my reincarnation and, therefore, knowledge that allows me to state that most religious doctrines are concoctions of the ignorant minds of our ancestors, my life's work has been researching the origins of the myths. The question now is whether or not humans can be extracted from their religious myths long enough to see the truth and to change their ways.

The content herein is based on research and irrefutable facts and information contained in my published e-books "How 666 Stole Jesus" and "A Return To Life". While the details disclosed may be challenging to some they are, nonetheless, true and should be read with an open mind.

Every culture has a god of some description. Some worship it as a rock or tree, others as a cement statue or an iconic symbol, such as a wheel or a mantra. Some pray to it in words and repetitious verses or prose, others use symbolic touching and chants, others still employ dance and trance to get to its brain. The fact that they all believe in something to do with divinity led me on a mighty search to uncover why that is?

This did not happen out of curiosity alone but out of memory of things recalled from before my birth. They might be labeled visions and they would also be thought very strange by anyone unable to grasp the concept of reincarnation and passage from life to life in a new body.Check out my site on this topic for more information

Out of Body Experiences?

They floated Above Their Bodies and Lived

Lately certain things have brought the story of my reincarnation into focus. 'Out of body' experiences have gained wide publicity in the media along with spiritual healing. Instead of returning to my last body after leaving it I went on into a new one and a new life. It is as simple as that and it is the visions given to me between dying and coming back that shaped my life

We have all heard about it, some with closed ears, others with amazement and some with satisfaction that at last this is being aired. There can be no doubt that we usually take on board only what we want to know, see and hear but when confronted with tales of the other side it would probably be around 99% who will prick up their ears and open their eyes a bit further than normal.

This is a most fascinating subject for humans in general and even the skeptics want to know more. But what proof is there that there is life after death? What can we use to measure the fate of anyone who passes over? This is what confronted me when beginning my research into the way we are and the things we believe.

Religion is not a new phenomena and my research took me back to the stone age to work out the value of circles but uncovered much more. My excitement grew uncontrollably as visions came to me of things that otherwise would not be known. The most poignant was of a group of people, a crowd gathered on a hillside facing a holed stone held on a prop. They were overawed when the sun passing behind formed the circle and right angled cross in perpetually moving convolutions of rainbow colored light.


My overawed state was enhanced when a holed pieced of cardboard held towards the rising sun made the same image. My mouth automatically and uncontrollably uttered the sound 'Ohhh'. From then on visions came thick and fast and before many months had passed the clues I needed to know where the alphabet and every sound we utter in language has come from were there before me.

Day and night for months it came forth as the past led me to uncover its locked secrets and to hear the ancient voices which spoke philosophical thoughts about unknown divinities and earthly evemts. Mysteries we have never understood about their thinking were resolved as every word we utter turned out to be a record of ancient beliefs and rituals. By this time ancient sites could be read like books.

Then it was time to go further.

The Professors Were Stunned

Why didn't they think of that?

Enrolled at the Australian National University for a double degree in archeology and anthropology with linguistics and philosophy as separate units was a challenge that had to be faced. It was one thing to know it but it had to be tested academically Historical linguistics was a breeze to understand as I had been playing around with it for months.

One day my lecturer called me to his office to glean how my knowledge had come about. For an hour or so he listened to the sounds of early speech and the changes that happened over time. His jaw was almost on the floor. "Norma, where did you get all this"? He asked in sheer amazement but, of course, the visions were not mentioned. At that time I was a first year student in only the second semester.

"You should write a book" he said.

"I have" I answered "would you like to read it?"

He said he would and I asked him, the acting head of linguistics, how far back his knowledge of language goes. It was my turn to be shocked. "Only to the Latin and Greek eras" was his response. Wow, mine stretched to the beginning of stone tools some 2.5 to 3 million years ago (mya) and to the ancestral species Homo Erectus.

My archaeology professors were equally as stunned with my knowledge. My honors thesis, Death and Resurrection, went to Britain for marking as no one in Australia could do the job. It was literally above their heads!

The two professors from Cambridge (pictured) and Dublin universities awarded it the highest possible mark. Their comments state that it equates with a PhD, which also stunned them as it was only an honors thesis. They note: "This is frightening stuff but you cannot ignore the evidence." This was in obvious response to the proof that god-men, similar in nature to Jesus Christ, had long been crucified to bring salvation and prosperity to their communities. In fact, it went on so much in some areas that the remians of men are suddenly missing from the archaeological records and collapse of their society happened soon after.

What shocked them most is that Christianity has its roots in the Paleolithic and the many 'Saviors" who were crucified to supposedly save humanity is the basis of it. My task was to prove it and to show who had the power and strength to work a new religion from the old beliefs The answers will shock you as they did me. But it is detailed in full in my book 'How 666 Stole Jesus' a wothwhile read for anyone so interested.

The evidence proves irrefutably that the after-life was the prime concern of all religions and cultures. That religion stems from a single point in time ensuring that the same customs, rituals, perceptions, hierarchy and bluff passed down from generation to generation and changed very little.

It also establishes that men could become gods by dying for their people. Worshiped in life as high priests, chiefs or kings their blood sacrifice was part of the transformation to 'father gods' while their eldest sons became heirs of their kingdoms.

From England to Mexico from Egypt to Australia and from New Zealand to the Indians of the Americas they worshiped the same ideology and had the same expectations of the after-life. How could this be unless there was a common foundation?

The common thread throughout all of man's behavior is the search for answers. What happens after death? Why do we think and reason things out? What happens to that mental energy after death? What is the soul? What is the point of life?

Shaking the Religious Myths

It was up their noses

The faculty head of my disipline was a strict Roman Catholic, as were many of the lecturers. So my battle was with the beliefs they harbored rather than the common sense they should have exercised. But what I laid bare was to challenge them in a way that they could not respond to.

It shook me to the core that irrefutable evidence is available and now in the open to prove that the myths people believe in are so ancient as to have been around during the beginning of the Ice Age and earlier. The symbols present in the Paleolithic shows that humans inherited the religious myths of their primordial ancestors. According to common belief they were supposedly incapable of constructive thought.

Their behavior included burial of the dead and grave goods, practices not known in any other creature. Some cave body placements were in conjunction with animal and human sacrifice. Flowers were also placed on some graves. This speaks of an expectation of an after-life. It also means that these primordial creatures were capable of philosophy, that is constructive thought and a vehicle to transport it from individual to individual and generation to generation. That vehicle was comprehensive speech, which is also evident in the tools they invented, the lifestyle they commonly persued, the trade conducted and the importation of special raw materials from distant areas.

A skeleton of a thirteen year old boy dated to 300,000 ya had evidence of a voice box. So speech was already a factor at that time. But my work shows it was much earlier because skeletons are not the only means to determine this capability. Also sounds with meaning are possible without one.

The symbol of the circle with the right angle cross from Tata, Italy, dates to c450,000ya.

this sign is common to all religions and cultures. It is also the sign for woman and is used by organizations, such as the red cross, involved in healing. Pictured is the Cyan Cross. Both my books examine in depth the facts under discussion.

You can also read more on the way this symbol has been used by religions to defraud and deceive their followers. This is my web site on the issue

Life After Death

Does it exist?

Those who believe in a fairyland place in the sky where they will live forever in some kind of paradise are in for a shock. In my experience there is no place 'up there', but you can see that for yourself. Just look up and what do you see? Why, you see stars, which we now know are planets and suns. We also know the extensive size of the universe and that no astronaut or space camera has photographed heaven or hell anywhere.

In every culture there is a belief that some mystical magical place exists beyond earth and that only the 'good' will be allowed to go there. The problem is how do we know who is good. Is it the overzealous religious fundamentalists who happily go about killing others because they think they are anti-god?

Or is it the men who force women into slavery and think of them as the lowest of creatures? Is it the wailers who cry at sacred shrines or the poor souls who have not enough food to eat? Is it the one who over populates the earth in the belief that this is God's will?

Some preach that only they know the way to heaven and that anyone who opposes them will fry forever in 'hell'. Well where is that place? Look around and see if yu can see a big oven somewhere? For the many generations of 'sinners' it would have to be very big to accommodate them. the only 'oven' out there is the sun, but that was worshiped as a god.

These myths were created to promote power and instill fear in opposing forces. The first indicators of the myths turn up in the Paleolithic when rocks were holed to allow the sun's image and cause the rainbow circles of perpetual movement.

The ancient Maya, Aztecs and Incas, whose codices were destroyed by religious zealots, were considered devil worshipers by Catholic invaders who saw the Mother god and son images in their temples and the hundreds of crosses in every city as offensive. Cortez sent a message to the Pope that the devil had "got here first" and taught the Aztecs the Catholic religion/ That's how closely aligned the two faiths are.

They found the same beliefs, the same symbols, the same hierarchical societies as in the modern day western and eastern cultures and yet this was a prehistoric culture without known western contact.

The ball with which the Maya played an interesting game is decorated with crosses. The aim was to get it through the circle using parts of the body. In other words it was man against their god. The winner would be sacrificed as 'her' partner having proved himself equal to her, that is to the sun. Archaeologists, influenced by the way of the west, claim the loser was sacrificed but that was against the order of worship in which only the strong could be sent as partners to the Mother god. Those weaker than her woukd damage the prosperity of their community.

The conquistadors retaliated by burning the cities, melting down the gold icons, stealing their wealth and burning their books. Whole tribes were emblazoned within cities from which there was no escape. These terrorist acts would put modern terrorists to shame and yet it was done to appease the Christian god and their own faith. But it was really about power and control.

Only 3 of the Mayan codices remain and they reveal much about their religious beliefs based on sun worship and the Mother god. Her 'sun' or 'son' was the reigning king who could induce men to battle through the promises of a great eternal life under his heavenly rule. Men willingly sacrificed their lives for the pleasures of the after-life and this is driving modern day terrorism, so nothing much has changed.

It is uncanny how the same names of the gods exist in ancient and modern creeds but it is no coincidence. There is a common thread linking us in language and religion to the earliest thought and times.

Turning again to the sounds within language it was possible to unravel the course of the magic from ancient into modern behavior. It is obvious that from at least 2.5 mya until today the thinking has not changed, only the way we do it has.

Magic has always been at the heart of ritual. If you can't see it then you can believe it. Its called 'faith' and I define that as 'belief in the ridiculous without evidence'. In other words people can be 'educated' into believing that what is told to them is reality.

But religious organizations have gone further. They have books in which the claims are supposedly supported. They pass laws stating that no one can dispute the written word. Such books had the authority of kings who relied on the 'faith' of the people to cause them to submit to a king's right to rule over them. Likewise to extract money, go to war, take lives and generally to live like a god on earth.

Supposedly he was the voice of the partner to Mother God who had influence in the heavenly court and would one day rule from there over all people. In other words as Father god whyo would punish anyone not obedient to him in life or death. It is the very reason why women are discriminated against and rarely allowed to take the throne.It is also the reason why great palatial funeral homes were built for them and why temples were erected in their name.

These constructions were not done by slave labour but by a labour of love and expectation from loyal followers who dreamed of the best kind of after-life existence. That also allowed the notion of hell to come about for anyone opposed to serving the king or the religion invented by him.

Magic has its symbols as well. These are largely derived from the sun or from nature and ritual involves symbolism in all aspects. Timing, words, smoke, sounds, instruments, furniture, decorations, clothing, calendar and, of course, reproduction are all included. One of the greatest symbols for a god was a 'virgin birth'. But in the days when this was considered possible the technicality of reproduction was unknown. Thus, people like Pythagoras, Krishna and Christ were all related to such magic

Through the words men say and the lie that they speak for God then magic can change the status of people and transform them into something else. This is seen in marriage where suddenly through a ceremony and words from a priest a couple are united in God.

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      sbucciarel 8 years ago

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      Samantha Devereux 7 years ago from Columbia Mo

      Well written, Outstanding Job!

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      Bambi Watson 7 years ago

      Interesting theories, I'd love to see more of the scientific facts behind these theories included, but you did a bang up job for a newer squid 5*

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      Kazooli LM 7 years ago

      Really nice indeed

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      Youngsmeagol 7 years ago

      I love that you talk about your own "out of body' experience then go on to talk about myths based on your own experience. There aren't a lot of people willing to do that without having some sort of agenda.

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      teamlane 7 years ago

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      michelleg 7 years ago

      love the read and very interested in the topic!

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      Davidfstillwagon 7 years ago

      good lens! 5*

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      AppalachianCoun 7 years ago

      Interesting lens.

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      highpriestess 7 years ago

      Reincarnation is a fact, it is also chasing the beast, the one who is, then is not, then is again. All dogs return to their own vomit

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      Fascinating lens. I have to say when I started my blog I was determined to say away from anything to do with religion or politics as they are both too inflammatory of subjects. I applaud you on your openness with your beliefs. 5*

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      jennysue19 7 years ago

      There are things that happen on earth that no human can understand. Some call it 'magic' others wrap it up in symbols of what they personally believe. I've seen strange things and experienced strange things, but I don't feel any need to use words like 'God' to explain them. In time, the Universe will explain itself! I'm interested to take a look at your e-book.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This has been pretty informative and entertaining to read. I'm going to feature it on Choose It Spirituality. Very cool!

      Susie

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      kimmanleyort 6 years ago

      Norma, this is fascinating stuff. I plan to read more and pass this on to my daughter who is moving on to graduate work in linguistics but is interested in so much more. Thank you so much for featuring and blessing my lens on quantum physics and spirituality.

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      RebeccaE 6 years ago

      I found this one simply browsing around, but incredible, and I did find the part about Cambridge and Dublin and Phd a bit amusing. Keep up the awesome work, you don't know how mcuh value you are!

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      Demaw 6 years ago

      One of the problems with ancient myths is that original meanings are lost to time or they have been deliberately changed to fit modern sensibilities. Fascinating subject.

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      hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

      wonderful lens - a very interesting read

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      Nan 6 years ago from London, UK

      I can't say that I agree with all of the opinions you have voiced here, but I do like the way you have presented them.

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      This is a truly fascinating lens, one that is very thought provoking.

      With the comonality of beliefs and ancient stories from around the world, do you think that thousands of years ago there were higher civilizations, which went into decline, possibly due to the ice age or some other catastrophe, and that we still hold on to some of those pre-history beliefs?

      Zecharia Sitchin in his writings has interpreted text from Sumeria that describe the "Gods", the Annunaki, as having come from another planet and created man in their image. Is it possible then that much of our belief and God worship stems from those ancient days?

      I wonder if we will ever find the truth. Who knows what might lie beneath the Sphynx even, the purpose, age and origins of which nobody really knows.

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      thesuccess2 6 years ago

      This must be one of the best looking lens I've seen. And so many points that interest me! Favorited

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      RebeccaE 6 years ago

      I admit i have been showing this off to a few people, and the universal consensus is, what an intelligent lens. I hope that you will continue to share more things like this, as it has produced some of the most interesting conversation around here.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      @TonyPayne: Without a doubt mankind inherited divine worship ideals from primordial beings, such as Homo erectus, who were known to bury their dead and to use grave goods in expectation of a resurrection and eternal life. They also sacrificed animals to accompany the deceased.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Your breath of knowledge is stunning

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Absolutely fascinating and thoroughly researched. I must come back to view again. Marked as a favorite too. Thank you so much for sharing with all of us. Take Good Care, Rose

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Absolutely fascinating and thoroughly researched. I must come back to view again. Marked as a favorite too. Thank you so much for sharing with all of us. Take Good Care, Rose

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      scar4 6 years ago

      Glad to know this, giving a thumbs up!

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      Jhangora LM 6 years ago

      In fact this morning's paper had a detailed story about global warming and how it is going to reduce the crop output.

      I am a bit undecided about the impact humans have on changing weather patterns. After all, we've had ice ages and warm ages millions of years ago too - when there were no humans on earth.

      Having said that - we shouldn't disrespect nature. Thanx a lot for the wonderful Lens and featuring my Lensography of Jewish celebrations and holidays on it. I plan to learn more about Judaism and add more Lenses to it.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Keep up this vital work of yours - as for global warming, we are short on truth and long on manipulation. I am not empowered to know the answers, through all the fog from our 'elders and betters' but I sure as hell know we cannot abuse Nature and go on getting away with it.

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      GetFactsnotHype 5 years ago

      Added this page too to my Christian pages here on Squidoo.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I just love this lens. Great stuff!

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      This is a page that offers us much food for thought. At the moment, I am indeed pondering "life after death" and looking for some concrete answers about it all.

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      thanks for this well written article.

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      Bellezza-Decor 5 years ago from Canada

      Interesting ~ powerful Religious zealots have used Religion mostly for the benefit of "men in charge" (Popes, and their immediate families, Rulers of countries and their families and Banksters and their families), and their psychopathic impulses have no regard for whom they hurt or kill and they believe their "ends justify the means". If there is a Heaven and Hell, this truly is Hell on Earth; it's just that most can't see it. Whether there is a life after death or not, I'm pretty convinced that the fear of death is a powerful weapon. Irrespective, it's time to get these devils out of positions of power.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this with us!! Lot's of interesting thoughts here! Blessed!

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      Thrinsdream 5 years ago

      I have a strange little idea of what it is all about and for me it is happiness, pure and simple. This lens intrigued me as I have my own views on all things religious. As for climate change and global warming, I have some rather definite thoughts on that too but doesn't everyone! Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts, insights and wisdom. With thanks and appreciation. Cathi x PS Happy New Year!

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      Zut Moon 5 years ago

      Great Lens and going to feature it in my lens A Look at the Complexities of Man.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      very informative lens, thanks for sharing this

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      Powerful and scary

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Quite well-written, thank you very much for sharing. Blessed by a SqquidAngel.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      GREAT lens!!! Blessed!!!

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      very interesting lens

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      Very provocative and well-written lens on a topic that was first blown wide open for me when my wife handed me a copy of Eisler's "The Chalice and the Blade" and suggested I read it. Blessed and featured on "Still Wing-ing it on Squidoo."

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      Miha Gasper 4 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      This is very impressive journey in the human history. Well done!

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      Tony Payne 4 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Just came back for another look, excellent resource.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wonderful work, thoughts and research! Nicely done!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Whether I agree with you or not, a very well done lens.

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      Donnette Davis 4 years ago from South Africa

      Absolutely spectacular lens. I love that your work had to be sent to UK for marking and no surprise that you received highest possible marks. Truly wonderful writing. Blessed x

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Returning with angel dust, I was here back in 2010 and just enjoyed a quick review of your excellent study here.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Sprinkled with angelic dust - lovely spiritual exploration and personal story. I love myth, and think it has very deep reasons to be in the human psyche. Pinned onto my spirituality board so that I can come back to it.

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      jenny-archer-9 4 years ago

      Religion and it's zealots are not for me,these interpretations of right.wrong or keeping the masses in line are to be despised not admired and adhered to...I am my own religion and as such keep it to myself,I keep an open mind about everything until ABSOLUTELY proved otherwise.

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      Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Interesting lens, and a fascinating subject, which never fails to arouse controversy.

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      Interesting lens.

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      TedWritesStuff 4 years ago

      Just finished reading Christopher Hitchins God is not great.. big fan of dispelling man made myths ;-)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      I guess we are all on he same way searching for the truth, trying to find some consolation and hope.

      I was interviewed about two years ago on catholic radio about the stories from Bible I adapted for radio plays. I am very proud of these stories because they are good material and they are made with a lot of skills (not just mine, there was a whole time of top professionals behind me).

      The question on the radio was going something like: "We know you wrote many fairy tales. Of course fairy tales are pure imagination, made to entertain children and so so on. But now you made something completely different."

      I said: "I see no difference. A story is a story. Stories are always here to help us find something to rely on in this chaotic world. And a good story is always a good story, it should have great characters, great dialogues, life changing situations... I really don't care what somebody thinks is true or not as far the story is made to its best."

      Shall I add they were not satisfied with my answer?

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      Fascinating topic and well presented:)

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      Cheryl Paton 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Interesting lens. I read The Year of Living Biblically, and through it there were some myths that were brought to light.

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      hungry-deer 4 years ago

      Amazing lens, i really enjoyed reading it, will definitelly return to your lenses!

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      Blessed, even though as a Wiccan I found your views on magic a tad insulting. Let's do what works for us and leave one another in peace, OK? Hugs anyhow. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I was here in November and left a blessing and see it didn't take, have been finding that from the fall....happy to sprinkle the dust of angels once again!

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      Bellezza-Decor 4 years ago from Canada

      I think a lot of what you say is spot on and lines up with conclusions I have arrived at!

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      skatrise 3 years ago

      amazing lens clearing so many myths thank thanks a tone for it

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      skatrise 3 years ago

      amazing lens clearing so many myths thank thanks a tone for it

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      I have been a student of the Bible and of Ancient Religions all my life, and I completely concur with all you have written here.

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