One day, in a mood of sublime emptiness, Subhuti was resting underneath a tree when flowers began to fall about him. “We are praising you for your discourse on emptiness,” the gods whispered to Subhuti. “But I have not spoken of emptiness,” replied Subhuti. “You have not spoken of emptiness, we have not heard emptiness,” responded the gods. “This is the true emptiness.” The blossoms showered upon Subhuti as rain.
For those that are interested in this sort of thing, could it be that the end of the age of Kali-Yuga is coming and will be heralded by the 10th Avatar Kalki, who will arrive carrying his sword that looks like a comet and will usher in an age of enlightenment and clarity on scientific discovery. I sure hope so, and already I’m seeing signs that this might be the case. Best wishes to all those who hold out for hope and positivity through the end of the Kali-Yuga.
FOR SOME REASON I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT ORIGINS LATELY, AND BY ORIGINS, I MEAN THE ORIGINS OF US AND OTHER SPECIES AND PLANTS ON THIS PLANET. I’VE REACHED A POINT THAT I THINK I HAVE ENOUGH CLARITY TO AT LEAST WRITE SOMETHING REGARDING THE SUBJECT, AND WHAT YOU’RE ABOUT TO READ ARE JUST MY FREE MOVING THOUGHTS ABOUT ORIGINS, AND I DON’T VENTURE TO ADD ANY NEW HYPOTHESIS BUT INSTEAD, TO JUST LAY OUT MY THINKING REGARDING WHAT SEEMS OBVIOUS TO ME.
THERE IS REALLY NO EVIDENCE FOR EVOLUTION OF SPECIES AS PROPOSED BY DARWIN AND OTHERS. I DON’T EVEN BELIEVE HE INTENDED FOR EVOLUTION OF SPECIES TO BE ANYTHING MORE THAN ANOTHER THEORY. CONTRARY TO EVIDENCE FOR EVOLUTION, THERE IS QUITE A BIT OF EVIDENCE AGAINST EVOLUTION OF SPECIES. TO START WITH, MANY FOSSIL RECORDS OF ANIMALS AND PLANTS THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO BE 40 MILLION YEARS OLD OR OLDER ARE STILL THE SAME OR ALMOST THE SAME TO THIS DAY. WITHOUT GIVING SPECIFIC REFERENCES, WHICH YOU CAN READILY LOOK UP YOURSELF, PLANTS AND ANIMALS THAT WERE RUMORED TO HAVE BEEN EXTINCT FOR MILLIONS OF YEARS ARE STILL HERE. IT DOES SEEMS TO ME THAT SIMILAR OR RELATED SPECIES FROM THE SAME DIFFERENTIA MAY HAVE GONE EXTINCT, BUT THERE IS EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE FROM THE FOSSIL RECORD SHOWING THAT SOME PLANTS AND ANIMALS EITHER HAVEN’T CHANGED AT ALL OR HAVE CHANGED VERY LITTLE OVER THESE MILLIONS OF YEARS THAT ARE TALKED ABOUT. THERE ARE NO MISSING LINKS, AND DESPITE THE FACT THAT HUMANS HAVE COVERED THE PLANET MANY TIMES OVER, NO MISSING LINK HAS BEEN FOUND, SO AS FAR AS THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION IS CONCERNED, I WOULD SAY THAT IT IS A DEFUNCT THEORY WITH LITTLE TO NO EVIDENCE SUPPORTING IT AND ON THE CONTRARY….MUCH EVIDENCE WORKING AGAINST IT. MAYBE IT’S JUST ME, BUT THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION OF SPECIES IS OLD NEWS AND IN THE REALM OF FAIRY TALES. IT COULD BE THAT AT SOME POINT IN THE FUTURE MORE ILLUMIINATION ON THE SUBJECT WILL ARISE OR BE FOUND THAT IS SUPPORTING FOR THE THEORY, BUT RIGHT NOW THE EVIDENCE IS STRONGLY AGAINST IT.
ANOTHER THEORY THAT HAS BEEN TALKED ABOUT AND THAT I FIND TO BE AT LEAST PLAUSABLE IS THAT OF INTERVENTION BY ANOTHER SPECIES THAT DID NOT ORIGINATE ON THIS PLANET. SOMEONE WHO HAS DEVELOPED A THEORY AND WOULD FALL INTO THIS CATEGORY WOULD BE ZECHARIA SITCHEN AND HIS WORK ON ANCIENT SUMERIAN TEXTS. IF YOU BELIEVE SITCHEN’S TRANSLATIONS ARE CORRECT, THEN OUR ORIGINS ACCORDING TO THE SUMERIANS IS VERY SIMPLE….WE CAME FROM THE PLANET NIBIRU WHICH IS THE 10TH PLANET IN OUR SOLAR SYSTEM AS DESCRIBED BY THE ANCIENT SUMERIANS. ACCORDING TO THE ANCIENT SUMERIANS THERE IS OR WAS A 10TH PLANET IN OUR SOLAR SYSTEM WITH AN ELONGATED ORBIT THAT WAS INHABITED BY A SPECIES SIMILAR TO HUMANS BUT MORE ADVANCED. ON ONE PASS OF THE PLANET NIBIRU CLOSE TO THE EARTH, SOME OF THE NIBIRUBIANS WITH NAMES LIKE ENNANA,ENLIL, AND ENKI CAME ACROSS FROM NIBIRU TO EARTH AND SET UP COLONIES HERE. THEY EVENTUALLY INTERBRED WITH THE SPECIES LIVING ON EARTH AT THAT TIME AND GAVE RISE TO WE HUMANS WHO ARE A MIXTURE OF THE UNKNOWN SPECIES LIVING ON THE EARTH AT THAT TIME AND THE NIBIRUBIANS.
THOUGH I’M NOT SPECIFICALLY VERSED IN THE SUBJECT, THERE DOES SEEM TO BE MANY ANCIENT REFERENCES TO VISITORS FROM MORE ADVANCED PLANETS,CIVILIZATIONS, OR CULTURES FROM ANTIQUITY. SOME OF THE ANCIENT HINDU WRITINGS DO SEEM TO MENTION FLYING CRAFT. THE BOOK OF EZEKIEL IN THE BIBLE CAN ALMOST NOT BE INTERPRETED IN ANY OTHER WAY THAN THE EXPLANATION OF WHAT THIS ANCIENT PERSON SAW WAS A FLYING CRAFT OF SOME TYPE WITH INHABITANTS THAT WERE SPECIFICALLY INTERESTED IN HIM.
THIS SUBJECT COULD OBVIOUSLY GO ON IN THE DIRECTION OF SOME FORM OF ALIEN(NOT FROM THIS PLANET) INTERVENTION, WITH THE ALIENS COMING FROM NEARLY ANY POINT IN THE UNIVERSE THAT YOU CAN IMAGINE. I FEEL THAT WHEN GOING DOWN THIS AVENUE OF THOUGHT, YOU HAVE TO ALWAYS KEEP IN MIND THE QUESTION: “IF AN ADVANCED SPECIES MADE CONTACT WITH THE INHABITANTS OF ANCIENT EARTH TO CREATE A HYBRID SPECIES KNOWN AS HUMANS TODAY, WHO MADE THE THEM AND WHAT ARE THEIR ORIGINS? THIS LINE OF WHO MADE WHO THINKING COULD GO ON INFINITELY.
THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE EVIDENCE,AT LEAST FOR ME, THAT MAY SUPPORT THIS THEORY ARE THE WORDS OF JESUS CHRIST IN JOHN 10:16 IN WHICH HE STATES: ” I HAVE OTHER SHEEP THAT ARE NOT OF THIS SHEEP PEN. I MUST BRING THEM ALSO. THEY TOO WILL LISTEN TO MY VOICE, AND THERE SHALL BE ONE FLOCK AND ONE SHEPHERD.”
THE ANALOGY ABOVE IS EASILY UNDERSTOOD. A SHEEP PEN IS SOMETHING THE SHEEP ARE CONTAINED WITHIN. WHETHER YOU LOOK AT THIS AS MEANING THAT HE MEANT THE RESIDENTS OF A TOWN,REGIONAL AREA,STATE,COUNTRY,CONTINENT, OR PLANET, HE OBVIOUSLY MEANT A CONTAINMENT OF SOME SORT. THOSE OF US TODAY WOULD LOOK AT THIS AND KNOW THAT WE ARE NOT CONTAINED EVEN BY A PLANET. AT THIS POINT IN HISTORY THIS ANALOGY COULD BE INTERPRETED IN MANY WAYS. AS FOR ME, I LOOK AT THE SHEEP PEN AS A GALAXY SIMPLY BECAUSE WE AREN’T, OR SOON WON’T BE, CONTAINED BY A SOLAR SYSTEM AND ALSO THAT I CAN’T IMAGINE WE HUMANS BEING ABLE TO TRAVEL OUTSIDE OUR GALAXY BECAUSE OF TECHNOLOGICAL LIMITATIONS. HOWEVER, ONLY A SHORT 100 YEARS AGO, WHO WOULD HAVE IMAGINED ALMOST EVERY CITIZEN BEING ABLE TO SEE AND SPEAK TO SOMEONE ELSE ACROSS THE PLANET ON A SMALL DEVICE YOU CAN CARRY IN YOUR POCKET. IT’S ALSO NOT A STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION TO ENVISION SOMEONE ON THE MOON OR MARS NOT LONG FROM NOW, STOPPING THEIR ROVER FOR A SECOND TO TEXT MESSAGE SOMEONE ON EARTH OR THE MOON!
THE QUESTION IS HOW BIG IS YOUR HEART,MIND, AND UNDERSTANDING?
IT WAS US
THE ‘IT WAS US’ THEORY IS SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN TOSSED AROUND AND ESPECIALLY SINCE IT SEEMS WE HUMANS ARE ABOUT TO VENTURE OUT INTO SPACE AND COLONIZE OTHER PLANETS OURSELF. IT WOULDN’T BE HARD TO IMAGINE THAT AT SOME POINT IN THE NOT TO DISTANT FUTURE THAT WE HAVE STARTED TO COLONIZE OTHER PLANETS SUCH AS MARS, THE MOON, AND OTHER BODIES WITHIN OUR SOLAR SYSTEM. KEEPING THAT IN MIND, IT WOULD BE EASY TO IMAGINE A SCENARIO IN WHICH THE EARTH WAS DRIVEN BACK INTO THE STONE AGES BY AN ASTEROID STRIKE OR SUPER VOLCANO. WITH MOST OF THE POPULATION AND TECHNOLOGY WIPED OUT, IT WOULD ONLY TAKE A GENERATION OR SO WITH POOR NUTRITION,MEDICINES, AND THE ESSENTIALS OF LIFE TO NOT REALLY KNOW THEIR PAST HISTORY OR ORIGINS. IF HUNDREDS OR THOUSANDS OF YEARS LATER, THE COLONISTS THAT SET OFF FROM EARTH ARRIVED BACK IN SPACE TRANSPORTS, I’M CERTAIN THAT THE NOW LESS ENLIGHTENED INHABITANTS OF EARTH WOULD THINK THE ALIENS HAD COME FOR THEM….WHEN IN REALITY IT WOULD BE US. WHO KNOWS HOW MANY TIMES A CYCLE LIKE THIS COULD TAKE PLACE, BUT IT STILL DOESN’T DO ANYTHING FOR ME AS FAR AS ANY RATIONAL AND INTUITIONAL SENSE OF ORIGINS GOES.
ONCE AGAIN, AS IN THE BOOK I WROTE, I’M GOING TO START THIS OFF WITH WHAT I BELIEVE TO BE THE MOST LUCID STATEMENT EVER MADE BY ONE OF THE ANCIENT PHILOSOPHERS…..DIOGENES OF APPOLONIA.
MY OPINION,TO SUM IT UP, IS THAT ALL EXISTING THINGS ARE DIFFERENTIATED FROM THE SAME THING, AND ARE THE SAME THING, AND THIS IS OBVIOUS: FOR IF THE THINGS THAT EXIST AT PRESENT IN THIS WORLD ORDER-EARTH AND WATER AND AIR AND FIRE AND ALL THE OTHER THINGS APPARENT IN THIS WORLD ORDER -IF ANY OF THESE THINGS WERE DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHER(DIFFERENT, THAT IS, IN IT’S OWN PROPER NATURE), AND DID NOT RETAIN AN ESSENTIAL IDENTITY WHILE UNDERGOING MANY CHANGES AND DIFFERENTIATIONS, IT WOULD BE IN NO WAY POSSIBLE FOR THEM TO MIX WITH EACH OTHER, OR FOR ONE TO HELP OR HARM THE OTHER, OR FOR A GROWING PLANT TO GROW OUT OF THE EARTH OR FOR A LIVING CREATURE OR ANYTHING ELSE TO COME INTO BEING, UNLESS THEY WERE SO COMPOSED AS TO BE THE SAME THING, BUT ALL THESE THINGS, BEING DIFFERENTIATED FROM THE SAME THING, BECOME DIFFERENT KINDS AT DIFFERENT TIMES AND RETURN AGAIN INTO THE SAME THING. (FRAGMENT 2)
FOR REASONS THAT I CAN’T PROVE AT THIS PRESENT TIME, I BELIEVE THAT DIOGENES WILL GO DOWN IN FUTURE HISTORY AS THE CLEAREST AND MOST LUCID OF ALL ANCIENT PHILOSPHERS. I ALSO BELIEVE THAT WHEN FUTURE GENERATIONS LOOK BACK INTO THE ORIGINS OF THOUGHT FROM OTHER PLANETS, THEY WILL SEE THE CLARITY AND INTUITIVE PROWESS OF DIOGENES OF APPOLONIA.
……………………………………………………………………………..I’D LIKE TO FINISH THIS RIGHT NOW, BUT I’M 1300 WORDS IN AND NEED TO TAKE A BREAK. I’LL GET BACK ON IT SOON……………………..THANKS FOR READING 🙂
UPDATE: I wanted to throw out a few thoughts on Comet Ison now that it has passed Perihelion. I suppose the purpose of this blog was to test a form of Scientific method. I know the scientists are saying that this is Ison’s first pass through our solar system, but it seemed to me that there were plenty of references to a 333 year cycle of cometary passes and strikes to the Earth by Comet’s or cometary fragments. This story is obviously not over yet, since it appears that when Ison slingshotted around the Sun, it may have fragmented, and some of these fragments may be quite large. I guess we’ll find out in the next month or so if we’re going to have a nice Christmas Comet,get hit by Comet Fragments,both of the previous, or neither of them. Either way, I do believe in scientific method when it’s applied in the right way. One recurrence could be a coincidence,two could also be a coincidence but a little more suspicious, but three confirmed recurrences from various sources going back to 1014 A.D. seems a little odd to me. Of course, now with our global media, we’ll definately know if any fragments hit land or anywhere near land. We would also know if such fragments caused a tidal wave(Tsunami) like occured in 1014 A.D.. Ok, I’ll stop for now and pick up after we see what happens in the next month or so. If there is any odd outcome from this comet, I would think that it might be time to start writing something for the year 2346 A.D.. If Ison isn’t the sameComet as the others in the 333 year cycle, it could be that something out there is bumping Comets in our direction every 333 years…..or maybe it’s something else all-together!! Fingers crossed.
I found something I thought was interesting about a Comet, named Comet Ison that was discovered in September of 2012. I looked it up online and found that it is on somewhat the same trajectory as another famous Comet called the Great comet of 1680 to which a lot of artwork is dedicated, since it was such a big spectacle back then. If it holds together on its journey around the Sun, it will prove to be the brightest Comet seen in our generation.
What really interested me more than anything else are the linking generalizations associated with this Comet. It supposedly is on the same trajectory as the Great Comet of 1680, which is 333 years between the two appearances. If this is the same Comet that came around in 1680, then it would have a 333 year cycle, therefore, I should be able to do some research going back every 333 years and possibly be able to find references to it, if it is the case that it is a periodic Comet. So far I’ve found information recurring every 333 years, back to the year 681 A.D.. They’ve all been associated with Global changes and disasters, for better or worse. I’ve never been into numerology, but there seem to be some odd coincidences involved with that as well, and I’ll try to get into it more when I have the time. One example of these odd coincidences is that one pass of a Comet(whether it’s the same Comet or not is unknown) in this 333 year cycle, was during the reign of Emperor Constans, the son of Constantine The Great, and Constans was appointed Ceasar in the year 333 A.D.. Another pass on this 333 year cycle goes back to the date 15 A.D., which is just outside the date speculated as the date Christ was born. When it comes to Cometary or celestial events, there has been no shortage of the Boy who cried Wolf syndrome, but as I find more eveidence of a 333 year cycle of Cometary conjunctions associated with global changes of some sort, it’s starting to look more like science and scientific method to me and less like speculation.
I won’t go into the technical details about the Comet’s size(large, about two miles) but will just say that it’s expected to put on quite a show at the end of 2013 and be brighter than than a full moon, even during the daytime skies.
The Comet should be visible to the naked eye from the end of October 2013 and possibly through December, with its brightest appearance being toward the end of November 2013.
Comet Ison: Expected to be seen with the naked eye in late October 2013 and brighter than the full moon during the daytime in November, with it possibly being visisble in the sky until late December.
*Back 333 years*
THE GREAT COMET OF 1680
Now, on to the interesting part. Going back 333 years from November 2013 we get to the date 1680. If you do a web search for this date you’ll find that there was another Great Comet that came around in Novemmber and was also visible during the daytime hours just as Comet Ison is speculated to be. There was also an outbreak of Black Plague which lasted until 1684 and ravaged many countries.
Here is another Italian reference to a Comet in 1680:
Affacciatomi ancor’io therefore, the same evening December 24 models, on ‘the darkening of the night, that’ about three quarters of hora after on the setting of the sun, on the ‘Gate of the Court of my house, which risguarda westward I met immediately with a view within a radius d ‘unusually large, which seemed not very high above the houses of the place, which was white in color gets in, e’l leaden, or’ we mean cinericio, a ‘way of apunto ‘a sunbeam, ch’entrato in a dark room for a gap, or’ hole of a closed window soles shine, so be aware of already ‘gone the sun, it’ power naturally produce artificial light beam so long-winded, and so high, judged to be some new birth of Heaven, or Comet, or other impression Weather, and therefore ‘to observe it better, being prevented a view to the plan by dell’Orizonte Houses round about the place, I resolved to take me, as I did in open place, but ’cause his body shook our horizon, and the view there was occupied by the interposition de’ Monti della Graffagnana, it was not possible to observe all’hora, if not more harshly that the site and its Coda, which was longa to ‘gr.32 wide and about half the gr. 2. and a half, and more and more ’emptied itself towards the end dilattando proportionately to’ apunto guise of a Fishtail, and tended to our Polo Boreo, and at about 3. hore of night disappeared, occultandosi below the horizon ….
(F.Melega, Above the comet appeared in the evening models December 24 1680 in Bologna. Bologna, 1681)
*back 333 years*
As in heaven aparve a commeta. In that year, the month of August, aparve commeta star in the sky, which they called Nigra, in the sign of Taurus, with degrees in Chapter XVI of the figure and sign of the Gorgon, and lasted fifteenth day. This Nigra is of the nature of Saturn and its infruenzia cria is, according to what he says and strolago Zael philosopher, and most other masters of that scientist, which means pure evil and death of kings and powerful, and this proved to be very tough in king and more real, as inanzi reading will not find, and it engendered great mortality ‘countries where the said planet, and sign lord, and well proved inn East and the sea around it, as we said adietro.
(G. Villani, New Chronic. Florence, 1348)
I found this statement from the year 1348 in Italian and translated it. It discusses the Comet of 1347. The black Death started in Asia and made its way to Europe in 1347. The arrival of the Black Death, in Europe in 1347 pushed the European population into a century-long demographic decline and caused long term changes in economy and society. Apparently, the population of Europe was reduced by around 50% due to the Black Death(Plague) and changed every facet of society and the world at that time.
*back 333 years*
Comet of 1014
I took the following from a website called People of One Fire
“Forensic geologist Dallas Abbott of the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University has found evidence of a large meteor or comet strike in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, which hurled extraterrestrial debris over 3800 km (2361 miles) to a bog in the Black Rock Forest in New York. The material was dated to around 1014 AD. Abbot also found debris from a meteor or comet strike in the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean Basin that also dated to 1014 AD.
Gary postulated that the damage wrought by this tsunami (or multiple tsunamis) was similar to the one in the Indian Ocean on December 26, 2004. He believed that the scale of this disaster would have had a major cultural impact on the indigenous peoples of the Americas. He connected the disasters to the stone inscriptions of a great flood along the coast of Mexico and Central America in the early 11th century AD. Gary suggested that the Aztec legend of the death of the Fourth Sun originated in the cataclysmic events of 1014 AD. He also linked the meteors with flaming tails to Pre-Columbian imagery of feathered serpents and European myths about fire-breathing dragons.”
“The anglo-Saxon Chronicle: 1014 AD – This year, on the eve of St. Michael’s day (September 28), came the great sea-flood, which spread wide over this land, and ran so far up as it never did before, overwhelming many towns, and an innumerable multitude of people.”
“Other Medieval records confirm Abott’s and Daniels’ interpretation of the geological evidence. William of Malmesbury in The History of the English Kings (vol. 1) states “A tidal wave, of the sort which the Greeks call euripus, grew to an astonishing size such as the memory of man cannot parallel, so as to submerge villages many miles inland and overwhelm and drown their inhabitants.” A sea flood is also mentioned in the Chronicle of Quedlinburg Abbey (Saxony), where it states many people died as a result of the flood in the Low Countries (Juteland, Holstein, Friesland, the Netherlands and Belgium) in 1014.”
*back 333 years*
I’m trying to find records or comet reports before 1014 but it seems the farther back you go chronologically, the harder it is to find information. I’ll keep digging though. Here is a report recorded as happening in 684 AD but was apparently written in 800 AD, so it’s possible the date could be a few years off…not sure of the source.
The Comet of 684
On this occasion, a star in the night sky was clear, according to the Pleiads between and Natalis theophany of the Lord appeared, shadowed, every way, as it were, with the moon under the cloud is determined on, in the month of February After this, he went out on the day of the middle of the star from the west, which, with a great brightness that he turned aside into the parts of the east. Next March eructuavit provide several days, and all the surrounding vegetation for dust and ashes that were destroyed.
(P. Deacon, History of the Lombards. About 800)
I’ll keep adding to this material as I find it, but it seems pretty clear that there seems to be a recurring theme going on here every 333 years.
The Veil of Maya is the second part or version/continuation of the first book I wrote in 2010, called Oriental Philosophy- Time After Time. Philosophically, I feel it’s the most comprehensive book on philosophy yet written. I’ve been waiting for more clarity before I start this second version and want to include the first book in an expanded context for Veil of Maya. I didn’t realize at the time I was writing the first book, how philosophically it was tied together with the Physics work of Satyen Bose, who is the namesake for the Higgs Boson. Since publishing the first book, I’ve read more on the work of Satyen Bose and now realize more fully, from a scientific point of view, the philosophical ramifications of his contribution to physics and also philosophy, although he was primarily a mathemetician. I’m hoping this winter I’ll be able to start the project and am hoping that it won’t take me another full year to finish this new version……
Not to long ago, I had a conversation with a young girl, and during the conversation, she looked over at me and said, in a way that I knew wanted a response, ” I’m getting bigger”
At the time, the only response I could think of was to say, ” Yeah, I can see that your legs are getting longer”, to which we both started to laugh. After I had a chance to actually think about what the words meant, it hit me that the older I become and the more aware I become of just how really small the world is despite how large and confusing it can seem at times, that this issue of word meanings seems all the more important. Truth be known, I’d have to say that the older I become biologically, the smaller I become existentially and the more aware I become hermeneutically!
What I’m about to write is something that has been weighing on me for quite a while, and so I thought that I would go ahead and let it out. For those that are reading this and aren’t religious, you might as well stop reading because you won’t understand it.
As you all know, Abraham is the father of the great religious faiths. The Bible talks about how Abraham was a man after God’s own heart, and God spoke to him several times which shows how much attention God paid to this one individual. As a person in the society he lived in, he was no different from anyone else, except that he had something in the neighborhood of 315 servants if I understand correctly,which is something you don’t read about him everyday. Apparently, Abraham was a lonely guy in his inner most being and seemed to be terrified in a certain way that he had no offspring to carry on his spiritual legacy….I mean to say that God spoke to him , so I’m sure that he knew his spiritual situation was somewhat different from those of his peers. His situation was not one of worrying about the things in this life, but instead, seemed to be about his legacy. He prayed and took this issue before God, and I’m sure God already knew this, but Abraham wanted some assurance and wasn’t afraid to ask for it.
The story goes that since Abraham was one hundred or so years old and his wife Sarah was around ninety it didn’t seem Sarah would be able to have children. I guess in those days and that culture it was acceptable for the servant of the Lady of the House, if you will, to act as a surrogate as far as childbearing was concerned, so it was decided that her servant Hagar would have a child for Abraham as a surrogate for Sarah. The child that was born to Hagar and Abraham was named Ishmael and is the father of the Arab world. Later on in the story Sarah did become pregnant and gave birth to Isaac who was the father of the ancient Israelite s. There seems to be a little confusion about the set of circumstances that followed, but apparently, the decision was made to send Hagar and her son Ishmael out into the desert(to fend for themselves or die I suppose) so that Ishmael wouldn’t have a negative effect on Isaac. What the exact set of circumstances that led to this decision where I don’t know, but I think it was stated that Sarah made the decision and Abraham reluctantly carried it out.
While on their journey in the desert, it was stated that Hagar had hidden Ishmael in some bushes because she couldn’t stand to hear him crying and had gone off in the desert by herself. God then spoke to Hagar and told her to take Ishmael and return to Abraham and Sarah and submit to Sarah so that she and her child would be saved from death.
When it comes to God and the decisions he makes, it seems obvious that he cares for all his children. I’m sure that he cared for Abraham,Sarah,Hagar, and Ishmael alike. It’s only within the realm of humanity that selfishness,fear,lack of trust, and all other human emotions and traits come into play. This very drama is still having effects to this day in the hearts and minds of those descendents of Hagar and Sarah, but this blog wasn’t intended to talk about the history and relevant circumstances surrounding these events. It was written to talk about the understanding between God and Abraham. Only a father knows what it’s like to be a father. I recently heard a pastor state that it’s easy to be a mother in our society, but it’s not easy to be a father, and I couldn’t agree more. Despite what occurred after God spoke to Abraham, it’s clear that god never goes back on his deals. Abraham was God’s stud! He told Abraham that he would make his offspring like the stars in the heavens and truly this is what has happened. As God’s vessel, these stars have filled the wombs of many generations, and the brightest of which,Jesus Christ, was born from this lineage. So, in these days of sophistry and convoluted politics maybe we should take a moment to stop and consider the very human aspects of what has transpired. I, for one, feel that Abraham loved all his children. I mean, think about it, this was a deal between he and God….
I wanted to write a short essay on Frederick Nietzsche. Nietzsche is probably one of the most talked about and hated figures in Christian circles and apologetics. As many of you know he is the author of The Antichrist,Ecce Homo,Beyond Good and Evil, The Gay Science, and many others. He’s also known for many statements that are used in popular media such as, “What doesn’t kill me can only make me stronger, and God is Dead”, and many others. Having read most of Nietzsche’s works with an open mind and heart, I feel it’s safe to say that Nietzsche was a Christian. Just like taking bits and pieces of the bible and using phrases out of context or outside the total picture intended by the writer, I feel the same has been done to Nietzsche.
The first thing that has to be understood when taking Nietzsche into account is his groundwork for attacking an opponent and also his person and personal hobbies. He stated that he never attacked what he didn’t love, and if his main opponent was Christianity, it seems clear what his true love was, because he certainly vented on Christianity with a vengeance, like no other person in history. Nietzsche was also a gardener and experimented with chemical substances, most likely Opiates and Cocaine. He stated that if a person could find the right chemical trick they would be able to live a good life,which tells me that he was a very introspective person and based many of his beliefs on a life of feeling. I believe that he viewed Christianity much like a plant, that needed to be put outside to hardy it up and make it resilient for a future where god was dead and had been replaced by only a life of feeling and chemical sophistication. Having never perceived anything negative from Christianity and being one of the earliest to know that Christianity was more than just a life of feeling,or that feelings can be changed by chemistry, I feel that he believed himself to be a pivotal character in the history of philosophy. It turns out that he was pivotal, although I don’t believe that he ushered in the modern age but instead had the vision and experience to see what the future of Christianity was facing.
I wish I knew more about the original meanings and translations of words. I did take Greek and Latin terminology while I was studying Surgical Technology, but I’m definately not an expert when it comes to Greek or Latin translations. My understanding is that the prefix Anti can mean either against or great depending on how it’s used, and thus, AntiChrist could mean either against Christ or the great christ. Nietzsche would have to fall under the use of this word in the context of being against Christ as opposed to being a great Christ. He certainly spit venom at Christianity in general. The fact is that Nietzsche was an academic,philosopher, writer, and poet. If Nietzsche was an AntiChrist, then we all run across many AntiChrists on a daily basis. It just so happens that in the era in which he lived his intelligence and point of view was so far out of line with Orthodox lifestyles that I’m sure they thought he was an AntiChrist.
I want to keep this short, so I’ll just say that its’ my belief that Nietzsche was a Christian,especially if you you believe in once saved always saved. He did become irreverent, and he paid a huge price for is chosen lifestyle, but I feel sure that his intention was to wake Christianity,as it existed during his lifetime, up from its slumber. One of his stated goals was to put Caiaphas in chains(the high priest of the Sanhedrin that was trying to put Jesus to death), and esoterically, who knows if he accomplished this or not? He will always be debated, but I for one feel that he had good and altruistic intentions.