Thursday, January 31, 2013

Pagan Origins of the Christian Myth

At the time I found Deism and "formed my own religion", there was no internet. But shortly after I discovered that my beliefs had a name - I came across what I call the smoking gun.

 A website called Pagan Origins of the Christian Myth. This is what I call the smoking gun, and it totally and completely opened my eyes.  It also explained exactly why I felt that Christianity was wrong and I was right.

  • When Osiris is said to bring his believers eternal life in Egyptian Heaven, contemplating the unutterable, indescribable glory of God, we understand that as a myth.
  • When the sacred rites of Demeter at Eleusis are described as bringing believers happiness in their eternal life, we understand that as a myth. 
  • In fact, when ancient writers tell us that in general ancient people believed in eternal life, with the good going to the Elysian Fields and the not so good going to Hades, we understand that as a myth.
  • When Vespatian's spittle healed a blind man, we understand that as a myth.
  • When Apollonius of Tyana raised a girl from death, we understand that as a myth. 
  • When the Pythia , the priestess at the Oracle at Delphi, in Greece, prophesied, and over and over again for a thousand years, the prophecies came true, we understand that as a myth.
  • When Dionysus turned water into wine, we understand that as a myth. When Dionysus believers are filled with atay, the Spirit of God, we understand that as a myth. 
  • When Romulus is described as the Son of God, born of a virgin, we understand that as a myth.
  • When Alexander the Great is described as the Son of God, born of a mortal woman, we understand that as a myth.
  • When Augustus is described as the Son of God, born of a mortal , we understand that as a myth.
  • When Dionysus is described as the Son of God, born of a mortal woman,we understand that as a myth. 
  • When Scipio Africanus is described as the Son of God, born of a mortal woman, we understand that as a myth.

SO how come when Jesus is described as...
the Son of God,
    born of a mortal woman,
       according to prophecy,
          turning water into wine,
            raising girls from the dead, and
              healing blind men with his spittle,
                setting it up so His believers got eternal life in Heaven
                   and off to Hades—er, I mean Hell—for the bad folks...

how come that's NOT a myth?

 Source - Pagan Origins of the Christian Myth

It is perfectly clear that Jesus was just another story - but this time a church (the central authority) grew up around this old belief and it is the church that has kept the story of this son of god alive for the last 2000 years. And caused no end of misery to the human race as a result.

I have long since stopped thinking of the dates BC and AD. I now prefer to use the neutral dating system - CE and BCE. CE means Common Era and BCE is Before the Common Era.

I dont openly broadcast my beliefs. That is now how Deism works.  We do not go around Prosetylizing.

I have no trouble saying that I believe in God - even if my version of God is most certainly NOT the god of the bible.

As Thomas Paine said -  Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man. And the church has certainly been very cruel over the last 2000 years.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What Deists beleive in

This is a list of "unofficial" beliefs.

Unofficial means that nothing is official because Deism has no central clergy or authority. These beliefs are what we all tend to have in common.

  •     Belief in an intelligent designer of the universe.
  •     Belief that the intelligent designer is "outside" the universe, and not part of the universe (as in pantheism).
  •     Belief that after the Deity created the universe, He stepped away from it to allow it to evolve naturally based on the laws of physics which He created without any need for His further intervention.
  •     Belief that the Deity does not perform "miracles" which defy the laws of physics, or intervene in a supernatural way in the affairs of mankind.
  •     Belief that the Deity does not reveal Himself to mankind through priests or other "enlightened" individuals, but rather through the workings of nature.
  •     Belief that the Deity imposes no pre-ordained, or divinely inspired moral code of behavior on mankind, but rather expects man to develop his own codes of conduct for living in harmony with his fellow man based on his God-given Reason.
  •     Although there is no scientific evidence for an afterlife, most Deists do have a "hope" for an afterlife.
Source - Spiritual Deism

I can still remember the day I finally made up my mind what I beleived in. It was back in the early 1990's. I was in my apartment and I had just finished reading the book - Holy Blood, Holy Grail. I clearly remember making the following assertions in my head.
  • There is a supreme creator. 
  • The universe and nature and our bodies are just too complex to have come together "by accident" which is what evolution teaches. 
  • There is no Jesus Christ.
  • No son of  god, 
  • No crucifixion, 
  • No raising from the dead, 
  • No miracles, 
  • No heaven,
  • No hell and 
  • The bible was written by man.

These were the basics of what I felt comfortable believing and over the last 20 years I have found no reason to change them.  I just assumed there was no name for this belief. It's only in the last 7 years that I finally discovered the name for this belief.

It is called Deism. 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Happy Birthday Thomas Paine

Happy Birthday Thomas Paine.

Today - January 29, 2013 - is Thomas Paine Day.

Thomas Paine was born on this day in 1737. That is now 276 years ago.

Thomas Paine - Wikipedia

I started this blog in celebration of this philosophy that I have followed for almost 20 years. I thought that today was a good day to start this new blog on Deism.

Just a quick biography. I rejected the protestant church and teachings I was raised in at the age of 19. I had been asking questions since I was 16.

I spent the next 10 years searching, reading about and investigating various religions to find an answer.

By the age of 30, I eventually came to a conclusion. One that felt right and reasonable and logical for me. I did not know if there was a name for what I believed in, and so I assumed that it had no name.

A few years ago, I discovered that my philosophy did have a name, when I came across an article about the American Founding Fathers being Deists.  What they believed in, matched my beliefs almost exactly. I was ecstatic to discover that Deism has played a large part in American history

I don't call Deism a religion since it does not have a leader nor any holy books, nor do I attend any regular meetings. I do however want to investigate the history of Deism,

Thomas Paine was a major proponent and supporter of Deism - although at the time he had no name for his new ideas. He only knew that what religion was telling him, did not stand up to reason, logic and lots of questions.

So he wrote a few books to answer his questions. 

His most famous books are Common Sense and Age of Reason.

Image Source - World Union of Deists