The Bible is not a fortune telling book
It's not meant to be superstitious in the slightest
The Holy Bible is a historical book of common sense
teachings that promote wisdom and love
Broad, loose grammar was used during Biblical times
When studying JudeoChristianity, it is wise to remember that during Biblical times there were far fewer words in use. Thus, many of the words used back then had slightly varying meanings, depending upon the context in which they were used. One example is with the word "Christ". When JudeoChristians talk of "Christ's life" or "Our Lord Jesus Christ" sometimes the word "Christ" is used to refer to the person who lived 2,000 years ago. In other verses, the term "Christ" is used in a broad manner to mean great happiness and love for all, life is simply fantastic, etc. It's like saying "love for everyone" or "goodness".
When the Bible mentions Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, this probably meant Lazarus was close to death, very sick, or similar.
Jesus raising the dead
When the Bible talks of Christ "raising the dead", the term dead could also be used loosely and in various ways, especially since there were far fewer words in use at the time. Because of the crude form of medicine in use thousands of years ago, it's possible a seriously ill bedridden person could be called "dead" even though he hadn't actually died yet, but because he most certainly wouldn't make it. He was going to die soon, and there was no way to heal him. When we read scriptures saying "Christ raised the dead" this probably meant someone so close to dying, perhaps in a coma state, whom Christ had healed.
"Oh Lazarus," someone might say back then, "He's got pneumonia, he can't walk, he lays on his bed and can't move, he can't eat, I don't think he's breathing..., Lazarus's life is over. He's dead." Here, the term dead is used to mean he would most certainly die soon.
The Bible records that when Jesus and his followers came along, they could heal many of these people. Certainly this was considered a miracle.
Many people back then might use slang by saying "Jesus raised the dead!" This obviously didn't mean Jesus healed people who were clinically dead for many days, but it is possible he helped bring back people who were experiencing Near Death Experiences (today we call these NDEs). Modern research is showing people can be brought back to life after being clinically dead for many minutes, sometimes hours.
Certain extremist sects within JudeoChristianity claim Jesus was not a doctor like doctors of today, but that he somehow used magic or just positive thinking. It is true that when a person is very loving, kind and optimistic, this does help the healing process. Christ probably also used healing herbs, salves and other physical remedies to help heal the sick.
Jesus protecting a prostitute
When a group of people were going to stone a prostitute, which is to kill or seriously harm her by throwing stones at her, Jesus forbade this. There was nothing superstitious about what Jesus was doing here. If the woman were killed, this would violate the 6th commandment "Thou shall not kill". Most likely, the prostitute had sexual diseases and was spreading them. Two thousand years ago there were no treatments for syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea, and they were quickly spread by prostitutes. By protecting her, Jesus was basically saying that violence doesn't help things. Perhaps she needed to be removed or banished as they used to do back then, but important lessons are best taught with love and kindness, not with violence.
To calm the angry crowd, Jesus sensibly asked who in this crowd is without sin himself? Who has not made mistakes and poor choices to earn income in the past? Who is perfect? We've all made mistakes in the past. Seriously injuring or killing this woman isn't the way to address this problem.
The wisdom taught here by Jesus had nothing to do with anything superstitious or "magical". Jesus was speaking out against violence. If she committed a crime, let her be charged in court where evidence can be presented in a civilized manner, and let her be banished. Perhaps some sort of extensive wisdom lessons to help her learn a different skill to earn money.
What Jesus did here was teaching us to make a stand against street violence. To not stand by when an angry crowd is attacking someone. Jesus didn't say prostitution was fine and okay. It was illegal under Moses law, but it was everywhere in the Roman Empire, as was disease, rape, incest, violence and broken families.
Jesus advised people to have faith, which today we often call "a good outlook" or optimism, genuine hope, and similar. To have faith is to have real hope for goodness, and it doesn't have to include superstition in the slightest. By being honest and loving, and by studying wisdom texts such as King Solomon's moral Proverbs, a person will develop faith and hope that problems will be resolved in a good way that benefits everyone involved.
The Ten Commandments contain no superstition
The Ten Commandments
1. You shall not have several gods nor anything above God.
God is love. God isn't lust. God isn't "desire" or the worship of money. God is everlasting life and immortal goodness. God dwells in us.
2. You shall not worship statues as gods.
Don't worship physical objects like golden statues or similar.
3. Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD your God in vain
Don't denigrate real understandings of God, goodness, love, honesty, truth, etc.
4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Respect one day each week (usually Saturday or Sunday).
5. Honor thy father and thy mother.
Respect your parents.
6. Thou shalt not kill.
Don't kill anyone.
7. Do not commit adultery.
If you are married or have a steady partner, don't have sex with other people.
8. Do not steal.
Stealing causes problems.
9. Do not lie about anyone. Do not falsely testify against someone.
Lying causes problems.
10. Do not constantly borrow someone's property and spend too much time with someone's husband or wife.
Don't try to borrow anyone's items as if they were your own, and don't try to use someone's wife or girlfriend as if she were your wife or girlfriend. Doing so causes loads of problems. Respect other people's lives.
If you obey these simple wisdom teachings, you will do well in life. :)
There is nothing superstitious about the Ten Commandments in the slightest
All of the above commandments were the laws 3,500 years ago. Most every civilized country today bases it's laws on these Ten Commandments. We enact laws to help us have better lives with more safety and protection, not to make life harder for anyone (except for the criminals). The ten basic laws Moses brought forth are sensible teachings on how to have more happiness and love, right here and now. If we violate these laws, we cause problems in our own lives. There is nothing superstitious about it. We harm our own situations more than anyone else.
Some may ask where Moses got the Ten Commandments? Did God swoop down on a UFO to give them to Moses? No. First let us point out some of the correct definitions of God; God is love and great goodness. God is the maker of heaven and earth. God is wisdom, and God dwells in us.
Where did Moses get the Ten Commandments?
Moses likely entered the tomb of an old Hyksos king and found the Ten Commandments etched into the walls inside. He copied them down, then brought them out of the mountain. Historians agree the Hebrews in Ancient Egypt were called Hyksos, and, when the Hyksos kings died they were buried in mountain tombs, rather than underground tombs as the Egyptian kings (pharaohs) were.
Numerous excavations of Egyptian tombs show Ancient wisdom teachings were often etched into the walls, and as such, it is highly likely the Ten Commandments had been carved into the walls of Hyksos kingly tombs, and these were located in mountains.
At the time, Moses found his people in need of serious moral direction. Moses probably located and entered an old Hyksos tomb, found the Ten Commandments etched into the wall and copied them down onto tablets.
Why was Moses allowed to enter an ancient tomb, but King Herod was disgraced when he entered the tomb of King David?
For millennia it was considered a serious breach for any reigning king to enter the tomb of one of his forefathers. Only if the nation itself was at risk. could anyone enter a king's tomb, and only to remove as much treasure as is desperately needed by the people, then to close the tomb. Moses entering a Hyksos tomb to obtain the Ten Commandments would make sense and would be perfectly legal under the laws regarding tomb protection. King Herod entering David's tomb to plunder it violated all protocols.
King Herod wasn't in need of money when he entered David's tomb, nor was Herod protecting Israel from destruction. Herod was a puppet king installed by the pagan Romans in the same way the Soviet Union installed their own man to run Poland.
By all the standards of the ancient monarchies, King Herod committed a serious breach by entering David's tomb and removing David's golden bed (as recorded by Josephus). Herod's blatant disrespect for King David's tomb would cause the people of Israel to rise up and oust Herod from the throne, but as long as King Herod did Caesar's bidding, Herod would be protected by Caesar's armies. Herod pillaging David's tomb could, however, cause some very powerful monarchies around the world to no longer recognize King Herod as the king of Israel.
When Herod offered the David's royal bed for sale, as Josephus stated, other monarchs around the world could see this was a valuable artifact pillaged from a royal tomb. Herod disgraced himself. The evidence was the bed itself, which probably contained sacred inscriptions showing it was from King David. Either way, when Herod tried to sell David's golden bed, other monarchs around the world could see that King Herod had pillaged a royal tomb. At least one powerful monarchy to the east apparently saw this violation of royal law and decided Herod was no longer the rightful king of Israel. That kingdom apparently sent three wise men loaded with treasure to recognize a new king of Israel, the baby Jesus Christ.
The gold given to Mary and Joseph may have been more than a few gold coins. If the three wise men's arrival was enough to cause King Herod to send troops out to kill baby Jesus, then it wouldn't merely be a group of old men carrying some coins and incense.
If it is true what the Bible says about the three wise men, then there are only a limited number of options on what could have happened. We list these below with a percent chance of probability;
1. The three wise men were just a little group of old men carrying a few gold coins and incense there to recognize a baby as the new king of Israel. If this happened, King Herod would have laughed off a few old men who arrived with such a paltry so-called treasure. I give this a 2% probability that is what happened.
2. The three wise men were emissaries from three powerful empires to the east. This probably included Ancient China, a country with immense wealth. It was likely the treasure was massive, something fit for a king. These three wise men might have been leading a caravan carrying thousands of pounds of gold. If this happened, the sitting king at the time, King Herod, would not only become quite scared, seeing that powerful empires outside of Rome were acknowledging a new king with their treasure, but he would become enraged. Although Herod was the king of Israel, he was installed by the pagan Romans and acted like the pagan Romans (like animals), which meant King Herod did not follow the Ten Commandments. Debauched rulers like this regularly had whole groups of innocent people killed off. It would be expected that if wealthy nearby empires were delivering huge amounts of gold to this baby, the sitting pagan king would send troops out to kill all the babies under 2 yrs old in the town where this new king was born. For this more sensible theory, I give a 98% probability.
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