7 thoughts on “God fits your agenda

  • Mother of Aeneas and his race, darling of men and gods,
    nurturing Venus, who beneath the smooth-moving heavenly
    signs fill with yourself the sea full-laden with ships, the earth
    that bears the crops, since through you every kind of living
    thing is conceived and rising up looks on the light of the sun
    from you, O goddess, from you the winds flee away, the
    clouds of heaven from you and your coming; for you the
    wonder-working earth puts forth sweet flowers, for you the
    wide stretches of ocean laugh, and heaven grown peaceful
    glows with outpoured light.

    Lucretius’ salute to Venus in the first few lines of his poem, On The Nature of Things.
    The gods were much more fun before Christianity screwed everything up with their. “thou shalt not enjoy life.”

    No, I’m not pissed, I just try to ignore it.

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    • Hello Cagjr. When I was in West Berlin I had a couple diehard Christian jerks try to make it their job to bring me to their Jesus. Recruit me for their god. I got tired of it, as they wouldn’t take no for an answer. So my friends and I came up with a religion called the House of Athena. We did our best to make the religion based in things in history that might have been plausible, but was all based on what would be called heathen. We worshipped nude because the human form was a delight to god as he created it, and we had sex during our worship as god made it for man to enjoy. All sorts of things that would drive the bible thumpers crazy. We then told them every time they shared their god with us we got to share our worship with them. Yes it did stop them, but the bad part was we had people who wanted to join our church services. 😁😀🥰😋😉 Hugs

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  • Adding to the calendar thing, there’s also the months. January, March, and June are named after the Roman gods Janus, Mars, and Juno, and May after the Greek goddess Maia. February is named after a Roman purification ritual.

    In some ways that list is actually being generous, being a little inaccurate in ways that don’t make Christianity look as bad as the actual truth does:
    Imbolc isn’t that close to Valentine’s day (in either concept or actual date); what it actually got Christianized into is Saint Brigid’s day…Brigid herself being a Christianized reinvention of an Irish goddess.In other words, Christians didn’t yoink just the day, but the whole character.
    The actual pagan influence on Valentine’s Day is, of course, Cupid;, cutesified, but not renamed or recontextualized at all. It doesn’t even come from a Roman holiday involving Cupid, though; Christians just couldn’t find a figure symbolizing romantic love within their own religion.

    On the other hand, Christians did already celebrate what we call “Easter” in English before Christianity ever got far enough north to hijack German or English traditions. In many languages the name is instead related to or even the same as what they call Passover. (Which, at least when it’s exactly the same name, could also be considered an attempt to hijack/overwrite another religion’s tradition.)
    The name “Easter” is pagan, and a few other details are too, but few if any of the parts that anyone thinks are about Jesus were ever about anything else.

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    • The King James was translated in 1611 from the Greek manuscripts. I don’t think there was anyone in that period in England worshipping Ishtar or Easter. The word for Easter in the Greek is the word for Passover. pascha.

      From Strong’s Greek dictionary:
      G3957
      πάσχα
      pascha
      pas’-khah
      Of Chaldee origin (compare [H6453]); the Passover (the meal, the day, the festival or the special sacrifices connected with it): – Easter, Passover.
      Total KJV occurrences: 29

      I don’t think there is anything original in Christianity or the Hebrew religions. Where the translators came up with Easter, I have no idea, but it surely came from pagan worship at some time. I think it was Justinian who outlawed all pagan teaching after they had copied all they wanted.

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      • Easter never had anything to do with Ishtar; the meme saying it does is complete nonsense.

        Bede, a Christian monk in the 8th century, wrote “Eosturmonath has a name which is now translated “Paschal month”, and which was once called after a goddess of theirs named Eostre, in whose honour feasts were celebrated in that month. Now they designate that Paschal season by her name, calling the joys of the new rite by the time-honoured name of the old observance.”

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    • Hello D.T. Nova. Thank you for the updates. I am a bit ashamed how little I know of the myths and supernatural beings of different cultures except from different fictional series based on them. For example the Irish goddess Brigid. The entire Irish deities I learned about from the Iron Druid series. From Jim Butchers Dresden files series I learned about the summer and winter queens among other mythical characters.

      From Aron Ra and a few of the other well known atheists I have learned that many of the stories in the Christian bible were retellings and rip offs of other older legends and religions. I wonder why they did that? Wouldn’t it be easier back then to catch it? Also wouldn’t that make their stuff less important if other gods did the same things? Hugs

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