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My thoughts on religion, spirituality, the occult, and Mainstream Religions


Yikes. Past life. Scary
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 Past life
Did a past life spread last night. It told me I was a tyrant, greedy, oppressor of the people…and that my past me wants the now me to be benevolent, loving, and helpful. Sounds like the Old me picked something up. Probably cause it said my old life person’s greed is what killed him. Very interesting. And Karma is kicking my ass in this life cause I was a prick in my past one. Time to balance this out, and ascend to God. WHO’S WITH ME?!

Hell? What hell?
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 Send you to an eternal hell:
This is what many think our Benevolent Deity wants to do to us to “teach us a lesson”. Kinda harsh to still punish after lesson learned. Thus, hell and a benevolent God are contradictory. There is a benevolent God. He has a plan for all of us to make it, including reincarnation. We’ll get it right some day. And that Image? Don’t worry about it, its a lie. :)

Rev. Ib

Hell
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 This is off the top of my head, but I did a big study on this a few years ago. I found it very strange that in St. Jude it talks about Sodom and Gomhorra receiving punishment with “eternal” fire. I then looked up the phrase in the Greek New Testament to see if this phrase was used elsewhere. Jesus spoke of Gehenna or hell with eternal fire. Juxtapose. What do we know about Sodom? Well, the fire isn’t there anymore. You can go there. But what you will notice, is that Its pretty desolate. In other words, eternal here is eternal in the sense of permanence. And there is no proof that God sent them to an eternal hell. And even if there is a hell, I’m convinced its not eternal. Because the “eternal fires” of both Gehenna, which was the trash dump that the idea of hell conceived from in the Judeo-Christian faith. Guess what, it isn’t burning either. I think the Muslims have it right. They think that hell is more of a purgative place for the spiritual diseases that we have wrought. It purifies us alchemically to advance to higher planes of consciousness. SO I said all that to say that If there is a hell, its not eternal. And hell could possibly just be getting treated like shit for past karmic mistakes. That could be our hell. So TRANSCEND hell. :)

Day of Prayer and Bullshit
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 Does anyone else think that its disgusting what is going to happen today in Texas? I mean, they REALLY think that God is going to slow down the progress and evolution of man? Our spirituality is evolving as we evolve. We have learned about things such as freedom for ALL, equality for ALL, Marriage for ALL, love for ALL, Health for ALL, and if something goes wrong healthcare for ALL, to let people DREAM on their WAY TO OUR LAND of something better. To be able to have a say with YOUR OWN body! These people want to bring us back to the dark ages! Demons are our problem?! Homosexuality is our problem? Equality is our problem?! The fact that we want everyone to have free access to education and healthcare? The fact that the homosexuals are gaining ground to having equal rights scares them. They think that the world will end if homosexuals marry. Give me a break. YOU KNOW WHAT RICK PERRY? EVEN THOUGH I LIVE IN WV, AND THIS WILL PROBABLY BE THE LAST STATE TO ALLOW GAY MARRIAGE, I WILL, I REPEAT, I WILL PERFORM CEREMONIES FOR ANYONE IN LOVE. If I were rich, I would pay more taxes. You know why? Because God would want me to take care of others like He is taking care of me. Oh, and Muslims aren’t the problem! Stop blaming them! Neither is any “minority”. You know what the problem is. Fucking Greed. Plain and simple. There is no conspiracy. These assholes are racist, homophobic, xenophobic, greedy bastards. Sorry, its true. This political prayer stunt is protected under the Constitution, and I am happy for that. But my Freedom of speech to call their bullshit is still in operation as well. So today, pray folks, and fast if you want to. But do it for FREEDOM, INDIVIDUALITY, EQUAL LOVE, EQUAL RIGHTS, AND THAT THIS COUNTRY WILL STEP UP AND TAKE CARE OF ITS CITIZENS. Amen. :)
Rev. Ib.

Nephilim (Part 3 of 3)
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 Greetings people who actually take the time to read what I write! I finally can sit down and finish this topic up so that I can think of another topic to write about. haha! This third part will just tie up what has already been learned and a few significant passages about the Nephilim themselves. There isn't much scripture written about them but we can get an idea.

The last two parts I showed (at least tried to) that the Sons of God were Angelic beings and that the daughters of men were the Human women. The product of said union was a race of beings that the Torah calls the "Nephilim" from the Hebrew root, Naphal, which means "fallen". So the word Nephilim means "fallen ones". Who were these Nephilim, what do we know about them? Well, if you do a little research on the internet or a good book on History of the Bible, you will find that many different cultures had a race of "giants". Take for example, the Greek Titan. Or Demi-gods also. So does that mean that there may have actually been a race of giants? Who knows, you can google and they talk about Giant bones that were unearthed (like the pic on my blog), but I'm not convinced. Either way, this tradition isn't just isolated to the Hebrew People. For a description of them, we don't get much. We know from Genesis and Numbers, they were big. In numbers, it says that the people who witnessed them, (the sons of Anak) that they were Grasshoppers in their sight (Numbers 13:33). We know from Genesis 6 that they were mighty men. Now, the Bible doesn't give us much, but we can turn to no other than the Book of Enoch for more. Here, read it for yourself. :)


"It happened after the sons of men had multiplied in those days, that daughters were born to them, elegant and beautiful. And when the angels, the sons of heaven, beheld them, they became enamoured of them, saying to each other, Come, let us select for ourselves wives from the progeny of men, and let us beget children. Then their leader Samyaza said to them; I fear that you may perhaps be indisposed to the performance of this enterprise; And that I alone shall suffer for so grievous a crime.
But they answered him and said; We all swear;
And bind ourselves by mutual execrations, that we will not change our intention, but execute our projected undertaking. Then they swore all together, and all bound themselves by mutual execrations. Their whole number was two hundred, who descended upon Ardis, which is the top of mount Armon.
That mountain therefore was called Armon, because they had sworn upon it, and bound themselves by mutual execrations. [Mt. Armon, or Mt. Hermon, derives its name from the Hebrew wordherem, a curse.]
These are the names of their chiefs: Samyaza, who was their leader, Urakabarameel, Akibeel, Tamiel, Ramuel, Danel, Azkeel, Saraknyal, Asael, Armers, Batraal, Anane, Zavebe, Samsaveel, Ertael, Turel, Yomyael, Arazyal. These were the prefects of the two hundred angels, and the remainder were all with them.
Then they took wives, each choosing for himself; whom they began to approach, and with whom they cohabited; teaching them sorcery, incantations, and the dividing of roots and trees.
And the women conceiving brought forth giants,
Whose stature was each three hundred cubits. These devoured all which the labor of men produced; until it became impossible to feed them; When they turned themselves against men, in order to devour them; And began to injure birds, beasts, reptiles, and fishes, to eat their flesh one after another, and to drink their blood. Their flesh one after another. [Or, "one another’s flesh." R.H. Charles notes that this phrase may refer to the destruction of one class of giants by another.]
Then the earth reproved the unrighteous.
Moreover Azazyel taught men to make swords, knives, shields, breastplates, the fabrication of mirrors, and the workmanship of bracelets and ornaments, the use of paint, the beautifying of the eyebrows, the use of stones of every valuable and select kind, and all sorts of dyes, so that the world became altered.
Impiety increased; fornication multiplied; and they transgressed and corrupted all their ways.
Amazarak taught all the sorcerers, and dividers of roots: Armers taught the solution of sorcery; Barkayal taught the observers of the stars, Akibeel taught signs; Tamiel taught astronomy; And Asaradel taught the motion of the moon,
And men, being destroyed, cried out; and their voice reached to heaven." - Enoch 6-7.

Very interesting indeed. They are even named here. And Finally, here is a thought to ponder...We know they were mentioned in Genesis. Right? So, what happened to the Nephilim of Genesis? The flood. So why are they mentioned in Numbers? The Word Nephilim is used, and they are HUGE, so the author says. Does that mean that somehow they survived, and could be around TODAY? Gimme your thoughts and theories on who they are or what they are, or were. I'd like to hear from ya!

The Tree of Life
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 Quick thought: If you place the Tarot out with the Sepharot being Malkuth, Yesod, and Tiphareth with the paths leading straight up, you get quite a lesson and story. Malkuth (Kingdom) being the realm where matter is the densest, we can’t spiritually see past our noses for the most part. Now to get to the next “level” of ascent (Yesod—Foundation), the path card is “the world” or the “universe” which is what world means in that context. There is a veil that must be crossed to get into the Spiritual. It seems vast and endless, but with a little help from God, we can elevate our minds on spiritual things (which many of us do) and be in the realm of Yesod (The Holy Spirit). This is a sphere with visions, dreams, revelations, and the vision of the holy Guardian Angel. Its where Psychics get their power. Its the next level up in the Sufi cosmogeny as well. Now, to get to the “Christ center” or Tiphareth, the path is very predictable, in a profound way. The Hanged man. As Odin was hung, and as Osiris was slain, and Messiah Yeheshua was crucified, if we are to reside permanently in that region where the Glory of Kether (Crown) resides, we have to kill our egos. Jesus told us that we are to “pick up our cross and follow Him”. Follow Him where? To the “cross”. Egocide. We are to “Pick up our crosses” and “Follow Him” daily. Keep the ego in check. Easier said than done huh? haha. Paul said “I am crucified with Christ, yet it is not I who live, yet Christ lives in me”. The true Paul (not the false deutero-Paul) was a Christian mystic, possibly trained in the Kaballistic arts. He saw the importance of laying aside the self to know the Self. He didn’t say “Jesus” lived in him. He said it was “Christ” in him, viz. Tiphareth Christ Conciousness. This is a journey for all of us. We can’t just wake up and the ego be gone. It is a process of purification. The sufis call it Tasawwuuf. We would call it “mysticism”. So, we peer into the veil of the universe and receive the visions and guidance, then when we have those moments of “lostness” or temporary egocide, we are in a state of ecstasy, because we have “tasted” Tiphareth. Our goal, is to stay there. I wish you peace along your journeys to Enlightenment, however that may look.
Rev. Ib.

Truth
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 “Forget safety.
Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation.
Be notorious.”
— Rumi

The Truth.
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 I may not be the best looking, but at least I'm broke.

Nephilim (Part 2 of 3)
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 In my last post I discussed the precursor to a study of the Nephilim. The points that were made:

1) Sons of God seems to be meaning Angels. We learn this from a word study, and some copies of the Septuagint (Greek Old Testament Translation starting from about 400BC).

2) Daughters of Men are thus human beings.

3) They had an intermarriage, and Nephilim were the product.

4) This caused the flood.

In this section I want to see if there is further proof to prove this point. We started in Chapter 6, and now I want to go to the New Testament of the Bible. If we first go to the book of I Peter we will see that it says: “For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but held them captive in Tartarus with chains of darkness and handed them over to be kept for judgment…” “and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a proclaimer of righteousness, [and seven others] when he brought a flood on the world of the ungodly…” (2 Pet. 2:4-5 LEB) Note this with me if you will. Remember the Genesis story? Doesn’t this passage seem like an outline of that story? You have angels, who left their “first estate” and then were cast out. What happens after that? Noah is mentioned and the flood. It is quite curious, as this lines up with the Genesis 6 account!

The next passage I want to look at is in the Book of Jude. In Jude 1:6 (LEB) it states, “…And the angels who did not keep to their own domain but deserted their proper dwelling place, he has kept in eternal bonds under deep gloom for the judgment of the great day…”. Here it seems to be a reference to the same thing as 2nd Peter. Especially because scholars see II Peter and Jude to be related. Now, I know that Noah isn’t mentioned after this, but you also have to realize that there was a book around Jude that did have this story fleshed out in it: The Book of Enoch. Jude quotes verbatim from Enoch in the “The Lord will descend with thousands and thousands of his Saints”… So it is possible that Jude also made a reference to this book here. ( I should discuss why the Book of Enoch is a good solid book someday).

That being said, go read the book of Enoch sometime. It really fleshes out the story. The Angels are named, the “occult” deeds they taught mankind. It also talks about the horrid violence that was upon the earth at the time. The Angels have dialogue, and then want to repent, but it is too late for them. Go check it out for yourself, its too much to type here. :)

So, as we can see, there is much linguistic proof, textual proof, and commentative evidence that shows us who the parents of the Nephilim were. They were Angels. Enoch gives us their names and their estate (the Watchers). They lusted after flesh and gave up heaven to be with them. Then they were cast into Tartarus, which seems to be a holding place for disobedient angels. In the next and last section, we will look at different myths across the world and Middle East, and other texts to see if there is anything we can learn about the Nephilim. Thanks for Reading!

—-Rev. Ib.

Nephilim (Part 1 of 3)
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 Nephilim (Part 1 of 3)


Greetings one and all. Today, I want to talk to you about a very interesting topic I actually devoted an exegesis to back when I was an undergraduate. Myth, legend, or something deeper, the concept of the Nephilim have produced many questions. Some think they were a legendary group of men, some say they are space alien half breeds. Others think it was figurative language of the product of righteous people and unrighteous people. Who are these people? Are they real? What does the “historical” records have to say about them?
Nephilim, comes from the Hebrew root word “Naphal”, or “fallen”. This would make sense when one studies what the Torah says concerning their genesis. Speaking of Genesis we will start in Genesis 6. The Torah makes the claim that “sons of God” and “daughters of men” intermingled carnally and the product of this unholy union was that of the Nephilim, which the Bible calls “giants” or “men of renown”. This was also the cause of the domino effect which led to the Flood of Noah. To first understand the Nephilim, we must know something of the “sons of God” and “daughters of men”. Now, some say that “sons of God” means “righteous” and daughters….means “unrighteous”. The only proof that is really Adam is referred to as a “son of God” in the sense that he is a human being. And that is a stretch, because son of God can have multiple meanings, especially between the time of the Torah and the Greek New Testament!! That’s quite a gap of time. That aside, I feel that the Greek New Testament does help us see there are different nuances to the word. For example, when Jesus made himself out to be “God’s Son”, the Religious of the day flipped out! So, this term obviously doesn’t just mean righteous alone. That being said, we look to the Hebrew Bible to see if it can help. The phrase “b’nei HaElohim” or sons of God, is used in Genesis six and Job 2 (1:6 and 2:1 to be exact). Give you one guess who the “sons of God” are there? If you guessed angels, you would be correct. So, the only Hebrew proof we have that the Sons of God were Angels is in these two places. Further proof, the phrase as is in Genesis was translated by some manuscripts as “angeloi” or angels. If we need more proof, go look up in the Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon. Scholars have deduced through its scant but pretty straight forward evidence, that Sons of God are Angels. And Daughters of men is only used in Gen. 6. Those are people. The Daughters of Humans, in other words. It states that Angels wanted to have sexual relations with the ladies of the human race. And it states that they did it. Very interesting. The product of this union was what is called in Hebrew, the Nephilim. The Giants. And then it got bad on earth. All kinds of sinning flying around, getting all over the people, so to make a long story short. God picked Noah and 7 others, put ‘em on a boat, and killed everybody else. As a cleansing. (Note: I don’t think this literally happened, I think its an allegory for something deeper) Problem solved (Yeah, right). Okay, so that is the Torah evidence? Is there any other evidence that this is the case? Next blog I write, we will examine the New Testament and other sources to see what was a common view as to who these mysterious “sons of God” are and even the “Nephilim”. Then in a 3 part, I will collect some stories from other myths that resemble the Nephilim and we’ll see whats up. Until then, digest all this wonderful goodness!

Shalom/Salaam/Pax/Peace

Rev. Ib.

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