THOU SHALT NOT LIE, CHEAT, STEAL, KILL, OR COVET THY NEIGHBORS PROPERTY-----THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOR AS THYSELF, HONORING MOTHER AND FATHER.
THOU SHALT SPREAD PEACE, CREATE COMMUNITY, LIFT THOSE WHO ARE POOR, BE HUMBLE AND LIVE SIMPLY.
So, it is very easy to look at our religious texts to see which are the WORDS OF GOD and which are the words of GLOBAL 1% KINGS AND QUEENS-----claiming that our 99% of JEWISH, CHRISTIAN, MUSLIM citizens are
WARRIORS FOR GOD----WARRIORS FOR CHRIST----WARRIORS FOR MUHAMMAD----WARRIORS FOR JUDAH EMPIRE OF ISRAEL.
Here we see a song written by a global 1% KINGS AND QUEENS FREEMASON STAR back in that day------corrupting our early 99% Christian religion.
Once these early religious movements started by common people started to grow-----we saw Jewish/Christian/Muslim SECTS explode. Suddenly there were tons of ways to interpret these early religious texts and today this is how global 1% OLD WORLD KINGS AND QUEENS installed 5% FAKE RELIGIOUS LEADERS to corrupt all our religions.
Onward, Christian Soldiers
The United Methodist Hymnal Number 575
Text: Sabine Baring-Gould, 1834-1924
Music: Arthur S. Sullivan, 1842-1900
Tune: ST. GERTRUDE, Meter: 65.65 D with Refrain
1. Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
with the cross of Jesus going on before.
Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe;
forward into battle see his banners go!
Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
with the cross of Jesus going on before.
2. At the sign of triumph Satan's host doth flee;
on then, Christian soldiers, on to victory!
Hell's foundations quiver at the shout of praise;
brothers, lift your voices, loud your anthems raise.
3. Like a mighty army moves the church of God;
brothers, we are treading where the saints have trod.
We are not divided, all one body we,
one in hope and doctrine, one in charity.
4. Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane,
but the church of Jesus constant will remain.
Gates of hell can never gainst that church prevail;
we have Christ's own promise, and that cannot fail.
5. Onward then, ye people, join our happy throng,
blend with ours your voices in the triumph song.
Glory, laud, and honor unto Christ the King,
this through countless ages men and angels sing.
Below we see what addresses over 2500-3000 years of expansion from our early religions into what are a tremendous number of religious sects tied to symbolism and words in those texts we KNOW are not WORDS OF GOD. We discussed how our Christian religious movements split over issues of VIRGIN BIRTH, BAPTISM, SIN AND SALVATION, TRINITY DESIGNATION/LAST SUPPER EUCHARIST/MIRACLES PERFORMED.
Today, these few world religions have been made so divided over the smallest of claims that this corrupts our early 99% of religious movements where MOSES was a common man trying to escape continuous wars and protect his family----where JESUS was a common man simply trying to create civil society for working class and poor people trying to survive during continuous war and economic disruptions----where MUHAMMAD was instructed to create civil society MOSAIC LAW for that regions' 99% of citizens.
Flash forward to today and each of these sects are at war trying to be the RECIPIENT OF PATRONAGE from the latest BEOWULFS trying to be KINGS AND QUEENS. Our religious sects as seekers of patronage from global banking 1% and OLD WORLD KINGS AND QUEENS-----takes us back to STONE AGES 3000BC--1000BC.
Each of these sects today are now simply being operated by 5% to the 1% freemason/Greeks ----NOT RELIGIOUS.
How many Jewish sects are there?
Is it true there are only two Jewish sects or are there 71?
Judaism asked October 21, 2012
This question originates from the following ahadith that count how many Jewish, Christian and Muslim sects the are.
Sayyidina Rasulallah said:
The Jews split into 71 groups; 1 group will enter Paradise and 70 will enter Hell. The Christians split into 72 groups; 1 group will enter Paradise and 71 will enter Hell. By Him in Whose Power is the life of Muhammad , without doubt, my Ummah will be divided into 73 groups. Only one will enter Paradise and 72 will enter Hell.
– Ibne Majah: Kitab al-Fitan, Hafiz Ibn Kathir: Signs before Day of Judgement, page 14
Sayyidina Rasulallah said:
There was disagreement amongst Jews and they split into 72 groups. In exactly the same way,there will be disagreement and divisions in my Ummah. It will split into 73 groups. Except for one of these groups, all the remaining will be thrown into Hell.
– Tirmidhi, Imam Ahmad, Abu Dawud, Mishkat
The Prophet (SAW) said: The Jews were split up into seventy-one or seventy-two sects; and the Christians were split up into seventy one or seventy-two sects; and my community will be split up into seventy-three sects.
– Sunan Abi Dawud 4596
Before we can verify how many Jewish sects there are we must first determine what a Jewish sect is within in the context of these ahadith.
1. The sect cannot follow Jesus, for that would make it Christian
2. The sect cannot follow Muhammad (SAW), for that would make it Muslim
3. The sect must revolve around the Torah
4. The sect must have been founded by Banu Yisrael
5. The sect must worship the G-d of Ibrahim (AS), Ishaq (AS) and Yakub (AS) alone.
Now that we have established what a Jewish sect is we must determine when they came into existence. The tense Muhammad (SAW) uses suggests that he was referring to a historical event, “there was a disagreement and the Jews split”, so to identify these 71 or 72 sects we must first turn to the past.
First Century Sects
The Torah records the first Jewish sect as being the cult of the golden calf, the second sect we know of was the short lived sect of Korach, Datan and Aviram. Later on, following the rule of Solomon, Yerav’am (Jeroboam) ben Nevat, established a sect in the Northern Kingdom of Israel. Although these examples are proof of sectarianism from Judaism’s earliest moments, the most fertile period for pre-diaspora Jewish sects was during the time of the Second Beit HaMikdash (Temple). Should there be ancient evidence for these ahadith, it is likely we’ll find it in this era.
Pharisees / Perushim
The Pharisees are the spiritual fathers of modern Judaism, emphasizing a strict interpretation and observance of the Mosaic law in both its oral and written form.Active
Sadducees / TzedukimThe Sadducees were a priestly, aristocratic sect that accepted Torah but rejected the oral law.Extinct
EssenesThe Essenes lived in highly organized societies dedicated to asceticism, voluntary poverty, daily immersion, and abstinence from worldly pleasures, including (for some groups) celibacy. Extinct
Zealots / Kanna’im / BiryonimThey were a nationalist sect known for zealously defending Jewish law and national life, though they themselves were without religious leadership.Extinct
SicariiA Kanna’im splinter group that hid daggers beneath their cloaks, which they used to stab anyone found committing a sacrilegious act or provoking anti-Jewish feeling (their name means “dagger”). Recorded by in the Talmud and by Josephus.Extinct
TherapeutaeA Hellenistic Jewish sect with a reputation for philosophy, they lived chastely and in utter simplicity. Recorded by Philo.Extinct
Qumran SectWere most likely an Essene sect that adopted a strict and separatist way of life. Most of what we know about them comes from their library preserved at Qumran (the Dead Sea Scrolls).Extinct
GalileansA small sect that believed Theudas to be a prophet of G-d. Recorded by Josephus and Justin MartyrExtinct
Herodians / BoethusiansA Sadducean splinter sect recorded in the Talmud.Extinct
Hemerobaptists / Tovelei ShacharitThey were an Essene sect that bathed each day before prayer in order to pronounce the name of G-d with a clean body. Recorded in the Talmud, Epiphanius and Hegesippus.Extinct
Followers of the Egyptian prophet
Josephus mentions an Egyptian prophet proclaimed himself the Jewish messiah and led an army of 30,000 Jews to Jerusalem where they were quickly defeated.Extinct
The gnostics were a first century Jewish sects that fused Gnosticism with Judaism.Extinct
MeristaeAn unidentified first century sect possibly Jewish recorded by Justin MartyrExtinct
GenistaeAn unidentified first century sect possibly Jewish recorded by Justin MartyrExtinct
Although they rejected the Oral Law and the Written Law, in favor of their own slightly modified Torah, we have included the Samaritans as a Jewish sect because of their Jewish origin and closeness to Judaism Active
Chroniclers of this era talk of many more sects than those mentioned above, but if there were 71 or 72 sects during this period their names, beliefs and adherents have been lost to the passage of time. As only two sects from this era survived, instead of the 71 or 72 quoted in the ahadith Muhammad (SAW) could not have been talking about this period.
Sects at the time of Muhammad
The Prophet (SAW) spoke as if the split that had already happened, so the 71 or 72 sects should have been in existence during his lifetime. But when we examine 7th century Jewish theology we don’t see any such division, in fact we find the opposite. During this era the Talmudic schools of Babylon were able to unify the Jewish people into one homogeneous group.
Pharisees / Jews
Four centuries before the birth of Muhammad (SAW), rabbi Yehuda HaNasi realized the Oral Law was at risk of being forgotten and together with the greatest scholars of his time wrote it down in the Mishnah. The Mishnah was written in Israel, which during this period was the center of the Jewish world, but gradually rabbinic authority shifted from Israel to Babylon.
For three centuries Babylonian rabbis elucidated the Mishnah in a collection of writings known as the Babylonian Gemara, together these teachings are known as the Babylonian Talmud.
About a century before the Babylonian Talmud was completed the rabbis of Israel finished the Jerusalem Talmud, which had similar teachings to its Babylonian counterpart but with greater focus on the laws relating to the land of Israel.
According to Maimonides during the time of the Geonim all Jewish communities formally accepted the Babylonian Talmud as binding upon themselves. However, there were isolated communities that Geonim weren’t in contact who with were unaware of this ruling. This explains why a small number of Jews to this day exclusively study the Jerusalem Talmud (e.g. the Romaniotes).
We must stress how similar in theology these two schools are, and for this reason we have not included them as separate sects. The rabbis of the Jerusalem Talmud are quoted throughout the Babylonian Talmud, and excluding one or two tiny communities – the Jerusalem and Babylonian Talmuds are universally learnt by all Jews today. Although the Babylonian Talmud takes precedence wherever the two conflict.
The Samaritans were still a large sect at the time of Muhammad (SAW)ActiveIt is highly unlikely that the Prophet was speaking about a division that occurred during his lifetime as this period was arguably the most unified the Jewish people had been since the 12 tribes wandered through the desert. The first known sect to emerge in the diaspora formed approximately 100 years after the death of the Prophet (SAW), it is implausible that he was referring to any schism he witnessed.
Up until the haskala (the Jewish enlightenment) every Jew agreed to the divinity of the Written and Oral Law (with the exception of fringe groups like the Karaites and Samaritans). This meant that rather than dividing along theological lines, the Jewish communities differentiated themselves through the minhagim (customs) and nusachim (liturgy) that evolved in particular geographical areas.
Although distinct from each other these groups are not sects, they share the same creed and any distinctions are slight and nuanced.
For 1500 years the Jewish communities of Sefard (the Iberian Peninsula) thrived until they were expelled from Christendom in 1492. Upon becoming homeless they sought refuge in friendlier nations, often with existing Jewish communities. These immigrant Jews brought with them a rich religious culture that was quickly adopted by the Pre-existing Jewish communities who were often far less scholarly. Today there is barely a community in the East that doesn’t follow the Shulchan Aruch or Mishneh Torah (two codifications of Jewish law written by Sephardi rabbis).
During the 11th century the Jews of France/Germany (Ashkenaz) began codifying customs and liturgy that slightly differed from their sephardi brethren, within a few centuries this community had swelled and developed into a rich civilization with it’s own language (Yiddish) and distinct religious characteristics. By the 17th century Poland-Lithuania had become the centers of this new world, where yeshivas and hasidic dynasties flourished. Today it is the biggest branch of Judaism with large settlements all over the world.
Mizrach is Hebrew for east and is a collective term to describe the Jews that lived in the Middle East and Caucasus. While there are many Mizrachi groups, some with unique traditions that date back to the First Temple, most Mizrachim now follow a liturgy that combines their original traditions with the mainstream Sephardi customs.
These are long articles but please glance through to see how what was an early religious movement started by our 99% of WE THE PEOPLE back then has been made a corruption of the original intent of GOD'S actions across regions blighted by continuous wars by global 1% OLD WORLD KINGS AND QUEENS.
Warrior Prophet: Moses or Muhammad?
By Danios on March 6, 2011 in Feature, Loon Politics
This article is part 1 of LoonWatch’s Understanding Jihad Series.
The video of anti-Muslim bigots jeering at mosque-goers in Orange County has now gone viral. Amongst those who sponsored the hateful event were two extremist Zionist Jews, namely Pamela Geller and Rabbi David Eliezrie. It was also sponsored by ACT! for America, a fervently pro-Israeli group with heavy Christian Zionist overtones. The link between Zionism and Islamophobia is well-established.
As can be seen from the video, one of the principal ways these “Israeli-firsters” try to hurt Muslims is by insulting Muhammad, the prophet of Islam. In particular, they criticize Muhammad as being warlike and violent. The fact that their religious founder was belligerent explains why Muslims today are, or so the argument goes.
Yet, Moses–the prophet of Judaism and the principal figure of the religion–was far more warlike and violent than Muhammad. We know this from the Hebrew Bible, which is considered Judaism’s most sacred scripture and respected by Christians as the Old Testament. (The Biblical verses we will examine will also show us why the Bible is far more violent than the Quran.) Could the violent nature of Moses explain the belligerence of the modern day state of Israel and its supporters?
According to the Bible, a Jewish prophet by the name of Moses arose in Egypt. He liberated his people from bondage, and together they fled Egypt to the “promised land.” The promised land was a place called Canaan (Palestine). This journey from Egypt to Canaan was known as the Exodus.
It might help to glance at a map:
So the Hebrews fled Egypt and traveled to Canaan.
But they hit a small snag. There were already people living in Canaan. These natives are referred to in the Bible as “The Seven Nations.” (Not to be a stickler, but there were actually more than seven nations.) Here is what the tribes looked like before the Israelites arrived:
To resolve this dilemma, God ordered the Israelites to exterminate all the inhabitants of Canaan (men, women, and children) and to take their land. The God of the Bible commanded Moses and his followers:
Deuteronomy 20:17 You must utterly destroy the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, just as the LORD your God has commanded you.
OH, REALLY????? GOD SAID THAT AND NOT THE OLD WORLD KINGS AND QUEENS?
The God of the Bible threatened the people of Palestine/Canaan with catastrophe (nakba):
Exodus 15:14 The people shall hear, and be afraid: sorrow shall take hold on the inhabitants of Palestine.
15: 15 Then, the dukes of Edom shall be amazed; the might men of Moab, trembling shall take hold on them, all the inhabitants of Canaan shall melt away.
15:16 Terror and dread shall fall on them; by the greatness of your arm they shall be as still as a stone; till your people pass over, O LORD, till the people pass over, which you have purchased.
15:17 You shall bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of your inheritance.
In other words, God “purchased” the land that the natives lived on, and He would give it as “inheritance” to the Israelite conquerors. It should be clear that the words “all the inhabitants of Canaan shall melt away” refers to genocide, a point which we will subsequently be made clearer.
The Aradites were one group of peoples that inhabited Canaan, the land which the God of Israel had promised the Israelites. The Israelites marched towards them:
Numbers 33:40 At that time the Canaanite king of Arad, who lived in the Negev in the land of Canaan, heard that the people of Israel were approaching his land.
One Biblical commentary explains that the Aradite king “heard of the coming of the children of Israel, towards the land of Canaan, in order to possess it, and he came out and fought with them.” The king had some initial success:
21:1 He attacked the Israelites and captured some of them.
Ancient Israel responded with even more brutality than the modern day state of Israel does:
21:2 Then Israel made this vow to the LORD: “If you will deliver these people into our hands, we will totally destroy their cities.”
21:3 The LORD heard the voice of Israel and delivered up the Canaanites; then they utterly destroyed them and their cities. Thus the name of the place was called Hormah [Utter Destruction].
The word Hormah literally translates to “Ban”, because it means that there is a ban on all living things. As we shall see, the Israelites slaughtered men, women, children, cattle, sheep, donkeys, and anything that breathed. The word “Hormah” is often translated by Biblical commentators as “Utter Destruction.”
After annihilating the Aradites, Moses and the Israelites then turned their attention to the Amorites. The God of the Bible commanded the faithful to conquer the Amorite land of Heshbon:
Deuteronomy 2:24 Then the LORD said, “Now get moving! Cross the Arnon Gorge. Look, I will hand over to you Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and I will give you his land. Attack him and begin to occupy the land.
2:25 This very day I will begin to put the terror and fear of you on all the nations under heaven. They will hear reports of you and will tremble and be in anguish because of you.”
The Israelites requested King Sihon to pass through his land. Sihon naturally refused, as he had heard reports of what the Israelites had done to his neighbors. When Sihon refused the request, the order was given to attack him:
2:30 But Sihon king of Heshbon refused to let us pass through. For the Lord your God had made his spirit stubborn and his heart obstinate in order to give him into your hands, as he has now done.
2:31 The Lord said to me, “See, I have begun to deliver Sihon and his country over to you. Now begin to conquer and possess his land.”
Of course, every nation-state has a right to deny entry of foreigners into its territory. If, for example, the Iranian army requested permission to pass through Israel, would Iran have justification to attack Israel if the request was refused? King Sihon’s denial of the request is all the more reasonable when we consider that (1) the king knew that the Israelites were bent on conquering his land, and (2) the peoples of that region had “hear[d] reports of you [Israelites]” that made them “tremble and be in anguish.”
In any case, after furnishing themselves with a moral justification to invade Heshbon, Moses and the Israelites proceeded to kill the king of Heshbon and all his people:
2:33 The Lord our God delivered him over to us and we struck him down, together with his sons and his whole army.
2:34 At that time we took all his cities and completely destroyed them—men, women and children. We left no survivors.
2:35 But the livestock and the plunder from the towns we had captured we carried off for ourselves.
Multiple cities and their populations were completely annihilated:
2:36 From Aroer on the rim of the Arnon Gorge, and from the city in the gorge, even as far as Gilead, not one city was too strong for us. The Lord our God gave us all of them.
King Sihon and his people, the Amorites of Heshbon, were ethnically cleansed. The Israelites then moved on to King Og and his people, the Amorites of Bashan. The God of the Bible commanded the Israelites to “do to him what you did to Sihon, king of the Amorites”, i.e. annihilate them:
Numbers 21:34 The LORD said to Moses, “Do not be afraid of Og, for I have handed him over to you, with his whole army and his land. Do to him what you did to Sihon, king of the Amorites who reigned in Heshbon.”
21:35 So they killed him and his sons and all his people, until there was none left to him alive, and they possessed his land.
Moses and the Israelites then massacred the inhabitants of sixty different cities:
Deuteronomy 3:3 So the Lord our God also gave into our hands Og king of Bashan and all his army. We struck them down, leaving no survivors.
3:4 At that time we took all his cities. There was not one of the sixty cities that we did not take from them—the whole region of Argob, Og’s kingdom in Bashan.
3:5 All these cities were fortified with high walls and with gates and bars, and there were also a great many unwalled villages.
3:6 We completely destroyed them, as we had done with Sihon king of Heshbon, destroying every city—men, women and children.
3:7 But all the livestock and the plunder from their cities we carried off for ourselves.
In fact, the Bible repeatedly sanctions the genocide of natives:
20:16 In the cities of the nations the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes.
20:17 You must utterly destroy the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, just as the LORD your God has commanded you.
The next verse explains why “you must utterly destroy” them:
20:18 Otherwise, they will teach you to follow all the detestable things they do in worshiping their gods, and you will sin against the Lord your God.
The Bible advocates genocide of the adherents of other religions, due to the fear that the believers may convert. This becomes very clear when we consider the way Moses and the God of the Bible deal with the Mobaites and Midianites. Some women from the Moabites and Midianites partook in consensual sexual relations with Israelite men. After cohabitating with idolatrous women, the Israelite men were affected by the Moabite and Midianite religion and culture. Eventually, these men started worshiping Ba’al Pe’or, the local god of the Moabites and Midianites. This earned the Israelites the wrath of God:
Numbers 25:1 While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with Moabite women,
25:2 who invited them to the sacrifices to their gods. The people ate and bowed down before these gods.
25:3 So Israel joined in worshiping the Baal of Peor. And the Lord’s anger burned against them.
God then sent a plague down upon the people of Israel, which was only lifted after one of the Israelites murdered a Midianite woman:
25:6 Then an Israelite man brought to his family a Midianite woman right before the eyes of Moses and the whole assembly of Israel while they were weeping at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting.
25:7 When Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, saw this, he left the assembly, took a spear in his hand
25:8 and followed the Israelite into the tent. He drove the spear through both of them—through the Israelite and into the woman’s body. Then the plague against the Israelites was stopped;
25:9 but those who died in the plague numbered 24,000.
25:10 The Lord said to Moses,
25:11 “Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, has turned my anger away from the Israelites; for he was as zealous as I am for my honor among them, so that in my zeal I did not put an end to them.
25:12 Therefore tell him I am making my covenant of peace with him.
25:13 He and his descendants will have a covenant of a lasting priesthood, because he was zealous for the honor of his God and made atonement for the Israelites.”
In verse 25:15, we learn that Cozbi was the name of the Midianite woman who was murdered. This “honor killing” placated God’s anger, and God blessed the killer and his descendants with “a covenant of lasting priesthood.” God did, however, command Moses and the Israelites to massacre the Midianites:
25:16 The Lord said to Moses,
25:17 “Treat the Midianites as enemies and kill them,
25:18 because they treated you as enemies when they deceived you in the affair of Peor and their sister Cozbi, the daughter of a Midianite leader, the woman who was killed when the plague came as a result of Peor.”
The above verse makes it clear why God commanded Moses and the Israelites to kill the Midianites: because of the “affair of Peor” (i.e. the idolatrous women having consensual sexual relations with the Israelite men and the subsequent idol worship) and Cozbi (the woman who had sexual relations with an Israelite man).
And so God commanded Moses to attack the Midianites:
31:1 The Lord said to Moses,
31:2 “Avenge the people of Israel of the Midianites. After that, you will be gathered to your people.”
31:3 So Moses said to the people, “Arm some of your men to go to war against the Midianites and to carry out the Lord’s vengeance on them.
31:4 Send into battle a thousand men from each of the tribes of Israel.”
31:7 They fought against Midian, as the Lord commanded Moses, and killed every man.
31:8 Among their victims were Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur and Reba—the five kings of Midian. They also killed Balaam son of Beor with the sword.
31:9 The Israelites captured the Midianite women and children and took all the Midianite herds, flocks and goods as plunder.
31:10 They burned all the towns where the Midianites had settled, as well as all their camps.
31:11 They took all the plunder and spoils, including the people and animals,
31:12 and brought the captives, spoils and plunder to Moses and Eleazar the priest…
The Jewish followers of Moses killed every man, and took the women and children as slaves. They then returned to Moses, but he became upset at them for not killing the women and children as well. Only the young virgins fit to be sex slaves were to be kept alive:
31: 14 Moses was angry with the officers of the army—the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds—who returned from the battle.
31:15 “Have you allowed all the women to live?” he asked them.
31:16 “They were the ones who followed Balaam’s advice and were the means of turning the Israelites away from the Lord in what happened at Peor, so that a plague struck the Lord’s people.
31:17 Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man,
31:18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.
Then God discusses how to divide up the spoils of war:
31:25 The Lord said to Moses,
31:26: “You and Eleazar the priest and the family heads of the community are to count all the people and animals that were captured.
31:27 Divide the spoils between the soldiers who took part in the battle and the rest of the community.
31:28 From the soldiers who fought in the battle, set apart as tribute for the Lord one out of every five hundred, whether persons, cattle, donkeys, sheep or goats.”
This last verse seems to justify human sacrifices to God “as tribute for the Lord.” The next few verses bear this out:
31:32 The plunder remaining from the spoils that the soldiers took was 675,000 sheep,
31:33 72,000 cattle,
31:34 61,000 donkeys
31:35 and 32,000 women who had never slept with a man.
31:36 The half share of those who fought in the battle was: 337,500 sheep,
31:37 of which the tribute for the Lord was 675;
31:38 36,000 cattle, of which the tribute for the Lord was 72;
31:39 30,500 donkeys, of which the tribute for the Lord was 61;
31:40 16,000 people, of which the tribute for the Lord was 32.
As for the Moabites, they avoided the wrath of Israel for a short period of time before they were ultimately decimated. That task was carried out by David, one of Moses’ divinely chosen successors (and a prophet of Judaism in his own right). The faithful massacred two-thirds of the Moabites and took the remaining one-third as dhimmis perpetual serfs:
2 Samuel 8:2 David also conquered the land of Moab. He made the people lie down on the ground in a row, and he measured them off in groups with a length of rope. He measured off two groups to be executed for every one group to be spared. The Moabites who were spared became David’s subjects and paid him tribute money.
Some Biblical commentaries argue that two-thirds of the Moabite population was slaughtered while others argue that only the soldiers were. In any case, the Moabites were subjected to dhimmitude perpetual serfdom and were forced to pay jizya tribute. But eventually the Moabites revolted against this tributary tax:
2 Kings 3:4 King Mesha of Moab was a sheep breeder. He used to pay the king of Israel an annual tribute of 100,000 lambs and the wool of 100,000 rams.
3:5 But after Ahab died, the king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel.
The Israelites, with the blessing of Elisha (another Jewish prophet), mobilized three large armies to stamp out the rebellion. The people of Moab attempted to defend themselves:
3:21 Now all the Moabites had heard that the three armies had come to fight against them; so every man, young and old, who could bear arms was called up and stationed on the border.
The Moabites were vanquished and slaughtered:
3:24 The Israelites invaded the land and slaughtered the Moabites.
3:25 They destroyed the towns, and each man threw a stone on every good field until it was covered. They stopped up all the springs and cut down every good tree. Only [the fortress of] Kir Hareseth was left with its stones in place, but men armed with slings surrounded it and attacked it as well.
The Israelites then called off the siege with the result that a few Moabites survived. The Moabites were finally destroyed altogether in 2 Chronicles 20, although the actual narration is a bit difficult to follow.
The Biblical Moses was thus responsible for the massacre and genocide of several populations. These included the people of Arad, Heshbon (and her surrounding cities), Bashan (including at least sixty cities), and the Midianites. Before he passed away, Moses was very disappointed that he couldn’t complete the ethnic cleansing of the land. He wanted to take part in the genocide of those living past the Jordan:
3:23 At that time I [Moses] pleaded with the Lord:
3:24 “O Sovereign Lord, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do?
3:25 Let me go over and see the good land beyond the Jordan—that fine hill country and Lebanon.”
God rejected Moses’ plea and declared:
3:28 “But commission Joshua, and encourage and strengthen him, for he will lead this people across and will cause them to inherit the land that you will see.”
And so, the job of genocide was divinely passed on from Moses to his successor, Joshua.
The wars of Muhammad will be addressed in a subsequent part of the Understanding Jihad Series, which will directly refute chapter 1 (Muhammad: Prophet of War) of Robert Spencer’s book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades).
However, it would be helpful to point out the most striking difference between Moses and Muhammad in this regard. Moses targeted and killed civilians–women, children, babies, and the infirm elderly. Moses ordered his soldiers: “Kill all the boys[,] and kill every woman” (Numbers 31:17), an order which is an oft-repeated imperative in the Bible. Meanwhile, Muhammad explicitly forbade targeting civilians on numerous occasions, saying: “Do not kill an infirm old man, an infant, a child, or a woman.” (Sunan Abu Dawood, book 14, #2608)
It could be argued that the life and wars of Moses are of questionable historicity, and that secular scholarship would doubt the accuracy of Jewish scriptural sources. Yet, this argument is nullified by the fact that the life and wars of Muhammad are similarly subject to questionable historicity. The primary sources of Muhammad’s life and wars come almost exclusively from the Islamic scriptural sources and tradition, namely “(1) casual allusions in the Qur’an and (2) oral traditions”. More neutral non-Muslim sources from the seventh century are scant, and at most confirm the existence of Muhammad and very basic data. Writes Professor Solomon Alexander Nigosian on p.6 of Islam: Its History, Teaching, and Practices:
The attempt to separate the historical from the unhistorical elements in the available sources has yielded few, if any, positive results regarding the figure of Muhammad or the role he played in Islam. The predicament faced by modern scholars is perhaps best stated by Harald Motzki:
At present, the study of Muhammad, the founder of the Muslim community, is obviously caught in a dilemma. On the one hand, it is not possible to write a historical biography of the Prophet without being accused of using the sources uncritically, while on the other hand, when using the sources critically, it is simply not possible to write such a biography.
In order to construct narratives of Muhammad’s wars, one must rely on the Islamic scriptural sources and tradition (the same ones which Islamophobes use to criticize Islam). It seems only reasonable and fair then to compare Muhammad with the Moses derived from the Jewish scriptural sources and tradition. And in this light, Moses does not stack up well against Muhammad.
Those who are familiar with my writing know very well that the intent here is not at all to “bash” Moses or Judaism, but rather to give the haters a taste of their own medicine in order that they realize the error in their ways. In particular, the goal is to show that the absurd standard Islam is held to–or anything related to Islam (Muhammad, Allah, the Quran, Sharia, Muslims, Muslim-majority countries, etc.)–is unfair, a fact that becomes painfully obvious when applied in a similar way to a Jewish/Christian/[insert faith here] analogue.
What we KNOW as historical fact is this-----two major players in capturing that early 99% religious movement ST PETER----ST PAUL both were not original disciples of JESUS ----and in fact there is little to no historical documents of most of those original disciples. ST PETER went on to establish the HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE KINGS AND QUEENS ----ST PAUL went on to create those EASTERN ORTHODOX religions. Remember our global banking 1% freemason STAR UMBERTO ECO and his story of BAUDOLINO tracks that movement of ST PAUL from BYZANTINE CONSTANTINOPLE to ST ANDREWS KIEVAN EMPIRE RUSSIA leading us to EASTERN RUSSIAN ORTHODOXY.
It is pretty common knowledge that DA VINCI was that global banking 1% OLD WORLD KINGS AND QUEENS' freemason/Greek-----whether LAST SUPPER for Jesus was with his best of friends/disciples/family or tied to 12 TRIBES OF JUDAH/KNIGHTS OF MALTA------people will believe what they will.
Our point in public policy discussion is this: much of what started as a 99% common man religious movement has been infused with symbolism especially surrounding KINGS AND QUEENS/ROYALTY/CROWNS AND THRONES and none of that was what history documents as these early religious movements---whether JEWISH/CHRISTIAN/MUSLIM.
The Last Supper and the Lost Tribes of Israel (Intro)
Dr. Brant Pitre introduces his set, The Last Supper and the…
All of these contradictions------all of these divisions do not NEGATE the common threads of our REAL early 99% religious movements.
These 12 Men Shaped Christianity—But Were They Real?
Historical evidence of the Apostles is scarce, and some of it contradicts core Christian beliefs.
Picture of The Last Supper
This image based on Leonardo Da Vinci's "Last Supper" shows Jesus Christ and the Twelve Apostles, including his brother James (in green, to the right of Christ). Judas Iscariot (third to the left of Christ) holds a bag containing the 30 pieces of silver he was allegedly paid to betray Jesus.
Photograph by Lebrecht Music and Arts Photo Library, Alamy
By Simon Worrall
PUBLISHED March 6, 2016
In the Bible, Jesus Christ names 12 apostles to spread his gospel, and the early Christian church owes its rapid rise to their missionary zeal. Yet, for most of the Twelve, there's scant evidence of their existence outside of the New Testament.
In Apostle: Travels Among the Tombs of the Twelve, author Tom Bissell sets off to discover whether the Twelve Apostles were actual historical figures or merely characters in a fictional story. On the way, he walked for 500 miles along the Camino de Santiago pilgrim route in northern Spain, visited the place where Judas Iscariot reportedly hanged himself, and hunted in vain for a mysterious monastery in Kyrgyzstan where the bones of the Apostle Matthew are believed to be buried. It’s a journey full of false starts, dead ends, and unsolved riddles that leaves him as perplexed as when he began. (Discover why the Virgin Mary is the world's most powerful woman.)
I’m not sure if that is a distinction that would have made a lot of sense to anyone in the first century. There was no distinction between evangelistic propaganda and what the writers themselves believed to be true. From a modern viewpoint, it’s hard to see the Gospels as unvarnished, truthful accounts. The journalistic impulse didn’t exist back then. People’s partisan beliefs that magic and divinity were at work in the world were overriding. Today we would call it creative non-fiction, with the emphasis on “creative.”
You grew up a Catholic, but then had a crisis of faith. Wind the clock back and explain how that inspired you to write this book.
I did not have a crisis of faith so much as I just read a few books that made me realize, “Wow, none of this stuff is probably true in the way that I thought it was.” Yet I remained deeply interested in these stories in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. But I have to confess that the biggest inspiration for this book was the film Life of Brian—that scene where Brian is running from the Romans, jumps out of a tower, and lands in the middle of a marketplace full of all these gabbling prophets saying nonsense, and so just starts reciting random stuff and attracts an audience. After having grown up in Catholic school watching all these sanitized, educational Christian films, that segment of the film painted to me a more vivid, realistic, and psychologically believable portrait of the first century than anything I’d ever seen! [Laughs]
A couple of the names recorded in the New Testament are probably actual people. There was probably a Peter and a John, definitely a James (the brother of Jesus), and probably a Thomas. Beyond that, there’s nothing historical that verifies their existence other than the gospels themselves. So I think they’re a mixture of fact and fiction.
One of the great mysteries of early Christian history is that we know a fair amount about Paul and we know that James, the brother of Jesus, was a real person. Yet neither of them is a member of the Twelve. So you have these 12 people who were the first followers of Jesus, yet there’s nothing about them in any secular source. Paul’s letters mention both Peter and John, though, which suggests they were historical figures and not just names.
You begin your search in Jerusalem for the final resting place of Judas Iscariot, whom you call the “electromagnet of wickedness.” Tell us about that journey—and whether you believe Judas was a real historical character.
That is a very thorny question. According to tradition, though scripture is not clear on this, Judas hanged himself in a place called Hakeldama in the Hinnom Valley, which is this rocky, desert-like valley in the southern part of Jerusalem. When you go there, it really does feel like it’s a cursed place. That’s the power of these stories. You feel the centuries of hatred and disgust for this person who betrayed Jesus.
As to whether Judas was real, I think it’s probably true that Jesus was betrayed by someone. Whether or not his name was Judas is a much more difficult question. I suspect the broad outlines of the Judas story, as the gospel writers outlined it, is probably fictional. In a lot of the other Jesus stories, the gospel writers seem to be singing from the same hymn sheet. But with Judas, I think they had much less raw material to work with, so they all treated it in their own way. This suggests to me that he was more a fictional character than actual person.
In 2006, a team of translators and scholars working for National Geographic published the so-called lost “Gospel of Judas.” Did this shed any further light on the subject?
The Gospel of Judas was an artifact of Sethian Christianity, a very confrontational form of non-mainstream Christianity in the second century. They believed Judas walked a slightly different path than the conventional Judas. Their Judas is simultaneously an object of condemnation and also illumination. They believed in a completely different God from the proto-orthodox Christians of their time. The Sethian Christians hated the apostolic authority model that other Christians followed. There were a lot of really diverse forms of Christianity floating around in the first two hundred years of the faith. And some of them were really odd.
Picture of the Apostle Saint James
The existence of James, Jesus' elder brother (shown here in a painting by El Greco), is supported by historical evidence—but contradicts the idea of a "Virgin Birth."
Photograph by Heritage Image Partnership Ltd, Alamy
Kyrgyzstan is not a place most of us associate with Bible stories. But you went there looking for the tomb of Matthew. Tell us about your trip—and whether you found it.
Today, central Asia does not seem to be the most Christian-accommodating part of the world, but until the Middle Ages there were a large number of Christians. They were not Roman or Greek Christians. They were Middle Eastern Christians, who kept migrating eastward.
According to a medieval map from Spain, Matthew’s relics were buried in a place called the Monastery of Armenian Brotherhood, which was believed to be on the shore of Lake Issyk-Kul, this beautiful body of water in the middle of the Kyrgyzstan Mountains. A Russian archaeologist claimed to have found it in 2006, so I went off to search for it. I soon discovered that there had never been an Armenian monastery there, only a 19th-century Russian monastery. But it was one of my favorite journeys because it was really hard to find and was one of the most enchanting places I have ever been, even though my quest to find St Matthew's relics came to an anti-climactic end. [Laughs]
The stories of the Twelve Apostles are a huge part of how the Western world decided to teach itself what is meant by community and story-telling and by truth, friendship, and loyalty.
You call the Apostle James a “particularly elusive character.” In 2002, an ossuary surfaced in Israel, which appeared to confirm his identity. Is there any truth to it?
We know James, the brother of Jesus, was a real person. He’s mentioned by Flavius Josephus, a first-century Jewish historian. Some people say that the ossuary is real but the inscription, which says "James, the Brother of Jesus" in Aramaic, is not. No one has found his body, but he was clearly a well-known figure in the first century, who turns up an awful lot in early Christian writing. The fact that Josephus and others regarded the Roman destruction of Jerusalem as divine revenge for the death of James, who was killed circa A.D 66 right before the Jewish revolt against Rome, tells you everything you need to know about how significant he was.
I’ve not seen the ossuary and I’m not a trained archaeologist, but I’m perfectly willing to believe that James could have had a secreted away tomb, with an ossuary. His followers would almost certainly have given him a significant burial site. But the problem with James is that he confounds everything orthodox Christians accept about the virgin birth. If he were Jesus’s older brother, that’s a big problem right there because Mary was supposed to be a virgin. I suspect James was real, that there is a good chance he was the older brother of Jesus, and that he was the most important figure in first-century Christianity after Jesus. But the virgin birth does not make a heck of a lot of sense. The known laws of the universe don’t typically stop working. [Laughs]
Picture of Camino de Santiago, Northern Spain
Each year, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims walk the 500-mile Camino de Santiago in northern Spain, which purportedly leads to the burial place of James.
Photograph by Jennie Hart, Alamy
Did your journey end up convincing you of the historical veracity of the Apostles? Or just make you even more confused?
It didn’t make me either, really. One of my pet peeves is this notion that simply to believe in something is good. I have a real hard time accepting that because what if you believe in something monstrous? A lot of the beliefs that come out of the monotheistic Abrahamic religions are quite upsetting from a modern perspective. The way they treat women, the way children are viewed, the way authority is viewed—these don’t have much of a place in today’s secular society.
But I became much less hostile to Christianity over the course of this book. Anyone who enjoys opera or film or fiction doesn’t have a lot of call to question meaning drawn from religion. The search for meaning in words or images, these longings we have to be convinced, moved, or inspired by works of the imagination—all have way more in common with each other than not. The stories of the Twelve Apostles are a huge part of how the Western world decided to teach itself what is meant by community and story-telling and by truth, friendship, and loyalty.
You have these 12 people who were the first followers of Jesus, yet there’s nothing about them in any secular source.
I realized that getting mad at religious people for believing what they believe is a bit like getting mad at a rainstorm for making things wet. A better position is to try to find a place where we can all agree on the importance of meaning derived from literature or works of the imagination. I know it would insult most Christians to consider the New Testament as a work of the imagination. But I don’t mean that in the sense that it’s all fake, but rather in the sense of drawing consolation from another person’s attempt to order the universe. Maybe that it’s just a story is the best thing it can be.
What we KNOW is this------at the time of JESUS' death the original disciples had followers taking THEIR NAMES--------that second generation which we are told and which historical documents follow----as this GOOGLE MAP. An original disciple of JESUS did not even have to leave the GALILEE region to have an APOSTLE with his name becoming that EX-PAT religious leader----The importance of 12 TRIBES/KNIGHTS OF MALTA are tied completely to GLOBAL 1% KINGS AND QUEENS---EMPIRE-BUILDING ------not to religion.
JUST AS THERE WERE MULTIPLE CAESARS--------THERE WERE MULTIPLE APOSTLES TIED TO JESUS' DISCIPLES.
Same occurred in Jewish and Muslim early 99% religious movements.
We say DISCIPLE global 1% KINGS AND QUEENS say APOSTLE------
Why are the lists of disciples different?
There are four lists of the disciples found in Scripture. They sometimes differ in order, but this is not a problem since listing people in a different order still demonstrates that the people were the same. Matthew, Mark, and Luke, each contain a list of 12 disciples. However, Acts contains only 11. This is because Judas Iscariot, who had betrayed Christ, had died and was not listed. Acts 1:21-26 tells how they replaced Judas with Matthias thus retaining 12 disciples.
As you can see from the chart below, the disciples are listed according to each section of Scripture. The difference in content occurs with Thaddaeus and Judas the son of James. The most logical explanation is that both names describe the same person. Afterall, Judas the son of James would have been sharing the name of Judas Iscariot, the betrayer of Christ. It's highly probable that he preferred to be called Thaddeus.
It is common in Scripture to demonstrate people's alternate names. Take for example Acts 1:23 where we see that someone named Joseph is also called Barsabbas and Justus.
Matthew 10:2-4 Mark 3:13-19 Luke 6:12-16 Acts 1:13-14
Simon (Peter) Simon (Peter) Simon (Peter) Peter
James, son of Zebedee James, son of Zebedee James James
John, the brother of James John, the brother of James John John
Andrew Andrew Andrew Andrew
Philip Philip Philip Philip
Bartholomew Bartholomew Bartholomew Bartholomew
Matthew Matthew Matthew Matthew
Thomas Thomas Thomas Thomas
James, son of Alphaeus James, son of Alphaeus James, son of Alphaeus James, son of Alphaeus
Thaddaeus Thaddaeus ----- -----
Simon the Zealot Simon the Zealot Simon the Zealot Simon the Zealot
Judas Iscariot Judas Iscariot Judas Iscariot -----
----- ----- Judas the son of James Judas the son of James
(Matthias who was later chosen in Acts 1:21-26)
"Eastern Orthodox" is the general term when one does not want to particularly use the ethnic/regional name. So Greek and Russian Orthodox *are* Eastern Orthodox, for example.
Syrian -- it depends on what you mean, since there are two "Syrian" churches -- one in communion with the Eastern Orthodox (called "Antiochian Orthodox" in the US, after Antioch, where believers were first called Christians), and another in communion with the Oriental Orthodox -- Coptic, Ethiopian, Armenian, Syrian, and Malankara Indian'.
Now we segue to our FLIPPING OF EARTH'S AXIS FROM WESTERN TO EASTERN HEMISPHERE Eastern world religions-----and that is tied to our early CATHOLIC CHURCH having those divisions based on belief creating sects. One point that tops that division for ROMAN CATHOLIC and RUSSIAN ORTHODOXY centers around ICONS-----ROMAN church thinking all those ICONS are too much like pagan religions having gods and goddesses. Early religious history documents the reasons behind these ICONS was the need to convince those 99% of WE THE PEOPLE believing in gods and goddesses to embrace our ONE GOD Christian religion. So, RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH with ICONS resembles HINDI religion ---resembles pagan religions with gods and goddesses.
Our EASTERN ORTHODOXY whether Greek, Eastern, Russian makes clear the tenets of ONE GOD/JESUS educating as to the difference between ICONS as saints and pagan gods and goddesses.
MOVING FORWARD FLIPPING THE EARTH'S AXIS FROM WESTERN TO EASTERN HEMISPHERE WILL TAKE US FROM GOD----TO BOG----WITH ROOTS TO 3 INDIAS----HINDI THE OLDEST WORLD RELIGION 3000BC
"Eastern Orthodox" is the general term when one does not want to particularly use the ethnic/regional name. So Greek and Russian Orthodox *are* Eastern Orthodox, for example.
Syrian -- it depends on what you mean, since there are two "Syrian" churches -- one in communion with the Eastern Orthodox (called "Antiochian Orthodox" in the US, after Antioch, where believers were first called Christians), and another in communion with the Oriental Orthodox -- Coptic, Ethiopian, Armenian, Syrian, and Malankara Indian.
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Russian word for God is BOG – Rooted in the Sanskrit Bhagavan
Posted on May 13, 2013 by Collected Works of Sri Bhakti Ananda Goswami
Linguists have long known that the Russian word for God, is BOG. I have just written the following for you and for all of our Friends here. Please Share it with others.
Slavic cCatholics and Other Devotees Call Their God BOG, as in BHAGAVAN!
An important Sanskrit Name for HARI, or Krishna-Vishnu, from the Vaishnava Scriptures is Bhagavan, from the root Bhag. The words Bhoga and Bhakti are from the same root. Among Slavic-Language Peoples, the Apostolic cCatholic Tradition of Jesus Christ has always used the BHAG-related Name of Hari (Biblical ELI) for “GOD”. Thus Slavic cCatholics call their GOD some variation of the Holy Name BOG (Sanskrit BHAG, Bhagavan).
ALL of the Russian-Language related “BOG” Names for God are known by Slavic linguistic experts to be related to the Sanskrit word BHAG. Unfortunately there is no pervasive realization among the Christian lay masses or even the religious devotees or scholars that they are refering to their GOD by an important Holy Name of HARI / ELI or Krishna-Vishnu.
Some Catholic leaders DO know that the various Mass Rite Lineages of the Catholic Communion (including the Roman Rites) have always used Names of Hari for God. However, in spite of being historically (small-c) catholic, the Orthodox Churches are not universalist (catholic) like the (Capital C) Catholic (including the Roman Rites) Communion, and therefore they tend to be exclusivistically tied-to their particular ethno-centric and political-nationality-related histories. Thus the Greek Orthodox and Russian Orthodox Churches have serious problems with ethno-centric exclusivism, while the Catholic Church (Communion) is broadly ecumenical and inclusivistic in its multiple-Rite unity, collegiality, structure and mission.
For example, while some knowledgable Catholic Scholars, Religious Leaders and even Popes of the Catholic Communion have been openly accepting in their understanding of Hari (Krishna or Vishnu) as God, the Head of the Russian Orthodox Church called Krishna a “demon” and tried to stop the building of an ISKCON Vaishnava Temple anywhere within his religious domain. While the Catholic Communion has welcomed me as a Vaishnava Sannyasi, a Sattvic Shaivite and a Pure Land Buddhist Catholic Hermit under Private Vows, my ecumenical spirituality would not be tolerated in any of the Orthodox Churches.
When the Russian Orthodox Church’s attack on Russian Vaishnavism was going on in the Courts, I wrote a long and very carefully referenced letter about BOG as the Name of Krishna-Vishnu that the same Russian Leaders were using for GOD, and I emailed it to several online ISKCON publications and fora, for use in the anti-Prabhupada and anti-ISKCON Trials that were going-on in Russia at the time. I also emailed it to some ISKCON Leaders, but to my knowledge, it was never used by anyone.
Now, my Dear Friends, the choice is up to you. You can keep this astounding fact to yourselves, or you can tell the whole World about it!
Everyday hundreds of millions of Slavic Christians and other Slavic-language users call their GOD by the Name BOG (etc. variations), which is an important Holy Name of Sri Hari, Krishna-Vishnu BHAGAvan. In Pure Land Buddhism, the Adi Purusha or Dharma Kaya Supreme Personality of Godhead, Amitabha, is also called BHAGAVAN. So in the Holy Name of BHAG, BHAGAVAN, hundreds of millions of Slavs, especially Catholics and Orthodox, Vaishnavas and Pure Land Buddhist Bhakti Yoga Devotees are historically and theologically UNITED, in their worship of BHAGAVAN, whether they realize it or not!
Russian: Bog, Bohg
Polish: B�g (as in “book”)
Serbo-Croation: Bog, as in Russian Bohg
Macedonian: “Bog” as in the Serbian word Bog, also Boze
Jesus Christ is ‘Син божији/Sin bo�iji’ – the Son of God (bo�iji’)
Bulgarian: Бог (Bog as in Macedonian, Serbian etc.)
Bengali: Bhogoban (compare Sanskrit Bhagavan)
“Bozhe” (Боже) is the way in old Russian language god was called. In contemporaty Russian it’s “бог” [bog]. But in some idiomas it’s still used”