Murdock D. M. - Suns of God

Author : Murdock D. M. (Acharia S)
Title : Suns of God Krishna, Buddha and Christ Unveiled
Year : 2004

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Shortly after completing my theological history education, l came upon the book The Christ Conspiracy, a sort of prequel to this book, Suns of God. By my last year in gradua te school, 1 had come to the uncomfortable conclusion that much of what 1 had been taught as fact was really tradition. The ideas considered as reality were hardly more than a long list of elaborate and chaotic beliefs about the world around us. These ideas and beliefs of modern religions were borrowed thousands of years ago from a host of sources, who themselves borrowed from even older sources. It was clear that there truly was nothing new under the sun. In this regard, it is imperative to ask how something so archaic and easily shawn to be erroneous still exists in a time of space shuttles, ten-dimensional universes, and light-speed computer chips. Perhaps there are many reasons, the first and most obvious being humanity's desire to understand. I have a little friend who believes in ghosts. His father died when he was only two years old, and this belief is the only way he can main tain a connection to his father. Of course, he is only five years old now, but I can sec how these beliefs, once instilled, are not easy to overcome. He explained that his father was a ghost who lived underground, as he had been to his father's grave and had seen this place for himself. Despite assurances that, in my educated experience, such things as ghosts were most certainly not real, my young friend simply nodded his head and told me 1 was wrong. He truly be!ieved in ghosts, although he did comment that vampires were unlikely, as were swamp monsters. Did someone tell him his father was now a ghost? Or, did the combination of television, ghost stories and the knowledge of his father's death simply add up to his belief? This type of circumstance is perhaps how many religious people come to profess their beliefs in gods and spirits. Sorne part of them needs to believe, and their limited knowledge of histoty and of older cultures, especially the earliest cultures, adds up to a belief in sorne great and powerful unseen forces. Today we live, for the most part, in an age of modern accomplishment. Disease is no longer the purvey of demons or bad astrology but viruses or bad genetics. Yet, despite ali our advancements as a species or, perhaps because of them-the need for the control of our minds seems to have reached a fever pitch. Even in this modem age, we are still faced with those who argue names and semantics at the "point of a sword." Wars are fought daily around the globe because of religions ideas-ideas based on nothing more, as Acharya's books show, than the mistranslated words or another culture, as well as the desperate need to raise "our" gods over those of our neighbors. In addition to presenting this troubling history in an easily followed narrative, Acharya goes a step further, explaining as only she can how a once-simplistic idea has been carried into our modern world with terrible and nearly unimaginable results. Unending horrors are committed as certain individuals, belîeving-and I cannat stress the word strongly enough, belieuing - that they are best able to ascertain an otherwise unknowable knowledge, hidden from all but the truest followers, depending on which deity they follow, aggressively demand to show the rest of us, atheist, agnostic and infidel alike, how to live. In the book you now hold in your hands, you will find a great many answers to the most fundamental questions of organized religion, how it has maintained its vice-like grip on both the uneducated and educated, as weil as how those people who profess "love" and "kindness" the most vociferously are often among the most dangerous. Just as my young friend needs to believe in ghosts to understand his world, so too do many otherwise intelligent citizens of our world need sorne mythology to give meaning to their lives. We must never underestimate the stakes the modern myth-spinners have in keeping their myths alive. Whether tied to a cultural identity, a matter of social and political control, or simply an ignorance of the natural world, sorne people who profess to know our hearts' desires in reality wish only for the chaos and oppression created by "their" histoty. Although we ourselves may be satisfied to live in this modern age, these individuals seem to prefer, in many instances, the age of our ancestors, when unreachable gods controlled the puppet strings of humanity. Altematively, perhaps, like my little friend, the more innocent among us have a psychological need, a desire unmet by other facets of !ife, that these myths fulfill. Naturally, this need does not usually include vampires, although judging from the "religious" fixation on blood, as depicted most graphically in the recent horror flick "The Passion of the Christ," perhaps it does. W. Sumner Davis, BA, MS, M. Div, Th.D. Ecology Affiliate, New York Academy of Sciences. Author, Heretics. New York City. May 2004. ...

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