In a letter to the Roman Emperor Trajan, Pliny The Younger, The Governor of Bithynia (present day Central Northern Turkey) stated: “This is the course I have taken with those who were accused before me as Christians. I asked them whether they were Christians, and if they confessed, I asked them a second and third time with threats of punishment. If they kept to it, I ordered them for execution.” As for those who denied Christianity by cursing Christ and worshipping a statue of the emperor and the images of the Gods that Pliny had brought into court, he wrote: “I thought it right to let them go.”
I mean can we honestly call that character mythical? An imaginary being with an imaginary power and kingdom. Must our belief be subject to the proof of touch, of sight.
Are we fair to call the all powerful Zeus of the Greeks, a figure of fiction, a fable believed and told to children before they are put to bed.
Is Zeus really just another imaginary power with imaginary messengers that, even adults need, to provide comfort in the event of grief, and a means to inspiration in the time of doubt. An imaginary being, magnanimous and upright, rewarding good, punishing evil, constant and unfailing in providing protection and provision to those who heed his statues.
The God of Sun & Radiance
I’m fairly certain there’s a healthy chance that you must have through the literature of history, oral communication, or the luxury of travelling to other climes and cultures also come across, Osiris, Horus, Thot, Hator, etc
I’m fairly certain that you must have heard about a previous Holy Trinity that came a thousand years before the Christian trinity, We’re talking about the Egyptian trinity of The Father Osiris, The Mother Isis and The Son Horus.
How Osiris the “King Of Kings” and the “Lord Of Lords” as known by his followers was also acknowledged as the “God Of All Living Flesh” of “Repentance” and “Eternal Life”
If we are unafraid to scratch the surface a little deeper, we can’t fail to identify the striking semblance between Osiris of the Egyptian mythology and Jesus, the Nazarene of Christian mythology. Both were first sons of their father, both came to mankind’s rescue to save her from destroying herself.
The hall of Ma’at (justice) is where the dead would make the “42 negative” confessions to Osiris, who then “judged” who was worthy of heaven or found wanting, the latter were eaten by Ammit, a gruesome part lion, part crocodile, part hippo creature. Some legends even say that Ammit would cast the heads of sinners into a “Lake of Fire“.
Note: from now henceforth any mention of Zeus should be substituted mentally as a collective term for all the countless Gods that existed and are still in existence in all cultures across the world.
It is better that, in our bid to be fair should tow this line, that no one should suffer the burden of misconstruing this literature. That the purpose of this text might not be defeated to the notion that one God is greater than another.
Now back to Zeus
Could Zeus have been a product of man’s creative ingenuity, as is
Isis, Apollo, Ra, Orunmila, Sango, Osun Sengese, Buddha, Krishna & The host of countless other God’s that previously held real religious and societal influence.
What proof of validity do you have of your deity that exalts your claims over others?
Have you seen your own God?
If your answer is No, then you are right to continue believing, for that is pronounced as “faith”.
If your answer is Yes, like some have vauntingly claimed, then please by all means tell.
If your God has spoken or manifested his or herself to you in any way different from the testaments of “the others” you condescendingly call “Idolaters”
I mean, logically if they weren’t real then it goes to say that the different cultures and civilizations that they held sway over and existed in were all bunches of dunderheads. Generations of hopelessly gullible people, who though were brilliant enough to build complex bridges, equipments, and buildings, waged and won wars on the back of genius strategies, created and solved complex problems, engineered and healed deathly diseases that had the capability of wiping out a whole race and almost nearly did.
How do we make meaning from this logic, that the same extraordinary humans capable of godlike feats would go on to craft images out of bronze, hewned figures out of stone, make up rituals from their imagination and serve, kill for, die for their lifeless, useless handcraft.
Yet it is pretty odd, don’t you think, that we should posit that the ancient Egyptians and their Breakthroughs in astrology, astronomy, and architectural wonders in the construction of the Great Pyramids of Giza, standing at a staggering 481 feet high, covering a massive 13 acres of desert land, taking almost two decades and over 20,000 manpower with about 2 million stones that weighed between 2 – 15 tons to complete, built in the dynasty of Pharaoh Khufu as far back as the Fourth BC, were blind and foolish in their worship of Isis and beliefs in the afterlife.
To submit to that would mean that the ancient Greeks, their Zeus, their philosophies, their democracy and their navigational exploits were all exploits of a bunch of Savages that believed in the nonsense of Medusa, Hades, Apollo, Poisiedon and Mount Olympus.
And then the Romans and their glorious conquests, their amphitheatre and their couth civilization, their Jupiter “Optimus Maximus” son of Saturn and Rhea, brother and husband to Juno and father to “Minerva” Goddess of wisdom, of war, of poetry, of the arts and sciences shouldn’t be excused. The Indians too and their Buddha, the Hindus and their Krishna and whatever lofty feats their people achieved were all nothing.
It is not permissible to reason that a man can be appraised as intelligent and stupid at the same time, yet we can’t call their feats nothing, because we borrow largely from them, as ancient as they are, their blueprint is evident in our modern day stride, and we can’t call our own exploits nothing. For we awe ourselves everyday by surpassing our achievements like it didn’t require intelligence and the sacrifices of sweat and blood.
Who says what religion is real?
Whose right is it to call another’s practice by a lowly name, out of condescending, out of malice, out of jealousy?.
Whose God is real?
Why did they attacked the others?
Why did the Christians killed millions in the name of Crusading?
Burning and and impaling millions after labelling them Heretical and Pagan.
Why did they destroy their works and achievements?
Why do the Muslims strike terror in the hearts of millions of innocent civilians, advancing their belief with the edge of the swords, forcing them to adopt their ways.
It’s pretty clear that for one religion to stay, another religion has to go. And yet no religion faced with the threat of another usurping religion has ever exited the stage peacefully without resorting to bloody violence. For no religion goes in peace, and yet history has shown repeatedly that all religion will be substituted by another, through violence, fabrication of lies and deft manipulation, although personally I am of the opinion that “adaptation” is a more fitting name.
All religions come with the same baggage. Unseeable Gods, unprovable miracles, intolerable attitudes, violent tendencies towards non believers, insatiable greed, abstract promises, punishment for offenders, and rewards for uprightness.
It’s the age of Christianity and Islam, and both have tussled for power with blood, sweat and lies for domination for thousands of years with no absolute victor, yet it’s clear that another religion lurks in the shadows to usurp these two giants.
What religion would that be?
Would it be some religion already in existence, a national religion of some emerging super power.
Could it be Science or something in the frame of what we’ve had before? Only time will tell.
But, in order to do justice to the subject of this piece, I would like to state categorically that Zeus, Isis, Orunmila, Juno, Jupiter, Orunmila and co were brutally and systematically attacked to be taken over just like a powerful country would do in order to colonise a weak nation, then proceed to miseducate so as to convert, in order that the new subjects may conform to their new master’s “accepted” way of conduct.
If you are in doubt, take a look at Africa, where foreign religions reigns unchallenged, and juxtapose it with other climes where what previously has been erroneously labelled as “Idolatry” still holds sway and submit in sincerity if any one of them have attained superior heights because ones God was greater than the others.
It’s a given; the religion with the most followers, wields the kind of power that’s more than sufficient to direct the affairs of the world.
Christianity and Islam are only taking the course of action that their predecessors took to ensure their survival, and any reader without logic and an open mind would at this moment seethe with boiling anger and disgust for the author for penning this “sacrilege“. Just as the followers of the other previous Gods would have felt if I had written this in their golden years.
If Orunmila (a deity amongst the yoruba tribe of the west African continent) had the force of a good fortune, of a popular civilization and of adequate arms to subdue the world, it might have been what Christianity or Islam is today, and the world or most of it would have exalted it as perfect. It too would, in order to ensure its domination most likely tow the path that others had taken