Every Green Herb

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Dear Christian,

If the state insisted that you cease and desist from sharing the spiritual healing that you believe you need to offer your friends and neighbors, would you stop? I know you at least say you wouldn’t.

You also declare that you would even encourage others to go against the demands of the state. Together you would probably still preach on the TV and radio and write books and articles and speak out on Facebook. You would denounce the state to honor your Lord, right?

What about physical healing? Would you deny the state and stand up for the healing of yourself and others who suffer from pain, depression, PTSD, asthma, glaucoma, epilepsy, diabetes, cancer, and other illnesses?

Do you believe your god heals people of physical disease as well as spiritual disease? I know prayers go up on Facebook for even the tiniest problems–like toenail fungus or even a bloody hangnail. So how does your god respond? Does he say “Abracadabra” and your friend is healed? Does he send manna made of medicine down from heaven? Well, in a sense, I would say “yes” to that last question.

Whatever the creative source is, and you believe it is the god of the Bible, that source has provided healing for the body. The book you follow states that “every green herb” has been given for food. Therefore, if cannabis heals diseases, and we know it does, its purpose is to be consumed–not confiscated and burnt by the state, thus disallowing people their “god-given” right to healing.

Is it worse to keep quiet and obey the law of the land when it comes to restoration of the soul than it is to hide behind your fears and let the state deny people the right to restoration of the body and mind? Is it okay to take away curative measures, of any sort, that your god has provided?

Further, is it prudent to pray for healing and then refuse the cure? What if your neighbor or friend said, “I prayed and asked God to heal my soul, but he just has to do it himself. I’m not willing to work on myself or accept teaching from anyone”? Is it not the same thing when you pray for good health but reject the plant you believe was provided by the one to whom you pray?

Do you remember the story of the man on the roof who begged God to save him from a flood? His neighbor offered him a ride in his pickup truck and he refused it, saying “I know God will save me.” Later a boat came along, but again he said, “My God has promised to save me.” Finally a helicopter appeared, but once again the foolish man refused a ride. So he drowned. And when he questioned God about why God didn’t come through for him, what did God say? That’s right, he said, “I sent you a pickup truck, a boat, and a helicopter; but you refused them all. What else could I have done?”

Do you recognize yourself in that story if you reject what the creator has provided in order to heal your diseases? I suppose if you want to turn your nose up at the creator’s natural cures for yourself, that’s okay. But what about your family members, neighbors, and friends? They are being denied their right to life. They are being hunted down and persecuted for standing for truth. They are being dragged off to prison while you sit silent. Are you not supposed to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves? Will their blood be on your hands if you don’t?

Will you, too, be persecuted if you speak out? Maybe so. But you are called to be a peculiar people. Don’t fear what rulers might do to you! Be “unashamed”! Stand for the creator, not the state! Obey your god rather than man!

But maybe your faith isn’t strong enough to withstand the persecution. Okay then. But you can at least vote for leaders who will stop denying human beings the right to life and health. You can also cease from judging those who choose to use the free gift the earth supplies in abundance.

True wisdom is hidden from this world. At least that’s what you say. So which do you think is better, man-made medicine or natural plants provided by nature–or, as you would say, provided by your god? Are you wise enough and strong enough to make the correct choice?

Sincerely,

Tina Rae Collins

October 7, 2017

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Why Do You Worship Yahweh?

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Why do you worship a god who drowned and aborted babies, told people to buy other humans and that they could beat the other humans as long as they were able to get up and walk in a couple of days, instructed fathers to abandon their children belonging to foreign wives or in order to gain their own freedom, sends lying spirits to deceive people, and plans to destroy or burn some of your family and friends?

(1) Yahweh is cruel, but I’m afraid of him and want to live forever even if others don’t and even if most people have to suffer.

(2) Yahweh is good; and even though the above-mentioned behaviors seem bad, it’s good those babies died young and went straight to heaven, slavery really isn’t that bad, getting a good beating and lingering in pain helps slaves to learn to obey, it’s okay to abandon your children to gain freedom for yourself or if their mother doesn’t believe in Yahweh, and some people deserve to hear lies and be burnt or otherwise destroyed.

There is no other choice. Either you see these behaviors as evil but you worship Yahweh anyway because you think he’s God and will punish or reward you, or you see his actions as good and you worship him because he has shown himself to be worthy of your worship. Which is it?

Tina Rae Collins

 

6 Moral Behaviors You Thought Were Immoral

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6 Moral Behaviors You Thought Were Immoral

We all know that atheists can’t determine right from wrong because they lack any basis on which to make such judgments. We Bible believers, on the other hand, easily ascertain morality.  How, you ask? It’s all clearly expounded in our book, which is the holy and inspired word of God and therefore cannot be erroneous.

You don’t believe me? Well, let’s check out the Bible and you will see how amazingly moral it is. Trust me though, you will be surprised by some of these!

  1. Is it moral to steal from others?

Exodus 3:22  But every woman shall ask of her neighbor, and of her who visits her house, jewels of silver, jewels of gold, and clothing; and you shall put them on your sons, and on your daughters. You shall despoil the Egyptians.

Answer: Yes, it is perfectly fine to steal from our neighbors.

  1. Is it moral to murder?

Exodus 32:27  He said to them, “Thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel, ‘Every man put his sword on his thigh, and go back and forth from gate to gate throughout the camp, and every man kill his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbor.”

Deuteronomy 21:18  If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, who will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and, though they chasten him, will not listen to them; 19  then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out to the elders of his city, and to the gate of his place; 20  and they shall tell the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. 21  All the men of his city shall stone him to death with stones: so shall you put away the evil from the midst of you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

Psalm 137:9 (WEB) Happy shall he be, Who takes and dashes your little ones against the rock.

Answer: Yes, if our brother or sister, or anyone else, doesn’t worship our god, it is perfectly fine to murder him or her. Or, if our own sons and daughters won’t do what we say–or eat and drink too much–we should kill them. And what joy to murder little infants, secure in the knowledge that it is pleasing to the god of the Bible!

  1. Is it moral to lie?

2 Chronicles 18:21  He said, ‘I will go forth, and will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ He said, ‘You shall entice him, and shall prevail also: go forth, and do so.’ 22  Now therefore, behold, Yahweh has put a lying spirit in the mouth of these your prophets; and Yahweh has spoken evil concerning you.

Ezekiel 14:9  If the prophet be deceived and speak a word, I, Yahweh, have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand on him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.

Answer: Yes, lying is godly.

  1. Is it moral to abandon our spouse and children?

Exodus 21:2  If you buy a Hebrew servant, he shall serve six years and in the seventh he shall go out free without paying anything. 3  If he comes in by himself, he shall go out by himself. If he is married, then his wife shall go out with him. 4  If his master gives him a wife and she bears him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall be her master’s, and he shall go out by himself. 5  But if the servant shall plainly say, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children. I will not go out free;’6  then his master shall bring him to God, and shall bring him to the door or to the door-post, and his master shall bore his ear through with an awl, and he shall serve him for ever.

Ezra 10:3  Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives, and such as are born of them, according to the counsel of my lord, and of those who tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law.

Answer: Yes, abandoning a wife and children is acceptable if it means a man is thereby able to gain his freedom from slavery, and sometimes it is actually required if a man’s wife is foreign.

  1. Is it moral to buy and sell human beings?

Leviticus 25 (WEB) :44  As for your male and your female slaves, whom you may have; of the nations that are around you, from them you may buy male and female slaves. 45  Moreover of the children of the strangers who sojourn among you, of them you may buy, and of their families who are with you, which they have conceived in your land; and they will be your property. 46  You may make them an inheritance for your children after you, to hold for a possession; of them may you take your slaves forever: but over your brothers the children of Israel you shall not rule, one over another, with harshness.

Answer: Yes, human trafficking is a wonderful way to become rich.

  1. Is it moral to punish an innocent person for crimes committed by the guilty?

1 Corinthians 15:3  For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

1 Peter 2:24  who his own self bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live to righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed.

Matthew 23:35  that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zachariah son of Barachiah, whom you killed between the sanctuary and the altar. 36  Most assuredly I tell you, all these things will come upon this generation.

Answer: Yes, it’s actually good that innocents die for guilty people.

There we have it. According to the Bible, we may steal, murder, lie, abandon our families, buy and sell other humans, and rejoice that innocent people die for the crimes of the guilty. I’m glad we have a means to know the truth, as it is important to possess a good strong sense of morality. It’s too bad atheists have nothing to help them choose right from wrong.

Tina Rae Collins

JC Myth (10.5): Our Legacy: “The Clock’s Running”

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Chapter Ten: Our Legacy: “The Clock’s Running”

I’ll end this book with a few words from Frank Sinatra that appeared in Playboy Magazine in 1963.[1] He first stated:

“I believe in you and me. I’m like Albert Schweitzer and Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein in that I have a respect for life — in any form. I believe in nature, in the birds, the sea, the sky, in everything I can see or that there is real evidence for. If these things are what you mean by God, then I believe in God. . . Now don’t get me wrong. I’m for decency — period. I’m for anything and everything that bodes love and consideration for my fellow man. . . I’ve got no quarrel with men of decency at any level. But I can’t believe that decency stems only from religion.”[2]

Then he went on to say:

“Have you thought of the chance I’m taking by speaking out this way? Can you imagine the deluge of crank letters, curses, threats and obscenities I’ll receive after these remarks gain general circulation? Worse, the boycott of my records, my films, maybe a picket line at my opening at the Sands. Why? Because I’ve dared to say that love and decency are not necessarily concomitants of religious fervor.”[3]

The interviewer from Playboy said, “If you think you’re stepping over the line, offending your public or perhaps risking economic suicide, shall we cut this off now, erase the tape and start over along more antiseptic lines?” Sinatra responded: “No, let’s let it run. I’ve thought this way for years, ached to say these things. Whom have I harmed by what I’ve said? What moral defection have I suggested? No, I don’t want to chicken out now. Come on, pal, the clock’s running.”[4]

The clock’s running. Darlison wrote that, like Jesus, we are all crucified between two thieves, those thieves being our past and our present.

“What do these bandits steal? They steal our life. They are the past and the future, the twin thieves of everyone’s life. . . The past consumes us with regret, remorse, revenge, nostalgia, habit; the future eats away at our life with anxiety, uncertainty, procrastination, fear. . . We enter into the life of promise today. Now. It’s now or never. By destroying, or transforming, those twin thieves of our lives we enter into a whole new way of being, resurrected life, when the tomb which held us fast is broken open . . . This is the consistent message of the world’s spiritual traditions. This is the perennial philosophy.”[5]

As I said earlier, it wasn’t the wizard who brought Dorothy Gayle back home; but the truth is, it really wasn’t the kind and pretty Glinda either. It was Dorothy herself who had the power to transform her life. She didn’t need to follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald  City to find a powerful being to grant her wish. She could make it home on her own. And she was happier in her own little house with her family and friends in good old Kansas. Dorothy finally realized that the life she was given was enough for her; likewise, our current earthly lives should be enough for us. Let’s not ignore our vital present in order to weep over our sinful past and dream of a future castle in the sky in a city of gold. Despite what we may have been told, this is not a dress rehearsal; this is the main event. My friend John Marra wrote, “Since this is the only life any of us can actually be certain of, let’s try to fill it with all the love, joy, and happiness we possibly can because it’s so precious.”[6]

The clock’s running! If there is more after this life, great; but destroying one another in search of an ideal that may never come to fruition cannot be the right way to live. All religions, including Christianity, separate humans from one another when even the biblical scriptures urge unity. I hope it won’t take much more time before we realize that when we leave here we may go the way of every monkey, squirrel, and cockroach; therefore, our time, money, and energies should be used to help one another live a better life now (here, on Earth, in Kansas or wherever we may be), because we don’t know what is beyond the grave. Even if we exist after this life, it may not be as the people we are now (or as people at all). The only legacy we may have is whatever we create in the here and now. Let’s make the only life we know we have one of acceptance of all people, regardless of their religious views or way of life that may be different from ours. As my friend Dale Stanford said, any god who might be out there watching us will surely honor that behavior.

This book could be my undoing in the eyes of many—the last straw for some or the final nail in my coffin; and my friends and loved ones will no doubt wonder why I don’t pretend I still believe in Yahweh and Jesus rather than bringing disrespect upon myself and creating shock waves in my personal environment. The answer is the same as it would be if I had been worshiping Baal, Mithra, Chrishna, or Hercules, and I suddenly discovered that my god wasn’t real. Would I keep quiet then and feign belief in a pagan god just because the crowd was worshiping him? No, I wouldn’t. I can’t profess to worship a god I consider to be pagan (no matter how many others believe in him), nor can I worship a human being (Jesus, if he was truly a historical figure). I also can’t, and in my opinion shouldn’t, keep quiet. I must raise my voice along with the voices of others who are breaking the shackles of superstition and paganism. So my readers can feel sorry for me, they can pray for me, they can even turn me over to Satan. But let’s let it run.

Tina Rae Collins

My goal is to share my book The Judaeo-Christian Myth one article at a time. If you find these articles interesting or you don’t think I’ll reach my goal (always a possibility, I suppose), and/or you just can’t wait, you can purchase the book by clicking on the picture above or the title in this paragraph. Thanks for reading!

[1] “Frank Sinatra’s views on organized religion were decades ahead of his time,” deadstate.org, 29 Aug. 2014, web, 8 Nov. 2014. [2] “Frank Sinatra’s views on organized religion were decades ahead of his time.” [3] “Frank Sinatra’s views on organized religion were decades ahead of his time.” [4] “Frank Sinatra’s views on organized religion were decades ahead of his time.” [5] Darlison, “Two Thieves.” [6] John Marra, facebook.com, 24 June 2015, web, 24 June 2015.

 

JC Myth (10.4): Our Legacy: “We Are Free”

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Chapter Ten: Our Legacy: “We Are Free”

We don’t need a devil to blame our bad deeds on, a savior to pay for them, or a magic fairy godfather/godmother to grant our wishes and allow us to live in his/her fancy kingdom with a golden street (if we only believe with all of our little hearts that it is so). The Bible came to us via myths, some clever magic may have been performed to help us believe it, and it was originally nothing but a metaphor. If we would use the Bible for good, that would be wonderful. Unfortunately, Christianity and other Abrahamic religions promote disunity, discord, hate, and war. We criticize, ostracize, and kill one another over whose myth is the truest—over which superhero (Superman, Batman, or Spider-Man) is the greatest. It was supposedly the Word that reconciled man to Yahweh. He spoke and it was so. As Isaiah 55:11 says, “God’s word went forth from his mouth, didn’t return to him void, but accomplished what he wanted and prospered in the thing to which he sent it.” Jesus was, after all, the savior of the world, not just believers (Jn. 4:42, 1 Jn. 4:14). Of course, some say the world is Israel only (Jews and the dispersed Israelites), and that salvation was accomplished in the first century CE never to be repeated (Gen. 17:5-14, 35:10-11; Deut. 32:9; Ps. 147:19-20; Isa. 11:11-12, 61:9; Jer. 31:31; Ezek. 37:21-28; Mic. 5:8; Mt. 4:15, 10:6, 15:24, 19:28; Lk. 1:32-33; Jn. 1:10-11, 7:35; Acts 2:36, 6:1-2, 21:21, 23:6, 24:15, 28:20; Rom. 4:11-19, 11:25-27; 1 Cor. 10:11; Eph. 2:11-12; Heb. 9:15; 1 Pet. 1:5; 1 Jn. 2:18; Jude 1:15-19; Rev. 21:3, 12). If indeed Jesus was the savior of Israel only—since Israel was Yahweh’s inheritance and the only people over whom he had authority—or this salvation happened in the past and won’t be repeated, we who are living today and/or are not Israelites can happily ignore Yahweh’s promises and death threats. But, as I noted in footnote number 784, it isn’t the purpose of this book to determine whether the Bible teaches the salvation of Israel only or the whole world. Therefore (assuming Yahweh eventually took all humanity under his wing), according to the Bible, the Word accomplished its purpose of reconciliation. So, believers or non-believers, we can all relax. Mommy and Daddy are back together and all is right with our world. Robert Farrar Capon wrote:

“Christianity is the proclamation of the end of religion, not of a new religion, or even the best of all possible religions. And therefore if the cross is the sign of anything, it’s the sign that God has gone out of the religion business and solved all the world’s problems without requiring a single human being to do a single religious thing.[1]

Mommy is back home, Daddy is sexually satisfied, and life goes on “forever and ever.”

I was lying in bed one night thinking about how I have drastically changed my religious views, and suddenly I had what I would call, for lack of a better term, a spiritual experience. It dawned on me that no god put a man and woman in a pit with a monstrous snake, no god drowned innocent children and newborn puppies or ripped apart mothers to abort their babies, no god picked a “pet” among his children to fight and kill his other children over a piece of ground, no god murdered his own son because of his unforgiving nature, and no god is going to burn anyone. No god like that exists! When that thought struck me, the most amazing relief came over me. I felt what seemed like chains begin to break apart all over my body, falling at my feet. As I watched I realized that they weren’t chains after all but brown scales; and they literally covered every inch of me to the point that they were my body. I had been hidden or disguised by them so that my true body wasn’t apparent. I watched the scales fall and listened as they clinked onto the floor. And what emerged was a smooth pink body that radiated a soft white glow. I was light, glowing and producing heat. I was wispy as a feather and could float into the air. I was at peace. I felt joy. I was reborn. I was free. I believe the truth has set me free.

See, I have visions too. But I don’t plan on teaching them as doctrine and attempting to gather a following based on them. Robert M. Price said that

“as long as the individual prophet is the only one to believe as he does, we call him insane. We say he has a delusion, because he is the only one navigating by this compass, on these particular seas. . . And after a while, when enough people believe it, we no longer call it a delusion. We call it a religion.”[2]

Karen Armstrong wrote, “As an epileptic, I had flashes of vision that I knew to be a mere neurological defect: had the visions and raptures of the saints also been a mere mental quirk?”[3] Shouldn’t we consider the possibility that biological, psychological, political, and environmental issues might have come into play with regard to the visions and god-encounters of the ancients?

I don’t have an answer to whether a god exists or what he/she/it might be like. Martin Luther “doubted the possibility of proving the existence of God.”[4] Even Mother Teresa had her reservations about his existence.[5] The fact that people say they have faith proves they don’t have knowledge of a god, and especially the god Yahweh. Religions are based on faith, and faith is not fact; if we could call a god’s existence a fact, then faith would disappear. I believe the Bible is about nature. It’s about sex. It’s about love. It’s about life. And life eventually comes to an end. When we die we go either to the tomb-womb of Mother Earth or to some realm or dimension we know nothing about, perhaps to be resurrected through reincarnation in a new spring or to live “somewhere out there” (or maybe we remain right here but operate on a different frequency or vibration).

Again, I don’t know whether there is a god or what happens after this life, and neither does anyone else. And we all know we don’t know. I think it’s time we admit this truth. Obviously, I have a hope that our consciousness continues after death. Events in my life make me believe we may be eternal. But my visions (yes, I have had my share), encounters, revelations, and beliefs are mine alone, and should be given no more credence than any other person’s. I don’t expect anyone to accept them as true; likewise, I have no obligation to take on the beliefs of anyone else, whether the person be a prophet, priest, preacher, or poet. Our faith, or lack of faith, is personal; and we have every right to our own thinking on spiritual matters. As someone said, “Religion is like a penis. It’s fine to have one and it’s fine to be proud of it, but please don’t whip it out in public and start waving it around. And please don’t try to shove it down my child’s throat.”

So, as for what I say, everyone is free to ignore it, ponder it, or research the matter on his or her own. If what I’ve said seems false, may all reject it; if it rings true, I hope all will consider it. Surely I have presented enough evidence to at least prompt the reader to do a thorough study of the life and times of the Israelite god Yahweh and a more in-depth and impartial investigation of his so-called book. At the least, I pray that Christians will think twice before judging and condemning their fellow man based on the “high and holy” thinking of a people who didn’t even know human trafficking was wrong.

Tina Rae Collins

My goal is to share my book The Judaeo-Christian Myth one article at a time. If you find these articles interesting or you don’t think I’ll reach my goal (always a possibility, I suppose), and/or you just can’t wait, you can purchase the book by clicking on the picture above or the title in this paragraph. Thanks for reading!

[1] Robert Farrar Capon, The Mystery of Christ . . . & why we don’t get it (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1993), 62. [2] Robert M. Price, “He Really Is Santa Claus,” robertmprice.mindvendor.com, 1996, 2007, web, 10 Apr. 2015. [3] Armstrong, xviii-xix. [4] Armstrong, 278. [5] Michelle Singer, “Letters Reveal Mother Teresa’s Secret,” cbsnews.com, 23 Aug. 2007, web, 14 Nov. 2014.