As we’ve discussed in the previous chapter, religion means to “turn back to bondage.” Although religion is not inherently evil, powerful people have used it to control and manipulate large segments of the population throughout history. In my opinion, the word “religion” doesn’t truly describe what these spiritual establishments were meant to be. I believe that all these religions were created from a place of purity, but due to the eventual corruption of religious leaders, the various spiritual principles were then organized and rewritten to establish a system of control, hence the word “religion.” According to archaeological evidence, it seems that the origin of religion, as well as the origin of man, started in Africa.
Professor Sheila Coulson from the University of Oslo discovered mankind’s oldest evidence of religion in the Kalahari Desert, in a small cave in a place called Botswana. At the time of the discovery, Professor Coulson was studying a group of people who live in the sparsely inhabited area of northwestern Botswana. These people were called the San people. In this particular cave, there was a huge man-made statue of a python and two paintings, one of an elephant and the other of a giraffe. More than 13,000 artifacts were also found and all these artifacts were spearheads, which had been burnt on site, and articles that could be connected to ritual use, as well as tools used in carving the python stone.
“In the cave, we find only the San people’s three most important animals: the python, the elephant, and the giraffe. That is unusual. This would appear to be a very special place. They did not burn the spearheads by chance. They brought them from hundreds of kilometers away and intentionally burned them. So many pieces of the puzzle fit together here. It has to represent a ritual.”- Sheila Coulson stated to the University of Osla’s research magazine, Apollon.
A hidden chamber was also found behind the huge python statue and it seemed like it was specifically made for the shaman (their spiritual leader/priest), which is still culturally important to the San people today.
Donald Johanson, the paleoanthropologist who found the oldest human fossil in Ethiopia that is popularly known as “Lucy,” has also provided an overwhelming amount of archaeological evidence which further implies that Africa is the mother land of all human beings. Donald Johanson is the author of the book, “Lucy: The Beginning of Humankind.”
“… we are all united by our past… we all have a common history and though we may be vastly different, our origins all lead back to the crucible of human evolution that is Africa.”-Donald Johanson, Time interview done by Lauren E Bohn, March 4th 2009.
We’ve drifted away from the truth of our oneness and we’ve become divided into our little boxes of race, religion, economic status, etc. I love to see the diversity that has developed over the centuries, but we certainly shouldn’t allow one group or culture’s way of doing things to cause us to put down another group’s way of doing things. We should instead learn from each group and work together whenever we can, in order to promote a better life for all of humanity and mother earth. The major religions in this world—Christianity, Islam, and Judaism—have their history of committing the most brutal crimes done to humanity, but this was a result of each religion’s corrupted leaders. If we don’t fall for the constant media propaganda, the “us vs. them” mentality, we will be able to remove the veil from our eyes and see that there are people within each of these religions who are pursuers of peace and love.
There are people who’ve learned to love God and man through the Islamic religion, but there would be no such thing as a Koran (Quran) if it wasn’t for the Jewish/Christian Bible. There are also people who’ve learned to love God and man through the Jewish and Christian religion, but there would be no such thing as a Jewish/Christian Bible, if it wasn’t for the ancient Egyptian and Sumerian spiritual teachings. Since Christianity is the most popular religion in the world, I will mainly focus on this religion, and share with you how this religion was developed, as well as how the people have drifted further and further away from the real purpose of the early Biblical scriptures.
The early Christians were great followers of the ancient Egyptian traditions. In fact, the oldest Gospels can be traced back to Egypt. Even the oldest known painting of Jesus Christ, showing him as a black man, can also be traced back to Egypt (Oldest painting of Jesus is in the Coptic Museum in Cairo, Egypt). The early Christians were classified as Coptic Christians (Coptic meaning Egyptian nationality or Egyptian foundation). When we review the Biblical stories in the Bible, we can find older versions of these stories when we look into the ancient writings of the Egyptians and the Sumerians. For example, there are many poetic mythological stories of Heru’s (whom the Greeks called Horus) birth, death, and resurrection which were then used to describe the later version of Heru in the form of Jesus. Even the story which illustrates Heru walking on water was also used to describe the Christians’ modern day messiah.
“I go to become one with my father. The deliverance through my father is through my brother, is through my elders and through Heru who comes walking on water of his father.” – From the Egyptian coffin text.
The New Testament book of John, which talks about Jesus being the word that became flesh, is also seen in the description of Ausar (Greeks called Osiris). The Pert M Heru, popularly known as “The Book of The Dead,” called Ausar “the word that became flesh.” Ausar was also classified as the “King of kings and Lord of lords,” as Jesus is called in the Bible. In Egyptian myth, Heru (the son) and Ausar (the father) are seen as separate but yet they are one, which is the same way Christians describe Jesus, the son, and God, the father.
“Jesus is a symbol of the potential realization of the divine word or essence in every human being.”- Dr. Muata Ashby
In ancient times, Heru was the symbol of the potential realization of the divine word. Throughout history there have been about 16 messiahs before Jesus, who were a symbol of the potential realization of the divine word (“Christianity Before Christ” by John G. Jackson, “The Worlds Sixteen Crucified Saviors” by Kersey Graves). There is nothing wrong with using someone else’s story in order to make it relatable to your people, which is what the early Christians were doing when they were trying to spread the gospel (good news) throughout the world, but the focus wasn’t about believing in the literal stories that were being presented, but to rather learn the meaning behind the stories. When we look at the oldest religious discovery founded by Professor Sheila Coulson, we can either look at it from a literal perspective, thinking that the San people were worshippers of the python, the elephant, and the giraffe, or we can try to understand the meaning behind why they chose these animals to represent something that they saw as godly. For example, the ancient Egyptians chose the image of the falcon to represent Heru. The falcon has thin, tapered wings which enable it to fly at high speed and to change direction rapidly. This bird can fly at a very high altitude and yet spot its prey from miles away. The Peregrine falcon has been recorded diving at a speed of 200 mph, which means this bird is the fastest moving creature on earth (“The Speed of Animals,” The New Book of Knowledge, Grolier Academic Reference, 2003 p. 278). When we study the nature of this bird, we get a better understanding as to why the ancient Egyptians used the image of the falcon to represent Heru, which is where the word “hero” came from.
When we read the story about Jesus, we can either look at the story from a literal perspective, or we can look deeper into the meaning behind the story. When I read the Bible from the right perspective and I say, “Jesus is my Lord and Savior,” what that means is that I’ve made the decision to allow my higher self or the divine word within (Heru consciousness, Krishna, Buddha, Christ, etc.) to be Lord over my lower self (the flesh and/or animal nature) and because of this, I am saved from living a life that will lead me to destruction/damnation. This is the truth that modern day Christianity has drifted away from. Even those who consider themselves Coptic Christians today have drifted away from the ancient Coptic teachings. One of the main reasons was because Christianity was eventually taken over by the Orthodox and Roman Catholics, and throughout the course of time, the religion became more of a forced belief system and/or a requirement that was placed on the people. Because of this, the people were no longer able to review and interpret the scriptures for themselves. The people were now dependent upon the person they claim as the “man of God” (minister, pastor, Priest) to interpret the scriptures for them. The Catholics and the Orthodox were one and the same until they split in 1054 AD, historically known as the East-West Schism. From this time moving forward, Christianity drifted further and further from the original purpose of the Bible.
“The authors of all the world’s scriptures were divinely inspired, however, they worked with the limited instrument of the human personality, which is in itself prone to error. This was true in ancient times as it continues to be true in modern times. The pursuit of perfection in life is not found in perfectly written scripture.” – Dr. Muata Ashby
The Bible is not perfectly written, as I’ve shown in the previous chapters within this document. Still, we can spiritually grow within the teachings of a religion such as Christianity as long as we don’t allow the limitations of that religion to stop us from, at times, thinking outside of the box. We can learn from the Bible, but we should keep in mind that when it was written, or better yet re-written, there was also a hidden agenda that was carried out with the later versions of the Bible scriptures. This hidden agenda was not just to promote white supremacy but specifically white male supremacy. This is why for so many years our world has been out of rhythm with God, nature, and with all of mankind. Through the use of the Bible, many Christian religious leaders, in subtle ways (consciously as well as subconsciously) have promoted slavery, white superiority, and even the subjugation of all women.
We can see the subjugation of women when we look at the Biblical Adam and Eve story. The Adam and Eve story, in the Jewish/Christian Bible, was taken from the ancient Sumerian story of Enki and Ninti. In the original (or oldest text we discovered) story, Enki (the man) ate some herbs from his garden that got him sick and his rib was hurting him. Enki called out to God for help and God sent him a woman, Ninti to heal him. The word for “rib” in Sumerian is “ti”, which also means, “to make live.” “Nin” is lady or woman, so the woman that God sent to heal the man was called, “Woman of the rib.” This is where the Biblical story got the idea when it says in the Bible that God took Adam’s rib and created a woman. Later on, in the Biblical story, the woman wrongfully ate from the tree God told her not to eat and she also gave it to the man to eat. As a result of the Bible twisting the Enki and Ninti story, the man was now placed as the ruler above the woman, blaming the woman for sin entering the world. I remember those days growing up as a Christian I used to minister to the youth sharing with them the Adam and Eve story. After explaining this story I would then say, “but thank God for Jesus!” For Christians, Jesus is always the answer (the one who wiped away our sins and freed us from the old ways), which is not a bad thing if you truly understand what or who Jesus actually represents.
Throughout history women were certainly less respected compared to men. The ancient Africans had high respect for the women because the women were a closer representation of God than the men. It is the woman that brings forth life. Yes, the man provides the seed but the woman does so much more. From the womb of the Universe comes forth life. From the womb of the galaxy comes forth life. From the womb of the earth comes forth life. From the womb of the woman, and every female creature on earth, comes forth life. God is the perfect harmony of male and female. Generally speaking men are physically stronger than the women, but the female is stronger in pretty much every other area of life. The men are physically stronger, not because they’re supposed to rule over the women, but because they’re supposed to serve the women. Given the facts, who’s to say that the female aspect of God isn’t the dominant aspect?
If I say today, “My God, She is so wonderful,” it would sound so weird to many who are used to God being referred to as a male. In the earlier times of Catholic history, we do see examples of God in female form, despite the male dominant world we live in. For example, there are various paintings of what is called the “Black Madonna.” The Black Madonna is the oldest painting of Mary, who is seen as the mother of God, and she is also seen as a dark skinned person. This is because the idea for the Black Madonna was taken from the Egyptian deity Auset, which the Greeks called Isis, and also from the Egyptian deity called Net. Net, in the Egyptian mythological story, is the deity who is seen as the mother of Ra. One of the traditions for Net was the lighting of the candles, torches, and/or lamps because she was seen as the mother who brought forth light (Ra, the God of light) and she was classified as a woman of liberty (lady liberty). Net was also seen as the ocean of consciousness (God’s consciousness) from which all things came into being. Auset or Isis was the wife of Ausar (Osiris). Auset was the one who resurrected her husband, but because his phallus was the one piece that wasn’t found, Auset transformed into a bird (this is where the Christians got the concept of a spiritual dove), flapped her wings over her husband, arousing him to the point where he ejaculated into his wife and she was declared as the virgin who gave birth to Heru (Auset was slaughtered by his jealous brother Set and cut up into 14 pieces and Ausar’s wife placed him back together again). An erected phallus was later created to represent resurrection. Keep in mind these are mythological stories. The main focus is not to believe in the story literally but to learn the meaning behind it. Auset was also a part of the trinity: Ausar, Auset, Heru. The ancient Egyptians always had more than one concept that represented the trinity but Ausar, Auset and Heru was the most popular trio. This was the trinity that the Christians later adapted. Because of the promotion of male superiority, the trinity went from father, mother, son, and was later changed to father, Holy Spirit, son.
The ancient Egyptians are known for their beliefs in many gods, but when we look into the Pert M Heru (The Book of the Dead), the book reveals to us that all the gods and goddesses of Egypt were many and yet they were one. The Egyptian king, Akhenaton, is seen as the first monotheist (the belief in one God). What he was presenting to his people was not necessarily new. The concept that Akhenaton was trying to present to his people was to show them the truth that was written in the Pert M Heru.
“This was not a departure from Ancient Egyptian philosophy, but an attempt to reinforce elements, which were already present in the very early forms of worship…” –Dr. Muata Ashby
“I am the Great God, the self-created one, Nun… I am Ra… I am Geb… I am Atum… I am Asar (Ausar- Osiris), I am Min… I am Shu… I am Anubis… I am Aset (Auset- Isis)… I am Hathor… I am Sekhmet… I am Orion… I am Saa… I am the Lion… I am the young Bull… I am Hapi who comes forth as the river nile…” – Chapter 23 from Pert M Heru (The Book of The Dead).
Whenever we as a people drift away from our true natural connection with the One God who appears in many forms/attributes/reflections, it causes us to go down a path of destruction/damnation.