Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Origin of the Bible's 10 Commandments, Heaven, Hell

The Origin of the Bible's Concept of Heaven, Hell, and 10 Commandments

 The Origin of the Bible's 10 Commandments, Heaven, Hell


Do you know what inspired the Torah and bible's 10 commandments? Do you know what inpired the concept of heaven and hell? Sit back, read with open mind, and you'll understand it. Videos also provided at the bottom.

If you look critically deep into the Torah and Bible, you'll see there're evidence it had been doctored at different times throughout history- beginning from the times of Moses down to the times of the Roman empire. People had to doctor it for various reasons to suit their need of the day. Example; Rome removed 14 books of the Apocrypha contained in the original scriptures before 1611 ADBelow are some of the books known to have been doctored out of the original scriptures.

(1). The Prayer of Manasses

This work dates from the first century B.C. It was intended to be used in connection with the story of Manasseh's Babylonian captivity (2 Chron. 33). Parts of the Prayer have found their way into Protestant liturgy.

(2). The Song of the Three Holy Children

This addition to the Book of Daniel was written about 100 B.C. and was found inserted in his book, in the third chapter, right after the 23rd verse.

(3). The History of Susanna

This is another 1st century B.C. addition to the book of Daniel. It is generally found prefixed to the book. The purpose of the story is to magnify Daniel's powers and the judgment.

(4). First Esdras

This is the Greek verson of, and in some parts a reconstruction of the canonical Book of Ezra. It was written about 100 B.C. Some of the subject matter added is from the book of Nehemiah.

(5). Second Esdras

This book is an apocalypse, especially chapters 3-14. It is composite in origin, dating from 65 B.C. to 120 A.D. The value of the book lies in the fact that it focuses heavily on the period of Jewish thought surrounding the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. The views it expresses on eschatology are closely allied to the teachingss of the New Testament.


(6). First Maccabees

First Maccabees, written by a Jew in Palestine during the latter part of the 2nd centruy B.C., is perhaps the best historical source on the period from 175 to 135 B.C. Well written, it reveals deep insight into the root causes of the Maccabean rebellion and details the rebellion itself down to the death of Simon in 135 B.C. This book is essential to both Christians and Jews. It gives detailed information relative to Antiochus Epiphanes and his desecration of the Jerusalem Temple, an action which Jesus said would be repeated at the time of the end. The book also contains a wealth of details relative to the Jewish feast of Hannukah (which celebrates the re-dedication of the Temple Antiochus debased). That information is available from no other source, Jewish or otherwise, and without it there would be no Hannukah celebration.

(7). Second Maccabees

Unlike the first Book of the Maccabees, this work is a combination of history and fiction. It seems to be less useful than the first. It is an abridgment of a far more extensive work in existence at the time of its writing in the latter part of the 2nd centruy B.C, It presents information about the period leading up to the rebellion of the Maccabees under Mattathias in Modein and follows it down to 161 B.C.

(8). Tobit

The Book of Tobit, a work of fiction, was very popular among Jews and early Christians. It is a story of romance and legend from the Jewish Dispersion in Egypt. It was written in the 3rd century B.C., and was based upon two well-known Egyptian stories. The purpose of this book was to teach useful lessons, and at the same time correct some of the then-current superstitions. It features pominently the angel Raphael.

(9). Bel and the Dragon

Written about 100 B.C., this story reveals Daniel's wisdom in exposing the falsehood of idolatry and those who promote it. The book also reveals the existance in Babylon of a dragon-god. Information about this idol is available from no other source, but it is particularly relevant in light of dragon prophecies relative to the last days, scattered throughout the scriptures.

(10). Judith

The Book of Judith relates a story of victory won by the chosen people over its enemeies, thanks to the intervention of a woman. It is a legendary tale of a Jewish widow reminiscent of 'Joan of Ark' who succeeds in outwitting and finally slaying a great Assyrian general, thus bringing deliverance to her oppressed people. It was written in Palestine during the latter half of the 2nd centruy B.C., probably by a Pharisee

(11). Baruch


The greater part of this book was written in the 1st centruy A.D. under the assumed name of Baruch, the private secretary of Jeremiah. The 6th chapter is known as the Epistle of Jeremiah. Both books contain a series of exhortations, encouragements and severe denunciations.


(12). Ecclesiasticus

This book, written about 180 B.C., contains proverbs and practical observations of life two centuries before the birth of Christ. The work closely resembles the Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament. It represents one of the most valuable records of early Rabbinical thought. It was translated into Greek in 132 B.C. by a grandson of the author (Jesus ben Sira)

(13). Wisdom


In many respects this is one of the most valuable books of the entire Apocrypha. It was written by a Jew of the Dispersion about 65 B.C. It is similar to the Wisdom Books of the Old Testament. It was written especially to combat the materialistic tendencies of the canonical book of Ecclesiastes. Filled with stunning prophecy and replete with the powerful and spiritual essence of God, this book is also sometimes referred to as the 'Wisdom of Solomon'.

(14). The book of Adam and Eve

This book tells the original creation story before Genesis was written.

(15). The book of Enoch

This book talks about ancient mysticism and fallen angels.

The ancient scriptures had to be doctored for many reasons; some good reasons, some bad reasons. Rome; for instance doctored the bible again to emphasize certain passages to justify slavery, since it owned millions of slaves throughout Europe. When Greece ruled, they also removed some important books from the original scriptures.

Till the late 1800 century, European and American churches and priests still widely held the view that “slavery was ordained by God”. Bible passages were often being quoted to rebellious slaves to remind them to obey their masters, as it was the will of God for them to be enslaved. Popular bible passages used by European slave traders and missionaries include the below:-.

Ephesians 6 5:8 New International Version.
Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.

1 Corinthians 7:20:22 New International Version.

Each person should remain in the situation they were in when God called them. Were you a slave when you were called? Don’t let it trouble you- although if you can gain your freedom, do so. For the one who was a slave when called to faith in the Lord is the Lord’s freed person; similarly, the one who was free when called is Christ’s slave.

Colossians 3 22:25 New International Version.

Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.

1 Peter 2 18:20 New International Version.
 

Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.

Rome colonized almost entire Europe and up to the Mediterranean region, at some point at about 117 AD they even colonized part of North Africa. They owned millions of slaves and had to protect their business by making the above additions, since religion was and is still used to control the mind of the populace. Above is an addition to the bible by Rome, it was never in the bible before the rise of Rome. So, they rightly call it the new testament.

The old testament part of the bible is made up of ancient African history, spirituality and philosophy of mostly Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan- formerly called Kemet. 

Example; ancient Egypt had lot of reverence for the dead. Before someone dies he/she was supposed to renounce certain sins claiming they didn't commit them. This way the god of justice would declare them righteous, without sin, and their spirit would then proceed to live again in the after-life. 

They also had a principle called Maat. Maat was the ancient Egyptian concept of truth, balance, order, harmony, law, morality, and justice. Maat was personified as a goddess regulating the stars, seasons, and the actions of both mortals and the deities, who set the order of the universe from chaos at the moment of creation.
Maat personified

Maat represents the ethical and moral principle that every Egyptian citizen was expected to follow throughout their daily lives. They were expected to act with honor and truth in manners that involve family, the community, the nation, the environment, and god.

Maat as a principle was formed to meet the complex needs of the Egyptian state that embraced diverse peoples with conflicting interests. 

The development of such rules sought to avert chaos and it became the basis of Egyptian law. From an early period the Pharoah would describe himself as the "Lord of Maat" who decreed with his mouth the Maat he conceived in his heart.

The significance of Maat developed to the point that it embraced all aspects of existence, including the basic equilibrium of the universe, the relationship between constituent parts, the cycle of the seasons, heavenly movements, religious observations and fair dealings, honesty and truthfulness in social interactions.

The ancient Egyptians had a deep conviction of an underlying holiness and unity within the universe. Cosmic harmony was achieved by correct public and ritual life. Any disturbance in cosmic harmony could have consequences for the individual as well as the state. 

Maat was the spirit in which justice was applied rather than a legal document. It represented the normal and basic values that formed the backdrop for the application of justice that had to be carried out in the spirit of truth and fairness.

In the principle of Maat, ancient Egypt had certain renounciations that a person was supposed to make at the time of judgement, after death. The renounciations are contained in what Europeans later called the book of the dead. However, it wasn't called the book of the dead in Egypt, but it was list of confessions someone had to make in the affirmative confirming they lived their lives well. It was written on papyrus (ancient type of paper) and buried together with the person who made the renounciations. See some examples below.

(1). I have not done iniquity.
(2). I have not robbed with violence.
(3). I have not stolen.
(4). I have not made any to suffer pain.
(5). I have not defrauded offerings.
(6). I have done no murder nor bid anyone to slay on my behalf.
(7). I have not trimmed the measure.
(8). I have not spoken lies.
(9). I have not caused the shedding of tears.
(10). I have not dealt deceitfully.
(11). I have not acted guilefully.
(12). I have not laid waste to the land.
(13). I have not set my lips against anyone.
(14). I have not been angry or wrathful without a just cause.
(15). I have not lusted nor defiled the wife of any man.
(16). I have not polluted myself.
(17). I have not caused terror.
(18). I have not done that which is abominable.
(19). I have not multiplied words exceedingly.
(20). I have never uttered fiery words.
(21). I have not judged hastily.
(22). I have not transgressed nor have I vexed or angered God.
(23). I have not stopped my ears against the words of Right and Truth .
(24). I have not burned with rage.
(25). I have not worked grief.
(26). I have not acted with insolence.
(27). I have not avenged myself.
(28). I have not stirred up strife.
(29). I have not been an eavesdropper.
(30). I have not wronged the people
(31). I have done no harm nor have I done evil
(32). I have not worked treason.
(33). I have never fouled the water.
(34). I have not spoken scornfully.
(35). I have never cursed God.
(36). I have not behaved with arrogance.
(37). I have not envied or craved for that which belongs to another.
(38). I have not filched food from the mouth of the infant.
(39). I have done no hurt unto man, nor wrought harm unto beasts.
(40). I have never magnified my condition beyond what was fitting.
(41). I have not cursed my mother
(42).  I have not beat my parent

Basically, before someone dies, they'll have to prepare a list of such 42 sins and say they didn't commit them. This would pave way for them to pass on to the after-life without punishment. You can think of it as a way of outsmarting God!!. So, you'll have people renouncing different types of sins in order to avoid punishment after death. Below is list of another renounciations found on the tomb of another person.

(1). I have not committed sin.
(2). I have not committed robbery with violence.
(3). I have not stolen.
(4). I have not slain men and women.
(5). I have not stolen grain.
(6). I have not purloined offerings.
(7). I have not stolen the property of the gods.
(8). I have not uttered lies.
(9). I have not carried away food.
(10). I have not uttered curses.
(11). I have not committed adultery.
(12). I have made none to weep.
(13). I have not eaten the heart [i.e., I have not grieved uselessly, or felt remorse].
(14). I have not attacked any man.
(15). I am not a man of deceit.
(16). I have not stolen cultivated land.
(17). I have not been an eavesdropper.
(18). I have slandered [no man].
(19). I have not been angry without just cause.
(20). I have not debauched the wife of any man.
(21). I have not debauched the wife of [any] man. (repeats the previous affirmation but addressed to a different god).
(22). I have not polluted myself.
(23). I have terrorized none.
(24). I have not transgressed [the Law].
(25). I have not been wroth.
(26). I have not shut my ears to the words of truth.
(27). I have not blasphemed.
(28). I am not a man of violence.
(29). I am not a stirrer up of strife (or a disturber of the peace).
(30). I have not acted (or judged) with undue haste.
(31). I have not pried into matters.
(32). I have not multiplied my words in speaking.
(33). I have wronged none, I have done no evil.
(34). I have not worked witchcraft against the King (or blasphemed against the King).
(35). I have never stopped [the flow of] water.
(36). I have never raised my voice (spoken arrogantly, or in anger).
(37). I have not cursed (or blasphemed) God.
(38). I have not acted with evil rage.
(39). I have not stolen the bread of the gods.
(40). I have not carried away the khenfu cakes from the spirits of the dead.
(41). I have not snatched away the bread of the child, nor treated with contempt the god of my city.
(42). I have not slain the cattle belonging to the god

What this means is (I advance this only as a suspicion) that upon death ancient Egyptians believed the god of judgement would ask them 42 questions as follows:- 


(1). Did you ever do iniquity?
(2). Did you ever rob with violence?
(3). Did you ever steal?
(4). Did you ever make anyone to suffer pain?
(5). Did you ever defraud offerings?
(6). Did you ever murder nor bid anyone to slay on my behalf?
(7). Did you ever trim the measure?
(8). Did you ever speak lies?
(9). Did you ever cause the shedding of tears?
(10). Did you ever deal deceitfully?
(11). Did you ever act guilefully?
(12). Did you ever lay waste to the land?
(13). Did you ever set your lips against anyone?
(14). Did you ever get angry or wrathful without a just cause?
(15). Did you ever lust nor defile the wife of any man?
(16). Did you ever pollute yourself?
(17). Did you ever cause terror?
(18). Did you ever do that which is abominable?
(19). Did you ever multiply words exceedingly?
(20). Did you ever utter fiery words?
(21). Did you ever judge hastily?
(22). Did you ever transgress nor vex or angered God?
(23). Did you ever stop your ears against the words of Right and Truth?
(24). Did you ever burn with rage?
(25). Did you ever cause grief?
(26). Did you ever act with insolence?
(27). Did you ever avenge yourself?
(28). Did you ever stir up strife?
(29). Did you ever eavesdrop?
(30). Did you ever wrong people?
(31). Did you ever harm nor do evil?
(32). Did you ever commit treason?
(33). Did you ever abuse the water?
(34). Did you ever speak scornfully?
(35). Did you ever curse God?
(36). Did you ever behave with arrogance?
(37). Did you ever envy or crave for that which belongs to another?
(38). Did you ever filch food from the mouth of the infant?
(39). Did you ever hurt any man, nor wrought harm unto beasts?
(40). Did you ever magnify your condition beyond what is fitting?
(41). Did you ever curse your parents?
(42). Did you ever beat your parents?


It appears the dead was simply supposed to respond YES to all the above questions. It is said the cost of procuring the written renounciations could cost up to a year salary, meaning the importance placed on it by ancient Egyptians was as good as buying life.

Therefore, someone must have been woried about the poor not being able to buy their way through justice upon death, someone must have been thinking of how everyone could successfully pass through the after-life.

Before Albert Einstein, before Isaac Newton, before Nicola Tesla, there has always been intelligent people on earth. In ancient times in Africa, you had people like Chaka de Zulu, Queen Nzinga of Ndongo, Amenhotep, Ramases the great, Moses, Solomon, Abraham, Noah, and all the other people you may or may not know. 

Moses was born in Africa during the reign of Pharoah Hatshepsut who reigned 1504-1483 BCE (the view of history), some say during the reign of Thutmose III in the period 1479-1425 BCE (the view of bible theologians). Moses schooled in one of the best school in Egypt as well. It is believed he wrote the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, and it makes perfect sense to me that such an educated person had to summarize the 42 renounciations and make it 10 laws, thereby mandating his people to actually obey the law while they were still alive. Because, it makes no sense that someone had to obey the law when they die.

It's not difficult therefore to see why a Moses frustrated about the disobedience of his people, would decide to have his people actually obey the laws while they were still alive, instead of acting unlawfully while alive, and buying deliverance by renouncing sins upon death. 

It is not difficult to see why the Torah and Bible's 10 commandments reads as those in blue below.

(1). Thou shalt not kill, nor bid anyone kill.
(2). Thou shalt not commit adultery or rape.
(3). Thou shalt not avenge thyself nor burn with rage.
(4). Thou shalt not cause terror.
(5). Thou shalt not assault anyone nor cause anyone pain.
(6). Thou shalt not cause misery.
(7). Thou shalt not do any harm to man or to animals.
(8). Thou shalt not cause the shedding of tears.
(9). Thou shalt not wrong the people nor bear them any evil intent.
(10). Thou shalt not steal nor take that which does not belong to you.
(11). Thou shalt not take more than thy fair share of food.
(12). Thou shalt not damage the crops, the fields, or the trees.
(13). Thou shalt not deprive anyone of what is rightfully theirs.
(14). Thou shalt not bear false witness, nor support false allegations.
(15). Thou shalt not lie, nor speak falsely to the hurt of another.
(16). Thou shalt not use fiery words nor stir up any strife.
(17). Thou shalt not speak or act deceitfully to the hurt of another.
(18). Thou shalt not speak scornfully against others.
(19). Thou shalt not eavesdrop.
(20). Thou shalt not ignore the truth or words of righteousness.
(21). Thou shalt not judge anyone hastily or harshly.
(22). Thou shalt not disrespect sacred places.
(23). Thou shalt cause no wrong to be done to any workers or prisoners.
(24). Thou shalt not be angry without good reason.
(25). Thou shalt not hinder the flow of running water.
(26). Thou shalt not waste the running water.
(27). Thou shalt not pollute the water or the land.
(28). Thou shalt not take God’s name in vain.
(29). Thou shalt not despise nor anger God.
(30). Thou shalt not steal from God.
(31). Thou shalt not give excessive offerings nor less than what is due.
(32). Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods.
(33). Thou shalt not steal from nor disrespect the dead.
(34). Thou shalt remember and observe the appointed holy days.
(35). Thou shalt not hold back the offerings due God.
(36). Thou shalt not interfere with sacred rites.
(37). Thou shalt not slaughter with evil intent any sacred animals.
(38). Thou shalt not act with guile or insolence.
(39). Thou shalt not be unduly proud nor act with arrogance.
(40). Thou shalt not magnify your condition beyond what is appropriate.
(41). Thou shalt do no less than your daily obligations require.
(42). Thou shalt obey the law and commit no treason.

Remember, this practice had been going on in Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan, for thousands of years (if not millions of years) before the first Jew Abraham was born. By the time Moses himself was born, the Egyptian monarchy was already in at least it's 18th dynasty!!. Both Thutmose III and Hatshepsut were among the reigning Pharaohs in the 18th dynasty in Egypt when Moses was born. So, the concept of Heaven, Hell, and 10 commandments, clearly predates the Torah, Bible,  Moses, Koran, and indeed any other so called holy book any place in the world. Obviously, the Torah, Koran, and the bible's 10 commandments is a doctored ancient African document.


This video throws more light on ancient Egypt's concept of Maat and judgement after death

This video is an animated explanation of ancient Egypt's concept of Maat and judgement after death

This video throws more light on the book of the dead- the basis for the world's religions concept of judgement after death, heaven and hell

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References:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maat
https://truestrange.com/2008/03/11/42-principles-of-maat-2000-years-before-ten-commandments

http://www.biblearchaeology.org/post/2009/02/Moses-and-Hatshepsut.aspx