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Non-venomous Pink Headed Reed Snake in the garden with the "apples".

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the juice (wine) of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.
1 John 1:7

Today when we want to wash something we use detergent. A detergent is a special kind of molecule that has two radically different parts. One part binds to water and the other part binds to oil.
In the old days they didn't have modern detergents. All they had was alcohol. Alcohol is a primitive and very simple detergent.

The phrase "Wine of Jesus (Samson)" or "wine of God" could be loosely translated into english as "wine from hell". In other words it's what we would call hard alcohol. Pure distilled alcohol. We still use it, even today, to clean and disinfect.

And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eats any manner of blood;

I will even set my face against that soul that eats blood, and will excommunicate him from among his people.
I have given to you the soma of wine of the soul [which] is upon the altar-of-atonement of your souls: for the wine of the soul (Holy Spirit) atones.
Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourns among you eat blood.

Leviticus 17:10-12

Starting off

If you are unfamiliar with the Bible the best place to begin would be Genesis, Exodus, Judges, Kings, Matthew or Luke, and finally Revelation.

Kings and Priests

Ancient society was divided into 4 groups.

  Empiricism Rationalism
Upper class Soldiers Teachers
Lower class Merchants Workers

Later the upper upper class evolved into priests and kings. So true religion is an outgrowth of the educational system. This would not include state sponsored cults of personality.


Each stripe is 30 years. 3 stripes is a season. Half a season is 45 years.
45 is glossed over as 40 when the writer wishes to minimalize it.
45 is glossed over as 50 when the writer wishes to make it seem bigger.
In one instance 300 years becomes 130 years.

If the text is too small you can zoom in by pressing ctrl + (ctrl 0 to reset)

Sections: #adam #noah #jacob #kings


See Gospel harmony based on John

But this spake he of that spirit which they that believe on him were about to receive for the Holy Spirit was not yet given; because THAT Jesus was not yet glorified.

There were 2 radically different men named Jesus (hence 2 different genealogies) and their radically different teachings are mixed together in the gospels.

He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.

And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.

"In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." (NIV)

"But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secert. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you." "The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ." " . . . on earth peace, good will toward men." vs.

"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household." "Then said he unto them, . . . he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one."

For God said, "Honor your father and mother," and "Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death." But you say that if a man says to his father or mother, "Whatever help you might otherwise have received form me is a gift devoted to God," he is not to "honor his father" with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition."

He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” “If any man come to me, and HATE not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.”

Fire and brimstone

Othodox hell

And a third Angel did follow them, saying in a great voice, `If any one the beast doth bow before, and his image, and doth receive a mark upon his forehead, or upon his hand...he shall be tormented in fire and brimstone before the holy angels, and before the Lamb

and I saw as a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who do gain the victory over the beast, and his image, and his mark, [and] the number of his name, standing by the sea of the glass, having harps of God, and they sing the song of Moses, servant of God, and the song of the Lamb (offkey), saying:

`Great and wonderful [are] Thy works, O Lord God, the Almighty, righteous and true [are] Thy ways, O King of saints
who may not fear Thee, O Lord, and glorify Thy name?


Secular Acedemic
Fundamentalists Atheists Theists
Nonfundamentalists Empiricists Rationalists

Fundamentalism: a movement characterized by a strictly literal (empirical) interpretation of religious texts By that definition many atheists are fundamentalists too.

Strip Atheism of all fundamentalism and all you have left is Empiricism. Strip Theism of all fundamentalism and all you have left is Rationalism.

Something is empirical if it conforms to observation. Something is rational if it conforms to the laws of cause and effect


See Rationalism

Empirically observing the sun rise again and again is not sufficient to know beyond a reasonable doubt that it will rise the next day. One much have an understanding of the cause and effect 'reasons' why it rises.

I KNOW with certainty that a 2 headed coin will come up heads if flipped. If the coin has a heads and a tails then I dont know what it will come up as but I KNOW the probability is 50/50. If I have 3 coins in my pocket, one with 2 heads, another with 2 tails, and another with one head and one tail and I pull one out at random and, without looking at it, flip it then I dont know the probability for that coin but I do KNOW the Bayesian probability is 50/50.

At no point is it necessary to believe anything. Knowing is sufficient.

Missing the mark

A person might think its going to rain but God would know that it might rain. God is always knowing and never misses his mark. People are not always knowing and therefore people occasionally miss the mark they set for themselves. Sin originally meant to miss the mark but has come to mean all-bad (infinitely bad). So bad that you deserve to burn in hell for eternity. In reality nothing is all-good or all-bad. (**** is perceived as all-bad but poo is not)

Desires are normal & healthy. You desire things because they are desirable. Cravings are unhealthy. You crave things because they are forbidden. Drug addicts crave their fix. People take drugs until they have used up all the money, sold their house and their cars, lost their jobs, lost all their friends, and they end up in jail and basically ruin their lives. It is as though they feel that doing drugs will get them into heaven and to not do drugs will condemn them to hell and therefore any finite loss they experience on earth (no matter how great) is insignificant. That is called idol worship. To worship something (money, sex, ego) is to perceive that something as being "all-good". Infinitely good.

The infinitesimal is insignificant when compared to ANY finite quantity. ANY finite quantity is insignificant when compared to the infinite. Anyone that can comprehend "insignificance" can comprehend infinity. Infinity is not the largest number. Infinity^2 is much larger than infinity. 1/infinity is not the smallest number. That would be 0. In every way Infinity behaves exactly like an arbitrarily large but otherwise perfectly ordinary number.

Satan: the adversary

See Fascism

All-or-nothing thinking

"Be careful," Jesus warned them. "Watch out for the Leaven (all-or-nothing thinking) of the Pharisees (Theists) and that of Herod (Atheists)".

A little leaven leavens the whole lump.

All-or-nothing thinking is like a computer virus. Once you are infected it affects your whole mind.

Documentary hypothesis

See also: Documentary hypothesis/Genesis

The modern documentary hypothesis proposes that the Torah was originally four distinct narratives, each complete in itself, each dealing with the same incidents and characters, but with distinctive "messages". The four were combined twice by editors ("redactors") who strove to keep as much as possible of the original documents.

J, Jahwist source

The oldest source, concerned with narratives, making up half of Genesis and half of Exodus, plus fragments of Numbers. J describes a human-like God, called Yahweh (or rather YHWH) throughout, and has a special interest in the territory of the Kingdom of Judah and individuals connected with its history. J has an eloquent style. Originally composed c. 950 BCE.[11]

E, Elohist source

E parallels J, often duplicating the narratives. Makes up a third of Genesis and half of Exodus, plus fragments of Numbers. E describes a human-like God initially called Elohim, and Yahweh subsequent to the incident of the burning bush, at which Elohim reveals himself as Yahweh. E focuses on the Kingdom of Israel and on the Shiloh priesthood, has a moderately eloquent style. Originally composed c. 850 BCE.[11]

D, Deuteronomist source

D in the Pentateuch is restricted to the book of Deuteronomy, although it continues into the subsequent books of Joshua, Judges and Kings. It takes the form of a series of sermons about the Law, as well as recapitulating the narrative of Exodus and Numbers. Its distinctive term for God is YHWH Elohainu, traditionally translated in English as "The Lord our God." Originally composed c. 650-621 BCE.[11]

P, Priestly source

P is preoccupied with lists (especially genealogies), dates, numbers and laws. P describes a distant and unmerciful God, referred to as Elohim. P partly duplicates J and E, but alters details to stress the importance of the priesthood. P consists of about a fifth of Genesis, substantial portions of Exodus and Numbers, and almost all of Leviticus. According to Wellhausen, P has a low level of literary style. Composed c. 550-400 BCE.[11]

R, Redactor

The first redaction of the Torah combined J and E to create JE, c 750 BCE. A second redactor combined JE with D and P to put the work into its final form c 400 BCE.

Error detection and correction

Assume that the goal is to transmit the four-digit message "1234". First the digits of the message are arranged in a rectangular pattern:


Each column and row is summed up separately:


The eight-digit sequence "12334746" is the message that is actually transmitted. If any single error occurs during transmission then this error can not only be detected but can also be corrected as well. Let us suppose that the received message contained an error in the first digit. The receiver rearranges the message into the grid:


The receiver can see that the first row and also the first column add up incorrectly. Using this knowledge and the assumption that only one error occurred, the receiver can correct the error. In order to handle two errors, a 4-dimensional scheme would be required.

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