Chapter 4 is titled Bible Stories.
Now I’m no religious person I’m a proud, and amazingly happy, Atheist, I don’t need the supernatural, or magic, in my life to make it feel worth living I’m perfectly happy with grim reality with its honesty and lack of hope.
Icke’s chapter begins with the Biblical character Abraham the man who is highly regarded by Jews, Christians and Muslims indeed their religions are known as the Abrahamic religions. What I want to know is this: did Abraham actually exist?
According to the experts, people way smarter than me, and possibly you, Abraham is a fictional creation that’s probably obvious to other Atheists as the Abraham of Genesis interacts with Yahweh, who of course is a fictional magic man, like all gods and goddesses, demons and angels. Our, well my, world isn’t one brimming full of supernatural entities and incidents. It just isn’t. I know it would be nice if we lived in a supernatural world full of gods and monsters but we don’t, or at least the world I experience doesn’t.
Icke makes the claim that the fictional Abraham introduced circumcision to the Hebrew people, his vast army of slaves, to differentiate his people from other people living in the same geographical region, people who Icke claims worshipped the Sumerian god Enlil, who eventually became El and then Allah of Islam. I always thought Allah was Yahweh, but I could be wrong, what would I, an evil Atheist, know about religion?
Allah, as far as I’ve been able to make out, is the Arabic word for God, so the Muslim god is the same as the Christian and Jew, makes this Atheist wonder why they all hate each other so much when they’ve got so much in common. Religious folk there ain’t no understanding them.
Abraham’s story then becomes Joseph’s, the guy with the multi-coloured raincoat, Joseph like Abraham before him cannot be proven to have actually existed, there ain’t no evidence and without evidence a thing just ain’t, right? Makes sense to me. The theory goes that Joseph’s story was a late edition to the Bible and maybe the first story of literary rather than oral origin.
Icke also goes on to claim that when Joseph, a fictional character was sold in to fictional slavery it was the Hyksos, Shepherd Kings, that dominated Egypt. These Shepherd Kings are believed to have been Semites, or Arabs, they at some point in time became the dominant force in Egypt and worshipped their own god Baal. The interesting thing about the Hyksos, for me, is that they may have been the rulers of Egypt during the entire Exodus story presented in the Bible so rather than vast amounts of Hebrew slaves fleeing from the Egyptians the Exodus may have been the expulsion of a tribe that had once ruled Egypt. Icke seems to think the same way which leads of course to the story of Moses, a character Icke deems real who fled into the desert and had an alien encounter with a being he, Moses, believed was God, or El, the Lord.
But did Moses exist? Or was he, like Joseph and Abraham before him, merely fictional?
It is believed that the Biblical Moses was merely a legendary figure, a fictional character, his story based on a far earlier story of Sumerian origin the story of Sargon the Great. The reason behind this belief is because there is no Egyptian evidence, written or archaeological, to prove that Moses did exist and as such an important figure during the mighty and powerful Egyptian empire one would think mention of such a person would indeed exist.
From Moses we, the reader, eventually arrive at the Biblical character David who defeated his enemies and created the Israelite Empire, though experts agree David might have been a real person he certainly wasn’t the man represented in the Bible at best he was a mere chieftain or clan leader and his entire myth is mere wishful thinking.
David was of course, according to the Bible, the father of Solomon, an altogether more renown character in this ancient mystery/conspiracy mythology. According to Icke it was during the reign of Solomon, indeed because of his reign, that the Masons, Freemasons, became such a dynamic driving force in human history, it was these stonemasons with their weird secret rituals and superhuman powers that built Solomon’s Temple and it was during the reign of Solomon that Egyptian and Phoenician rituals were absorbed by the Israelites thus corrupting further their beliefs, ideas and Biblical stories.
Solomon however may not have existed, certainly not in the way the Bible portrays him as the king of a vast empire, there are no historical records of the time that refer to Solomon and all the archaeological evidence shows that in the region Solomon, and David before him, was supposed to rule only a few hundred people lived their lives and then died. The area of the time of Solomon was a mere town, a tiny little nothing of a place in the desert. Once again the Bible stories, when compared to the available evidence, are merely wishful thinking and thus fictions.
After more pages of Icke musing over what may, or may not, be fictions we finally arrive at the Messiah, our Lord Jesus Christ, well not my Lord because I’m a happy Atheist but maybe your Lord if you’re a believer.
The one thing we know for sure about Jesus Christ is that his name would not have been Jesus Christ, heh, that fact always amuses me. Experts, historians, agree that Jesus Christ was a real person and a religious leader but he didn’t possess superhuman powers and he wasn’t born of supernatural origins, now I’m no expert but I don’t believe there is enough evidence to prove the existence of Jesus, and for me the character is indeed a supernatural being by ignoring this fact and trying to find some way of creating a non-supernatural character the experts, historians, are totally ignoring the entire Jesus myth. How convenient for them and their continued employment.
Even though these experts, historians, accept the fact that some evidence of Jesus’ existence as a non-supernatural being is questionable they reject the notion that all the evidence is, they’ll accept parts of Josephus’ history but not all, picking and choosing what sits well with their own agreed upon collective views.
These same experts, historians, do agree that the Gospels stories of Jesus Christ are of course non-historical and they’re happy to reject them as evidence the character existed instead they try and build their own mythology by relying on Josephus, who they find unreliable, and Tacitus a historian who also wrote passages in his histories referring to the mythical character Hercules. Hmm, right?
In fact when one researches the historical evidence for Jesus Christ one discovers that even the experts, historians, can’t agree what is truth and what is fiction and yet they all claim this character did exist, the only two stories they do agree on are Jesus’ baptism and his crucifixion but everything else is argued about.
As an Atheist, and no expert in these matters, upon reading the evidence for the existence of Jesus Christ as a non-supernatural being I find that it’s all a load of old horseshit and that the experts, historians, stink of it. Hey, that’s my personal opinion I care not if you agree or disagree.
Icke of course paints Jesus as a supernatural being possessed of superhuman qualities due to his out of this world origin, like all the stories relating to the Christ figure it sounds to me like poppycock mouthed by nincompoops. Icke does, briefly, delve into the Pauline Christian conspiracy making claim that the Christ story is derived from older stories about Dionysus and Mithra and Sol Invictus and Osiris and Horus and Krishna and that the Christianity, in all its versions, we know today is merely pagan belief.
Again I’m no expert but yeah the above makes a lot of sense.
This chapter, if you’re a believer in ancient astronauts, religious belief, conspiracy theories, is really interesting and certainly gave me pause for thought, which is what a book should do, make us think.
I do apologise for any grammatical errors in this, fairly, hefty post my only excuse is I type fast and I don’t edit.