The purpose of a religion is sacred. It is by the religion that the name of God is given a value, something that frames a personality, a personal history, a personal belief, personal expectations and hopes. It takes a "somebody", and with the process of rituals and prayers, it will transform this "somebody" into "something" that the "somebody" believes is better. Before anybody can ever believe in God, a religion will teach them to believe in themselves. It is then, when they have learnt and when their spirit has been opened to "something" bigger than themselves that God becomes a religion, because ones they perceive the fragile beauty of the life, a morning, a rain, a breath, a sound, they feel that they were blind and they were deaf before. God is like "something" you don't know you may have, until you perceive the feeling not having it. This thing which is not visible as a "something", religions are supposed to teach how to see, to hear and to feel it.
The concept of God has always been difficult to explain and religions have used thousand words to describe it, but if all the people may have something common to say about God, it is that God makes them better. God is like a new language. When you learn a new language with a new grammar and words, your spirit wakens to new perspectives to express an idea, sentiments and feelings. Since ancient times, the religion has always been perceived has a spirituality, because the language of God involves concepts, allegories and a detachment with the environment that may corrupt the human nature. By essence, the human nature is pure, like the animal nature is pure. Our nature is what we are deeply, but that culture and society may corrupt. Maybe not. The human nature has followed an evolution from primitive to modern and our spirit is a composition of nature and of knowledge. There are the "kind people by nature" and there are the "kind people by nature who have received a spiritual knowledge". What we question inside the religion is the quality of the spiritual knowledge, and as matter of quality, we question the legitimacy.
Spirituality cannot be corrupted with military purpose for example and the strategies that belong to an army. Spirituality can educate the people on private matters, but it cannot rule on those matters. This is usually why it is important to have one government that establishes the social rules, and one clergy that explains how to conduct a spiritual life that will help the people to understand those rules. Spirituality comes with knowledge, education and the devotion we spend into it. The clergy is not supposed to make the rules itself, because a priest cannot be a ruler, a judge and the person who administrates the punishment. Rules are linked to so many factors that are not spirituals, that the clergy would not be able to go so wild, it would loose its spirituality.
Spirituality needs devotion, and this devotion makes the clergy special. They study, they write, they talk and they educate. It cannot make them the same as others, but they offer this service to the others in the share they give to their followers. The followers come with expectations and the clergy has the role to respond those expectations with explaining simply and honestly the boundaries of life. When a parent lose a child for example, the clergy may have the words that the medicine does not have, and those words are very basic. It is to explain how the world works, how humanity is small compare to it all, that the body is only a passage and that there is something bigger. Faith usually helps to envision the bigger part that will take lives and will give lives naturally. Faith will usually explain that humanity cannot control everything, that pain is real and it really hurts, but behind the curtains of our mind, there is still a part of us that carries the many souls of the people we love, and if we keep foster this love, then the love will grow, and the soul will grow and the pain becomes ridiculous, because there is a time to rest, and those who have gone have taken this time.
Sometimes, it's easier to believe in God's will, because it does not make our existence vain. To go through the hard times, we have to fine a purpose for the good times, and one of this purposes can be to believe. When you believe in God during the good times, you understand why a life is sacred, why you will save a dog, why you will pet a cat, why you will educate your children, why you will bond with your family, why you will share your time with your neighbors or go to a city hall meeting. The time you give to make the life better, faith will simply enhance your fillings while you are doing that. It's like eating. You can eat or you can take the time to eat. You can cook, but you can also take the time to cook. At the end, the purpose of the time you give is to take the time to savor, to feel the tastes and the perfumes and appreciate all the colors. You cannot devour the strawberries from your garden, nor you can pick them up and throw them away. All the time that you take to observe and think, to appreciate and think, to give and think or to receive and think, is a time that you will remember when everything goes wrong, and in life, there is always a time when everything goes wrong. To remember the good time, its like switching the light on to say,"I can make the good times to come again, there is no fatality, I remember the good time having this meal, lets cook it. I remember the time doing this, lets do it again" and when you have to do it without a person you lost, your spirit can carry the soul of this person. All you have to do, is to remember the laugh, the happiness and the joy that you had. You just have to remember why you don't want to forget this person, because life is not only a body, it is also a spirit. And everything spiritual shall be protected and sacred.
There are different stages from innocence to adulthood, and each step is a new stage inside a degree of spirituality that will put words on the concepts that life is going to meet. Sexuality is one of those big words. It takes different levels from boys and girls and the experience will be slightly different, but nature is coherent and what happens to girls happens to boys their own way. For example, girls will start to have periods at very young age. Some religions believe that having periods is a sign of maturity and that the girls shall be married to have children. Would a boy the same age be married to become a father? Is it because a boy practices masturbation that he is ready to have sex, to marry and to have children? The purpose of a religion is to explain those different things in order to protect the most sacred part of each one, and this part does not belong to the individuality, to the society, to the family or to a group. This part belongs to God, because this spirituality is like the little ark of light between life and death. This is the part that makes somebody alive, that makes a good teacher, a good parent or a wise person. The nature of the body is not the spirituality inside, and the function of a religion is to protect the spirituality. It is to protect the part of God in the people, the part that creates a humanity that can live in harmony with the other living creatures.
The Roman Empire, or shall I say, the Roman Army has changed the purpose of the Jewish religion. They created Christianity for their own citizens who wanted to convert to this new Jew religion that they were discovering from their own schollars, but while the Jewish religion believes in God, the Christian religion believes in the anthropomorphic incarnation of a ruler into a God. And this is all different, because there is no spirituality inside. Christianity has been able to expand because the Roman Army has been using Christianity on purpose, to submit the territories to the worship in Rome and to pledge allegiance through the Apostle creed.
The Jewish people, this tiny little people at the opposite side of the Mediterranean sea, has conquered the hearts of the Romans in Rome without even invading Rome, without even an army. They have conquered the hearts with spirituality and a kind of kindness that the Romans did not have. The Romans soon understood that they could not fight a people of faith without killing their messianic literature. They have crucified an imaginary king that still represents the Christian world, they have embodied a puppet with a tale of miracles and they have written a New Testament that would give them the legitimacy of God, despite everything that don't make them legitimate. On the following sections, I will show how the "Roman spirituality" is false and I will explain why. I will explain how this false spirituality has invaded the homes, the bedrooms and the picture books of the people who don't even continue to go to church. I will explain how sexuality in former Christian territories has become a concern and a challenge for modern days and how concerned parents, teachers and rulers can restore a real spirituality.
A Republic does not become an Empire without any struggle and the conversion of the Roman people into Judaism was perceived as a defeat of authority of the Roman generals on their army. While the emperors of Rome were leading to conquer, the men on the battlefield became a pack of bachelors whose chance to die was over the average. When the Roman army arrived in Judah to invade Jerusalem, they did not find an army to fight with them. They found priests and people who believed in one God. At some point, the Roman Empire had to "kill" this God who was turning the heads of its soldiers. When the soldiers who survived the campaigns returned to their homes, they came back with the tales encountered with other people, other religions, other rules and other faith. The life of Jesus as it is told in the myth might be what they found in the city of Jerusalem, and the God of the Jews was less fearful to them than any other God they had met elsewhere.
To kill the Jewish God, the Emperors have killed the messiah, but in a story that opened a new opportunity for them to lead deeper inside the life of the people. During the reigns of Titus and of Domitian, all the marital laws were enforced to control the identity of the Roman people, their race, their faith, their behavior at home, their heritage, their Testament. The New Testament that was made for the Jew became a wonderful tool to control the other tribes, the Greeks, the Egyptians, the Phoenicians, the Babylonians and even Constantinople. The New Testament has become an eugenic tool of control over the elite of Rome to differentiate the "freeborns" from the others, the masculine males, from the others, the women from the slaves, the wives from the prostitutes. Titus and Domitian have enforced the Lex Sacantinia, the Lex Papia Poppaea, the Lex Julia de adulteriis Coercendis, the Lex Julia de Maritandis Ordinibus, the Lex Juliae, the Lex Oppia, the Lex Papia de Peregrinis, the Leges Semproniae Agrariae, the Lex Trebonia, the Lex Voconia, the Lex Valeria, the Jus Trium Liberorum, the Twelve Tables. So many rules indeed to control the marriages, the births and the heritage from the Roman males.
It probably became more and more frequent that Roman soldiers married foreign women and with the development of the Roman trade around the Mediterranean sea, the Emperors were loosing the name of their heirs. They imposed the rules and they controlled their rules with the most powerful means that they had at this time, the figure of a God that would be the shepherd to bring back the sheep to the sheepfold. The Jews had simplified the monotheism brought from Egypt and they identified their God to YHWH, the only pure monotheist cult around the Mediterranean Sea. This was an opportunity for the Roman Empire to seize the role of a unique deity.
The most important act to become a Christian is the baptismal ceremony. This ceremony is interpreted differently over the time so the sense of this ceremony has changed, but the iconography is showing three main purpose to the ceremony :
The water is poured on the head of Jesus. At the top of the representation of the water, we usually see a representation of the light, what means that the water encapsulates the light and this light is poured on the head to open the spirit into this new life where the "somebody" becomes a Christian. The water is poured on the head because this is the center of spirituality.
The body is naked and the water of the river covers the genitals, what means that the water removes part of the sex and the body becomes an androgynous body, the receptacle of a spirituality.
Part of the iconography shows how Jesus carries the dress, he wears it heartily like a baby what means that the baptism of Jesus is an allegory of the baptism of the clergy.
We have seen on Part I the various meanings of Joshua, but in Nehemiah 8:17 this name refers to Joshua son of Nun, the successor of Moses, as leader of the Israelites. Nun, who also means "the deification of the primordial watery abyss in the Hermopolitan Ogdoad cosmogony of ancient Egyptian religion". "The name is spelled phonetically with the nw hieroglyph, with the determiners "sky", and waters". (...) The Ancient Egyptians envisaged the oceanic abyss of the Nun as surrounding a bubble in which the sphere of life is encapsulated, representing the deepest mystery of their cosmogony. In Ancient Egyptian creation accounts the original mound of land comes forth from the waters of the Nun. The Nun is the source of all that appears in a differentiated world, encompassing all aspects of divine and earthly existence. In the Ennead cosmogony Nun is perceived as transcendent at the point of creation alongside Atum the creator god."
The myth of Jesus, the messiah, the king of the Jews, is also a representation of the son of Nun, the primordial water. This parallel with the Egyptian mythology is written with the same perspective on the maps which is to impose one God and to articulate this God from the basilicus of Rome in order to rule as many people as possible. When Roman soldiers establish the Empire in Egypt, the Egyptians must identify themselves with the Christian myth and when the soldiers establish in Greece, they must identify themselves with the iconography of Christianity, the cults and the traditions that Christianity imposes where the army can no more control with its arms.
Sanctity in the church has various epochs, various places and various kinds. Sometimes, the church has shown its liberty to not have any sanctity at all. I have compiled one of the most significant iconography to show different approaches of humor on the architecture of the Christian churches. There is the humor to mock. There is the humor to worry. There is the humor to scare and there is an other kind of humor only driven to torment. All those forms of humor could belong to the Middle Age and the Renaissance. More recently, there is the new kind of iconography to seduce with a cartoon-like style, space and even aliens. The superheroes are not yet represented but Disney Cartoons are largely inspired from this iconography.
The torment has always been a way to control the morals, and accordingly to the Christian Church, the scariest the sculptures, the stronger is the effect on the mind of the people because the imagery will enter their mind and they will start to rave their scariest nightmares. Then, just like the shepherd did with the Roman soldiers, the Christian Church will bring back the sheep to the sheepfold. The human nature is like a sheep in the forest, it easily gets lost and it easily gets scary. The Christian society is like the forest behind the tree, it mocks, it laughs, it judges, it compares, and it emphasises the spirit of the church everywhere on the markets, in the fields, in the streets and in the homes. Verbal lapidations are a very Christian practice that synchronizes with bigotry and dark ages.
Many churches in Europe and South America show sexual private behaviors that the church exposes to the public. Is the attempt to torment? To laugh? Is it directed at the public or to the church? Is it a mockery against the priests or is it an allegory of the people?
Dali has questioned this matter of sexuality and maybe is this the process of spirituality? In fact, the question is, do we need a moral authority to know and particularly, do we need the Christian authority to know?
Europe has always been questioning the legitimacy of the Church, its rules, its "humor", the role of the priests and of the nuns. In the pagan religion of the Roman Empire, the Vestal Virgins were the priestesses of the temple of Vesta, the goddess of the hearth. In the Roman Christian Church, they became nuns, a concept that most the Ancient Tribes of Europe had never heard before. Virginity has always been a purpose of public controversies. Until nowadays, the Church still inspire the funniest iconography. Miracles are another subject of the New Testament that the public favors.
If you heard the voice of the children laughing, then maybe you realized that those pictures and those jokes weren't be for children. The Christian Church has spread in Europe, Africa, Asia, Americas with the same mission and the same purpose. To conquer, to control, to tax, to torment, and to mislead the people into an idea of God that is not reality. As a consequence, the message that is carried through the New Testament and through the Christian society is an oppressive message for women, for children and for humanity. The Christian Church has covered various forms of slaveries which is ruled from Rome and its military system.
Primitive tribes usually had two parallel models of societies, the matriarchal system and the patriarchal system. The Christian Church has developed a male gendered androgynous system that is not meant to establish the equality between men and women, but to control the sexuality of the penetrators, the Romans, against the penetrated, the women, the homosexuals, the slaves and the children.
The spirituality that makes the arts, the architecture, that defines the roles, the genders and the identity, is under interrogation every day. Why is it the women are not inside the picture that history has written with the men. Why is it that women have to fight to be women, have to fight to be doctors, to be teachers, to be leaders, to be priests, to be architects, to be part of the society that they nurture and that they build with their love and with their wisdom?
Christianity has feminized the representations of Jesus at every level of the myth. The baptism was a symbol of emasculation of Jesus and he is represented with the gesture of a woman, the sensitivity of a woman and the role in the mythology, that carries both sexes, man and woman to represent over the dead, the last part which is a myth. But a myth that has left no spirituality behind other than oppression and lies.
The parallels between the myth of Jesus and the spirituality from Ancient Egypt has fantasized the many symbols of the Christian religion in purpose to bring a legitimacy to a course of events that were dramatic. But the world has changed and spirituality has changed. While the technologies, the medias, the society have progressed, the people aspire now to anything else than the truth and they don't feel that the Church has offered them the truth that usually bonds a father, a mother, children and a family. The TRUTH and the TRUST that comes into it, are two pillars on which the story of Jesus cannot stand.
Kid in music class can't stop laughing over the guitar playing teacher