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The Week That Changed The World? HAH!!

The Week That Changed The World?  HAH!!

Hello, everyone.

Well, the Spreadeagle Season has come and gone.  Last Sunday, April 8, people celebrated whatever it is that Easter celebrates.  On EWTN, the Catholic cable channel, they kept referring to last week as “the week that changed the world.”  Meanwhile, BYUTV, the Mormon cable channel, treated last week like a typical normal week.  Do you suppose that is one reason that Christian Fundamentalists loathe and detest Mormons and cannot support the idea of a President Romney?  Makes sense to me.

But “the week that changed the world?”  Are there actual nitwits who believe that Old Hairy, his spreadeagle, and his down-and-up represent the week with the deepest impact on the world??  Unfortunately, there are.  This view was held by less-than-luminary thinkers like Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell, and Pat Robertson – that is, when they were not busy trashing gays and lesbians.  The week that changed the world?? O come now!!!!

However, there WERE weeks that actually DID change the world, and they deserve an examination, so here they are.

1. The week when King Hammurabi revealed his Code of Laws.  This magnificent website — http://www.bandoli.no/hammurabi.htm — gives a good discussion of the Code as compared to the Ten Commandments.  It must not be forgotten that Hammurabi lived at least 500 years before Moses, so it is totally likely that Moses plagiarized the Code for his own “Mosaic Code.”

2. The week when Hippocrates began his practice of medicine.  Hippocrates lived from c. 460 BC to c. 370 BC, so he lived over 4 centuries before “Jesus/”  His knowledge of medicine and science towered so highly over the knowledge that “Jesus” possessed, that a comparison of the two would be useless.  However, the knowledge that Hippocrates expressed 2500 years ago is still having an impact on our lives today in the 21st century.  Thus the week that marked his emergence  truly was a week that changed the world.

3. The week that Caesar crossed the Rubicon.  Wikipedia says this:  “The idiom “Crossing the Rubicon” means to pass a point of no return, and refers to Julius Caesar’s army’s crossing of the river in 49 BC, which was considered an act of insurrection.”   This was indeed the start of Julius Caesar’s civil war, which ended in 45 B. C.  Caesar’s victory had a profound effect on Western history.  Had Pompey been able to defeat Caesar, our history would have been drastically different.  So the week of Caesar’s crossing the Rubicon definitely was a week that changed the world – at least the Western world.

4. The week that Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire.  Once, the Christian sect was the hunted.  But with Constantine’s act, that sect became the hunter.  The “official” Christian group became ruthless in its pursuit and destruction of competing sects like the Gnostics.  Indeed, I have read articles where people have discussed the possibility that the TRUE Christianity – the Gnostic faith – was routed and destroyed by the false faith – the Roman faith.  It is possible that this is the case.  In any event, the week when Constantine pronounced the superiority of the Roman cult has been a week that changed the world – for the worse.

5. The week that the Great Schism of 1054 became effective.  The schism had been brewing for a long time.  The Orthodox objected to some ideas, like the moronic Trinity, where 1+1+1=1, because they did not feel that there was enough biblical support for such an idea.  They also rejected some of the biblical books like the two letters of Peter and the Book of Revelation, which the Latin Church embraced.  Things came to a head when the Latin Church excommunicated the leadership of Constantinople, and the Constantinople leadership excommunicated the Pope and his top lieutenants.  Because the Western world was forced to live under the heel of Rome instead of the leadership in Constantinople, the week of the finality of the Great Schism was a week that changed the world – and not for the better.

6. The week of Guttenberg’s first use of the printing press.  To say that the printed word has exercised a powerful influence on the history of the world is a gross understatement.  That week was indeed a week that changed the world.

7. The week that Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church.  Countless volumes have been written about the impact of the Protestant Reformation on the world, so we can say that this was indeed a week that changed the world.

8. The week in 1807 when England ended its involvement in the slave trade.  William Wilberforce was only one of many Britons who saw that the traffic in human beings was wrong.  After several years and much work on the part of Wilberforce and the other abolitionists, the Slave Trade Act was finally passed by the British Parliament in 1807.  It would take the United States almost 60 years and a bloody Civil War to accomplish the same thing.  So that week in 1807 definitely was a week that changed the world.

9. The week in August, 1945, when Hiroshima and Nagasaki were virtually wiped out by two American atomic bombs.  It is interesting to note that the only nation to use atomic weapons in anger was and is a Christian nation.  It is also interesting to note that the bombs were used against a non-Christian nation.  So it can logically and truthfully be stated that the bombs were used in the name of the so-called “Prince of Peace” and that week has indeed changed the world.

There are other significant events that have had a profound impact of this world, but I feel that I have made my point.  However, the week of “Jesus’” spreadeagle and down-and-up has had an impact on the world.  That impact is beautifully described by William Somerset Maugham..

W. Somerset Maugham on theocracy

Published on Saturday, 07 April 2012 20:19

 From The Razor’s Edge, published in 1944:

“”D’you remember how Jesus was led into the wilderness and fasted forty days? Then, when he was a-hungered, the devil came to him and said: If thou be the son of God, command these stones be made bread. But Jesus resisted the temptation. Then the devil set him on a pinnacle of the temple and said to him: If thou be the son of God, cast thyself down. For angels had charge of him and would bear him up. But again Jesus resisted. Then the devil took him into a high mountain and showed him the kingdoms of the world and said that he would give them to him if he would fall down and worship him. But Jesus said: Get thee hence, Satan. That’s the end of the story according to the good simple Matthew. But it wasn’t. The devil was sly and he came to Jesus once more and said: If thou wilt accept shame and disgrace, scourging, a crown of thorns and death on the cross, thou shalt save the human race, for greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Jesus fell. The devil laughed till his sides ached, for he knew the evil men would commit in the name of their redeemer.””

“And, on the next page of the same book:

“”I couldn’t but surmise that the devil, looking at the cruel wars that Christianity has occasioned, the persecutions, the tortures that Christian has inflicted on Christian, the unkindness, the hypocrisy, the intolerance, must consider the balance sheet with complacency. And when he remembers that it has laid upon mankind the bitter burden of the sense of sin that has darkened the beauty of the starry night and cast a baleful shadow on the passing pleasures of a world to be enjoyed, he must chuckle as he murmurs: Give the devil his due.””

“Dominionism, Ralph Reed, Glenn Beck, and Santorum didn’t exist when Maugham wrote this.”

I found the material about Maugham on a blog this morning. (4/11/12)   When I read it, it struck me that it was the perfect ending for this diary.  I have witnessed the persecution, unkindness, hypocrisy, and the intolerance that Maugham mentions.  Indeed, I have personally experienced my share – and then some – of Evangelical hatred.  I saw the Christian meanness that Maugham describes happen to the dearest person on earth to me.  And yet they expect me to believe that the hairy vagrant was all goodness and kindness, and that the week of his spreadeagle and down-and-up was full of benevolent goodness for all of mankind.

All I can say is – BWAHAHAHAHA!!

Yes, it is possible that the “week that changed the world” did indeed change the world.  But not in the way, nor with the benevolent goodness, that the Evangelical Christians would have us believe.

You all have yourselves a good day tomorrow.

Bill

 

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April 12, 2012 - Posted by | Miscellaneous, Religion

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