Religious Conspiracy?

It is believed that there is no better way to control people than through organizations that use mind control. Human governments often control people through force and violence, but mind control is far more formidable in long term consequence.

Has there been a "conspiracy" by various church leaders to control your mind, your heart, your life and your pocketbook?

The history that we have of religion refers to the written record of human religious events, experiences, and ideas.

However, writing is only about 5000 years old and therefore all history reaches only about 5000 years into the past.

As the bulk of the human religious experience is relegated to prehistory, the following "mini-timeline of religion" does include prehistoric religious events in addition to historical ones.

A large body of evidence of common descent of living things has been discovered by scientists working in a variety of fields over many years.

This evidence has demonstrated and verified the occurrence of evolution and provided a wealth of information on the natural processes by which the variety and diversity of life on Earth developed.

As a result, I tend to DISCOUNT the various claims made by RELIGIONS as being TOTALLY FALSE. The fossil record seems to be completely at odds with most mainstream religious teachings.

This indicates to me that we probably have a Religious Conspiracy operating on many many levels. In that regard, please consider the following mini-timeline as evidence of the various Religious Conspiracies...

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Religion Mini-Timeline

  • 223,000 - 100,000 BC
    • The earliest evidence of Hominids, such as Neanderthals and even Homo heidelbergensis, deliberately disposing of deceased individuals usually in funerary caches. The graves, located throughout Eurasia (e.g. the Bontnewydd Cave, Atapuerca Mountains, Qafzeh, Es Skhul, Krapina), are believed to represent the beginnings of ceremonial rites, although there is some debate about this. Neanderthals placed their deceased in simple graves with little or no concern for grave goods or markers; however, their graves occasionally appeared with limestone blocks in or on them, possibly an archaic form of grave marking. These practices were possibly the result of empathetic feelings towards fellow tribespeople, for example: an infant buried in the Dederiyeh Cave after its joints had disarticulated was placed with concern for the correct anatomical arrangement of its body parts.
  • 98,000 BC
    • In the area of present-day France and Belgium, Neanderthals begin defleshing their dead, possibly after a period of excarnation prior to burial.
  • 40,000 BC
    • One of the earliest Anatomically modern humans to be cremated is buried near Lake Mungo.
  • 33,000 BC
    • All convincing evidence for Neanderthal burials ceases. Roughly coinciding with the time period of the Homo sapiens introduction to Europe and decline of the Neanderthals.
  • 25,000 BC
    • Individual skulls and/or long bones begin appearing heavily stained with red ochre and are separately buried. This practice may be the origins of sacred relics. The oldest discovered “Venus figurines” appear in graves. Some are deliberately broken or repeatedly stabbed. Possibly representing murders of the men they are buried with or some other unknown social dynamic.
  • 25,000 - 21,000 BC
    • Clear examples of burials are present in Iberia, Wales, and Eastern Europe. All of these, also, incorporate the heavy use of red ochre. Additionally, various objects are being included in the graves (i.e. periwinkle shells, weighted clothing, dolls, possible drumsticks, mammoth ivory beads, fox teeth pendants, panoply of ivory artifacts, “baton” antlers, flint blades, etc.).
  • 21,000 - 11,000 BC
    • Convincing evidence of mortuary activity ceases.
  • 13,000 - 8,000 BC
    • Noticeable burial activity resumes. Prior mortuary activity had either taken a less obvious form or contemporaries retained some of their burial knowledge in the absence of such activity; dozens of men, women and children were being buried in the same caves which were used for burials 10,000 years beforehand. All these graves are delineated by the cave walls and large limestone blocks. The burials are very similar to each other and share a number of characteristics ochre, shell and mammoth ivory jewellery that go back thousands of years. Some burials are double, comprising an adult male with a juvenile male buried by his side. They are now appearing to take on the form of modern cemeteries. Old burials are commonly being redug and moved to make way for the new ones, with the older bones often being gathered together and cached together. Large stones may have acted as grave markers. Pairs of ochred antlers are sometimes poles within the cave; this is compared to the modern practice of leaving flowers at one’s grave.
  • 9130 - 7370 BC
    • The apparent lifespan of Göbekli Tepe, the oldest human-made place of worship yet discovered.
  • 8000 BCE
    • Four to five pine posts are erected near the eventual site of Stonehenge.
  • 7500 - 5700 BC
    • The settlements of Catalhoyuk develop as a likely spiritual center of Anatolia. Possibly practicing worship in communal shrines, its inhabitants leave behind numerous clay figurines and impressions of phallic, feminine, and hunting scenes.
  • 3100 - 2900 BC
    • Newgrange, the 250,000 ton (226,796.2 tonne) passage tomb aligned to the winter solstice in Ireland, is built.
  • 3100 BCE
    • The initial form of Stonehenge is completed. The circular bank and ditch enclosure, about 110 metres (360 ft) across, may be complete with a timber circle.
  • 3000 BCE
    • Sumerian Cuneiform emerges from the proto-literate Uruk period, allowing the codification of beliefs and creation of detailed historical religious records. The second phase of Stonehenge is completed and appears to function as the first enclosed cremation cemetery in the British Isles.
  • 2635 - 2610 BCE
  • 2600 BCE
    • Stonehenge begins to take on the form of its final phase. The wooden posts are replaced with that of bluestone. It begins taking on an increasingly complex setup—including altar, portal, station stones, etc.—and shows consideration of solar alignments.
  • 2560 BCE
    • The approximate time accepted as the completion of the Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest pyramid of the Giza Plateau.
  • 2494 - 2345 BCE
    • The first of the oldest surviving religious texts, the Pyramid Texts, are composed in Ancient Egypt.
  • 2200 BCE
  • 2150 - 2000 BCE
    • The earliest surviving versions of the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh (originally titled “He saw the deep”) were written.
  • 2000 - 1850 BCE
  • 1600 BCE
    • The ancient development of Stonehenge comes to an end.
  • 1300 - 1000 BCE
    • The “standard” Akkadian version of the Epic of Gilgamesh was edited by Sin-liqe-unninni.
  • 1250 BCE
  • 1200 BCE
  • 1200 BCE
    • Olmecs build earliest pyramids and temples in Central America.
  • 1100 BCE
    • Zoroaster (a.k.a. Zarathushtra), founder of Zoroastrianism is thought to have been born.
  • 950 BCE

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2011-05-20 Conspiracy, Religions

THE WORLD IS COMING TO AN END!

It’s happening tomorrow.. (Maybe in a few hours!!)

OMGOSH WHAT WILL I DO!!!!

Here is a thought…

I will content myself by REMEMBERING that “The World is coming to an end” has happened many times in the past…

Funnily enough.. Most of the time.. It’s just ANOTHER RELIGIOUS SCAM..

See: ReligiousTolerance.Org

Failed prophecies:

  • 30: The Christian Scriptures (New Testament), when interpreted literally, appear to record many predictions by Yeshua of Nazareth (Jesus Christ) that God’s Kingdom would arrive within a very short period, or was actually in the process of arriving. For example, Jesus is recorded as saying in Matthew 16:28: “…there shall be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” In Matthew 24:34, Yeshua is recorded as saying: “…This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” Since the life expectancy in those days was little over 30 years, Jesus appears to have predicted his second coming sometime during the 1st century CE. It didn’t happen.
  • 60: Interpreting the Epistles of Paul of Tarsus literally, his writings seem to imply that Jesus would return and usher in a rapture during the lifetime of persons who were living in the middle of the 1st century.
  • 90: Saint Clement 1 predicted that the world end would occur at any moment.
  • 2nd Century CE: Prophets and Prophetesses of the Montanist movement predicted that Jesus would return sometime during their lifetime and establish the New Jerusalem in the city of Pepuza in Asia Minor.
  • 365: A man by the name of Hilary of Poitiers, announced that the end would happen that year. It didn’t.
  • 375 to 400: Saint Martin of Tours, a student of Hilary, was convinced that the end would happen sometime before 400 CE.
  • 500: This was the first year-with-a-nice-round-number-panic. The antipope Hippolytus and an earlier Christian academic Sextus Julius Africanus had predicted Armageddon at about this year.
  • 968: An eclipse was interpreted as a prelude to the end of the world by the army of the German emperor Otto III.
  • 992: Good Friday coincided with the Feast of the Annunciation; this had long been believed to be the event that would bring forth the Antichrist, and thus the end-times events foretold in the book of Revelation. Records from Germany report that a new sun rose in the north and that as many as 3 suns and 3 moons were fighting. There does not appear to be independent verification of this remarkable event.
  • 1000-JAN-1: Many Christians in Europe had predicted the end of the world on this date. As the date approached, Christian armies waged war against some of the Pagan countries in Northern Europe. The motivation was to convert them all to Christianity, by force if necessary, before Christ returned in the year 1000. Meanwhile, some Christians had given their possessions to the Church in anticipation of the end. Fortunately, the level of education was so low that many citizens were unaware of the year. They did not know enough to be afraid. Otherwise, the panic might have been far worse than it was. Unfortunately, when Jesus did not appear, the church did not return the gifts. Serious criticism of the Church followed. The Church reacted by exterminating some heretics. Agitation settled down quickly, as it later did in the year 2000.
  • 1000-MAY: The body of Charlemagne was disinterred on Pentecost. A legend had arisen that an emperor would rise from his sleep to fight the Antichrist.
  • 1005-1006: A terrible famine throughout Europe was seen as a sign of the nearness of the end.
  • 1033: Some believed this to be the 1000th anniversary of the death and resurrection of Jesus. His second coming was anticipated. Jesus’ actual date of execution is unknown, but is believed to be in the range of 27 to 33 CE.
  • 1147: Gerard of Poehlde decided that the millennium had actually started in 306 CE during Constantine’s reign. Thus, the world end was expected in 1306 CE.
  • 1179: John of Toledo predicted the end of the world during 1186. This estimate was based on the alignment of many planets.
  • 1205: Joachim of Fiore predicted in 1190 that the Antichrist was already in the world, and that King Richard of England would defeat him. The Millennium would then begin, sometime before 1205.
  • 1284: Pope Innocent III computed this date by adding 666 years onto the date the Islam was founded.
  • 1346 and later: The black plague spread across Europe, killing one third of the population. This was seen as the prelude to an immediate end of the world. Unfortunately, the Christians had previously killed a many of the cats, fearing that they might be familiars of Witches. The fewer the cats, the more the rats. It was the rat fleas that spread the black plague.
  • 1496: This was approximately 1500 years after the birth of Jesus. Some mystics in the 15th century predicted that the millennium would begin during this year.
  • 1524: Many astrologers predicted the imminent end of the world due to a world wide flood. They obviously had not read the Genesis story of the rainbow.
  • 1533: Melchior Hoffman predicted that Jesus’ return would happen a millennium and a half after the nominal date of his execution, in 1533. The New Jerusalem was expected to be established in Strasbourg, Germany. He was arrested and died in a Strasbourg jail.
  • 1669: The Old Believers in Russia believed that the end of the world would occur in this year. 20 thousand burned themselves to death between 1669 and 1690 to protect themselves from the Antichrist.
  • 1689: Benjamin Keach, a 17th century Baptist, predicted the end of the world for this year.
  • 1736: British theologian and mathematician William Whitson predicted a great flood similar to Noah’s for OCT-13 of this year.
  • 1792: This was the date of the end of the world calculated by some believers in the Shaker movement.
  • 1794: Charles Wesley, one of the founders of Methodism, thought Doomsday would be in this year.
  • 1830: Margaret McDonald, a Christian prophetess, predicted that Robert Owen would be the Antichrist. Owen helped found New Harmony, IN.
  • 1832?: Joseph Smith (1805-1844) was the founder of the Church of Christ, which became the Restorationist movement after many schisms. It now includes The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – a.k.a. the Mormons, and about a hundred other denominations and sects. He heard a voice while praying. He wrote, in Doctrines and Covenants section 130:
    • 14: “I was once praying very earnestly to know the time of the coming of the Son of Man, when I heard a voice repeat the following:”
    • 15: “Joseph, my son, if thou livest until thou art eighty-five years old, thou shalt see the face of the Son of Man; therefore let this suffice, and trouble me no more on this matter.”
    • 16: “I was left thus, without being able to decide whether this coming referred to the beginning of the millennium or to some previous appearing, or whether I should die and thus see his face.”
    • 17: “I believe the coming of the Son of Man will not be any sooner than that time.”

The year in which this event occurred is not recorded. However, one commentator suggested 1832 or earlier. 16 Smith is later recorded as having said:

“I prophesy in the name of the Lord God, and let it be written--the Son of Man will not come in the clouds of heaven till I am eighty-five years old.” 17

Smith would have reached the age of 85 during 1890. Unfortunately, by that year, Smith had been dead for almost a half century, having been assassinated by a mob. Note that his prophecy is ambiguous. It can be interpreted that:

Jesus would return during 1890 (which did not materialize) or that 1890 would pass without Jesus’ return (which did come to pass).

Some anti-Mormon sources quote only verses 14 and 15, and draw the former conclusion – that Smith’s prophecy failed.

  • 1843-MAR-21: William Miller, founder of the Millerite movement, predicted that Jesus would come on this date. A very large number of Christians accepted his prophecy.
  • 1844-OCT-22: When Jesus did not return, Miller predicted this new date. In an event which is now called “The Great Disappointment,” many Christians sold their property and possessions, quit their jobs and prepared themselves for the second coming. Nothing happened; the day came and went without incident.
  • 1850: Ellen White, founder of the Seven Day Adventists movement, made many predictions of the timing of the end of the world. All failed. On 1850-JUN-27 she prophesied that only a few months remained before the end. She wrote: “My accompanying angel said, ‘Time is almost finished. Get ready, get ready, get ready.’ …now time is almost finished…and what we have been years learning, they will have to learn in a few months.” 10
  • 1856 or later: At Ellen White’s last prediction, she said that she was shown in a vision the fate of believers who attended the 1856 SDA conference. She wrote “I was shown the company present at the Conference. Said the angel: ‘Some food for worms, some subjects of the seven last plagues, some will be alive and remain upon the earth to be translated at the coming of Jesus.” 11 That is, some of the attendees would die of normal diseases; some would die from plagues at the last days, others would still be alive when Jesus came. “By the early 1900s all those who attended the conference had passed away, leaving the Church with the dilemma of trying to figure out how to explain away such a prominent prophetic failure.” 12
  • 1881: Mother Shipton, (1488 - 1561), a 16th century mystic predicted the end of the world: “…The world to an end shall come; in eighteen hundred and eighty-one.”
  • 1891 or before: On 1835-FEB-14, Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon church, attended a meeting of church leaders. He said that the meeting had been called because God had commanded it. He announced that Jesus would return within 56 years – i.e. before 1891-FEB-15. (History of the Church 2:182)
  • 1914 was one of the more important estimates of the start of the war of Armageddon by the Jehovah’s Witnesses (Watchtower Bible and Tract Society). They based their prophecy of 1914 from prophecy in the book of Daniel, Chapter 4. The writings referred to “seven times”. The WTS interpreted each “time” as equal to 360 days, giving a total of 2520 days. This was further interpreted as representing 2520 years, measured from the starting date of 607 BCE. This gave 1914 as the target date. When 1914 passed, they changed their prediction; 1914 became the year that Jesus invisibly began his rule.

1914, 1915, 1918, 1920, 1925, 1941, 1975 and 1994, etc. were other dates that the Watchtower Society (WTS) or its members predicted. Since late in the 19th century, they had taught that the “battle of the Great Day of God Almighty” (Armageddon) would happen in 1914 CE. It didn’t.

The next major estimate was 1925. Watchtower magazine predicted: “The year 1925 is a date definitely and clearly marked in the Scriptures, even more clearly than that of 1914; but it would be presumptuous on the part of any faithful follower of the Lord to assume just what the Lord is going to do during that year.” 6

The Watchtower Society selected 1975 as its next main prediction. This was based on the estimate “according to reliable Bible chronology Adam was created in the year 4026 BCE, likely in the autumn of the year, at the end of the sixth day of creation.” 8 They believed that the year 1975 a promising date for the end of the world, as it was the 6,000th anniversary of Adam’s creation. Exactly 1,000 years was to pass for each day of the creation week. This prophecy also failed.

The current estimate is that the end of the world as we know it will happen precisely 6000 years after the creation of Eve. 9 There is no way of knowing when this happened.

More details on the WTS predictions.

  • 1919: Meteorologist Albert Porta predicted that the conjunction of 6 planets would generate a magnetic current that would cause the sun to explode and engulf the earth on DEC-17.

References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay.

The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

Richard Kyle, “The last days are here again: A history of the end times,” Baker Books, (1998), Page 111.

Watchtower magazine, 1924-JUL-15, Page 211).

William Martin, “Waiting for the End: The growing interest in apocalyptic prophesy,” The Atlantic Monthly, 1982-JUN. Online at: http://www.theatlantic.com/

“Herman L. Hoeh,” Wikipedia, downloaded on 2006-APR-24, from: http://en.wikipedia.org/

Mike Harris Jr., “Arnold Murray. False Teacher. False Prophet.,” Mikes Christian Corner, at: http://www.mikeschristiancorner.com/

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