Hellenistic Astrology: Joyous House Placements for the Sun and Moon

Hellenistic Astrology: The Study of Fate and Fortune
by Chris Brennan
Joys of the Planets, P. 336

Sun in H9 – World View, Distant Travel, Higher Ed
Moon in H3 – Siblings and Relatives, Communication

Any testimonies or comments?

My testimony/comment:

My Sun is in Campanus H9 and my Moon is not in H3.

Being Christian in the Modern World: Liberalism, 5/21/2017, Rev. Walt Marcum

Watch here: http://www.hpumc.org/sermon/liberalism/

Following the Author/Blogger More Frequently

The author/blogger makes more posts at the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GreatestBibleStudyInHistoricalAccuracy/?fref=ts than here.

Christianity MUST Reconcile Leviticus 17: 10 with Jesus’ Direction to Do Something Which Turns God’s Face Away and Excommunicates One from God’s People

It’s not that I’m not interested in your book Orthodox Corruption of Scripture, I’m interested in the scholarly treatment of the most weighty issues. In Misquoting Jesus (your trade book equivalent to the scholarly work), an amazon reviewer quotes you from page 207-208 of that book:

Was Jesus an angry man?
[of interest to me, even if in Orthodox Corruption of Scripture (OCS)]

Was he completely distraught in the face of death?
[of interest to me, even if in OCS]

What should get me a publishing contract are these issues:

1) Was he distraught about the impending destruction of the Temple if you address that somewhere.

2) I, as an essayist and public speaker, have a problem with Jesus not sweating blood over Jerusalem surrounded by armies and the Temple being destroyed. He probably was distraught over that [emphasis being added] and then came up with the cannibalistic remembrance and the consumption of blood which turned God’s face from him, his Son of Man movement, and the followers which stayed with him after he instituted that affront to Lev. 17: 10. According to John’s gospel he did that way before the Last Supper which puts a whole different spin on why Orthodox Temple Authorities needed to get rid of him for just cause. And the Babylonian Talmud would be absolutely correct in finding fault in Jesus for leading people astray: leading people away from the face of God.

Textual Criticism is woefully incomplete until we reconcile Lev. 17: 10 and the Jesus of the Gospel of Matthew and wherever else Jesus is linked to scriptures in the Hebrew Bible. Jesus’ affront to Leviticus 17: 10 causes one to lose the Sunshine of God’s Face and to get excommunicated from God’s people. (This needs to be in edited scholarly and trade/mass market books, in Wikipedia, discussed at the Society of Biblical Literature, and much more.) Writing to be famous? This is the issue that can come forward. My time spent with Jewish scholarship shows there is a need for the issue to be discussed in that circle as well. This is a major (big, big, big as Oprah would say) theological issue.

Jesus Supplanted Temple Sacrifice Then God Turned His Face from Jesus

In the Synoptic gospels, Jesus has the bread and wine metaphor for body and blood consumption.

In the Gospel of John, Jesus says it is not a metaphor, followers are literally eating his body and blood. (In the gospel of John, the last of the four gospels, Jesus brings up literal cannibalism before the last supper. Jesus brings it up and loses followers. He says this teaching is too hard for those who do not stay with him.)

Any Israelite or any alien living among them who eats any blood—I will set my face against that person who eats blood and will cut him off from his people.

Lev. 17: 10

The agony in the garden happens after Jesus makes the bread and wine metaphor.

Jesus renounces the God of Israel, then he goes to the Garden of Gethsemane and finds the God of Israel is not on his side for him to continue living.

The Historical Approach to the New Testament

When I think of an Historical Approach to the New Testament, the first thing I think of is the historical accuracy of the content. The second thing I think of is the historical context: literature under Roman occupation, under Rome dealing with an uprising, under Rome putting down an uprising, under Rome not wanting to deal with another rebellion anytime soon; under Rome which put an end to the biblical Jesus’s earthly ministry, under Rome which, very importantly, supplanted or usurped the Son of Man’s Kingdom of Heaven/Righteousness–Rome which didn’t necessarily come like a thief in the night, but certainly did steal Jerusalem, took away the treasures of the Temple, destroyed the City, destroyed the Temple, destroyed Temple Judaism, destroyed Masada.

When I think of an Historical Approach to the New Testament, I think primarily of what was written no later than 95 Common Era. Maybe a modern investigative reporter or an archaeologist can uncover something to add to biblical accounts circa 27 – 36 Common Era (for Jesus). But then again, historical accounts about Jesus and all his wonders needs to have been written no later than 40 Common Era. The flurry of gospels were written after: 1) the death of other Jewish purists a) King Izates [50 C.E.], b) Queen Helena [no later than 56 C.E.], and c) James the brother of Jesus [64-66 C.E.; 2) the start of the Jewish Revolt in 66 or 67 Common Era and/ or when sacrifices for the well-being of the Roman Emperor stopped; 3) the Destruction of the Temple by Rome, 70 CE; and 4) the end of the Jewish Revolt, 73 C.E. The flurry of gospels being written after all these suggest an impetus not of the wonders of Jesus 27 – 36 C.E. but the need for a collection of writings that calm the rebellious nature of Roman subjects. And, that’s what the New Testament is, a book to build character away from rebelling against Rome.

Given Rome’s indispensable contextual value, we must explore even further the great story of a man sacrificed so others can live. When we do this, we come to the historian Livy (64 or 59 BCE to 17 CE). For the full reference, see The History of Rome 8,9. Briefly, the following: “Decius exclaimed: Valerius, we need the help of the gods! Come now, you are a state pontiff[!, I’m adding emphasis on the word pontiff] of the Roman people–dictate the formula whereby I may devote myself to save the legions…” Decius Mus was did lose his life for victory which is a model for victory in Jesus. The sacrifice of Jesus is palatable for Roman ears where Christianity survived in Roman Christianity. Decius Mus saved a military advance and that was the military good news. Decius Mundus would be a savior of the world, a Christian claim. The character Decius Mundus appears in the second of three passages in Antiquities of the Jews, written by the Roman historian, Josephus. The first passage is the Testimonium Flavianum where Josephus speaks of Jesus being crucified by Pilate and appearing to loved ones after his death. Jesus who died to save others (only he was taken from the Garden of Gethsemene, saving his disciples from capture, let alone saving people by dying for the sins of the world) is linked to Decius Mus who died for his followers, let alone Rome or whatever the stakes were in the battle being fought. So, Jesus is Decius Mundus who appears to a loving devotee on the third day. Josephus, an insider to Rome’s patronage of Christian literature, whistleblows a fact of Christianity to us at the end of the Decius Mundus passage and in the third passage of the three.

So, a historical approach to the New Testament brings its readers to the mountains of Christian History: Rome’s governance of Palestine, the gospels/military good news of Rome’s keeping the peace in the area, Rome’s historians, Rome’s propaganda to quell descent, Rome’s theft of the treasures of the Temple, Rome’s theft of Temple Judaism and Jesus’s Kingdom of God/Heaven/Righteousness.

What Is Spiritual but Not Religious?


Some people are re-incarnated spirits on a human journey.

Many people with some association to Christianity are familiar with:

“…to gain the whole world, but lose your soul.”

So, there is consideration for the post-incarnate existence–the spiritual existence after the bodily existence.

Some people are spiritual in their bodies and after the body is no longer a functioning vehicle for the spirit.

With spirit being somewhat the opposite of material body, the spirit digs quantum physics’ non-locality principle. Yes, the body may be decomposing in the grave or already cremated but, the vibrations of consciousness can still make its presence felt or manipulate nature to give a sign to loved ones left in the material world.

So there are those who are spiritual whether or not there is a spiritual institution worthy of repeat visits.

Not Religious

I used to religiously go to church but I have discovered corruption in the basic texts of Christianity.

So, I’m not as religious as I used to be.

My thought for the day:

Christian communion is based on what happened when the food supply in the city of Jerusalem ran out during the Jewish Revolt. A woman named Mary sacrificed her son, eating half of him, and later, eating the other half of him. This child was a lamb of god. The historian who recorded the event writes:

(paraphrasing)I do not want to write this down. If I write it down it would be a sign foreshadow an icon of cannibalism for future generations…

“I had indeed willing omitted this calamity of ours, that I might not seem to deliver what is so portentous to posterity…”

but in my own generation, there were many witnesses.

“but that I have innumerable witnesses to it in my own age…”

Well, some may say, we’ve given Jesus’ last supper a different meaning. We can ignore its origins.

My response: wolf in sheep’s clothing theology–a reason not to be religious, or at least not religious about the sacrament of Holy Communion.

The lamb of god was sacrificed for the sins of the world.

The world at that time, in context, was the Roman empire.

Jesus died for the sins of the Roman Empire and those who supported it during the Jewish Revolt.

The little boy was sacrificed by his parent-mother for the sins of those who set fire to the food supply and for the sins of the Romans who sat back and said, we don’t have to do anything if they are destroying their own food supply; and, we definitely are not providing humanitarian relief.

That’s the historical meaning of a sacrifice for the sins of the world.

As with Abraham ready to sacrifice Isaac because god asked him, as with the mother who sacrificed her son due to starvation and hopelessness, Jesus’s Heavenly Father sacrificed his son. Christians have communion in remembrance of Mary and her sacrificed and eaten son.

Life did not end with the atrocities of the Jewish Revolt, so some of us can continue to be spiritual without being religious about the sacrificed son which may have been Mary’s Last Supper.