Noosphere, Part VI: Trinitarian mythologies

There is just one trinitarian mythology worth discussing, and that is Christianity. The Christian God is the Holy Trinity, consisting of the Father (the old Hebrew God), the Son (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit. God the Father arrived via Jewish sacred texts, which happened to be on sale just around the time Christianity first got going, the Jews having just lost a nasty war with the Romans, who then dislodged them (yet again) from Palestine. Prior to their wholesale purchase of Jewish sacred texts, the Christians had been mocked by other, more literarily endowed sects, as “a people without a book.”

The incorporation of Jewish sacred texts into the burgeoning Christian sect were something of a mixed blessing because these texts are riddled with internal contradictions. Take, for instance, the rather simple example of murder. Exodus 20:13 is quite clear on this point: “Thou shalt not murder.” This comports rather well with Christ’s teachings, which are very much in the direction opposite to murder: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” [Luke 6:27-28] The rationale for such lenience is that to punish one must first judge and judging is God’s prerogative which Christians should not usurp: ““Judge not, that you be not judged.” [Matthew 7:1]

“That’s no way to run a proper bordello!” you might exclaim, and you would be right, of course. And here’s where the Old Testament has been very helpful in subverting the original Christian teaching and making it serve the needs not just of bordello operators but of bloodthirsty emperors, homicidal maniacs and rapacious oligarchs. Right within Exodus, which exhorts us not to kill, it says this: “Whoever lies with an animal shall be put to death. [Exodus 22:19] Zoophiles, beware! Adultery is likewise a capital offense: “If a man commits adultery with the wife of his neighbor, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.” [Leviticus 20:10] As is homosexuality: “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death” [Leviticus 20:13]

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