Often, atheists are portrayed as drooling fiends, either mentally disturbed or waging their own personal wars against an alleged divinity. Troubled, or, poor "souls", who, are really only troublemakers getting off by challenging the faithful majority (at least in the U.S.), or poking their rebellious finger in the eye of god for, you know, kicks.
I confess.....occasionally, depending on the 'conditions on the ground', I drool.
Otherwise, I arrived at my atheistic position, you know, the old fashioned way.....I earned it through hard work.
Today's post is but a tiny example of what that work produced.
From 1 Corinthians, chapter 11....
4 Any man who prays or prophesies with his head covered brings shame upon his head. 5 But any woman who prays or prophesies with her head unveiled brings shame upon her head, for it is one and the same thing as if she had had her head shaved. 6 For if a woman does not have her head veiled she may as well have her hair cut off. But if it is shameful for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, then she should wear a veil.
7 A man, on the other hand, should not cover his head, because he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man. 8 For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; 9 nor was man created for woman, but woman for man; 10 for this reason a woman should have a sign of authority on her head, because of the angels.*
Please set aside the glaring patriarchalism for now. Suffice it to say that biblical writers did not enthusiastically embrace feminism.
Here's my focus for today...
"...because of the angels..."
What could that possibly mean? "Because of the angels."
the sons of heaven saw how beautiful the daughters of man were, and so they took for their wives as many of them as they chose. [Genesis 6:2]
This "cross breeding" produced "giants"....
Jubilees 5:1 And it came to pass when the children of men began to multiply on the face of the earth and daughters were born unto them, that the angels of God saw them on a certain year of this jubilee, that they were beautiful to look upon; and they took themselves wives of all whom they 2 chose, and they bare unto them sons and they were giants. . . .
Elsewhere, how these "sons of heaven" got into a position to lust after human women is explained...
2 Peter 2:4,5.....
For if God did not spare the angels when they sinned, but condemned them to the chains of Tartarus and handed them over to be kept for judgment; and if he did not spare the ancient world,....
6And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
7Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
The story of Sodom and Gomorrah relates how far those wacky angels went. Not only, according to those "inspired" writers, did angels lust after human women because their hair, eyes, or face weren't covered..... those ornery angels were overcome with lust directed at men in the twin cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Those bi-sexual angel bitches.
14And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
The mythology these many texts are built upon is this gem from a book rejected from the "authentic" Bible....which the writer of the "legitimate" Jude refers to as the "prophesy" of Enoch....known to the 2nd century BC Qumran community (Dead Sea Scrolls) as Enoch 1...
ENOCH 6:1 And it came to pass when the children of men had multiplied that in those days were born unto 2 them beautiful and comely daughters. And the angels, the children of the heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said to one another: 'Come, let us choose us wives from among the children of men 3 and beget us children.'
Today, some primitive Christians and too many fundamentalist Muslims instruct their members that women must keep their hair (face, head) covered because women are temptresses of men. Men, apparently, can't refrain from going all ridgid with lust at the sight of a woman's eyes, face or hair. Those damn women.
But originally, according to the earliest "scriptures", women were to cover their hair because angels...yes, angels.....were overcome with lust when they saw a woman's hair (face, eyes)....and couldn't resist having sex with them and impregnating them....which, in the original, resulted in hybrid-giant-angel/humans being born. Yes, those who allegedly penned the 'scriptures'.....believed in this far-fetched mythology.
Accept it or not....all Abrahamic religions....Judaism, Islam and Christianity....have traditions, many still practiced today, in which women are instructed to cover their hair, face, head...or all three.
The source for all this attention on women covering themselves up is the early myth in which 'bad' invisible angels saw the hair (glory) of women and couldn't help but have sexual intercourse with those women, because of seeing their "glory"....which resulted in hybrid angel-man giants being produced.
J.K. Rowling couldn't have done better.
Today, many self-satisfied Christians point their critical fingers at the primitive treatment of women by fundamentalist Islam.....and often that criticism includes the burqa, the Muslim female head covering piece reminiscent of a beekeeper head protector. That criticism is justified.
However, these same self-satisifed fundamentalist Christians also believe that their "holy" Bible is an infallible book, whose every word was "inspired" by some invisible "holy" spirit.
Is mankind only a group of intergalactically-bred beings? Can angel DNA be tracked? Perhaps god must mightily judge the earth on occasion because the angelic chromosome becomes too dominant? Aren't Christian women today, who refuse to cover their hair (eyes, face), simply tempting fate? Do uncovered Christian women today not realize that at any moment an angel might swoop down and copulate with them, angels who are totally out of their minds with lust because they see female hair exposed?
Or...perhaps....the myth shared by all Abrahamic faiths is simply a bunch of bunk.
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