Thursday, March 10, 2011

First Part of My Response to Movie Zeitgeist

This is something I wrote as a response to the movie Zeitgeist. I hope you like it (at least enough to see things aside from the nonbeliever's point of view for but a moment in your busy day).
There is more to this article I will post later.


This letter responds to the movie: Zeitgeist- Part One: The Greatest Story Ever Told.

The author is of the Christian faith, which may cause any reader to discount this work’s objectivity and its claims. Let it be known that one must do their own research in a matter of such importance, especially where matters of the supernatural is concerned.

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. [2 Tim. 3:16-17.]

The first part of the movie attempts to illustrate in a manner of about 40 minutes the false claims of Christianity. Now, and as is usually the case, it is only the Christians who will defend God aside from Christ. It is not that He needs any defense from us, but rather, it is the reverse, since if someone is blocked from a true hearing of the real Gospel this person will not have a chance to be with God in the end.
In defending the claims set down in the New Testament, one must needs include an accurate follow-up of the Old Testament. There are so many people who believe in the latter, but seldom do you hear a peep from them, with the exception of some Muslims. You will not hear anything whenever evolutionists add to their claims to God’s work and creation. You will not hear a peep from them whenever such documentaries like ‘Zeitgeist’ clearly attack the authenticity of the O.T. The governments can do whatever they please and you will only hear silence, accept where land or money is concerned. However, the scriptures don’t mean anything in themselves to any religious group as does the Bible to its devoted readers. I know this may sound like a silly, myopic claim, but it does not compare with the conclusions made by the creators of ‘Zeitgeist’.
This movie opens with a clip from a speech that says religion is created to control the masses. It then follows with a skit from George Carlin, distorting the claims of the Bible by gluing this to corrupt men who pose as Christians.
Following this, astrology serves as being the main source for the inception of the O.T. and N.T. A list of pre-Christian deities is compared to Jesus from all over the world. Then, it takes one Christ-type among many in the further the claim that Jesus is a fraud.

First, this film makes a similar stand certain men have done in the past, and with dire results. Elimination of faith in a greater good/power than men themselves is exactly what Communist engineers like Karl Marx, Vladimir Lennon and Mao Zedong have done. See what follows in our case if such philosophy fools influential parties with money and power.

"Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness."
- Karl Marx

George Carlin is an entertainer. The day when such role models are to replace that place in our hearts and minds reserved for our Creator is the day we are all going to be mere butts of a joke.

The circle sectioned off into four equal parts serves as the map of the zodiac. Sure, it has a cross at the center as the two dividing lines meet there at a 90-degree angle. Sure, there are 12 houses each assigned a mythological entity seen in the constellations. Sure, there may be some valid connections numerically speaking between the constellations and the Bible. However, I don’t feel that the pursuit of knowledge is the goal, here. It is something that uses whatever will serve its purpose in attacking Christ. It is something that wants to put man at the center, and this may sound innocently heroic for the cause of man’s place in the cosmos at its face-value, but again what men will place themselves at the center where God aught to be?

Horus, Attis, Krishna, Dionysus, and Mithra predate Jesus’ story. Among the several traits shared , a virgin birth, 12/25 birthday, 12 disciples, and a resurrection, are the most common. Less common are titles such as Lamb of God, The Light (Horus) and Alpha and Omega and God’s only begotten son (Dionysus). Therefore, curious, I read up on Horus only to find out the film’s claims are nowhere near as clear-cut as it seems. Horus is not called the Redeemer, nor is he called the Judge of men. Osiris, is. I looked at Dionysus, too. The maker’s of ‘Zeitgeist’ tend to funnel their data to serve their aims. Many accounts of our Greek god of wine tell of his birth from Zeus’ leg. This clearly cannot be where a begotten offspring in a true sense comes as Dionysus is stitched up in his father’s leg as a protection of a fire which destroys his mother. In addition, often is he connected with this more than his birth from Semele, while still other accounts from Persephone, or both! The real birth date of Jesus Christ falls on our month of September. One clue is the shepherds tending their flock: it would not be around the time of January as there would be no grass for the sheep-yes it was cold at this time and shepherds have more important things to do than lead their flocks to a plain of nothing! The title of God’s only begotten son cannot be taken seriously because anyone even moderately versed in Bulfinch’s Mythology know how many offspring Zeus has! Also, the only disciples Dionysus seems to have are a flock of scantily clad maenads (female denizens of nature).
However, even if some of this was true after a comparative survey of available sources does this mean that the Bible is a fraud?
The movie fails to mention Carl Jung’s research in the connection of dreams and myths. Also, without any scruples owed to the truer definition of ‘myth’ as collections of human experience, embedded into our collective subconscious (aka archetypes) the makers of ‘Zeitgeist’ merely wipe the slate clear of this area so rich in content in order to validate their iconoclast position.

The thorns of Jesus’ crown trace back to the sun’s rays, His appearance in the clouds to the sun’s course in the sky, obscured by clouds, according to the film. The time of Moses is compared to the Age of Taurus at its end to usher in the Age of Aries. The worship of the golden calf in the Genesis account and the shofar of the Hebrews point to astrology-based origins that invalidate God as authority, since this is handed over to the stars. Well, who put the stars in such a precise order, in the first place? I would assume there would be nothing in the constellations but stories for long-extinguished campfires. The fish references where Christ feeds five thousand people with two fish compares to the sign of Pisces and so does the age of Pisces with Jesus’ recorded birth. Bethlehem, place of Jesus’ birth means ‘house of bread’, all Bible scholars worth listening to know this. ‘Zeitgeist’ claims no geological Bethlehem and real person in Jesus Christ. The problem is not in the stars, but in the minds of the makers of ‘Zeitgeist’. There cannot be a real, historical Jesus because this would pose real problems for a man-centered-philosophy. Imagine, what would we do if the heavens really do declare the handy works of God? If one goes to Israel and to Jerusalem, they will be able to stand where Jesus stood, where he was scourged and crucified and where he was laid in the tomb. Even the Jewish communities there acknowledge such sites as well as the actual place where David flees from Saul, Engeddi, to name a few places of undisputed quality.
The Age of Aquarius follows Pisces and compares to Luke 22:10, where the man with a pitcher of water shows the apostles to an upper-room. Perhaps David knew this already, but his conclusions are opposite of the film:

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork. [Psalm 19:1]

Is the Bible a reflection of the stars or the reverse? The entire creation ultimately points to not only a god, but the God of the Bible and in particular, Jesus Christ. What is more, we can see from the world how God is expressed from the altruism of the pelican who will surrender herself for the life of her offspring to the very stars that, yes, declare a specific creator that we will all acknowledge in the end. Further more just as we may find Jesus in the stars of creation we find Him in practically every page of the sixty six books which make up our King James bible:

Thirty-nine books make up the King James O.T. The first five books make up the Pentateuch, the books attributed to Moses.
Jesus declares the books of the Jews that today make up our O.T. speak of Him.

Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
[John 5:39]

Are we to assume that Constantine and his men at the Council of Nicaea stuck this in here, along with everything else; is this chance?

And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
I receive not honour from men.
[John 5:38-41]

No, Jesus, you do not, and certainly not from the makers of “Zeitgeist”!

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