When some of us who are bent on questioning issues around us talk or
write that the early messengers of what is regarded today as the Good
News committed a lot of blunders against many nature-given purposes
that were working for peoples to institutionalise this News, some
folks who are abandoned to swallow everything as they relate to this
belief line hook and sinker see us as chauvinists and haters of their
religion.

No. There is evidence too lengthy of many misinterpretations to
certain issues and words in this world of which one is Heathen.

Let?s not be blindfolded with unnecessary fear. I have observed that
even among the many so-called schooled persons, conversation stops
when it comes to the discourse of their religion. This is common among
those who have to read certain books before they invoke their God,
because they see everything in their religion, as a must be considered
as literal truth. This is our vulnerability.

Many people are sure of some things, but ignorantly. This is how they
erroneously see Heathen as an Idol worshiper. Propaganda. They will be
quick at telling you that a Heathen is a person who does not
acknowledge the God of Christianity, Judaism, or Islam. Are you
hearing that? We shall understand the true meaning of ?God? as we go
on.

The word ?Good News? is an orchestrated brand to sell the religion.
The same way a beautiful lady is used for razor blade advert and you
wonder what a lady who is not bearded is doing with razor blade. Just
glint, glamour and glitz.

Anyway, there is nothing like ?Idol Worshiper?. It is the art in
religious politics of those who wanted to sell their religion for
lucre and usurpation of the beliefs of others.

Remember what a John Henrik Clarke once loudly said: They laughed at
your clothes, and made you change your clothes; they laughed at your
names, and made you change your names; but most importantly, they
laughed at your God, and made you change your God.

Because some of the people were instilled with fear in not to question
the Good News, it?s hard to such persons to go beyond the box to find
out things themselves and set many incorrect stories correct.

How many of us know that the Papacy struggled with the German Emperors
to maintain world supremacy during the Middle Ages? This was in a bid
to conquer the philosophies of peoples of other world and institute
their ?supremacy? which Christianity is one of the (supreme) tools
used to achieve this feat. (Henry Binkley Stein; Thirty Thousand Gods
Before Jehovah). 1. The Germans complained of the Ultramontainism, the
money that passed beyond the Alps to build the cathedrals of Rome and
never to return.

The Papacy inherited supremacy from the time of Constantine, but it
was a known fact that the supremacy was of the Amphictyonic League of
Greece. 2. Down memory lane, we know that what is known as the The
League of Amphictyon goes back to the time of Troy. And that before
the time of Troy the Pelasgi of Greece were settled by the Priests of
Ammon. Priests directed more than in the time of Marquette and La
Salle.

I see it as crassness, although propaganda is a tool of those who do
not want the philosophies of other worlds to be known, when I hear
people say or write that Heathens do not know their Creators. But the
same people would not tell us that Osiris appeared as a local god in
the city of Ded in the Nile Delta, 3. and Isis was sometimes called
the goddess of the west. Electra was a Greek Goddess. And the ?Ark of
the Covenant? was absolutely a product of Egypt and the god Horus.

As history changes, people forget the foundation of what is regarded
today as norms. But they can purge themselves of believing some
things, unless they disabuse their minds to seek for the truth, than
accepting what people before ages, gave them as the truth.

There is also evidence too lengthy to quote in detail that the gods of
the Jehovah strain proclaimed an equity in the Israelites that
required the gods of Egypt to acquiesce to a removal. 4. And thus only
certain lands were offered, and the Israelites passed over some lands
almost as trespassers.

The ?Thirty Thousand Gods Before Jehovah reveals? that: All the Devils
of Milton’s story [Paradise Lost] were the local gods mentioned
elsewhere in this book. Existing side by side they sometimes
maintained control by coalition, even as the wet and dry politicians
of today sometimes swing their forces together. 5.

Exposure was impossible for they all were practicing the same methods,
and for one god to expose the methods of the oracles of the opposing
god would be suicide for himself. 6. Thus the Jews consulted the
oracle of Beelzebub against the direction of Jehovah, yet Jehovah
would not expose the methods of Beelzebub, lest Beelzebub expose
Jehovah.

It goes further to explicit that …circumstances indicate that Julius
Caesar’s main business in Egypt was to secure the consent of the
Priests of Ammon to his world rulership. Caesar himself was a high
priest according to Josephus. When the weakness of the organization
became apparent Caesar’s ambition mounted, ambition not to be king,
but to be god. 7.

Indeed in the time of Augustus Caesar daily sacrifices were made by
the masses to Octavius as a god. Unlike Alexander, Julius Caesar
preempted the powers of Egypt and was directly assassinated as a
result of a whispering campaign of the priesthood. 8. Egypt and Rome
warred under Antony and Octavius and Rome won, but three hundred years
later Constantine was won over to the other side. Such fluctuations of
power had happened often. The seclusion of the Popes at Avignon is
another example. The struggle between the priests of Typhon and those
of Osiris is a third. Milton has dramatized this sublimated story in
his Paradise Lost. Satan was the symbolized form for the Priests of
Sat in the temple of Sat in Egypt under Typhon.

It is very shameful when Christian dogmatists see people of different
beliefs as the ones who are ?condemned?. But they forgot that what
they regard as Heathenism and Paganism prepared the ground for
Christianity. However, it did not just happen. Heathenism and Paganism
were ploughed under by those who saw Christianity as a tool to perfect
their supremacy of the world.

In ?The Axe Was God?, Henry Binkley Stein exhumes how Heathen which
originally means farmer or a person from the heath, was tagged with
disparaging significance. He writes that this came about when
Christianity made its advent into Northern Europe.

?Coming into the large cities first, then in the smaller, it received
its support from the fountain-head in Rome and Constantinople. The
last to become Christians were the farmers who were reluctant to
forsake their ancient rites. There is even today a vestige of this
accursed method of disparaging the farmer. He is looked down upon by
the city dweller, not knowing that the start of the downward push was
given by Christianity in placing a disgrace upon the Heathen. So much
pressure was made, it is a matter of record that in early Paris the
Heathen or Farmer was boycotted and failed to sell his produce unless
he became a Christian and was baptized.? ? (Henry Binkley Stein; The
Axe Was God).

As I know, propaganda is a dangerous tool. For example, again, to
downsize somebody today in the Islamized and Christianized Nigeria,
when it comes to religion, is by painting a non-adherent of the two
Constitution-recognised religions, as a person who does not know his
or her Creator.

But if we must accept that there is a Creator, we must also accept
that the Creator is neither a member of any of these worldly sects
that parade themselves as being supreme to the other and with
dangerous mindsets to outsmart opposing views. ?Good News?, indeed.

While many feel that we cannot be better persons except we embrace
some religious books, they have not come to realise that our Igbo
forebears saw Morality as a handiness and a training that must pass
from one generation to another, and is not a somewhat holy writ
adaptation. So, the aboriginal Igbo belief is neither Heathenism nor
Paganism, using the nascent definition of the words. Odi n?ala Ndigbo
is symbolic in their ways of life, and not a cosmetic game of fighting
for supremacy and inventing some Gods and want to sell the Gods to
your neigbour. No. Ndigbo venerate their ancestors as an act of
showing love, and not the misleading story that we worship the dead.
Just propaganda, everywhere.

To understand this better, Henry Binkley Stein tells us consequently:
Beyond the history of Masonry there is unwritten evidence that the
lodge is the product of the religion of Bell or Baal. Scotland,
England, Ireland show evidences of the religion of Bell. Christianity
and Masonry join up in agreement on antediluvian mythology, yet
Masonry differs from Christianity in doing no proselytizing, in doing
no healing, in avoiding many emotional disturbances common to
Christianity.

Before Emperor Constantine was converted to Catholicism (around 350
AD), it is on record that theocracy went underground during the Roman
ascendancy and churches were held in secrecy for about three hundred
years. Constantine came ?back? with a force and by fire, and the
Church came out of hiding and took open secular control in Rome.
(Thirty Thousand Gods Before Jehovah). All the Oracles simultaneously
ceased to speak… Power had shifted to the control of the Emperor.
The Pope took to himself the prerogative of crowning kings. At this
point Christian Scientists claim that the power of healing was lost to
the Christians. As worldly power was gained, spiritual power was lost.

Christianity has never allowed peoples to exercise their rights to
freedom of religion, if we must use the word religion. (Thirty
Thousand Gods Before Jehovah). For example, Christianity pushed the
religion of the Asen gods [Els] to Norway and Sweden. From there was
the Christian religion moved in, a band of settlers moved to Iceland
to have their freedom of worship unhampered by the religion of Rome.
It was here that the Eddas were collected together and written down.

Hence Henry Binkley Stein delivers: They were already old at this
time. These Saga or Sayings combined with the oral myth of the
northern Europe are the source of the information relative to the
prehistoric gods. It is scanty indeed. The Greek and Roman material is
one hundred times so plentiful. Enough exists however to show that the
Nordic Gods were the same as the gods of the Levant. The Gardens,
Halls, warfare, altars, sacrifices, marriage and family life, were the
same. Most of the stories are primitive exaggeration, yet the raw
material could not have originated sui generis. The savages of the
north could not have invented the civilization of the halls and
gardens of their own accord. The gods were agricultural pioneers
seeking a foothold on the continent. There was a partial failure.

Naiwu Osahon, the erudite writer/poet investigated what the world
today refers to as the ?Most High God? and found it was the Canaanite
God ?El?. He said: ?The Canaanites deity was El (or El Elyon), whose
subordinates or sons were spelt with small letters as in: el, eloah
and elohiym. None of these deities, not even El, was considered the
Supreme or Universal Being. They were all deities with El as their
superior of Father or the only God that could be spelt with the
capital letter ?G?. These deities were actually super human beings who
had at one time or the other lived on earth and are now ancestors who
took charge of several individual nations. El Elyon (Black, Father or
God of all gods), allocated the nations of the world to the deities?.

Henry Binkley Stein orates that the ingredients of Christianity were
already prepared by the secret mysteries of the Illi gods, ?though
they contended among themselves very often. Such similarities and many
others are mentioned in such researches as The Golden Bough. They
bring one to the brink of wondering if, after all, the crucifixion of
Jesus Christ were not a “super colossal” miracle play, based on such
secret rites as were given at Eleusis and Samothrace, played on a
grand and real scale in a large city for the benefit of the secular
public–or as Diodorus said, “What was done in secret, later was done
openly.” If so, for this drama Christ was prepared and schooled from
infancy. Stein cries.

It is, therefore, ruthless and dim-wittedness for any person to say
that he or she lives for Jehovah, to teach the Heathen the way to
eternity. I see certain use of language or comments among peoples as
‘mantra’. They use anyhow comments anyhow, because somebody handed
them the comments, without them making any attempt to find out if such
is reasonably.

If we must accept Heathen in the misinterpreted definition given to
it, I stand bold to say that Heathen morality is far better than the
hypocritically sermons of majority of the clerics in the church today.
And a spiritual and moralistic Heathen is one hundred better and
appreciable to me than one million or billion hoodwinking pastors
unwisely christened Men of God.

Odimegwu Onwumere, a Poet/Writer, writes from Rivers State. Tel:
+2348032552855. Email:?[email protected]

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