Written by Alberta Parish
One year ago, I was a Christian living in a bubble. Nothing could penetrate this self-imposed bubble. I thought there was a god looking down upon me and watching over all of us like a loving parent. I thought I was chosen by god. I thought the world was moving according to biblical prophecy and nothing could be further from the truth. Yet, it all seemed so real to me, and I was willing to die believing it. As a former Christian, I also lived in constant fear...fear of an early death, fear of suffering from a fatal disease, fear of sickness, fear of other people, fear of not going to Heaven after I die or fear of going to a mythical land called Hell and not just any Hell but the one according to the New Testament where so-called wicked souls are daily tormented by the flames and the worms that crawl in them, through them, and out of every orifice of their body. But there's a flaw in this ideology. If they are souls, ethereal beings or balls of energy, they're not supposed to have a physical body in the afterlife...a living, physical body that can actually feel pain or fire or any other physical element like worms crawling out of every orifice. Spirits or souls are not supposed to be hungry or thirsty. Physical beings need food, clothing, shelter. Spirits are not supposed to have the same needs as a physical body. If they are spirit beings or balls of energy floating around, they are not supposed to feel a physical element like fire or heat. We don't end up as ethereal beings floating around graves after we die, which is another false concept created by the Catholic Church.
Let's say hypothetically speaking that we are infinite consciousness having a human experience on Earth, and after this earthly experience is over, we somehow find ourselves living out another consciousness or life form in another dimension. That would mean the other side is just as physical as this side. That means we are NOT actual spirit beings or balls of energy on that other side after we die. We would be physical beings living in another dimension. Not spirits floating around.
The biblical Hell has been described as a physical place! Yet, I was taught by the church that this is a spirit world where ethereal beings (i.e., spirit beings) go after they die if they have not accepted Christ as their lord and savior. Hell has physical elements like fire. Yet, Hell is supposed to be a spirit world where spirit beings or souls go to be tormented? Do you see that we've been bamboozled and deceived? If you really read the bible in its complete form and understand the many allegories contained between its pages, you will see that this book is not to be taken as a literal work of history. In so many parts of the bible, there is no historical accuracy. The bible also contains plagiarized stories from earlier sources. Reading the bible will also cause you to realize that these outdated concepts contained in the Old and New Testaments were written during a time when the average person did not have access to these ancient books but relied solely upon what the church leaders told them. A lot of the common ancient folk were very illiterate, and they relied upon the presbyters to interpret the scriptures for them. Like today, many people are illiterate. That is why Christianity is still in existence because many people have taken the bible as a literal historical source and believe that a man called Jesus actually walked the earth.
Biblical writers took a very ancient concept from the Greeks and told us that Hades was a place where wicked and unrepentant souls spend eternity if they do not accept Christ, which they invented to fool and control the masses. They gave you sun worship in the form of a mythical character called Jesus!
Growing up in a religious organization like Christianity produced a fear-based consciousness in me. Living in constant fear because some religious folk have told you all your life that if you don't do what a god tells you that you will be punished for all eternity. Before I could be free of this mind control programming called Christianity, I had to find a way to relinquish living in constant fear of the Boogeyman.
Christianity is a creation of a conglomerate of ancient myths stemming from Sumeria, Babylon, Assyria, Egypt, Persia, Greece, and Rome. Jesus was known in the ancient world as the Sun (not Son) before the Romans took this concept and embodied it in the person of a mythical character called Jesus. In Latin, the name Lucifer meant light-bearer, which became the name for Satan by the 4th Century AD. Before a Christian presbyter named Jerome changed the connotation for Lucifer, this was never a name for Satan. Lucifer was the name for the planet Venus. Like Satan, Jesus in the ancient world was an archetype of sun worship. Like Jesus, Satan is also a mythical character.