- From Mary Sparrowdancer
- Once again, we have a misunderstanding pertaining to
the word, "Lucifer," thus carrying on the strange tradition of
tarnishing this word's meaning, and erroneously equating it to the devil. If
one takes a look at the Latin Vulgate, one will see that the word Lucifer
(light bringer, Shining One, morning star) is found several times, and
it is used as a respectful reference to Jesus. Here is the Catholic
Encyclopedia to help point this out. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09410a.htm
- I wondered for years why Jerome, who was commissioned
to come up with the Latin Vulgate (dated 405 A.D.), would have placed "Lucifer"
in Isaiah 14:12, and why the King James Version (KJV) subsequently left
it there, especially since it is claimed that the KJV was translated from
Hebrew. One must wonder about personal agendas whenever humanity
is in the process of inventing religions and changing ancient writings. Lucifer
is a Latin word, and therefore it does not appear in the Hebrew. "Helel"
appears in Hebrew Isaiah 14:12, meaning Shining One, light bringer, Venus,
morning star, etc. In time, Jerome's possible agenda finally surfaced.
- Jerome was known for his unpleasant temper, unbending
mindset, and the vicious wars he waged against others whose beliefs differed
from his own. One of Jerome's worst enemies was the Bishop of Cagliari,
and Jerome wrote some of his most memorable and damning papers about that
Bishop, a man he loved to hate.
- The Bishop's name happened to be Lucifer.
- Bishop Lucifer died in 371. Jerome, however,
was not quite finished with him yet, and Jerome would have the final word. After
Jerome's Vulgate came out in 405, people predictably stopped naming their
kids Lucifer. By way of a clever and venomous pen, Lucifer had
suddenly become synonymous with the devil.
- Additionally, the editorial by Constance Cumby contains
a quote from Alice Bailey suggesting that Jesus was the "Founder"
of Christianity. The founder of Christianity was Paul, a Jewish
man and prolific writer to whom at least 13 of the 21 letters of the New
Testament have been attributed. Paul's letters and his teachings
predate all four of the Gospels and one must at least wonder if he presented
an accurate picture of Jesus. One must wonder this because
Paul was the only apostle who had never even been a disciple of Jesus. According
to Paul, he never knew, studied with, walked with or listened to the teachings
of Jesus. Christianity is therefore based primarily upon the
teachings of a Jewish man who was not present when Jesus appeared and spoke
to the others.
- Regarding the war on god or monotheism, perhaps the most
elite to ever wage such a war was Jesus, himself. It was apparently
presumed that the god of Jesus must have been Paul's own god, Jehovah,
the war god of Israel. Based upon the Gospel of John as well
as the recently translated Gospel of Judas, however, Jesus, the Shining
One who is referred to as the morning star in Revelation -- was the opponent
of that war god. This can be clearly seen in John 8:44 where
Jesus refers to that god as the devil, a liar, and a murderer. This
is the only verse in the entire KJV that contains all three words: devil,
liar, and murderer.
- The inaccuracies and misunderstandings have been allowed
to stand for almost 2000 years now. It's time for matters to
be properly corrected. Something wonderful is awaiting discovery.
- Mary Sparrowdancer is the author of The Love Song of
the Universe, which addressed some of the above. Unfortunately,
the book sold out for a third and final time in October, 2006. Mary
is working on a Special Edition that will hopefully become available in
January, 2007. www.sparrowdancer.com