THE GREATEST HOAX EVER PERPETRATED ON WESTERN CIVILIZATION
One of the most insightful quotes ever attributed to Mark Twain is:
“It is easier to fool people than it is to convince them that they’ve been fooled.”
We, the people of Western Civilization, have been deliberately lied to and fooled about some of the very most basic facts of our existence for more than a thousand years. It started with a megalomaniac politician who used fear, intimidation, eradication and distortion of history, and subversion of the truth to maintain his power and control over people. Sound familiar? Politicians have been doing the same thing to obtain and maintain power throughout the history of Western Civilization. What makes our man stand out, is the scope, depth in the human psyche, and duration of the deception he perpetrated.
Before I tell you who this megalomaniac was, and exactly why and how he went about fooling so many people for so long, let me set the stage historically: His deception happened at the lowest point in this cycle of human development, which occurred about 500 AD. From around 11,500 BC until about 1000 BC, the mental, spiritual, and technological development of human beings was actually much more highly developed than it is now. It's the unabashed ego of modern man that makes us believe that we are at the highest point of human virtue ever, right now. There is plenty of evidence that this is untrue, but that is not the focus of this post. See Part X, Cycles of Consciousness and Time, in Secrets of the Sacred Cube, a Cosmic Love Story, for more detail about this fantasy of modern man.
For this post, I just want to put the greatest hoax of the Western World into the proper historical context of the three Roman Empires: The first extremely brutal and bloody Roman conquest of Europe, second, the Holy Roman Empire, and third, the attempt by the same evil forces to dominate the world in the third Roman Empire, the utopian dream that its architect called the Third Reich! The connection between these three attempts to control the people of the world has been hidden from the people of Western Civilization for rather obvious reasons, that will become clear once you know the real history of the three Roman Empires.
The Roman Catholic Church claimed that St. Peter was the first Pope of the Catholic Church, but this is clearly a lie concocted after the fact. Peter was never actually part of the Roman Catholic Church. Peter, like Jesus was a Jew. and he was crucified in Rome, by Romans, in 67AD, during the reign of the Emperor Nero. He was crucified in a horrific manner in the public square in Rome because he was identified as the leader of an underground group following the anti-Roman teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. The teachings of Jesus challenged the pagan religion of the Roman state. Peter was replaced immediately, according to historical records, by Papa Linus, a Roman. It is obvious to any objective observer that this was a political move by the Emperor and the Roman government, to take control of the followers of Jesus, recognized by Rome as a rapidly growing Jewish cult at the time.
There was no such entity as the Catholic church at the time of Peter’s execution in 67AD. The term “Catholic” comes from the Greek word καθολικός, meaning universal, or “of the whole”. It was coined by the Greek Christian theologian Origen around 200 AD. Predictably, from the time of Peter’s execution, the popes of the Christian Church were either appointed by the Emperor or elected by the Romans, and until the end of Roman Empire, popes were always either Roman or Greek, never Jewish.
For several hundred years, Christian teachings included many Oriental ideas, including immortality of the soul and reincarnation. Origen, a Greek born in Alexandria, was the most prolific Christian writer of the third century AD, producing more than 6,000 treatises on Christian philosophy and theology, including commentaries on the Hebrew Bible and the teachings of Jesus recorded in scriptures that became known as the New Testament, as well as several other scriptures later rejected by the Catholic Church as too Jewish or too pagan. He wrote about reincarnation in two of his major treatises as follows:
"Each soul enters the world strengthened by the victories or weakened by the defects of its past lives. Its place in this world is determined by past virtues and shortcomings." - From Origen’s work: “De Principalis”
"Is it not more in accordance with common sense that every soul for reasons unknown - I speak in accordance with the opinions of Pythagoras, Plato and Empedokles - enters the body influenced by its past deeds? The soul has a body at its disposal for a certain period of time which, due to its changeable condition, eventually is no longer suitable for the soul, whereupon it changes that body for another." - From “Contra Celsum”
Origen was, and still is to this day, highly regarded as one of the most important Christian theologians of all time, and a founding father of the Catholic Church. So, just how did his recording of some specific teachings of Jesus, especially the belief in the pre-existence, survival and continuation of souls get eliminated from Church doctrine? The answer may surprise you: It was not a Pope nor any member of the Catholic priesthood who banned certain earlier teachings from Church doctrine, it was Justinian, Emperor of the bloody Roman Empire.
By the year 500, the power and influence of the Roman Empire was beginning to fade. The Emperors of Rome, like the rulers of many civilizations before them, had gained their power by use of brute force, and had maintained power, claiming that the line of emperors were direct descendants of the Roman gods, Zeus, and company. They used the wealth gained by killing, conquering, and converting the peoples around them to slavery to perpetuate and glorify their gods and images of their emperors as descendants of the gods. But they were actually only human beings after all, and their absolute power gradually became absolute corruption.
The Emperor Justinian I was a clever, well-educated, and thoroughly evil man, also known as Justinian the Great, and would become known as Saint Justinian in the Eastern Greek Orthodox Church. His stated goal was to “revive the Roman Empire's greatness and reconquer the lost western half of the historical Roman Empire”. In his mind, the decline of Rome’s influence in the western parts of the Roman Empire was due in large part to the ascending influence of Christian teachings, as disparate anti-Roman groups had coalesced under the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, who was becoming a mythical legend, challenging the divinity of the line of Roman Emperors. Justinian was smart enough to see that he couldn’t openly declare war on the offending churches, so he cleverly plotted to undermine their influence and integrate them into the Roman theocracy.
By the time of the Emperor Justinian, the decadence and debauchery of the rulers of the Roman Empire had been well-known for hundreds of years, and the ranks of the Christian Religious Sect had also been steadily growing during the same period of time. He carefully studied the writings of Origen, by far the most influential of the Christian theologians, and picked out a list of ideas that he could use to subvert the Christian teachings in the western provinces and integrate them into Roman theology.
Justinian realized that some of the teachings of the followers of Jesus constituted a serious threat to his power. E.g., according to Origen, Jesus had said: “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's”. And “All are sons of the most-high God”. And Origen had written: "Each soul enters the world strengthened by the victories or weakened by the defects of its past lives. Its place in this world is determined by past virtues and shortcomings." Such teachings were in direct conflict with what Justinian saw as his divine right to rule, so he seized on this statement and related ideas in Christian doctrine, as recorded by Origen, that potentially undermined the Roman ruler’s claim of divinity and right to rule. If people were led to believe that by being virtuous, they could rise to the level of an Emperor, i.e., to the status of a son of god, then the Emperor’s power would be seriously threatened. He decided that he must declare this idea to be heresy and act to stamp it out as quickly as possible. In what he called the ten anathemas, an edict that he prepared for this purpose, read in part:
"Whosoever teaches the doctrine of a supposed pre-birth existence of the soul, and speaks of a monstrous restoration of this, is cursed. Such heretics will be executed, their writings burned, and their property will become the property of the Emperor."
In 553AD, the Emperor called for an immediate assembly of a Council of the Church Fathers to ratify the decree, but the meeting of the Council was opposed by the Pope. So the Emperor cleverly forced several Eastern bishops to attend a secret meeting where he presented his ‘Fifteen Anathemata’ to them, condemning Origen’s interpretations of Christian teachings of that time. He prevailed upon them, under threat of death, to sign the decree. The meeting with the bishops prior to the Council was a bold ploy to undermine the Pope’s power and ban the offending teachings of Origen. The scheme worked. An official meeting of the Council was held on the fifth of May 553, and the Pope was forced to accept the decree, allowing the Emperor to issue the ban as if it were imposed by the Pope and the Council of Bishops.
As a result, throughout Europe and the Middle East, Christian monks educated as scribes were put to work, urgently expunging all references to the pre-birth existence and transmigration of the soul from all of the existing versions of Biblical scripture, so that Christian dioceses throughout the land would not risk the wrath of Justinian, which they knew was a very real threat. The purge of references to rebirth was very thorough, and where it could not be eliminated without destroying whole passages vital to the teachings, it was carefully re-worded to imply a spiritual rebirth, not a physical one.
In this way, the ban on the belief in the pre-existence and immortality of the soul was forced into Church doctrine, and no attempt was made to rectify Justinian’s self-serving actions until after the participants in the Council of 553 had passed away and even the memory that the immortality of the human soul had once been part of Christian doctrine had faded away. In this way, the ban was passed down to this day, and the delusion that we have only one life to live has become mainstream Christian thinking, in stark contrast with almost every other authentic religion in the world.
The account I’ve given here of the history of the banning of the concept of reincarnation from Christian thought comes from a number of reliable sources, including a Roman Catholic monk and member of a European royal family I met in 1960, who told me that he had seen the records of the purging of the mention of the immortality of the soul from Church documents in the archives of the Vatican City in Rome. A German Biblical scholar wrote extensively about the expunging of reincarnation from Church doctrine. Here is a quote from that German Scholar:
"… the ‘ban’ on the teaching of reincarnation is based on historical misrepresentation and has no ecclesiastical authority. It was in fact a ‘fait accompli’, brought about by Justinian, which no-one within the Christian church has dared to challenge in the course of some 1500 years. What is worse is that the subject has been totally ignored, as a glance at any encyclopedia will show." (Peter Andreas: Jenseits von Einstein, Econ Verlag, Germany, April 1999)
Clearly, the Emperor Justinian was not a spiritual man, He was a political tyrant whose goals were to gain and keep power and wealth anyway he could. He enforced the ban on the teaching of reincarnation and initiated other heavy-handed rules of state on the leaders of the Church under threat of execution and confiscation of Church property. His goal was to control people, not enlighten them. The priests and the Pope acquiesced, and within a few decades, Justinian’s oppressive rules became institutionalized as part of the dogma of the Catholic Church and the Church became the most powerful arm of the Holy Roman Empire, used to control the masses and most of Europe.
Justinian’s evil scheme to subvert Christian doctrine and integrate it with Roman paganism was successful far beyond his personal goals, and reached far beyond his time. Justinian’s anathemata were happily adopted and adapted by power-hungry priests within the Roman Catholic Church and used to initiate and perpetuate the bloody inquisitions that swept across Europe in the 13th century AD. A group of institutions were established within the Catholic Church whose stated aim was to combat heresy. In fact, the institutions of inquisition were used to wage war against religious sectarianism that threatened the ruling power of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, in much the same way Justinian had used his power to re-conquer the parts of the Roman Empire that were converting to the original form of Christianity and integrate them into the Roman Empire in his time. Such diverse sectarian groups as the Cathars in France, the Hussites in Eastern Europe and the Waldensians in the Italian and Swiss Alps and Germany were targeted. Within the Catholic Church, the Spiritual Franciscans, and other orders with whom the Dominicans, who dominated the inquisition institutions, disagreed, were also viciously targeted.
During the Middle Ages and the early Renaissance, the scope of the Inquisition was expanded in an effort to put down the Protestant Reformation. This expansion resulted in the Spanish inquisitions, and consequently, the inquisitions throughout Spanish empires in Africa, Asia, and the Americas, including the Peruvian and Mexican inquisitions, where hundreds of thousands of natives were tortured and killed in the name of the Holy Roman Catholic Church.
Encouraged by their successes, the Spanish and Portuguese inquisitors focused on the Jewish and Muslim converts to Catholicism, under the assumption that they were still practicing their former religions in secret. This led to a further expansion of the inquisition as a means of eradicating whole communities of Jews and Muslims.
I hasten to add that the Catholic Church is not completely evil, as many of the leaders of the Protestant movements like Martin Luther, Jehan Cauvin (John Calvin) and Jan Hus proclaimed - and some protestants still do today. Many priests and lay practitioners of the Catholic faith were and are spiritual people devoted to Christ and Christian principles. They are just ignorant of the great hoax pulled off by Justinian I.
The story of the perversion of organized, institutionalized church and state into heavy-handed political entities, is by no means limited to the Catholic Church. It appears to be endemic in organizations that become dogmatic state-controlled institutions. Such organizations magnify human weaknesses and failures often bringing about unnecessary death and destruction.
The Institution of Inquisitions, like Justinian’s anathemata, was created to stamp out heresy, i.e., anything that contradicted Church doctrine, and in spite of claims by Church spokesmen to the contrary, it has never gone away, it has been renamed as: "The Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office". Its purpose is essentially the same as it has always been, to suppress ideas that are counter to Church dogma, its stated objective is to "spread sound Catholic doctrine and defend those points of Christian tradition which seem in danger because of new and unacceptable doctrines.” In the 1930s, Adolf Hitler became the latest and most powerful world leader to use the same evil logic of Justinian’s anathemata to perpetuate violence and genocide.
Hitler was born to a Catholic mother in Braunau, an Austrian town near the German border, and was christened Adolphus Hitler in 1889. While he was a child, his family moved back and forth between Austria and Bavarian Germany. At the age of eight, he sang in the choir in the Catholic Church in the town where he lived, and after he was confirmed as a Catholic, he considered becoming a priest. But that was not to be his path in life. When the First World War broke out, he volunteered in the German Army. Injured in battle, he was awarded the Iron Cross and commended for bravery by his superiors. Hitler never accepted the idea that the German Army had been defeated, He blamed the capitulation on civilian leaders who had no stomach for war.
After the war, Hitler joined the National Socialist German Workers Party, where he became a confirmed socialist and anti-Semitic, and within which he eventually rose to power because of his tireless energy and impressive oratory skills. He took advantage of the bitterness of the German people over the heavy penalties imposed on them at the end of the war, blaming the British, the Russian Marxists and the Jews for Germany’s military and economic collapse. For personal and political reasons, Hitler embraced the evil logic of the anathemata of the Emperor Justinian I with great fervor as an excuse to continue the inquisitions started by the Catholic Church in the name of the Holy Roman Empire, and exact revenge on the Jews and other non-Aryan people in Germany, blamed for all of Germany’s woes. Hitler’s vision was the Third Reich, meant to be the new, emboldened version of Justinian’s Rome and the Holy Roman Empire.
The same evil spirit that drove Emperor Justinian I drove Adolf Hitler. In 1933, when Mussolini, the socialist dictator of Italy, joined with Hitler’s National Socialist Party to form the Third Reich Axis, Hitler signed an agreement called a Concordat with the Vatican in an effort to strengthen the power of the Nazi party with the Catholic Church as the spiritual arm of the new world government.
This was a no-brainer for the Pope XI and Pope XII because it protected the Church’s holdings in Germany and if Hitler succeeded in his quest to conquer all of Europe, which it looked as if he was likely to do, the socialist ideals of the Holy Roman Empire and the Catholic Church would be spread across the globe. If he didn’t succeed, the Church could claim that the Concordat with Hitler was signed only to protect its churches in Germany and to avoid an invasion of the Vatican City, which Hitler certainly could easily have done.
The Italian government, with the secret complicity of the Vatican, helped fund Hitler’s war efforts, because it was a way to re-establish the Holy Roman Empire as an integral part of the new world government, Hitler’s Third Reich.
Franz von Papen, a German Nobleman, Chancellor of Germany in1932, a strong supporter of Hitler as he rose to power, and Vice-Chancellor under Hitler, was instrumental in setting up the concordat between Germany and the Vatican. Von Papen publicly announced that "The Third Reich is the first world power which not only acknowledges but also puts into practice the highest principles of the papacy." The Vatican considered the governments that had signed the concordat, i.e., Italy, Germany, and Spain, as a part of the “Government of God”, and the Vatican swore to stabilize and uphold such socialist governments and give them divine protection.
Hitler wrote this about his Third Reich:
"I learned much from the Order of the Jesuits. Until now, there has never been anything more grandiose, on the earth, than the hierarchical organization of the Catholic Church. I transferred much of this organization into my own party."
After the defeat of the Axis in the Second World War, the connection of Hitler’s Nazi party, the “Third Reich” with the Catholic Church was covered up for obvious reasons. It is interesting to note that, because Hitler became such an icon of evil in the western world, the word Nazi, pronounced “naht-zee” in German, has become a popular symbol for pure evil. In fact, NAZI is simply an abbreviated contraction formed by taking prominent letters from the title National Socialist Party in German, which translates in English to “The National Socialist German Workers Party”.
Most people certainly do not think of Adolph Hitler as a Christian, but he was a life-long member of the Catholic Church. The following, from Hitler’s reassurance to the Pope Pius XII about the safety of Christian churches under his Reich provides a glimpse of how he related to Christianity personally:
"I am personally convinced of the great power and deep significance of Christianity, and I won't allow any other religion to be promoted. That is why I have turned away from Ludendorff and that is why I reject that book by Rosenberg. It was written by a Protestant. It is not a Party book. It was not written by him as a Party man. The Protestants can be left to argue with him ... As a Catholic I never feel comfortable in the Evangelical Church or its structures. That is why I will have great difficulty if I try to regulate affairs of the Protestant churches. The evangelical people or the Protestants will in any case reject me. But you can be sure: I will protect the rights and freedoms of the (Catholic) churches and not let them be touched, so that you need have no fears about the future of the Church."
At the end of the war, when the world press announced that Hitler was dead, Franco, the military dictator of Spain who had also signed the concordat with the Vatican in his effort to establish a Socialist Catholic Monarchy, published the following:
"Adolf Hitler, son of the Catholic Church, died while defending Christianity. … Over his mortal remains stands his victorious moral figure. With the palm of the martyr, God gives Hitler the laurels of Victory."
Once the true history of the three Roman Empires is revealed, it becomes clear that even today, we are not really dealing with struggles between Communism and Capitalism, Marxists, Maoists and Democracy, Democrats and Republicans, as the political pundits would have us believe, but the struggle between good and evil. The Prince of the material world, AKA Satan, works by keeping the people of this world ignorant of their true nature as “sons and daughters of the Most High God” perpetuating the hoax of the possibility of a socialist utopia here on Earth, by hiding the truth of the immortality of the soul and the ascendance into a real Heaven prepared for us by our loving God!
The evil forces in the world happily promote and use the fear of death and annihilation of the soul to dominate and control the population, keeping them in the dark about their true nature, and promising a socialist utopia on Earth, which in reality is only a utopia for the ruling class.
The greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the Western World is the subversion of the teachings of the Spiritual Masters concerning the pre-existence, divinity, and immortality of every single soul ever born onto this planet. Once you know the truth, evil has no power over you!
ERC July 4th US Independence Day, 2020
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