Did you know the Vatican is built upon the foundation of a goddess temple with Cybele as the Magna Mater ("Great Mother")? This goddess is so old, she was originally an Anatolian mother goddess. She was, perhaps, a possible precursor in the earliest neolithic at Çatalhöyük, in the Konya region of Turkey. The statue of a pregnant goddess is seated on a lion throne; it was found in a granary. 

Mother goddess from Çatalhöyük, Turkey; Neolithic age (about 6000-5500 BCE).

Cybele . . . Rhea and Mother Earth, Rome officially adopted her cult during the Second Punic War (218 to 201 BCE).

Pope Joan, "Just under the right arch of St. Peter's Basilica, there was a statue of the only female pope, Pope Joan. It turns out they didn't know she was female until she suddenly gave birth as she was walking down the streets of Rome. Oops. The church later condemned her to death. The question that remains is... why is there a sculpture of her on the most important church in Catholicism... the church that doesn't allow women to even be a priest?"

~ Jason Clay

Pope Joan

His virgin birth didn't seem to make him the daughter of god. Fact or fiction? Who cares, these are good stories. 

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Comment by Michael Penn on September 28, 2014 at 12:32pm

Freethinker31, that's because the name changes have occurred over a very long period of time and in different areas. Names used today by peoples we now know as Hebrews were not always the same. In fact, Hebrews believing in only one god is a relatively new concept. Read or watch "The Bible Unearthed" and other books on the subject. Once there were tribal gods, mountain gods, etc.

The story of Moses going away only to return and find the people making a golden calf to worship may not be true, but it is true of the god concept of the time. If you could not keep the people focused on one god, they would simply focus on another. In time the concept of one god became the norm, but the christians still had to have god be 3 people, and all one of them ever did was "brood."

Comment by tom sarbeck on September 28, 2014 at 11:17am

"And the only way the the erratic Yahweh makes any sense at all...."

Let's not overlook testosterone's effects on the myth makers.

Comment by Michael Penn on September 28, 2014 at 8:26am

That is exactly what they eventually became jay H. Then god ends up with many names and not all of them are known and recognized by all of his followers. The result is yet more religious systems and beliefs.

Which one is correct? None. It all comes from ancient mythos.

Comment by jay H on September 28, 2014 at 7:46am

Elohim and Yahwey are not the same god, for example.

And the only way the the erratic Yahweh makes any sense at all is to conclude that these are legends of several gods pasted together into a single identity.

Comment by Michael Penn on September 26, 2014 at 9:28pm

In ancient times, Daniel, religion was more polytheistic. In time the monotheistic gods and goddesses started emerging. There have been sun and moon gods and goddesses, tribal gods, earth gods, mountain gods, etc.

What the church goers don't know (or won't admit) is that our bronze age sheep and goat herders once had many gods (hence the many names of the bible god) and then finally that god became one god. Elohim and Yahwey are not the same god, for example.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 24, 2014 at 10:49pm

Bertold, "Maybe he/she/it is a tranny." Whatever, the task is to love oneself. Just imagine, a man or a woman, or any mixture of the two, or neither one, could stand tall, with head held high, shoulders back, spine strong as steel, arms soft as velvet, could look anyone in the eye and tell them to go to hell. That would suit me. 

Comment by Matt--Lukin on September 24, 2014 at 3:14pm

Terence McKenna once nicknamed the mystical experience the "Gaian mind," because it was a state of consciousness that exhibited qualities of a Goddess rather than a God. Goddess in that it was divine-like in that there's an impression of eternal wisdom, there's an overwhelming sense of bliss and love, but love that's not sexual in nature, but spiritual or a better word than spiritual is perhaps maternal in nature. Gaia, of course, is the Mother Earth Goddess in Greek mythology.

So, this "mystical experience," by whatever means early man was engaging into it, is in a way no surprise that it would be depicted as a Goddess rather than the paternalistic, Apollonian, solar, masculine depiction of the divine.

Anyway, this topic is a favorite of mine, and I've written more extensive posts on it at Reddit, and I'll post a link if anyone's interested. 

Reddit post

Comment by Michael Penn on September 23, 2014 at 5:07pm

God as a woman? Without the host body of a woman no one would ever be born.

Comment by Richard C Brown on September 23, 2014 at 4:30pm

I like the term god is a woman.Then god split to evolve into Wo/Man.

Comment by tom sarbeck on September 23, 2014 at 2:10pm

Has anyone else read Merlin Stone's 1980s book, titled When God Was A Woman?

It persuaded me and Amazon still has it.

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