for the life that you were freely given by Nature?
Nature is never this cruel:
Cannibalism in the Bible.
John 6:53-56 is a call to perform cannibalism as an act of contagious magic: Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him.”
Homo sapiens the cannibal.
Cannibalism is common to mythologies world wide. Evidence for the sacrifice of objects, animals, foods, and human beings is abundant in archaeological reports, but how could the related practice of cannibalism have originated?
Cannibalism is described in myth, from the killing and eating of captives, to witches that steal children and boil them for dinner, to fathers who are tricked into eating their own children, which arises from the fear of uncertain paternity. Cannibalism has left physical evidence in the form of human long bones and skulls cut or broken open for marrow and brains. It is not difficult to imagine that in times of hardship, humans may have killed and eaten their own, or preyed on the competition; slower moving hominids may have been fair game for early Homo sapiens. Homo sapiens: last hominid standing?
An obvious choice for survival cannibalism during famine would be a child who was too young to contribute to the support of the group. A magical idea may have been put forth to persuade the mother to give up her child: the mothers of animals sacrifice their children so that humans have food. Perhaps they will accept one of our children in trade, and thus produce more young animals to feed us. Cannibalism that sustained a group through extreme conditions may have become, in better times, an act of prophylactic sacrifice meant to postpone hardship or to jump-start perilous undertakings. Acts of sacrifice would become a component of the culture myth and thus be incorporated into religious ritual.
The Last Supper myth is a twisted tale of human sacrifice and cannibalism that Christians enact, but without recognizing its roots in the annual human sacrifice and cannibalism practiced in agricultural societies – cultures in which protein was scarce. The thirteenth man didn’t provide dinner, he was dinner, and his body parts (specific to fertility) were distributed to the fields to fertilize mother earth, so that food crops would be resurrected in the coming harvest season. The twelve apostles replaced the signs of the zodiac, the traditional calendar that set the time of planting and harvest. – hence the unlucky number thirteen and the myth of resurrection.
Christians changed what had formerly been a yearly ritual into a one-off event. The sacrifice and resurrection of the demigod identified as Jesus, was made available to cult members through the shared ritual of eating the sacrificial man and drinking his blood, an act of power transference basic to magic. It’s no accident that Christian doctrine banned cremation. Christians heavily copied Egyptian magic, in which the body must be intact for resurrection to succeed.
In male-dominated cultures, the chief male god is awarded extraordinary talents of procreation, and he often utilizes virgins to secure his paternity. The god can appear in animal form, as a force of nature, or is hidden by atmospheric effects, such as a storm or beam of light (lightning bolt.) We tend to forget that violation by a god is rape. Recasting a brutal sexual attack into a charming story serves to excuse behavior that if committed by a lesser male would be considered a crime – criminal behavior that is claimed by a Top Male god, or a Pharaoh, King, Despot or a Celebrity.
The rape victim will relive the attack, removing details and reducing or accentuating others. This process removes the crime to the supernatural realm, where it may live safely forever, despite the actual attack having had a beginning and an ending. This falsification of reality yields a consequence: once the event is recast as supernatural, it is difficult to bring it into the light of day, and to know that it was real.
Supernatural coping is not coping at all. The victim is stuck with a version of the experience that is eternal, fixed, not compatible with reality, and which often justifies the crime; guilt is transferred to the victim. Phobias, compulsive behavior, overuse of drugs and alcohol, rage and self-abuse are symptoms of the supernaturalization of trauma.
Patriarchal religion is the expression of inhuman cultural values; violent Top males dominated “pyramid” societies. Rape, rage, revenge, murder, incest, abandonment, genocide, cannibalism were commonplace. Add the psychopathic demand for abject obedience, and the drastic punishments for perceived disrespect of the Father, and unchecked male egomania. The grotesque and pathological punishment for “dissing” a Top Male, as described in Deuteronomy: Jehovah threatens the Hebrews that if they don’t “revere this glorious and awesome name” (in the practice of magic, names have power) they will be forced to eat their own children.
“Because of the suffering that your enemy will inflict on you during the siege, you will eat the fruit of the womb, the flesh of the sons and daughters the LORD your God has given you. 54 Even the most gentle and sensitive man among you will have no compassion on his own brother or the wife he loves or his surviving children, 55 and he will not give to one of them any of the flesh of his children that he is eating…. 56 The most gentle and sensitive woman among you…will begrudge the husband she loves and her own son or daughter 57 the afterbirth from her womb and the children she bears. For she intends to eat them secretly during the siege and in the distress that your enemy will inflict on you in your cities.
58 If you do not carefully follow all the words of this law, which are written in this book, and do not revere this glorious and awesome name—59 the LORD will send fearful plagues on you and your descendants, harsh and prolonged disasters, and severe and lingering illnesses….63 Just as it pleased the LORD to make you prosper and increase in number, so it will please him to ruin and destroy you.”
Judging from history, Jehovah is a god of his word.