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Of all the religions of the world, over half of the worlds population adheres to three. Christianity, Islam and Judaism. These three religions are inexplicably tied to one another. They share common origins and many of the same personalities. A primary doctrine to all three of these religions is the requirement of blind faith. Each has its own holy texts and adherence to said text, without question, is a cornerstone of these religions. Questioning the validity or divine origin of any holy writings of the Christian, Muslim or Jewish faiths has been and remains an act tantamount to heresy.
In the days of old, religious faith had a noticeably different face. Polytheism (belief in multiple gods) was the norm and what is now referred to as Paganism, in all its various forms, was a commonly accepted spiritual belief of the time. In our modern times however, we refer to these types of religious faiths as mythology. Though there is a growing Neo-Paganistic movement underway, the mainstream religious communities continue to scoff at these ancient spiritual beliefs, devoutly claiming that theirs is the true religion. So, to put things into prospective and to get a true understanding of the origins of modern day religions, one must explore the people and events that culminated in the creation of what has become the decidedly, prominent religions of the modern world.
Christianity, though having its origins in the Middle East, is a predominately western religion. Christianities rather humble beginnings started with the rise to prominence of a man named Jesus Christ. He was given divine status, as he was considered by his followers to be the Son of God. This divine providence was furthered by his own claim of being the Messiah as prophesized in the testaments of the Jewish faith.
The true validity of this faith has to be brought into question when one considers how the modern version of Christianity has come about. Writings that were not committed to paper until well after the events actually took place, boards of potentates making decisions on what gospels and prophetic writings would comprise the modern holy text of Christianity, and which ones didn’t make the cut. Though there are volumes of pages that could be written on the subject of the validity of the Christian faith as we know it, the real point, for the purposes of this article, is that Christianity owes it’s existence to Judaism. Without the prior existence and the prophetic writings of the Jewish faith, Christianity would have no basis in its existence.
Islam has its beginnings some 600 years after the advent of Christianity. Muhammad, a prophet who lived from 570 to 632 A.D. brought Islam to the world in the early 7th century. After what he described as an angelic visit from the Archangel Gabriel, the Qur’an was created and became Islam’s holy book. As in Christianity, Islam owes its existence to the Jewish faith. There are passages of the Qur’an than refer to the Hebrew Torah and the Old Testaments ‘Psalms of David’. There are even references to Christian writings, specifically the Gospels of Christ, found in the Qur’an. Again, much could be written to dispute the validity or divine nature of this faith, but for the purposes of this article, the prevailing fact is that Islam owes its existence to Judaism, without which, the Muslim faith would not have been created.
Judaism thus becomes the base from which Christianity and Muslim faiths have been structured around. It only seems logical then to investigate the origins of the Hebrew faith. Establishment of its divine origins are imperative if one is to accept the possibility that its offshoot religions, Christianity and Islam are indeed what they portray themselves as being, which are the divine and true products of God.
Idol worship and various Paganistic practices were common among the people of the ancient Middle East. It was quite common for the spiritually inclined to sequester themselves for a period of time to a remote location for the purposes of reflection and meditation. This sequesterment would commonly include fasting and may even include the use of plants, which contained hallucinogenic properties to help further the spiritual experience. This practice was not unlike that practiced by the Native Americans who would to embark on a ‘Dream Quest’, sometimes with the aid of a local hallucinogenic such as peyote.
In the Middle East there is a plant called the Acacia. A palm-like bush, its history of use in ancient Middle East culture is well documented. The Ark of the Covenant was made of Acacia wood. It is commonly believed that the burning bush Moses witnessed was an Acacia bush. Israelites of the day even used the Acacia as a grave marker. Among its many other uses, Acacia contains a powerful hallucinogenic called DMT (dimethyltryptamine). In the book ‘DMT the spirit molecule’ by Dr. Rick Strassman M.D., the author explains that this drug produces a profound and deeply spiritual experience for its consumer. This is the reason that Shamans and other spiritualists have used this and other plants that contain DMT for thousands of years to achieve a divine level of consciousness.
Knowing that Abraham was a deeply spiritual person, he probably embarked on his own ‘Dream Quests’ by sequesterment, fasting and likely the use of the Acacia plant. What this then means is that Abraham’s vision could have been, not divinely initiated, but rather hallucinogenically induced. If this is true, then what are we to make of not only Judaism, but of Islam and Christianity, since they are derivatives of the Hebrew faith.
Could it be that over half the worlds population, 3.7 billion people, have based their spiritual faith on one mans drug-induced hallucination that occurred almost 4,000 years ago?