God is love

Christians believe that God is love. Only, there may be something about this love that the church fathers found to be so troubling that they didn’t want us to know about it. If you know what it is, Christianity suddenly makes a lot more sense, and you may be able to guess what the future religion will look like. Love is such a central theme in Christianity that this religion came to be known as ‘the religion of love’. According to the Gospel, Jesus said we should love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength:

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”1

Paul is believed to be the author of the First Epistle to the Corinthians. It probably was written around 54 AD. There is little doubt that Paul wrote this letter himself, except for a passage claiming that the man is the head of the familiy, which some scholars believe to be a later addition. This letter may therefore be one of the earliest written sources of Christianity. It contains a remarkable poem:

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child.
When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.
Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.2

According to Paul, love is more important than faith and good works. But why? Christians believe the answer is:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.3

Christians believe in eternal life. The question is why? Jesus may have died on the cross but Christians believe he still lives because God loves the world. The author of the Gospel of John, who probably was not the Apostle John according to several scholars, may also have written the First Epistle of John, but scholars don’t agree on that either. In this epistle the author shares his views on the love of God:

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.4

If you’re not a Christian, you might wonder why this was necessary? The idea that God loves us, and the proof being that God sent his one and only son into the world as an sacrifice for our sins, doesn’t make a lot of sense. The Christian claim is that Adam sinned and that we are all cursed for that, but then came Jesus who allowed himself to be crucified, so that we can all be saved. It seems that God could easily have chosen another path. And what about the peculiar phrase ‘born of God’? Could God be a woman?

Jews and Muslims don’t believe that God has a son. They also don’t believe that Adam’s transgression requires such a sacrifice. When God allegedly ordered Abraham to sacrifice his son and Abraham was about to comply, God allegedly called it off. So what might justify this? There may be something about the relationship between God and Jesus that is removed from the scriptures. The odds are that it has something to do with love because that is what Christianity is all about. Ephesians gives a possible clue:

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.5

Christians believe that Jesus was married to the church because of this verse. There is a an issue with this view. The church didn’t exist when Jesus lived. A historian might call this an anachronism. It is inconsistent in time. The verse suggests that this was a love like in a marriage. The Gospels imply that Jesus was married6 but the identity of the bride is never mentioned. And the verse claims that husbands have to love their wives just like Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, a peculiar thought.

There is a possible explanation that makes sense. God could be a woman. This universe could be a virtual reality created by an advanced civilisation to entertain someone we call God. And God could could use avatars in Her own story and appear like an ordinary human to us. The love the Gospels expound on is the love of God. Hence, the bride may have been God. God appearing in a human form may have been another issue the early church fathers had to deal with. And so they may have deified Jesus.

The most likely candidate for being the avatar of God is Mary Magdalene. She may have convinced Jesus that she was the reincarnation of Eve and that he was the reincarnation of Adam and that Eve was not made out of a rib of Adam but that Adam was a son of Eve. And so Jesus may have believed he had eternal life and would not die.

Surviving records of Jesus’ words and teachings indicate that Jesus believed women to be equal to men. The equality of the sexes is peculiar within the context of a patriarchal society. Paul saw women as equal partners in the Christian movement. The Didache, an early Christian text dating from the first century, implies equality of the sexes.

At some point patriarchy may have been re-established. Texts may have been edited to to this aim. For instance, 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 has been added later.7 It contains the claim that the man is the head of the family. A similar claim is made in the First Epistle to Timothy.8 Scholars believe this letter was written later on and not by Paul as the letter claims.

A woman might like to see a man sacrifice himself to prove his love for her. And you may never love God enough. Christians see Jesus as a sacrificial lamb.9 It appears that God didn’t even care about Jesus. So if someone ever finds himself in the same position as Jesus may have found himself in, he might at first not be enticed by the proposition, until he realises that he may have no choice.

And loving God may not be all that difficult. The Stockholm Syndrome makes it possible to love someone who has taken you hostage and has total control over you and might kill you for some dubious cause. But it doesn’t have to end badly for him. Many things can happen. For instance, in a fairy tale a toad can be kissed into a prince by a princess charming. They may marry and live happily ever after.

Featured image: SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. [copyright info]

1. Mark 12:30-31 [link]
2. 1 Corinthians 13 [link]
3. John 3:16 [link]
4. 1 John 4:7-10 [link]
5. Ephesians 5:25 [link]
6. John 3:29 [link], Matthew 9:15 [link], Mark 2:19 [link], Luke 5:34 [link]
7. Forgery and Counter-forgery: The Use of Literary Deceit in Early Christian Polemics. Bart D. Ehrman (2013).
8. 1 Timothy 2:12 [link]
9. 1 Peter 1:18-19 [link]

When Jesus returns

Never again

After 2,000 years a lot of people still expect Jesus to return. But what do they expect to happen when he does? Will Jesus make things right? Will there be a showdown between the forces of good and evil? And will evil people burn in hell forever and will there be no mercy? And how may this work out in practice?

Who are the good people and who are the evil people anyway? What about Buddhists and atheists? They don’t believe in a god. And Hindus? They believe in many gods. Or Jews, Christians and Muslims? Who of them are right? Perhaps Jesus already returned, sort of, at least. And perhaps you don’t want it to happen again.

The personification of evil

Jesus is considered to be the personification of good while Adolf Hitler is seen as the most evil person that ever existed. Closer inspection reveals some intriguing parallels between them. Many Germans considered Adolf Hitler as their saviour and he was worshipped like one. Some Christians believe there will be a rapture when Jesus returns.1 Rapture is a combination of ecstasy, enchantment, enthusiasm and admiration. Few persons ever caused as much rapture as Adolf Hitler did.

Adolf Hitler told the Germans they were the chosen people because of their superior race. Many Jews believe they are the chosen people too because of a special relationship between God and the Jewish people. Like Moses, Hitler promised that he would end the unjust oppression, in this case caused by the Treaty of Versailles. He claimed that the Third Reich would last a thousand years while the Bible tells us that the reign of Christ will last a thousand years too.2 It may not be surprising that a British intelligence report noted that Hitler had a messiah complex.3

The Bible states that the bond between the people and the land that cannot be broken and that the land cannot be sold.4 This is similar to the Nazi ideology of Blood and Soil that focuses on ethnicity and homeland. Blood and Soil stresses the importance of the land people live on and it celebrates rural living. Selected lands were made hereditary, to pass from father to eldest son. Those lands could not be mortgaged or sold.5

You think that Hitler was naturally born evil but that is not correct. The Adolf Hitler from the history books emerged out of circumstances as the following short animation picture demonstrates:

Eva Braun

Eva Braun was the mistress and later wife of Adolf Hitler. Most historians consider her to be an insignificant figure who didn’t take part in political decisions.6 But opinions differ. There is a letter demonstrating she knew of the concentration camps and the gas chambers. Some Nazi-officials close to Hitler have stated that Braun was at the centre of Hitler’s life for most of his twelve years in power. She was committed to Hitler, won his affection, enjoyed a healthy sex life with him, and gave him moral support.7 After learning about a failed plot to kill Hitler in 1944, she wrote to him:

From our first meeting I swore to follow you anywhere even unto death. I live only for your love.

As the end of the Third Reich neared Braun appeared to become merrier. Her ambitions may finally have been realised when she married Hitler and committed suicide together with him. More than twenty assassination attempts on Hitler had failed,8 some of them sponsored by the Pope, so it may always have been the plan that he would end up being her husband. Hitler was born in Braunau am Inn. Braun is the German word for brown while brown is the colour associated with the Nazi ideology. These things may not be mere coincidences. Braun may have been the mastermind behind it all. She may have been an avatar of God.

Hitler’s political views

Like many Germans Hitler considered the Peace Treaty of Versailles to be unjust. The treaty stipulated that Germany accepted responsibility for causing World War I and had to pay massive reparations. The economist Keynes already warned for the harsh peace terms imposed upon Germany shortly after World War I as it might provoke a reaction.

Hitler opposed interest. He had attended a lecture of Gottfried Feder, named The Abolition of the Interest Servitude. It was the reason for Hitler to join the National Socialist Party. Hitler’s views on interest were similar to those expressed in the Bible and the Quran. The ideas of Feder became central in his views on international finance.

Hitler believed that the Germans were racially superior to other peoples and that Germany had to conquer territory to create more living space for the German people. That may have been the reason to start World War II. Hitler hated the Jews. He believed that Jews form a cult that is secretly conspiring to gain world leadership.

View on Auschwitz concentration camp
View on Auschwitz concentration camp

How did it end?

Hitler was good at doing speeches, which were more or less angry rants that inspired his followers. Hitler was seen as a messianic figure by some of his sponsors long before he became famous. During the Great Depression he managed to gain popularity and to grab power in Germany as the following short animation picture shows:

Fifty million people were killed during World War II. Ten million were exterminated in the Holocaust. Six million of them were Jews. When American troops entered Germany in 1945 they were horrified by what they found in the concentration camps. Until then few people imagined that it could be that bad, even though reports about the concentration camps came in as early as 1943.

Words can never describe the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps. It is hard to imagine that people can be that cruel. Exterminating millions of innocent people is beyond anything that has ever been done before, but the Nazis believed they did the right thing. For humanity to survive, they believed, the human race must be improved, so there is no place for the weak and the unfit. It is ‘survival of the fittest’ taken to the extreme. In many ways the Nazis have been the closest thing to pure evil that ever existed. If you have the stomach for it, you can watch a documentary about the Nazi concentration camps.

In several ways Hitler was like Christ as some of his followers expect him to be. These expectations amount to a final reckoning amounting to an atrocity one hundred times worse than World War II. Billions of people might lose their life or be tortured eternally in hell for not having the right beliefs. Only a few people will be saved. If you come to think of it, being tortured eternally in hell may be worse than Nazi concentration camps, because there is no end to it. And so Hitler was in some ways like the expected Messiah, but if anyone was the Antichrist, it must have been Adolf Hitler.

Was it all planned?

It is hard to imagine that God allowed it to happen, let alone that God planned it all. But if you presume there to be a script, such a conclusion is inescapable. The licence plate number of the car in which Franz Ferdinand was killed refers to the end date of World War I so World War I may be planned in every detail. The peculiar coincidences surrounding D-Day indicate that the same may apply to World War II. And World War II includes the Holocaust. A coincidence in history may support this suggestion.

There have been prophetic references to a number of six million Jews in danger of being exterminated or a coming Holocaust of Jews long before World War II. This is not as remarkable as it might seem. The six million figure emerged because there were six million Jews living in Russia before World War I. Jews in Russia suffered under a hostile government.

What is remarkable however, is that these claims appeared melodramatic at the time they were made, and that the six million figure remained circulating in Jewish media after the Russian Empire had collapsed, while it subsequently became the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust.9 A few prophetic statements are listed below:

  • In 1911 Max Nordau, co-founder of the World Zionist Organisation together with Theodore Herzl, pronounced at the tenth Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland, that 6,000,000 Jews would be annihilated.9
  • In 1919, shortly after World War I, Zionists feared that a Holocaust of six million Jews is imminent in Europe.9
  • In 1936 the New York Times reported that Zionists were lobbying for the creation of a Jewish nation in Palestine to save the Jews from a European Holocaust. This was three years before World War II and five years before the extermination camps came into existence.9
  • In 1939 The Jewish Criterion predicted that the coming world war would mean the annihilation of six million Jews in East and Central Europe.9
  • In 1940 the Jewish leader Nahum Goldmann predicted that if the Nazis achieved victory, 6,000,000 Jews were doomed to destruction.9

Conclusion

If the Holocaust was part of the script then this also applies to Hitler’s demise as well as the creation of the state of Israel. To God we may just be virtual reality characters that exist for entertainment. That doesn’t make God evil for this world might be a realistic simulation of a real world. Few people see a problem in killing virtual reality characters in a computer game. Killing animals is generally deemed more reprehensible.

All the good things that happen may also have been part of the script. Another conclusion that seems to present itself is that it may be impossible to oppose the plan of God. There may be a script and your thoughts may be controlled so you may still act according to the plan even when you try to oppose it. And you might find yourself on the losing side if you do. You have been warned.

Featured image: Eva Braun and Adolf Hitler

1. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 [link]
2. Revelation 20:1-6: [link]
3. WWII Adolf Hitler profile suggests ‘messiah complex’. BBC (2012). [link]
4. Leviticus 25:23 [link]
5. Blood and soil. Wikipedia. [link]
6. Eva Braun. Wikipedia [link]
7. Nazi loyalist and Adolf Hitler’s devoted aide: the true story of Eva Braun. The Guardian (2010). [link]
8. Assassination attempts on Adolf Hitler. Wikipedia. [link]
9. The Six Million Jews. Naturalmoney.org (2012). [link]

The "Darnley Portrait" of Elizabeth I

History is Her story, part 2

If God is a woman and history is a script then history is Her story and the pun could be intended. In that case it is possible that God uses avatars to play a role in Her story. Several important women in history may have been avatars of God. In the previous episode, History is Her story part 1, it is explained who they might have been.

Isabella I Of Castile
Isabella I Of Castile.

Isabella I of Castile

Isabella I (1451-1504) was Queen of Castile and one of the most influential persons in history. She was the second child of King John II of Castile. He already had an heir, Henry. The king’s second wife also gave birth to a son, Alfonso, making Isabella third in line to the throne. John died in 1454 and Henry became king of Castile but he was unable to produce an heir. He remarried but when his second wife gave birth to a daughter, there were doubts about the girl’s paternity.

Henry made his daughter Joanna heir to the throne but an influential group of nobles preferred Alfonso. Isabella sided with Alfonso. Henry then came up with a compromise and named Alfonso as his heir as if Joanna was to be betrothed to him so that both would share the crown. When Henry attempted to back out of this arrangement, a group of rebels crowned Alfonso king. The rebellion failed and Alfonso died, leaving Isabella as his heir but she was savy and didn’t pursue the throne by rebellion.

Spain was divided into several small kingdoms. Marriage was a way of forging aliances. Henry forced Isabella into several betrothals because of his political needs. He attempted to marry her to King Alfonso V of Portugal but Isabella was wary of the marriage. As part of an agreement to restore peace, Isabella was to be betrothed to Pedro Giron, Master of the military Order of Calatrava. Isabella prayed that the marriage would not come to pass. Her prayers were answered when Don Pedro suddenly fell ill and died on his way to meet her, which was convenient to Isabella.

Isabella made Henry sign an agreement in which he made her his successor to the throne. Henry made another effort to arrange a marriage but Isabella refused and secretly arranged a wedding with Ferdinand of Aragon. By doing this she created Spain. After Isabella had secured the throne, she initiated a number of reforms in the areas of government, finance, legal code, and policing.

Isabella’s largest impact on history was sponsoring the mission of Christopher Columbus to reach the Indies by sailing west. In this way America was discovered. A film about this event was made 500 years later, titled “1492: Conquest of Paradise”. Apart from the word Paradise, the number 1492 is noteworthy as it is a combination of the initials and the birthdate of the lady I once met who appears to be God. This could be a clue.

Katharina Von Bora
Katharina Von Bora. Lucas Cranach the Elder (1526).

Katharina von Bora

Katharina von Bora (1499-1552) was married to Martin Luther. Luther initiated the Protestant Reformation. He disputed the claim that you could purchase freedom from God’s punishment, which was an important source of income for the Roman Catholic Church at the time. He challenged the authority of the Roman Catholic Church by claiming that the Bible is the only source of divinely revealed knowledge.

Luther’s marriage to Katharina von Bora became a model for the practice of clerical marriage in the Protestant churches. In Germany Luther is considered to be an important prophet. There are a few peculiar coincidences that might be regarded as clues. Martin Luther was named after Saint Martin. He was baptised on Saint Martin’s Day, which was 11 November, a reference to 11:11.

Another peculiar coincidence involves the assassination of Martin Luther King on 4 April 1968. The assassination happened exactly one year after King spoke out against the Vietnam War. This was on 4 April 1967. Both dates being 4 April (4/4) make an 11:11 related coincidence. His last name being King might refer to Martin Luther having been a prophet like Jesus in the sense that he was married to God.

Also in 1968 another high-profile political assassination took place in the United States. On 5 June 1968 Senator Robert Kennedy was shot. He died the next day on 6 June (6/6). The combination of both deaths makes a reference to D-Day (6/6/44). This is remarkable and a possible clue as there were some peculiar coincidences surrounding D-Day.

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The “Darnley Portrait” of Elizabeth I

Elisabeth I

Queen Elisabeth I of England (1533-1603) was one of the most successful monarchs ever. During her reign the foundation was laid for the Anglo Saxon world domination that lasts until today. Great Britain became the dominant nation of the world until the United States took over. During her reign, the Spanish Armada was defeated and the remainder was lost in a storm, which ended the Spanish dominance over the seas.

A curious sequence of events made her Queen of England. Upon hearing of her accession to the throne, she reportedly quoted the 118th Psalm’s twenty-third line: “It is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes”. Elizabeth’s unmarried status inspired a cult of virginity. She said she was married to England. This is similar to God being married to Israel. In poetry and portraits Elisabeth was sometimes depicted as a virgin goddess.

Computable article about Armada
Computable article about Armada

During a walk in 2009 I was pondering whether or not Elisabeth I had been an avatar of God. When I returned home, a magazine named Computable was in my letterbox. The frontpage featured an article about a distributed database system named Armada that operated like a 16th century Armada fleet. This could be a clue.

Françoise d'Aubigné, Marquise de Maintenon
Françoise d’Aubigné, Marquise de Maintenon

Françoise d’Aubigné

Françoise d’Aubigné (1635-1719) was the second wife of Louis XIV, who is known as the Sun King. Louis XIV was one of the most successful rulers of France. He was vain and waged many wars. He believed he had absolute power because his rule was the will of God, and that only God can judge a king and that his subjects must accept his rule.

During his first marriage Louis had a number of mistresses. He was more faithful to his second wife Françoise d’Aubigné. She never became queen but she had considerable influence in the royal court. She may have been an avatar of God.

At secondary school I was elected into the school council. That was not a great feat as there were no competitors for the position. The school council was a kind of parliament meant to bring democracy to school. Of the fifteen seats, three were reserved for pupils. The meetings gave some insight into how bureaucrats entertain themselves at their jobs.

There was a dispute about something the Cultural Board had done. I don’t remember any more what it was, but they had not followed proper procedures. The conflict was the most pointless bureaucratic fight I ever witnessed. It dragged on for months and several meetings of the School Council were spent on it. The critics of the Cultural Board called it an I-am-the-state-situation, referring to a famous statement of Louis XIV.

The critics alleged that the Cultural Board had acted like the Sun King by deciding to act without consulting all the bureaucrats they needed to consult. The Cultural Board was willing to admit that their action wasn’t chic but the critics insisted that the Cultural Board had to admit that what they had done was wrong. The clue was a bit dubious so I tossed a coin. The result was that Françoise d’Aubigné made it to the list.

Catherine II of Russia by J.B.Lampi
Catherine II of Russia

Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great (1729-1796) took power after a conspiracy deposed of her husband. Most likely she was not involved in the conspiracy. She was one of he most successful monarchs of the Age of Enlightenment. During her reign Russia became one of the leading powers of Europe. Catherine took many lovers. Her last lover Prince Zubov was 40 years younger. There is also a lack of clues on her being an avatar of God but she is an obvious candidate.

Empress Josephine in Coronation Robes
Empress Josephine in Coronation Robes. François Gérard

Empress Joséphine

Joséphine (1763-1814) was the first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. Joséphine was Napoleon’s greatest love. After her husband was executed during the French Revolution, she had affairs with several leading political figures. Napoleon, who was six years younger, fell in love with her. He sent her many love letters. Napoleon’s love for Joséphine cooled somewhat when he found out that she had an affair while they were lovers. He then had affairs of his own but remained in love with her and married her.

Through the children from her first marriage Joséphine became the grandmother of Napoleon III and the great-grandmother of later Swedish and Danish kings and queens. The reigning houses of Belgium, Norway and Luxembourg also descend from her. She did not bear Napoleon any children, which was why they divorced. Nevertheless Napoleon’s last words on his death bed were: “France, the army, the head of the army, Joséphine.”

There are some remarkable parallels between Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolf Hitler. Napoleon Bonaparte was born on Corsica, an island that became part of France, while Napoleon Bonaparte became the leader of France. Adolf Hitler was born in Austria, a country that became part of Germany, while Adolf Hitler became the leader of Germany. Both men were involved in a coup on 9 November (9/11 in European notation). Both started a military campaign in Russia that led to their downfall.

Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolf Hitler both came to power by a coup ending an unstable republic. They both turned Europe into a battlefield. Both ventured into Africa and both were repelled in Egypt. They both waged a war on two fronts because they both attacked Russia while England had not been defeated. Adolf Hitler may have been a husband of God, so these parallels might be a clue.

Lucretia Garfield
Lucretia Garfield. Library of Congress.

Lucretia Garfield

Lucretia Garfield (1832-1918) was the wife of US President James A. Garfield. President Garfield was assassinated in 1881 shortly after he took office. He lingered for two and half months before dying. She stayed at his bedside and received much public sympathy. They were both 26 when they married on 11 November 1858, a reference to 11:11. During the Civil War James Garfield had an affair while he was a general. He confessed this to his wife and she forgave him.

On 12 January 2010 a previously unknown life insurance policy on the life of President Garfield was discovered. It was found in a family scrap book and had a benefit amount of $10,000. It was opened 45 days before Garfield was shot and was surrendered and signed by Lucretia Garfield and the private secretary to the President. This is a bit peculiar as it might indicate foreknowledge of the assassination.

My son Rob was fond of the comic character Garfield. In 2006 a mysterious parcel addressed to him was delivered to us by mail. It contained some Garfield items including a coffee cup with lettering “It is good to be king.” The parcel was sent anonymously. We made several enquiries to reveal the sender but nobody conceded to have sent the parcel. Until today the sender has remained unknown. This incident could be a clue.

Featured image: The “Darnley Portrait” of Elizabeth I. Wikipedia. Public Domain.

Roman sculpture of Cleopatra wearing a royal diadem

History is Her story, part 1

Clue based guessing

If God is a woman and history is a script then history is Her story and the pun could be intended. In that case it is possible that God uses avatars to play a role in Her story. Several important women in history may have been avatars of God. But how can we know who they were? There may be an answer to this question.

Despite his bumbling and clumsy appearance, Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau was always able to solve the mystery. He was guided by a hunch and some vague clues that only made sense in his mind. How could a clown like him be right while the apparently competent were not? The answer is that Jacques Clouseau was a fictional character in a story. The plot was always that Clouseau is right.

There were only vague clues for me to work with, most notably coincidences. Many of them weren’t that peculiar as they could have happened by chance. And so this investigation became a clue based guessing exercise Clouseau style. The outcome can be accurate if this is a story and the plot is that I am right. I am quite confident that this is a story but perhaps I am not accurate. Mediums can be more accurate than chance allows for, even though they are often off the mark. And I could the medium for this message.

There is an overlap between the lifespans of some of the mentioned characters. That can be explained in several ways. Some of the guesses may be erroneous. Alternatively, God may be able to take over a character during her lifetime, for instance by skipping the childhood years. And God may be able to go back in time. Nevertheless, the gaps are far greater than the overlaps, so most avatars of God may never be known.

Bust of Nefertiti
Bust of Nefertiti from the Egyptian Museum in Berlin.

Nefertiti

The Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten and his wife Nefertiti (1370-1330 BC) invented monotheism. They worshiped a single god, which was the sun disk named Aten. They broke with tradition and tried to annihilate the worship of other gods. For that reason Nefertiti may have been an avatar of God. After their reign, traditional beliefs were restored.

Cassandane

Cyrus the Great was one of the first universal kings who ruled many peoples. He was one of the first multicultural rulers as he respected the customs and religions of the lands he conquered. In Judaism he is considered to be a Messiah because he allowed the Jews to return to Israel and financed the building of the Second Temple.

The fate of a Messiah is often to be married to God so wife Cassandane (567-537 BC) may have been an avatar of God. Cyrus and Cassandane loved each other very much. When she died all the nations of Cyrus’ empire observed a great mourning. Their daughter Atossa later married Darius the Great and bore him Xerxes I.

Cyrus is seen as one of the greatest leaders ever. Iranians still regard him as The Father. Despite having been such a great leader and a Jewish Messiah, Cyrus died in the hands of a woman. This is a bit peculiar considering that God may be a woman. He was defeated by Queen Tomyris after he tried to invade her kingdom.

Roman medallion with Olympias
Roman medallion with Olympias, Museum of Thessaloniki.

Olympias, mother of Alexander the Great

Olympias (376-316 BC) was the mother of Alexander the Great. Alexander the Great was able to create a large empire in a short time. His lasting legacy is the spread of Greek culture. Olympias, who was married to King Philip II, insisted that Alexander was the son of Zeus, which was confirmed to Alexander by an oracle. The title Son of Zeus is similar to Son of God. If Olympias was an avatar of God, this is a remarkable coincidence.

According to the Greek historian Plutarch, Olympias dreamt that her womb was struck by a thunder bolt on the eve of the consummation of her marriage to Philip. Philip was said to have seen himself in a dream sealing up his wife’s womb with a seal. Plutarch offered several interpretations of these dreams, for example that Alexander’s father was Zeus. This story is similar to Virgin Mary giving birth to Jesus.

Jews see Alexander the Great as a Messiah. The Christians of the Near East made a saint out of him. They combined legends about Alexander with Biblical tales such as those about Gog and Magog. The Quran mentions Alexander the Great as a prophet. At primary school there was a boy named Alexander the Great in my class. With the benefit of hindsight this peculiar coincidence might be a clue.

Queen Dowager Zhao

Queen Dowager Zhao (280-228 BC) was the mother of the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, a brutal ruler who unified China. Qin Shi Huang introduced reforms and projects like a central administration, a standardised script, canals and a national road system. He also standardised the Chinese units of measurements for weights and measures, the currency, and the length of the axles of carts.

Queen Dowager Zhao was a daughter of a prominent family. She was a concubine of the merchant Lü Buwei, who gave her to his protegé, Prince Yiren of Qin. Thanks to Lü’s intervention, Prince Yiren became the King of the Kingdom of Qin. He was later named King Zhuangxiang. His son succeeded him and became named Qin Shi Huang.

Queen Dowager Zhao allegedly had an affair with Lü Buwei after King Zhuangxiang died. Lü Buwei feared that the Emperor would find out so he decided to look for a replacement for the Queen. He arranged a man for her, Lao Ai, who was disguised as a eunuch. Lao Ai and the Queen got along well and had two sons together.

My son sometimes called himself ‘the Emperor of China’ as he was often ordering his parents. We were making a joke out of it and called him King Rob. He however insisted that he was the Emperor of China. “The Emperor of China demands cheese,” he said jokingly. During my psychosis I read an article about Qin Shi Huang in a magazine we were subscribed to, so I consider this to be a clue.

Roman sculpture of Cleopatra wearing a royal diadem
Roman sculpture of Cleopatra wearing a royal diadem

Cleopatra

Cleopatra (69-30 BC) was the last Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt and she presented herself as a reincarnation of the Egyptian goddess Isis. Egyptian Pharaohs were seen as deputies of the gods but Cleopatra claimed to be a goddess herself. Cleopatra was a great beauty complemented with wit, charm and a sweet voice. Cleopatra was able to conquer the world’s most powerful men. She made Julius Caesar abandon his plans to annex Egypt and back her claim to the throne.

Julius Caesar had the same initials as Jesus Christ. During my psychosis I stumbled upon an article in a magazine about some people claiming that Romans invented the story of Jesus Christ based on the life of Julius Caesar. According to them Jesus never existed. There is no historic evidence of the existence of Jesus, they claimed. That might be a clue.

Empress Theodora

Empress Theodora (500-548) was one of the most powerful and influential woman in Roman history. A contemporary official claimed that she was superior in intelligence to any man. Her husband, Emperor Justinian recognised this as well. He allowed her to share his throne and take part in decision-making.

As a young woman Theodora earned her living as an actress, which included prostitution. She gave up her former lifestyle and settled as a wool spinner near the palace in Constantinople. Her beauty, wit and amusing character drew attention from Justinian. Justinian married Theodora when she already had a daughter.

During the Nika Riots in Constantinople, rioters set public buildings on fire and proclaimed a new Emperor. Justinian and his officials prepared to flee but Theodora spoke out against this plan. Her determined speech convinced them to stay. Justinian ordered his loyal troops to attack the demonstrators. The revolt was then subdued.

After the revolt, Justinian and Theodora ordered Constantinople to be rebuilt. It became the most splendid city of the world. The works included building aqueducts, bridges and churches, including the Hagia Sophia, which is considered one of the architectural wonders of the world. Theodora participated in Justinian’s legal and spiritual reforms. She was also involved in the increase of the rights of women.

Maria, daughter of Harald III of Norway

Harald Sigurdsson was King of Norway from 1046 until 1066. When he was young, he had to flee Norway. He and his men went to Russia, where they served in the army of Yaroslav I the Wise. Later they became a mercenaries in the Byzantine army. There Harald was imprisoned because of a palace intrigue but he managed to escape. The Chronicle of the Kings of Norway Saga of Harald Hardrade mentions the following:

There was a young and beautiful girl called Maria, a brother’s daughter of the empress Zoe, and Harald had paid his addresses to her; but the empress had given him a refusal.

Based on the saga, Michael Ennis wrote a novel named Byzantium in which he speculated about a passionate love affair between Maria and Harald. They tried to escape Constantinople together but a Russian fleet attacked Constantinople at the same time. During the battle Maria died but Harald managed to get out. In 1046 he returned to Norway and became King. Because of my interest in history, and most notably the Byzantine Empire, I have read the novel somewhere around 2005.

Harald died when he invaded England in 1066. His daughter Maria died on the same day in Norway, which is a peculiar coincidence, also because of the connection of this event with D-Day. In his book Ennis suggests that she was the reincarnation of his former lover Maria who wanted to be with Harald and therefore dropped dead when he died.

If you choose to reincarnate into whom you want, and can drop dead at the time of your choosing, you have full control over your fate. In othe words, you can choose your own avatar. That could be a clue and me reading this particular novel might not have been an accident as I do not read many novels (probably one every few years).

The Finnish metal band Turisas dedicated a song named The Great Escape to Harald. The Great Escape is also the name of the lead song of Ilse DeLange’s album The Great Escape, which appears to contain a hidden message from God. What this message might be, will be discussed later on. For now, it is sufficient to notice that this too could be a clue.

Hildegard Von Bingen
Hildegard Von Bingen

Hildegard von Bingen

Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) was a 12th century nun. She was an author, counsellor, linguist, scientist, philosopher, physician, herbalist, poet, visionary and composer. She corresponded with Popes, statesmen and Emperors and other notable figures. Abbots and abbesses asked her for prayers and opinions on various matters. She travelled a lot during her preaching tours.

Hildegard von Bingen claimed she had visions. She said she had unusual perceptions at the age of three. By the age of five she began to understand that these were visions. Von Bingen claimed she saw all things in the light of God through the senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. She spoke out against church practises such as simony.

Von Bingen wrote that woman may be made from man, but no man can be made without a woman. She promoted chastity but also described a female orgasm. According to Von Bingen, Adam had a pure voice and joined the angels in singing praises to God before the Fall. At the time she lived, an anonymous monk in the Netherlands wrote down the oldest known written sentence of the Dutch language:

hebban olla uogala nestas hagunnan hinase hic anda thu uuat unbidan uue nu.

The English translation for this sentence is: “Have all birds started nests except me and you. Do we start now?” At primary school a teacher told us about this old text. These lines remained in my mind since then and I later imagined a Gregorian chant based on these words when Sadeness from Enigma was a popular song.

It is peculiar that a monk would write down a love rhyme. These lines intrigued me for no apparent reason. During my psychosis I came to imagine that the monk may have had a vision about Hildegard von Bingen, also for no apparent reason. This could be a clue.

15th century miniature depicting Joan Of Arc
15th century miniature depicting Joan Of Arc

Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc (1412-1431) was an uneducated peasant girl from an obscure village in Northern France. In 1429 large parts of France were under foreign control. After years of humiliating defeats, the leadership of France was demoralised and discredited. Joan of Arc led the French army to several important victories during the Hundred Years’ War against England and its ally Burgundy.

She claimed to have divine guidance. Recent scholars explained her visions as a disease but documents from her own era indicate that she was healthy and sane. She was captured by the Burgundians and burned at the stake at the age of nineteen. Her actions changed the outcome of the war and had a major impact on history as France came out victorious from a hopeless position.

Featured image: Roman sculpture of Cleopatra wearing a royal diadem. Altes Museum in Germany. Wikipedia. Public Domain.

Khadijah, mother of the believers

Mother of the Believers is the title given to the wives of Muhammad. It best suits Khadijah bint Khuwaylid. She was a wealthy merchant and a widow and Muhammad’s employer. Muhammad was twenty-five and Khadijah was forty when she proposed to him. The marriage between Khadijah and Muhammad was happy and monogamous. When he was on his journeys, Muhammad never felt a desire for other women. They had six children of which four daughters survived. Only after the death of Khadijah Muhammad re-married but he didn’t have children with his later wives.

According to Islamic accounts, Muhammad returned home to Khadijah in a state of terror after receiving his first revelation from what appeared to be the Archangel Gabriel. He told her what happened. She comforted him and supported him from then on. Khadijah’s moral support made Muhammad believe in his mission and her financial support was indispensable for the survival of Islam in its early days. Apart from a wife Khadijah was like a mother to Muhammad, which might be very similar to the relationship between Mary Magdalene and Jesus as well as Eve and Adam. She may have been Muhammad’s boss in more than one way as she may have been an avatar of God.

Evidence in the Quran for God being a woman is hard to find but the Quran claims that God is the greatest schemer1 and capable of deception.2 The existence of different religions and theological disputes are part of the plan, the Quran claims. Jesus is called Son of Mary in the Quran3 while Christians call him Son of God. This is a remarkable coincidence because God’s name may have been Mary.

Except for Mary, the mother of Jesus, no woman is mentioned by name in the Quran. If God is the source of the Quran, and God has been many of the women mentioned in the Torah and the Gospel, She might have avoided speaking about Herself in the third person as much as possible. Sura 19 is dedicated to Mary. The Quran also claims that Mary was a virgin when she gave birth to Jesus. The virgin birth, which is the miracle of the Mother Goddess, is claimed to be one of God’s greatest miracles.

Sura 74 of the Quran is named The Hidden Secret or The Cloaked One. It is claimed that the number 19 is related to a hidden secret. The Arabic name for Sura 74 can both be translated to a hidden secret as well as a man wearing a cloak. The man wearing a cloak is Muhammad. The number 19 seems to refer to the number of angels guarding hell.4 But what could be the hidden secret? Sura 19 is named Mary. The hidden secret may be that God was a woman named Mary, a secret only God could know. The cloak may refer to God appearing to be a man while secretly being a woman.

Featured image: top small written Arab phrase “Umm ul Muminin”(Mother of the believers) then in centre Big written “Khadijah” and bottom small written Arab honoric (phrase or salawat) “Radhi allahu anha”.

1. for instance, Quran 3:54 [link], 7:99 [link], 8:30 [link], 10:21 [link], 13:42 [link]
2. for instance, Quran 4:88 [link], 5:41 [link], 11:34 [link], 14:4 [link]
3. for instance, Quran 2:87 [link], Quran 4:171 [link], Quran 61:6 [link]
4. Quran 74:31 [link]