Sunday and I am in one of my many relaxation modes……a little something different….hope you enjoy it……
Awhile back I introduced my readers to the Psi Phi Society…..it has NOTHING to do with science fiction or the channel that pretends to air such programming……it is a discussion group that meets once a year sometimes more to have a good dinner and discuss things…..in the past we have discussed, debated and/or exchanged ideas on Evolution of man and Atlantis…..the group consist of a minister, 2 teachers, a journalist, an artist and myself……
At the beginning of the dinner we each present a subject for discussion we then vote on it an the winner gets all the attention…..this last discussion was “Sacred Artifacts”……things like the Spear of Destiny, Holy Grail and the Ark of the Covenant……this was chosen because there had been a wealth of TV programs , book, articles and movies about the 3 items and the teachers were interested how to approach the subject with their students…….
The subject became……Sacred Artifacts: Real Or Myth?
I will present my side of the discussion…..my argument was that they are myth and legend……from the point of view….LOGIC!
The Spear of Destiny is said to be the spear that the Roman soldier used to pierce the side of Christ hanging on the cross….the Spear is said to be in a museum in Austria (I believe)…….the tale is that since the spear was used in the way it was it now has “magical” powers…..
This is the Spear of Destiny as we know it…….
In the first century AD the average Roman soldier was equipped with several weapons….the gladius, a short sword and the javelin called a pilum……so if the story is true then the soldier would have used his pilum to pierce the side of Christ…..and a pilum is this…..
Now compare spear points…..not the same…..it is a myth.
Next is the Holy Grail or the Cup of Christ……everybody knows what this is supposed to be….that drinking vessel that Christ used at the Last Supper……so many books, articles, movies, TV shows, etc have been done in pursuit of this sacred artifact…..so is it fact or fiction?
First, why would anyone think of keeping a cup from a dinner party?
This is the common thought of what the Grail looks like…..
Think about that for a minute…..we are talking about a itinerant preacher and his flock that depended on the kindness of others for their existence…..do you really believe they would wander around with a jewel encrusted gold goblet?
A wandering band of religious types would have had something along this line……small either clay or wood vessels…..
If there is a Holy Grail what is it? A person, a cup, a place….so many theories and so little time…….
Sorry but again….to my way of thinking another myth.
Finally there is the Ark of the Covenant….that special case to hold the tablets that the 10 commandments were written on….it is written that when the Israelites carried the Ark before their army that they were invincible.
This is the common conception of the Ark……
This one I cannot say it did not exist with any authority but there are inconsistencies in the tale that have bothered me for a long time…..
Let me take this opportunity to say that I do not doubt there was an Ark…..just that it is now as it has been portrayed……
For instance made of hard wood and covered with gold and whatever other precious metals and jewels that is has been said to have…..then there is the part about the Ark as a weapon to be used in war….it is said that if the Ark went before the army then they were unbeatable……
Lets look at history for a moment….it is written that the Babylonians attacked and destroyed Jerusalem in 586BCE…..burned the city and took Israelite into captivity…..
Here is my problem…..the Ark was housed in the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem when the Babylonians attacked….if so then why did not the Israelites not use the Ark to defeat the Babylonians?
Instead it is said that it was whisked off and put into hiding….and Biblical scholars have been searching for it ever since….
Because it was not used to defend the Israelites from destruction then I am saying that it is a MYTH! (At least the part about it being a weapon of some sort)
Please if you would like to weigh in….be my guest…..