Wagner’s “Götterdämmerung” confirms the death of the gods (God), as Nietzsche metaphorically stated also.
God Himself confronted man for the last time during the Hebrew period [circa] 8000 BC.
God’s messengers appeared off and on after that time, but God? He disappeared.
Jesus’ last appearance (and even that “visitation” is iffy) took place when Saul of Tarsus (St. Paul) had his encounter with a disembodied manifestation of Jesus/Christ.
Jesus, after his alleged ascension, made that one contact with mortal man, and that was it. (We think Paul had a psychotic episode, as noted here earlier, but for the sake of argument we’ll concede that Paul was touched by Jesus, even if that “touching” was only immaterial in essence.)
Mary, the mother of Jesus, appeared sporadically over the years after her “death” but the last bona fide appearance she made was at Fatima, Portugal in 1917.
There are those who discount the Fatima visitation, and all the subsequent visions of Mary, such as those in Belgium (Beauraing 1932; Banneux 1933) and Spain (Garabandal 1961-65).
But we accept the Fatima appearance as real, based upon the reactions and eventual religious dedication of the children (Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco) who had the visions. Also there were many eyewitness accounts that didn’t actually confirm a Mary sighting, but did authenticate something strange occurring during the alleged Mary episodes.
God didn’t appear to Muhammed [610 AD], but His messengers did, just as they did to Joseph Smith [1820 ff.] who founded the Mormon religion.
Again. God didn’t appear to anyone after about 800 BC. And Jesus only to Paul (maybe) around 35 or 36 AD.
Mary had appeared sporadically up to 1917, perhaps later but not recently in any way that is dynamic in nature.
What does this mean, and how does Wagner’s magnum opus confirm the death of the gods?
Wagner was, among others, a genius with insight to things and truths that come forth into the Unconscious Mind as an epiphany, even though those insights are never formally recognized by the persons (usually creative artists) who have them.
Wagner didn’t take the Norse “theology” and use it for his music drama; he reworked the theology to show that the gods didn’t just hide themselves from mankind, but died, once and for all time.
The remnants of God remain, and so do His messengers. Even the soul of God lives on – as the Holy Spirit, but God Himself, and His Second Nature, Jesus, are dead.
And Holy Mary, the Mother of Jesus (God)? She may still be alive in some sense, but not in substance as she once was.
The gods have subsided, in relevance, and reality.
Otherwise we humans would be experiencing them, in some overt if intangible way.
How does this affect us when we die? That for another time…..
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
God may be dead or dying, and the reason lies in the dearth of souls that feeds Him.
Since the appearance of the Deity on Earth, as Yahweh in the Hebrew Bible and Allah in the Koran, along with His various permutations in the Vedic, Egyptian, and Norse texts (and others), it seems clear that God (or the gods, if you will) needs sustenance of some kind, often confusingly said to be, by believers, a response, moral in nature, to Him, in the form of worship and obeisance.
But the sustenance that God needs isn’t just spiritual but material also, and it consists of human lives, and the souls that are intertwined with those lives, or bodies.
God is vampiric in a sense. He (or It) feeds off humankind, draining away lives and ultimately the souls that animate those lives.
But it’s not just all humankind, but particularly those human lives that pay heed to the godhead; that is, humans who pay attention to God are preferred, and taken en masse by God to keep Him alive.
Evil-doers are not feasted upon by God but thrown in the scrap heap that theologians call Hell or Sheol (or Nirvana).
Those who are called the Faithful or Believers are gobbled up, often before their Earthly time is up and they are grist for God’s appetite, which is tangible, not immaterial.
The Jews, God’s Chosen, have always been grist for His appetite, and He brought many, over the millennia and especially during the Holocaust, to His table to feast upon.
Even now, Allah’s menu is filled with Muslim faithful, and He is devouring them as fast as He can.
This is not just a sadistic enterprise, although it surely seems so.
It is a need, a need of God that keeps Him alive.
But with a dwindling supply of believers, God is and has been malnourished, even dead perhaps, as we (and Nietzsche) believe.
While Communion is the rite of humans eating the body and blood of Christ, a reciprocal activity is taking place at the same time: God eating the body and blood of humans.
And it’s those faithful who get cancers, heart disease, or have accidents that take them to God well before nature intends.
Death is God’s mechanism for feeding Himself, and if He is dead, His process lives on, in perpetuo, with no way to stop it.
This is the meaning of life: Humans were created as a food source – intangibly and materially for God.
We have been and are being farmed.
There is an exception to God’s modus, and it’s this….
God adores creativity, even while being jealous of it.
Artists, composers, writers who favor and extol God get long-lives, while those who are agnostic or atheistic are given short shrift, even Earthly pain and suffering.
Michelangelo, DaVinci, Liszt, Tolstoy, Messiaen got long-lives.
Marlowe, Shelley, Schubert, Chopin, Seurat, were cut short.
(There are many more examples, of course.)
Artists, in the broad sense, are treated differently from the rest of humankind, and we’ll deal with that upcoming.