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Copycat Philosophy

They said it first : They copied it :
  • "Do not to your neighbour what you would take ill from him." [Pittacus, 650 BCE]
  • "Do unto another what you would have him do unto you, and do not do unto another what you would not have him do unto you. Thou needest this law alone. It is the foundation of all the rest." [Confucius, c500 BCE]
  • "Avoid doing what you would blame others for doing." [Thales, 464 BCE]
  • "What you wish your neighbours to be to you, such be also to them." [Sextus (a Pythagorean), 406 BCE]
  • "We should conduct ourselves toward others as we would have them act toward us." [Aristotle, 385 BCE]
  • "Cherish reciprocal benevolence, which will make you as anxious for another's welfare as your own." [Aristippus of Cyrene, 365 BCE]
  • "Act toward others as you desire them to act toward you." [Isocrates, 388 BCE]
  • "Do not do to others what you would not like others to do to you." [Hillel, 50 BCE]
  • " … love your neighbour as yourself, and do not do to another what you would not want done to you." [The Didache]
  • "Forgive thy neighbour the hurt that he hath done unto thee, … " [Ecclesiasticus 28:1]
  • " … but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself:" [Leviticus 19:18]
  • " … Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. … " [Mark 12:31]
  • " … Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." [Matthew 19:19]
  • " … Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." [Matthew 22:39]
  • " … Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." [Romans 13:9]
  • "This is the philosopher's way: to be flogged like an ass and to love those who beat him, to be father and brother of all humanity." [Epictetus]
  • "Wish that you may be able to benefit your enemies." [Sayings Of Sextus The Pythagorean]
  • "Then we ought not to retaliate or render evil for evil to anyone, whatever evil we may have suffered from him." [Plato, Crito]
  • "But love those who hate you, and you shall not have an enemy. … If someone strikes your right cheek, turn to him the other also, and you shall be perfect." [Didache 1]
  • "But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. … Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;" [Matthew 5:39-44]
  • "I am all that has been, and is, and shall be, … " [Neith, Temple Inscription]
  • " … I am Yesterday. "Seer of Millions of Years" is my name. I pass along, I pass along the paths of the divine celestial judges. I am the Lord of Eternity: … I am the child who traverseth the road of Yesterday. I am Today for untold nations and peoples. I am he who protecteth you for millions of years. … I shall not die again. … I am "He who cannot be known." … " [Osiris, Papyrus Of Nu, 6]
  • " … I am Yesterday; I know Tomorrow. … " [Ra, Papyrus Of Ani, 17]
  • I am the unseen One who created the heavens and all things. I am the Supreme God, made manifest by Myself, and without equal. I am yesterday, and I know the morrow. To every creature and being that exists I am the Law. [Papyrus of Prisse]
  • "He declareth the things that are past, and for to come, and revealeth the steps of hidden things." [Ecclesiasticus 42:19]
  • "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." [Hebrews 13:8]
  • " … I am the first, and I am the last; … ." [Isaiah 44:6]
  • " … I am he; I am the first, I also am the last. Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: … " [Isaiah 48:12-13]
  • " … Now I have come to teach you what is and what was and what will come to pass, … " [Apocryphon Of John]
  • " … For I am the first and the last. … " [Perfect Mind]
  • "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, … Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: …" [Revelation 1:8-11]
  • " … I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. … [Revelation 21:6]
  • "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last." [Revelation 22:13]
" … I have decreed [the stablishing] of my throne, and I am the ruler thereof; and in very truth my mouth keepeth an even balance both in speech and in silence. In very truth my forms are inverted. I am Un-Nefer, from one period even unto another, and what I have is within me. I am the only One, who proceedeth from an only One, who goeth round about in his course. … " [Osiris, Papyrus Of Nu, 6]
  • "… Seeing himself within himself in a mirror, he appeared resembling himself, but his likeness appeared as Divine Self-Father, and [as] Confronter over the Confronted ones, First Existent Unbegotten Father. … " [Sophia Of Jesus Christ]
  • " … I am the ruler of my offspring. But he is the one who begot me before the time on a birthday. … I am the utterance of my name. … " [Perfect Mind]
  • " … I am androgynous. I am Mother (and) I am Father, since I copulate with myself. … " [Trimorphic Protennoia]
"I am the great Word, I am a redeemer - so shall I be redeemed, and I shall be redeemed from all evil." [Atum, Pyramid Text, 1098].
  • "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, … " [John 1:1-14]
  • " … I am the Voice that appeared through my Thought, … I am the Word who dwells in the ineffable Voice. … " [Trimorphic Protennoia]
"Make your prayers with a heart of love, all of which are in secret." [Maxims Of Ani, 6] "But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; … " [Matthew 6:6] Nice coincidence with the 6s.
"You know not what you are doing, nor what you are saying, nor who you are." [Dionysus, to King Pentheus] "Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." [Luke 23:34]
"He who will not eat of my body and drink of my blood, so that he will be made one with me and I with him, the same shall not know salvation." [Mithraic inscription] "Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him." [John 6:53-56]
"He is the wisest who, like Socrates, knows that his wisdom is worth nothing." [Plato, Apology] "And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know." [1 Corinthians 8:2]
"For there is no light of the higher ideas which are precious to souls in the earthly copies of them, they are seen through a glass dimly." [Plato, Phaedrus] "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." [1 Corinthians 13:12]
"Many carry the wand, but few become Bacchoi." [Plato]
  • " … as it is written, 'Many are called, but few are chosen.'" [Barnabas 4]
  • " … for many be called, but few chosen." [Matthew 20:16]
"It is impossible for an exceptionally good man to be exceptionally rich." [Plato, Laws 743]
  • "For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." [Luke 18:15]
  • "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." [Mark 10:25]
  • " … It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." [Matthew 19:24]

Solomon's Temple

It was how big?

That's only about 90 feet long by 30 feet wide by 45 feet high (though The Testament Of Solomon gives the foundations as being 250 cubits long, or about 375 feet), the cherubim (not flying babies sans gender, but winged sphinxes) had a wingspan of 30 feet, and the pillars & chapters came to 60 feet.

The dimensions as given are in a ratio of 6:2:3 (strangely narrow for its height), with the pillars & chapters being 4, but some people have tried to read into this simple series the existence of φ, the Golden Ratio. The number is derived from (sqrt(5)+1)/2 or 2cos(π/5), and is approximately 1.61803398875. This number has many interesting features (for example 1/φ = φ-1, & φ2 = φ+1), and it exists in many buildings and geometrical patterns (most notably the pentagram, whose angles of 36°, 72°, & 108° are in the proportions of 1:2:3), and although a full ratio of 1618:1000 is a bit unwieldy, it reduces with minimal rounding to 8:5.

It was built by how many? (Solomon also had the use of many powerful demons)

Whichever way you look at it, that is a ridiculous amount of manpower for a building that's only 90 by 30 by 45 feet.

It was it made from what?

It took how long to build?

They consumed how much food?

However, despite all this effort and expense, it soon needed repairing :

The Twelve Tribes

Genesis 49:2-28 Revelation 7:4-8
  1. Reuben
  2. Simeon
  3. Levi
  4. Judah
  5. Zebulun
  6. Issachar
  7. Dan
  8. Gad
  9. Asher
  10. Naphtali
  11. Joseph
  12. Benjamin
  1. Juda
  2. Reuben
  3. Gad
  4. Aser
  5. Nephthalim
  6. Manasses
  7. Simeon
  8. Levi
  9. Issachar
  10. Zabulon
  11. Joseph
  12. Benjamin

Melchizedek / Melchisedec / Adonizedek

Melchizedek is a title rather than a name, and formed from Melech ("King") & Tsedek ("Righteousness"), so calling him "King Of Righteousness" [Hebrews 7:2] merely translates his title; he was also known as the King Of Salem (Peace).

As the eternal priest of El Eljon (God most high / most high God), he was used both as a means of prophesying Jesus (who was himself made a high priest "for ever after the order of Melchisedec") where God says "But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; … " [Malachi 4:2], and of embodying him before his birth via Mary, when he became human and relinquished his immortality.

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