Why the Jews Created God!

Why the Jews created God, and thousands of years later did an add-on [Jesus Christ], and what this has doneto Christiandom.

The One-God Concept

From ancient to virtually modern times all societies had a variety of gods, some numbering in the dozens. While some of the gods had to do with the origin of life, others were the gods of such natural phenomena as the wind, the oceans and mountains.

 Jews Create Yahweh/God

Between three and four thousand years ago the reli-gious leaders of the Israelites [Hebrews], a group of Semite tribes who lived in the area of what is now modern Israel, came up with the idea that just one all-powerful god would be far better than many gods, so they decided to worship only one god, whom they referred to as Yahweh. As time passed the Hebrews began to claim that Yahweh was the only God and that all who did not believe in and worship him were doomed to go to Hell when they died. Their religion came to be known as Judaism [from the name of one of the Israelite tribes], and its members came to be known as Jews.

The creators of Yahweh [God] knew absolutely nothing about the Earth or world at large, including the many civilizations around the globe and the billions of galaxies and trillions of stars [suns] that make up the universe. So they had no problem in attributing all things in life and nature to their new God, including he belief that creation occurred only a few thousand years earlier—which was as far back as the Jewish people could trace their ancestry.

The Jesus Christ Add-On

Several centuries after the concept of one god became well established in Jewish culture the descendants of the creators of Yahweh took bits and pieces from many other religions—including the concept of virgin birth—and came up with the idea that more people would believe in and worship their God if he sent them a son as his personal go-between, giving birth to the story of Mary and her son who later became known as Jesus Christ the Savior of mankind. [The word “Christ” comes from the Greek term meaning “oil.”—with which the Jews bathed the feet of those they regarded as holy.]

The Rise of Christianity

Over the next few hundred years the one-God cult of the Jews morphed into the theological and social cult that came to be known as Christianity, which eventu-ally was split into Catholicism, Protestantism and a mish-mash of other sects, including Mormonism, by males who did not accept all of the teachings of the Catholic Church and had their own ideas of God’s will and the proper behavior of men and women.

While the original aim of Christianity—whose founding is often credited to the Jewish tribal leader Abraham—was to assert and maintain human worth and dignity it was soon subverted into a tribal identity and competed with other faiths for social and political power. Thus the numerous wars waged in the name of the Christianity and its offshoots over the millennia and down to modern times.

Still today most Christian sects, especially Cath-olicism, are basically tribal religions that serve the interests of their male founders and administrators at the expense of females and competing religions.

There is no more stark evidence of the inhumanity of a bigoted god-based religion as the invasion and conquering of the New World in the 1500s by Spanish conquistadors who believed that their Catholic reli-gious beliefs took precedence over the cultures and lives of the millions of people who lived on the Carib-bean Islands and the North and South American con-tinents—a phenomenon that was later repeated by English and other European immigrants who began their campaigns to conquer and control—or eradi-cate—the Native American population in the 1600s.

 God’s Terrible Swift Sword

In America’s Civil War [1861-1865] in which hun-dreds of thousands of young men were killed and hundreds of thousands of others were horribly mutil-ated both the North and South sides publicly and loudly proclaimed that God was on their side and that they were doing God’s work. Southerners justified their keeping of black human beings as slaves as in keeping with the will of God. Northerners justified their going to war as a fight against evil and sang about “God’s terrible swift sword” helping them vanquish the Southern armies.

The military campaigns by the United States gov-ernment against Native Americans, whom it regarded as pagan savages with few if any rights, did not end until the 1880s. It was not until 1924 that Native Americans, whose ancestors had lived here for thou-sands of years, were “granted” citizenship by the gov-ernment that had conspired in killing most of them and depriving the survivors of their traditional homelands.

What a travesty, and what an indictment against the religious beliefs and practices of early European-Americans.

The Power of the God Cult

The power of the cult of Christianity and its offshoots to seduce and hold the minds of the most educated men and women in those ancient times was to shape the future of their followers in ways that could not have been intended—causing, death, destruction and incredible suffering on a massive scale.

Since creation of Yahweh/God the knowledge that human beings have learned about the universe, its origin and how it works, is off the scale, and yet millions of educated people continue to profess belief in the God-concept taught by Judaism, Christianity, Islam and all of their offshoots, and to worship a God who represents all of the elements in the nature of human males, the good and the bad—a form of willful stupidity that is pathological to the extreme.

The only thing more incredible than this ongoing pathological reverence for an imaginary God are the rationales that professed believers in Judaism, Chris-tianity and Islam use to convince themselves and others that there is a God who created everything some six thousand year ago and is responsible for every-thing, despite the obvious evidence to the contrary.

Historically, Jews, Christians and Moslems have slaughtered each other while shouting that God is on their side. When tragic things occur they say it is God’s will, while continuing to preach that God is the ultimate guardian and protector of human beings and will save people from evil and disaster if they believe in him and pray to him—or his “son,” the young Jew Jesus.

What is now just as incredible is that many people know that belief in a benign God creator and protector is absolute nonsense but most of them—especially politicians—are afraid to publicly admit it.

What was weirdly amusing at the turn of the 21st century was that one of the few individuals with a public pulpit who was not afraid to speak the truth about the God fable was a comedian: Bill Maher, the host of Real Time on HBO. Bill repeatedly said the God story was all just nonsense.

Promoting and Selling God

Since around 500 A.D. the God fable has become a ma-jor industry, and today its various constituents employ several million people. These include managers of in-stitutions like the Catholic Church, Jewish synagogues and Islamic mosques along with a large number of individuals who use the airwaves to con people into sending them money.

     Of course, Jewish, Christian and Islamic sects and their hundreds of thousands of churches provide some material support for many of members, but their use of the God fable to attract and hold these members is in-defensible.

In addition to perpetrating a false faith these in-stitutions provide people with a way of avoiding personal responsibility for their behavior. The fact that these faiths allow their members to slaughter each other in the name of and for their God is a form of insanity.

The babble of many of the religion-based con men and con women on radio and television is so infantile, so stupid, so obviously put-on, that only people who have been programmed to the moronic level could believe what they say and send them money.

The efforts of obviously well-educated members of the Catholic Church and similar organizations to af-firm the existence of a Creator-God are marvelous demonstrations of their skill with words in “proving” something for which there is absolutely no evidence—and incredibly vast amounts of evidence to the con-trary.

What is most disturbing and the most dangerous for humanity is that equally well-educated and knowl-edgeable people in positions of great power and in-fluence cop-out by agreeing with or pretending to agree with the God people.

By this time it should be obvious to all that the most destructive element in God-based moralities is the fact that they are male-oriented and male-dominated.

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Boyé Lafayette De Mente has been involved with Asia since the late 1940s as a member of a U.S. intelligence agency, journalist and editor. He is a graduate of Jōchi University in Tokyo, Japan and Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona, USA. In addition to books on the business practices, social behavior and languages of China, Japan, Korea and Mexico he has written extensively about the plague of male dominance and the moral collapse of the U.S. and the Western world in general. Recent books include: CHINA Understanding & Dealing with the Chinese Way of Doing Business; JAPAN Understanding & Dealing with the NEW Japanese Way of Doing Business; AMERICA’S FAMOUS HOPI INDIANS; ARIZONA’S LORDS OF THE LAND [the Navajos] and SPEAK JAPANESE TODAY – A Little Language Goes a Long Way! To see a full list of his 60-plus books go to: www.authorsonlinebookshop.com. All of his titles are available from Amazon.com.

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“Key Words” Provide Short-Cut To Understanding Foreign Cultures

How Languagues Program & Control Human Beings

Boyé Lafayette De Mente

Defining people by their race while virtually ignoring their ethnicity has always been both dumb and dangerous, but now, finally, the importance of understanding cultures is rapidly becoming a new mantra for business leaders as well as diplomats and politicians.

For most people, however, understanding the cultures of others is a process that requires long periods of living in and personally experiencing their attitudes and behavior—often preceded or combined with extensive studies of research by anthropologists and sociologists.

But there is an easier and faster way of getting into and understanding the mindset of people. While working in Asia as a trade journalist in the 1950s and 60s I learned that the attitudes and behavior of the Chinese, Japanese and Koreans were summed up in a relatively small number of key words in their languages—words that explained why they thought and behaved the way they did.

I first became aware of the role that key words play in the mindset and behavior of the Japanese in my attempts to explain their way of thinking and doing things to American importers who began flocking to Japan in the early 1950s.

I made use of this key-word approach in my first book, “Japanese Etiquette & Ethics in Business,” published in 1959 [and still in print at McGraw-Hill], introducing the international business community to such terms as wa (harmony), nemawashi (behind the scenes consensus-building), tatemae (a facade or front in conversations and negotiations) and honne (the real intentions, the real meaning of the speaker).

The more I got into the Japanese, Korean and Chinese way of thinking and doing things the more obvious it became that they were culturally programmed and controlled by key words in their languages, and that these words provided a short-cut to understanding them.

Further experiences in Mexico and other countries confirmed that the beliefs and behavior of people in all societies—especially older societies—are primarily programmed by their native language and that learning the meaning and everyday use of key words in the language reveals in precise detail what they have been conditioned to believe and why they behave the way they do.

This led me in the 1980s and 90s to write a series of “cultural code word” books on China, Japan, Korea and Mexico in which I identified and defined—in all of their cultural nuances—several hundred key words in the languages concerned.

The fact that you must be intimately familiar with key terms in the native language of a people in order to fully understand their thinking and behavior is of incredible importance, but it is not yet common knowledge even among scholars and educators, much less diplomats, politicians and the international business community.

This failure to perceive and understand the role of languages in human behavior is one of the primary reasons why the world is continuously roiled by misunderstandings, friction and violence. We cannot communicate fully and effectively across the cultural barriers built into languages.

Languages—Not Things—Preserve and Transmit Culture!
Most people still today mistakenly regard the arts and crafts of individual societies as their “culture.” Arts and crafts reflect culture but they do not create it and they do not transmit it. You can view and collect Chinese artifacts or Eskimo artifacts all your life and you will not become fully conversant with the cultures that created them.

Languages are, in fact, the repository as well as the transmitter of cultures. They contain the essence, the tone, the flavor and the spirit of cultures, and serve as doorways to understanding them—and this critical role of language in the attitudes and behavior of people provides irrefutable evidence that to become American in the fullest sense one must learn English.

It is fairly simple to interpret or translate technical subjects from one language into another, but translating cultural attitudes and values into another language ranges from difficult to impossible. The translations may be perfectly correct as far as the words are concerned, but they seldom if ever include all of the cultural nuances that are bound up in the words and are the essence of the original language.

This often results in people talking at each other instead of to each other—and generally neither side understands why they are seldom if ever in perfect agreement…why they cannot get along.
Among the advanced nations, we Americans are the least sensitive to the cultural differences that separate people, and therefore continue to make mistakes when interacting with other cultures.

This problem will continue until the study of other cultures becomes a fundamental part of the education we all receive in our youth. I propose that the role of languages in the values and behavior of people be made a mandatory course in all schools.
Copyright © 2008 by Boyé Lafayette De Mente
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Paradise Valley, Arizona resident Boyé Lafayette De Mente, a graduate of Jōchi University in Tokyo and THUNDERBIRD—The School of Global Management, in Glendale, Arizona, is the author of more than 50 books on the business practices, cultures and languages of China, Japan, Korea and Mexico. See: http://www.boyedemente.com.

The Extraordinary Merits of Japan’s Modern-Day Karate

Improving the Cultures of the World

By Boyé Lafayette De Mente

Most countries in the world today remain awash in irrational and violent behavior because their cultures are incapable of instilling in people the mindset that is necessary to build and sustain rational, positive, humane, and constructive societies.

I believe that the physical, emotional and philosophical discipline offered by Japan’s modern-day version of karate (kah-rah-tay) training could go a long way toward reducing many of the evils that continue to afflict mankind—if not eliminating some of them altogether—and I advocate making training in this former martial art mandatory in all elementary and high schools around the world.

As simplistic and perhaps as other-worldly as it may sound, this is one training program that all children could be enrolled in at an early age that would go a long way toward instilling in them many of the cultural attributes that are the most desirable and admirable in human beings—and the only thing their parents would have to do is enroll them in this program and keep them in it from around the age of five to fifteen or older.

The story of karate as a Japanese fighting art began on the historically independent island kingdom of Okinawa after it was conquered by a Japanese warlord in 1609, and the residents were forbidden to have weapons of any kind.

Bereft of weapons, Okinawan warriors soon developed the ancient Chinese version of karate [“empty hand”] into a more formidable martial art, making it possible for them to inflict serious injury or death on a person using only their hands.

During the following decades of Japan’s Tokugawa shogunate era [1603-1867] karate was gradually subsumed into the training of the samurai who ruled Japan and Okinawa. Later, after the fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1867 and dissolution of the samurai class in 1870, karate became a part of the training of Japan’s imperial army and police forces.

By the early 1900s a few farsighted martial arts masters who were not associated with training the military or police forces began to teach karate as a sport aimed at developing the character of the individual, with special emphasis on respect for others, concentration, self-confidence, diligence, a sense of order, perseverance, honesty and courage.

But this type of enlightened training did not become widespread in Japanese society because of the militaristic nature of the post-samurai government—a situation that did not begin to change until some two decades after the establishment of a democratic form of government in 1945/46.

Today most people around the world are familiar with the word karate as a result of movies, video games and comic books which continue to present it as a fighting technique, but in real life most training in karate is aimed at building the kind of character and behavior that all parents would like to see in their children.

The popularity of training in modern karate is now growing in Japan, and the number of karate training centers around the world is increasing [there are over 3,000 in the U.S. alone] as more parents come to understand that its remarkable benefits include improving the character, personality and behavior of their children.

The World of Martial Arts Information Center lists these benefits as: learning the value of time, the importance of perseverance in achieving success, the dignity of simplicity, the value of character, the power of kindness, the influence of example, the obligation of duty, the wisdom of economy, the virtue of patience, the improvement of talents and the importance of respect.

Since ordinary people now have the opportunity to influence beliefs and events on a scale that was not even imaginable until the advent of the Internet, I suggest that this amazing power be utilized to introduce millions of people around the planet to the extraordinary benefits of modern-day karate with the goal of getting it incorporated into a universal Earth culture.
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Boyé Lafayette De Mente is a graduate of Jōchi University in Tokyo and Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Ariz. He lives in Paradise Valley, Ariz., and is the author of more than 50 books on the business practices, cultures and languages of China, Japan, Korea and Mexico. Learn more at http://www.boyedemente.com.

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