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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 6 years ago

Was the book of Revelation written by a man who was stoned on shrooms?

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  • 6 years ago
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    does it grow on the island of patmos?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patmos

  • 6 years ago

    No, It is much to complex to be written by someone who was stoned. It is coded and an apocalyptic story to comfort Christians who were being persecuted during the era of emperor worship. It was never meant to predict when the world will end or come up with beliefs like Armageddon or that only 144,000 will go to heaven. The symbolism was more meaningful to those living in the first century.

  • 6 years ago

    No. The book of Revelation is a literature that uses the apocalyptic genre. This literary style was en vogue in the years between 200 BCE and 200 CE.

    There are two apocalyptic books in the Bible: Daniel in the Old Testament and Revelation in the New.

  • 6 years ago

    That's not MY view (and I'm not a Christian for that matter). Revelation belongs to a rather strange genre of literature called "apocalyptic" in which vivid imagery and strange symbols are used to convey theological truths. Many other early Jewish and Christian books like Revelation were written, though most of them like 4 Esdras and the Apocalypse of Baruch aren't familiar to most of us because they're not a part of the standard biblical canon. The verbal images and symbols they contain aren't gibberish; they have well defined meanings within the religious and social contexts in which they were written.

    Nevertheless, at least one noted scholar has voiced his support for your hypothesis. John Marco Allegro, one of the original Dead Sea Scrolls scholars, wrote a book called "The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross" alleging that "Jesus never existed and was a mythological creation of early Christians under the influence of psychoactive mushroom extracts." I don't know of any other biblical scholar working in academia who agrees with him though.

    Here's something else that you may find interesting. Certain Christians in past centuries *have* used psychedelic substances in association with religious worship! One can learn the most interesting bits of trivia when reading obscure historical texts! There's a folk tradition of religious rituals involving the consumption of soma among the Armenian Orthodox Christians, who lived not too far from Asia Minor (modern Turkey) where John is said to have resided. "Soma" is an ancient name for a plant or mushroom capable of producing an altered state of consciousness. These rituals originated in pre-Christian times, but continued over until the beginning of the 20th century as a "folk tradition." Poor Christian peasants partook of these mushrooms on Ascension Day or the Feast of the Transfiguration to "get closer to God".

    See the sources below; they make for interesting reading:

    Source(s): Soma among the Armenians http://rbedrosian.com/soma.htm The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sacred_Mushroom_a...
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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    No the book of Revelation was written by a Prophet of God.

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    No it was written by someone who had the stone or rock of revelation that the church is built upon

  • 6 years ago

    Could be. But Averell is right; it could be bizarro symbolism.

  • 6 years ago

    I don't know.

  • 6 years ago

    “One would go mad if one took the Bible seriously; but to take it seriously one must be already mad.” ― Aleister Crowley

    Yep.

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    no

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