Date: November 19, 2020 10:12PM
Done & Done Wrote:
“These probably just started as acts at the Jerusalem Laugh Factory”
==Maybe you were just joking about that but it is in fact possible that some of these stories were told as entertainment. Whatever humans make, it falls into 2 categories.
2. Serious business
I’ll give examples.
I place music, paintings, action movies, stand up comedian jokes in the entertainment category.
The equipment that goes along with it, such as your VHS player, DVD player, color TV, SEGA Genesis, Nintendo Wii, microphone also goes into the ENTERTAINMENT category.
Your wrist watch, your cars, defibrillator, hospitals, roads, stop signs, space shuttles goes into the SERIOUS BUSINESS category.
Humans need to keep time so that they go to their work place on time, therefore, a wrist watch is not there for entertainment.
Some watches cross the barrier and reach into the ENTERTAINMENT category. For example, the Mickey Mouse watch or a gold Rolex watch with diamonds.
It is possible that what was told as entertaining stories around campfires by bored people, eventually was taken seriously by priests and modified and inserted into their dogma.
A similar thing has happened when Christopher Columbus discovered America. People were curious as to who the native americans were in the 16 th century. Some proposed that they were a lost tribe of Israel. This proposal floated around for the next few centuries.
It should be noted that I think that José de Acosta was the first to propose a rational reason for the existence of native americans in the 16 th century (I think he published his book in 1590) but not many payed attention to his book. (He proposed that the old world and new world must be connected somewhere, possibly in the west side of the New World and the East side of the Old World. 140 y later, Russian explorers found the Berrng strait.).
It looks like Joseph Smith took the idea of natives being a lost Israel tribe seriously and inserted it into his book.
The believers in the BOM certainly take it seriously.
It looks like it is in the 20 th century that modern science resolved the issue of “Who are the natives?” for good.
Nobody considers the idea of “native americans are jews” anymore except for mormon apologists.
Back to Entertainment vs serious business:
So, I hear that god designed humans. Was it for Entertainment vs serious business or both?
The book of José de Acosta:https://www.amazon.com/Natural-History-Indies-Chronicles-Encounter/dp/0822328321
“The Natural and Moral History of the Indies, the classic work of New World history originally published by José de Acosta in 1590, is now available in the first new English translation to appear in several hundred years. A Spanish Jesuit, Acosta produced this account by drawing on his own observations as a missionary in Peru and Mexico, as well as from the writings of other missionaries, naturalists, and soldiers who explored the region during the sixteenth century. One of the first comprehensive investigations of the New World, Acosta’s study is strikingly broad in scope. He describes the region’s natural resources, flora and fauna, and terrain. He also writes in detail about the Amerindians and their religious and political practices.
A significant contribution to Renaissance Europe's thinking about the New World, Acosta's Natural and Moral History of the Indies reveals an effort to incorporate new information into a Christian, Renaissance worldview. He attempted to confirm for his European readers that a "new" continent did indeed exist and that human beings could and did live in equatorial climates. A keen observer and prescient thinker, Acosta hypothesized that Latin America's indigenous peoples migrated to the region from Asia, an idea put forth more than a century before Europeans learned of the Bering Strait. Acosta's work established a hierarchical classification of Amerindian peoples and thus contributed to what today is understood as the colonial difference in Renaissance European thinking.”