I came up with the idea of writing a book back in 2009 for the simple reason that I wanted to leave something behind in this world after I've moved on. Because I was working, it took almost four years before I could compile enough material to develop a storyline that made me feel comfortable.
It wasn't until the fall of 2013 that I decided to start writing things down, trying to gather together something resembling a vague description of an outline. But it was after watching Lloyd Pye's video "Everything You've Been Taught is Wrong" that my imagination kicked into high gear. I was looking to write a fictional story that contains a compelling element of truth to make my readers ponder a little deeper the mysteries of our Creator. And Lloyd Pye was my inspiration because he linked together some of my religious questions and spurred my search for who God is and the earliest known writings about Him in the civilized world.
Now, Mr. Pye may or may not have believed in God. I don't know. I don't necessarily agree with everything he says in the video. But looking and listening to his oratory with spiritual senses, I could see how God planned and worked through His process of creation and why we would consider ourselves His slaves.
My search led me to places many Christians fear to tread, and what I learned cemented my Christianity more than I could have imagined. Most Christians today don't even realize why they believe the way they do. Christianity nowadays is the offspring of Constantine's attempt at unifying all Christians under a one-world religion. The first Christians read many more books than the ones the Roman government sanctioned as "inspired."
For instance, there is the book of Enoch, which the Bible mentions but doesn't include. Also found among the Dead Sea Scrolls are the Book of Giants, Milhamah (or War Scroll), Apocryphon of Moses, and Book of Jubilees, to name a few. These, and many more were, without a doubt, read by early Christians for over three hundred years, which now begs the question, "Why were they suppressed?"
Now ask any archaeologist, and they will tell you that civilization goes back at least six thousand years (and I believe many more). I believe most Christians are afraid to ask themselves how God manifested himself or how the early civilizations worshiped Him. Well, the answer is there, and many cuniform tablets exist that have something to say about it. If anyone wants to read them, they are at the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Anyone can read them there due to their translation, word for word, into many other languages, including English.
Nevertheless, I caution many Christians who are rigidly molded into their convictions not to make the journey because some of the phenomena you may uncover could permanently shake your faith. The road is perilous, and the passage is not for those faint of heart. But for those brave enough to make the journey, the rewards are eye-opening.
However, I believe that my sincere desire to know and get closer to God has brought me to the faith I carry with me today. And no matter what your faith or what you may think about me, "As for me and my house…."
Okay, so we all know the Exodus Project is fiction, right? But what if it could really happen? How would you get it started?
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