Emanuel Swedenborg - Francesca Stavrakopoulou TV - Robin Lane Fox TV - Revelation 12:7-9 - William Shakespeare - John Milton -
In the Christian world ... it is believed that angels were created at the beginning, and that heaven was formed of them; and that the Devil or Satan was an angel of light, who, becoming rebellious, was cast down with his crew, and that this was the origin of hell. Emanuel Swedenborg
A systematic purge of polytheism: traces of this purge can be detected in polemical stories in the Bible itself. Stories in which Yaweh takes on the other gods in a celestial war. Francesca Stavrakopoulou, Bible’s Buried Secrets 2/3: Did God Have a Wife? BBC 2011
Ruling over them – Zeus himself, the father of gods and men. The most exiting of these myths are the stories of wars of the gods in Heaven. I believe we can understand their roots. Professor Robin Lane Fox, Greek Myths: Tales of Travelling Heroes, BBC 2010
The pagan Greeks had no scriptures; they had many gods who never died. They never expected mercy from them. They prayed to them as if they were great aristocrats in heaven. Unpredictable in their favours to mortals. And unpredictable in their quarrels. ibid.
Of course the story of Aphrodite is connected to much grander stories in Heaven – When Father Heaven is castrated of course, blood and white sperm flies everywhere. And according to the Greeks when the sperm falls down into the sea somebody very significant is born from it ... Aphrodite. ibid.
Long before Christ, Mount Ida was a sort of pagan Bethlehem. Because of its role in the myth of the Greek’s supreme God – Zeus. That myth begins with Zeus’s father Kronos, who had castrated his own father Heaven. But it was prophesied that Kronos himself would be overthrown by his son. So he swallowed his babies at birth. ibid.
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Revelation 12:7-9
Why, how now, sons and brother – at a strife?
What is your quarrel? How began it first? William Shakespeare, Richard Duke of York I ii 4-5, York
Warring in heaven against heaven’s matchless king. John Miton, Paradise Lost 4:41