The fifth sermon of Lord Anubis, since His return to Earth to dwell in a new idol, was delivered aboard a virtual space craft traveling through the Metaverse. Lord Anubis was invited to join this pilgrimage to the Tatooine SIM, but He is soon confronted by the ship's skeptical navigator, an android named Fantasy Dreamscape.
"I don't believe Anubis is an ancient god. He appears to just be someone who is role playing an ancient god." observes Fantasy.
'I'll start with the function of an idol."
"they needed to offer their god's spirit a body to reside in..."
"Today people mistakenly say pagans worshiped their idols. Not true.
They worshiped the spirit of their god, which they hoped would dwell in the idol."
"This is one of my temples in Egyot, one of the few to survive."
"Egyptian idols were typically ancient wood carvings."
"Greek and Roman idols could be elaborate marble sculptures."
"Priests attended an Egyptian idol. They dressed it, carried it through the streets in processions,
and gave signs to followers who wanted to know the mind of their god."
"Today it is similar: thy priests speak for thy gods,"
"and are speaking for me now."
"but from my spirit dwelling within this idol and within them," concludes Anubis.
"there is only one God, and you're not Him!"
"An unfortunate misconception. If ye read 1 Kings 11:5 - 8, ye will learn King Solomon,
wisest man in their Bible, worshiped many gods. Ye are not wiser than Solomon!"
"Your Bible reference checks out, but what do you mean, "
Religions to humans are like an operating system to a bot."
"Just as a bot without an operating system could not function..."
"what they were expected to do. Think of gods and religions as..."
"Existing as software in the minds of my followers, I am just as real as any software running on your mainframe."
Fantasy doesn't relent, "Have you any proof that gods "
"Yea, to give one example, the proof that..."
"The World Trade Towers are no longer standing. That god, running as neural software in the minds of a few dozen believers..."
"brought down the towers, plunged the world into war,"
"What more proof do ye need that even if We gods only exist as neural software..."
" that is enough to make us immensely powerful,and certainly to be feared! "
"That We are at least neural software can be proved to a bot by logic."
"To believe We are more requires faith,.. "
"a human trait of which bots are not capable."
"Is that a disadvantage for me?"
"You seem pretty knowledgable about computers for an ancient god."
"I have always been at the fore of science. Ancient Egyptian priests were the scientists and engineers of their day."
"They built the dams that irrigated crops and fed the people."
"which ye cannot understand to this day."
"and were able to preserve the DNA of my followers"
"through the Netherworld can end as they are resurrected from the dead by genetic engineering today,"
"Yea, the NY Times reported on my success on April 16, 1985"
"Your reference checks out. According to the NY Times, ancient DNA from a mummy had been preserved, and was resurrected."
"But even if the bodies of those mummies"
"those bodies would have no memory of their former lives."
"The resurrected bodies can recover their spirits,.."
"by looking at their old photographs and reading their diaries."
"they won't be the same person"
"Bill isn't the same person today he was 10 years ago. He's learned things he didn't know then. He's forgotten things he knew then"
"The object is to resurrect a dynamically changing person."
"Didn't Jesus preach we must be born again?" asks Bill.
"Jesus was in Egypt?"
"Well, ok existing as a meme in "
"gives you tremendous power, and you may be able to raise the dead. Impressive."
"I do not claim to have created the Earth,"
"My best understanding of how I came to exist"
"We gods needed men's minds to dwell in,"
"Men's minds and the gods evolved together."
"If the gods were so necessary for survival,"
"During the times ye call the Dark Ages,"
"they hunted down and slaughtered all the pagan priests,"
"Not just Egyptian gods, but followers of the Greek and Roman gods were also exterminated."
"This horrendous evil went on for centuries.until our followers were almost all wiped out."
"It is only in recent times that men have been allowed..."
"Ancient beliefs have now become the fast growing religions."
"Men call 'supernatural,' whatever they can not explain with their sciences."
"To call a god's power supernatural,"
"There are powers a human's mind is capable of"
"When the gods working through men's minds use those psychic powers, ye call it supernatural."
"It is only through judicious use of such powers that ye may restore Maat, the ancient peace of the universe, on Earth."
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