Category Archives: Religion

We Can Thank the Dutch for Religious Tolerance… They Were the First

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We can thank the Dutch for religious tolerance. They were the first. Before New York was New York it was New Amsterdam and we know what that means. “The Dutch.” Now mind you, America’s early Dutch were severe in their religious beliefs. What religion wasn’t severe back in the late 1600’s? But thank you Holland for being the first European country to practice religious tolerance.

Holland’s openness to all forms of religion continues to this day but make no mistake, there never was nor ever will be an absolute or unanimous way of thinking. During the Rembrandt-era, Holland’s Jews were impacted by the anti-Semitism of out-spoken Christian religious leaders. There was even strife between Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews. And recently, there has been an uptick in political movements that have less tolerance for immigrants and the religious diversity that they bring. In spite of this, tolerance is the norm in Holland.

 

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors, Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians, Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees, Secret Genealogy V– Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees and Secret Genealogy VI – Freemasons, Jewish Conquistadors and the Holy Family. Available here:

Secret Genealogy:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/0965114082

Secret Genealogy II:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/1484053222

Secret Genealogy III:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/148407579X

Secret Genealogy IV:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500756105

Secret Genealogy V: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HJ622DU

Secret Genealogy VI: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MY35VCP

Getting Rid of Sorrow… Buddhism

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In the fifth century before Jesus walked with his disciples and preached about loving thy neighbor, a man named Guatama taught people how to get rid of sorrow. He belonged to a Himalayan tribe known as Sakya. He was considered their sage. It wasn’t until after his death that he was worshipped as a god. Buddha was not his name. Buddha means “enlightened one.” He was (or is) also known as the “Great Hero” due to his conquering of his “self.” About 325 B.C, India’s King Asoka was desperate to move away from the carnage of war. He became a Buddhist and placed monuments to Buddha throughout his kingdom, in the hope that people would follow the philosophy of living with order and kindness. One such monument to Buddha is what’s called the Lion Capital. The lion represents the moral power of Buddha and today it is the symbol of the Republic of India.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors, Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians, Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees, Secret Genealogy V– Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees and Secret Genealogy VI – Freemasons, Jewish Conquistadors and the Holy Family. Available here:

Secret Genealogy:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/0965114082

Secret Genealogy II:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/1484053222

Secret Genealogy III:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/148407579X

Secret Genealogy IV:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500756105

Secret Genealogy V: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HJ622DU

Secret Genealogy VI: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MY35VCP

Donald Trump’s Vision of the New Jerusalem. Is it Messianic?

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Secret GenealogyWhen I read that Donald Trump was proudly proclaiming to return the headquarters of the American embassy to Jerusalem, it was akin to something I might read in medieval history books. Could this be symbolic of the Christian Crusade, led by European knights whose aim was to take back control of the sacred sites that the Moslems conquered? Today, Islam controls the holy site of the temple in Jerusalem. My suspicious mind started reeling.SecretGenealogyIIFrontCover

I am working on a new Secret Genealogy book, and I just finished researching about Orthodox Jewish messianic belief. Jews believe that a great human leader will emerge. Someone like King David. There is a list of tasks that this messiah must accomplish (source: jewfaq.org) :

  • The ingathering of the exiles
  • Restoration of the religious courts of justice
  • An end of wickedness, sin and heresy
  • Reward to the righteous
  • Rebuilding of Jerusalem
  • Restoration of the line of King David
  • Restoration of Temple service

Hand Painted Roses Cover Sec Gen IIIDonald Trump, with his medieval Knights of Malta background (if it’s true) arouses my suspicions. Some vendettas never disappear. Think about the belief that George W. Bush wanted to topple Saddam Hussein for his father’s legacy… the war that took over 100,000 lives. Think of Putin and his desire to return Russia to the glory of the Soviet Union. Wars are often built on delusions. It’s a place where for some reason, for thousands of years, people’s minds like to play. At the expense of the innocents.

When I was a young woman of about twenty, people used to talk about the Four Horsemen in the Book of Revelations and the Apocalypse (disaster, catastrophe, destruction, day of reckoning). Armageddon was a popular term. (Today it’s a quiet place in Israel but the dictionary uses it as a synonym for “end of the world.”) I was afraid of this apocalypse that I found hard to understand. Today I understand it as war games that world leaders get us into, too often unnecessarily.Kindle COVER Secret Genealogy IV

The Chinese have a saying, “make friends with change.” Besides accepting a new president with whom some of us do not agree, we must also accept that the world has changed. It is no longer medieval. The Crusades are over. It is a new era. Jesus is gone but he left us with teachings of peace and acceptance. He was a good Jew who wanted to share his version of Judaism with everyone, including Gentiles. Donald Trump is no messiah. Neither Christian nor Jewish. Let’s hope that those of all faiths and persuasions will pray for him.

Small Size FRONT Canva Cover Secret Genealogy VSuellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors, Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians, Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees and Secret Genealogy V– Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees.  Available here:

Secret Genealogy:  http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Volume-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114082

Secret Genealogy II:  http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-II-Christian-Ancestors/dp/1484053222

Secret Genealogy III:  http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-III-Jewish-Anglo-Saxon-Acadians/dp/148407579X

Secret Genealogy IV:  http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-IV-Native-Americans/dp/1500756105

Secret Genealogy V: https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Hamite-Ancestors-Family-ebook/dp/B01HJ622DU

What Exactly is the Bible?

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Secret GenealogyMany of us grow up thinking that the Bible is one big book. The original Greek word for Bible meant, “books.” Not “book.” When were they written? Over a period of about 1600 years. The first part of the Bible is the Old Testament written before the life of Jesus. It contains thirty-nine books. The New Testament focused on Jesus as the Messiah, it has twenty-seven books. Thirty-nine and twenty-seven? That’s sixty-six books. It’s a small library.SecretGenealogyIIFrontCover

The Bible was written by about forty different authors. Which means that it has forty different takes on life. In these books, we find laws, history, poetry, prophesies, parables and wisdom. The Old Testament was written in Hebrew, the language of the Jews. The New Testament was written in Greek. It requires an open mind to read the Bible objectively. If someone asks you if you believe every word of the Bible, you’d better think twice before answering yes. The good book is full of contradictions, archaic laws and draconian practices. Take from it the thoughtful, peaceful words of wisdom that speak to you. Leave the rest to history.

Hand Painted Roses Cover Sec Gen IIISuellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors, Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians, Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees and Secret Genealogy V– Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees.  Available here:

Secret Genealogy:  http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Volume-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114082

Secret Genealogy II:  http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-II-Christian-Ancestors/dp/1484053222Kindle COVER Secret Genealogy IV

Secret Genealogy III:  http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-III-Jewish-Anglo-Saxon-Acadians/dp/148407579X

Secret Genealogy IV:  http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-IV-Native-Americans/dp/1500756105

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The Apocalypse… Do You Ever Wonder Who the Four Horsemen Are?

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Secret GenealogyBefore we wonder about the four horsemen, let’s define Apocalypse. From the Greek apokalypsis and the French apokalyptein meaning “to uncover,” an apocalypse is anything viewed as a prophetic revelation, any disclosure. The ancient Jews had their Apocalyptic movement and their writings in the Book of Daniel is an example of their “uncovering” of the future. The Christians used the New Testament, the last book of the Bible, The Revelation of St. John the Divine, to display their version of Apocalyptic writing.SecretGenealogyIIFrontCover

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are:

Conquest (he rides a white horse)

Slaughter (he rides a red horse)

Famine (he rides a black horse)

Death (he rides a pale horse)

Hand Painted Roses Cover Sec Gen IIIPolitical expectations, sports anticipations and all manner of paranormal prophesies, whether around the campfire or on the radio late at night, are evidence of our continued love of the art of the Apocalypse. People today, still love to predict and be apocalyptic and it seems to be human nature to listen to it.Kindle COVER Secret Genealogy IV

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors, Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians and Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees. Available here:

Secret Genealogy:  http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Volume-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114082

Secret Genealogy II:  http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-II-Christian-Ancestors/dp/1484053222

Secret Genealogy III:  http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-III-Jewish-Anglo-Saxon-Acadians/dp/148407579X

Secret Genealogy IV:  http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-IV-Native-Americans/dp/1500756105

 

Religion & Genealogy… Is Jesus in Your Family Tree?

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Secret GenealogyIt does not matter to me whether Jesus lived or died. But if pushed, I’d like to believe that he lived. I think he was a wonderful man. Now mind you, I might believe this because I’ve been taught about Jesus and his teachings, probably since the day I was born. My father was a particularly strong believer.

I can’t tell you how many times people have gotten in my face and told me that the Bible is nothing but a fairy tale and that Jesus may never have existed. As a Christian, I had to deal with that question. What if everything I was taught was a fairy tale? I was not dissuaded. You can take everything away and we are still left with the essence of the teachings attributed to Jesus.

SecretGenealogyIIFrontCoverWhat’s all this got to do with genealogy? People are claiming that they can trace their lineage back to the Holy Family. I stumbled across the most elaborate family tree I think I’ve ever seen. They trace back to Charlemagne and then go even further and link to the Holy Family. Yes… that Holy Family, the one that Jesus, Mary and Joseph belong to. I have to admit, I’m skeptical. But I also have to admit that it is very intriguing. And brings to mind the saying…  it could happen. But did it?

Here’s a shortened version of the elaborate family tree story: Pontius Pilatus was bribed to spare Jesus. For appearances, he had to hold a crucifixion but he had Jesus and the other two men taken down after nine hours. The family tree story claims that “early” Biblical text states that Jesus suffered on the cross. Much later it was edited to Jesus “died” on the cross.Hand Painted Roses Cover Sec Gen III

So it begs the question… if Jesus lived to have a family, could someone legitimately trace that far back?

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

Secret Genealogy:  http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Volume-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114082

Secret Genealogy II:  http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-II-Christian-Ancestors/dp/1484053222

Secret Genealogy III:  http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-III-Jewish-Anglo-Saxon-Acadians/dp/148407579X

Coerced Confessions… The Heretic History Behind Our Christian Ancestors

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Imagine being arrested for not going to church. In 1480, when the Inquisition was only twelve years away, the Spanish crown decreed that heretics had about thirty days to confess their sins and convert to Christianity. Heretics were those who didn’t believe the way the church wanted them to. In those days being a heretic meant big trouble. Part of a new law called the “Edict of Grace,” encouraged friends and family to report those who refused to go with the program. If someone gave your name, you were arrested and expected to confess. As you can imagine, a medieval prison is not a pretty place, so wanting to return to their homes and families, many confessed to being heretics. It’s ghastly to think that our ancestors may have become Christians because they were tortured into it, but alas, this is one of history’s unpleasant truths.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

Secret Genealogy: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Volume-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114082

Secret Genealogy II: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-II-Christian-Ancestors/dp/1484053222

Secret Genealogy III: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-III-Jewish-Anglo-Saxon-Acadians/dp/148407579X

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