The Secret Universe: An Exploration of the Extraterrestrial Deity Hypothesis and the Mysteries of the Universe, is finally out! It only took 18 years to finish it.
For the time being it is only out in paperback on Amazon. This will be changing in the future.
Here is what a critic recently posted about my book:
“In all my years of study; with an open mind no less, I have never read a theological book so heretical. The Author has an agenda and that is not only to take down the Christian Church but also Our Loving Father and His Son Jesus. Let me state first, the Christian Church in all of it's many flavors should do a better job of coming together as one body beneath Christ. However, the disparaging attacks on the Christian Faith as whole by the Author was disconcerting to say the least. Where the Author failed is that Jesus taught the HIS Kingdom was not of this world. Jesus instructed each of us to cultivate a relationship with him from within, not from without. Something in my humble opinion, the Author clearly lacks."
I am going to respond now to each ridiculous accusation:
This person complains that I contradicted the teaching that Jesus taught that his kingdom was not of this world. Not only is this not true but I even AGREE that the true kingdom of Jesus was not in this world! This is actually one of the points that I make in the book! I also agree that Jesus taught that the spiritual life comes from within, not from without. This person clearly did not even read the entire book!
According to this person, who claims to have an “open mind,” I have an “agenda” to take down the “Christian Church.” But if this person had taken the time to actually finish the book he would have seen that this is also not true. I am only providing clarification, not destruction. Indeed, the subtitle of the book offers a clue: the intention is to reform, not to “disparage” the true mission of the Savior. Furthermore, it is certainly ironic that this person, who is clearly a committed member of the Pauline institution, would accuse me of being the one who has an “agenda.” If I have an agenda it is to seek the truth. An honest seeker of the truth must go wherever the evidence leads, even if it contradicts with what they were instructed as a child.
What seems to be happening is that people like this are getting to a point in the book that they perceive as heresy, then, in a fit of rage, jump to conclusions and give up on it and make accusations that are not true.
Jesus said that the truth will set you free. People who already believe that they know the truth despite not having the ability to back it up with facts are not free. They are confined inside an ideological box. Indeed it must be understood that this is a non-denominational/inter-religious problem that doesn't only apply to members of the Taliban, etc. The truth is that these accusations of heresy are a pre-programmed response from those who have been psychologically indoctrinated with a Dark Age understanding of their faith. These are not only people who are not ready for a higher level understanding but these are the same type of obstinate and reactionary people who put Jesus to death!
My advice to this person, and others like him/her, is to put down your pitchforks and torches and finish reading the book.
Here is what a critic of the book recently wrote (I copied and pasted what they wrote, mistakes and all):
" This book was an absolute waste of my money. Indo jkt reccomend this book to anyone. The author is so confused about what he is presenting. Examples he has given shows his lack of research on the subject. For exampl he presents some errors in the book of mathew where he compares geneologies of the gospels of Luke and Mathew. Unfortunately he has not done enough research to discover it was a translation error by the greek translators who have confused the word "gawra" . Its a horrible peice of work and dont bother wasting your money "
In my previous responses I remarked that these critics complain about the findings and yet are unable to cite any specific examples. At least this person actually provided ONE example. Let's now take a closer look at the example they provided: According to this person: I have “not done enough research” into the “geneologies of the gospels of Luke and Mathew”, and that I have “confused the word 'gawra'.” The fact is that the problem between the two genealogies is not based on the translation of any one word; this is because entire portions of the list do not match! The reader can see what I am talking about by going to Matthew 1:1-17 and Luke 3:23-38. In other words: this is NOT a translation issue. For me to say that this person is ill-informed would be an understatement; nevertheless, I am going to take the high road and leave it at that . . .
According to this person, there was a “lack of research on this subject.” I have actually dedicated the last eighteen years of my life to diligent research (I suspect that this person has not done the same). The truth is that the information presented is indeed accurate. There is no confusion. The real issue is that the information conflicts with what this person has been told by others – others who also did not understand the true mission of the Savior.
Furthermore, if this person is going to attempt to portray me as an amateur who did not do the research, then he/she would also have to accuse professional scholars (e.g. Robert H. Gundry Ph.D.; I. Howard Marshall Ph.D.; etc.) who also acknowledge that the difference in genealogies are evidence of contradiction and fallacy.
The fact is that most people (e.g., this person) are not sincere truth seekers. They tend to read books that confirm what they already believe to be true. It is also interesting how people such as this will fixate on one small thing that offends them, then spread this out to the entire thesis itself as a way to unburden themselves from uncomfortable facts (the old “straw-man” technique). Their minds and their hearts have been hardened. Jesus warned about people like this. Now I am getting a better understanding why the Savior believed that the people would not be able to handle the truth. Most cannot.
My book is for people who are ready for the next level.
Because there is so much new information, the esoteric edition will be given its own title: The Secret Universe.
Here is what the book cover will look like:
New sample chapter from the upcoming esoteric edition, titled The Metaphysics of Hyperspace, has been posted in the essays page.
A complaint that I recently got is that I am “biased.” This is astonishing to me because essentially all I did was cite what is actually written in the Bible itself. All that I am doing is showing them the parts of the Bible that their pastors etc. are skipping over. If they are skipping over these parts, who then is really biased? It is impossible to take these criticisms seriously.
This has become an very interesting case in psychology. The real problem is not that I wrote anything that is not true, but rather that I wrote something that conflicts with the perspective that has been ingrained into their psyche since childhood. It is amazing to behold. My book does not conflict with the facts, it conflicts with their indoctrination. So far the reaction from the critics is “This is not what I learned in Sunday school!” Indeed, my book is for those who are ready for the next level.
Then there are the others who complain but when pressed on the issue they admit that they did not even finish reading the book or even read the book at all!
For example, look at this transcription of a conversation that appeared in the comments section of the video for the book:
Tricky Tricky: After all this time, if we were to know more, God would have given it to us. (Poor Mormons, a case in point, all their distortions. Paul admonished us about those who have another gospel than the one he preached: Let them be accursed..)
Novoneiro: I can tell that you never even read the book. You should be embarrassed.
Tricky Tricky: O!
Shout out to "novoneiro" by the way.
Let's take a look at what an Amazon reviewer wrote about my book:
I'm not good at writing reviews so all I can say is that this book is full of lies, blasphemy and scripture taken out of context. What you're reading is one man's opinion . Vondenburg is clearly very well educated and it shows in his writing but, there are falsehoods on every single page. I'm so glad I didn't pay money for it.
I would like now to respond to this:
About the so-called "lies": If this person is accusing me of lying they would have to call the Bible a lie. This is because almost everything that I write about is taken directly from the Bible.
About the "blasphemy": The findings are only blasphemous to people who do not understand the true mission of Jesus. My findings do not deny the greatness of the Christ whatsoever! I doubt that this person even read the entire book. This is the type of person who would have called for the execution of Jesus had they been alive when he was in Jerusalem. They cannot tell the difference between blasphemy and revelation. Their hearts and their minds have been hardened - just as Jesus warned.
About "taking things out of context": Everything in the Bible that I refer to is clearly cited. I did this so that the reader would be able to refer back to their own Bible so that they could check the context for themselves. I am not asking anyone to take my word for it. It is also interesting that the person could not cite even one example of my taking something out of context.
I've been thinking today (based on an email that I got) about how some people are so adamantly set into their old interpretations that they have simply closed themselves off to knowledge. They have already made up their minds that they will not progress and evolve. They have made their peace with the fact that they are stuck.
I now better understand what made Socrates the wisest man in Greece. He was wise because he KNEW that he knew nothing.
It seems that it is the unwise who already have all the answers.