The AddendumIntroduction

If you’re reading this, there’s likely a reason.

Maybe you’re questioning your faith. Maybe you’re curious to see what the Almighty has to say. Or maybe (and I realize this is the most likely reason) you want to see just how crazy I really am.

That’s okay. As long as you’re here and you’re reading, the reasons why don’t matter. Not really. What’s important is that you read this Addendum and take some time to consider the message that it contains.

So, what, you may be asking yourself, is The Addendum?

It’s a good question. And the answer is complicated. In short, The Addendum is the most recent message from the entity that many people call God but, in an effort to be inclusive of all religions, has chosen to go by the name of Infinity. This entity (or power, if you will) is the same supernatural force found in all belief systems. What’s more, Infinity is the uppermost point of a mathematical trinity, which is comprised of Infinity, Innumerae, and Enumerae. Together, their purpose is to keep the universe (and everything in it) in balance.

Believe me, I know this sounds fantastical. I didn’t accept it at first either. But it’s actually no stranger than an omnipotent, bearded, white man in the heavens or a pantheon of Greek gods and goddesses who dole out favors or punishments as they see fit. When you take away the emotion from religion—any religion—and look at it objectively, none of them really make a lot of sense.

And that brings me to my next point. All belief systems must be taken as a matter of faith. Regardless of whether they make sense to anyone else, the most important thing is that you believe and that belief provides solace, comfort, and a reason to get up every day and do the right thing. One point Infinity constantly reinforced during our conversations was it doesn’t matter what anyone else believes, what’s important is what each individual believes and what makes them strive to be a better person.

When I was chosen for this task, one of my first questions was, “Why me?” Why, out of all the people in the world, was I, Sarah Sheppard, an avowed atheist and somewhat disenfranchised advertising executive, singled out to help compile and serve as the spokeswoman for the latest word of God? It turned out that it was precisely because

I was a skeptic.

I’m not going to lie . . . I have struggled with this project. The information I’ve been given has challenged me—forced me to consider things that frankly scare me. But in the end, I have come to peace with my personal beliefs, though, because they are personal, I am exercising my right not to share them publicly. But, what I will say is that it’s my hope that everyone who reads this has the same opportunity to consider and solidify what they do or don’t believe.

Reading this Addendum takes work. It requires the ability to put aside one’s own beliefs and consider concepts outside of standard doctrine. I know this firsthand because it was a constant struggle for me and learned the truth about the formation, function, and tenets of Religion (capital R intentional.) It helped that these conversations were supplemented with scholarly research from a team of brilliant scholars and theologians.

What helped me the most as I went about this task was throwing out what I thought I knew. Though it may sound silly, I approached it as if I were an anthropologist who had been dropped into an alternate world. I started out by trying to understand the rules of this new place. I forced myself to suspend belief in what I thought I knew so as to consider the “other.” Once I had established that framework, many more things began to make sense. And what, you may ask, is that framework? What were these “rules?”

  • The Creator Deity (God, Allah, Mbombo, Esege Malan, Viracocha, Brahma, Pangu, Physical Cosmology) is the same force, regardless of the name ascribed to it.
  • There is no one right or wrong belief system, nor is there any right or wrong way to worship.
  • Humans have been endowed with free will and are allowed to make their own decisions. As such, the future isn’t predetermined.
  • All belief systems have been created to make sense of that which humans don’t understand and to impose order on the chaos that is our world.
  • Everything you think you know or believe is simply that—what you think. Your reality doesn’t change anyone else’s.
  • Change is the one constant.

With that framework, it’s now time to address the messages contained in The Addendum. What you’re about to read is the story of Infinity, who has given us free will to make the experience of “life” whatever we choose. It’s the story of a loving and compassionate entity that allows humanity to create and provide for ourselves, systems of belief (or not) in something greater than ourselves. And, perhaps most astoundingly, it is the story of Innumerae and Enumerae being sent to earth in human form on multiple occasions to nudge us into considering what we believe and why.

Regarding this last point, I will quote Infinity: “Throughout time, I have helped promote faith in a variety of ways. In the beginning, Innumerae was sent to earth in different manifestations—each of which were designed to inspire and to cause people to examine their own personal belief systems. Later, that role was assumed by Enumerae.”

According to Infinity, we first see Innumerae in the human form of Gilgamesh, who ruled Uruk around 2700 BCE and who solidified some of the stories that later came to be detailed in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament of the Christian Bible. Throughout early written history, we also see Innumerae in the human forms of the men we today recognize as Noah, Moses, and Abraham. We also see Innumerae appear in the fifth century BCE as Siddhartha Gautama, a human whose mission was to start the nontheistic belief system that is now called Buddhism.

In similar fashion, beginning in what we recognize as 4 BCE, Innumerae’s counterbalance, Enumerae, assumes the task of manifesting in human form. We see him first as Jesus and later, as historical figures such as Muhammad, Joan of Arc, Martin Luther, Rebecca Nurse, Joseph Smith, and Mohandas Gandhi. In the pages to follow, the lives and missions of these more recent manifestations—manifestations that are much more varied than those of Innumerae—are detailed. What will emerge is an untold history of humanity that shows just how inextricably intertwined we all are. The stories in The Addendum detail the lives of each of these manifestations and the impact they had on the world.

From the onset of this project, I was charged with the task of not only documenting the information, but doing it in a way that was approachable and in contemporary vernacular. For that reason, what follows is a summary, in my words, of the lessons and stories imparted to me by Infinity. With the exceptions of quotes from Infinity, the words are mine. Please don’t think that just because there aren’t a lot of “thou shalts” that this is not a serious text. It is. It’s just presented in a way that is easily read by people today.

Finally, I want to be clear that my background is in advertising, not history or theology. To understand the historical, cultural, and religious significance of Enumerae’s human manifestations, I worked with a marvelous team of scholars and theologians. To that end, I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Geoff Forrester, Abraham Schecter, Salima Gregos, Fiona McAmis, Bart Harrigan, and Rainer Gunter. Their expertise in regard to religious belief and the individuals detailed in this document was invaluable.

And now, a word about what you’re about to read. It is, and I quote Infinity, “a document for the masses.” Each chapter is titled using the name of Enumerae’s specific manifestation for that time. The chapters are arranged chronologically and include my narrative of what was imparted to me by Infinity, historical context provided by the scholars mentioned above, and direct quotations from Infinity.

As you read this, please keep in mind that it’s a universal document that is not specific to any one belief system. If you’re looking for overt validation of your own faith, you’re not going to find it here. What you will find are stories of famous figures who, regardless of their belief systems, stand as testament to the ideals of living one’s faith and making the world a better place. This is a new paradigm for understanding our world and the people around us. It’s a new take on a message that is as old as time.

Sarah Sheppard

Fall 2014

 

 

Continuations

Everyone in the world believes in something—even if that belief is that there is nothing outside of the here and now.

According to a 2010 Pew research study, 84 percent of the world’s 6.9 billion people are affiliated with a religious group. Christians . . . Muslims . . . Hindus . . . Jews . . . Buddhists . . . Mormons. Those are the biggest, most organized religions. But they aren’t the only ones. Throughout the world, there are people practicing any number of folk and/or traditional belief systems.

It’s amazing, really, to have so many different ideas of life, death, and afterlife. But if there are so many, doesn’t that suggest that one has to be right? And by definition, doesn’t that mean, then, the rest have to be wrong? Actually, no, because at their core, all religions are just a variation on a theme. Don’t believe it? Then take for example creation stories. The Jews tell in Genesis how Yahweh created the Earth. In India, Brahma the Creator formed the mind, then water, and finally the Earth. The Hopi believe that Taiowa, the Creator, instigated “The Four Creations.” And atheists believe in “The Big Bang.”

The same could be said for the eventual demise of our species. Depending on one’s beliefs, there are a series of events that foretell the “End of Days.” Sometimes there are signs: tsunamis, earthquakes, plagues, and chaos. Sometimes there are messiahs . . . or incarnations on white horses . . . or second comings . . . or epic battles between good and evil. We see it in science, too, with the Big Freeze, the Big Rip, or the Big Crunch. Or there is the possibility that Homo sapiens evolve into a different species—perhaps Homo perfectus.

So, with all of these different shades of gray, which is right?

The answer, according to Infinity, is all of them. “Humans think I know what is going to happen, how it’s going to happen, why it happens. But that’s not the case. Humans have free will. They make their own decisions and create their own destinies. All I can do is let them make mistakes and learn—and occasionally, if need be, intervene by creating the opportunity to make course corrections. Whether they choose to take advantage of that opportunity or not is up to them.”

Accepting the idea that humanity has a choice and that there is no “correct” way of doing things allows us the opportunity to change how we make decisions regarding everything from how we act to how/if we choose to worship. As scary as that freedom might be, it’s also empowering.

To again quote Infinity, “I am the one ultimate force and am available to everyone in whatever form resonates for them. Since the beginning, my wish for humanity is that each person has a way of divining right and wrong and making sense of the chaos. Though every person, no matter what ethnicity, social status, or personal belief system, is endowed with free will, it must be clear that each action has a consequence.”

When one stops to think about it like that, suddenly, the human experience makes a lot more sense. We are, every one of us, part of a massive whole that includes not just the fact that we live in a global village, but also in the commonality of our experiences and of whatever overarching energy or force in which we choose to believe.

Infinity said, “I see and feel everything at the same time. All that happens in every moment is simultaneously my reality. I see the boy in Melbourne cry. I hear the woman in Bangkok laugh. I taste the flavors of the earth when the man in Antigua eats. I know the individual and collective dreams that come at night, and I hear the prayers of the faithful and those still searching.”

We are, in no uncertain terms, part of the collective whole. But according to Infinity, we need to be aware of the extent to which that is true. In the past, the human population was such that there was room for people of common belief systems to practice in relative isolation. But that is no longer the case. As our numbers have increased and technology has allowed for travel and expansion into every corner of the planet, we are much more interconnected and interdependent.

“No longer can your differences separate you,” Infinity said. “Rather, it is time for you to celebrate and embrace that which is common to all. That is the reason for this Addendum, and the message it contains. It is the real story—without artifice or condemnation. In some instances, it serves as a correction to previous religious texts. In other instances, it provides new revelations. In all instances it illustrates my love for all people and how, throughout time, I have sent Agents of Change to guide and provide to humanity that which was needed. Each of these manifestations were catalysts—men and women in human form whose actions were designed to allow people to examine their faith, learn a life lesson, and appreciate belief in something, even if it is a concept that is greater than themselves.

“You are a unique and questioning species that is always seeking answers. This is good because the Earth is full of mysteries that have not yet even been realized. For every mystery solved, the door is opened for many more that cannot be explained—just as I cannot adequately be explained or defined. This is the magic and power of the human experience.”

What is telling about Infinity’s statement is that for every answer we think we know, there will be new questions that must be asked. Infinity noted in a very early conversation that it is The Trinity’s hope that we never stop asking those questions—that we feel safe enough within our beliefs to look at the “what if.”

As Infinity said, “Since the beginning, my wish is that each person has a belief to which they can turn in times of need or crisis—a means of making sense of the chaos. But just making sense isn’t enough. Humanity must continue to grow and change—to ask questions that challenge what they think they know and believe. It is only when one embraces the unknown that true understanding occurs.”

It’s such a simple and yet difficult challenge. But it’s one that, if we’re willing to open our minds, is so worth the effort.

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