It is a grave question whether the ecclesiastical system and movement known as Christianity has any right to its name. Far from being the cult that brought in a true Christ-worship for the first time in ‘heathen darkness’ it was indeed – after the third century – the one system that destroyed such a true worship. Ancient cults bent all effort upon the cultivation within man. This is the nucleus of the only true Christianity. – Alvin Boyd Kuhn. ”Who is this King of Glory”
The mind media of religious belief systems is incredibly diverse’, as is the use of religion to augment political power, for once covertly supplanted, idealism represents the very pinnacle of the political science of mass mind control, toward the garnering of power.
Interestingly, if one examines closely, much of religious dogmas are but ‘splintered variations of an ancient theme’, for a once universal consciousness of knowledge placed our source of life and physical being in divinity, the ‘spark of life’ this ‘original’ knowledge was likely customarily passed down in the oral tradition as an inheritance, from adult to child.
This ancient theme of beginnings’ or ‘records’ were possibly at some point ‘envisioned’ and recorded via star myths, essentially ‘future-proofed’, that the importance of this spiritual legacy and the knowledge of the ”temporary” and temporal state of physical being, might not be ‘lost’ to the so called human intellect or powers of reason in a ”climate of amnesia”, but retained, and remembered.
This epoch of ancient wisdom, I believe, once encircled this globe’s consciousness and united ‘all peoples’ with an integrity based in hope and purposeful existence, an awareness of spirit in harmony with the knowledge that the physical – material is of a transitory means, this temporary biological life is the ‘outward’ expression of wisdom displayed throughout all nature’s inner workings,, as such all is guided, spun and woven by ‘intelligence’.
The ”interconnected” tapestry of a once culturally rich global civilization is still evident in sites and places today, both to the dry continents above, and cities submerged below the waters, on ocean seafloors spread worldwide. Before such cataclysm’s this wisdom and knowledge was described as golden age’s of exuberance and celebration, era’s that declared universal understanding of true purpose.
The works of Acharya S do not necessarily deal with the details of myth/metaphor connections here, but rather lays focus on the essential reveal of the stunning magnitude of deceitful manipulation’s, omission’s and interpolations of scriptures designed to mislead, refinements made over many centuries, geared toward control of the consciousness of the masses.
From the original ‘world mythos’ or metaphors was contrived a ‘patent of type’ thus revised as literal characters and historical narratives ‘woven’ into the so called ‘Jesus greatest story ever sold/told. Ultimately the ensuing ‘rampage’ on intellectual freedom imposed a tyrannical authority over the conscious domain of mind, this indoctrination necessitated the obliteration of records and ‘literature’ including art, and architecture, much was defaced or torn down, all that was deemed pertaining to the original paradigm.
Along with conspired acts of barbarism that included whole cultures wiped out by ‘ethnic cleansing’ – execution. The mandate was eradication of the old ways and beliefs, refusal to comply was met with torture and unfettered acts of violence, inquisitors were horrifically cruel, and thorough, a reputation which also psychologically served the purpose of instilling a consciousness of terror among the masses.
Essentially such ‘crusades’ and missions of mental slavery to capture alive ”hearts and minds” must include ”all” and ”any” past or present ‘Machiavellian Campaigns’ that seek conquest in the mental domain of any individual or group consciousness.
For what is the mental ‘domain’ if not the intellectual property of an individual? an individual consciousness is as ‘unique’ as the DNA code we each possess, this code ‘defines’ an individual as ‘unique’, further, DNA extends beyond basic physical functions of upkeep and repair,.
On display throughout ‘all’ created works are clear ‘hallmarks that exhibit’ a ‘source intelligence’ that has the ability to ‘envision’ and design according to an adapting environment, it is this gift to foresee or ‘adapt’ with creative purpose that dignifies every ”individual” thus nurturing the human capacity for intellectual advancement, to form decision making skills, and accrue experiences and wisdom through choice. To create, design and envision are cosmic blueprints of freewill ‘and’ creative freedom, the right to free-thought, is the individual’s intellectual property.
To conscientiously ‘choose’ has however been denied the human race for millennia and substituted with anarchic warmongering, and endless divisions under the oligarchic guise of ‘suing for peace’ suchlike seeds of poison and propaganda thrive under cover of violent physical war, either way it is a war on consciousness that is covertly prioritized, ‘mind control’ indeed, it continues, as history will show.
That is to say ‘true history’ which has little to do with the historical narrative taught on the face of this planet, the prevalence of lies and diversion in defense of mainstream historicity presently serves only as a mocking reminder that underlines the despicable failure of man, to ”guide even his own steps” – let alone those of his neighbors – Maccy
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Shocking as it may seem to the general populace, the most enduring and profound controversy in the subject of Christianity is whether or not a person named Jesus Christ ever really existed!
“Jesus is a mythical figure in the tradition of pagan mythology and almost nothing in all of ancient literature would lead one to believe otherwise. Anyone wanting to believe Jesus lived and walked as a real live human being must do so despite the evidence, not because of it.”
–C. Dennis McKinsey, The Encyclopedia of Biblical Errancy
“There is not a conception associated with Christ that is not common to some or all of the Savior cults of antiquity.”
–JM Robertson, Pagan Christs\
“The gospel story is an artificial, non-historical work. It has been fabricated from source materials that can be identified and traced to their incorporation into the gospels. There is not a particle of hard evidence that ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ ever existed.
–Harold Leidner, The Fabrication of the Christ Myth
Contrary to popular belief, there was no single man at the genesis of Christianity but many characters rolled into one, the majority of whom were personifications of the ubiquitous solar myth, whose exploits were well known, as reflected by such popular deities as Mithra, Heracles/Hercules, Dionysus and many others throughout the Roman Empire and beyond.
The story of Jesus as portrayed in the Gospels is revealed to be nearly identical in certain details to that of the earlier savior-gods Krishna and Horus, et al., who for millennia preceding Christianity held great favor with the people in much the same way as Jesus does today.
‘‘The cross of the Zodiac, one of the oldest conceptual images in human history. It reflects the sun as it figuratively passes through the 12 major constellations over the course of a year. It also reflects the 12 months of the year, the four seasons, and the solstices and equinoxes. The term Zodiac relates to the fact that constellations were anthropomorphized, or personified, as figures, or animals.”
The antiquity of the idea of a zodiac is disputed, but it may have been formulated as early as 4,000 or more years ago.
As D.M. Murdock says in Christ in Egypt:
The Horus Jesus Connection:…”the zodiac certainly existed in Mesopotamia millennia ago, worked over by the famed Chaldean astronomers, with the Greeks further polishing it. In this regard, several sources—such as royal astronomer Dr. Edward Walter Maunder…, the devout Christian
author of The Astronomy of the Bible—have indicated an origin of the zodiac, including the popular signs, to some 4,000 or more years ago. We also possess the relatively recent find of the ―Karanovo Zodiac‖ from Bulgaria, which has been dated to around 6,000 years ago and which seems to bear rudimentary renditions of the constellations
found in the Western zodiac.
The zodiac as it appears to us today was refined by the Greeks several centuries prior to the common era –
In other words, the early civilizations did not just follow the sun and stars, they personified them with elaborate myths involving their movements and relationships.
The meanings of many myths can be traced to a number of origins, the most prominent of which is nature worship and astrotheology, whereby the gods and goddesses are essentially personifications of earthly forces and celestial bodies. As concerns the anthropomorphization of
the celestial bodies, in Suns of God: Krishna, Buddha and Christ Unveiled, Murdock relates:
Ancient peoples abundantly acknowledged that their religions, dating back centuries and millennia before the common era, were largely based on astrotheology, with their gods representing the sun, moon, stars and planets. One of their focuses was the sun…and the story of the sun became highly developed over a period of thousands of
years, possibly tens of thousands or more. The observations of the sun and its daily,monthly, annual and precessional movements have led to complex myths in which it was personified as a god…13
We can see this astrotheological and nature-worshipping religion in the writings of ancient historians such as Herodotus, Berossus and Diodorus, as well as in the Bible, both overtly and covertly, and in Jewish apocryphal texts.14 The writings of the Church fathers also discussed
the Pagan astrotheology, sometimes fairly extensively
The sun, with its life-giving and saving qualities was personified as a
representative of the unseen creator or god—“God’s Sun”
We have already seen that the ancient cultures have considered the sun as divine; hence, it is either God, a god, or a son of God/a god. Indeed, this ―sun of God as son of God‖ motif is common in the mythology of India, Greece, Rome and Egypt, to name a few of the more well known nations. In Egypt, this ―son of the sun‖ is the god Horus, among others, while in Greece it is Apollo, son of Zeus, whose name means ―God.‖
…the light of the world, the savior of human kind. Likewise, the 12
constellations represented places of travel for God’s Sun and were identified by names, usually representing elements of nature that happened during that period of time. For example, Aquarius, the water bearer, who brings the Spring rains.
The notions of the sun as the ―savior‖ and the ―light of the world‖ are understandably common in ancient religious history:
Horus is the Sun God of Egypt of around 3000 BC.
Concerning the antiquity of Horus, Egyptologist Dr. Edmund S. Meltzer remarks: Horus is one of the earliest attested of the major ancient Egyptian deities, becoming known to us at least as early as the late Predynastic period (Naqada III/Dynasty 0) [c.3200-3000 BCE]; he was still prominent in the latest temples of the Greco-Roman period
[332 BCE-640 AD/CE], especially at Philae and Edfu, as well as in the Old Coptic and Greco-Egyptian ritual power, or magical, texts.31
As is the case with many gods in other parts of the world, several Egyptian gods (and goddesses) possess solar attributes, essentially making them sun gods. These Egyptian sun gods included not only the commonly known Ra or Re, but also Osiris and Horus, among
others. In the first century BCE, the Greek writer Diodorus Siculus described Osiris as the sun, while his sister-wife, Isis, is the moon:
Now when the ancient Egyptians, awestruck and wondering, turned their eyes to the heavens, they concluded that two gods, the sun and the moon, were primeval and eternal: they called the former Osiris, the latter Isis….
Concerning the nature of certain Egyptian gods, Dr. James P. Allen, Curator of Egyptian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, remarks: …Ruling over the universe by day, the Sun was identified with Horus, the god of kingship; at sunset he was seen as Atum, the oldest of all gods. movement through the sky was viewed as a journey from birth to death, and his rebirth at dawn was made possible through Osiris, the force of new life……In the middle of the night the Sun merged with Osiris‘s body; through this union, the Sun received the power of new life while Osiris was reborn in the Sun.
From the ancient hieroglyphics in Egypt, we know much about this solar
messiah. For instance, Horus, being the sun, or the light, had an enemy
known as Set, and Set was the personification of the darkness or night. And, metaphorically speaking, every morning Horus would win the battle against Set—while in the evening, Set would conquer Horus and send him into the underworld. It is important to note that “dark vs. light” or “good vs. evil” is one of the most ubiquitous mythological dualities ever known and is still expressed on many levels to this day.
Broadly speaking, the story of Horus is as follows. Horus was born on
It needs to be understood that the Egyptian stories were never ―laid out‖ in a linear form; rather, they appear in bits and pieces in primary sources such as the Pyramid Texts, Coffin Texts and Book of the Dead, compiled and altered over many centuries, beginning as early as
7,000 years ago. Thus, it is a common misconception that the myths unfold in the same linear manner as in the Christian narrative. Most of these motifs are indeed not linear narratives, but, rather, symbolic associations derived from different Egyptian texts, as well as later
mythographers‘ accounts. Since this description of Horus here is obviously angled from the reference point of the Christian narrative, the subject needs to be deconstructed and reconsidered from the standpoint of each motif, rather than the overall narrative. The Christian
story must, in turn, likewise be considered from the standpoint of each individual motif and not linearly, because this basic ―mythicist argument is that the Christian religion is a compilation of religious motifs which existed previously—and separately. Obviously, the English term ―December 25th‖ did not exist in the ancient Egyptian calendar butsimply refers to the winter solstice, which the ancients perceived as beginning on December 21st and ending at midnight on the 24th. We learn from one of the most famous historians of the first century, Plutarch (46-120 AD/CE), that Horus the Child—or ―Harpocrates,‖ as was his Greek name—was ―born about the winter solstice, unfinished and infant-like..
Three centuries after Plutarch, ancient Latin writer Macrobius (395–423 AD/CE) also reported on an annual Egyptian ―Christmas‖ celebration (Saturnalia, I, XVIII:10): …at the winter solstice the sun would seem to be a little child, like that which the Egyptians bring forth from a shrine on an appointed day, since the day is then at itsshortest and the god is accordingly shown as a tiny infant.
As Egyptologist Dr. Bojana Mojsov remarks: ―The symbol of the savior-child was the eye of the
sun newly born every year at the winter solstice.
Concerning the relationship of the Egyptian religion to Christianity,
..at the last, when [Osiris‘s] cult disappeared before the religion of the
Man Christ, the Egyptians who embraced Christianity found that the
moral system of the old cult and that of the new religion were so
similar, and the promises of resurrection and immortality in each so
much alike, that they transferred their allegiance from Osiris to
Jesus of Nazareth without difficulty. Moreover, Isis and the child
Horus were straightway identified with Mary the Virgin and her Son,
and in the apocryphal literature of the first few centuries which
followed the evangelization of Egypt, several of the legends about Isis
and her sorrowful wanderings were made to centre round the Mother
of Christ. Certain of the attributes of the sister goddesses of Isis were
also ascribed to her, and, like the goddess Neith of Sais, she was
declared to possess perpetual virginity. Certain of the Egyptian
Christian Fathers gave to the Virgin the title ―Theotokos,‖ or ―Mother
of God,‖ forgetting, apparently, that it was an exact translation of
neter mut, a very old and common title of Isis.
As Murdock shows in her books Suns of God and Christ in Egypt, the
mythical virgin-mother motif has been common, possesses an
astrotheological meaning, and was part of the ancient mysteries.
His birth was accompanied by a star in the east, and upon his birth he was adored by three kings.
The very idea that when a person is born a star appears, along with three magi or kings following it to meet the newborn savior, obviously and logically represents a metaphysical fantasy/mythological event.
Therefore, again, the symbolic relationships are of the greatest
interest to us, and here the important questions thus become: Were Jesus and Horus both associated with a birth star and three ―kings or magi? Is there a relationship between the birth star and the three kings? The answer to these questions is a definitive yes, based on
scholarship concerning the Horus/Osiris/Ra myths, which we need to recall are often interchangeable.
The theme of the newborn savior being signaled by a star and approached by three ―kings‖ or dignitaries has multiple mythological meanings, the prominent astrotheological one of which is
summarized by Barbara G. Walker:
Osiris‘s coming was announced by Three Wise Men: the three stars Mintaka, Anilam,
and Alnitak in the belt of Orion, which point directly to Osiris‘s star in the east, Sirius
(Sothis), significator of his birth.
The sign of the cross, represented in its simplest form by a crossing of two lines at right angles, greatly antedates, in both the East and the West, the introduction of Christianity. It goes back to a very remote period of human civilization…….It is also…a symbol of the sun…and seems to denote its daily rotation…. Cruciform objects have been found in Assyria. Shari people in Egypt wearing crucifixes around
their necks. The statutes of Kings Asurnazirpal and Sansirauman, now in the British Museum, have cruciform jewels about the neck…. Cruciform earrings were found by Father Delattre in Punic tombs at Carthage.
Another symbol which has been connected with the cross is the ansated cross (ankh or crux ansata) of the ancient Egyptians…. From the earliest times also it appears among the hieroglyphic signs symbolic of life or of the living… perhaps it was originally, like the swastika, an astronomical sign. The ansated cross is found on many and various monuments of Egypt…. In later times the Egyptian Christians (Copts), attracted by its
form, and perhaps by its symbolism, adopted it as the emblem of the cross…
Krishna, of India, born of the virgin Devaki with a “star in the east”
signaling his coming. He performed miracles with his disciples, and upon his death was resurrected.
The sun is a prominent deity in the religions of India as elsewhere, dating back centuries to millennia. Hindu literature from ancient times is full of reverence for the solar deity, the supreme light that inhabits the visible disk. In the Gāyatrī Mantra, a Vedic scripture, the sun
is revealed as the Supreme Godhead:
Let us adore the supremacy of that divine Sun, the Godhead, who illuminates all, who recreates all, from whom all proceed, to whom all must return: whom we invoke to direct our understanding aright in our progress toward his holy seat.
Demonstrating its importance—and that of the sun to Indian religion—this ―mantra of the sun‖ is claimed to be ―superior to all the mantras referred to in the Vedas.‖137 Indeed, the Gāyatrī is
―considered as the ‗Mother of the Vedas.
Now, of the many astrological-astronomical metaphors in the Bible, one of the most important has to do with the ages. Throughout the scriptures there are numerous references to the “Age.” In order to understand this, we need to be familiar with the phenomenon known as the precession of the equinoxes.
The ancient Egyptians along with cultures long before them recognized that approximately every 2,150 years the sunrise on the morning of the spring equinox would occur at a different sign of the Zodiac.
First of all, it should be understood that the figure of 2,150 years is not an exact date for the precession of the equinoxes, which is around 25,800 years long, rounded up to 26,000.
Secondly, although in the second century the Greek astronomer Hipparchus of Nicea became the first to formalize the precession in writing, around 130 BCE, this knowledge seems to date back several centuries to millennia before that time. As Murdock elaborates:
Another important factor in ancient astrotheology is the precession of the equinoxes, a phenomenon caused by the earth‘s off-axis tilt, whereby the sun at the vernal equinox (spring) is back-dropped by a different constellation every 2,150 or so years, a period called an ―age.‖ One cycle of the precession through the 12 signs of the zodiacal ages is
called a ―Great Year,‖ and is approximately 26,000 years long.
According to orthodox history, the precession was only ―discovered‖ in the second century BCE by the Greek astronomer Hipparchus; however, it is clear from ancient texts, traditions, artifacts and monuments that more ancient peoples knew about it and attempted to compensate for
it from age to age.
In Hamlet’s Mill, Santillana and Dechend demonstrate knowledge of the precession at much earlier times, stating: ―There is good reason to assume that he [Hipparchus] actually rediscovered this, that it had been known some thousand years previously, and that on it the Archaic Age based its long-range computation of time
Astronomer Dr. Krupp agrees:
Circumstantial evidence implies that the awareness of the shifting equinoxes may be of considerable antiquity, for we find, in Egypt at least, a succession of cults whose iconography and interest focus on duality, the bull, and the ram at appropriate periods for Gemini, Taurus, and Aries in the precessional cycle of the equinoxes.
This scenario is described further thus:
Each year the sun passes entirely around the zodiac and returns to the point from which it started—the vernal equinox—and each year it falls just a little short of making the complete circle of the heavens in the allotted period of time. As a result, it crosses the equator just a little behind the spot in the zodiacal sign where it crossed the previous year. Each sign of the zodiac consists of thirty degrees, and as the sun loses
about one degree every seventy two years, it regresses through one entire constellation (or sign) in approximately 2,160 years, and through the entire zodiac in about 25,920 years. (Authorities disagree concerning these figures.) This retrograde motion is called the precession of the equinoxes. This means that in the course of about 25,920 years,
which constitute one Great Solar or Platonic Year, each one of the twelve constellations occupies a position at the vernal equinox for nearly 2,160 years, then gives place to the previous sign.
Among the ancients the sun was always symbolized by the figure and nature of the constellation through which it passed at the vernal equinox. For nearly the past 2,000 years the sun has crossed the equator at the vernal equinox in the constellation of Pisces (the Two Fishes). For the 2,160 years before that it crossed through the constellation of Aries (the Ram). Prior to that the vernal equinox was in the sign of Taurus (the Bull). It is probable that the form of the bull and the bull‘s proclivities were assigned to this constellation because the bull was used by the ancients to plow the fields, and the season set aside for plowing and furrowing corresponded to the time at which the sun reached the segment of the heavens named Taurus.
Please see A.L. Berger‘s Obliquity and precession for the last 5 million years,277 and Nicholas Campion‘s The Great Year for more on the precession phenomenon.
This has to do with a slow angular wobble that the Earth maintains as it rotates on its axis. It is called a precession because the constellations go backwards, rather than through the normal yearly cycle. The amount of time that it takes for the precession to go through all 12 signs is roughly 25,765 years. This is also called the “Great Year,” and ”ancient societies were very aware” of this. They referred to each 2150 year period as an “age.”
In discussing this theme as it concerns Christianity, it is important to recall the highly astrological contents of the Bible, not only as metaphor but also as explicitly signified in the stories themselves. For example, Job 38:31-33 (NKJV) says: Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades, Or loose the belt of Orion? Can you bring out Mazzaroth in its season? Or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs? Do you know the ordinances of the heavens? Can you set their dominion over the earth?…
According to Strong‘s Concordance (H4216), the Hebrew word הזרמor ―Mazzaroth‖ means ―the 12 signs of the Zodiac and their 36 associated constellations. Furthermore, there are many references to an ―age in the Bible as well, such as the following examples (NASB):
―I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (Mt 28:20)
―…it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.‖ (Mt 12:32)
―…the harvest is the end of the age… (Mt 13:39)
―…what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?‖ (Mt 24:3)
―…in the age to come, eternal life. (Lk 18:30)
―Where is the debater of this age? (1 Cr 1:20)
―…he is wise in this age… (1 Cr 3:18)
―…upon whom the ends of the ages have come. (1 Cr 10:11)
―…not only in this age but also in the one to come. (Eph 1:21)
―…the powers of the age to come… (Hbr 6:5)
―…he has appeared once for all at the end of the age to put away sin by the sacrifice of
himself. (Hbr 9:26) (RSV)
The Greek word in question is αἰών or ―aion‖/‖aeon,‖ which Strong‘s (G165) defines as:
1) for ever, an unbroken age, perpetuity of time, eternity
2) the worlds, universe
3) period of time, age
From 4300 B.C. to 2150 B.C., it was the Age of Taurus, the Bull. From
2150 B.C. to 1 A.D., it was the Age of Aries, the Ram, and from 1 A.D. to 2150 A.D. it is the Age of Pisces, the age we are still in to this day, and in and around 2150, we will enter the new age: the Age of Aquarius.
Now, the Bible reflects, broadly speaking, a symbolic movement through
three ages, while foreshadowing a fourth. In the Old Testament when Moses comes down Mount Sinai with the 10 Commandments, he is very upset to see his people worshipping a golden bull calf. In fact, he shattered the stone tablets and instructed his people to kill each other in order to purify themselves. Most biblical scholars would attribute this anger to the fact that the Israelites were worshipping a false idol, or something to that effect…
The reality is’—the golden bull is Taurus the Bull, and Moses represents the new Age of Aries the Ram. This is why Jews even today still blow the Ram’s horn. (Jos 6:4) Moses represents the new Age of Aries, and upon the new age, everyone must shed the old age. Other deities mark these transitions as well, such as Mithra, a pre-Christian god who kills the bull, in the same symbology.
The stories of the golden bull calf (Exd 32:34) and the instruction to his people to kill each other in order to purify themselves (Exd 32:27) are found in the biblical Book of Exodus. With regard to the Bull/Calf symbolism as it relates to the Age of Taurus, along with the transition
into the Age of Aries, the Ram, Carpenter explains:
…the Precession of the Equinoxes caused the Sun, at its moment of triumph over the powers of darkness, to stand at one period in the constellation of the Bull, and at a period some two thousand years later in the constellation of the Ram. It was perfectly natural therefore that a change in the sacred symbols should, in the course of time, take place; yet perfectly natural also that these symbols, having once been consecrated and adopted, should continue to be honored and clung to long after the time of their astronomical appropriateness had passed, and so to be found side by side in later centuries….
Now Jesus is the figure who ushers in the age following Aries, the Age of
Pisces or the Two Fish. Fish symbolism is very abundant in the New
Testament. Jesus feeds 5,000 people with bread and “two fish.” When he begins his ministry walking along Galilee, he befriends two fisherman, who follow him. The motifs of Jesus miraculously feeding the crowd with two fish (Mt 14:17; Jn 6:9) and the two fishermen (Mt 4:19) can be found in the New Testament. The gospel of John is loaded with
fishy imagery, including Jesus essentially establishing the fish as the symbol of the Christian age, when he emphasizes it in the last chapter, after his Resurrection:
Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any fish?” They answered him, “No.” (Jn 21:5)
The Greek word for fish is ΙΧΘΥΣ, which has been held since ancient times as a symbol of Jesus Christ, thus further reinforcing the apparent astrological symbolism of Christianity, since we have been astrologically in the Age of Pisces during the ―Christian era.‖ The fish symbol is therefore found all over the place in Christian tradition: As another example, early Christians were called ―Pisciculi‖ or ―little fishes.
As the Catholic Encyclopedia states: ―Among the symbols employed by the primitive Christians, that of the fish ranks probably first in importance.‖285 In this regard, French historian and archaeologist Dr. Adolphe Napoléon Didron says:
The fish, in the opinion of antiquarians in general, is the symbol of Jesus Christ… A fish is sculptured upon a number of Christian monuments, and more particularly upon the ancient sarcophagi… It is seen also upon medals bearing the name of our Saviour, and upon engraved stones, cameos and intaglios, The fish is also to be remarked upon
the amulets worn, suspended from the neck by children, and upon ancient glasses and sepulchral lamps….
…Tertullian adds, ―We are little fishes in Christ our great fish.
I think we’ve all seen the Jesus-fish on the backs of people’s cars.
Little do they know what it actually means. It is a Pagan astrological
symbolism for the Sun’s Kingdom during the Age of Pisces. Also, Jesus’
assumed birth date is essentially the start of this age.
Concerning Jesus‘s connection to the astrological Age of Pisces, Carpenter comments:
Finally it has been pointed out…that in the quite early years of Christianity the Fish came in as an accepted symbol of Jesus Christ. Considering that after the domination of Taurus and Aries, the Fish (Pisces) comes next in succession as the Zodiacal sign for
the Vernal Equinox, and is now the constellation in which the Sun stands at that period, it seems not impossible that the astronomical change has been the cause of the adoption of this new symbol.
Indeed, it is likewise important to point out that the LAMB too was associated with Jesus early on. This fact represents a residual reference to the Age of Aries, while the Fish is the Age of Pisces, the next age in the precession of the equinoxes. Coupled with the astrological
symbolism in other parts of the Bible, it would be logical to conclude that we are seeing more of the same here. Concerning this development, Murdock remarks:
As Moses was created to usher in the Age of Aries, so was Jesus to serve as the Avatar of the Age of Pisces, which is evident from the abundant fish imagery used throughout the gospel tale. This zodiacal connection has been so suppressed that people with the fish symbol on the back of their cars have no idea what it stands for, although they are fallaciously told it represents ―ICHTHYS,‖ as anagram for ―Jesus Christ, Son of God,
Savior,‖ ichthys also being the Greek word for fish.
At Luke 22:10 when Jesus is asked by his disciples where the last Passover will be, Jesus replied: “Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you bearing a pitcher of water… follow him into the house where he entereth in.” This scripture is by far one of the most revealing of all the astrological references. The man bearing a pitcher of water is Aquarius, the water-bearer, who is always pictured as a man pouring out a pitcher of water.
He represents the age after Pisces, and when the Sun, “God’s Sun,” leaves the Age of Pisces, “Jesus,” it will go into the House of Aquarius, as Aquarius follows Pisces in the precession of the equinoxes. All Jesus is saying is that after the Age of Pisces will come the Age of Aquarius.
Aquarius is Latin for ―water-bearer/carrier.‖ Its significance is summarized by Maxwell:
According to astrology, sometime after the year 2010, the Sun will enter His new Sign, or His new Kingdom, as it was called by the ancients. This new coming Sign/Kingdom, soon to be upon us, will be, according to the Zodiac, the House or Sign of Aquarius. So when we read in Luke 22:10, we now understand why God‘s Sun states that He and His followers, at the last Passover, are to go into ―the house of the man with the water
pitcher.‖ So we see that in the coming millennium, God‘s Sun will bring us into His new Kingdom or House of Aquarius (the man with the water pitcher).
Murdock likewise suggests that this periscope refers to the Aquarian Age:
…Jesus [evidently] makes mention of the precession of the equinoxes of the change of the ages when he says to the disciples, who are asking about how to prepare for the―Passover‖: ―Behold, when you have entered the city, a man a carrying a pitcher of water will meet you; follow him into the house which he enters…‖ (Lk 22:10) This famous yet enigmatic passage [ostensibly] refers to the ―house‖ or Age of Aquarius, theWater-Bearer, and Jesus is instructing his disciples to pass over into it.
Combined with all the evidence we have seen regarding the astrology of the Bible and Christian tradition, along with the astrotheology of much Pagan religion and mythology that Judaism and Christianity are based on, these conclusions are logical and more scientific than believing
fabulous biblical tales as either ―historical‖ or ―just made up.
In other words, the most scientific conclusion is not that various supernatural motifs found in the New Testament tale are either ―factual or simply fabricated on the spot by zealous followers of an otherwise ―historical Jesus: In reality, they are mythical, as found in the myths of predecessor gods and goddesses, and possess astrotheological meaning as they did in those myths.
Now, we have all heard about the end times and the end of the world. The cartoonish depictions in the Book of Revelation aside, a main source of this idea comes from Matthew 28:20, where Jesus says “I will be with you even to the end of the world.” However, in the King James Version, “world” is a mistranslation, among many mistranslations. The actual word being used is “aeon”, which means “age.” “I will be with you even to the end of the age.”
Which is true, as Jesus’ Solar Piscean personification will end when the Sun enters the Age of Aquarius. The entire concept of end times and the end of the world is a misinterpreted astrological allegory. Let’s tell that to the approximately 100 million people in America who believe the end of the world is coming.
As we have seen, Matthew 28:20 states: ―I will be with you even to the end of the age.‖ The Greek word ―aion‖ or ―aeon‖ means ―age.‖ If God meant to say ―end of the world,‖ He would have used the Greek word ―kosmos.‖ As it had been in previous editions such as the Bishop‘s
Bible (1568), the word was mistranslated as ―world‖ in the King James Bible but has been corrected to ―age in the New King James Version as well as several other more modern English translations.
Jerome‘s Latin Vulgate translation uses the word saeculum, which likewise means age, among other meanings. The Latin word for world is mundus.
Concerning this development, Massey remarks: In the course of Precession, about 255 B.C., the vernal birthplace passed into the sign
of the Fishes, and the Messiah who had been represented for 2155 years by the Ram or Lamb, and previously for other 2155 years by the Apis Bull, was now imaged as the Fish, or the ―Fish-man,‖ called Ichthys in Greek.
The original Fish-man—the An of
Egypt, and the Oan of Chaldea—probably dates from the previous cycle of precession, or 26,000 years earlier; and about 255 B.C., the Messiah, as the Fish-man, was to come up once more as the Manifestor from the celestial waters. The coming Messiah is called Dag, the Fish, in the Talmud; and the Jews at one time connected his coming with
some conjunction, or occurrence, in the sign of the Fishes! This shows the Jews were not only in possession of the astronomical allegory, but also of the tradition by which it could be interpreted.
Furthermore, the character of Jesus, being a literary and astrological
hybrid, is most explicitly a plagiarization of the Egyptian sun god Horus. For example, inscribed about 3,500 years ago, on the walls at the Temple of Luxor in Egypt are images of the enunciation, the miracle conception, the birth, and the adoration of Horus. The images begin with Thoth announcing to the virgin Isis that she will conceive Horus, then Kneph the holy ghost impregnating the virgin, and then the virgin birth and the adoration.
Regarding the birth scene of Amenhotep III at Luxor, Egyptologist Dr. Sharpe states:
In this picture we have the Annunciation, the Conception, the Birth, and the Adoration, as described in the First and Second Chapters of Luke‘s Gospel; and as we have historical assurance that the chapters in Matthew‘s Gospel which contain the Miraculous Birth of Jesus are an after addition not in the earliest manuscripts, it seems probable that these two poetical chapters in Luke may also be unhistorical, and be
borrowed from the Egyptian accounts of the miraculous birth of their kings.
The Luxor nativity scene represents the birth sequence of an obviously very important god-king, as it was depicted in one of the most famous Egyptian sites that endured for some 2,000 years. Egypt, it should be kept in mind, was a mere stone‘s throw from the Israelite homeland, with a well-trodden ―Horus road,‖ called in the ancient texts the
―Ways of Horus‖ or ―Way of Horus,‖ linking the two nations and possessing numerous Egyptian artifacts, including a massive, long-lived fort and Horus temple at the site of Tharu, for instance. Moreover, at the time when Christianity was formulated, there were an estimated 1 million Jews, Hebrews, Samaritans and other Israelitish people in
Egypt, making up approximately one-half of the important and influential city of Alexandria. The question is, with all the evident influence from the Egyptian religion upon Christianity that we have seen so far—and will continue to see abundantly—were the creators of the Christian myth aware of this highly significant birth scene from this
significant temple site in Egypt? If not, these scenes were widespread enough right up to and into the common era—could the creators of Christianity really have beenoblivious to these images and the stories of royal divine births they depict?
This is exactly the story of Jesus’ miracle conception. In fact, the literary
similarities between the Egyptian religion and the Christian religion are
staggering. And the plagiarism is continuous.
Noah is but one tale in a worldwide collection of at least 500 flood myths, which are the most widespread of all ancient myths and therefore can be considered among the oldest. Stories of a great deluge are found on every inhabited continent and among a great many different language and culture groups.
However, one need look no further for a pre-Christian source than the Epic of Gilgamesh, written in 2600 B.C. This story talks of a Great Flood
commanded by God, an Ark with saved animals upon it, and even the release and return of a dove, all held in common with the biblical story, among many other similarities.
Regarding the Epic of Gilgamesh, British archaeologist Dr. R. Campbell Thompson states:
The Epic of Gilgamish, written in cuneiform on Assyrian and Babylonian clay tablets, is one of the most interesting poems in the world. It is of great antiquity, and, inasmuch as a fragment of a Sumerian Deluge text is extant, it would appear to have had its origin with the Sumerians at a remote period, perhaps the fourth millennium, or even earlier. Three tablets of it exist written in Semitic (Akkadian), which cannot be much
later than 2,000 B.C…
Justin Martyr, one of the first Christian historians and defenders, wrote:
“When we say that he, Jesus Christ, our teacher, was produced without sexual union, was crucified and died, and rose again, and ascended into Heaven, we propound nothing different from what you believe regarding those who you esteem Sons of Jupiter.”
In a different writing, Justin Martyr said “He was born of a virgin, accept this in common with what you believe of Perseus.”
It’s obvious that Justin and other early Christians knew how similar
Christianity was to the Pagan religions. However, Justin had a solution. As far as he was concerned, the Devil did it. ”The Devil had the foresight to come before Christ, and create his characteristics in the Pagan world”.
This passage from Justin Martyr is important to us, because it shows that the idea of Christianity being borrowed from earlier religions is not modern. Its similarities were talked about essentially since the beginning of the Christian era, which truly took place in the second
Elsewhere in his First Apology, Justin further defends the Christian religion by explaining how similar it was to Pagan religions, including in its miracles: And in that we say that He made whole the lame, the paralytic, and those born blind, we seem to say what is very similar to the deeds said to have been done by Aesculapius. ..
The Bible is nothing more than an astrotheological literary fold hybrid,
just like nearly all religious myths before it. The term ―astrotheology‖ goes back a couple centuries and can be generally defined as a
theology, or religion, that is symbolically derived from natural phenomena, specifically the characteristics and movements of the celestial bodies and their relationship to the earth and, consequently, to the human beings who live upon it. Ancient Greek gods were classic examples of Deity defined by processes of nature, such a Poseidon, the god of the sea, or Zeus, the sky god. Various Egyptian gods and goddesses were also highly astrotheological, as were those of
Babylon, Sumeria and India.
In fact, it is rather obvious that the tendency to believe as ―historical supernatural phenomena attributed to a god figure in various myths comes from the ‘lack of knowledge’ about astrotheology and nature worship.
This supernatural and ―historical‖ explanation for natural and astronomical mythological motifs is little different than how numerous diseases were first attributed to demons before the scientific age. In fact, the term ―Act of God is still used today on insurance forms to describe earthquakes and the like.
As we have seen, this tradition of nature worship and astrotheology—the anthropomorphizing of natural and celestial phenomena—extends very far back in time, many thousands of years ago, in many parts of the world.
More specific to the origin of Christianity itself, Dead Sea scroll scholar John M. Allegro had the following to say about the Gnostic Christians, which some claim are the earliest of the Christian sects:
”Thus for the Gnostic, as for religionists all over the world, the heavenly bodies were imbued with divinity and honoured as angelic bodies”.
Furthermore, is there any non-biblical historical evidence of any person,
living with the name Jesus, the Son of Mary, who traveled about with 12
followers, healing people and the like? There are numerous historians who lived in and around the Mediterranean either during or soon after the assumed life of Jesus. How many of these historians document this figure? Not one.
As difficult as it is for some to believe, after nearly two millennia of searching there remains no valid, scientific evidence that the New Testament figure of Jesus Christ ever walked the earth.
As Murdock says:
We have no primary sources proving that Jesus Christ actually existed, no legal documents, no ―glyphs,‖ no papyri, no statuary, coins—nothing. All we have to go on is hearsay, the bulk of which is secondary, tertiary and so on. …Only ‘two gospels’ are accepted as having come from alleged eyewitnesses, and these constitute but a few
dozen pages with little biographical or historical material yet full of miracles, impossibilities and improbabilities. All the rest of Christian literature represents sources that are secondary and tertiary, etc.
Also, it is worth pointing out a basic logic that coincides with this revelation: How many prior deity/saviors—of which the history of this subject is full—have proved to exist in third- dimensional form?
How many people today think that Horus or Osiris existed? That Zeus or
Apollo truly lived? How many today believe Mithra or Attis were real figures in history?
In this regard, concerning the theory of euhemerism or evemerism—which posits that various gods, godmen, kings, queens, heroes and legends of ancient times were in fact real people, to whose mundane biographers were added a series of supernatural and mythical motifs—French writer Dujardin remarks:
This doctrine is nowadays discredited except in the case of Jesus. No scholar believes that Osiris or Jupiter or Dionysus was an historical person promoted to the rank of god, but exception is made only in favour of Jesus… It is impossible to rest the colossal work of Christianity if he was a man.
Furthermore, if any ―Jesus‖ had actually existed as a human, it becomes very clear that the Jesus of the canonical gospels could not possibly have been him, because there is no evidence for any of the acts performed in the biblical Christ‘s life, and the evidence that does exist suggests him to be another mythical fabrication as had been made by numerous priesthoods for thousands of years previously.
As John E. Remsburg makes clear:
That a man named Jesus, an obscure religious teacher, the basis of the fabulous Christ, lived in Palestine about nineteen hundred years ago, may be true. But of this man we know nothing. His biography has not been written.
In other words, when the mythological layers are peeled, there is no core to the onion. And, a composite of 20 people, real or mythical, is no one.
However, to be fair, that doesn’t mean defenders of the historical Jesus
haven’t claimed the contrary. Four historians are typically referenced to
justify Jesus’s existence: Pliny the younger, Suetonius, Tacitus are the first three. Each one of their entries consists of only a few sentences at best and only refer to “Christus” or the Christ, which in fact is not name but a title. It means the “Anointed one.” The fourth source is Josephus, and this source has been proven to be a forgery for hundreds of years.
Sadly, it is still cited as truth.
Before this subject is addressed, it is often argued that possibly the reason the biblically defined Jesus is not discussed outside of the gospels is because he was largely ―unknown.‖
However, this argument is contradicted by a wealth of evidence in the Bible itself. As Murdock comments in Who Was Jesus? regarding the silence of contemporary historians:
…This silence is singularly astounding, in consideration of the repeated assertions in the gospels that Christ was famed far and wide, drawing great crowds because of his miraculous healings, causing a fracas with the local and imperial authorities, and, upon his death, creating astonishing and awesome miracles and wonders the world had
never seen before, including not only an earthquake and the darkening of the sun and moon, but also dead people rising from their graves and visiting people in town….
These ―great crowds‖ and ―multitudes,‖ along with Jesus‘s fame, are repeatedly referred
to in the gospels, including at the following:
Mt 4:23-25, 5:1, 8:1, 8:18, 9:8, 9:31, 9:33,
9:36, 11:7, 12:15, 13:2, 14:1, 14:13, 14:22, 15:30, 19:2, 21:9, 26:55; Mk 1:28, 10:1; Lk
4:14, 4:37, 5:15, 14:25, etc.335
In this regard, Jim Walker says: If, indeed, the Gospels portray a historical look at the life of Jesus, then the one feature
that stands out prominently within the stories shows that people claimed to know Jesus far and wide, not only by a great multitude of followers but by the great priests, the Roman governor Pilate, and Herod who claims that he had heard ―of the fame of Jesus.‖ (Matt 14:1)
One need only read Matt: 4:25 where it claims that ―there followed
him [Jesus] great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judea, and from beyond Jordan.The gospels mention, countless times, the great multitude that followed Jesus and crowds of people who congregated to hear him. So crowded had some of these gatherings grown, that Luke 12:1 alleges that
an ―innumerable multitude of people… trod one upon another.‖ Luke 5:15 says that there grew ―a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear…‖ The persecution of Jesus in Jerusalem drew so much attention that all the chief priests and scribes, including the high priest Caiaphas, not only knew about him but helped in his alleged crucifixion. (see Matt 21:15-23, 26:3, Luke 19:47, 23:13). The multitude of people thought of Jesus, not only as a teacher and a miracle healer, but a prophet (see Matt:14:5). So, to say Jesus wasn‘t well known is obviously contradictory to the Gospel claims.
As concerns the purported evidence of this widely famed, miraculous advent, the most disputed and defended of the four historians listed above are Josephus and Tacitus, so it is to them that we will turn in our analysis here. (For more information about the others, as well as
Thallus, Phlegon and Mara Bar-Serapion, see Murdock‘s Who Was Jesus?)
Flavius Josephus: Concerning the famed passage in the works of Jewish historian Josephus,
who wrote around 100 AD/CE, in ―The Jesus Forgery: Josephus Untangled,‖ Murdock writes:
Despite the best wishes of sincere believers and the erroneous claims of truculent apologists, the Testimonium Flavianum has been demonstrated continually over the centuries to be a forgery, likely interpolated by Catholic Church historian Eusebius in the fourth century. So thorough and universal has been this debunking that very few
scholars of repute continued to cite the passage after the turn of the 19th century. Indeed, the TF was rarely mentioned, except to note that it was a forgery, and numerous books by a variety of authorities over a period of 200 or so years basically took it for granted that the Testimonium Flavianum in its entirety was spurious, an
interpolation and a forgery. In this regard, Dr. Gordon Stein relates:
…the vast majority of scholars since the early 1800s have said that this quotation is not by Josephus, but rather is a later Christian insertion in his works. In other words, it is a forgery, rejected by scholars.
Earl Doherty says, in ―Josephus Unbound‖:
Now, it is a curious fact that older generations of scholars had no trouble dismissing this entire passage as a Christian construction. Charles Guignebert, for example, in his Jesus…, calls it ―a pure Christian forgery.‖ Before him, Lardner, Harnack and Schurer, along with others, declared it entirely spurious.
Today, most serious scholars have decided the passage is a mix: original parts rubbing shoulders with later Christian additions.
The second Josephan passage, regarding James (Antiquities, 20.9), reads:
Festus was now dead, and Albinus was but upon the road; so he assembled the sanhedrin of judges, and brought before them the brother of Jesus, who was called Christ, whose name was James, and some others; and when he had formed an accusation against them as breakers of the law, he delivered them to be stoned.Critics contend that the phrase ―who was called Christ‖ is an obvious and awkward
Again, for more on the Testimonium Flavianum and James passage, see Murdock‘s ―The Jesus Forgery: Josephus Untangled,‖ Suns of God and Who Was Jesus?
Regarding the Josephan evidence, Jewish writer ben Yehoshua asserts:
Neither of these passages is found in the original version of the Jewish Antiquities which was preserved by the Jews. The first passage (XVII, 3, 3) was quoted by Eusebius writing in c. 320 C.E., so we can conclude that it was added in some time between the time Christians got hold of the Jewish Antiquities and c. 320 C.E. It is not known when the other passage (XX, 9, 1) was added…
Neither passage is based on any reliable sources. It is fraudulent to claim that these passages were written by Josephus and that they provide evidence for Jesus. They were written by Christian redactors and were based purely on Christian belief.
You would think that a guy who rose from the dead and ascended into
Heaven for all eyes to see and performed the wealth of miracles acclaimed to him would have made it into the historical record. He didn’t, because once the evidence is weighed, there are very high odds that the figure known as Jesus, did not even exist.
As stated by The Universal Jewish Encyclopedia (VI, 83):
The only definite account of his life and teachings is contained in the four Gospels of the New Testament, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. All other historical records of the time are silent about him.
The brief mentions of Jesus in the writings of Josephus, Tacitus and Suetonius have been generally regarded as not genuine and as Christian
interpolations; in Jewish writings there is no report about Jesus that has historical value. Some scholars have even gone so far as to hold that the entire Jesus story is a myth…
“…the Christian religion is a parody on the worship of the sun, in which
they put a man whom they call Christ, in place of the sun, and pay him the same adoration which was originally paid to the sun…”
This quote is from famous Anglo-American philosopher and revolutionary statesman Thomas Paine‘s ―Origin of Freemasonry..
The reality is, Jesus was the solar deity of the Gnostic Christian sect, and
like all other Pagan gods, he was a mythical figure.
The mythical nature of Christ is concluded from a lack of evidence for his existence and the preponderance of his alleged characteristics and deeds clearly being part of Pagan mythology, and has been demonstrated throughout this Sourcebook.
In this regard, in Man Made God, Barbara Walker says:
During the past century or so, scholars have shown that all these ―known‖ details of Jesus‘s life story are mythic: That is, they were told for many centuries before his time about many previous savior-gods and legendary heroes in pre-Christian lore. Not a single detail of Jesus‘s life story can be considered authentic. Some investigators have tried to peel away the layers of myth in search of a historical core, but this task is like
peeling the layers of an onion. It seems that there is no core. The layers of myth go all the way to the center.
It was the political establishment that sought to historicize the Jesus
figure for social control.
In 325 A.D. in Rome, Emperor Constantine convened the Council of Nicea. It was during this meeting that the politically motivated Christian doctrines were established and thus began a long history of religious bloodshed and spiritual fraud. And for over the next 1,000 years, the Vatican maintained a political stranglehold on all of Europe, leading to such joyous periods as the Dark Ages, along with enlightening events such as the Crusades, and the Inquisition.
The influence of the Roman authorities in the creation of Christianity is vast, including not only during centuries subsequent to the composition of the canonical gospels, but also within the New Testament texts themselves. As just a couple of examples, at Matthew 22:21, Jesus is made to say: ―Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s,‖ in response to a question about tribute money—a very convenient reply for the Empire. Moreover, in the Pauline
epistles, the writer continually exhorts slaves to obey their masters in everything—again, very convenient for the wealthy slave owners, whose possession are obviously under no threat from Christianity. Moreover, the author of the First Epistle of Peter (2:17) exhorts his followers to ―Honor the emperor.‖ (RSV)
In the words of John Allegro referring to the transition into what we know as Christianity today:
When, in the early fourth century, the so-called Great Church attained its goal, its internal enemies lay torn and bleeding, or scattered into the heretical wilderness. Their books were burned, their doctrines forsworn, and often intentionally perverted. Its mythology was misinterpreted and mocked, but a single figure was wrested from its rich store of imagery and made paramount, even historical. The Joshua/Jesus Cycle of
stories was pruned of some of the more improbable narratives, given an unrealistic pro Roman slant, and combined with genuine Essene moral teachings suited more to the sheltered life of a closely knit desert commune that the rough-and-tumble of secular living…
Again, for more information on who actually created Christianity, see the works of Acharya
Christianity, along with all other related theologies, is an historical fraud. These religions now serve to detach the species from the natural world and likewise each other. They support blind submission to authority. They reduce human responsibility to the effect that “God” controls everything, and in turn awful crimes can be justified in the name of a Divine Pursuit. And most critically, it empowers the political establishment, who have been using the myth to manipulate and control societies.
The religious myth is the most powerful device ever created, and serves as the psychological soil upon which other myths can flourish.
While the conclusion here can be considered an opinion, it doesn‘t take much reflection to see how the Abrahamic religions—Christianity, Islam and Judaism—and others have been used for political purposes since the very beginning.
There is a reason why we hear politicians use the
phrase ―God Bless America or the like in other countries even today—it is usually a ploy for manipulation. During the Iraq war of 2003, there were numerous statements about God made by George W. Bush and even the media.
We have also learned that the rifles used by American
troops had notations for biblical scriptures in their scopes. The ploy was, in part, the idea of a religious war, between Christians and Muslims, rallying both sides to the conflict in the name of competing ideologies.
Likewise, psychology has shown that, in certain cases, belief in a larger ―controlling power‖ can create numerous forms of neurosis, both limiting a sense of responsibility and promoting evangelism and prophetic delusions that breed fanaticism…
Thus, the Jesus character is not unique or original, not “divine revelation.” These redeemer tales are similar not because they reflect the actual exploits of a variety of men who did and said the identical things, but because they are representations of the same extremely ancient body of knowledge that revolved around the celestial bodies and natural forces. The result of this mythmaking has been The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold.
by Acharya S/D.M. Murdock
Member, American School of Classical Studies, Athens
Scholar of Archaeology, History, Mythology and Languages
Acharya S, whose real name is D.M. Murdock, was classically educated at some of the finest schools, receiving a degree in Classics, Greek Civilization, from Franklin & Marshall College, the 17th oldest college in the United States. At F&M, listed in the “highly selective” category in guides to top colleges and universities, Ms. Murdock studied under Dr. Robert Barnett, Dr. Joel Farber and Dr. Ann Steiner, among others.
Murdock is also a member of one of the world’s most exclusive institutes for the study of Ancient Greek Civilization, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece:
“Founded in 1881, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens is the most significant resource in Greece for American scholars in the fields of ancient and post-classical studies in Greek language, literature, history, archaeology, and art. It offers two major resource libraries: the Blegen, with 70,000 volumes dedicated to ancient Greece; and the Gennadius, with 100,000 volumes dedicated to post-classical Greece. The School also sponsors excavations and provides centers for advanced research in archaeological and related topics at its excavations in the Athenian Agora and Corinth, and houses an archaeological
laboratory at the main building complex in Athens. By agreement with the Greek government, the School is authorized to serve as liaison with the Greek Ministry of Culture on behalf of American students and scholars for the acquisition of permits to excavate and to study museum collections.”
Murdock’s professors at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens included:
ASCSA Director Dr. Steven G. Miller, Director, Nemea Excavations
Dr. Stella G. Miller-Collett, Associate Director, Nemea Excavations
Dr. John McK Camp, II, Director, Agora Excavations at Athens
Dr. Charles K. Williams, II, Director, Corinth Excavations
Dr. Nancy Bookidis, Assistant Director, Corinth Excavations
Dr. Frederick A. Cooper, Archaeologist and Architectural Historian, Bassae Excavations
Dr. Oscar T. Broneer, Director, Isthmia Excavations
Dr. Joseph W. Shaw, Director, Kommos Excavations
William B. Dinsmoor, Jr., Archaeologist and Architectural Historian
Murdock has served as a trench master on archaeological excavations in Corinth, Greece, and Connecticut, USA, as well as a teacher’s assistant on the island of Crete. Murdock has traveled extensively around Europe,and she speaks, reads and/or writes English, Greek, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese and a smattering of other languages to varying degrees. She has read Euripides, Plato and Homer in ancient Greek, and Cicero in Latin, as well as Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales in Middle English. She has also been compelled to cross-reference the Bible in the original Hebrew and ancient Greek.
Acharya S aka D.M. Murdock has gained expertise in several religions, as well as knowledge about other esoterica and mystical subjects. She is also the author of several books, including The Christ Conspiracy. Her book Suns of God: Krishna, Buddha and Christ Unveiled, is an expansion of the themes and thesis of The Christ Conspiracy. Acharya’s book Who Was Jesus: Fingerprints of The Christ represents a scientific analysis of the data regarding this alleged superhuman god who purportedly walked the earth. Murdock has also written Christ in Egypt: The Horus-Jesus Connection, which demonstrates the Egyptian and Horus parallels to Christianity and Christ to be real and factual. Articles by Murdock have been published in Exposure, Steamshovel Press, Paranoia, as well as other periodicals and ezines
Flavio Barbiero – is a retired admiral in the Italian Navy who last served with NATO. He is the author of several books, including The Bible Without Secrets and The Secret Society of Moses, and is an archaeological researcher in Israel. He lives in Italy. –
In the meantime the spread of Christianity throughout the empire proceeded at a steady pace. Wherever the representatives of Mithras arrived, there a Christian community immediately sprang up. By the end of the second century, there were already at least four bishop’s sees in Britannia, sixteen in Gaul, sixteen in Spain, and one in practically every big city in North Africa and the Middle East. In 261 Christianity was recognized as lawful religion by the mithraic Gallienus and was proclaimed the official religion of the empire by the mithraic Constantine at the beginning of the fourth century, although it was still in a minority in Roman society. It was then gradually enforced upon the population of the empire, with a series of measures that culminated at the end of the fourth century with the abolition of the pagan religions and the mass “conversion” of the Roman senate.
The final situation regarding the ruling class of the Western Empire was the following: the ancient nobility of pagan origin had virtually disappeared and the new great nobility, that identified itself with the senatorial class of the landowners, was made up by former members of the Sol Invictus Mitras. On the religious level, paganism had been eliminated and Christianity had become the religion of all the inhabitants of the Empire; it was controlled by ecclesiastical hierarchies, coming entirely from the senatorial class, endowed with immense landed properties and quasi-royal powers within their sees.
The priestly families had become the absolute master of that same Empire that had destroyed Israel and the Temple of Jerusalem. All its high offices, both civil and religious, and all its wealth were in their hands, and supreme power had been entrusted in perpetuity, by divine right, to the most illustrious of the priestly tribes, the “Gens Flavia” (starting from Constantine all Roman emperors bore the name of Flavius), in all likelihood descendants of Josephus Flavius.
Three centuries earlier, Josephus had written with pride: “My family is not obscure, on the contrary, it is of priestly descent: as in all peoples there is a different foundation of the nobility, so with us the excellence of the line is confirmed by its belonging to the priestly order” (Life 1.1). By the end of the fourth century his descendants had every right to apply those same words to the Roman Empire.
At that point the institution of the Sol Invictus Mithras was no more necessary to boost the fortunes of the priestly family and it was disposed of. It had been the instrument of the most successful conspiracy in History.
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