Christian Carnage

 Tina 2.7.16

Christians complain about the violence of Islam and the Quran, ignoring the brutality in Judaism and the Old Testament. And when Christian hostility is mentioned, it’s often attributed to a few “fake Christians.” But Christianity is beset with cruel warfare. Otherwise, why did Jesus say he came not to send peace on the earth but a sword (Matt. 10:34)? Just what does that sword do?

While Christians can be physically abusive (and certainly we see this throughout history), the sword of Christianity more often slashes at the heart. It cuts asunder the love of a father for his son, a sister for her brother, a grandmother for her grandchild (Matt. 10:36).

Christians cast aside their most sacred relationships, no longer providing emotional support and acceptance of their loved ones, in a bid to gain heaven from violent gods who (some Christians believe) plan to torture the Christians’ child, sibling, or grandchild. Rather than offering love that never fails (1 Cor.13:8), Christians oftentimes possess only conditional love that says, “Believe like I do, think like I do, talk like I do, act like I do–then we can be friends and get along. Otherwise I won’t even eat with you” (1 Cor. 5:11).

Yes, Christians fling away their own flesh and blood for three beings (Yahweh, Jesus, and Holy Spirit) they aren’t even sure exist–all so they themselves might possibly, if their gods turn out to be real, receive riches after they die. They throw their family under the bus in hopes of personal gain. Maybe they don’t expect seventy-two virgins, but the concept is the same.

That’s violence! And not just on the part of the gods but also on the part of the Christians who thrust the “sword” into their family members and slice off their familial bonds.

Yes, all of the Abrahamic religions are violent. They always have been. Even Christianity, as stated, has a history of bloodshed. But the emotional carnage of Christianity is no less harmful. And it continues to this day, even in the homes of esteemed Christians.

Tina Rae Collins

August 13, 2016

You Don’t Look Like Jesus

Evil in His Nature

You live in a three-bedroom house and use one of the bedrooms while the other two remain empty. You have another house in the country where you can go relax.

You drive one car while a second sits in your garage just in case you need it. Several big-screen televisions decorate your home. Your closet is full, and you own enough shoes for you and all your friends.

You buy organic food and bottled water and go out to eat at least once a week. You take a vacation once or twice a year. You spend a fortune on Christmas presents for your loved ones.

A couple of times a week you dress up and make your way to a million-dollar building with a steeple and praise the Jesus who told you that if you have two coats you should give one away, who told you it’s important to love your neighbor as yourself, who said that if you love Jesus you should deny yourself and be like him (Luke 3:11, Luke 10:27, Matt.16:24).

But you fight to keep the poor from having healthcare and food to eat (Matt. 5:42). If someone with an EBT card buys a steak, which you sometimes enjoy, you resent that he or she can also purchase one. You mock the poor for owning cell phones that you also possess. You proclaim boldly (quoting a man, not Jesus), “If a man will not work, neither should he eat!” (2 Thess. 3:10). All while you know nothing about the people who are receiving more government benefits than you happen to be receiving (yes, you like socialism when it benefits YOU; after all, you don’t want to pay for private schools and a bodyguard).

And you claim to follow the Jesus who told you to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and take care of the sick and the stranger (Matt. 25:35-36). Do you do what you believe he said? Do you really?

I’m not saying you should actually follow the words of Jesus and sell all you have and give the money to the poor (Matt. 19:21). Then you’d be poor and someone else would need to sell all to help you. But you could at least stop and think before you make your lame claims to superior morality and goodness as you look down your nose at those less fortunate than you.

I can hear your brain churning. I know what you’re thinking.

It’s not the government’s place to help the poor, you say. Individual Christians and churches are supposed to do that. Well, if individual Christians and churches did what they admit they should be doing, you can be sure the government wouldn’t have taken on the upkeep of the poor.

You’re also thinking that many defraud the system. A few might, yes. But I’d rather feed a few who could feed themselves than to know even one child might go hungry. And I think your Jesus would say the same thing to you.

Finally, you want me to know that Jesus didn’t actually tell YOU to sell everything. No, I guess not. So you go fix your supper; recline on your soft chair; watch Fox News; shake your head in disgust while you tell yourself the poor are just lazy and, anyway, the government shouldn’t be picking up the slack for you and your church; and thank Jesus for all the many blessings he gives to you because you truly love and follow him.

You don’t look like Jesus. You don’t talk like he did. You don’t walk like he did. And I think you know this to be true. At least be honest and admit it. Don’t add lying to all your other failures to follow your Lord.

Yes, I know: I’ve taken the words of Jesus all out of context, right? Or maybe I’m just one of those lazy people wanting free stuff. Perhaps I’m angry at God and striking out at his people. You’ll find some way to salve your conscience and go on feeling good about yourself while you condemn others. Oh look, Duck Dynasty is on.

Tina Rae Collins

JC Myth (5.19): Saviors, Christs, and Other Gods: “Think Think Think”

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Chapter Five: Saviors, Christs, and Other Gods: “Think Think Think”

I know some will read all that has been said here and contend that the older god-tales were changed after Jesus was born so they would sound the same. People go to great lengths, for instance, to prove that certain gods weren’t born on December 25. Well, neither was Jesus. I have no doubt that these stories, like the stories about Jesus, were modified over the years to make them even more amazing. I have diligently sought the best sources I could and tried to use only what seemed to be supported by the evidence (remember, the Christians burnt a lot of the proof) and, when I could, found original sources. I certainly can’t vouch for the truthfulness of all I have shared here (nor can I, or anyone, do so for the biblical record). But the point is that all the stories are alike, and Jesus was a Johnny-come-lately savior. Why would we dismiss all the older stories of gods we know existed prior to Jesus and latch onto this more recent one, when it sounds just like the others? Carl S. wrote:

“Depending on what major religion one belongs to, one believes: That Jesus, unaided, floated up from the Earth’s surface, into the sky, and was never seen again, or, that his mother likewise, did the same, or, that Mohammed also floated up, but this time on a horse, or that the prophet Ezekiel, likewise, floated up into the sky, but in a chariot.”[1]

(Or some might believe Jack went up into the sky via a beanstalk, where he found his “golden” happy ending.) Obviously, people believed fantastic stories about all the god-men. Otherwise, why were these men/gods worshiped or revered at all if the people worshiping them hadn’t heard and didn’t believe the imaginary stories told about them at the time they began to be worshiped, which was before Jesus was born?

Some may no doubt say that perhaps the Hebrews simply didn’t write their stories down first, or maybe they did but the copies were lost or destroyed and it simply appears that the other stories were written first. While we might consider this possibility regarding the Flood or the giving of law, we certainly can’t entertain that thought with regard to Jesus as a dying and rising savior—we know for a fact that he was not the first.

The questions I have are: How do we know which story to believe? Why pick one over the other? Why, especially, choose a newer story over an older one? Why not understand that all of these stories came from a common pool and are based on what the people saw and understood with regard to either the sky or the earth? Why not realize that the legends are meant to help people remember events or are the fabrications of ancient minds attempting to determine creation and causation in the world, and provide a way to alleviate grief over the loss of a loved one or fear of one’s own death?

Graves said there have been at least thirty-four men who have been claimed to be gods. These men exhibited the same characteristics in their stories, and Dameron presented these characteristics as follows:

“Each of these saviors was born at midwinter and their births have excited the jealousy of some kingly tyrant, and, though themselves of royal descent, were born in caves or mangers, forced to pass their infancy in obscurity and not unfrequently cause the “massacre of all the innocents” in the district in which they are born. They are all miracle-workers, and are generally connected with some snake story, in which is represented the evil power which is adverse to them. They generally perform about the same class of miracles, preach the highest morals of the age in which they appear, and are benevolent and act the part of great reformers, and oppose the abuses of the times. They feed multitudes, cast out devils, heal the sick; finally they succumb to the powers of evil that oppose them; die a violent death, very often by crucifixion, descend to the lower regions to rescue lost souls, reascend to heaven and thenceforth become judges of the dead, mediators and redeemers of men, who offer up vicarious sacrifices to God for the sins of the people.”[2]

According to Samuel Butler:

“Christianity is a copycat religion created by Emperor Constantine (for political purposes) based upon a myth (The Persian savior god Mithra, crucified 600 B.C. ?  400 B.C.?), which was based on other similar myths . . . There were 16 mythical crucifixions before Christ. The belief in the crucifixion of Gods was prevalent in various oriental or heathen countries long prior to the reported crucifixion of Christ.  Of the 16 crucifixions, most were born of a virgin and about half of them on December 25th.”[3]

Butler listed these crucifixions as follows: (1) Chrishna of India, 1200 B.C[4]; (2) Hindoo Sakia, 600 B.C.; (3) Thammuz of Syria, 1160 B.C.; (4) Wittoba of the Telingonesic, 552 B.C.; (5) Iao of Nepaul, 622 B.C.; (6) Hesus of the Celtic Druids, 834 B.C.; (7)  Quexalcote of Mexico, 587 B.C.; (8) Quirinus of Rome, 506 B.C.; (9) (Aeschylus) Prometheus, 547 B.C.; (10) Thulis Of Egypt, 1700 B.C.; (11) Indra of Tibet, 725 B.C.; (12) Alcestos of Euripides, 600 B.C.; (13) Atys of Phrygia, 1170 B.C.; (14) Crite of Chaldea, 1200 B.C.; (15) Bali of Orissa, 725 B.C.; and (16) Mithra of Persia, 600 B.C.[5]

Whether all these gods were crucified, I can’t say; but it’s unreasonable to recognize any such fables as mere myths and then declare a later, similar story to be the honest-to-goodness truth. As Allegro wrote: “The death and resurrection story of Jesus follows the traditional pattern of fertility mythology, as has long been recognized. The hero is miraculously born, dies violently, returns to the underworld, and is then reawakened to new life.”[6] I know Christians have written, and continue to write, books and articles to prove why their flawed and contradictory (not to mention scientifically impossible) stories are true; but surely if a god wrote a book for us, that divine book shouldn’t require mere men to bolster it by writing tons of books to explain why it’s the real McCoy even though it’s just like all the other stories. If there is a god, he/she/it wants us to use our reasoning skills and consider whether we are being duped.

Tina Rae Collins

My goal is to share my book The Judaeo-Christian Myth one article at a time. If you find these articles interesting or you don’t think I’ll reach my goal (always a possibility, I suppose), and/or you just can’t wait, you can purchase the book by clicking on the picture above or the title in this paragraph. Thanks for reading!

[1] Carl S., “Everyone Is Lacking In Faith.” [2] Dameron, 58-59. See also: Kersey Graves, The World’s Sixteen Crucified Saviors, “Address to the Clergy,” 1875, The Secular Web: A Drop of Reason in a Pool of Confusion, infidels.org, web, 9 Sept. 2014. [3] Butler, “How Christianity Was Invented: The Truth!” [4] Butler notes: “Some say he was hung upside down from a tree. Other sources say he died from an arrow shot into his foot. Does it matter? They are different versions of a myth, anyway.” [5] Butler, “How Christianity Was Invented: The Truth!” [6] Allegro, 154.

 

JC Myth (5.18): Saviors, Christs, and Other Gods: “Caves, Crosses, and Sacrificial Deaths”

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Chapter Five: Saviors, Christs, and Other Gods: “Caves, Crosses, and Sacrificial Deaths”

We saw earlier that the Old Testament patriarch Abraham was born in a cave. Eusebius wrote that Jesus was born in a cave and that Constantine erected a temple on the spot so Christians could worship there. Tertullian (200 CE) and Jerome (375 CE) stated the same and added that Adonis was believed by the pagans to have been born in the exact same cave. Chrishna, Bacchus, Apollo, Mithras, and Hermes were likewise born in caves. That element is, again, a part of the universal god mythos.[1] Not only are the events surrounding the births of gods similar, but the same is true of their deaths.

We know about the darkness and earthquakes that occurred when Jesus died, but these bizarre occurrences were recorded at the deaths of others as well. Prometheus was “with chains nailed to the rocks on Mount Caucasus, ‘with arms extended,’ as a saviour; and the tragedy of the crucifixion was acted in Athens 500 years before the Christian era.”[2] We read the following regarding this crucifixion:

“When Prometheus was crucified on Mount Caucasus, the whole frame of nature became convulsed. The earth did quake, thunder roared, lightning flashed, the wild winds rent the vexed air, the boisterous billows rose, and the dissolution of the universes seemed to be threatened.”[3]

Prometheus, according to Seneca and Hesiod, and in the words of J. P. Dameron, was

“nailed to an upright beam of timber, to which were affixed extended arms of wood, and this cross was situated near the Caspian Straits. At the final exit of this god . . . the earth shook, the rocks were rent, the graves were opened. . . the solemn scene closed, and the savior gave up the ghost.”[4]

Likewise, when Romulus, one of Rome’s founders, died, “the sun was darkened, and there was darkness over the face of the earth for the space of six hours.[5] Romulus was received into heaven via a fiery chariot, just as was Elijah (2 Kings 2:11).[6] (The story of Romulus even resembles the tale regarding the two disciples who ran into Jesus on the Road to Emmaus [Lk. 24:13-16]. Julius Proculus, under oath, stated that “as he was travelling on the road,” he saw Romulus “looking taller and comelier than ever, dressed in shining and flaming armour.” He asked Romulus why he had abandoned the “whole city to bereavement and endless sorrow.” Romulus responded that it “pleased the gods . . . that we, who came from them, should remain so long a time amongst men as we did; and, having built a city to be the greatest in the world for empire and glory, should again return to heaven.” Romulus told Proculus to tell the Romans farewell and that “by the exercise of temperance and fortitude, they shall attain the height of human power; we will be to you the propitious god Quirinus.” Plutarch wrote that the story “seemed credible to the Romans, upon the honesty and oath of the relater,” and that “indeed, too, there mingled with it a certain divine passion, some preternatural influence similar to possession by a divinity; nobody contradicted it, but, laying aside all . . . detractions, they prayed to Quirinus and saluted him as a god.”[7]) When Julius Caesar died, again, the sun was eclipsed and darkness prevailed “for the space of six hours.”[8] We read the same regarding Aesculapis and Hercules.[9]

If the idea of a cross had not pre-existed the crucifixion of Christ, he would not have told his followers to take up their “cross” and follow him, as they wouldn’t have understood the reference (Mt. 16:24). Church father Tertullian admitted this when, trying to justify his own beliefs, he wrote that the heathens consecrated the cross and from it derived the origin of their gods.[10] The Egyptian cross, the ankh, in fact, represented eternal life.[11] Marcus Minucius Felix, who was a Christian apologist sometime between 150 and 270 CE,[12] wrote of the Egyptians: “Your victorious trophies not only imitate the appearance of a simple cross, but also that of a man affixed to it.”[13]

Felix, in Octavius, expressed indignation that the cross was considered strictly Christian, claiming that the pagan “trophies not only represent a simple cross but a cross with a man upon it.”[14] Tertullian, writing to pagans, said: “The origin of your gods is derived from figures moulded on a cross. All those rows of images on your standards are the appendages of crosses; those hangings on your standards and banners are the robes of crosses.”[15] Tertullian further wrote: “There is not an image you erect but resembles a cross in part; so that we who worship an entire cross, if we do worship it, methinks have much the better on it of you who worship but half a cross.”[16] In an attempt to defend and make palatable their beliefs, early Christians depended upon the fact that the pagans already worshiped deities who were just like Jesus; today, with the same motivation, some Christians deny these facts, while others  declare that Yahweh wrote the tale in the sky (because Gentiles also needed a “schoolmaster,” Gal. 3:24), which is why many such stories abound (although the one about Jesus is the true one).  

Kersey Graves wrote:

“Nearly all the phenomena represented as occurring at the crucifixion of Christ are reported to have been witnessed also at the final exit of Senerus, an ancient pagan demigod, who figured in history at a still more remote period of time. And similar incidents are related likewise in the legendary histories of several other heathen demigods and great men partially promoted to the honor of Gods. In the time-honored records of the oldest religion in the world, it is declared, “A cloud surrounded the moon; and the sun was darkened at noonday, and the sky rained fire and ashes during the crucifixion of the Indian God Chrishna.” In the case of Osiris . . . Mr. Southwell says, “As his birth had been attended by an eclipse of the sun, so his death was attended by a still greater darkness of the solar orb” . . .

“And similar stories are furnished us by several writers of Caesar and Alexander the Great. With respect to the latter, Mr. Nimrod says, “Six hours of darkness formed his aphanasia, and his soul, like Polycarp’s, was seen to fly away in the form of a dove.” (Nimrod, vol. iii. p. 458.) “It is remarkable,” says a writer, “what a host of respectable authorities vouch for an acknowledged fable — the preternatural darkness which followed Caesar’s death.” Gibbon alludes to this event when he speaks of “the singular defect of light which followed the murder of Caesar.” He likewise says, “This season of darkness had already been celebrated by most of the poets and historians of that memorable age.” (Gibbon, p. 452.) It is very remarkable that Pliny speaks of a darkness attending Caesar’s death, but omits to mention such a scene as attending the crucifixion of Christ. Virgil also seeks to exalt this royal personage by relating this prodigy. (See his Georgius, p. 465.) Another writer says, “Similar prodigies were supposed or said to accompany the great men of former days.” . . .

“the same story was told of the graves opening, and the dead rising at the final mortal exit of several heathen Gods and several great men long before it was penned as a chapter in the history of Christ.”[17]

These men were esteemed as gods after their sacrificial deaths. This is true also of Jesus.[18] We can’t put him in a class of his own. If we wouldn’t believe incredible accounts of the heroics of Hercules, why should we believe them about Jesus? I know some will say the events above are not as stated. Maybe not. While it’s difficult to know how much of any version of the stories we read regarding these gods is actually the original belief, the same is true for Jesus. Different Gospels present quite different tales of the events in his life.

Tina Rae Collins

My goal is to share my book The Judaeo-Christian Myth one article at a time. If you find these articles interesting or you don’t think I’ll reach my goal (always a possibility, I suppose), and/or you just can’t wait, you can purchase the book by clicking on the picture above or the title in this paragraph. Thanks for reading!

[1] Doane, XVI. [2] William W. Hardwicke, The Evolution of Man: His Religious Systems, and Social Ethics (London: Watts & Co., 1899), 218. [3] Potter’s Aeschylus, “Prometheus Chained,” last stanza. See also: Doane, XXI. [4] Dameron, 56. [5] Higgins, Anacalypsis, I, 616, 617. See also: Doane, XXI. [6] Graham, 247. [7] Plutarch, Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans, The Original Classic Edition, 21. [8] Higgins, Anacalypsis, I, 616, 617. See also: Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, Book XIV, Ch. XII, and Note; and Doane, XXI. [9] Aletheia, The Rationalist’s Manual, 65. See also: Cox, The Mythology of the Aryan Nations; and Doane, XX. [10] Tertullian, Ad Nationes, I, Ch. XII, tr. Q. Howe, tertullian.org, 2007, web, 25 Aug. 2014 <http://www.tertullian.org/articles/howe_adnationes1.htm&gt;. [11] Murdock, Christ in Egypt, 339. [12] “Marcus Minucius Felix,” wikipedia.org, 30 June 2014, web, 25 Aug. 2014. [13] Marcus Minucius Felix, The Octavius of Minucius Felix, Ch. XXIX, Christian Classics Ethereal Library, 2005, web, 25 Aug. 2014 <http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/anf04.iv.iii.xxix.html&gt;. [14] Minucius Felix, Octavius, Ch. XXIX, newadvent.org, copyright 2009 by Kevin Knight, web, 12 Nov. 2014. See also: Doane, XX. [15] The Apology of Tertullian, tr. William Reeve, AM (London, 1709), Ch. XVI. See also: Tertullian, Ad Nationes, Ch. XII, tr. Q. Howe, 2007; and Doane, XX. [16] The Apology of Tertullian, Ch. XVI. [17] Kersey Graves, The World’s Sixteen Crucified Saviors: Or, Christianity Before Christ (Library of Alexandria), Ch. 17, The Secular Web: A Drop of Reason in a Pool of Confusion, infidels.org, 1995-2014, web, 12 Nov. 2014. [18] Doane, XII.

JC Myth (5.17): Saviors, Christs, and Other Gods: “Alexander the Great, Plato, Pythagoras, Caesar, and Socrates”

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Chapter Five: Saviors, Christs, and Other Gods: “Alexander the Great, Plato, Pythagoras, Caesar, and Socrates”

The Greek gods often mated with humans. Some accounts of virgin births regarded men born before the time of Jesus.

Olympias, the mother of Alexander the Great (21 July 356 BCE–10 or 11 June 323 BCE), claimed that he was the son of Zeus via virgin birth, and Alexander himself believed this,[1] declaring that Zeus-Amen was his father.[2] The god Amen told Olympias she would have a son who would avenge her, and her husband (Philip II of Macedon) was told not to have intimate relations with her until the boy was born.[3] Although little is known about Alexander’s youth, his “miraculous birth is well documented by historians,” being “associated with great signs and wonders, such as a bright star gleaming over Macedonia that night and the destruction of the temple of Artemis [Diana] at Ephesus.”[4] According to Plutarch, Diana’s temple caught fire and burnt while she was away assisting at Alexander’s birth.[5] Alexander, by the way, crossed the Pamphylian Sea in the same way that Moses crossed the Red Sea—dry-shod, as the waters opened up for him and made obeisance to him as the king. Josephus mentioned this in an attempt to sustain the belief that the same thing happened with Moses.[6] The historian Callisthenes, who accompanied Alexander on this expedition, wrote that the sea not only opened but rose and elevated its waters, paying Alexander “homage as its king.”[7] Perhaps, as British Admiral Francis Beaufort declared, the north winds depressed the sea and Alexander took advantage of the opportunity to rush across.[8] We must look for a scientific explanation for this tale, yet we should believe without doubt that a god was involved in the Jewish story?

The Greek philosopher Plato (428/427-348/347 BCE) was also considered the child of a virgin birth, being the son of Apollo. Church father Origen (in Contra Celsus 1.37) mentioned this, as did Jerome in Against Jovianus (Adv. Jov. 1.42).[9] Plato’s mother, the virgin Perictione, was impregnated by Apollo in the form of a bull (or Taurus).[10]

Pythagoras was also supposedly the son of Apollo. His mother was Parthenis, and from her name we get the word “parthenos, which means virgin.”[11]

Both Julius and Augustus Caesar were deemed sons of a god. According to a poem written by Virgil, Augustus sprang from Jove.[12] Augustus also wore the title “saviour of the human race,” and one legend says he was “born nine months after his mother was ‘visited’ by the god Apollo.” In 40 BCE Virgil prophesied that a virgin would give birth to a king. While it wasn’t true, the hoi polloi truly believed that in the year Augustus was born, the “Roman senate had ordered the murder of all other children.”[13]

Even Socrates (469 BCE) was considered a god. When he was born, “Magi came from the east to offer gifts . . . bringing gold, frankincense and myrrh.”[14] According to Higgins, these three gifts were “what were always offered by the Arabian Magi to the sun.”[15] The god Chrishna was presented with sandalwood and perfumes while Mithras, like Jesus and Socrates, was given gold, frankincense, and myrrh.[16]

Dr. Nugent wrote that the children of gods who mate with humans are called Gaborim, which comes from the same root word as the name Gabriel. Nugent stated:

“In the second century, Gabriel appears in the Epistula Apostolorum. . . One of the secrets [Jesus revealed to his apostles after he rose] is that he is actually Gabriel. After Gabriel took on flesh and united with Mary, then he becomes Jesus. The idea that Christ was an angel was extremely popular in the early church.”[17]

Tina Rae Collins

My goal is to share my book The Judaeo-Christian Myth one article at a time. If you find these articles interesting or you don’t think I’ll reach my goal (always a possibility, I suppose), and/or you just can’t wait, you can purchase the book by clicking on the picture above or the title in this paragraph. Thanks for reading!

[1] Joshua J. Mark, “Alexander the Great,” Ancient History Encyclopedia, ancient.eu.com, 14 Nov. 2013, web, 6 June 2014. [2] “Alexander the Great Biography: The Man and the Myth,” All About Egypt, all-about-egypt.com, 2015, web, 29 Apr. 2015. [3] Robert M. Price, “Pagan Parallels to Christ Part 1,” Tony Sobrado, youtube.com, 30 June 2012, web, 29 Apr. 2015. [4] Mark, “Alexander the Great.” See also: Price, “Pagan Parallels to Christ Part 1.” [4] Mark, “Alexander the Great.” [5] Plutarch, Lives, Vol. 2 (New York: Random House, 2001). [6] Flavius Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, Book II, Ch. XVI. See also: Doane, VI. [7] Doane, VI. [8] Doane, VI. [9] Murdock, Christ in Egypt, 161-162. See also: Armstrong, 92. [10] Graham, 303. [11] Graham, 302-303. [12] Doane, XII. [13] Scaruffi, “Jesus and Christianity.” [14] Graham, 308. See also: Doane, XV; and Godfrey Higgins, Anacalypsis, an Attempt to Draw Aside the Veil of the Saitic Esis, Vol. II (London: Longman, et al., 1836), 96. [15] Higgins, Anacalypsis, II (1836), 96. [16] Thomas Inman, MD, Ancient Faiths and Modern: A Dissertation upon Worships, Legends and Divinities In Central And Western Asia, Europe, And Elsewhere, Before The Christian Era. Showing Their Relations To Religious Customs As They Now Exist (London: Trubner & Co., 1876), Vol. 2. [17] Nugent, “‘Many of These Gods Come from the Stars.'”

JC Myth (5.16): Saviors, Christs, and Other Gods: “Serapis Christ”

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Chapter Five: Saviors, Christs, and Other Gods: “Serapis Christ”

Serapis was one of many dying and rising gods that flourished throughout the Mediterranean long before the rise of the Roman Empire. He was a blending of Osiris with the bull god, Apis, into human form. Apis was incarnated by a spark from the father god, and was the spirit of the father god. Thus, by the fifth century BCE Egypt had developed a trinity of gods: father, son, and spirit.[1] (We can’t forget the Amen, Ra, and Ptah trinity either. Of course, Amen and Ra eventually merged as Amen-Ra. In the Hindu trinity Brahma was “the creator, Vishnu the preserver, and Siva the destroyer.”[2])

The Egyptians built a temple (the Serapeum) to Serapis in Memphis; it was later (third century BCE) moved to Alexandria. The Alexandrian library, which Christians destroyed in 391 CE, was a part of this temple and contained 500,000 to 700,000 books of classical teaching, some of which no doubt spoke of Serapis and revealed that he was much like Jesus. Serapis was a healer and bestowed the gift of prophecy upon his followers. He was known as the Word or Logos, the Good Shepherd, and, of course, the Christ. Because of his atoning sacrifice, he was resurrected. The sign of the cross was a part of his worship, and his power was expressed through the signs of the Zodiac.[3]

One order of the cult of Serapis was a healing group known as the Therapeuts, often recognized as the early or first Christians, who melded Judaic rites and rituals with the worship of Serapis.[4] (I will speak more about the Therapeuts later.) Thus, Christianity really began with the worship of the Egyptian god Serapis. Emperor Hadrian (117-138 CE) believed Serapis to be the peculiar god of the Christians, as did the Gentiles at the time. In fact, a cross was found under the temple of Serapis in Alexandria.[5]

Ahmed Osman is a British Egyptologist born in Cairo. Also a lecturer, historian, author, and researcher, Osman wrote as follows:

“The cult of Serapis was to have sweeping success throughout Greece and Asia Minor, especially in Rome, where it became the most popular religion. There was a Serapis temple in Rome as early as 105 BC. Initiation into the Serapis cult included the rite of baptism, and Sir Alan Gardiner, the British Egyptologist, argued in the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology in 1950 that Egyptian baptism should be seen as analogous to Christian baptism, of which he commented: ‘In both cases a symbolic cleansing by means of water serves as initiation into a properly legitimated religious life.’ The cults of Serapis and Isis did not merely survive the emergence of Christianity, but in the 2nd century AD actually increased in popularity. Serapis and Christ existed side-by-side and were frequently seen as interchangeable. Some early Christians made no distinction between Christ and Serapis and frequently worshipped both, while paintings of Isis with her son Horus became identified by early Christians as portraits of Mary with her son Jesus. The rite of baptism, part of the initiation ceremony of the Serapis cult, was also adopted by the Church as part of its initiation ceremony.

“In AD 134, after a visit to Alexandria, the Emperor Hadrian wrote a letter to his elderly brother-in-law, Servianus, in which he commented: ‘In [Egypt] the worshippers of Serapis are Christians, and those who call themselves Bishops of Christ pay their vows to Serapis.'”[6]

J. A. Giles mentioned this as follows:

“The worshipers of Serapis (here) are called Christians (Chrestians), and those who are devoted to the god Serapis (I find), call themselves Bishops of Christ (Chrestus) are, in fact, devotees of Serapis. There is no chief of the Jewish synagogue, no Samaritan, no Christian (Chrestian) presbyter, who is not an astrologer, a soothsayer, or an anointer.”[7]

And John G. Jackson wrote:

“Suetonius in his ‘Life of Claudius’ relates that: ‘He (Claudius) drove the Jews, who at the instigation of Christas were constantly rioting, out of Rome.’ This is said to have taken place about fifteen years after the crucifixion of Jesus. So Christas could hardly have been Jesus Christ.”[8]

That is, he couldn’t have been the Jesus in the Bible. It’s possible that Serapis (Chrestus/Christus/Christ) was the god of the Chrestians or Christians. He was, after all, the god worshiped by the Therapeuts, whom Eusebius called the first Christians.[9]

Apparently “no Bible contains the actual term Christian . . . until near the midpoint of the 5th century in the Codex Alexandrinus. Before that the term is Chrestian (or quite literally good men) a generic term used by many other groups.”[10]

“The evidence . . . strongly implies that the earliest form of the term ‘Christian’ does not occur until Codex Alexandrinus, at least the 5th century, and may in fact not enter the chronological record . . . until substantially later. In place of the term ‘Christian’ . . . quite invariably, is found the term ‘Chrestian.'”[11]

Again (and “centuries before the purported birth of Jesus”[12]), the term “Christos” or “Chrestos” was used for Serapis, whose characteristics and story greatly resemble that of Jesus’. If Serapis was Osiris and Jesus was Serapis, Jesus was Osiris.

Tina Rae Collins

My goal is to share my book The Judaeo-Christian Myth one article at a time. If you find these articles interesting or you don’t think I’ll reach my goal (always a possibility, I suppose), and/or you just can’t wait, you can purchase the book by clicking on the picture above or the title in this paragraph. Thanks for reading!

[1] Brunty, “Forgotten Christ.” See also: Bennett, 152. [2] Bennett, 93. [3] Brunty, “Forgotten Christ.” [4] Brunty, “Forgotten Christ.” [5] M. D. Aletheia, The Rationalist’s Manual (London: Watts & Co. 1897), 65. See also: George W. Cox, MA, The Mythology of the Aryan Nations, Vol. II (London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1870), 132. See also: Doane, XX. [6] Ahmed Osman, “Out of Egypt: Christian Roots in the Alexandrian Cult of Serapis,” dwij.org,  2001, web, 19 Dec. 2014 <http://dwij.org/forum/amarna/8_serapis_and_christianity.htm&gt;. [7] J. A. Giles, Hebrew and Christian Records, Vol. II (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Library, 1877), 86. [8] Jackson, 8; quoting from G. Suetonius Tranquillus, Lives of the First Caesars (reprint 1796, New York: AMS Press, 1970). [9] Eusebius, “Philo’s Account of the Ascetics of Egypt,” Church History: Book II, 17:10-24, newadvent.org, copyright 2009 by Kevin Knight, web, 10 July 2014. [10] “Evidence for the historical existence of Jesus Christ,” rationalwiki.org, n.d., web, 19 Dec. 2014 <http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Evidence_for_the_historical_existence_of_Jesus_Christ>. [11] “Early ‘Chrestians,'” mountainman.com, n.d., web, 20 Dec. 2014. [12] Catherine Giordano, “Jesus Who? The Historical Record Gives No Clue,” catherinegiordano.hubpages.com, 12 July 2015, web, 12 July 2015.

 

JC Myth (5.15): Saviors, Christs, and Other Gods: “Yaldabaoth (Father of Yahweh and Elohim)”

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Chapter Five: Saviors, Christs, and Other Gods: “Yaldabaoth (Father of Yahweh and Elohim)”

The Secret Book of John (The Apocryphon of John), a dialogue between John and Jesus, was written sometime before 180 CE. We know this because Irenaeus referred to it in his Adversus Haereses.[1] Also, we read:

“The Secret Book of John was probably written by Jewish Gnostics in the first century CE, or even a century before. While it is critical of the Jewish God, its terminology and mythic motifs and biblical citations show that it comes from a Jewish cultural background. In the early second century CE Christians revised it slightly to make it Christian.”[2]

As stated earlier, Celsus, writing around 170 CE, never heard of the books Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John.”[3] Since the “first mention and quote by a Christian writer from either the Gospel of Mark, Matthew, Luke, or John cannot be found before 180 C.E,[4] we know that The Apocryphon of John was written before or near the same time as the four Gospels. And in it we read the full story of the creation, fall, and redemption of man. It’s a little different from the biblical version. The hero/villain in this story is Sophia’s son, Yaldabaoth (who fathers Yahweh and Elohim). The following synopsis is taken from a translation made by Stevan Davies.[5]

Sophia wanted to have a child, but she didn’t seek approval from her “masculine counterpart.” Upon producing a boy, she called him Yaldabaoth. He didn’t realize anyone else existed, so he proclaimed, “I am God . . . I am a jealous God and there is no God but me!” Sophia realized that she had lost light and power in her ugly, ignorant, evil son, and she became ashamed. She cast him away from her in a cloud so he wouldn’t be seen, and she “repented and wept furiously.” All the “divine realms (pleroma)” heard her and sought “blessing for her from the Invisible Virgin Spirit.” The Spirit responded, and Sophia was elevated above Yaldabaoth but was not “restored to her own original realm.”

Yaldabaoth got together with his “subordinate demons” and said, “Let’s create a man according to the image of God And our own likeness So that his image will illuminate us.” Once the man was created Yaldabaoth’s “principal advisors” said to him, “Blow some of your Spirit in the man’s face,  Then his body will rise up.” Yaldabaoth complied and the man came alive. The man (Adam) was good and more intelligent than his designers, so “They took him and cast him down Into the lowest depths of the material world.” Barbelo (forethought) put a spirit named Epinoia in Adam to help him.

Adam was now in the material world (Earth), and had a physical body (shadow of death) to imprison his soul. Yaldabaoth bound him with forgetfulness and put him in the Garden of Eden. Yaldabaoth knew Epinoia enlightened Adam, so he tried to remove her from Adam through Adam’s rib cage. Yaldabaoth was able to “recover the Power that he had put into Adam” by taking out Epinoia, but she escaped; “Adam’s perceptions were veiled And he became unconscious. As he (Yaldabaoth) said through his prophet: ‘I will make their minds dull so that they do not see or understand.'” Yaldabaoth then created a woman and captured Epinoia in her. Eve (via Epinoia) “raised up the veil that dulled [Adam’s] mind. He sobered up from the dark drunkenness And he recognized his own counterpart.” He thought this woman had given him life, so he called her Eve.

Yaldabaoth wanted the couple to remain ignorant so they would worship him; therefore, he told them not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Adam and Eve were “too terrified to renounce Yaldabaoth,” but they did eat from the tree (possibly due to the coaxing of Jesus). They realized then that Yaldabaoth, their creator, was a false god. “When Yaldabaoth discovered that they had moved away from him He cursed his earth.” He “gave the woman over so that the man might be her master, Because he did not know the secret of the divine strategy.” He “showed his ignorance to his angels” and “cast both of them out of paradise Dressing them in heavy darkness.”

Then Yaldabaoth raped Eve, who bore Elohim the older and Yahweh the younger. Elohim was evil while Yahweh was good. “Yaldabaoth deceptively named the two: Cain and Abel.” Then “Adam had intercourse with the image of his foreknowledge” and Seth was born. Yaldabaoth made the first couple drink from the “waters of forgetfulness” so they wouldn’t know their “true place of origin.” Seth’s children populated the world but “remained in this [fallen, ignorant] condition for a while In order that when the Spirit descends from the holy realms The Spirit can raise up the children and heal them from all defects And thus restore complete holiness to the fullness of God.” At that point the spark that was lost from the pleroma into Adam and Eve would return to the heavenly realms.

After a time Yaldabaoth regretted having created man and everything else, since his creation didn’t work like he wanted because Adam was smarter than he was and cost him some of his own power and light, so he brought a flood to destroy mankind. Noah was warned of Yaldabaoth’s plot from another heavenly source. He tried to preach to people, but they didn’t know him and therefore didn’t believe him. However, Noah and “many other people” hid in “a cloud of light” and didn’t die in the flood.

At the end of the book we find “The Providence Hymn,” which states in part:

***

I am the Providence of everything.
I became like my own human children.

I existed from the first.
I walked down every possible road. . .

I entered the midst of darkness
I came to the deepest part of the underworld.

I let my face light up
Thinking of the end of their time
I entered their prison
            The body is that prison

I cried out:
Anyone who hears,
              Rise up from your deep sleep!”

And the sleeping one awoke and wept
Wiping bitter tears saying
“Who calls me?”
“Where has my hope come from
As I lie in the depths of this prison?” . . .

Stay awake!
Rise out of the depths of the underworld!

I raised him up
I sealed him with the light/water of the five seals.
Death had no power over him ever again.

I ascend again to the perfect realm.
I completed everything and you have heard it.”

***

Jesus entered into prison (human body), woke the “dead” (those bound in forgetfulness and ignorance in the “underworld,” or on Earth), and set the captives free.

This revelation came to John in a “mystery” from the savior in heaven, and when it was finished “the Savior vanished.” John found the other disciples of Jesus and told them what he had seen and heard. The Apocryphon of John is as believable as anything else in the Bible, and certainly old enough to be considered regarding any truth about Jesus.

Tina Rae Collins

My goal is to share my book The Judaeo-Christian Myth one article at a time. If you find these articles interesting or you don’t think I’ll reach my goal (always a possibility, I suppose), and/or you just can’t wait, you can purchase the book by clicking on the picture above or the title in this paragraph. Thanks for reading!

[1] “Apocryphon of John,” wikipedia.org, 12 Feb. 2015, web, 18 Mar. 2015. [2] “Focus on Gnosticism,” Oxford Biblical Studies Online, 2016, web, 15 May 2016. [3] Craig M. Lyons, MsD, DD, MDiv, “The Evolution of the Jesus Myth,” Bet Emet Ministries, firstnewtestament.com, n.d., web, 4 June 2014. [4] Craig M. Lyons, MsD, DD, MDiv, “Marcion and the Marcionites,” Bet Emet Ministries, firstnewtestament.com, n.d., web, 4 June 2014, 5 June 2014. [5] Stevan Davies, tr., “The Secret Book of John (The Apocryphon of John),” The Gnostic Society Library, gnosis.org, 2005, web, 18 Mar. 2015. See also: “The Gnostic Jesus: Sethian Creation,” gnostic-jesus.com, n.d., web, 19 Mar. 2015.