JC Myth (7.11): Source of All Deity Myths: “The Amazing Sun”

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Chapter Seven: Source of All Deity Myths: “The Amazing Sun”

Truly the sun was the first god of mankind, and other gods have been based on it. The sun walks on water and rides on the clouds; gives life and produces the harvest; is the light of the world; dies at the winter solstice to be reborn on December 25; is both kind and cruel; rules the good day while the darkness governs the evil night; is no respecter of persons; is dependable and faithful to rise every morning; and, if he turns his face from us, we die. As Psalm 19 states, the heavens declare God’s glory and his work, speech, and knowledge. They are a voice that goes to the end of the world, with nothing hidden from the sun, the “bridegroom coming out of his chamber.”[1]

With regard to sun worship, Dameron wrote of Hercules:

“Parkhurst, in his Greek Lexicon, says: ‘It is well known that by Hercules was meant the sun or solar light, and his twelve famous labors referred to his passage through the zodiacal signs.’ And that the Garden of the Hesperides was the Garden of Eden, and the serpent’s head was crushed beneath the heel of Hercules; all of which goes to show that the ancient theology taught by Moses was the same as that which existed in India, Egypt, China, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Arabia, Asia Minor and Palestine; with the Greeks, Romans, Celts, Gauls, modern Europeans, Australians, ancient Mexicans and Peruvians, which had its origin with the pre-historic man long before the continents took their present shape. The legends among the savage as well as the civilized man, point to the antique garb, with its shreds and patches of ever increasing theological complications, for the benefit of modern fanaticism, and the edification of those who are content to take the word of priestcraft, instead of thinking and investigating for themselves.”[2]

Tertullian admitted that Jesus was a sun god when he said, “You say we worship the sun; so do you.”[3] Stella Woods confirmed this as follows:

“The Bible tells us that three wise men came from the east, following a star that led them to Bethlehem to celebrate the birth of Jesus the Messiah. [Peter] Joseph claims that the star in the east was Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, which on December 24th aligns with the three brightest stars in the constellation of Orion (Orion’s belt). The stars were referred to by many ancient cultures as the Three Kings. You may recall . . . that the great pyramids of Egypt were built in exact alignment with these three stars, to channel the star energy on the earthly plane. And when Sirius (the brightest star) lined up with the Three Kings, they pointed to the place of sunrise on December 25th – the symbolic birth place of the sun or son.”[4]

The Jews, however, promoted their sun myths as truths. Graham wrote:

“The Greeks were not so gullible. So let us see the difference between the Hebrew mythologists and the pagan ones. The purpose of the latter was the preservation of truth and enlightenment of man through the Zodiacal Night. To this end they wrote their tales in such a way that no intelligent man could be deceived by them; they purposely made their myths incredible and their gods immoral that no religion might be founded on them. They did not say they walked and talked with Zeus, or that he commanded them to write. They made no claim to divine revelation or inspiration; they wrote with a simple naiveté that charms but does not seduce. The Hebrews, on the other hand, wrote with malice aforethought; their purpose was not the preservation of truth and human enlightenment but the obscuration of truth and the enslavement of the mind to priestly rule. They were religion makers, and to this end they claimed divine authority; they even put their preposterous claims into the mouth of their monstrous God and declared he said them. Having no material or national power of their own, they invented a conceptual one to intimidate their neighbors and to cripple the Gentile race. And how they have succeeded!”[5]

Emperor Constantine was the first to prescribe Sunday, the day of the sun, as a day of worship for Christians. Eusebius wrote:

He [Constantine] ordained, too, that one day should be regarded as a special occasion for prayer: I mean that which is truly the first and chief of all, the day of our Lord and Saviour. . . Accordingly he enjoined on all the subjects of the Roman empire to observe the Lord’s day, as a day of rest . . . his desire was to teach his whole army zealously to honor the Saviour’s day (which derives its name from light, and from the sun).”[6]

Arthur Weigall noted that the Church made Sunday sacred

largely because it was the weekly festival of the sun; for it was a definite Christian policy to take over the pagan festivals endeared to the people by tradition, and to give them a Christian significance. But, as a solar festival, Sunday was the sacred day of Mithra; and it is interesting to notice that since Mithra was addressed as Dominus, ‘Lord’, Sunday must have been ‘the Lord’s Day’ long before Christian times.”[7]

Thus the sun, which had been freely worshiped by the Jews, continued to be the deity of Christians; and as long as it shines, life continues for man and his earth.

I know some will say, “Yes, God wrote all about his son in the heavens.” But which god? And which son? Again, why would the one true deity be the new kid on the block who looks like all the other fake kids who came before him?

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] For a thorough study of this issue, see Solar Mythology and the Jesus Story: A Primer on Astrotheology, solarmythology.com, 8 Dec. 2013, web, 18 June 2014. [2] Dameron, 56.[3] J. Chapman, “Tertullian,” The Catholic Encyclopedia (New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912); newadvent.org, 2012, web, 18 June 2014. [4] Stella Wood, “Winter Solstice–Sun on the Southern Cross,” June 2008, pdf, 19 June 2014. [5] Graham, 275-276. [6] Eusebius, Life of Constantine, IV, Ch. 18. [7] Weigall (Putnam and The Book Tree), 145.

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JC Myth (7.10): Source of All Deity Myths: “Ritual Baptism”

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Chapter Seven: Source of All Deity Myths: “Ritual Baptism”

The Bible speaks of being baptized into the death of Christ (Rom. 6:3-12). But baptism, as has been noted, didn’t originate in the New Testament. DeRobingne Mortimer Bennett wrote that the Brahmans, long before the advent of Christianity, sprinkled infants at the age of nine days and also “hastily” baptized those who were dying in order that the “dying man would be cleansed from the effects of sin.”[1] R. L. Vos noted: “The washing of the corpse with water is an ancient solar rite, the object being the removal of impurity and the bringing about of resurrection, just as the sun rises from the primeval waters or, which amounts to the same thing, from the horizon.”[2]

The practice of  baptizing the “dead” is thus quite ancient and is, again, based on events of the sky. Buddha administered baptism for the remission of sins.[3] Brahman priests also performed baptisms for the forgiveness of sins. The Brahman priest rubbed mud on the sinner, “plunged him three times into the water,” and said: “O Supreme Lord, this man is impure, like the mud of this stream; but as water cleanses him from this dirt, do thou free him from his sin.”[4] Likewise, Zoroaster baptized himself for purification; and when he came up out of the water, the “archangel Vohu Mana appears to him . . . and commissions him to bear the tidings of the one God Ahura Mazda, whereupon the evil one Ahriman tempts him to abandon this call.”[5] The Jews, before the time of Christ, baptized new converts, but only after their Babylonian captivity, meaning that the ritual was borrowed “from their heathen oppressors.”[6] The poet Ovid (43 BCE) spoke of baptism for the remission of original sin when he wrote: “Ah, easy Fools, to think that a whole Flood Of water e’er can purge the Stain of Blood.”[7] In Egypt the baptizer was Anubis, Inpu, or Anpu; in Babylon he was the “water god Oannes”; and in Christianity he was Ioannes or John. These men all relate to the Zodiacal sign of Aquarius, the Water Bearer. The Catholic Church set John the Baptist’s birthday at June 24 (six months prior to that of Jesus), which is when Aquarius begins to be seen in the sky. This is the time of the summer solstice, after which the days become shorter until the winter solstice (when Jesus was supposedly born), so John indeed decreased while Jesus increased (Jn. 3:30). Interestingly, sometimes Aquarius appears to be decapitated, just as the baptizers Anubis and John were.[8]

Dr. Richard A. Gabriel wrote: “The Egyptians believed that each morning the sun passed through the waters of the ocean before being reborn, emerging purified and revitalized. [Remember, water was life-giving semen.] The ritual baptism of the pharaoh each morning symbolized this event and renewed life and vigor of the recipient.”[9] (Thus, the sky is the origination of yet another ritual.) James Bonwick noted that the water used in these Egyptian rites “absolutely cleansed the soul, and the person was said to be regenerated.”[10] Often in Egyptian baptism, as in Christian baptism, the recipient was given a “new name.”[11]

Tertullian, casting aspersions upon “pagan baptisms” in the worship of Isis and Mithras, exalted Christian baptism by saying that “if the mere nature of water, in that it is the appropriate material for washing away, leads men to flatter themselves with a belief in omens of purification, how much more truly will waters render that service through the authority of God.”[12] While Tertullian wanted to downplay previous baptisms, he made it clear that such had been practiced. And, as usual, he, as well as Justin Martyr, blamed the previous baptisms on imitations by demons, to prevent belief in the true baptism.[13]

Ancient Egyptian worshipers practiced two types of baptism; as with Christianity, one was in water and the other in the spirit.[14] The Egyptians also believed in the baptism of fire mentioned in the New Testament (Mt. 3:11, Lk. 3:16). The dead were conducted through this “Lake of Fire, in a form of baptism by fire.”[15] As in Christianity, the wicked were cast into the Lake of Fire. And, again, as in Christianity, even those who were holy were also baptized with fire, as fire purifies one (Mt. 3:11). Remember, the ancients expected to return to their mother’s womb. And, according to Allegro, in Sumerian mythology, when a scribe wanted to represent the concept of “love,” he “drew a simple container with a burning torch inside, to indicate the fermenting heat of gestation in the womb.”[16] Thus God is both “love” and a “consuming fire” (Heb. 12:29, 1 Jn. 4:8), defender and prosecutor, executioner and scapegoat, satan and savior.

Speaking of the Lake of Fire, the Bible teaches the salvation of all (at least all of Israel, over which Yahweh reigned, if not the whole world [17]). Revelation 11:15 states: “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.” As Graham wrote:

“But think not this is exclusively Hebrew knowledge. Older far than this is the Hindu story of Vishnu pacifying humanity and pardoning the devils Siva threw into the bottomless pit, after which all will dwell with the gods again on Mount Meru. What then becomes of the doctrine of eternal punishment? Even Origen pronounced this doctrine false and well he might for it is but mythological double talk and nothing more. . . Do you not see then the necessity of knowing something more than the literal word? This is neither fact nor history; it is priestly perversion thereof.”[18]

Graham also related the Persian view of eternal salvation, stating that these people believed good folks would enter “this happy abode (the regenerated earth),” while others would be purified by being baptized into the lake of fire and then, basically, live happily ever after.[19] Carried by Anubis, Egyptians passed through (were baptized in) a purifying lake, arriving at their eternal abode.[20] Everybody has to be immersed in the waters—maneuver up the narrow way (through the fallopian tubes)—to get back to the Promised Land (Mt. 7:14, 1 Cor. 10:2). This is also why people were baptized to begin a new walk in life, and it’s why stories of baptism into death were written and why one must make his/her way through the River Styx after death in order to obtain the glorious afterlife. When winter (sin, death, darkness) has passed, coming up out of the watery grave of Pisces is the newborn or reborn sun. Aquarius, the Water Bearer (John the Baptist), baptizes the sun in the Piscean waters, and the sun then rises in Aries as the lamb of God.

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] Bennett, 594. [2] R. L. Vos, The Apis Embalming Ritual (Leuven: Peeters Publishers, 1993), 31. See also: Murdock, Christ in Egypt, 250. [3] Acharya S, Suns of God, 311. [4] Doane, XXXI. [5] Price, “New Testament Narrative as Old Testament Midrash.” 6] Albert Barnes, Notes, Vol. 1, 41, as quoted by Doane, XXXI. [7] Ovid, Fast, II, 45. See also: Doane, XXXI. [8] Herbert Julius Hardwicke, The Popular Faith Unveiled (London: 1884),195. See also: Murdock, Christ in Egypt, 253-254. [9] Richard A. Gabriel, Gods of Our Fathers: The Memory of Egypt in Judaism and Christianity (Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002), 184. See also: Murdock, Christ in Egypt, 233. [10] Bonwick, 416. See also: Murdock, Christ in Egypt, 244. [11] Murdock, Christ in Egypt, 244. [12] Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson, Ante-Nicene Fathers, III (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1903), 671. See also: Murdock, Christ in Egypt, 245. [13] Taylor, Diegesis, 232. See also: Doane, XXXI. [14] Murdock, Christ in Egypt, 247. [15] Murdock, Christ in Egypt, 242. [16] Allegro, 13. [17] Sometimes in the Bible the word “world” refers only to Israel or the Roman world (Lk. 2:1, Gal. 4:3-5, Col. 2:20). It is not the purpose of this book to determine whether the Bible teaches the salvation of Israel only or the whole world. [18] Graham, 387. [19] Graham, 405. [20] Jan Assmann, Death and Salvation in Ancient Egypt, tr. David Lorton (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2005), 32-33.

JC Myth (7.9): Source of All Deity Myths: “Identity Theft”

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Chapter Seven: Source of All Deity Myths: “Identity Theft”

The gods have many names, and a different name doesn’t necessarily imply a different god. It’s often difficult to distinguish them as they practice identity theft. It’s therefore hard to recognize that they are all sun gods and many of them are the same god.

It’s easy to see the resemblance between Adonai (a name used about 439 times in the Bible)[1] and Adonis. El Shaddai (Shadday in Hebrew), God’s name in Exodus 6:3 (where he says that was always his name until he decided to go by Yahweh), is also the name of a storm god, who was a “West Semitic god, another of the many Canaanite Elohim, possibly one of El’s sons.”[2]

The Chaldeans referred to Dionysus/Bacchus as Iao (Jah, also used for Yahweh). The Jehovah Encyclopedia Britannica notes that Yaho is an ancient Semitic and mystic name for God, and that Yah is an abbreviated form. The names Yah and Yaho were both used by the Hebrews; however, the Chaldeans made use of the names Yaho and  Ia or Ya(h) prior to the Jews’ application of these appellations.[3] Iao was a triune god, and the Phoenicians also worshiped a trinity of gods named Iao. Iah (Yah) was also moon god to the Egyptians.[4] (Yahweh is “often called Sabaoth” as well.[5] See Romans 9:29 and James 5:4.)

The Dead Sea Scrolls refer to Yahweh as Iao, and Tertullian confirmed that the Valentinian Gnostics called God Iao.[6] Macrobius and Plutarch “identified the solar Iao with Bacchus, who . . . was equated by Diodorus with Yahweh.”[7] Bacchus is also associated with Adonis.[8]

Gray wrote that responsible scholars are increasingly recognizing that “Yahweh, the god of a militant tribal group, was first subordinated to El the Canaanite high god before he took over his attributes and functions as King and creator.”[9] As Murdock noted, it seems the Jewish scribes found as many gods as they could and rolled them into one to make their god superior to all others.[10] She further wrote that if Dionysus, Adonis, and Iao are indeed the sun, but are “identified with Yahweh,” then “we can conclude that the Jewish tribal god too is a typical solar deity, as found in numerous cultures dating back to remote antiquity, in the very eras and areas in which he flourished as a tribal god.”[11]

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] Michal Hunt, “The Many Names of God,” agapebiblestudy.com, 2003, web, 13 Nov. 2014. [2] Murdock, Did Moses Exist? 408-409. [3] Jehovah Encyclopedia Britannica, Vol. 12, 1958 edition, 995. [4] “Yaho/Yah/Iao/Yahweh/Jehovah,” jesus-messiah.com, n.d., web, 12 Nov. 2014. [5] Murdock, Did Moses Exist? 432. [6] Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson, eds., Ante-Nicene Christian Library, Vol. 15 (Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1870), 140. See also: Murdock, Did Moses Exist? 433. [7] Murdock, Did Moses Exist? 435. [8] Plutarch, Plutarch’s Miscellanies and Essays, Vol. 3, ed. William W. Goodwin (Boston Little, Brown and Company, 1889), 310. See also: Murdock, Did Moses Exist? 435. 9] John Gray, The Legacy of Canaan, Dead Sea Scroll fragment 4Q120, Rockefeller Museum, Jerusalem, 161. See also: Murdock, Did Moses Exist? 407. [10] Murdock, Did Moses Exist? 415. [11] Murdock, Did Moses Exist? 436.

JC Myth (7.8): Source of All Deity Myths: “The Zodiac and Ezekiel’s Wheel”

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Chapter Seven: Source of All Deity Myths: “The Zodiac and Ezekiel’s Wheel”

The biblical prophet Ezekiel, in the first chapter of the book bearing his name, spoke of a wheel within a wheel and four living creatures. This was supposed to be the word and vision from God, but it can be seen within the Zodiac. Graham wrote:

“These four creatures, a  man and ox, lion and eagle are but Aquarius, Taurus, Leo and Scorpio, the four cardinal points of the stellar zodiac, and hence of the creative process. All antiquity knew about them, and every race made use of them in its art and mythology. Why then should it be a revelation to Ezekiel? Among the Orphics they were . . . Dragon, Bull, Lion, and Eagle. The Chaldeo-Babylonians called them Oustour, the Man; Kirub, the Bull; Nirgal, the Lion; and Nathga, the Eagle. In the Hindu pantheon they are the cosmic Maharajas, otherwise known as the Asuras, Kinnaras and Nagas; also the Avengers, the Winged Wheels, the Locapalas or supporters of the world. As the latter they were respectively Indra, the East; Yama, the South; Varuna, the West; and Kuvara, the North. There is a drawing by Levi of these four animals enclosed in a six-pointed star, with the Hebrew name Adoni over it. In India there is a similar picture with the word Adonari over it, hence the Adoni of the scriptures. . .

“The complexity, a ‘wheel within a wheel’ and many other wheels, is but the zodiac itself, with its cosmogonical, precessional, annual and diurnal cycles within it. The ‘whirlwind’ is its ceaseless motion. The ancient symbol of this was the swastika . . . The Ancients called it ‘The Wheel of Fir.’ The ‘eyes’ of the wheel are symbols of the creative intelligence within this complexity. The four beasts ‘had the likeness of a man’; in plain words, they are Man, Aquarius, the evolving Life Principle. This is the one and only factor in Creation, the God of religion being but a priestly necessity.”[1]

Buddha was the “Wheel king,” and the Babylonian Shamash is pictured with a “wheel behind him, and the spokes of the wheel are made of stars instead of eyes.”[2] The Assyrian god Asshur is pictured inside a wheel, and the Assyrians believed Asshur’s life was in the wheel. Today, the four beasts are the Catholic Church’s four angels—Gabriel, Michael, Uriel, and Raphael; and, “when humanized, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.”[3]

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] Graham, 253-254. [2] Graham, 254. [3] Graham, 254-255.

JC Myth (7.7): Source of All Deity Myths: “More Magic Numbers”

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Chapter Seven: Source of All Deity Myths: “More Magic Numbers”

Not only the numbers seventy and twelve are important to the Judaeo-Christian religion, but forty and thirty are also significant in the Bible. The number forty figures prominently in the Bible as well as in other, and older, literature (“Semitic mythology centuries before the time of Moses or Jesus” and in the Epic of Gilgamesh).[1] This number “in ancient myth apparently represents the time it takes for certain seeds to germinate after they have been planted in the spring.”[2] With regard to the Israelites’ wandering in the desert for forty years, this would represent “a period of 40 from the barren soil of the desert germinating into the land of ‘milk and honey.'”[3] The Israelites died in the wilderness and were “resurrected” after forty years into the Promised Land, just as Jesus/Adam “died,” was “buried,” and then was “resurrected” after forty years in the year 70 CE. (See my book We Are Emmanuel for a full explanation of this claim.)

As for the number thirty, Zoroaster, Horus, Jesus, and John the Baptist all began their work at the age of thirty; Joseph stood before Pharaoh at thirty years of age (Gen. 41:46); Judaic priests had to be thirty years old (Num. 4:3); the Israelites mourned the death of Moses for thirty days (Deut. 34:8); Samson had thirty companions (Jdg. 14:10); at thirty, Ezekiel began to see visions from Yahweh (Deut. 34:8); and Judas betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver (Mt. 26:14-15). This number is likely related to the days of the month.[4]

Another astrological element of the gods is the four points of the Zodiac. In Ezekiel 1:4-10 the prophet speaks of four creatures having four faces—man, lion, ox, and eagle. (Revelation lists the beasts as lion, calf, man, and eagle, Rev. 4:7.) Baal also had four faces—”lion, bull, dragon and human.”[5] Also related is Macrobius’ “four solar aspects of Hades, Zeus, Helios and Dionysus.”[6] Murdock wrote:

“Ezekiel’s four beasts evidently symbolize the fixed points of the zodiac, the man equated with Aquarius, the ox or cherub with Taurus, the lion with Leo and the eagle with Scorpio. These points represent the signs immediately after the winter solstice, vernal equinox, summer solstice and autumnal equinox, respectively.”[7]

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] Murdock, Did Moses Exist? 240. [2] Murdock, Did Moses Exist? 240. [3] Murdock, Did Moses Exist? 240. [4] Revelation, “Number 30 In the Bible | What’s the Significance of Age 30 in the Bible?” revelation.co, 6 Jan. 2013, web, 12 Nov. 2014. [5] Sally Tomlinson, Demons, Druids and Brigands on Irish High Crosses (Ann Arbor, MI: ProQuest, 2007), 270. [6] Murdock, Did Moses Exist? 426. [7] Murdock, Did Moses Exist? 427.

JC Myth (7.6): Source of All Deity Myths: The Zodiac and the Number Seventy

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Chapter Seven: Source of All Deity Myths: “The Zodiac and the Number Seventy”

Astrology and numerology play a huge role in the beliefs of Christianity just as they do in other religions. We see this in the Bible by its varied use of particular numbers, such as twelve and seventy.

“The number 12 is significant in Sumerian culture, which was the first to observe the 12 moon cycles throughout the year and to split up the Zodiac into 12 constellations, each representing a god. The Sumerians passed on the significance of 12 and the Zodiac to the Greeks, the Greeks to the Romans, and the Romans to the Western world.”[1]

Carmen TurnerSchott wrote: “In the Jewish temple of Jerusalem it is believed that the twelve signs of the zodiac were inlaid in its floor. According to Josephus, stamps were even issued with the zodiac signs on them and they were representative of the twelve tribes of Israel.”[2] The sun (Jesus) is in the center of twelve stars, just as both Ishmael and Jacob had twelve sons; there were twelve tribes of Israel and twelve apostles; new Jerusalem has twelve foundations and a wall with twelve gates and twelve angels; and the woman in Revelation 12:1 has twelve stars in her crown (Gen. 25:16, 35:22, 49:28; Rev. 21:12, 14). The Hindus have twelve Aditya and the Scandinavians twelve Aesirs of Asgard. Both Osiris and Marduk had twelve helpers.[3] A Buddhist’s life is “composed of 12 stages.”[4] The months of the year are twelve. The days are divided into twelve during the day and twelve at night. Both Rome and Greece worshiped twelve gods, there were “12 adventures of Gilgamesh” and “12 labors of Hercules”; and Gnosticism had its “twelve governors.”[5] Even the Egyptian “lakes of fire” were attended by twelve gods.[6] At the age of twelve, Jesus worked in his Father’s house (Lk. 2:41-49). This relates to the sun, noted by Murdock as follows: “In the solar mythos, the ‘age’ of 12 refers to the sun at high noon, the twelfth hour of the day when the ‘God Sun’ is doing his ‘heavenly father’s work’ in the ‘temple’ or ‘tabernacle’ of the ‘most high.'”[7] In Vedic hymns, the sun is referred to as the “son of the sky,” Lord, Savior, Redeemer, and Preserver of mankind.[8] Heaven and earth were considered to be the “parents of all things” and were male and female divinities.[9] (They had a domestic squabble and all hell broke loose, but they got back together for the sake of their son.)

It takes little effort to discover that the number twelve in the Bible relates to the Zodiac and the twelve months of the year. Revelation 21:18-20 leaves no doubt, as the  description of the walls of the new Jerusalem presents all twelve birthstones of the months. Graham listed these as follows: March, Jasper; April, Sapphire; May, Chalcedony; June, Emerald; July, Onyx; August, Carnelian; September, Chrysolite; October, Beryl; November, Topaz; December, Ruby; January, Garnet; and February, Amethyst.[10] The traditional birthstones bear out this truth.[11]

Viklund explained the use of the number twelve with regard to the disciples of Jesus:

“It might also be said that the Son of God had twelve companions, or disciples if you like, in the shape of the twelve zodiacal constellations which the sun passes on its journey in the sky. The Sun God Mithras is in most cases depicted together with the twelve signs of the Zodiac. The two equinoxes (vernal and autumnal) and the two solstices (summer and winter) form a cross in the circle of the zodiac (mentioned by Plato), and so the Sun God can be said to be fettered on this cross, as he must constantly follow the path of the cross. All these ideas are probably the basis of the corresponding Christian conceptions.”[12]

According to Robert Engelbach,

“In numerology, the number 12 is related to Pisces. The (12th) Tarot card is The Hanged Man.  It represents the completed cycle of experience and when an individual reincarnates as the number 12 they have completed a full cycle of experience and learned of the possibility of regeneration toward a higher consciousness.”[13]

Thus, the “figure on Card 12 has made the ultimate surrender – to die on the cross of his own travails – yet he shines with the glory of divine understanding. He has sacrificed himself, but he emerges the victor.”[14] Pisces is the “Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last” (Rev. 22:13). We pass through the waters to be born, and cross over the river at death to be resurrected or born again. Pisces is the end of the yearly cycle, but (in geometric or retrograde order) the beginning of the astrological age.

The numbers seven and seventy-two also figure prominently in the biblical story, as they do in most other religious myths. This is also, and of course, for astrological reasons.

The number seven relates to the sun, moon, and five anciently known planets.[15] We see this number often in antiquity. In the Bible we find: seven days of creation; seven plus seven years Jacob worked for Rachel; seven years of plenty and famine; seven days of unleavened bread; seven-day walk around the walls of Jericho; seven demons of Mary Magdalene; seven sons of Sceva; seven men full of the Holy Ghost; seven churches, seven stars, seven candlesticks, seven seals, seven thunders (Gen. 2:2, 29:20-28, 41:29-30; Ex. 12:15; Mk. 16:9; Acts 6:3, 19:14; Heb. 11:30; Rev. 1:4, 1:20, 5:1-5, 10:3-4). This number is used in a sacred sense in the seven doors to the Mithraic caves, seven prophetic rings of the Brahmans, seven Persian spirits, seven Chaldean archangels, seven branches on the Assyrian tree of life, seven gates of Thebes, Pan’s flute with seven pipes, Apollo’s lyre of seven strings, seven arms of the Hindu god, and seven stages of Mount Meru, among other instances.[16] Josephus expounded on the Jewish use of astrology as follows:

“When Moses distinguished the tabernacle into three parts,  and allowed two of them to the Priests, as a place accessible and common, he denoted the land and the sea: for these are accessible to all. But when he set apart the third division for God, it was because heaven is inaccessible to men. And when he ordered twelve loaves to be set on the table, he denoted the year, as distinguished into so many months. And when he made the candlestick, of seventy parts, he secretly intimated the Decani, or seventy divisions of the planets.  And as to the seven lamps upon the candlesticks, they referred to the course of the planets, of which that is the number. And for the veils, which were composed of four things, they declared the four elements. For the fine linen was proper to signify the earth; because the flax grows out of the earth. The purple signified the sea; because that colour is dyed by the blood of a sea shell-fish. The blue is fit to signify the air; and the scarlet will naturally be an indication of fire. Now the vestment of the High Priest being made of linen, signified the earth; the blue denoted the sky; being like lightning in its pomegranates, and in the noise of the bells resembling thunder. And for the ephod it shewed that God had made the universe of four [elements:] and as for the gold interwoven, I suppose it related to the splendor by which all things are inlightened. He also appointed the breast-plate to be placed in the middle of the ephod, to resemble the earth: for that has the very middle place of the world. And the girdle which encompassed the High Priest round, signified the ocean: for that goes round about and includes the universe. Each of the sardonyxes declares to us the sun and the moon: those I mean that were in the nature of buttons on the High Priests shoulders. And for the twelve stones, whether we understand by them the months; or whether we understand the like number of the signs of that circle which the Greeks call the Zodiack, we shall not be mistaken in their meaning.”[17]

Josephus obviously recognized the religion of the Jews as being based on the earth and the sky, or the Zodiac, and the elements and seasons.

Murdock noted that Philo saw the “70 as seven multiplied by 10, astrotheologically the number 70 represents the . . . 72 divisions of the zodiacal circle into five degrees each, a motif like the 12, which is found commonly in many mythologies, such as concerns the gods of Egypt, Greece and Rome.”[18] Murdock wrote that the number seventy-two is “frequently shortened to 70. The 72 descendants [of Jacob, also said to be seventy, Ex. 1:5] and 70 elders or disciples would symbolize the same mythical theme.”[19] (Seventy elders went up with Moses, Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu to eat lunch with Yahweh [Ex. 24:9-11].) According to the Ugaritic tablets, El and Asherah (known as Ashtoreth or Astarthe in the Old Testament) had seventy sons, who were the Elohim.[20] (Again, Asherah was spoken of as the consort of Yahweh, equating El with Yahweh and Baal. If Baal and Yahweh were El’s sons, this is to be expected, as Yahweh and his son Jesus are also equated.) The Elohim, we discovered, were the gods who created the world in Genesis. Job 38:7 speaks of the morning stars, or sons of Elohim, singing together and shouting for joy; and, again, El judged among his sons (Ps. 82:1). Psalm 82 is a reprimand to the sons of El for not judging righteously. They were gods but they weren’t doing what El wanted—defending the fatherless and delivering the needy. (In myths the main god is usually the sun and the lesser gods are stars. In Numbers 29, seventy bullocks were sacrificed. Seventy bulls were also sacrificed in the myth of Baal “centuries before the Bible was composed.”[21] All the gods, or Elohim, needed a sacrifice.) Remember that the ancients thought the stars possessed power over the lives of humans; it was determined whether a child would be great based on what the heavens “declared” at the time of the child’s birth. Perhaps the whole point of El’s (Sol’s) anger was that the stars weren’t doing a good job of meting out good fortunes to the deserving.

One of El and Asherah’s sons, by the way, was called “king” and was “identified with Venus as the morning star,” and Yahweh’s son Jesus is also called the morning star (Rev. 2:28, 22:16). “Thus, we have a God the Father of the Morning Star over 1000 years before Jesus supposedly walked the earth.”[22] Venus is called Lucifer in Isaiah 14:12; thus Jesus is recognized as Lucifer (he is both sinner and saint, both Adam and Christ, the one who must die and the one to be resurrected). I know all of this is confusing. If it weren’t, we would all have figured it out long ago. The Bible is extremely, and possibly intentionally, baffling. The main reason we don’t know about astrotheology is that we have not been taught; the information has been hidden from us.

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] Robert Engelbach, “On the Sacred Path with Gilgamesh and Enkidu,” spiritofthescripture.com, 29 Jan. 2015, web, 29 Jan. 2015. [2] Carmen Turner-Schott, MSW, LISW, “The Shining Star of Bethlehem: Signs in the Sky,” About Astrology, astrology.about.com, n.d., web, 19 June 2014. [3] Graham, 316. [4] Engelbach, “On the Sacred Path with Gilgamesh and Enkidu.” [5] Murdock, Christ in Egypt, 261, 277. [6] E. A. Wallis Budge, A Guide to the Egyptian Galleries (British Museum, 1909), 182. See also: Murdock, Christ in Egypt, 272. [7] Murdock, Christ in Egypt, 214. [8] Doane, XXXIX. [9] Doane, XXXIX. [10] Graham, 375. [11] “Birthstone,” wikipedia.org, 25 Jan. 2015, web, 26 Jan. 2015. [12] Viklund, “The Jesus Parallels.” [13] Engelbach, “On the Sacred Path with Gilgamesh and Enkidu.” [14] Engelbach, “On the Sacred Path with Gilgamesh and Enkidu.” [15] Doane, II. [16] Doane, II and III. [17] Flavius Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, 3, 7, 7. [18] Murdock, Did Moses Exist? 234. [19] Murdock, Did Moses Exist? 234. [20] John Gray, The Legacy of Canaan (Leiden, Netherlands: E. J. Brill, 1957), 78. See also: Murdock, Did Moses Exist? 403. [21] Murdock, Did Moses Exist? 403, 405. [22] Murdock, Did Moses Exist? 406.

JC Myth (7.5): Source of All Deity Myths: “Nursery Tales”

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Chapter Seven: Source of All Deity Myths: “Nursery Tales”

It’s time to consider the purpose of the stories about humans being swallowed by whales or fish. These fables were written to express the black night’s swallowing up the day, with the three days (inside the fish) representing the time in winter when the sun stands still for three days in the “bowels of the Earth.”[1] (This also represents the three months of winter.) These were “big fish” stories, or fables to teach lessons. Most legends and fairy tales are based on this idea.

I already mentioned Rumpelstiltskin as a gospel motif, but I’ll say a bit more here. Only a god can make gold out of straw, so in this story Rumpelstiltskin is obviously a god. The princess represents humanity and its plight, of course. She is between a rock and a hard place and needs a savior. This particular savior is both good and kind, as most gods are. He will provide the gold upon the incantation of his name (one must call upon the name of the Lord to be saved, Rom. 10:13), but if the princess fails to call she is doomed. And what is the price she must pay? The loss of her firstborn child, of course!

While we might not have noticed as children, the “Little Red Riding Hood” story was written to symbolize the daily/yearly event of the sun’s fight with darkness. The weak little girl (red evening sun or late fall sun) who came to comfort the old grandmother (Earth) found the grandmother swallowed by the big bad wolf (night or winter). But when the big strong woodsman (bright morning sun or summer sun) arrived, he cut open the big bad wolf and let out the grandmother.[2]

The story of Pinocchio is easily recognized as a “gospel” story. Pinocchio was made of wood. He had a wooden heart, which is basically the same as a heart of stone. Yahweh said he would take away Israel’s stony heart and give her a heart of flesh (Ezek. 36:26). When he did this, Israel was to rise from the dead and come alive. Yahweh said he would cause breath to come into Israel and her dry bones would rise and she would live. Pinocchio, if he was a good little boy, could be a real living boy.  He could “repent” so to speak and have true life.

When Sleeping Beauty, who was living under a curse, reached the age of accountability, she pricked her finger and died. But in the fullness of time a handsome prince came along, kissed her, and brought her to life again. And, of course, they lived happily ever after.

Even the tale of Cinderella is a sun myth. Cinderella was ragged and dull, hidden behind her sisters (clouds) and evil stepmother (night). But the prince (morning sun) took her as his bride and she became the beautiful, adored one.[3] In one version of this story, pigeons peck out the eyes of the wicked stepsisters and they live as blind beggars while Cinderella spends the remainder of her life in the lap of luxury at the palace of the prince.[4] Sound familiar? It should. Yahweh found Israel in her blood, cleaned her up, and put linen and silk clothes upon her, along with bracelets and necklaces, gold and silver, and even a crown—all while he brought troubles and pain upon the nations who were Israel’s enemies (Ezek. 16:1-14).

Isn’t this also the Christian fable? We are lost and undone, worthless and forgotten; but our shining prince comes riding in on his white horse and rescues us. Then we, rather than our tormentors, are the special ones, the beautiful and glorious bride of Christ decked out with gold and various jewels. We rule in our golden kingdom alongside him, and live happily ever after, forever and ever, as we banish our tormenters, and all other “unworthies,” far from us in the darkness of the dungeon. (This is even the story of Delta Dawn. Trusting in a promise, she waits for her “mysterious, dark-haired man” to “take her to his mansion in the sky.”[5])

Professor Max Mǘller wrote: “The divine myth became an heroic legend, and the heroic legend fades away into a nursery tale. Our nursery tales have well been called the modern patois of the ancient sacred mythology of the Aryan race.”[6] When we get to the bottom of all the legends and myths, we discover that all religion is about honoring or worshiping whatever or whoever provides life and health—and makes the crops grow. And that is the sun.

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, IX. [2] Doane, IX. [3] Doane, Appendix C. [4] J. Frater, “The Hidden Meanings behind Fairy Tales,” Drama Start, drama-in-ecce.com, Nov. 2010, web, 14 Nov. 2014. [5] Harvey, Alex, and Larry Collins. “Delta Dawn.” 1972. Song. [6] Max Mǘller, MA, Chips from a German Workshop, Vol. 2: Essays on Mythology, Traditions, and Customs (New York: Charles Schribner and Company, 1872), 260. See also: Richard Heber Newton, Sermons in All Souls Monthly, 1888-1891 (East Hampton, NY), 12; and Doane, IX.