JC Myth (10.3): Our Legacy: “The Facts of Life”

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Chapter Ten: Our Legacy: “The Facts of Life”

When people are faced with insurmountable evidence against their beliefs, they often say, “I walk by faith,” as if that takes away any obligation to reason or provide evidence for their beliefs. Blind faith seems to be considered a virtue. As Carl S. wrote: “We frequently find social stigma attached to someone who is ‘lacking in faith,’ as if believing in anything, however outrageous, is acceptable if it is sincerely believed in. What’s so special about that?” He continued to say that if we don’t have faith maybe the reason is that we can’t force ourselves to trust without evidence and our lack of faith is therefore the “positive, mature attitude to maintain.”[1]

Let’s imagine we never heard of angry Yahweh or lowly Jesus. We know nothing of a talking snake, original sin, or a god’s mating with a human then killing his son because he couldn’t stand the humans he made and he just had to take his vengeance on someone. We’re reading the Bible for the first time. Can we believe this book full of magic and wizardry like other fables, legends, and fairy tales that we know to be false? Should we believe it? If my crazy neighbor Noah tells me God is going to pour down water to drown the world and I therefore need to get into his boat, or my fanatical cousin Lot rants about how God is going to rain down fire and brimstone so I need to get out of the city, why in the name of sanity would I believe either of them? Why should I be expected by a rational god to believe them? I hope my readers will be honest and admit that they wouldn’t believe their cousin or neighbor any more than I would believe mine and that such non-belief is rational and wise! When I was little my two oldest sisters told my next oldest sister and me that if we made horses out of corn stalks and corn silk and put them in Mommy’s sewing machine drawer overnight, when we woke up they would be real, live horses. We believed our sisters because we were innocent and gullible and had tons of faith. But we shouldn’t have! And nobody should be rewarded for being ignorant enough to accept nonsense just because another human being says it did or will happen.

We must look at the facts (as knowledge surpasses faith); the facts do not justify faith in the Judaeo-Christian gods. At the time the Christ myth came into being, people were superstitious. (Even the New Testament declares that [Acts 17:22].) They were already accustomed to honoring fake gods and goddesses. Naturally one more wasn’t a problem for them. But it should be for us.

Despite all that has been said here, we can surely learn from the myths of the Bible (as we can and do from all myths—that is their purpose). Eckhart Tolle wrote, “The man on the cross . . . is every man and every woman.”[2] He further noted that “Christ can be seen as the archetypal human, embodying both the pain and the possibility of transcendence.”[3] Bill Darlison put it this way:

“The person on the cross is you. It is I. It is Everyman, and Everywoman. Crucifixion is not just an archaic and barbaric punishment for a few unfortunate lawbreakers; it is a condition of life. Crucifixion is the perfect metaphor for the human situation because, unlike most types of execution, it delivers a slow, lingering, painful death. What’s more, it takes place for all of us on Golgotha, Calvary, ‘the place of the skull’ (Golgotha is Aramaic for ‘skull’, Calvary is ‘skull’ in Latin) which is itself an image of life stripped down to its skeletal essentials. We are all poised in pain on the cross of life. None escapes, and all attempts to insulate ourselves from life’s pains are fruitless. . . The message of Easter is not that once upon a time a single individual’s death paid the price of sin and he was rewarded by having his corpse reanimated. . . The story of the literal crucifixion and literal resurrection from physical death of a single human being is biologically impossible, historically implausible, and, in the way that it is often presented, it is morally questionable. But the story of our own resurrection from spiritual death while we are still alive is the most important and liberating message we will ever hear.”[4]

Not only is the crucifixion/resurrection the story of our lives; in fact, it’s the sequence of each day. We wake up with a clean slate to greet the morning sun; we struggle to make it through the day; then we lie down at night, either in peace or torture based on what happened that day (or, at least, how we dealt with the day’s happenings); either way, we close our eyes in our “little death”[5] of sleep. Arthur Schopenhauer said, “Each day is a little life: every waking and rising a little birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every going to rest and sleep a little death.”[6]    John A. Sanford wrote: “The world-creating Logos could be seen in the movements of the heavenly bodies, in the majesty of the skies, in the great ocean with its abundance of life . . . in the tiniest unit of life.”[7] The story is written in the sky, in the seasons, in the womb, and in the stages of growth/aging of each individual (Gen. 1:14; Ps. 19:1-6, 84:11; Mal. 4:2; Rom. 1:20; Rev. 22:16). We come into the world naked and unashamed, we play our part, we fall into a deep sleep, and we return innocently to our source (even if it is only as dust in the wind). We have our spring, summer, fall, and winter. And, again, we must work in the spring and summer (day/youth/strength) so that when our fall (evening/old age/weakness) comes, we can harvest and eat; if not, we will either freeze to death, being unclothed, or we will die of starvation in our winter—we will be naked and hungry (we will go down in shame). As the Psalmist said, we labor in sorrow for seventy years and then are cut off and fly away (Ps. 90:10). We live our seventy weeks, or our seventy years, with our seventy family members, bearing whatever cross is ours, and then we face our 70 CE (Ex.1:5, Dan. 9:24). Just as with the biblical characters Adam and Jesus, the only way to “return to God” is to die. This process is repeated throughout the biblical texts in various ways. It is the cycle of life.

So, even if we conclude that the Bible, like all ancient scriptures, was written by men, that doesn’t mean it offers nothing beneficial. Surely we are all a part of the energy, force, intellect, or whatever exists that holds us all together. No, I don’t believe that power is a personal, male, mind-reading, bloodthirsty, vengeful god who destroys “the blameless and the wicked” (Job 9:22). Still, both the blameless and the wicked do die! Some creative force brought us all into being, some force will take us out, and we are indeed unified with the universe. That, we can agree on. Maybe what we call God is simply consciousness, or “the life force”;[8] thus it truly is in everything and everybody, as the Bible (and the Egyptian god Aten) says (Acts 17:28, Col. 1:16-20).

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] Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose (New York: Penguin Group, 2005), 102. [3] Tolle, 144. [4] Bill Darlison, “Two Thieves,” Roads for Traveling Souls, billdarlison.blogspot.com, 18 Apr. 2014, web, 7 May 2015. [5] George R. R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons (HBO Tie-in Edition): A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Five: A Novel (New York: Bantam Books, 2015), 450. [6] Arthur Schopenhauer, “Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes,” brainyquotes.com, n.d., web, 10 Apr. 2015. [7] John A. Sanford, Mystical Christianity: A Psychological Commentary on the Gospel of John (New York: The Crossroad Publishing Company, 1994), 23. [8] Eben Alexander, MD, Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife (New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2012), 156.

 

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JC Myth (10.2): Our Legacy: “Hats Off to the Israelites”

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Chapter Ten: Our Legacy: “Hats Off to the Israelites”

American Jew Marcus Eli Ravage wrote the following mocking words to Christians:

“Our tribal customs have become the core of your moral code. Our tribal laws have furnished the basic groundwork of all your august constitutions and legal system. Our legends and our folk-tales are the sacred lore which you croon to your infants. Our poets have filled your hymnals and your prayerbooks. Our national history has become an indispensable part of the learning of your pastors and priests and scholars . . . Our ancient little country is your Holy Land. Our national literature is your Holy Bible. What our people thought and taught has become inextricably woven into your very speech and tradition, until no one among you can be called educated who is not familiar with our racial heritage.

Jewish artisans and Jewish fishermen are your teachers and your saints, with countless statues carved in their image and innumerable cathedrals raised to their memories. A Jewish maiden is your ideal of motherhood and womanhood. A Jewish rebel-prophet is the central figure in your religious worship. We have pulled down your idols, cast aside your racial inheritance, and substituted for them our God and our traditions. No conquest in history can even remotely compare with this clean sweep of our conquest over you.”[1]

Graham wrote regarding Ravage’s words: “So true are [Ravage’s] mocking words, that every Christian in Christendumb should hang his head in shame.”[2] We have given up our own ancestry and culture, replacing it with that of the Jews. As Mack wrote: “What do you suppose [the people of Southeast Asia] thought when they first learned about Adam and Abraham and the Christ, and then discovered that their own ancestors, heroes, and gods would now have to lurk in the shadows as demigods and forest spirits?”[3] We (by that I mean I) have wasted our lives poring over ancient Hebrew (and Roman) writings while totally ignoring our own heritage. May this stop now!

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] Marcus Eli Ravage, “A Real Case Against Jews,” Century Magazine (New York: The Century  Co., 1928), Vol. 115, No. 3, Jan. 1928, 346ff. See also: Graham, 276-277; and Murdock, Did Moses Exist? 497. [2] Lloyd M. Graham, Deceptions and Myths of the Bible (New York: Skyhorse Publishing, 1979), 276. [3] Mack, 295.

 

JC Myth (10.1): Our Legacy: “That Old-Time Religion”

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Chapter Ten: Our Legacy: “That Old-Time Religion”

We have compared the god-men of the Bible to the gods of other cultures and found them to be virtually identical. Again, the truth seems to be that the Jews collected all the god stories they could find and claimed them as tales about their own god, and the Christians did likewise. As Barbara Walker wrote:

“the Bible is a highly diversified collection of writings, put together more or less at random over many centuries and extensively edited, revised, added to, subtracted from, mistranslated and misunderstood in a variety of ways. To regard any of it as historically accurate is simply a delusion that can be maintained only with considerable damage to the faculty of reason. . .

“scholars know now that the Old Testament contains innumerable lies, mistakes, contradictions and bits of plagiarism; for the writers were not really creative authors. They were copiers and collectors of earlier texts, which they often garbled or misunderstood. They didn’t create their own unique creation myth; they adapted it from many earlier sources.”[1]

Graham noted:

“The Jews would have us believe their entire book is a revelation from this God, yet how can it be since all the other races had the same material? Here we repeat, there is scarcely anything in their scriptures that cannot be found in the literature of older races. This they will deny, tracing as they do their lineage back to Adam, but their antiquity is as mythological as their history, so also their calendar . . . As for revelation, there is no such thing. All knowledge is humanly acquired sometime.”[2]

The stories we have inherited reflect the mindset of the ancients as they attempted to grapple with theological issues and curiosity about their origin and the calamities and good fortune that came their way. While we may never have a clear answer as to who first began propagating many of these legends, we have no choice but to accept that the biblical account borrowed from other traditions.

Dennis Bratcher observed:

“Since the Israelites shared the cultural milieu of the Middle East, it would not be surprising, as pervasive as these myths were in that area, that they would use some of this imagery. . . While the specific origin of many of the symbols of apocalyptic writings cannot be traced, several basic elements . . . have a common background in Canaanite and Middle Eastern culture”.[3]

Tarico wrote:

“Preliterate people handed down their best guesses about gods and goodness by way of oral tradition . . . Their notions of what was good . . . and how to live in moral community with each other were free to evolve as culture and technology changed. But the advent of the written word changed that. As our Iron Age ancestors recorded and compiled their ideas into sacred texts, these texts allowed their understanding of gods and goodness to become static. The sacred texts of Judaism, Christianity and Islam forbid idol worship, but over time the texts themselves became idols, and many modern believers practice—essentially—book worship, also known as bibliolatry. . .

“Adherents who think their faith is perfect, are not just naïve or ill informed. They are developmentally arrested, and in the case of the world’s major religions, they are anchored to the Iron Age, a time of violence, slavery, desperation and early death.

“Ironically, the mindset that our sacred texts are perfect betrays the very quest that drove our ancestors to write those texts. Each of the men who wrote part of the Bible, Quran, or Gita took his received tradition, revised it, and offered his own best articulation of what is good and real. We can honor the quest of our spiritual ancestors, or we can honor their answers, but we cannot do both.”[4]

Tarico’s words are enlightening. Our ancestors changed their scriptures as their knowledge advanced, but many today remain stuck at an outdated level of discernment because they refuse to move past the philosophies of the ancients.

Curtis Hinson wrote:

“In the twenty-first century, one ought to be able to worship any deity or no deity freely, but without the expectation of suspension of criticism from those outside a given view. If faith is humanistic, that is, if it contributes to human well-being and advancement, then it has value for those who practice it. If a faith causes harm and oppression, however, if it causes “Othering”[5] (in the Lacan/Levinas sense), then it cannot be seen as a positive contribution to the world or to its adherents.

“Genocide, rape, and slavery are all described with varying levels of approval or disapproval attributed to God and the Israelites. The Israelites had a tribalistic worldview that allowed the juxtaposition of atrocities with a benevolent tribal God. The Torah contains what may be beautiful theological metaphors—yet cannot be accepted uncritically as a whole without severe cognitive and moral disconnect. With a more ancient view of canon (such as the concept even existed in proto-form), this was not an obstacle at all. Different genres (some of which are extant in modern literature), parallel but disagreeing narratives, and internal disagreements or clashes were expected, as a less literalistic and more oral view of the (then mostly oral) tradition made this a non-conflict.

“In the modern, Western Christian view, particularly the fundamentalist flavor thereof, where the canon is forced to harmonize where it was never intended to harmonize, across internal theological development, three different languages, and several centuries of history and many more centuries of textual transmission and translation, the resulting God cannot be respected as God without suspension of moral judgment and an absolute privileging of text and theology. Those of us who do not share this privileging are in no account compelled to suspend criticism. The constructed god is an assault on human progress.”[6]

As Tarico noted, while this “focus on the written word . . . has allowed Christianity and Islam to become more powerful than any religion in history . . . it has also allowed both traditions to become stagnant and cruel.”[7]

Our forebears recognized the need to evolve. Perhaps they did the best they could with the information available to them. I truly believe that is so of some of them. They were simply attempting to understand their world. Let’s not degrade their legacy by refusing to further their knowledge. They left us a heritage of a curious mind and a heart to discover new truth. What legacy will we leave our children? Do we want them to cling to outdated, ignorant ideas, or do we want them to add their own more enlightened thoughts to what we already have? We must set the example! Maybe that “old-time religion” shouldn’t be “good enough for me.”[8] Of course, the truth may be that the ancients knew more than we do and we should move back beyond the time when the Jews and Catholics literalized the myths and return to the truths we can glean from nature.

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] Walker, Man Made God, 39-40, 99. [2] Graham, 231. [3] Dennis Bratcher, “Speaking the Language of Canaan: The Old Testament and the Israelite Perception of the Physical World: How the Scriptures Appropriate Non-Hebraic World Views,” Christian Resource Institute: The Voice: Biblical and Theological Resources for Growing Christians, cresourcei.org, 2013, web, 16 Feb. 2014. [4] Tarico, “These are the 12 worst ideas religion has unleashed on the world.” [5] “Othering is the process of casting a group, an individual or an object into the role of the ‘other’ and establishing one’s own identity through opposition to and, frequently, vilification of this Other.” Yiannis Gabriel, “The Other and Othering – A Short Introduction,” Stories, music, psychoanalysis, politics, reviews, the odd cooking recipe . . . , yiannisgabriel.com, 10 Sept. 2012, web, 12 Jan. 2015. [6] Curtis Hinson, message to the author, 12 Jan. 2014. [7] Tarico, “In Defense of Cherry Picking the Bible.” [8] “(Give Me That) Old-Time Religion,” traditional gospel song, 1873, written down by Charles Davis Tillman, 1889, wikipedia.org, 20 Jan. 2015, web, 23 Jan. 2015.

JC Myth (10.0): Our Legacy

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Chapter Ten: Our Legacy

Christianity is a cult of human sacrifice. . . not a religion that repudiates human sacrifice. It is a religion that celebrates a single human sacrifice as though it were effective.[2] (Dr. Sam Harris)

The doctrine of original sin, which lies at the foundation of Christianity, is illogical and unjust. To hold all mankind . . . responsible for the indiscretion of Eve for eating an apple that was placed on a tree to tempt her . . . and that, to atone for this original sin, besides being driven out of the Garden of Eden, which science has shown to be a myth, God had to send His only son Jesus to be crucified between two thieves, to ransom all men, condemned and lost in consequence of the indiscretion of Adam and Eve, who did a good thing by eating the apple that opened their eyes to their ignorance and nakedness, is contrary to all reason and common sense.[3] ( James Palatine Dameron)

But, after all, who knows, and who can say whence it all came, and how creation happened? The gods themselves are later than creation, so who knows truly whence it has arisen? 7. Whence all creation had its origin, he, whether he fashioned it or whether he did not, he, who surveys it all from highest heaven, he knows or maybe even he does not know.[4] (Rigveda)

Ecclesiastes 3 (BBE): 19  Because the fate of the sons of men and the fate of the beasts is the same. As is the death of one so is the death of the other, and all have one spirit. Man is not higher than the beasts; because all is to no purpose. 20  All go to one place, all are of the dust, and all will be turned to dust again. 21  Who is certain that the spirit of the sons of men goes up to heaven, or that the spirit of the beasts goes down to the earth? 22  So I saw that there is nothing better than for a man to have joy in his work — because that is his reward. Who will make him see what will come after him?

If there is a god, I’m pretty sure he/she/it isn’t the one in the bible. That god is too exclusive just as are all of the other man-made gods. The Hebrew/Jewish/Christian god is nothing more than another tribal mythical god as with all of the other Ancient Near East religions of the past. A universal creator would be exactly that—god of everyone and everything, no exclusivity at all! How he would deal with us after we die is up to him. If we live the best life we can and try to treat others with love, how could he not accept that?[5] (Dale Stanford)

The Bible and Christianity don’t stand up under scrutiny. There are too many glaring contradictions and inconsistencies, incoherent reasoning and moral repugnances, ethical sidesteps and magical presuppositions. As a spiritual entity it is corrupt and self-serving, ego-centered, narcissistic.[6] (Craig Lee Duckett)

We are incapable of knowing either what [God] is or whether he is.[7] (Blaise Pascall)

It seems to me that the idea of a personal god is an anthropological concept which I cannot take seriously.[8] (Albert Einstein)

Pure inspiration is confined to no particular person, age or nation. . . Everything that moves anywhere in . . . Nature sustains a relation more or less intimate to the spirit which animates the world. Every creature enjoys a living communion with the all-animating principle; and the relations which subsist between the little worm and the creation of worlds are just as intimate in principle as those enjoyed by man.[1] (James Palatine Dameron)

The Hindus consider the Vedas to be inspired, the Japanese the Shinto, the Muslims the Koran, the Jews the Tanakh, and the Christians the Old and New Testaments.[9] Christians have, for more than 2,000 years, proclaimed their savior to be “the way, the truth, and the life” (Jn. 14:6); and they have lived their lives based on Jewish/Roman literature telling them so. But why would the Jews and Romans above all others have a direct line to the creative force of the universe? If all Christians seriously considered this question, I believe they would be atheistic with regard to Yahweh just as they are concerning Zeus and other fake gods. The Judaeo-Christian myth tells the story of a god who was separated from his wife but reconciled. It is a sensual romance that teaches us a good lesson, which is that unity is necessary to happiness and fulfillment. While I appreciate the message, I can’t ignore the truths I have learned that have helped me to see that the Judaeo-Christian tale is a myth like all other deity legends. Therefore, as those before me left their understanding of spiritual matters for me to read, I must leave mine for those who come behind me.

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] Dameron, 48. [2] Sam Harris, PhD, “Sam Harris demolishes Christianity,” youtube.com, 20 Jan. 2012, web, 7 Feb. 2015. [3] Dameron, 76-77. [4] Rigveda, X, 129, 6-7, tr. A. L. Basham, The Wonder That Was India (London, 1954), 247-248. See also: “Mircea Eliade ‘From Primitives to Zen’: ‘Who Can Say Whence It All Came and How Creation Happened?'” Myths of Creation and of Origin: Myths of the Creation of the World, mircea-eliade.com, n.d., web, 22 Dec. 2014. [5] Dale Stanford, facebook.com, 21 Aug. 2014, web, 21 Aug. 2014. [6] Craig Lee Duckett, “The World Simply Does Not Behave the Way Described in the Bible.” [7] Armstrong, 297, 299. Pascal (1623-1662) was a French theologian, physicist, and mathematician. [8] Albert Einstein, “Religion and Science,” New York Times Magazine (9 Nov. 1930), 1-4. See also: Albert Einstein, The World as I See It (New York: Philosophical Library, 1949), 24-28; and “Albert Einstein on: Religion and Science,” sacred-texts.com, n.d., web, 22 Apr. 2015. [9] Watts, “Jesus: His Religion or the Religion About Him.”

JC Myth (9.9): Gnostic New Testament: “Summary”

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Chapter Nine: Gnostic New Testament: “Summary”

When the Bible itself presents the Christ as having performed his redemptive duties in the heavenly realm, we ought to accept the book’s own teaching if we value its content at all. Based on the biblical text and the information contained herein, it seems evident that the story of Jesus Christ, like similar stories before it, is a myth based on the Zodiac and the heavenly bodies. Murdock wrote:

“To summarize, in the solar myth the ‘death’ of the ‘old sun’ occurs as the days decrease in length towards the winter solstice—the word ‘solstice’ meaning ‘sun stands still’—as for three days the sun appears not to be moving south or north. Hence, it is considered ‘dead’ in the ‘Tomb’ or ‘cave,’ and did not ‘return to life’ until three days later, at midnight on December 24th, when it began its northerly journey again. Therefore, the ancients said the sun was born, reborn or resurrected on December 25th.”[1]

On the night of December 24 the Egyptians performed a ritual in which they “carried from a sanctuary the image of a new-born child, the Sun, and shouted that “the Virgin has born,” and that the “light is increasing.”[2] The Gnostics called the winter solstice “Harpokrates,” or “Horus the child.”[3] This confirms that Horus (from where we get the words “horizon” and “hours”) was the newborn son that appeared at the winter solstice. And since Horus bore many characteristics of another “son of God” (Jesus), we may deduce the same of Jesus. Man’s first enemy was darkness, so our ancestors longed for the life-giving rays of the newborn sun; if only the sun could shine perpetually, all darkness (and evil and death) would dissipate.[4]

Acharya S wrote in Suns of God:

“The miraculously announced infant is born of a virgin (Virgo) in a cave or stable at the winter solstice (“Christmas”). His birth is attended by wise men (Three Kings in Orion’s Belt) following a star in the East (Sirius) and bearing gifts. His life is threatened by a tyrant (Leo “the King”), who pursues him and slaughters many male newborns (stars). The solar babe escapes and grows up doing miracles, achieving manhood at the summer solstice, after which he heals the sick and raises the dead.  He is baptized in the Jordan (Eridanus constellation) by Oannes the Dipper (Aquarius), and overcomes the ‘Prince of Darkness’ (the night sky and winter). The sun god gathers around him 12 principle disciples or helpers (signs of the Zodiac), who preach the ‘good news.’ The solar hero is betrayed (Scorpio), killed, often by crucifixion (“crossified” at the equinoxes), side-wounded (Sagittarius) and buried in a cave (winter solstice [when the sun stands still as if dead for three days]). Three days later, the sun god rises again, leaving an empty tomb, and eventually ascends to heaven.”[5]

Annie Besant, summarizing the thinking of Charles Dupuis, added further to this idea:

the hero is born about December 25th, without sexual intercourse, for the sun, entering the winter solstice, emerges in the sign of Virgo, the heavenly virgin. His mother remains ever-virgin, since the rays of the sun, passing through the zodiacal sign, leave it intact. His infancy is begirt with dangers, because the new-born sun is feeble in the midst of the winters’ fogs and mists, which threaten to devour him; his life is one of toil and peril, culminating at the spring equinox in a final struggle with the powers of darkness. At that point the day and the night are equal, and both fight for the master; though the night veil the sun, and he seems dead; though he has descended out of sight, below the earth, yet he rises again triumphant, and he rises in the sign of the Lamb, and is thus the Lamb of God, carrying away the darkness and death of the winter months. Henceforth, he triumphs, growing ever stronger and more brilliant. He ascends into the zenith, and there he glows, ‘on the right hand of God,’ himself God, the very substance of the Father, the brightness of his glory, and the ‘express image of his person,’ ‘upholding all things’ by his heat and his life-giving power; thence he pours down life and warmth on his worshippers, giving them his very self to be their life; his substance passes into the grape and the corn, the sustainers of health; around him are his twelve followers, the twelve signs of the zodiac, the twelve months of the year; his day, the Lord’s Day, is Sunday, the day of the Sun, and his yearly course, ever renewed, is marked each year by the renewed memorials of his career. The signs appear in the long array of sun-heroes, making the succession of deities, old in reality, although new-named.”[6]

Although Arthur Drews confirmed that “The Gospels do not contain the history of an actual man, but only the myth of the god-man Jesus, clothed in a historical dress,”[7] the early Christians destroyed nearly all evidence of the mythic nature of Christianity. This destruction was so complete by the fifth century that Archbishop Chrysostom boasted that every “trace of the old philosophy and literature of the ancient world has vanished from the face of the earth.”[8] Besides that, we know that the documents we have today known as the New Testament are not original, and we have no idea who even wrote the Gospels.[9] Also, the Gospels in the canon are a remnant of what was written in the “first few centuries BCE and AD/CE,” and they “bear the marks of extensive interpolation, revision and reinterpretation added by Church authorities centuries later” and are “hardly more reliable than fairy tales.”[10] And, finally, not one historian—not one—living at the time Jesus supposedly lived ever spoke of him. Not one. Barbara Walker wrote:

“The earliest literature concerning [Jesus Christ] was written by Paul, who never knew him or anyone else who might have known him and who never heard anything about his life story. Paul mentioned none of these now-so-familiar details, which were added much later by unknown writers who pretended to bear the names of various disciples and who sprinkled their writings with mythic data gathered from sacred-king traditions of contemporary Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Persian and Levantine salvation cults.”[11]

The biblical texts are fabrications. The Bible says as much, calling both covenants an allegory (Gal. 4:24-26). These stories were not originally meant to be taken literally. Many of the men who wrote their own doctrine and destroyed the writings of others may have genuinely thought they were doing a service to the world. Others no doubt discovered that they could gain power, prestige, and a pretty penny by twisting and perverting the scriptures into a means to deceive, manipulate, and frighten uneducated, ignorant people into believing lies about a god who would punish them if they weren’t obedient to religious leaders. No matter what the motivation was, these early myth-makers destroyed anything and everything that stood in their way. And today blinded Christians declare the writings of Jews and the Roman Empire to be the word of God. It doesn’t occur to many even to look at the other literature that might help them comprehend the fraud that occurred. They accept the lies of the Jews and the Romans hook, line, and sinker, and guide their lives accordingly, even to the point of condemning and ostracizing their own loved ones.

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, Christ in Egypt, 83. [2] Stefan Weinstock, “A New Greek Calendar and Festivals of the Sun,” The Journal of Roman Studies, Vol. 38, Parts 1 & 2, 1948, 42. See also: Murdock, Christ in Egypt, 90. [3] Heinrich Karl Brugsch, Thesaurus Inscriptionun Aegyptiacarum (Austria: Akademische Druck, 1968), 419. See also: Murdock, Christ in Egypt, 106. [4] “ASTRO-THEOLOGY: THE ‘SUN’ ON THE CROSS…OR…THE ‘SON’ ON THE CROSS?” paganizingfaithofyeshua.freeservers.com, n.d., web, 4 June 2015. [5] Acharya S, Suns of God, 458. [6] Besant, 343-344. [7] Graham, 282. [8] Doane, 436. See also: Graham, 281. [9] Graham, 281. [10] Walker, Man Made God, 145. [11] Walker, Man Made God, 144-145.

 

JC Myth (9.8): Gnostic New Testament: “Destruction of Evidence”

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Chapter Nine: Gnostic New Testament: “Destruction of Evidence”

While we still see some Gnosticism within the New Testament, for the most part, as Massey noted, Gnostic doctrine was replaced by literalism and a human Christ.

“The gospel according to John is the link of connection between the true Gnosis and the false history of the other gospels. It shows the very ground on which the mythos alighted to be made mundane, and that is why it was kept secret, and withheld until the middle of the second century or so, by which time the doctrine of the Christ made flesh was considered safe, and sure to supersede the teachings of the Gnostics with the gospel of historic Christianity.”[1]

Unfortunately, to hide the truth, Christians burnt what they could of the Gnostic scriptures. Edward Carpenter noted that “they took special pains to destroy the pagan records and so obliterate the evidence of their own dishonesty.”[2] Graham wrote that “the early Christians heated their baths with the Ancient Wisdom. And what knowledge they may have contained!”[3] These barbarous Christians even burnt Hebrew scrolls, including “twelve thousand volumes of the Talmud.”[4] With the evidence destroyed, they could “substitute their own absurdities. And to substantiate them they altered words and inserted verses that did not exist in the original texts.”[5] Massey wrote:

“And when Eusebius recorded his memorable boast that he had virtually made ‘all square’ for the Christians, it was an ominous announcement of what had been done to keep out of sight the mythical and mystical rootage of historic Christianity. The Gnostics had been muzzled, and their extant evidences, as far as possible, masked. He and his co-conspirators did their worst in destroying documents and effacing the tell-tale records of the past, to prevent the future from learning what the bygone ages could have said directly for themselves. They made dumb all Pagan voices that would have cried aloud their testimony against the unparalleled imposture then being perfected in Rome. They had almost reduced the first four centuries to silence on all matters of the most vital importance for any proper understanding of the true origins of the Christian Superstition. The mythos having been at last published as a human history everything else was suppressed or forced to support the fraud. Christolatry is founded on the Christ, who is mythical in one phase and mystical in the other; Egyptian (and Gnostic) in both, but historical in neither.[6]

Barbara Walker noted: “Even St. Augustine (City of God, 4.31) deemed it ‘expedient’ to make people believe certain things that are false and to conceal other things that the ‘vulgar crowd’ should not know.”[7]  And: “Through the centuries, religious ‘fathers’ have deliberately forged, fabricated and dissembled the beliefs demanded of their ‘children,’ for, as St. Gregory Nazianzen (330-389/390) allegedly wrote to St. Jerome (c. 347-420), the people are childlike, and ‘the less they understand, the more they admire.'”[8]

Although evidence was burnt, the New Testament, particularly Paul’s writings and the book of Hebrews, expresses a metaphorical view of Christ, a sun god like his predecessors. The New Testament presents a narrative to explain spiritual concepts. Even Jesus said he spoke in parables to those who couldn’t understand (Mt. 13:13). We need to move beyond fables and recognize the allegory. Unfortunately, as Randolph stated, the “literal, and banal, way of reading won the day through the Christian tradition.”[9]

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] Massey, Gerald Massey’s Lectures, No. 30. [2] Graham, 444. [3] Graham, 444. [4] Graham, 444. [5] Graham, 444-445. [6] Massey, Gerald Massey’s Lectures, No. 3. See also: Graham, 445. [7] Walker, Man Made God, 31. [8] Walker, Man Made God, 31. See also: Tom Harpur, The Pagan Christ (Toronto: Thomas Allen Publishers, 2004), 182. [9] Adam Randolph, “The Resurrection of Paul.”

JC Myth (9.7): Gnostic New Testament: “Closing of the Breach”

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Chapter Nine: Gnostic New Testament: “Closing of the Breach”

One aspect of the natural-to-spiritual imagery presented in the New Testament is that the earth was becoming the sky, the human a god, the female a male. The breach was going to be closed.

In The Gospel of Thomas Jesus states that he plans to make women male so they can enter his kingdom.

(114) Simon Peter said to him, “Let Mary leave us, for women are not worthy of life.” Jesus said, “I myself shall lead her in order to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every woman who will make herself male will enter the kingdom of heaven.[1]

Of course, this didn’t make it into the canon, but it is nevertheless evident that, within early Christian thoughts, male and female would be reunited as one being, the new, androgynous last Adam, or Christ. Christ then would be “all in all” (1 Cor. 15:28, Eph. 1:23). As Clement of Alexandria wrote, the “‘Sun of Righteousness,’ who drives His chariot over all, pervades equally all humanity.”[2]

Jesus (of the house of Jacob) fixed the rift between his parents, thus closing the breach, ending their separation, and bringing reconciliation. They got back together for their offspring. Jesus’ mother, who had been so lewd the Philistines were ashamed of her, committed fornication with the Egyptians and the Assyrians, and fornicated from the land of Canaan to Chaldea—pouring her prostitution on “everyone who passed by” (Ezek. 16:15-29)—finally came home. The new Jerusalem, the “mother of us all” (Gal. 4:26), descended and Yahweh’s tabernacle was with men (Rev. 21:2-4). Heaven came down and joined the earth. The old heaven and old earth were gone, and in their place was only one entity, with no more sea (adversary, foreign lover) to separate the divine couple (Rev. 21:1). Again, Lamentations 2:13 states that the breach between Yahweh and his “virgin daughter” Israel was “great like the sea: who can heal thee?” Jesus was the only one who could build a bridge across the sea, and crush the serpent, dragon, devil, or Satan. He was the knight in shining armor who killed the monster in the waters surrounding the castle, rebuilt the bridge across the moat, and brought everybody home safe and sound. “In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea” (Isa. 27:1). At this point, of course, the old Israel had become Egypt, or the sea that was no more (Jn. 8:44, Gal. 4:24-28, Rev. 11:8).

Remember, the brother of the mother in ancient times was the male figure in a child’s life. In Amos 6:10 the uncle of a dead man was to go into a burned house and get the man’s bones. In the New Testament we read about “Paul’s sister’s son” and “Marcus, sister’s son to Barnabas,” presumably because these nephews were close to their uncles (Acts 23:16, Col. 4:10). If an indigent widow (widow indeed) has children or nephews, Christianity demands that both provide for her (1 Tim. 5:4). In ancient times the “only recognized bonds of blood relationship depended on motherhood . . . The bonds were maternal because no paternal relationships were perceived or even guessed.”[3]

An interesting concept appears with regard to the god Adonis as well as Osiris—an idea we have mentioned, which is that the gods enjoy incestuous relationships. We saw it with Ishtar and Tammuz; and the mother of Adonis was the reincarnated Aphrodite or Venus, and was the consort of Adonis and therefore both his mother and his lover.[4] Isis mothered Horus through Osiris and became both the mother and lover of Horus. Isis was also the sister of Osiris,[5] hence his sister and his lover. Also, Horus and Osiris may be identical gods, making Isis the wife of God and the mother of God.[6] Brahma, Abraham, and Zeus married their sisters. And who can forget: “I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse” (Sng of Sngs 5:1)? We might also remember that Yahweh called Israel both his daughter and his wife (Jer. 3:8, Lam. 2:13). As we know, the Virgin Mary was both the wife of God (Yahweh) and the mother of God (Jesus). This is carried over into the relationship the New Testament bears out between Christ and his church. He is the older brother and the bridegroom, as well as the father (Is. 9:6); and the church (or new Jerusalem) is both the mother of all, which would include the Christ since he is the Christian’s brother, and the bride of Christ (Jn. 3:29, Gal. 4:26, Rev. 21). Barbara Walker noted that the “female who is both Bride of God and Mother of God, like Mary, dates all the way back to Paleolithic cultures before biological fatherhood was understood.”[7] Another interesting tidbit is that Mary Magdalene was, in some stories, the midwife at the birth of Jesus, the one who anointed him with oil (making him the Christ), and, in some Gnostic literature, the lover of Jesus.[8] In fact, Jacobovici wrote regarding Mary:

“In our Lost Gospel, she is depicted as a Galilean Phoenician priestess that abandons idolatry after meeting and falling in love with Jesus. They marry, but she’s not simply ‘Mrs. Jesus.’ She is a partner in redemption referred to as the ‘Daughter of God’ and ‘The Bride of God.’ Our Lost Gospel states that Jesus and Mary had two children and it witnesses to the idea that, for their earliest followers, Jesus and his wife Mary were co-deities embroiled in the politics of their times.”[9]

Origen thought Mary Magdalene was immortal, calling her “titles later bestowed on the Virgin Mary, such as Ecclesia (the Church), Jerusalem and ‘Mother of Us All.'”[10] Thus, just as we have a fanciful story of a fake male savior, so we have a fake tale of a female savior. One stuck while the other didn’t.

Again, today we know that females have male DNA in their brains that may have come not only from their fathers but from older brothers who left it in the womb of their mothers. This makes older brothers a part of their younger siblings.[11] So, physically and biologically, a sister and brother are connected in much the same way as a father and child. The point is that once a child is born, no force on Earth can destroy the bond between the child’s family members. Children bind parents, they bind siblings, and they bind in-laws. The entire family (or human race) is connected, particularly in this son of the most powerful god who is now brother, father, and husband to humanity and a bridge between humans and gods. And, according to Romans 8:38-39, nothing can “separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Once the couple (Yahweh and Mary, Asherah, or Israel; heaven and earth; male and female; spirit and body or matter) made that baby (who was a part of them both), it was a done deal—signed, sealed, and delivered; no power could separate them. Men finally found a way, through the divine mother, for their male god to make a baby god and become a creator and sustainer of life. The purpose of marriage is intimacy and consequent offspring. Companions can be had without marriage, but sex and babies are why we marry. (Yahweh was married to sister wives Judah and Israel, and Jesus married his ecclesia.) Immortality was thus gained in the closing of the breach, as sex produces life while separation produces death. And, with the return of the goddess (Matronit, Sophia, Holy Spirit, Asherah, Shekinah, Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene the whore-turned-bride, Ecclesia, New Jerusalem, Israel, Matter, or Mother Earth), and the birth of the baby who closed the breach, Yahweh was no longer sexually frustrated, his wrath was assuaged, and our home became happy again. Allegro wrote: “When the penis slides into the vagina . . . ‘harmony’ has been achieved.”[12] The Bible begins with a separation and ends with a reunion; thus death turned to life. That’s the whole story.

Allegro continued:

“It has seemed strange to scholars that Pluto, the god of the underworld, should elsewhere be reckoned as a god of fertility. It is true that much of our western classical and Semitic tradition has led us to think of Hades as a place of dull lifelessness, or even of retributive torture of the damned. More original, as we have seen, is the conception of the earth’s bowels as the seat of creation where all life is conceived and after death recreated. In the subterranean oven, the god’s seminal fluid is processed into living matter, and the Word made flesh.”[13]

Thus, as Job said, we return to our mother’s womb, possibly to be reborn (Jn. 9:2-3).

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] Robinson, The Gospel of Thomas[2] Clement of Alexandria, Exhortation to the Heathen, “Chapter 11. How Great are the Benefits Conferred on Men Through the Advent of Christ,” tr. William Wilson, ed. Kevin Knight, newadvent.org, 2009, web. 26 Feb. 2015. [3] Walker, Man Made God, 63. [4] Walker, Man Made God, 163. [5] Bennett, 146. See also: “Osiris,” wikipedia.org, 18 Jan. 2015, web, 30 Jan. 2015. [6] “Osiris & Horus,” ambrosiasociety.org., 2009, web, 7 Nov. 2014. [7] Walker, Man Made God, 177. [8] Walker, Man Made God, 170. See also: Clement A. Miles, Christmas Customs and Traditions (New York: Dover, 1976), 107. [9] Jacobovici, “Jesus’ Marriage to Mary the Magdalene Is Fact, Not Fiction.” [10] Walker, Man Made God, 171. See also: Marjorie Malvern, Venus in Sackcloth (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1975), 60. [11] This is called microchimerism, and the cells from a fetus reside in a woman’s cells and organs for the rest of her life, and are therefore transferred to later children. So a man’s nieces and nephews could be a part of him. Robert Martone, “Scientists Discover Children’s Cells Living in Mothers’ Brains: the connection between mother and child is ever deeper than thought,” scientificamerican.com, 12 Dec. 2012, web, 16 Nov. 2014. [12] Allegro, 104. [13] Allegro, 153.