The Jesus Paradox: Were Gods Real Beings of Flesh and Blood, Who Once Existed on Earth in Ages Lost?
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Academia maintains that mythology derives from astrotheology, the “worship of the stars.” Subsequently, most believe myths can be explained through celestial observations—as we see with Jesus. But not all myths can be explained in this way. The paradox is that if astrotheology is correct, then Jesus is a mere allegory, along with all other savior figures. However, if Jesus existed, as millions claim, then mythology must be treated in a historical context. This is known as Euhemerism, from Euhemerus, the philosopher and mythographer in the court of Cassander, king of Macedon in the fourth century BC.
Votive Relief Dedicated to Mithras by Euhemerus. (Codrin.B/ CC BY-SA 3.0 )
He believed the gods were real beings of flesh and blood that once existed on earth in an epoch lost to history. It is time we take his approach to myth seriously. Astrotheology remains a theory, not a proof. Our most ancient ancestors may have, in fact, superimposed the exploits of the gods onto the heavens to serve as a living record of a time before the age of writing.
Top Image: Seeing gods among the stars (Public Domain);Deriv.