Seeing gods among the stars

The Jesus Paradox: Were Gods Real Beings of Flesh and Blood, Who Once Existed on Earth in Ages Lost?


Contrary to popular belief, Jesus of the New Testament is a mythic figure, not a historic one. Nowhere outside scripture has he ever existed and this is proven in his life as an astrological allegory of the celestial sun, which is why he is believed to be the Son (Sun) of God.

Saving the World from Darkness

As the celestial sun, he rises (is “born”) each day, saving the world from the darkness of night; with its rays, the sun gives life to the earth, allowing the flora, and subsequently the fauna, to flourish. Thus we read:

“Then spake Iesus againe vnto them, saying, I am the light of the world : he that followeth mee, shall not walke in darkenesse, but shall haue the light of life.” (John 8:12, NT; cf. 1:5 & 9:5).

As the celestial sun, he rises (is “born”) each day.

As the celestial sun, he rises (is “born”) each day. (Public Domain)

Many Saviours

Jesus is a savior, albeit at the end of a lengthy list of predecessors, including Krishna of India, Mithra of Persia, Iao of Nepal, Hesus of the Celts, Thammuz of Babylon and Dumuzi of Sumeria, just to name a few. Horus of Egypt is the direct predecessor to Jesus, for Horus in Greek is Iesus, who is Jesus.

Horus the child

Horus the child (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Star in the East

Three “wise men” are said to have followed a “star in the east” which led them to Jesus upon his birth. (Matt. 2:1-2, NT) This “Star in the East” or “star of Bethlehem” is Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky. On December 24th, the star Sirius aligns with the three stars of Orion’s Belt: Alnitak, Alnilam, and Mintaka; these three stars were known to the ancients as the Three Kings, which are three “wise men,” also known as the three Magi by the Persians and Brahmins: Gaspar (or Caspar), Melchior, and Balshazzar (or Balthasar).

Astrophotograph of Orion's Belt.

Astrophotograph of Orion's Belt. (Public Domain)

The Three Magi, Byzantine mosaic c. 565, Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna, Italy (restored during the 18th century). As here Byzantine art usually depicts the Magi in Persian clothing which includes breeches, capes, and Phrygian caps.

The Three Magi, Byzantine mosaic c. 565, Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna, Italy (restored during the 18th century). As here Byzantine art usually depicts the Magi in Persian clothing which includes breeches, capes, and Phrygian caps. (CC BY-SA 2.5)

Symbolic Number 3 and the Birth and Death of the sun

The number three is significant because it is the unification of duality, clearly seen in the Trinity.

A representation of the Christian Holy Trinity. The persons of the Trinity are identified by symbols on their chests: The Son has a lamb, the Father, an Eye of Providence, and the Spirit a dove.

A representation of the Christian Holy Trinity. The persons of the Trinity are identified by symbols on their chests: The Son has a lamb, the Father, an Eye of Providence, and the Spirit a dove. (Public Domain)

Sirius, aligned with Alnitak, Alnilam, and Mintaka, all point to the sun as it rises at the dawn of December 25th. Sirius is visible between the three kings and the sun, which is why it is believed they followed the star in the night to the birth of Jesus, as the sunrise begins at midnight.

At the mark of the winter solstice, the sun is at its nadir and appears in stasis for three days. With the waning of the days from August and September due to the sun traveling southward and the waxing of the cold weather, along with crop depletion, the ancients naturally associated death with this time of year and symbolized it as such―a clear reflection of the state of agriculture.

During three days (December 22nd, 23rd, and 24th), the sun is seen in the vicinity of the constellation Crux (the Latin word for “cross”— the Southern Cross, and appears to “hang.” After the three days, on December 25th, the sun begins its ascension in the sky once more, rising 1° north, and continues until the summer solstice, where it is at its zenith in the terrestrial sky. For three days prior to the vernal equinox, the sun is at its nadir in the terrestrial sky at which point it appeared to the ancients “dead,” i.e., in stasis. On March 25th, the sun begins its ascent. Thus we read of Jesus dying on the cross and resurrecting from his burial tomb after three days (Matt. 17:35-28:10; Mark 15:25-16:8; Luke 23:33-24:31, NT).

17th-century fresco in the Cathedral of Living Pillar in Georgia depicting Jesus within the Zodiac. Vetitskhoveli Monastery, Mtskheta, Georgia.

17th-century fresco in the Cathedral of Living Pillar in Georgia depicting Jesus within the Zodiac. Vetitskhoveli Monastery, Mtskheta, Georgia. (CC BY-SA 4.0)

The Jesus Paradox

Jesus is the latest agricultural savior symbolized by the sun. This myth presents a paradox.

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.

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.

By Priscilla Vogelbacher

Comments

Interesting article which has generated multiple comments.  The bible can be seen as the word of god or an historical document of a group of people who lived long ago.  Is Jesus a “real” person or a combination of people who were added to the legend of Jesus?  Doesn’t matter what you believe, don’t force your belief on others.  

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Exactly, he is mentioned numerous times by writers and ancient historians. And i agree such a poor article blemishes the site and casts other articles into doubt. Also a recent book from the Vatican library has been translated The Magi, indicating the star of the East is the mystical third eye often referred to as the star in the center of the third eye as being in the East of the body.

The statement "Jesus of the New Testament is a mythic figure, not a historic one. Nowhere outside scripture has he ever existed..." is a myth in itself. There are various ancient documents that refer/allude to Jesus. Really, if this kind of article is allowed to stand then it brings the site into disrepute.

But what do I find? This same old, tired trope trotted out once again. Christ was deliberately dropping hints like atom bombs all over the place, trying to get people to recognize him as the SON (not sun) of God (aka Hercules, Heracles, Perkwunos, Indra, Hathor, etc.) (same legend by many names) that had long been anticipated, even by a couple of Greek philosophers (which might just explain why Paul took the gospel to Athens first, after the Jews rejected it). He dropped these hints not only by his curious birth, which was only fully understood after his departure, but by the many events in his adult life, such as his profession as a rabbi ... a 'master of the law', his time in Egypt, his marriage to Mary (oh YES HE WAS!), his 12 disciples, the donkey, the palm fronds, declaring that the very rocks would cry out, his baptism, his crucifixion, and, perhaps most mysteriously to everyone, both now and then, the sacrament. Oh, you really need to study that more, self-taught one. It applies directly to you. Crowning all this was his ascension. And what question did he leave them with still on their lips? And what did the angels tell them about this? And why? And when did they ask the very same question once before? And why? And what was the great discovery on the road to Emmaus, that unfortunately didn't help as much as they'd hoped because it only came after, not during? What was the problem here? And how does that connect him to MARS? And how does that connect Mars to Jupiter? And how does that connect Jupiter to Saturn? And what can all this planetary stuff mean? Seen It's a Wonderful Life lately?

Jesus Christ was mentioned in many other books at the same time period. College history classes as well as many other RENOWNED scholars are not arguing whether or not the Jesus of Nazareth, the Jesus Christ christians claim to be their savior was real or not. They are arguing solely on if he was God or not. This garbage was one person who didn't know all the facts wanting to condemn a whole religion as incorrect, incomplete and inaccurate. These errors cannot be overlooked, I am a believer and I'm not just defending Christ because he is the way the truth and the life but because I feel as though this article may scare those weak in their faith away from the truth. I would be happy to reread this article once those minor corrections have been made but when you say "Jesus is only referred to in scripture you are completely wrong. Thank you for reading. God Bless.

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