The Truth Behind the Christ Myth: The Green Man and the Legend of Jesus – Part II
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When Paul was old enough he was sent to Jerusalem with other Roman Soldiers to guard some of the Jewish temples in the city. According to the early Christian historian Epiphanius, Paul was not a Jew when he subsequently arrived in Jerusalem, but converted to the faith after falling in love with the daughter of a Jewish priest and seeking her hand in marriage. When his proposal was subsequently rejected, Paul took out his rage on many Jews, including the Ebionites, the “Poor Ones,” a Jewish sect that championed the life story of a recently deceased Jewish holy man named Jeshua ben Joseph. When Paul learned the entire legend he soon began to associate Jeshua with the Persian Son. His suspicions of their special link grew stronger when he remembered a Persian prophecy – that Mithras would return to Earth at the End of Time for one last battle with Ahriman. According to the temple priests of Jerusalem, the world was at the end of the Age of Aries and the End of Times had indeed arrived, so it made perfect sense that Mithras would have incarnated as Jeshua.
The most convincing event that influenced Paul’s thinking was yet to come, however. This occurred during his journey to Damascus, when the Roman Soldier was blinded by an overwhelming light, and thrown off his horse. As an inveterate lover of Mithras, Paul would have instantly associated the intense light as being a manifestation of his beloved solar deity. And then, when a voice emerged from the light calling itself Jeshua and imploring him not to persecute his followers anymore, Paul knew for certain that Mithras must indeed be synonymous with Jeshua.
Detail, The Conversion of St. Paul. Paul and companions are knocked to the ground during the profound event. (Public Domain)
When Paul retired from military service soon afterwards he traveled throughout the Middle East in order to alert the gentiles of his discovery—that the world’s savior had come and gone—and in the process of his travels he created the new religion of “Christianity.” Within this new faith Mithras was fully assimilated into Jesus, who then wielded the life story, titles and characteristics once solely ascribed to the ancient Persian Son. His new titles included “One with the Father” and “the One and the Only Son of God.”
Thanks to Saint Paul and his Christ Myth, the ancient Green Man received a new suit of clothes. As Jesus, the ancient Green Man could now begin his tenure as one of the most adored religious figures the world has ever known.
Mark Amaru Pinkham is the author of six books that cover any of the world’s mysteries. They include: The Return of the Serpents of Wisdom, The Truth Behind the Christ Myth, Guardians of the Holy Grail, World Gnosis: The Coming Gnostic Civilization , and his most recent book , Sedona: City of the Star People . See the entire catalogue at: http://store.gnostictemplars.org/catalog/
Top Image: Green Man in the Louvre ( CC BY-NC 2.0 )