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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

Chris, just because Mithras is reputed to have the same origins as Jesus, don't fall into the trap of suggesting that either or both were fictitious. The virgin birth idea may not be as rare as we think it might be.Also, In societies like Mary's, virgin just meant unmarried. She could have been raped, so what? She was descended from King David. and in Jewish tradition, authorised bloodlines for obvious reasons descend down the female line because it's harder to falsify. She could trace her descent from Ruth. Robert Graves suggested that she could have already been married to the Royal house of Israel, Herod's brother Antipater with a dowry of 30 pieces of silver.

The adoption of Christianity by the Romans came when they had to admit they couldn't stamp it out any more. It was endemic throughout society. The trouble some people have with miracles is that you can't prove they didn't happen. The feeding of the five thousand is no less miraculous if everyone shared what they had. It's a matter of faith, and the most important tenet of Christianity is its simplicity. Love God, and Love thy neighbour as thyself. So with or without your 'myth busting' theories, there would not be many fewer Christians.

I'm afraid the writer has blinkers on here and is ignoring actually quite a significant amount evidence to the contrary. Funny how Christianity always gets singled out more than any other religion for this treatment.
Buddhists believe the Dali Llama is the continuous reincarnation of the same person. I don't see anyone taking the piss out of their claims. And that is wide open to being pilloried.
The basic fact is that people don't like to think of themselves as doing anything wrong, myself included. Christianity challenges that on a personal level.

I went to church for three years and didn’t feel anything until very shortly after I got down on my knees and asked for faith............I might have believed this garbage two months ago but Uhhhhhh it’s real and it’s glorious. Ask God for forgiveness and faith. It is by the sovereign grace of god that we are eyes are open to the truth said somewhere in the Corinthians. Men did not come up with a story for control. That is literally Satan lying to you lady.

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Well, thank Ms. Vogelbacher admits her lack of formal education, otherwise we’d have to contact her university and demand they revoke her degree.  Quite possibly she could not gain admittance to a university if this is the quality of her thinking and her alleged “research”.  In fact, there is in question among the world’s scholars, Christian and non-Christian, as to the authenticity of Jesus of Nazareth, known as the “Historical Jesus.”  The Romans themselves (Josephus the hisortian, for example) wrote of him, taking note of his movement. While one can certainly argue that the drapings of the “Church” known as Christianity are mythical, one cannot deny the man Jesus, the Teacher, any more than one can deny the Holocaust or other historical realities that these looney tunes like to deny.  This should be in the Opinon section of this website, and no where else.  It is Ms. Vogelbacher’s OPINION that Jesus did not exist.  It is a false opinion, and she likes to opine on it here, making the case for the fallaciousness of auto-didcacts who’s library card seems to have run out when they were 8 years old.  Pay no attention to this nonsense.  Why this site would publish such idiocy is another question altogether.  

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Marielle Valenzuela's picture

Well, thank Ms. Vogelbacher admits her lack of formal education, otherwise we’d have to contact her university and demand they revoke her degree.  Quite possibly she could not gain admittance to a university if this is the quality of her thinking and her alleged “research”.  In fact, there is in question among the world’s scholars, Christian and non-Christian, as to the authenticity of Jesus of Nazareth, known as the “Historical Jesus.”  The Romans themselves (Josephus the hisortian, for example) wrote of him, taking note of his movement. While one can certainly argue that the drapings of the “Church” known as Christianity are mythical, one cannot deny the man Jesus, the Teacher, any more than one can deny the Holocaust or other historical realities that these looney tunes like to deny.  This should be in the Opinon section of this website, and no where else.  It is Ms. Vogelbacher’s OPINION that Jesus did not exist.  It is a false opinion, and she likes to opine on it here, making the case for the fallaciousness of auto-didcacts who’s library card seems to have run out when they were 8 years old.  Pay no attention to this nonsense.  Why this site would publish such idiocy is another question altogether.  

SidhiWoman

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