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

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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 Saviors

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

Tacitus, Roman historian and senator who lived at the time of Pontius Pilot also wrote about Jesus. It’s hard to believe that anyone in this day and age isn’t familiar with the many historical references to Jesus.

A very superficial article lacking not only research but also coherence and scientific argumentation. Disappointing.

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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I found the article interesting, but it reminded me of an essay I wrote for the Head of the School. I had been away from home and used a good book written by an expert. The prof said kindly. "You have to consider the nature of the evidence' There was a lot of information in the article, but it drew obvious conclusions to conform with her world view. Auto didactic education loses out on review by experts. One tends to assume one is right.

Jesus had learned his theology well and had benefited from his time with the teachers in the temple. He quoted from the prophet, but interpreted through the perspective of the stoics. He cut through a lot of the verbiage with straightforward instructions. Obey the ten commandments if you wish, but if you just love God, and love your neighbour as yourself, you'll be obeying them anyway. Dangerous stuff with learned priests about who wanted to be paid.. He dropped hints about. Which of the three Marys did he marry? Probably Mary of Bethany, though he had royal blood through his mother's first secret marriage to Antipater.

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.

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