The Formation of the Christian Church
Birth of the Mystery Religions in the Mediterranean
-Herodotus “father of history” traveled to Egypt five centuries before the “birth of Christ”. While in Egypt Herodotus (484-430 BCE) witnessed an enormous festival, held every year, with hundreds of thousands of people. They watched and participated in a dramatic spectacle representing the death and resurrection of Osiris. He recognized “the passion of Osiris” was the exact same as what he witnessed in Greece as a Greek Initiate in Eleusis. Osiris is the oldest known Godman and he reaches back into Prehistory. His story is so old it can be found in texts on the pyramids dating back 4500 years ago.
In Traveling to Egypt, Herodotus was actually following in the footsteps of Pythagoras, whom traveled to Egypt from Greece in 670 BCE, when Egypt finally opened up its borders after being a closed society. Although he is known as the first “scientist” of the western world, he actually was a mathematician, priest, magician and a miracle worker. It is said he learned a lot of his mathematician theories during his 22 years in Egypt. He became an initiate of the Egyptian mysteries. Upon returning to Greece he began preaching his wisdom he learned in Egypt. He began working miracles, raising the dead, and performed oracles.
Inspired by Pythagoras, Herodotus and his followers created a Greek mystery religion modeled after the Egyptian mysteries. They took the indigenous wine god, Dionysus, because Greeks could not fathom a god dying, so a “lesser” god, ignored by Homer and Hesiod, was chosen to become the Greek Osiris. Soon other Mediterranean cultures adopted and put the dying and resurrecting deity in place, including Attis in Asia Minor, Adonis in Syria, Bacchus in Italy, and Mythras in Persia.
Christian or Mysteries
“Many of the ideas of the Christians have been expressed better-and earlier-by the Greeks. Behind these views is an ancient doctrine that has existed from the beginning” –Celsus
The idea of confessing one’s sins was nothing new, the Pagans were taught to confess their sins in public, and the catholics took this model and taught the catholics to confess to the priest.
The Christian sentiment of brotherly love was also a feature of the mysteries six centuries before there were any christians. Initiates at Eleusis were called Adelphoi meaning “brothers”. A Philadelphian was someone who practiced “brotherly love”. The followers of Mithras were also called brothers. Adherants of the Mysteries of Jupiter Dolichenus were frates carissimi or “most loving brothers”.
In Matthew teaches to “Treat others how you wish to be treated”. The Pagan Philosopher Sextus said “Such as you wish your neighbor to be to you, such also be to your neighbor”.
-When the mysteries were first introduced to Greece from Egypt, the notion of an afterlife was a new and heretical doctrine to the Greeks. Likewise, the concept of heaven and hell is not found in the Old Testament, yet is a central idea in the gospels. Where did these notions come from? Just as in Greece, these new ideas were first introduced by the Mysteries.
-Christianity offers its adherents the consolation of a heavenly afterlife while threatening the wicked and nonbelievers with the torments of death on the stake.
Similarities Between The Jesus Story and the Osiris-Dionysus Story
- “Son of God” and a god made of flesh
- Father is God and Mother is aMortal Virgin
- Born in a cave/stable (Womb of Mother Earth) on December 25 (The Alexandrians celebrated the birth of Aion on January 6th and early Christians were confused and even debated which Godman’s Birthday was the “real” b-day to use) before 3 shepards (magi)
- Offers followers chance to be born again through baptism (The right of Baptism was passed down from the Sumerian temple city Erida, performed by Ea “The Water God”. In Hellinistic times Ea was called Oannes.
No other sect or region gave the Roman empire more trouble or rebellion than the Judaic people of the eastern edge of the Holy Roman Empire. The Romans had managed to spread the pagan religion throughout their empire, but they could not convince the Judaic civilization to adhere to their polytheistic ideals. Something had to be done, and when the Jewish revolution happened in 67-70 AD the Roman Empire began to ponder how they could merge the two civilizations and not lose stability on the eastern front. And thus it became apparent that the Jewish people needed a savior, they needed a new religion that would incorporate Pagan ideas with those of the torah so that they would be more willing to keep peace with the infidels.
Jewish religion in need of a savior
In order to make the mysteries easily accessible to Jews they needed an indigenous mythological figure they could transform into a Jewish Osiris-Dionysus. The Jews had dispensed with all gods and goddesses and worshiped only their one God, Jehovah. But while Jehovah could be equated with Plato’s supreme Oneness, he did not have a mythological biography like the pagan gods, which could be adapted to become Osiris-Dionysus myth. Unlike other cultures the Jews had no minor deities, so there was only one Jewish mythological figure who could possibly be transformed into Osiris-Dionysus: the Messiah
The Hebrew word Messiah means “Annointed“, which in Greek is “Christ”. The term was originally used to designate kings and high priests, who were ritually anointed with oil. The Old Testament is frequently used to refer to the reigning king. In later years, when the jews were conquered and defeated people, it came to signify a future redeemer who would come to free them from their oppressors and restore the Jewish state under a king of the line of their great King David. The construction of the Jesus story suggests that the creators of the Jewish mysteries took the only option available to them and synthesized the dying and resurrecting godman of the mysteries with the Jewish Messiah. The gospels clearly state that Jesus is the Messiah. He is claimed to be born of the line of David-just as the Messiah must be. He is called the messiah by Peter. He is even named Joshua (Jesus in Greek), which was the expected name of the Messiah. This is particularly clear from the accounts of his birth. Both Matthew and Luke give us long and detailed genealogies to show that Joseph is of the line of David, yet both of them also tell us that Jesus is not his son at all, but the Son of God.
They knew what they were writing was a myth encoding secret teachings. So, they each presented a genealogy to make it appear that Jesus was the Jewish Messiah, son of David, while at the same time telling those “with ears to hear” that Jesus was actually Osiris-Dionysus, the Son of God and a virgin Mother.
The contradictions of the genealogies by Luke and Matthew are literary constructions and really have no importance. What matters is that through the vehicle of the Messiah, the Jews are given acces to the Mystery teachings encoded in the myth of Osiris-Dionysus. As Origen explains, “breaks in the narrative structure, irrational and impossible situations” were all placed in the scriptures deliberately to make sure that readers did not get caught in the lowest literal interpretation too long, for “if the sequence and elegance of the narrative were obvious throughout, we would not believe that anything other than the obvious meaning could be meant in the scriptures”. “Certain Snares” and “Obstacles and impossibilities” are interwoven into scripture to prevent the reader “sticking to the letter, not learning its more divine meaning”.
In this manner, while conforming as much as possible to Jewish expectations about the Messiah, the Jesus story makes it plain that this is not his true identity. For example, the Jewish Messiah was expected to be a warrior king, who would come to liberate Judea from her enemies and re-establish the line of David. Yet at his trial Jesus clearly announces:
“My kingdom does not belong to this world. If it did, my followers would be fighting to save me from arrest by the Jews. My kingly authority comes from elsewhere”.
For traditional Jews it was unthinkable that the Messiah, who was expected to ride in triumph over all of Judeas enemies, could possibly die as a common thief. Indeed the Old testament book of Deuteronomy specifically says that “Anyone hanged on a tree is accursed”–the exact description Peter gives as Jesus’ fate. In Judaism, the messiah was not thought of as someone who would save by his own sacrificial death. This is the role of Osiris-Dionysus. In his death and resurrection, therefore, Jesus is revealed not as the Messiah destined to bring military victory and national salvation, but as the Godman of the Mysteries who brings spiritual victory and mystical salvation.
To help the Jews over the major hurdle of Jesus’ death and obvious lack of military triumph against their oppressors, Jesus is portrayed as claiming he will return again. Having accomplished the death and resurrection of Osiris-Dionysus, he promises an imminent Second Coming when he will return in glory to smite his enemies and fulfill the expectations of the Jewish Messiah.
Jewish Mythical Motifs
Mystical Jews understood the Exodus as an allegory of spiritual initiation. The Jewish people start off as “captives” in Egypt, are “called out of Egypt” by Moses and are finally led as the “chosen People” to the Promised land by the prophet Joshua. Here are the three stages of initiation in both Gnosticism and Pagan Mysteries: the initiate is first a “captive”(hylic), then is baptized to become one of the “chosen” (pneumatic). Egypt was seen as a metaphor for the body and to “come forth out of Egypt” was seen as symbolizing transcending identification with the body. The miraculous crossing of the Red Sea was understood as a metaphor for baptism by water. A baptized initiate was regarded as one of these “called” to make the spiritual journey. The afflictions experienced by the Jews during the 40 years wandering in the wilderness were seen as a metaphor for the initiate’s experience of being afflicted by doubts and uncertainties. The “chosen” were those who reached the Promised Land, symbolizing the promise of Gnosis at the end of the spiritual journey.
Moses himself doesn’t make it to the Promised Land, rather he appoints the prophet Joshua to lead the chosen people to their final destination in his place. Hence Joshua (Jesus in Greek) was the name selected for the Jewish Osiris-Dionysus who leads his chosen people to the promised land of mystical rebirth. Joshua represents the New Covenant of the Jewish mysteries, which replaces the old laws and traditions represented by Moses. His first task is to appoint 12 followers, likewise Jesus’ first acts is to select 12 disciples.
The Jewish godman was given the name Joshua/Jesus after the prophet of exodus Joshua ben Nun, whose name means “Jesus son of the fish”. This is perfect for a savior figure designed for the new astrological Age of Pisces, symbolized by the fish. The time chosen for Jesus’ “birth” links him to an important astrological conjunction in 7 BCE, which ushered in the New Age of Pisces. This stellar alignment also becomes the star that prefigures the birth of the godman in Pagan Myth. Thus Jesus symbolically becomes the new savior for a New Age.
The Hebrew expression son of means “the embodiment of.” The Son of Man is an embodiment of the idea of the primal Man. Jesus and Enoch are to be understood as embodiment of the universal Daemon, the one Consciousness that animates all beings.
Searching for a Historical Jesus
-Although the Romans were notorious book keepers and kept very careful records of all their activities, especially their legal proceedings, there was no record of a Jesus being tried by Pontius Pilate or executed. This was an extremely literate period in human history and here is a list of writers who lived at or around the time Jesus lived whom there are still writings of, and whom wrote about the Roman Empire. Of which would be enough writings to fill a library, but none mentioned Jesus.
Arrian Valerius Flaccus
Florus Lucius Petronius
Seneca Dion Pruseus
Quintilian Pliny the Elder
Lucanus Theon of Smyrna
Silius Italicus Plutarch
Aulus Gellius Apollonius
Dio Chrysostom Hermogeones
Lysias Valerius Maximas
-The only plausible explanation for the absence of Jesus in Roman records would be that Jesus never existed or that he was of little importance to the Romans. But one would think that if there were once writings of Jesus, that they would be carefully preserved by the early christians, or would have atleast been quoted by such Literalist writers such as Justin Martyr.
-If the Romans didn’t keep records, then surely the Jewish Historians would have, for the simple fact that they had been waiting for the messiah on the contrary for a blasphemous imposter who stirred up the masses.
Gospel Truths, or Gospel full of Errors?
The Gospels are full of contradictions in all 4 Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John)
Geneology of Jesus?
The Genealogies of Jesus According to Luke and Matthew are completely different. Both agree that Joseph fathered Jesus (even though I thought he was the son of god) and that he is of the line of David. However they can’t agree who fathered Joseph:
Gospel of Matthew Gospel of Luke
None of this seems to make sense that Luke’s would have a total of 35 generations to David but Matthew lists only 20 generations. However they both claim that Joseph isn’t the father of Jesus at all! Jesus’ mother Mary is a virgin and God is the Father Directly. As Matthew clearly states:
“It is by the Holy Spirit that she has conceived this child. All this happened in order to fulfill what the Lord declared through the prophet “The Virgin will conceive and bear a Son”.
Mark, on the Other Hand, doesn’t mention Bethlehem, the virgin birth, or Jesus’ family descent from David at all. Something fishy is going on here!
And although many Christians view the “holy spirit” as the true father of Jesus, this is a very big problem for determining whether Jesus was the Messiah. The Jewish messiah was to be born of the line of David and Aaron, and had he been conceived from the sperm of Joseph and the Seed of Mary, then this would fit the prophecy perfectly. But in order to make him the “son of god”, he could not have been born of a man and woman. Herein lies a really big problem, because he can’t be both the Messiah and the Son of God if this doctrine is taught in the way that it is.
Inconsistencies in Jesus’ Birth Year
-Luke states that Jesus was born at the time of the census of Quirinius. This took place in 6 CE.
-Matthew tells us Jesus was born during King Herod’s reign, who died in 4 BCE (a 10 yr difference)
-Luke then contradicts himself stating that John and Jesus were conceived during the reign of King Herod but states they weren’t born til the census in 6CE (creating a rarely mentioned miracle of a 10yr pregnancy!)
-Mark has Jesus teaching only in the area of Galilee, not Judea, and only traveling the 70 miles to Jerusalem once, at the end of his life.
-Luke portrays Jesus teaching equally in Galilee and Judea.
-John’s Jesus preaches mainly in Jerusalem and makes only occasional visits to Galilee
-Matthew and Mark both have Jesus being tried and sentenced by the Jewish priests of the Sanhedrin.
-Luke has it that Jesus was tried by Sanhedrin, but not sentenced by them.
-John says Jesus did not appear before the Sanhedrin.
Jesus Then goes to be Crucified?
-As Paul says, “hanged by a gibbett”
-Peter says he was “hung on a tree”
Fate of Judas
-According to Matthew Judas went and hung himself following the arrest and crucifixion of Jesus.
-According to The Acts of The Apostles Judas died from an accidental fall after betraying Jesus.
Jesus’ Last Words?
-And who are we supposed to believe, when Jesus’ close disciples can not even remember their master’s last words
-According to Matthew and Mark Jesus quotes Psalm 22 as his parting words asking, “My God, My God, Why have you forsaken Me?”
-And once again Luke has a different version (of the most important story in the whole freaking world), he claims Jesus quotes Psalm 31: “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.”
-And leave it to John to throw a little comedy in the last words of Jesus, quoting his as stating “I am thirsty” and then, “I am finished”.
-John’s version was not a very inspirational ending for a man who “died for the worlds sins” and then Matthew and Mark makes one wonder whether Jesus had second thoughts about choosing this route, or there’s the other possibility, he didn’t choose this route, and is really “dying for his own sins”.
-And according to Matthew, Jesus predicted that: “Just as Jonah was in the hollow of the whale for three days and three nights, so the son of humanity will be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights”. So lets see here Friday night, that’s (1), Saturday night, that is (2), and Sunday.
-In Matthew and Mark(they must have been inseparable, they always together), the resurrected Jesus appears to his other disciples in Galilee, where they have been specifically sent by divine decree. Yet this stupendous supernatural event does not seem to have impressed itself very clearly on the other disciples, since Luke and the author of the Acts of the Apostles have Jesus in and around Jerusalem (well it sounds like Matthew and Mark were very close and maybe with Jesus too. For it seems Jesus made sure they were both away from Jerusalem and told them it was a “divine decree”. Which explains why Mark never knew about Jesus’ life in Jerusalem, it seems Jesus wanted to keep that life a secret from his two “bros”, or maybe Jesus wanted to keep his “bros” from those in Jerusalem and Mary Magdalene). Indeed, according to Acts, not only did they not receive any divine commandment to go to Galilee, but were expressly forbidden to leave Jerusalem.
Jesus Himself is not consistent. In Mark he charitably explains:
“Who isn’t against us is for us”
But in Matthew he is more dogmatic, warning,
“Whoever isn’t with me is against me”
Even Jesus changed his teachings and his mind. In Matthew, Peter asks Jesus “Lord, How many times shall my brother wrong me and I forgive him? seven times?
And Jesus states 77 times. However, in the previous paragraph before Peter asks the question, Jesus tells Peter to “speak to your brother in front of others, if he doesn’t listen to you, let him be the same to you as the foreigner and the tax-collector.” -So is it once, twice, three times a………….or 77?
Historical Fact or Fallicy?
If the Gospels are historical record, then we can at least conclude that he isn’t the son of god. Either that or the son of god is as fallible as any mortal, for he repeatedly predicts the coming apocalypse will be witnesses by those still living at the time. (Could it be that’s why Revelations was recorded by John much later, to fill in for some of the missed prophecies?)
The most telling moment in the gospels, however, is when Mark (Mark 7:1-29) has Jesus quote from the Old Testament in his arguments against the Pharisees. Nothing surprising about this—-except that Jesus quotes from the mistranslated Greek version of the Old Testament (doh!!), which suits his purpose precisely, not the original Hebrew, which says something quite different and unhelpful to his argument. That a Judaic Jesus, should quote a Greek mistranslation of the Jewish Holy Scripture to impress Orthodox Jewish Pharisees is simply unthinkable. It does make sense, however, if the whole incident were made up by one of the hundreds of thousands of Greek-speaking Jews who no longer spoke their native tongue and could not read their scriptures untranslated, hence attributing to Jesus their own misunderstandings. (Ka-chow!!)
One thing is for certain upon analyzing the text. The gospels are not, as Christians claim, the divine words of “god”. For if they are, God is extremely confused. As, by his nature, God is unlikely to be confused, it seems safe to conclude that we are dealing with the words of fallible men. So, can the gospels be relied upon to tell us anything about a historical Jesus?
Celsus Complains: “The Christians altered the original text of the gospels three or four times, maybe more, with the intention of thus being able to destroy the arguments of their critics.”
One author selected a place in the gospels randomly (Mark 10-11) and found that there were 48 places where the manuscripts differ, sometimes there are only two possible variations, sometimes three, but in one place there are 6!! Also Mark originally didn’t go past Chapter 16 verse 8–for fear of women at their discovery of the empty tomb. The “long ending” where Jesus appears before his disciples did not appear in early editions of the Bible.
Will be continued…………