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Dreamt a dream
about falling asleep -
woke up in yet another one.
A near-seamless string of dreams within dreams.
As I become older,
I still retain the eternal heart of a 6 year old child.
Sort of like Peter Pan....
and I will always take my chances with Captain Hook.
Most Recent Blog Post
The Similarities Between: Jesus, Mithra and Horus -- How The Early Roman Christians Plagiarized and Incorporated Pagan Beliefs
Blog Posted:12/3/2012 12:58:00 PM
When I was a boy, Christian theologians told me that the Western mythologies
of "Old Raven", "The Great Coyote", and "Lazy Boy", were....well, mythologies;
simple stories for simple minds to make sense of the world's mysteries.
But the Christian scholars agreed that the Western mythologies
were messages filled with peace, love, hope, redemption and a positive moral code.
As I grew older, and researched the mythologies of Horus and Mithra(Babylonian,
Hindu, Greco-Roman, Persian, Armenian), it was plainly obvious how the Romans
had incorporated the Pagan Sun-Christ mythologies into the mythology of the
biblical Jesus Christ(quite different from the historical Jesus, Yeshua ben Yosef,
a direct descendant of King David, born to Yosef and Meri, into the order of the
Essenes in Bet'lahem). This plagiarist-incorporation helped the early Roman
Christians to convert Romans who worshipped Mithra, by stating, "Your Mithra is
our Jesus, one and the same." Also, incorporating the Solstice "Birth and
Resurrection of the Sun", into the Christ story, helped in converting the Pagans of surrounding areas into Christianity.
Did the same Christian scholars who 'debunked' the Western mythologies, agree
that the mythologies of Horus and Mithra were plagiarized into the Jesus story?
Yes, and very wholeheartedly.
So why do they continue being a Christian, when they realize the truth?
Because the Christ story is one filled with the hope for world peace, love, kindness, forgiveness, redemption, and the purification of the soul, to help prepare it for an afterlife....a positive moral code.
Horus of Egypt and the similarities between Jesus Christ:
"Egypt, the primeval seat of learning, was the high seat of Sun adoration.
The Sphinx, with the face to the east, represents Harmmachus, young Horus,
or the rising Sun. The orb is Osiris, the ruling god of day. In its descent it is the
dying deity, going below to the land of Shades; but only to be resurrected as
the victorious Horus, piercing the head of the dragon of darkness."
--James Bonwick, Irish Druids & Old Irish Religions
The Egyptian sun god Horus (or one of the gods to whom he has been assilimated,
such as Osiris or Ra) predated the Christ character by thousands of years and shares
the following in common with Jesus:
-Horus was born of the virgin Isis-Meri, on December 25th in a cave/manger
with his birth being announced by a star in the East and attended by three "wise men."
-His earthly father was named "Seb" ("Joseph").
-He was of royal descent.
-At age 12, he was a child teacher in the Temple, and at 30, he was baptized, having disappeared for 18 years.
-Horus was baptized in the river Eridanus(Jordan) by "Anup the Baptizer" ("John the Baptist"); who was later decapitated.
-He had 12 followers, two of whom were his "witnesses" and were named "Anup" and
"Aan" (the two "Johns").
-He performed miracles, exorcised demons and raised El-Azarus ("El-Osiris"), from the dead.
-The Egyptian man-god walked on water.
-Horus was transfigured on the Mount.
-The Egyptian KRST Horus was killed at the age of 33, buried for three days in a tomb,
-Horus, was called the "Way, the Truth, the Light," "Messiah," "God's Anointed Son,"
the "Son of Man," the "Good Shepherd," the "Lamb of God," the "Word made flesh,"
the "Word of Truth".
-The Egyptian god was "the Fisher" and was associated with the Fish ("Ichthys"),
Lamb and Lion.
-Horus was called "the KRST," or "Anointed One."
-Like Jesus, "Horus was supposed to reign one thousand years."
Furthermore, inscribed about 3,500 years ago on the walls of the Temple at Luxor, were images of the Annunciation, Immaculate Conception, Birth and Adoration of the pharaoh Amenhotep (Horus), with Thoth announcing to the queen that she will conceive; with the god Amun impregnating the queen; and with the infant being attended by "kings" bearing gifts. In addition, in the catacombs at Rome are pictures of the baby Horus being held by the virgin mother Isis--the original "Madonna and Child."
Mithra and the similarities between the biblical Jesus Christ:
-Mithra was born on December 25th of the virgin Anahita; he was the son of God
and of humanity, completing the "Divine Trinity".
-The babe was wrapped in swaddling clothes, placed in a manger and attended by shepherds, who had heralded his birth.
-He was considered a great traveling teacher and master.
-He had 12 disciples.
-He performed miracles.
-As the "great bull of the Sun," Mithra sacrificed himself for world peace,
at the age of 33.
-Mithra ascended to heaven.
-Mithra was viewed as the Good Shepherd, the "Way, the Truth and the Light," the Redeemer, the Savior, the Messiah.
-He was identified with both the Lion and the Lamb.
-His sacred day was Sunday, "the Lord's Day," hundreds of years before the appearance
of the Christ story.
-His religion had a eucharist or "Lord's Supper."
-Mithraism emphasized baptism.
-Mithra was believed to come back to save believers from the "Dragon".
In an early image, Mithra is depicted as a sun disc in a chariot drawn by white horses, another solar motif that made it into the Jesus myth, in which Christ is to return on a white horse. (Rev 6:2; 19:11)
For me, it isn't about who is right or wrong, but an acceptance of the truth.
The Jesus Christ mythology(the historical accounts are quite different, but still
powerful)is a very positive one. I enjoy the Jesus story; it is filled with positive
lessons that lean on a strong moral code. If people followed this moral code
to its fullest, the world can only become a better place.
"The Sun has attracted the attention of mankind for adoration all over the world from the very beginning of human history. It has attained the position of pre-eminence among the deities of nature in ancient times. The prominence and glory of the solar orb, its beauty and splendour, its importance in the creation and maintenance of life, its regularity in diffusing light and enlightening the whole earth, its primal role in the cosmic evolution and consequent mystery surrounding it, had secured for the Sun a history of interest and importance equalled by none to which every age and every race has contributed its pages." --V.C. Srivastava
"The Christian religion and Masonry have one and the same common origin: Both are derived from the worship of the Sun. The difference between their origin is, that the Christian religion is a parody on the worship of the Sun, in which they put a man whom they call Christ, in the place of the Sun, and pay him the same adoration which was originally paid to the Sun." --Thomas Paine, Age of Reason
"Thus, the Jesus character is not unique or original. These redeemer tales are similar not because they reflect the actual exploits of a variety of men who did and said the identical things, but because they are representations of the same extremely ancient body of knowledge that revolved around the celestial bodies and natural forces." -- Sir. James G. Frazer
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