I’ve thought about doing a post like this for a few years now, but have never gotten around to it (most likely out of a sensitivity to family and friends who are Christian) but the idea keeps tugging at my sleeve and won’t let go. So, without going into extraneous detail or claiming all this to be original or fact (do your own research) here we go…
I’ve often seen the title of this post plastered on the walls and doors of churches in the past and I expect to see them again soon as we are now in early December. The thing is, they just kinda wind me up ‘cos it opens up a whole can of worms with me and I feel like I’m being lied to.
The fact is, it’s winter, and people have held winter festivals since long before Christianity. These original pagan festivals were hi-jacked (like so much else) by Christianity and so we celebrate Jesus’ birth in mid-winter on the 25th of December. Why is this so when no date is given in the Bible for his birth? Well, it all goes back to previous ‘god-men’ whose stories are strikingly similar. The Egyptian Osiris, Greek Dionysus and Persian Mithras are all examples of deities who were seen as the son of God and born to a virgin mother, killed and resurrected to save man from ‘sin’.
But why the date of 25th December? Around the 21st/22nd December is the Winter Solstice, the lowest point that the sun reaches throughout the year. The word ‘solstice’ literally means ‘sun stands still’ and for three days it stays in the same position on the horizon whereupon then it begins (on 25th Dec when it is ‘born’) it’s climb back to it’s highest point in mid-summer. Is this also the origin of the death of Jesus, his three days in darkness in the cave and then his resurrection that we remember at Easter?
The story of Jesus (the ‘son’) is just a symbol of our celestial ‘sun’. Is it coincidence that Jesus is called the ‘light of the world’ and will return in a cloud or that Christianity’s holy day is Sunday?
Here is an ancient astrological representation of the heavens divided into four by the solstices and equinoxes. The central circle is the sun surrounded by the twelve signs of the zodiac, each sign a ‘house’ that the sun passes through throughout the year. So here we have the sun on a cross surrounded by 12 ‘disciples’. The story of Arthur and his 12 knights is the same symbolism.
The fact Jesus and Arthur are always depicted with long hair and beards also springs to mind – long, flowing hair is a symbol of the sun. The story of Samson (meaning ‘little sun’) is again, more symbolism. Samson loses his strength when he loses his hair after entering Delilah’s (Virgo’s) house. When the sun enters Virgo that’s when the sun starts to weaken and its rays are ‘cut short’. I’m guessing that that’s why Lions with their long manes are symbols of strength, Leo being a fire sign ruled by the sun.
Here’s a painting that symbolizes (like the image above) the 12 ‘disciples’ around the central ‘son’. The disciples (zodiac signs) are even divided into four lots of three in reference to the seasons. Another often used sun symbol is present here as well, and that’s the halo around Jesus’ head.
While I’m on this subject, there’s a few more things I want to mention.
I’ve yet to hear a Christian tell me that each and every man doesn’t have free will (which, I think, is how it should be). I’m not sure where in the Bible it says such a thing, but I can tell you where in the Bible the free will of one man in particular was interfered with, resulting in much death (particularly the firstborn of all humans and cattle) and disease.
I’m speaking here about where, in Exodus, Moses implores Pharaoh to let the Israelite’s go. It clearly states in the King James Bible (7:3):
And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt.
And also (7:13):
And he hardened Pharaoh’s heart, that he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.
Is this not interfering with human free will? The result of this hardening was the ten plagues (and, apparently, wars ever since) which I won’t go into here, but the worst and last one was the killing of the firstborn of all the Egyptians and Israelite’s as well. This ranges from babies to full grown adults. The Israelite’s avoided this slaying by marking their doors with the blood from a spring lamb – when the ‘lord’ passed though, he missed out such marked doors, hence the festival of Passover was born.
One has to wonder if things would have turned out differently and better for everyone concerned if God had maybe softened Paraoh’s heart? But I don’t think that would have satisfied God’s seeming blood lust, I’m afraid.
But these things we are apparently not meant to question and take on faith that all this is OK. So forget the differing genealogies for Jesus (and if you take the time to look, I find the idea that one genealogy is from Mary’s lineage quite ridiculous) and forget that Judas in one gospel hangs himself and in another ‘fell and burst open’. Forget that God is love but also that ‘I the LORD thy God am a jealous God’ (Exodus 20:5).
One more thing. In Genesis (1:26) it says:
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;
The original Hebrew word for God is ‘EL’ which is singular. But in the original Hebrew Bible which, obviously, pre-dates the King James Bible which, in itself was translated from Greek, uses the word ‘Elohim’ as Man’s creator, Elohim being plural, meaning ‘gods’. So really it should say The god’s created Man. Looking at it this way, it then makes sense of him speaking in the plural by saying Us and Our in the quote above. The Christian apologists answer to this is that God is talking to Jesus, his son, but that doesn’t explain why God then speaks singularly just a few verses later. Very dubious.
There are probably things in the Bible that can be verified factually but Jesus isn’t one of them. Outside of the Bible no mention of Jesus was written by any contemporary writers and even the Gospels were written around 70 years after Jesus’ death. You would also think there’d be an account somewhere of Herod’s Slaughter of the Innocents. But again, outside of the Bible, that doesn’t exist either.
There’s so much more about this stuff, but I’m getting tired of writing. Though lastly, I will say there are some wonderful sayings in the Bible, but this doesn’t make the thing truth. I’m sure George Bush had many wonderful things to say about peace and justice but that didn’t stop him ordering the killings of hundreds of thousands of people. Just like ‘God’, I hasten to add.
I do believe though, that as the Bible says, God is love, but not the ‘God’ in the Bible if that makes any sense at all?
As I say, I can’t claim the above to be fact but, when you look into it, there are so many views and opinions it just ends up driving you nuts. The best policy is to just go with your heart. And as far as the Bible goes, my heart says a big, fat NO! The idea that a god could create a universe in which even one soul could spend it’s existence in hell is truly horrendous and I simply don’t believe it to be true.
To end on, I feel impelled to put in here something a bit more light-hearted and more in line with my philosophy on life (we are the imagination of ourselves). I’ll leave it to the late, great Bill Hicks to see me out with my fave YouTube video of his (though it pretty much finishes at 4.20) 🙂
I’m outta here,