by Gregg Prescott, M.S.
I’d like to start out by saying that religion has kept us divided and separated as a global community for thousands of years. In my opinion, ALL religious texts should be four words long:
“Love everyone. Respect everything.”
When I was a child, I truly wanted to believe the Jesus story. Because I was so inquisitive, I almost got kicked out of Sunday school for asking too many questions which disrupted the class. Unfortunately, I never felt like I got the answers I was looking for.
Additionally, every time I walk into a church, I get a feeling of the “eebbie jeebies”. You know that feeling… when something isn’t right.
As I grew older, I continued to question everything, including religion. As it turns out, my suspicions about religion were true. Nothing made sense!
For example, the bible starts out with Genesis saying that Adam and Eve were the first creations of man and woman. There are four different blood types (A, B, AB, and O) and two different Rh values (+ and -). It’s impossible to have four different blood types and two different Rh values from two people, so the bible starts out with a lie.
The 10 Commandments from Moses were literally stolen and reworded from the Egyptian Book of the Dead, which has over 40 commandments.
Even the 12 Disciples in the Last Supper are broken into segments of 3, with each representing the months and seasons.
But what about Jesus?
We’ve all heard the saying, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” What if the Jesus story is the regurgitation of the same story of thousands of years BEFORE Jesus?
The following is an excerpt from MITHRAS = CHRISTIANITY?
This religion, cloaked in mystery and secrecy, has captivated the imaginations of scholars for generations. Many facts discovered sheds vital light on the cultural dynamics that led to the rise of Christianity. The National Geographic Society’s book “Great Religions of the World,” page 309 writes; “By Jesus’ time, East and West had mingled here for three centuries. Down columns of boulevards walked Roman soldiers loyal to the Persian god Mithras.” Mithras was a Persian deity. He was also the most widely venerated god in the Roman Empire at the time of Jesus. The Catholic Encyclopedia as well as the early Church Fathers found this religion of Mithras very disturbing, as there are so many similarities between the two religions, as follows:
1) Hundreds of years before Jesus, according to the Mithraic religion, three Wise Men of Persia came to visit the baby savior-god Mithra, bring him gifts of gold, myrrh and frankincense.
2) Mithra was born on December 25 as told in the “Great Religions of the World”, page 330; “…it was the winter solstice celebrated by ancients as the birthday of Mithraism’s sun god”.
3) According to Mithraism, before Mithra died on a cross, he celebrated a “Last Supper with his twelve disciples, who represented the twelve signs of the zodiac.
4) After the death of Mithra, his body was laid to rest in a rock tomb.
5) Mithra had a celibate priesthood.
6) Mithra ascended into heaven during the spring (Passover) equinox (the time when the sun crosses the equator making night and day of equal length).
As you can now see, Christianity derived many of its essential elements from the ancient religion of Mithraism. Mithraism became intertwined with the cult of Jesus to form what is known today as “Christianity.”
We often hear about how many of the traditions, rites and symbols of modern day “Christian” holidays have their roots in paganism. Have you ever wondered why December 25th was chosen to celebrate the birth of Jesus? Could it only be a consequence that ancient paganism and the story of Mithras’ birth coincides with the Yule/Christmas season? If the accounts in the Bible are correct, the time of Jesus birth would have been closer to mid-summer, for this is when shepherds would have been “tending their flocks in the field ” and the new lambs were born. Strange enough, the ancient pagan religion, Mithraism, which dates back over 4,000 years, also celebrated the birth of their “saviour” on December 25th. Franz Cumont, who is consider by many to be the leading research authority on Roman Paganism, explained the ancient religion called Mithraism.
Then Mithras returned to the earth to teach humanity His commandments and begin Mysteries and Rites which would help humans remember His acts on our behalf. Because of His actions, we can choose good without the overwhelming power of evil, even though evil’s influence can still seem powerful because our minds believe it is. Because of His teachings, we know that the purpose of our lives is to serve others in the name of Mithras. The followers refer to Him as the “Light of the World” a phrase often used also in Christian faith when referring to Jesus.
This son of a god born of a virgin, was so commonly spread in those days that Philo of Alexandria (30 BCE – 45 CE), warned against this widespread superstitious belief in unions between male gods and human females. The offspring’s are known as demigods.
Tammuz, who was incorporated also into Attis and Mithras, and they stood model for the story in the NT, because they were deities who all are supposed to have died and resurrected. Tammuz was always called Adon, meaning Lord. (the Greek Adonis, was based on him). Actually all these deities were based on the first deity to have died and resurrected, the Egyptian deity Osiris. So there is absolutely nothing unique about Jesus. In fact he is copyright due to Osiris.
Of the following (semi) deities, legends went around that they were born of a virgin:
- Augustus (his father was the god Apollo)
- Romulus and Remus
So basically, all the pagan religions were alike, including Christianity. It just happens that one of them got the ascendancy, and became the most powerful, and did its best to wipe out all the others. In addition to a lack of historical support, many characteristics of Jesus, which Christians today believe in, are undeniably similar or identical to religious trends and beliefs that preceded Christianity. There are tens of accounts of pagan gods of many different cultures who were said to have the same attributes as those that Christians claim Jesus had. A brief review of some of these may lead to some interesting questions concerning the originality of the Christian claim:
Born to a virgin; Star in the West, walked on water, healed the sick, crucified, dead for 3 days, resurrected.
Mithra was born on December 25 as told in the “Great Religions of the World”, before Mithra died on a cross, he celebrated a “Last Supper with his twelve disciples, who represented the twelve signs of the zodiac, body was laid to rest in a rock tomb, Mithra ascended into heaven during the spring (Passover) equinox.
3. ATTIS – Phrygia
Born of the virgin Nana on December 25. He was both the Father and the Divine Son. He was a savior crucified on a tree for the salvation of mankind. He was buried but on the third day the priests found the tomb empty — He had arisen from the dead (on March 25th). He followers were baptized in blood, thereby washing away their sins — after which they declared themselves “born again.” His followers ate a sacred meal of bread, which they believed became the body of the savoir.
4. BUDDIAH – INDIA
Born of the Virgin Maya on December 25th. He was announced by a star and attended by wise men presenting costly gifts. At birth angles sing heavenly songs. He taught in temple at age 12. Tempted by Mara, the Evil One (Satan), while fasting. He was baptized in water with the Spirit of God present. Buddiah healed the sick and fed 500 from a small basket of cakes and even walked on water. He came to fulfill the law and preached the establishment of a kingdom of righteousness and obliged followers to poverty and to renounce the world. He transfigured on a mount. Died (on a cross, in some traditions), buried but arose again after tomb opened by supernatural powers. Ascended into heaven (Nirvana). Will return in later days to judge the dead. Buddiah was called: “Good Shepherd,” “Carpenter,” “Alpha and Omega,” “Sin Bearer,” “Master,” “Light of the World,” “Redeemer,” etc.
5. DIONYSUS – GREECE
Born of a Virgin on December 25th, placed in a manger. He was a traveling teacher who performed many miracles. Turned water into wine. Followers ate sacred meal that became the body of the god. He rose from the dead March 25th. Identified with the ram and lamb’s and was called “King of Kings,” “Only Begotten Son,” “Savior,” “Redeemer,” “Sin bearer,” “Anointed One,” the “Alpha and Omega.”
6. HERACLES – GREECE
Born at the winter equinox of a virgin who refrained from sex with her until her god-begotten child was born and was sacrificed at the spring equinox. He too, was called “Savior,” “Only begotten,” “Prince of Peace,” “Son of Righteousness.”
7. KRISHNA – INDIA
Krishna was born while his foster-father Nanda was in the city to pay his tax to the king. His nativity heralded by a star, Krishna was born of the virgin Devaki in a cave, which at the time of his birth was miraculously illuminated. The cow-herds adored his birth. King Kansa sought the life of the Indian Christ by ordering the massacre of all male children born during the same night at He. Krishna traveled widely, performing miracles — raising the dead, healing lepers, the deaf and the blind. The crucified Krishna is pictured on the cross with arms extended. Pierced by an arrow while hanging on the cross, Krishna died, but descended into Hell from which He rose again on the third day and ascended into Heaven. (The Gospel of Nicodemus tell of Jesus’ descent into Hell.) He will return on the last day to judge the quick and the dead. Krishna is the second person of the Hindu trinity.
8. OSIRIS – EGYPT
He came to fulfill the law. Called “KRST,” the “Anointed One.” Born of the virgin Isis-Meri on December 25th in a cave / manger, with his birth announced by a star and attended by three wise men. Earthly father named “Seb” (translates to “Joseph.”) At age 12 he was a child teacher in the Temple and at 30 he was baptized, having disappeared for 18 years. Osiris was baptized in the river Iarutana — the river Jordan — by “Anup the Baptizer,” who was beheaded. (Anup translates to John.) He performed miracles, exorcised demons, raised El-Osiris from the dead. Walked on water and was betrayed by Typhon, crucified between two thieves on the 17th day of the month of Athyr. Buried in a tomb from which he arose on the third day (19th Athyr) and was resurrected. His suffering, death, and resurrection celebrated each year by His disciples on the Vernal Equinox — Easter. Called “The Way, the Truth, the Light,” “Messiah,” “god’s Anointed Son,’ the “Son of Man,” the “Word made Flesh,” the “word of truth.” Expected to reign a thousand years.
So here we have listed 8 different Lords/Gods/Saviors/Deities/Messiahs who preceded Jesus. How many times will we continue to be gullible enough to believe the same story OVER and OVER and OVER and OVER again? Sometimes, it feels like I’m the only one who gets this… besides the author of MITHRAS = CHRISTIANITY? and a handful of other people.
We WANT to believe in the Jesus story but like the bible, it’s the “greatest STORY ever told.”
When you dissect it even further, you find out that Jesus was created at the Council of Nicea in 325 AD when Constantine brought together all of the leaders of the Yeshua ben Yosef cults to agree on one main deity, to which they added the mythological abilities of Horus, Osiris, and Mithra to create Ieosus Christos, which eventually became Jesus Christ. You can read more about this in the article, “The Fictitious Jesus.”
If a UFO were to land in your backyard, there are two things the extraterrestrial would NOT have: Money and a Bible.
If you still want to believe in Jesus, then perhaps you should live by his words? The following is an excerpt from the article, “The Jesus Factor – How Many Christians Will Truly Follow the Words of Jesus?”:
If you truly want to follow the words of Jesus, then how many Christians are willing to do the following?
New International Version (NIV)
21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
So how many Christians are following Jesus’ words?: ZERO that I know of. I don’t know and haven’t heard of one single Christian or follower of Jesus who is willing to do this. Ouch! Jesus is not pleased.
Perhaps it’s only convenient to follow some of his words and not all of them…?
People have waited millennia for the other deities to return. None of them have, so why would anyone expect Jesus to be any different?
Humanity is heading to a place that does not have religion, money, or government. It’s time to move beyond those horrendous forms of control that have plagued humanity for millennia.
Try asking a Hopi Indian who has not converted to Christianity if he or she believes in Jesus. His or her answer will be, “WE are the ones we have been waiting for.”
I totally agree, 100%.
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Gregg Prescott, M.S. is the founder and editor of In5D and BodyMindSoulSpirit. You can find his In5D Radio shows on the In5D Youtube channel. He is also a transformational speaker and promotes spiritual, metaphysical and esoteric conferences in the United States through In5dEvents. His love and faith for humanity motivates him to work in humanity’s best interests 12-15+ hours a day, 365 days a year.