Sunday, February 05, 2006

Was There a Jesus?

I don't really know and I would profess that no one else alive today does either. The historical evidence runs counter to his existence. The best argument on this is that given the amount of written history of the times, if Jesus had the impact the bible says he had someone would have written a contemporaneous history of Jesus, yet none exist. What does exist is many earlier stories of saviors who had very similar characteristics. In fact I am not aware that Jesus had any original characteristics.

As a child my parents taught me that we believed that a person named Jesus Christ actually existed, but that we did not believe he was the son of God. He was just a historical figure that claimed to be the son of God.

I had held that firm belief most of my life until one day when I read in The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Told by Acharya S. pretty solid evidence that Jesus did not exist. This disturbed me so much that I called my mother and told her that I felt deceived that she had never told me that his existence as a person was not historically solid. She said she was not aware that it was not clearly known historical fact that Jesus did exist. What, tell me, is Christiantity if its basic tenet is based on someone that never existed?

From her book:
(quoted from http://www.truthbeknown.com/christ.htm)

Horus of Egypt

"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, who predated the Christ character by thousands of years, 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"). Seb is also known as "Geb": "As Horus the Elder he...was believed to be the son of Geb and Nut." Lewis Spence, Ancient Egyptian Myths and Legends, 84.
  • 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 or Iarutana (Jordan) by "Anup the Baptizer" ("John the Baptist"), who was decapitated.
  • He had 12 disciples, 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.
  • Horus walked on water.
  • His personal epithet was "Iusa," the "ever-becoming son" of "Ptah," the "Father." He was thus called "Holy Child."
  • He delivered a "Sermon on the Mount" and his followers recounted the "Sayings of Iusa."
  • Horus was transfigured on the Mount.
  • He was crucified between two thieves, buried for three days in a tomb, and resurrected.
  • He was also 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," etc.
  • He was "the Fisher" and was associated with the Fish ("Ichthys"), Lamb and Lion.
  • He came to fulfill the Law.
  • 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 Horus, with Thoth announcing to the Virgin Isis that she will conceive Horus; with Kneph, the "Holy Ghost," impregnating the virgin; and with the infant being attended by three kings, or magi, 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."



3 Comments:

Blogger SmartBlkWoman said...

Acharya's scholarship has been called into question and some of the things she wrote in the book are completely false. You might want to ckeck out the lowest rated reviews of the book on amazon.com. They point out some of her fallacies. Another good book to read would be "The Gospel and The Greeks" by Ronald Nash. It is a refutation of most of what Acharya says.

11:59 PM  
Blogger Bilo said...

I would love to know how much of this is true and factually based, but Amazon reviews does not sound like the right place to find that out.

I just checked them out and they were mostly positive. There were a few bad ones, but they did not carry much data either.

Do you actually have some salient points to make against her arguments. I would love to hear it.

10:13 AM  
Blogger SmartBlkWoman said...

Bilo, I haven't read her book. I found out about the book (Acharya) on the site of Dianne Narcisco (atheistview.com), author of Rolling Uphill: Realizing The Honesty of Atheism. She makes the point that there have been scholars that have called Acharya's scholarship sloppy and that some of it is just untrue.

I do have the book by Ronald Nash and it asserts that other religions/faiths/belief systems were influenced by Christianity instead of it being the other way around.

2:03 PM  

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