Monday, April 20, 2009
Easter is a Pagan Holiday
The Sun of God
Two weekends ago, many Americans celebrated the Easter holiday by coloring eggs, hunting for easter eggs, and awaiting the arrival of the Easter Bunny. In addition to these festivities, Easer also signifies the arrival of spring. All in all, it makes for a joyful holiday.
For others, Easter is an exalted religious holiday signifying the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the promise of eternal salvation.
To each his own, I suppose. Or perhaps not...
Many self-righteous religious folks despise the fact that the Easter holiday has a secular dimension. They carp about the way “their” solemn holiday has been hijacked and desecrated by the godless heathen. They yammer that the secular traditions are nothing more than unadulterated pagan rituals.
Perhaps they are right! However, what they fail to recognize is that they too are celebrating a pagan ritual. Their so-called Christian rituals have been carefully primped and preened, thus concealing their pagan origins behind the pretext that they were heavenly ordained. In fact, the whole of Christianity, from the Immaculate Conception to the Resurrection, is all drawn from mythology and astrology. Christianity (and Judaism for that matter) is essentially a rehash or repackaging of the same allegorical traditions that have formed the centerpieces of various cultures for millennia.
It is even fair to say that Jesus Christ as a historical person probably never existed! After all, despite the suppossed importance of the Christ character in the first century, and the fuss he is said to have created for both the Romans and the Jewish clerics, there is no historical record of his existence. And as for the Nativity story, Christ’s ministry, the Passion, the Resurrection, the Ascension, etc, it’s all been done before by various other sun gods and other deities, such as Dionysius (Greece), Horus (Egypt), Mithra (Persia), Zoroaster (Persia), and Krishna (India) - just to name a few. The elements of their stories are all similar and share a number of common themes.
These pagan mythologies were co-opted by the Romans, repackaged, and sold to the early pagan communities as the Jesus story in order to unify the empire under a common or shared mythology. Read the stories of any one of these pagan gods and you will find that they were all sons (suns) of god, their births were announced by star, they were born of a virgin, they were miracle workers and healers, they were crucified, resurrected and returned to heaven, they were memorialized in a sacred cannibalistic ritual involving consumption of their body and blood, etc, etc. On top of all that, their births and deaths coincide with the astrological calendar to occur around the time of the spring equinox and the winter solstice.
There is nothing new or unique in Christianity!
In addition to all the astrological tie-ins, the stories presented in the gospels are beyond credible. Walking on water, raising of the dead, turning water into wine, feeding thousands with a few loaves and fishes, etc. No one in their right mind could believe such yarns. Some of the miracles themselves even contradict what is written in the bible itself. For example, Jesus is supposedly descended from the Royal House of David. The genealogy given in the gospels (Matthew 1:1–17) traces his lineage from David through his earthly father Joseph. Yet the gospel also claims that Jesus was born of a virgin (Matthew 1:16-25M) - a claim made by many otherwise good girls and supported by an equal number of obstensibly pious lads.
Putting the powers of logic to work, one can readily see that these two passages, which are from the same gospel account, are contradictory. Either Joseph sired Christ, keeping the line of descent from the Royal House of David intact, or he didn’t. Christianity maintains the veracity of the virgin birth. That means that no member of the “royal swim team” made its way up the immaculate fallopian tubes. Therefore, Joseph can not be the father, and that there is no royal blood flowing through Christ’s veins. And no post-facto fulfillment of vague Old Testament prophesies (see Psalms 89:3-4).
When you boil it all down, Christ is rendered into nothing more than the latest version of the ever-morphing, new and improved, sun god. The supposed documented aspects of Christ’s life and times that are contained within the various gospel accounts are nothing more that fraudulent histories retrofitted onto a concocted fairytale. His alleged life story is just an allegory to describe the movement of the constellations and the precession of the equinoxes. As Acharya S suggests, a more appropriate title for Christ would be the Solar Avatar of the Age of Pices.