Continuing the series on God/Religion. For today, I will be discussing the person of Jesus and attempting to understand some of the myth that surround him.
The character Jesus appeared throughout the new testament and even, some claim that his coming was prophesied long before his eventual birth (Prophet Isaiah):
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6, KJV)
Well, some might decide to take this seriously but, let’s notice the striking parody in the bible and other character that are also ‘Jesus’ seem to imitate – Joseph.
Oh, I don’t mean Joseph his “father” but the Joseph from Genesis 30:23-25. Quickly, let’s go through the story in it’s context:
” And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach: And she called his name Joseph; and said, The LORD shall add to me another son. And it came to pass, when Rachel had born Joseph, that Jacob said unto Laban, Send me away, that I may go unto mine own place, and to my country.” (Genesis 30:23-25, KJV)
And here is the account of Jesus:
“…And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins…” (Matthew 1:21, KJV)
From the miracle birth of them both, to the betrayal from their close person, to the fact that they would “save” people from destruction, to even the resurrection and a promise land (Joseph was in the more crude version, as accounted in: Genesis 50:24, and Jesus version we know as it is today).
Doesn’t end there, and Joseph or Jesus but share the same story in common with several other ancient religion who as well had a miracle birth, some betrayal, a punishment, and primarily act as the savior for the people God has sent them to. I already listed a few in the first of the series and here are even some more: Alcides of the Sintoos, Zoar of the Bonzes, Hesus of Eros, and Bremrillah, of the Druids, Thor, son of Odin, of the Gauls, Cadmus of Greece, etc. ( Detailed notes on this at http://www.newagepointofinfinity.com/NAU/16saviors.htm)
It is highly satisfying that the teaching of Jesus was at least a vast improvement over the barbaric acts in the old testament, but then, was his existence real or the things that where attributed to him or was he, like many other religion, a myth?
For a great man like Jesus, it must have been expected that apart from the Bible, they must of been some other account of his existence by the historians of his time. Some of these historians where: Aulus Persus (60AD), Titus Livu (59BC – 17AD), Lucarius (63AD), Phlegon of Tralles (776BC – 137AD), Seneca (4BC – 65AD), etc Jesus of Nazareth (7-2 BC – 26-36 AD).
None, of this historians had any reference to a person like Jesus and for those that mentioned him, they used the term “Chistus” which meant “Anointed One” that wasn’t referring to Jesus. However, the prominent source often quoted as having a reference; the Jews historian – Josephus Martyr has been proven time and time again as a forgery.( Read detailed entry here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephus_on_Jesus)
Shall we then say Christianity was based on myths, no different from the Egyptian worship of the Sun God (Ra that was mentioned in the first of the series), or is the saying of a praying no different from an Hymn to Osiri? It is highly probable.
Just as we think of the worship of Thor as myth, and would refuse to believe the claim made by someone who might today be worshiping Thor though no evidence speaks against it, so do I present the same claim towards religion.
Some might say, it’s all in the faith, or how about if you are wrong.
This effective leads us into the next topic in the series: faith, are prayers really effective or they no different from placebo. This and many more will be the discuss of tomorrow’s.