Christianity- A pagan religion?
When Christianity was founded, it was not the only religion that had a god who worked miracles, fulfilled prophecies, saved people from hell, promised eternal life, and protected against astral nasties. In those times there was a significant amount of religions that all had those things. So if Christianity shares so much in common with ancient pagan religions, who’s to say the Christian Bible isn’t a pagan book?
A Christian God and Goddess
It is theorised that the Hebrew God Yahweh, like many other pagan religions, had a consort/wife by the name of Ashera. Probably the most significant piece of evidence in support of the theory that our Goddess was edited out of the Bible came from Genesis 1:27: “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him. Male and female He created them”.1
Leaving this particular Bible verse unaltered seems to have been an error on the part of the scribes and translators who have dissected the scriptures to the point of them making no sense. Logically spoken, if we were created as male and female in the Image of the Divine, then surely there must have been a Goddess in the picture somewhere in the distant past. And who better than Yahweh’s own wife, Ashera?
In her article, “God’s Wife edited out of the Bible – almost” (found on Discovery News Website) Jennifer Viegas states the following: “Asherah was not entirely edited out of the Bible by its male editors. Traces of her remain…”2
The Biblical Book of Kings describes a time between the ninth and seventh centuries B.C.E. when the land (Israel) was divided into two kingdoms—Judah in the south and Israel in the north.
Although the Bible does not, euphemistically, speak very highly of Ashera, there are several Biblical references from this era with regards to Her.
2 Kings 21:3-4 & 2 Kings 21:7: 3He rebuilt the high places his father Hezekiah had destroyed; he also erected altars to Baal and made an Asherah Pole, as Ahab king of Israel had done. He bowed down to all the starry hosts and worshiped them. 4He built altars in the temple of the Lord;
7He took the carved Asherah Pole he had made, and put it in the temple.3
In later years, the prophet Jeremiah was “told by God” to bring a message to the Israelites with regards to idolatry. Among a whole list of other requirements, He also demanded they stop burning incense to the Queen of Heaven and pouring out drink offerings to Her. This was their reply:
Jeremiah 44:15-18: 15Then all the men who knew that their wives were burning incense to other gods, along with all the women who were present—a large assembly—and all the people living in Lower and Upper Egypt, said to Jeremiah, 16”We will not listen to the message you have spoken to us in the name of the LORD! 17We will certainly do everything we said we would: We will burn incense to the Queen of Heaven and will pour out drink offerings to her just as we and our fathers, our kings and our officials did in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. At that time we had plenty of food and were well off and suffered no harm. 18But ever since we stopped burning incense to the Queen of Heaven and pouring out drink offerings to her, we have had nothing and have been perishing by sword and famine”’ 19The women added, “When we burned incense to the Queen of Heaven and poured out drink offerings to Her, did not our husbands know that we were making cakes like Her image and pouring out drink offerings to Her”?4
The last three references show clearly that there was an ancient goddess, probably Ashera, who was worshiped in Israel, in a temple, and that the people called her the ‘Queen of Heaven’.
But can we prove that Ashera was revered as Yahweh’s wife? It all depends from which side of the line the person whom you are throwing this at, is watching. Until fairly recently Biblical references were just about all we had to go by until certain graffiti on walls, and inscriptions on artefacts were found, dating from the eighth century B.C.E. Jennifer Viegas states:
These were found on walls and storage jars at two sites, Khirbet el-Kom and Kuntillet Ajrud, in Israel. The graffiti includes blessings such as, “I bless you by Yahweh of Samaria and by his Asherah”, and “I bless you by Yahweh of Teiman and by his Asherah”. Does this mean by Yahweh and by his Goddess? Or is it saying “by Yahweh and by his sacred pole”? All we may safely assume at this point has been well put by the French epigrapher Andre Lemaire: “Whatever an Asherah is, Yahweh had one! 5
The devout Christian may consider it conjuring “false evidence”, and blasphemy as is stated in the Biblical Archaeology Society’s “Ten Top Biblical Archaeology Discoveries” (page 554):
“Two of these pictures may even be Yahweh and his consort—a blasphemous concept never before suggested by an archaeological discovery!”6
However the learned Pagan scholar may well consider it to be at least some proof of such a relationship. After all, the Holy Bible is full of scriptures mentioning Asherah, and almost always within the same context of the Hebrew Temple.
Solomon, the pagan king
When this infinitely wise and highly esteemed Hebrew king arranged to have the Temple of Solomon built, he included in the construction two pillars of solid brass, which were to be placed to flank the main entrance to the Temple. The verses 1 Kings 6:1-38, 1 Kings Chapter 7, and Chapter 8 describe the dimensions, the construction and the dedication of the Temple. Chapter 7 describes more specifically the twin pillars standing in front of King Solomon’s Temple.
On website, Secret Arcana (uncovering the hidden forces of the world) it is stated in the article “The Esoteric Meaning of the Twin Pillars: Boaz and Jachin” that in Freemasonry, the pillars are named Jachin and Boaz and represent one of the Brotherhood’s most recognizable symbols.7
Since time immemorial, the twin pillars have been placed at strategic sites, marking the passage towards the unknown and the otherworldly.
The article further states that, “In Ancient Greece, The Pillars of Hercules was the phrase that was applied to the promontories that flank the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar. The Northern Pillar is the Rock of Gibraltar in the British territory of Gibraltar”.8
It is also said that Plato accounted that the lost realm of Atlantis was beyond the pillars, in effect placing it in the realm of the unknown. According to Renaissance tradition the pillars bore the warning Nec plus ultra (also Non plus ultra, which means: nothing further beyond) This used to serve as a warning to sailors and navigators to not go any further.
“Symbolically, going beyond the Pillars of Hercules can mean leaving the foulness of the material world to reach a higher realm of enlightenment”.9
The usage of the terms Jachin and Boaz by the Freemasons originates from the Biblical account of King Solomon’s Temple. The master builder of the Temple of Solomon was Hiram Abiff, a prominent figure in Masonic ritual.10
According to the ancient Rabbis, Solomon was an initiate of the Mystery Schools, and the Temple which he built was actually a house of initiation containing a mass of Pagan philosophic and phallic emblems. The pomegranates, the palm-headed columns, the Pillars before the door, the Babylonian cherubim, and the arrangement of the chambers and draperies all indicate the Temple to have been patterned after the Sanctuaries of Egypt and Atlantis.11
According to Secret Arcana the Masonic twin pillars, as with most occult symbolism, conceal multiple layers of meaning. It is generally accepted that the Jachin and Boaz represent the equilibrium between two opposite forces.12
This proves that the infinitely wise King Solomon of the Hebrew/Christian Bible was in fact a pagan who used the Mysteries to build a better life for himself and his family of 700 wives and 300 concubines, of whom most, if not all, were of pagan royal descent:
1 Kings 11:1-3: 1King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter—Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. 2They were from nations about which the Lord had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love. 3He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines.15
Solomon built shrines for all of his pagan wives’ gods, and as he grew older he gradually turned towards the more lenient gods and goddesses of paganism. Besides that, the fact that he most probably was a force not to be toyed with was quite obvious in the story of two women fighting over a baby as related in 1 Kings 3:23-28:
24 Then the king said, “Bring me a sword”. So they brought a sword for the king. 25 He then gave an order: “Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other.” 26 The woman whose son was alive was filled with compassion for her son and said to the king, “Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don’t kill him!” But the other said, “Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!” 27 Then the king gave his ruling: “Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him; she is his mother.” 28 When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice.16
Aside from the examples mentioned here, there is enough proof of Solomon’s pagan ventures to fill an entire library, and from these examples it is clear that the Hebrew King had a pagan heart.
According to sacredtexts.com’s, The Cross and the Crucifixion, the use of the cross as a religious symbol in pre-Christian times, and among non-Christian peoples, might be regarded as almost universal. Additionally, in many cases it was connected with some form of nature worship.
Numerous saviours have died by the hands of man through the sins of man, and have interceded in heaven for the souls of their executioners. The martyrdom of the ‘God-Man’ and the redemption of the world through his blood has been an essential tenet of many great religions. Nearly all these stories can be traced to sun worship, for the sun is the saviour who dies annually for every creature within his universe, but year after year rises again victorious from the ‘Tomb of Winter’.17
In the Christian Bible, God told His people to use an essentially pagan symbol on their foreheads, and He used the same symbol to acquit some of those people from crimes they have committed. Unless the verse has been added to the scriptures at a later stage, this serves to prove that Judaism, upon which Christianity has been founded, is not so different from paganism after all, and that the Christian God actually does have a heart:
The TAU Cross, in the shape of a ‘T’, was the sign which God told the people of Jerusalem to mark on their foreheads as related by the Prophet Ezekiel. It was also placed as a symbol of liberation upon those charged with crimes but acquitted.18
The Ankh, a ‘T’-shaped cross with an oval on top, is the familiar cross of the Egyptian Pantheon, and the Celtic Cross, a cross with four arms of equal length which some Christians wear as their own symbol, is not Christian at all. The only symbolic cross that is essentially Christian, is the cross that was used to crucify Jesus, and the crucifix that some Christians wear around their necks to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus.
Was the Biblical Christian myth of the Christ copied from the Egyptian myth of Horus? The parallel is so strong that most people would, without hesitation, answer with a resounding ‘yes!’
Aside from Horus, who shares 46 parallel points with Christ, Mithras is perhaps the most significant deity who parallels with Christ. The POCM (Pagan Origins of the Christ Myth) website has he following to say about Mithras:
Mithras was originally Persian. Before Rome. When the Christ myth was new, Mithras and Mithraism were already ancient. Worshiped for centuries as God’s Messenger of Truth, Mithras was long revered by the Persians (Zoroastrianism) and the Indians (see the Vedic literature).
Christian apologist Justin Martyr (1 Apologia, 66, 4) denounces the “devil” for having sent a God so similar to Jesus—yet preceding him.19
POCM continues by stating that, like Christ, Mithras came from Heaven to be born as a man, and to redeem sinners. He died, was buried in a tomb and rose from the dead. He was also known as “Savior”, “Son of God”, “Redeemer” and “Lamb of God”. His followers kept the Sabbath holy, were baptised and ate sacramental meals in remembrance of Him. The bread and water (or wine) was symbolic of the body and blood of the sacred bull. The following inscription was found on the wall of a Mithraic temple in Rome: “And thou hast saved us by shedding the eternal blood”. 20
Featuring the 46 parallel points between Jesus and Horus, and a few strong parallels between Jesus and several other deities, the recent documentary film Zeitgeist came as a shock to and provoked anger in many a devout Christian, while bringing revelation and enlightenment to the rest of the world.
A significant amount of the 46 parallels between Christ and Horus can be disputed, which leaves us with a considerable 15 parallels that cannot be disputed.
The following is a list of the undisputable Zeitgeist Parallels between the two deities, from Jesus & Horus – The Zeitgeist Parallels by Rishy Rich (found at rishyrich.hubpages.com):
The Sun-god Horus was worshipped nearly 1,000 years before the story of Jesus. Now check these parallels:
1 – Both were conceived of a virgin
2 – Both were the “only begotten son” of a god (either Osiris or Yahweh)
3 – Horus’ mother was Meri, Jesus’ mother was Mary
4 – Horus’ foster father was called Jo-Seph, and Jesus’ foster father was Joseph
5 – Both foster fathers were of royal descent
6 – Both were born in a cave (although sometimes Jesus is said to have been born in a stable)
7 – Both had their coming announced to their mother by an angel. Horus’ birth was heralded by the star Sirius (the morning star). Jesus had his birth heralded by a star in the East (the sun rises in the East)
8 – Ancient Egyptians celebrated the birth of Horus on December 21 (the Winter Solstice). Modern Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25
9 – Both births were announced by angels
10 – Both had shepherds witnessing the birth
11 – Horus was visited at birth by “three solar deities” and Jesus was visited by “three wise men”
12 – After the birth of Horus, Herut tried to have Horus murdered. After the birth of Jesus, Herod tried to have Jesus murdered
13 – To hide from Herut, the god that tells Isis, “Come, thou Goddess Isis, hide thyself with thy child.” To hide from Herod, an angel tells Joseph to “arise and take the young child and his mother and flee into Egypt”
14 – When Horus came of age, he had a special ritual where his eye was restored. When Jesus (and other Jews) come of age, they have a special ritual called a Bar Mitzvah
15 – Both Horus and Jesus were 12 at this coming-of-age ritual. Neither have any official recorded life histories between the ages of 12 and 30 21
Could all of those parallels be mere coincidence? Not likely. Considering the above two examples of Mithras and Horus, one could easily fall into the trap of drawing a conclusion that Christianity copied the myth of Christ from pagan religions. But that is not true at all. According to POCM we have to view “not just the narrow fact of ‘Christianity began’, but the wider fact of ‘Christianity began in the middle of ancient western culture where lots of people had similar ideas.” 22
Christianity did not copy myths, it copied ideas about gods. The ancient people who first worshiped Jesus knew what a god was. They believed that Jesus was one. And therefore the stories they told about Him are full of ancient god “stylings”, if one could call it that.
POCM Explains: Jesus, the God, came first. Who and what He was besides being a God, the facts of His God-property, came later, made up to fit the ancient meaning of ‘God’. You can’t have a new God until you first know what ‘God’ means. The first people who believed Jesus was a God, already knew what properties Gods had. And when they came to tell about Jesus’ holy life, they naturally told it the way they saw it, with Jesus as a God, with the standard God properties.23
In order for a group to copy a pagan myth, they would have to be something other than pagan. Jesus came from Heaven; to Earth; via a magical “god-mortal” birth; in fulfilment of prophesy; heralded by magic God-sent dreams; He performed miracles; He brought salvation; these are all properties of a true god, as people understand the concept “God”.
Everything checks out, and the actual myth remains exclusive to Christianity. Therefore Jesus is a new version of an old (pagan) idea and Jesus is a new pagan god.
This is significant in the sense that, because Jesus is a pagan god, His followers must be Pagans, even if they would never admit to the fact. Christianity did not copy myths, but already established pagan ideas. This makes Christianity an essentially pagan religion.
“Christianity did not copy Paganism… Christianity is Paganism”
(sic from POCM). 24
References and Citations
1. Holy Bible (New International Version, 1st Edition for Africa, English Translation). Copyright© 1973, International Bible Society.
2. Discovery News Website. Copyright© Jennifer Viegas. Article: “God’s Wife edited out of the Bible – almost”. On-line. Available from Internet, http://news.discovery.com/history/god-wife-yahweh-asherah-110318.html
3-4. Holy Bible (New International Version, 1st Edition for Africa, English Translation). Copyright© 1973, International Bible Society.
5. Discovery News Website. Copyright© Jennifer Viegas. Article: “God’s Wife edited out of the Bible – almost”. On-line. Available from Internet, http://news.discovery.com/history/god-wife-yahweh-asherah-110318.html
6. Biblical Archaeology Society. Copyright© 2011 Biblical Archaeology Society. “Ten Top Biblical Archaeology Discoveries”- pp54. EBook download from official Website. On-line. Available from Internet, http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org
7-14. Secret Arcana (uncovering the hidden forces of the world). Copyright© Secret Arcana. Article: “The Esoteric Meaning of the Twin Pillars: Boaz and Jachin”. On-line. Available from Internet, http://secretarcana.com/occultsymbols/the-two-pillars/
15-16. Bible Gateway.com. Copyright© International Bible Society 1984.
Holy Bible (New International Version 1984). On-line. Available from Internet, http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/New-International-Version-NIV-Bible/
17-18. Sacred Texts.com. Copyright© Sacred Texts.com. Article: ”The Cross and the Crucifixion”. On-line. Available from Website, http://www.sacred-texts.com/eso/sta/sta45.htm
19-20. POCM (Pagan Origins of the Christ Myth). Copyright© POCM. Website. On-line. Available from Internet, http://pocm.info/pagan_christs_getting_started.html
21. rishyrich.hubpages.com. Copyright© Rishy Rich. Article: “Jesus & Horus – The Zeitgeist Parallels” On-line. Available from Internet, http://rishyrich.hubpages.com/hub/Parallels-between-Jesus-Horus
22-24. POCM (Pagan Origins of the Christ Myth). Copyright© POCM. Website. On-line. Available from Internet, http://pocm.info/pagan_christs_getting_started.html
This article was edited by Bronwyn Katzke