03 May 2012, 08:11
Mithraism – Yet another Jesus-like story
In Part 3 we covered the striking similarities between Jesus and Horus. It is also worth reading up on Mithraism, which I will summarise below:
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).
In Mithraism, Sundays were regarded as holy, much like Christians regard the sabbath to be on Sundays, while it is in fact on Saturday.
I think we have sufficiently covered that the story of Jesus is not unique.
The True Meaning of Christmas
The customs of Christmas pre-date the birth of Christ. The date of December 25th comes from Rome and was a celebration of the Italic god, Saturn, and the rebirth of the sun god.
It was noted by the pre-Christian Romans and other pagans, that daylight began to increase after December 22nd, when they assumed that the sun god died. These ancients believed that the sun god rose from the dead three days later as the new-born and venerable sun. Thus, they figured that to be the reason for increasing daylight.
The evergreen tree was a symbol of the essence of life and was regarded as a phallic symbol in fertility worship. (Keep in mind your children are decorating a penis when you let them put up the tree this year.)
Some people also think the tree represents Thor’s Oak, where humans were sacrificed to Thor.
Pagans regarded the red holly as a symbol of the menstrual blood of the queen of heaven, also known as Diana.
The white berries of mistletoe were believed by pagans to represent droplets of the semen of the sun god.
Both holly and mistletoe were hung in doorways of temples and homes to invoke powers of fertility in those who stood beneath and kissed, causing the spirits of the god and goddess to enter them.
The Roman church was so desperate to spread Christianity that they invited the pagan tribes to bring their customs along. The church then absorbed these customs to increase the number of people under their control.
The Origins of Easter
The name “Easter” originated with the names of an ancient Goddess. She was the Great Mother Goddess of the Saxon people in Northern Europe.
In Part 3 I mentioned the god Attis, another virgin-born god remarkably similar to Jesus. Attis was believed to have died and been resurrected each year during the period 22 – 25 March. He was a god of ever-reviving vegetation. Born of a virgin, he died and was reborn annually. The festival began as a day of blood on Black Friday and culminated after three days in a day of rejoicing over the resurrection.
Wherever Christian worship of Jesus and Pagan worship of Attis were active in the same geographical area in ancient times, Christians: “… used to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus on the same date; and pagans and Christians used to quarrel bitterly about which of their gods was the true prototype and which the imitation.”
If things had turned out just a little differently during the course of History, it seems all you Christians could have been Attisians, with little to no change in your religion!
The name “Easter” and the traditions actually represent several godly couples: Tammuz and Ishtar (Babylon), Attis and Cybele (Phrygian), Adonis and Astarte (Phoenician), Baal and Ashtoreth (Canaanite Israel). They are all linked to fertility, including todays Easter celebrations. (Notice how similar the names sound to Easter, that’s no coincidence.)
The Easter Bunny and Eggs
The Teutonic deity Eostra was the goddess of spring and fertility, and feasts were held in her honor on the Vernal Equinox. Her symbol was the rabbit because of the animal’s high reproduction rate. (The chocolate manufacturers can make those bunnies look as cute as they want, it’s still all about the pagan goddess.)
Spring also symbolized new life and rebirth; eggs were an ancient symbol of fertility.
You didn’t see this one coming did you? If you celebrate your birthday, you are partaking in a pagan ritual.
Birthdays are mentioned 3 times in the Bible (Gen. 40:1-23, Matt. 14:3-11, Job 1:4-5), and in each case, something bad happened. I think the message is that if you celebrate your birthday, bad things will happen.
Also, the gifts given to the baby Jesus are not birthday gifts. It was an ancient custom during that time to give gifts when you were in the presence of a king. According to the bible, the baby Jesus was seen as a king.
Then where did birthday celebrations come from? The answer is from the pagan practice of astrology.
In ancient Egypt, the pharaohs ordered businesses to close on their birthdays and gave enormous feasts for hundreds of servants. In ancient Greece, wealthy males joined birthday clubs composed exclusively of men who shared their birth date. Once a month, the club celebrated with a feast. In Persia, noblemen observed their birthdays by barbecuing an ox, a camel and a donkey and serving hundreds of small cakes to the celebrants.
The Greeks believed that everyone had a protective spirit or daemon who attended his birth and watched over him in life. This spirit had a mystic relation with the god on whose birthday the individual was born.
The Romans also subscribed to this idea. This notion was carried down in human belief and is reflected in the guardian angel, the fairy godmother and the patron saint. The custom of lighted candles on the cakes started with the Greeks. Honey cakes round as the moon and lit with tapers were placed on the temple altars of the god Artemis. Birthday candles, in folk belief, are endowed with special magic for granting wishes. Lighted tapers and sacrificial fires have had a special mystic significance ever since man first set up altars to his gods. The birthday candles are thus an honor and tribute to the birthday child and bring good fortune.
Saying “happy birthday” to friends and loved ones was society’s superstitious way of protecting them from evil spirits. Birthday thumps, bumps, pinches, etc., were said to bring luck and send away evil spirits. Party snappers, horns and other noisemakers were also intended to scare off bad-luck spirits.
Be aware of the pagan roots of many of your christian customs as these are simply a few of them.
The scary thing is, your pastor will know of the pagan origins, but gladly celebrate the pagan feast with you.
Do you believe these feasts are Christian? Perhaps you’re just making it seem more Christian by saying a quick prayer before indulging in the pagan festivities?
If you take your own belief seriously, don’t celebrate Christmas, not even giving gifts or having a big meal. All of that is part of the pagan tradition, whether you agree or not.