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JESUS - The only original element in Christianity

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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2005 4:33 am    Post subject: JESUS - The only original element in Christianity Reply with quote

And as an admonishment to those who claim that Allah has betaken a son.
They have no knowledge thereof nor had their forefathers. It is an enormity which their mouths deliver. They utter naught but a lie.
Haply wilt thou grieve thyself to death for sorrow if they believe not in this discourse?
Verily we have made all that is on the Earth an ornament thereof that we may try them as to which of them is best in conduct.
(The Holy Quran. Al Kahf. {The Cave}. 5 – Cool.

None will have the capacity to intercede that day save he who has received a promise from the Gracious one.
They allege: the Gracious one has taken unto Himself a son.
Assuredly you have uttered a monstrous thing!
The heavens might well-nigh burst thereat and the Earth cleave asunder and the mountains fall down in pieces.
For they ascribe a son to the Gracious one.
Whereas it becomes not the Gracious to take unto Himself a son.
(The Holy Quran. MARYAM. {MARY}. 88 – 93).

Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad – Khalifatul Masih IV has argued in his book CHRISTIANITY – A journey from facts to fiction. (Islam International Publications LTD, 1995) that Pauline Christianity was powerfully influenced and bent by the local cultures and mythologies, when it began spreading in the lands of the Roman Empire. That Paul introduced into the original teachings of Jesus Christ, his own brand of mysticism – Being neither of Jewish descent nor claiming direct contact with Jesus himself except through vision. Also, that Paul took the easier road and, in fact, began preaching Christianity as being indistinct from the localized legends and myths. He cites 2 key works in this section of his book – Namely The Messianic Legacy by Michael Baigent, R Leigh and H Lincoln. (Corgi Books, 1986) and PAUL – The mind of the apostle by A N Wilson. (1997). He Writes

This strategy worked well in as much as it gained a great number of converts to the new
faith which otherwise would not have been easily available. But at what cost.
Unfortunately, it ended up only in an unholy competition between noble Christian values
and pagan myths. What St Paul changed was only the names of the pagan gods and
replaced them with Jesus, God the Father and the Holy Ghost. It was not him in fact
who invented the myth of Trinity and introduced it to the pagan world in the name of
Christianity, on the contrary he borrowed the myth of the Trinity from pagan mythology
and bonded it to Christianity. From then on it was the same old paganism but with new
names and new faces.
If the mountain did not respond to his call, he decided to go to the mountain.

St Chrysostum wrote in 273 AD: ‘While the heathen were busied with their profanities the Christians might perform their holy ones without disturbance.’ This would confirm Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad’s statement. Robert Graves in his epoch-making book The White Goddess (Faber & Faber, 1952) in the chapter ‘A conversation at Paphos – 43 AD) argues that the second century Pauline converts who knew no Hebrew were at pains to prove that Jesus had rejected the laws of Moses and transferred Jewish blessing from the Jews to themselves. Also noteworthy in this context are Sir James George Frazer’s chapters ‘Killing the God’ and ‘The crucifixion of Christ’ in The Golden Bough (12 Volumes, Oxford world’s classics, 1906 – 1915), I do not intend to discuss these chapters at length here for brevity’s sake but have referred to the sources whereby the intent reader can find them out.

‘Jesus as Saturn-king’ HERMES – 33. (1898), for example, proves that Matthew 27. 26 – 31 is a direct snatching from the fourth dialogue of Dio Chrysostum and is identical to it. I think it may just be a Roman custom but nevertheless it is significant. The passage runs thus

Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to
be crucified.
Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto
him the whole band of soldiers.
And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.
And when they had plaited a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed
in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying ‘Hail, King
of the Jews!’
And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.
And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his
own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.

I have deliberately quoted the relevant passage in its entirety because Philo Judaeus, in Adversus Flaccum (Thomas Mangoy. London, 1742. Pages 520 - 532) mentions the Roman practice of setting up a sham king in order to ridicule the king Agrippa – He makes particular account of an incident of this kind where a street urchin who used to roam the streets stark naked was clothed in a royal robe and crowned – Then mocked with cries of “MARIN! MARIN!’ The Syrian word for Lord. Ironically the Biblical passage loses all its painfulness when it is revealed that the name of this wretch was Barabbas – Meaning ‘Son of the Father.’ Frazer assumes that the Gospel writers erroneously treated as the name of an individual what in fact was a title of office. Frazer devotes 2 sections to the pagan origins of such a title. Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad’s argument is strengthened by the fact that it is obvious that the new faith which by 112 AD (when Pliny was writing his EPISTOLAE X, 96, a letter to the Emperor Trajan) had spread to Bithynia and Pontus bringing with it elements which appealed powerfully to the Asiatic mind. What these elements were, the present investigation will perhaps to some extent disclose. The conception of a dying and risen God was no new one in these regions.

The theme is cosmological. The garden is mythological the place where Venus meets
Adonis; and it is also the garden of generation where all living things are reformed
after they have disintegrated. 1

Easter, the Christian festival which celebrated the resurrection of Christ and bewails his sacrifice and crucifixion, sometimes, re-enacting the events in a bizarrely pagan fashion originated in the resurrection of Attis who combined in himself the characters of the divine father and the divine son. This was officially celebrated at Rome on the same day as the Christians believe it to have occurred.

The birth of faire Belphœbe and
Of Amoret is told
The Gardins of Adonis fraught
with pleasures manifold

This emblematic epigram to the sixth canto of Spencer’s The Faerie Qveene fits Christian Easter ritual and is worth a read in this regard. This is discussed by Frazer in the chapter on ‘Balder’s Fires.’ Cicero, the Roman orator writes

When we call corn Ceres and wine Bacchus, we use a common figure of speech; but do you
imagine that anybody is so insane as to believe that the thing he feeds upon is God? 2

St Jerome writes in his EPISTOLAE LVIII. 3, that the Lord was born within the shade of the grove of Syrian Lord Adonis and that this lover of Adonis was bewailed where the infant Jesus had wept. Adonis’ death was traditionally bewailed at Bethlehem (which means ‘House of bread) long before Christ said ‘I am the bread of life.’ Could the weeping of the infant Christ have been that for the lament for Adonis – As described in the book of the Prophet Isaiah?

Many men have been counted the sons of God in the most literal sense of the word, being supposed to have been born begotten by his holy spirit in the bowels of mortal women. I have merely illustrated the creed by a few examples drawn from classical antiquity, and there are various theories by which pagans and Christians explain these striking similarities

Taken altogether, the coincidences of the Christian with the heathen festivals are too close
and too numerous to be accidental. The mark the compromise which the church in the hour
of its triumph was compelled the make with its vanquished yet still dangerous rivals.

Most strikingly, Frazer draws parallels between Christ and Buddha as Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian – The Promised Messiah and Mahdi has discussed in his own treatise – Jesus of India many decades before Frazer’s book was published.
Christmas was celebrated as the Winter Solstice in the Mithraic Religion when the celebrants shouted ‘The virgin has conceived! The light is waxing.’ This oriental goddess was known as the Heavenly Virgin among the Sanites. It was originally celebrated on 6 January until the end of the fourth century. The date of 25 December was not introduced at Antioch until 375 AD. St Augustine also tacitly hints at its heathen origin and Leo the Great rebuked Christmas. It was, he said, a celebration of the pagan birth of the new sun and not that of Christ. Frazer Writes

Our Christmas festival is nothing but a continuation under a Christian name of this old solar
festivity; for the ecclesiastical authorities saw fit, about the end of the third century,
arbitrarily to transfer the nativity of Christ from the sixth of January to the twenty-fifth of
December, for the purpose of diverting to their Lord the worship which the heathen had
Hitherto paid on that day to the sun.

All Saint’s on 1 November was actually the Celtic festival of All Souls in remembrance of the dead. It was Pope Gregory IV who tried to turn it into a festival of saintly commemoration without any luck! Mirza Tahir Ahmad’s original statement is of note here that the pagans simply continued their rituals under the garb of Christianized dogma. (See The real encyclopedia for Protestant theology and church. J J Herzog & C T Pitt. Leipzig, 1883). This festival was celebrated on the same day throughout Egypt, Alaska, the Americas, Mexico, Europe and even in India. Frazer devotes 11 pages in the chapter on ‘Killing the God’ to these festivals.

Diana’s festival, too, was ousted by the Christian church into the festival of the Assumption of the virgin on August 15. Mary suckled the infant Christ much the same way as Isis is seen to suckle Horus whom many an ignorant Christian have mistaken for the Madonna and worshipped. (See Frazer’s chapter on ‘The hanged God.’)

The Roman festival of shepherds, known as the Parilia was replaced by the festival of St George of the dragon in April.

Similarly, what better way to duplicate the water feast into the festival of St John the Baptist on 23 June? St Augustine denounced and forbade this festival, condemning it as a heathen practice. Frazer Writes

We may conjecture that the church, unable to put down this relic of paganism, followed
its usual policy of accommodation by bestowing on the rite a Christian name and
acquiescing, with a sigh, in its observance. And casting about for a saint to supplant a
heathen patron of bathing, the Christian doctors could hardly have hit upon a more
appropriate successor than St John the Baptist.

After the consecration of Holy Communion its recipient is imbued with the presence of Christ. The offering is a sacrifice, the communion itself is a sacrament. The doctrine that, at the climax of the Mass, the bread and wine turn physically into the Body and the Blood of Christ, is central to Catholic dogma. India, China and the ancient Mexicans, even before the arrival of Christian missionaries, were fully acquainted with the theological doctrines of Transubstation. This reminds one also of the divine command to eat the book in Revelations and of Literature as food which Langland has also discussed in Piers Plowman. (See Christ’s Body – Identity, Culture & Society in Late Medieval Writings. By Sarah Beckwith. Routlegde, 1993. Also Holy Feast and Holy Fast: the Religious Significance of Food to Medieval Women. By Caroline Walker Bynum. Berkley: University of California Press, 1987 – 2 Excellent books which I studied as an undergraduate of English Literature at London University).

Referring back to Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV’s comments on Paul consider the following in which Paul claims that Jesus vanquished the Gods which the Jews were once again worshipping

Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the
Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
(The Holy Bible. I Corinthians. 15: 24 – 25).

He says that Jesus alone mediates with the Father. His influence, as is suggested was decisive to the Orthodox Church for whom they very soon became Demons and not agents of the Divine Will.
It seems, as if, the person of Jesus Christ alone remains as the only original element of Christianity but he too has been turned into the pre-Christian star-son of his mother who takes on the role of the moon-woman who take on a greater religious influence than God the Father

All the popular feasts in the Christian calendar are concerned either with the Son or the
Mother, not with the Father, though prayers for rain, Victory and the King’s or President’s
health are still half-heartedly addressed to him.
Europe has been officially Christian for the past 1600 years, and though the 3 main
branches of the Catholic Church are disunited all claim to derive their mandate from Jesus
as God. This seems, on the face of it, most unfair to Jesus who made clear disavowals of
deity: ‘Why callest thou me good? None is good except the Father’ and ‘My God, my God,
why hast thou forsaken me?’ They have also renounced obedience to the Mosaic law, as
refined by Hillel and his fellow-Pharisees, which Jesus considered essential for salvation
and, while retaining the Pharisaic ethical code, have incorporated into Christianity all the
old pagan festivals commemorative of the Theme and worship Jesus as the ‘Incarnate
Word of God’ in the pre-Christian Gnostic sense, and as the Sun of Righteousness – The
crucified Man-god of prehistoric paganism.
Yet though Jesus denied the Theme by his unswerving loyalty to the only
contemporary God who had cast off all association with the goddesses, and by declaring
war on the Female and all her works, the Christian cult can in great part be historically
justified. Jesus came of royal stock, was secretly crowned King of Israel with the antique
formula, preserved in the Second Psalm, that made him a titular Son of the Sun-god, and
concluded that he was a destined Messiah. At the last Supper, in the attempt to fulfill a
paradoxical prophecy of Zechariah, he offered himself as a eucharist {sic} sacrifice for his
people, and ordered Judas to hasten the preparations for his death. In the event he was
crucified like a harvest Tammuz, not transfixed with a sword as the Messiah was fated to
be; and since Jehovah’s curse on a crucified man debarred him from participation in the
Hebrew after-world, there is no reason why he should not now be worshipped as a Gentile
God; and indeed many poets and saints, unaware of his uncompromising Judaism, have
worshipped him as if he were another Tammuz, Dionysus, Zagreus, Orpheus, Hercules or

Graves then goes on further to provide examples of this parallel to pre-Christian poetry in praise of the Gods. He challenges Christians to reveal the mysteries of the Holy Trinity with reference to In Celsum (Origen, second century) and the Athanasian Creed, citing similarities in attitude to the tree alphabet of the pagan Muse-goddess.

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih IV repeatedly uses the term ‘The Myth of Trinity.’ Not without reason, for the Capitoline, Elephantine and Hierapolis Trinities existed at Rome via the Orphics well before the Holy one. They worshipped Juno as Ishtar, Jupiter as the Sun and Minerva as the Moon-Muse-goddess. Not to mention the triple-tongued or threefold Muse of the Celtic bards and the cults of the triple goddess in pre-Islamic Arabia.

Here was a fine breeding-ground for all sorts of heresy, and soon we return in our argument to
the point where the Theme reasserted itself popularly with the Virgin as the White Goddess,
Jesus as the Waxing Sun, the Devil as the Waning Sun. There was no room here for the Father
God, except as a mystical adjunct of Jesus (‘I and the Father are One.’)
What ails Christianity today is that it is not a religion squarely based on a single myth; it is
a complex of juridical decisions made under political pressure in an ancient law-suit about
religious rights between adherents of the Mother-goddess who was once supreme in the West,
and those of the usurping Father-god. Different ecclesiastical courts have given different
decisions, and there is no longer a supreme judicature. Now that even the Jews have been
seduced into evading the Mosaic Law and whoring after false gods, the Christians have drifted
farther away than ever from the ascetic holiness to which Ezekiel, his Essene successors, and
Jesus, the last of the Hebrew prophets, hoped to draw the world. Though the West is still
nominally Christian, we have come to be governed in practice, by the unholy triumdivate of
Pluto god of wealth, Apollo god of science, and Mercury god of thieves.
The merely agnostic attitude ‘He may have risen to Heaven; we have no evidence for or
against this claim’ has now given place in the back-rooms to the positively hostile:
‘Scientifically, it does not add up.’ A New Zealand atomic scientist assured me the other day
that Christianity had received its heaviest blow in 1945: a fundamental tenet of the Church,
namely that Jesus’ material body was immaterialized at the Ascension had, he said, been
spectacularly disproved at Hiroshima and Nagasaki – Anyone with the least scientific
perception must realize that any such break-down of matter would have caused an explosion
large enough to wreck the entire Middle East.
Also, the Mother-and-Son myth is so closely linked with the natural year and its cycle of
ever-recurring observed events in the vegetable and animal queendoms that it makes little
emotional appeal to the confirmed townsman, who is informed of the passage of the seasons
only by the fluctuations of his gas and electricity bills or by the weight of his underclothes. He
is chivalrous to women but thinks only in prose; the one variety of religion acceptable to him is
a logical, ethical, highly abstract sort which appeals to his intellectual pride and sense of
detachment from wild nature.

Typically, Christians still like to claim that 'The Bible has never been 'Rewritten for European minds.' I have never heard of such a thing.’ Whereas, as I’ve proved the personality of Jesus Christ seems to a secularist mind, to be the only original element left in Christianity. How entirely ignorant such Christians are who attribute to Jesus a life he never had.

Ahmad, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam – The Promised Messiah and Mahdi. Jesus in India. (1899).
Ahmad, Hazrat Mirza Tahir – Khalifatul Masih IV. CHRISTIANITY – A journey from facts to fiction.
(Islam International Publications LTD, 1995).

Baigent, Michael, R Leigh, H Lincoln. The Messianic Legacy. (Corgi Books, 1986).
Beckwith, Sarah. Christ’s Body – Identity, Culture & Society in Late Medieval Writings. (Routledge,
The Holy Bible. Authorized King James Version.
Bynum, Caroline Walker. (Berkley: University of California Press, 1987).

CICERO, De natura deorum.

Frazer, Sir James George. The Golden Bough (12 Volumes, Oxford world’s classics, 1906 – 1915).

Graves, Robert. The White Goddess. (Faber & Faber, 1952).

Herzog, JJ and C T Pitt. The real encyclopedia for Protestant theology and church. (Leipzig, 1883).
Hough, Graham. A Preface to the Faerie Qveene. (London: Duckworth, 1962).

Judaeus, Philo. Aversus Flaccum. Translated by Thomas Mangoy. (London, 1742).

Langland, William. Piers Plowman. (1386).

The Holy Quran.

Spencer, Edmund. The works of Edmund Spencer. (1597). ‘The Faerie Qveene’. (1596).

Wilson, A N. PAUL – The mind of the apostle. (1997).

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