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The sons of God

Mithraism had a seat in Tarsus, the hometown of Paul in pre-Christian times. The parallels to Jesus are striking:

  • Mithra was the Son of God
  • Mithra was born on December 25th in a cave
  • Mithra came from heaven and was born as a man to take the sins of mankind upon him
  • Mithra was sacrificed in order to redeem mankind
  • The holy day of Mithraism was Sunday
  • Mithra was buried and then rose from the dead and ascended into heaven
  • The baptism in the blood of the bull (taurobolium) - the first baptisms "washed in the blood of the Lamb" - in later times with water (recorded in writing by the Christian author Tertullian)
  • Mithra was called the "Lamb of God"
  • Mithra was the "Good Shepherd"
  • Mithra was called "the light" and "the truth"
  • Mithra was known as the "Savior"
  • The Last Supper was celebrated in Mithraism with bread and water, or with bread and wine, symbolizing the flesh and blood of the sacred bull.

But not only has Mithra similarities with Jesus, many others too, such as the Egyptian God Horus. They share the same characteristics, such as birth at the winter solstice, the twelve disciples, the crucifixion and resurrection. The common root of these cults is clearly and openly visible ... in the sky.

The sun had always been an object of worship and adoration. It gives light and heat, and already the earliest cultures understood that no life may exist without it. But they were aware of another natural phenomenon too, the stars.

The stars helped early humans during the navigation and in the predestination of certain events such as equinox. Stars were grouped into constellations and also personalized.

The Zodiac shows the relationship of the sun to the constellations in the course of a year. It shows other things too, such as the twelve months, the four seasons and the equinox. The sun is in the middle and represents the center and God - God's sun. God's sun moves through the twelve constellations of the zodiac, symbolizing what usually happens at this time, such as the sign of Aquarius, which brings the spring rain, or the sign of Virgo wearing ears, which represents harvest time.

About Horus, an Egyptian god who was worshiped around 3000 BC, we know a lot by the hieroglyphs. Horus, which symbolized the light or the sun, had an enemy, Seth, who symbolized the night and darkness. Every morning Horus won the fight against Seth, whereas in the evening Seth won the battle and banished Horus to the underworld. The battle light against darkness and good against evil are the most important archetypes in human consciousness.

The story of Horus is as follows:

He was born on December 25th of Isis, the heavenly mother. His father was Osiris - the sun god. His birth was accompanied by a star in the east, which three solar deities followed that paid homage to the new-born. Horus had twelve disciples with whom he travelled. He committed miracles like healing the sick and walking on water. He was known by many names such as Lamb of God, the light, the truth, etc. After he was betrayed, He was crucified and rose again after three days.

These stories, as we know so well from the Bible, are found with many ancient deities such as Attis, Greece 1200 BC; Dionysis, Greece 600 BC; Mithra, Persia 1200 BC; Indra of Tibet; Bali of Afghanistan; Jao of Nepal; Wittoba; Thammuz; Atys; Xamolxis; Zoar; Adad; Taut; Deva Tat; Alcides; Mikado; Beddru; Hesus; Thor; Cadmus; Gentaut; Ischy; Fohi, Tien; Adonis, Prometheus and others around the world.

Early Christians were well aware that their religion was almost identical to that of the Romans. Justin Martyr (100-165 AD.) for example said: "When we say that he, Jesus Christ, our teacher, was created without sexual union, that he was crucified and died and was resurrected and ascended to heaven, we say nothing else than what you believe of the sons of Jupiter."

Why are all these cults so similar? The answer is not difficult to recognize in the sky:

Let us first take a look at the birth: A Star in the East shows the Three Kings the way to the place of birth of the Son of God.

On December 25, Sirius, the star in the east, and the three kings in Orion's belt, form a straight line to the 'birth of the sun' at the winter solstice, the place where the sun appears on the horizon when the days are getting longer and thus light and warmth return again.

Until December 21, the shortest day of the year, the days are getting shorter and the weather getting colder. The sun 'dies' symbolically speaking. For three days it is 'dead' until on the 25 th it gets 'resurrected' and takes its journey up north again. During these three days it lingers near the Southern Cross.

Hence, the Myth: The Son of God (the Sun God) dies on the cross, is dead for three days and then rises again from the dead. That's why this myth is put in different clothes on the northern hemisphere, but the story is always the same. On December 25, the sun reappears on its way north and announces 'salvation' from the darkness and death. The resurrection however is celebrated at Easter. Why?

Because at Easter the day last longer than the night, thus the light defeats darkness. Only now spring and new life begins.

If one understands this symbolism, also other symbols become clear. The crown of thorns are the rays of the setting sun as it shines through the bare branches of winter. The twelve disciples of God's Son are the twelve signs of the zodiac, with which the sun travels. And one understands why Christians sanctify the Sun-day, the day of the sun, and what the cross stands for: It is the center of the zodiac, an ancient pagan symbol, not the symbol of the Messiah.

The head of Jesus is usually displayed on the center of the cross, with a 'Halo'. This is because it symbolizes the sun in the middle of the zodiac, the 'light of the world' (John 9: 5), which 'you will see coming in the clouds' (Mark 13: 26).

But how could it happen that an ancient pagan symbol became the symbol of Christianity, and not only that, but that this whole symbolism got even incorporated into the Bible?

The explanation is not difficult: The name Paul comes from Pol or Apollonius of Tyana. Paul was a follower of Apollo, the sun god, who adapted the original Christian faith to the Roman faith (more on that later).

And also Emperor Constantine, who eventually at the Council of Nicea defined the preliminary 'final shape' of the (Pauline) Christianity, was a devotee of Sol Invictus, the immortal sun, the sun god. That is why we find in the middle of the vatican an obelisk, the symbol of the Sun-God.

Muslims may not pray during the time of sunrise, the time of sunset and the time the sun reaches its highest point as this was the time the ancient used to worship the sun.

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Index

Preface

What does the Koran say about Jesus?

Jesus, Son of God?

What became of God's commandments?

Where does Christmas come from?

The Sons of God

Original sin and crucifixion

Human sacrifice

Isaac and Ishmael

Bible & Koran - a revelation of God?