The Jesus Story
There is no contemporary historical record of any kind of Jesus. No written Roman, Greek or Jewish sources from this time (apart from the gospels) know of any historical Jesus or Christ. The name of Christ is mentioned in some later texts (Tacitus, Suetonius Pliny d.y.)* but then merely as the name of the idol of the Christians’ worship. We don’t even know who the writers of the Gospels were, and don’t have the original manuscripts themselves either. We just have later copies of copies of copies of copies … of copies of the assumed lost originals. And with each copy the copyist usually felt free to alter details or rewrite whole parts of the manuscript. (We usually don’t trust dubious anonymous sources as evidence for anything, do we?)
All the divine aspects of the Jesus figure are “stolen” from earlier similar dying and resurrected godmen, such as Dionysos, Osiris, Hercules, Attis, Mithra, Horus, Zarathustra and others. Actually there are few (if any) things about Jesus that are original at all. Jesus is just the Jewish version of this popular mythic Saviour- character in the Mystery-religions of Antiquity. (Read more here).**
All the teachings of Jesus are “borrowed” from older sources, for example from the teachings of Buddha. Many of Jesus teachings are almost word for word identical with some of Buddhas sayings (400 years earlier). The so-called “Golden rule” can be found in several earlier pagan Greek (and Jjewish) texts. The famous “Sermon on the Mount” was never held by Jesus (of course, since he never existed), but also because it was actually first produced in the second century AD by Christian priests, assembled from what they assumed were sayings of Jesus in different other texts.
The “birthday” of Jesus is of course unknown, not even the year of his miraculous birth is known. The church just stole the already popular date of the 25th December, which in Antiquity was an immensely popular celebration of the birth of the sungod Mithra, – “the light of the world“.
The story of Jesus was originally an allegorical story based partly on the Jewish exodus myth and Joshua/Jesus ben Nun, successor of Moses, the Jewish Messiah-myth and the widespread pagan myth of the dying and resurrected godman Dionysos-Osiris. Later uneducated Christians inRome, people without the insight and understanding of the deeper meaning of the texts, started to take these allegorical stories for their face value, and Christianity as we know it was born.
*Historical “evidence” of Jesus?
Probably the most famous non-Christian source used as “evidence” for a historic Jesus, is the Roman senator, consul, speaker, and historian Cornelius Tacitus ( 20 – 117 AD). In a passage in his “Annales, book 15, verse 44″ from the year 115 AD concerning the Christians, he mentions the name “Christ” as the subject for the Christian’s cult and worship:
“Christus, the founder of the name, had undergone the death penalty in the reign of Tiberius, by sentence of… Pontius Pilate, and the pernicious [or wicked] superstition [Christianity] was checked for a moment, only to break out once more, not merely in Judea, the home of the disease, but in the capital [Rome] itself, where all things horrible or shameful in the world collect and find a vogue.”
This is mere hearsay; it’s by no means an eyewitness report or useable as evidence of a historical Jesus-figure.
Then we have Tranquillus Gaius Suetonius ( 69 – 140 AD), a Roman historian and the personal secretary of emperor Hadrian. Suetonius also mentions the name Christ (greek: Chrestus) as the subject of the Christians worship.
“Since the Jews constantly made disturbances at the instigation of Chrestus (Claudius) expelled them from Rome”.
(“Judaeos, impulsore Chresto, assidue tumultuantes (Claudius) Roma expulit”.)
This is also mere hearsay, and not any kind of suitable evidence for the existence of a historical Jesus.
So is also the information by Pliny the Younger, Roman governor in Asia Minor around AD 110. In a letter to emperor Trajan, he asks what to do with the Christians who “sing responsively a hymn to Christ as to a god“.
Not exactly an eyewitness report of Jesus, and surely not hard evidence of anything else that Christians also sang hymns around 110 AD.
Josephus Flavius (born AD 37 or 38), a Jewish historian, does not mention any Jesus in his Jewish Antiquities, the history of the Jews from the beginning of time until the time of emperor Nero (published ca AD 93). Josephus mentions, among others, Pontius Pilate, John the Baptist and king Herod, and numerous events of minor and major political, religious and economical interests in the area. But he does not seem to know of any Jesus.
Then, in the third century, an earlier unknown addition to the Jewish Antiquities miraculously emerged, the so called “Testimonium Flavianum”. Here Josephus suddenly witness Christ, and becomes a Christian. The problem is that this text is a forgery! Even parts of the Catholic Church acknowledges this. The forgery was probably written by the infamous bishop (and Church historian) Eusebius of Caesarea (ca AD 265-430). He forged a lot of texts in his time.
What about Christ’s contemporaries?
None of the literate contemporaries of Jesus know anything of him. The Jewish historian Justus of Tiberia who lived at the time of Jesus, do not know of him. (Tiberia was a place not far from Capernaum which Jesus often visited, according to the Bible).
The Jewish scholar and leader of the Jewish society in Alexandria, Philon of Alexandria (around AD 30 – 45) does not mention any Jesus anywhere in his texts. Philon was a famous scholar of the Old Testament and had deep knowledge of the Jewish cults of his time. He died ca. AD 50.
There is thus no real historical evidence of a historical Jesus. One would suppose that, a character like Jesus who according to the gospels raised the dead, healed the sick and annoyed both the Jewish establishment and the mighty Romans to such a degree that they finally had to execute him, one should think such a character would make it into at least some contemporary historical texts. Nope. No record.
In view of the evidence the only honest conclusion is that the Gospel’s Jesus never existed.
That there once lived a wannabe-Messiah named Joshua (greek: Jesus) in the first centuryPalestine is more than probable. Roman sources tell of dozens of more or less religiously confused wannabe-Messiahs at the time, and Joshua was a very common Jewish name. But this could not be the Gospel’s Jesus, not the Son of God, raising the dead, healing the sick, annoying the establishment, executed as a criminal, and then finally flapping away to heaven. All that stuff is pure mythical, and blatantly stolen from older pagan cults by the (anonymous) Gospel-authors.
Did Jesus Exist and Who Is the Christ?
Recommended Books on Jesus Including Titles That Question
the Existence of an Historical Jesus as Given in the Gospels and
Books about the Mythical, Mystical and Cosmic Christ
“…Jesus Christ, i.e., the Man-God of the Christians copied from the Avatвras of every country, from the Hindu Krishna as well as the Egyptian Horus, was never a historical person. He is a deified personification of the glorified type of the great Hierophants of theTemples, and his story, as told in the New Testament, is an allegory, assuredly containing profound esoteric truths, but still an allegory. Every act of the Jesus of the New Testament, every word attributed to him, every event related of him during the three years of the mission he is said to have accomplished, rests on the programme of the Cycle of Initiation, a cycle founded on the Precession of the Equinoxes and the Signs of the Zodiac….”
“The legend of which I speak is founded….on the existence of a personage called Jehoshua (from which Jesus has been made) born at Lьd or Lydda about 120 years before the modern era….In spite of all the desperate research made during long centuries, if we set aside the testimony of the ‘Evangelists,’ i.e., unknown men whose identity has never been established, and that of the Fathers of the Church, interested fanatics, neither history, nor profane tradition, neither official documents, nor the contemporaries of the soidisant drama, are able to provide one single serious proof of the historical and real existence, not only of the Man-God but even of him called Jesus of Nazareth, from the year 1 to the year 33. All is darkness and silence….The biography of Jesus was invented after the first century….” H.P. Blavatsky
“…’The coming of Christ,’ means the presence of CHRISTOS in a regenerated world, and not at all the actual coming in body of ‘Christ’ Jesus….Christ — the true esoteric SAVIOR — is no man, but the DIVINE PRINCIPLE in every human being. He who strives to resurrect the Spirit crucified in him by his own terrestrial passions, and buried deep in the ‘sepulcher’ of his sinful flesh; he who has the strength to roll back the stone of matter from the door of his own inner sanctuary, he has the risen Christ in him….”
“The ‘Christ principle,’ the awakened and glorified Spirit of Truth, being universal and eternal, the true Christos cannot be monopolized by any one person….We may learn from the Gospel according to Luke, that the ‘worthy’ were those who had been initiated into the mysteries of the Gnosis, and who were ‘accounted worthy’ to attain that ‘resurrection from the dead’ in this life….In other words, they were the great adepts of whatever religion; and the words apply to all those who, without being Initiates, strive and succeed, through personal efforts to live the life and to attain the naturally ensuing spiritual illumination in blending their personality — (the ‘Son’) with (the ‘Father,’) their individual divine Spirit, the God within them. This ‘resurrection’ can never be monopolized by the Christians, but is the spiritual birth-right of every human being endowed with soul and spirit, whatever his religion may be. Such individual is a Christ-man. On the other hand, those who choose to ignore the Christ (principle) within themselves, must die unregenerate heathens — baptism, sacraments, lip-prayers, and belief in dogmas notwithstanding…. He who finds Christos within himself and recognizes the latter as his only ‘way,’ becomes a follower and an Apostle of Christ, though he may have never been baptized, nor even have met a ‘Christian,’ still less call himself one.” H.P. Blavatsky
**Original or a copy?
The originality of Jesus
Who was the Son of the highest God, and the biggest healer in Antiquity? He healed the sick and even raised the dead. Hear and behold: former paralysed walked again, the blind could miraculously see again, and the deaf could listen and the mute speak after the Master’s gentle touch! But he did not only heal the body, he also healed the soul. They called him Saviour and Redeemer, and he healed both rich and poor, men and women, young and old, slaves and free men, friends and enemies. In one occasion a paralysed man was brough to him in his bed, and took his bed and left walking after the Saviour had touched him. What was this Saviour’s name?
Who was born by a mortal virgin mother and had a divine Father, and was known as the “Saviour of the world”? Before he was born his parents wandered to a bigger town, and prophets had foretold his birth and that he would be a king. This instigated a search for the infant Saviour by a leading figure who wanted to kill him. After growing up the Son of God was shown all the kingdoms of the world from a high mountain. He also walked on water and when he met his end his mother and his favorite disciple stood by him. He then tells his mother: “Do not cry, I’m going to heaven”. When he dies he utter: “It is finished” and the earth trembles and darkness cover the land. Then he ascended to heaven, and his greatest achievement was to conquer death.
His name was of course…Hercules.
We all of course know the Redeemer who was no figure of pagan Greek polytheism. He was the true Saviour who wanted to help and save the sinful humans, by sacrificing himself. But he was willing to do this, out of love, pity and compassion for the humans.
Now, who was the real Son of God, born by a mortal virgin mother, and often presented as the venerated newborn infant, or depicted riding a donkey? He healed the sick and did numerous wonders, among those making fine wine from plain water. He was killed but resurrected from the dead and became immortal. The followers of this God often ate a holy meal in a kind of sacramental union with the deity to achieve immortality after their death. One of this god’s finest achievements was his death, his sacrifice, which delivers the whole human kind.
The God was the very popular Dionysos.
Who is the “Light of the World“, the One, the God who defeated death? Born of a virgin mother, considered the first true King by the people. Who rose from the grave and ascended to heaven. He defeated death, and must be considered the single true God.
Of course the Egyptian Osiris!
Now, the real God often called the “Light of the world“, “The good shepherd”, “The lamb” and is “…the way, the truth, and the life“. Identified with a cross. Who could that be?
Horus, (the son of Osiris).
The original “Light of the world” was the mediator between God and man and was born on the 25.th of December. Local shepherds witnessed his birth and gave him gifts. He had 12 disciples, and when his work was done on earth he gathered together to a last supper, and then ascended to heaven. At doomsday he will return to pass judgment on both the living and the dead. The righteous will go to heaven and the sinful will be killed in a giant fire. Sunday is his holyday, and this religion gave us the seven days of the week. His followers called each other “brothers” and their leaders “fathers”. They practiced babtism and established a sacred meal ritual, where flesh and blood was symbolically consumed by initiates. Above earth was heaven, and below the dark hell with demons and the sinners.
The ‘Light of the World’ is of course the sungod Mithra.
Wise men were led to his birth by a star, and his conception was miraculous. After his birth the ruler in the area wanted him dead and started a hunt for the child. But his parents were warned by a heavenly messenger who told them to escape over the river with the holy child. Here, he was met by shepherds. The boy grew up and did many great deeds, and was the mediator between God and man.
His name: Krishna.
Who then, was the God whose mother was told by an angel that she would give birth to a holy child destined to be a Saviour? Even as a child he instructed the priests in the temple in religous matters, while his parents were looking for him. He started his religious career when he was ca 30 years of age, and surrounded himself with 12 disciples. One of the disciples is his favorite another is a traitor. He and his disciples abstain from wealth and travel around talking in parables and metaphors. This God called himself “Son of Man” and was referred to as “Prophet“, “Master” and “Lord“. He did many great wonders and healed the sick, blind could see again and deaf hear.
He also walked on water. When one of his disciples tried to do the same, he started to sink – his faith was not strong enough.
We are here obviously talking about Buddha.
Our Saviour cannot be mistaken for any other. He performed countless miracles on earth, miracles well attested to by bystanders. He healed the sick and the crippled, restored sight to the blind, cast out demons, and even raised the dead! His birth was of a virgin, foretold by an angel. While still a child, he exhibited extraordinary knowledge of religious scripture. He reformed the corrupt and worldly religions of his day. He was crucified, rose from the tomb and appeared to his disciples to prove to them his power over death, after which he ascended to Heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father. He was known as “the Son of God!” His message is of love and compassion.
We give you: Apollonius of Tyana*
And there is of course the God-man, the prophet, the founder of a great monotheistic religion that still exist today. He preached that there was only one true God, and his teachings focused on the eternal fight between good and evil. The teachings include the idea of the Saviour will wake the dead and pass judgment on all. The righteous ones goes toParadiseand the sinful straight to a burning Hell. The very word ofParadisestems from this religion. This semigod started his career in his early thirties, and had a following of disciples. As a band of monks they wandered around, preaching their religion. He was eventually killed and sent to heaven.
And he was the Persian Zarathustra.
The problem for Jesus is that all these deities are much older than him. You don’t have to be very bright to see where the authors of the Gospels got their “devine inspiration” when they created the Jewish version of the popular God-Man/ World-Saviour of Antiquity.