Archive | April, 2014

Sons of God

29 Apr

ImageFrom around 27 BCE onwards the Roman Emperors considered themselves the Sons of God. This is approximately when the switch was made from the last Pharaoh who was Cleopatra. The Pharaoh’s of antiquity considered themselves as god representatives on earth. The turning point toward the ruling idea of emperors brought in the Sons of God concept. The change of kingship from the Pharaoh (god representatives) to Roman Emperor (sons of god), caused friction for the many messiahs and this is because emperors were worshiped as the Sons of God. The opposition between the Christians and other cults produced problems. This in turn caused many to be executed in order to restore peace.

Jesus was crucified for committing a crime against the empire. Crucifixion was for murderers and traitors. Christians made their headquarters in Rome. Ironically the Romans referred to them as pagans. For 300 years emperors were worshiped as sons of god until Constantine the Great ruled and formed the Universal (Catholic) Church in 325 CE. It has been documented by the Vatican; Christians initially worshipped the Sun and not Jesus on the steps of St. Peters. This brings about a conflict and contradiction regarding the stories spread about Jesus.

It appears among the many ideals of worship, Jesus was nominated by the empire, by all accounts as a composite of these ideals, and promoted to the position he holds today. This does not make Jesus’ position authentic but instead a mockery of the early system. Constantine used Christianity as a method of stability for the empire. Constantine, himself, did not embrace Christianity, which clearly indicates Jesus was a tool of politics.

Christian history becomes a little bit more interesting when you start to put together the limited information available. It is because Christianity became the religion of the state in 325 CE that gave it the strength to remain in power. This power given by the empire does not validate its authenticity; it also shows how it was possible for such a movement to grow. Keep in mind Constantine the Great legalized Christianity purely for the purpose of stabilizing the empire. Constantine himself remained a pagan, until on his deathbed he was baptized, and we will never know if he did so willingly. This suggests he did not believe in the Christian ideals.

The Vatican, headquarters for Catholicism, formed from the time of Constantine the Great still remains the superpower of Christianity to this very day. There is no doubt what the average person has been lead to believe has been grossly distorted.

Queen of the Heavens

28 Apr

ImageIt is quite astonishing the amount of religious followings that lingered around in antiquity. It is almost practical to say humanity has been heavily programmed to follow some type of mythology of sorts. The origin of religious followings, by all accounts seem to date back to the time of the pyramid. It is understandable how so many people who have broken away from religious practice have found themselves netted into New Age thinking. The amount of variations of belief systems is astounding.

During the same period as the cults I have previously mentioned, there was a female goddess following, called the ‘Queen of the Heavens’. This was celebrated during the Spring Equinox.

There were parades in the streets for the ‘Holy Mother of God’ depicted by the protecting mother and baby symbol. This is the same as that of the virgin mother and child. It is interesting to note this was the ancient Egyptian goddess ‘Isis’, who is depicted on carvings and papyrus from 2000 BCE. When Egypt became part of the Roman Empire in 30 BCE this belief was incorporated into Roman life. The Empire built a temple dedicated to Isis in 40 CE. By 200 CE it spread through the Empire and this was worshiped. The followers wore white to show purity. There was apparently no preaching in this following and it was symbolized by the Spring Equinox.

Isis reflected the image of Jesus with the Virgin Mary, known as the Holy mother of God and Queen of the heavens. By 500 CE Isis’ worship was banned and all images and temples were converted to the Virgin Mary.

It is a fascination of mine how the evolution of one power from the gods as a single symbol of antiquity became the image of Christianity.

This practice of claiming predecessors ideas, concepts and monuments go back to each Pharaoh King who came to power in antiquity. Each new power built over the previous Kings estate. That is, the new Pharaoh King would erase the previous king and claim the monuments as his own. Religion has followed the same system. Actually Christianity in particular has maintained this practice by slapping a new label on previous followings and making it their own. I would call that plagiarism in its original format.

And when you sit back and look at it all, it is a total world of fantasy – The product of creative minds. I hope Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairies don’t become sanctioned followings in the future!

A Disguised Version of Simon’s Movement

27 Apr

ImageSimon’s death after he was crushed in 135 CE advanced Christianity. However the ‘God of the soldiers’ later seemed to reappear with a similar structure under a different guise.

Like Jesus this new saviour was born of a virgin on 25th December and shared a final meal before being called to heaven and then resurrected to return to earth. By 200 CE this new son of God had followers moulded from the previous ‘God of the Soldiers’ who had outnumbered the Jesus movement. Furthermore, this group was popular with the Roman officials. Temples have been found from London to the mountains of Romania. The temples were built underground with a decorated ceiling depicting the cosmos. The saviour is riding a bull.

A new member to this cult was initiated by having his hands bound and eyes covered – A secret rite exclusive to and performed by men only. The bonds were symbolically cut meaning being separated from the world and the removed blindfold meant his eyes were symbolically opened. He was then offered the kingdom of the world. He must refuse it denoting he is cut from its ties. After this ceremony the new member then joined in the sacrificial meal of bread and wine, the body and blood of their saviour and of the sacred bull he killed.

The depiction of the cosmos on the ceilings of these underground temples is like the interior of the Egyptian Temple, where the ‘Ancient Pyramid Texts of Egypt’ draw the ‘Gods of the First Time’. Many old churches around the world have this same symbolic gesture depicted on ceilings. Interestingly the Great Pyramid has been dated to 2,500 BCE (the Era of the Bull). In Exodus while Moses was up the mountain the people below made a Bull Calf to worship and later the Vatican uses the expression ‘Bull’ as its seal. The whole connection is very curious.

When new members were initiated they had to symbolically cut themselves from the world by cutting their bonds. This may be seen as removing them from any connection with the earth much like the act of Baptism. In a way I consider Baptism as a system of removal from earthly connection like a club – a little witchcrafty, strangy, even alieny. Symbolically by killing the Bull, the ancestor’s method of time was destroyed. Astrology is considered evil by God.

Did Christianity borrow some of its ideas from this cult? By 200 CE both religions were well established and the symbolism used by this group was similar to the Eucharist (the communion of bread and wine). Christianity won at the end of the day and this may have been because they accepted females.

It is highly likely Jesus may have been a composite of many ideas. And because Constantine the Great ruled in the fourth century, his authority gave legality and power to Christianity which allowed the Jesus movement to flourish to this very day. And the Vatican gained a power which is still very strong.

God of the Soldiers

26 Apr

ImageA group known as ‘God of the Soldiers’ was led (by a different) Simon in 132 CE. He was a descendant of King David from the royal family, just as Jesus had also claimed. He did not preach peace but war. Believing he was the real messiah, a charismatic leader who spoke out against Rome and fought off the Roman army.

In Jerusalem, a pagan temple had been built in honour of the Roman God, Jupiter, over the site of the destroyed Jewish Temple. This was an insult to the Jews. Simon led guerrilla warfare with underground hideouts where food and weapons were stored. His followers were highly skilled in battle and won over the Romans, freeing Jerusalem from Roman rule in Judea. This became an independent Jewish state for a short time and convinced followers Simon was the Messiah. He was known as Prince of Israel, the long awaited Son of God. He was considered a better candidate than Jesus.

Christians were then threatened and were told to denounce Jesus. Religion became a political debate and the crucified Jesus was losing. Simon became saviour and redeemer. They believed the true Messiah had come.

The method used by Simon mirrors the activity like the radical Muslims of today who are bringing war by their threats of bombs and Jihad. The comparison to me stands out because of the similar systems of guerrilla warfare with underground hideouts where food and weapons are stored. And of course it could all be a co incident.

The evolution of religion becomes obvious when you look at history. I have often wondered what happened to those who felt strongly about not following Jesus. There was a lot of religious conflict between the various groups. Although they appear to have similar frameworks many would not comply with those of Christianity believing Jesus was only a prophet and not the son of God. This particular group of Simon’s was focused on warfare. We must keep in mind that those who were not part of the Jesus movement could easily turn up again in later history.

The emperor sent an army and for three years it fought against Simon and his followers. In 135 CE he was crushed. The empire destroyed the new Jewish State and returned it to Roman rule in 138 CE. It took time but Israel made its claim and returned in 1948.

Simon the Magician

25 Apr

ImageIn the first and second century of the Common Era there were a huge number of preachers. Interesting is that in the second century of the Common Era there appears to be more activity, than the first century. It is as though this new direction called Christianity escalated in popularity, as the dawn of the second century approached. The more evidence which comes to light gives way to more confirmation Jesus was a marketing tool in name only. Jesus was a common name of that time. So to slap the name Jesus against a promotional idea called Christianity could suit a great purpose. This also adds to my theory that Christianity particularly in the name of Jesus was a much later addition.

Many of the scriptures in the name of Jesus were written some 60 years (to be generous) after the time of the supposed biblical Jesus of around 30 of the Common Era. Many historians claim these scriptures were written 100 years or more after the time of the biblical Jesus.

The time lapse of such literature adds again to my theory that Jesus was a concept, an idea which became the product of propaganda which was reverse engineered so the then people could not verify or dismiss his existence. The idea is brilliant when you think about it.

Nothing points to a man named Jesus who lived in the first century of the Common Era around 30 CE. But all the evidence points to a marketing project which started at the end of the first century when the Jewish Temple fell which was well after the designated time of the supposed Jesus. Supposed meaning the Jesus written in the bible did not exit. He was an idea, a concept, a mascot to fuel a religious direction because the Jews had been rounded up and sent into slavery to build the monuments in the Roman Empire.

At add to this confusion and think about it confusion is what leads to creating an idea was another Messiah called Simon the Magician who was an obvious threat to Christianity. His name appears in the ‘Acts of the Apostles’. Born in a country near Judea he preached widely from Egypt to Rome. He used sorcery and witchcraft. In the bible he is mentioned in a negative manner, which is common when the winners or the promoters of a marketing idea document history.

He believed there were two messiahs. Simon was the male messiah. Helena, a woman in his following was the female Messiah also known as the prostitute who was redeemed. This situation mirrors the Jesus and Mary Magdalene story. Simon’s following steadily grew in the end/start of the first/second century. The story goes of when the apostle Peter was bestowing the Holy Spirit upon the followers, Simon watched and offered money for this power; but Peter denounced him.

The conflict between Simon and Peter grew, culminating in the 2nd Century – this dating identifies this Peter cannot be the same Peter, Jesus’ disciple in the Gospel. It is written Simon tries to prove he is more powerful. Simon levitates off the ground as Peter raises his hands to pray. Simon falls breaking his leg. Many of the followers stone Simon and then join Peter – effectively finishing Simon’s ministry.

Nevertheless Simon’s following as God and Saviour spread through Syria, Egypt and Rome. After Constantine the Great in 325 CE made Christianity the religion of the empire, Simon’s following abruptly disappeared.

The Jewish Evolution to Christianity

24 Apr

ImageThe Jews were under pressure from Roman rule in the first century. Many Jews became Christians and this gave them the opportunity to disassociate themselves from the Jews. Many of these Christians denied their Jewish heritage. This, it is said, caused friction between the Jews and the Christians. The Jewish war was fermenting and Christian followers needed to separate themselves from the Jews and the war from Rome. This enabled the Christians to save themselves of the charges brought against the Jews by the Romans.

The Christians were known to have fled across the River Jordan denying their own heritage as Jews. Like Josephus, the Christians became traitors of their own faith in order to save themselves from persecution.

By all accounts it appears that out of the ashes of one religion was born another. Hence it appears; that it is in this part of history is when Christianity in the name of Jesus made its true appearance.

From the activities of many preachers of the first century, Jesus’ identity was selected, promoted and marketed to create a core agenda for the movement. Like a lucky draw, when you consider the amount of preachers from that time, Jesus was used to develop the idea of Christianity through the resurrection. It appears the creation of Jesus’ existence was gathered from collective ideas of that time and with a great deal of creative licence his life was made sensational.

The ‘Entwined Story’ which I will, over time, uncover exposes the fraud of Jesus and the Vatican archive indirectly validates it. The unknown authors of the bible were educated because they have openly exposed the truth within the scriptures. It has been spiritual interpretation that has managed to keep the truth concealed and suppressed for so long.

The bible maintains one consistency and that is, it exposes the dangers of God and its following. The unknown authors have kept this rhythm from the Old Testament onto the New Testament. I think it is genius; it seems the educated people of that time planted within the religious’ own literature the truth of the dangerous invasion of God and the trickery used by Jesus.

It was the Jews who converted to Christianity and encouraged the Gentiles to join their movement, removing many of the Jewish customs to entice a broader following. At the same time the people were so desperate for a new direction they were prepared to die for it. The Christians were convinced to die as a martyr held the highest reward of everlasting life in heaven. Also, the promise of being physically raised back to life, this is because they were convinced Jesus had done so before them. These beliefs led to the notion they were chosen by God to suffer and be murdered.

It wouldn’t be difficult to see from the Roman’s point of view these people were just Jews dressed up as Christians, so they continued to get rid of them. Christianity was outlawed by the empire until Constantine the Great came to power in the fourth century.

The Jewish Temple was gone which gave an opportunity for the new growing Christian movement. Since Christianity was born out of the ashes of Jewish belief then this made it easy to build its foundations by repeating the stories of the Israelites. People were prepared for a new beginning. It would take till 325 CE before a strong Christian Church; the Universal (Catholic) Church was established.

I can’t help but feel the Christian worship of the cross is actually a memory of the thousands of Jews crucified rather than of one man, the individual known as Jesus. By many appearances Jesus became the symbol and representative of this Roman slaughter. The history of Rome will uncover thousands upon thousands of Jews were crucified in the first century.

Many of the Jews were traitors to their own people during their war. Christians were the descendants of the Jews who in turn became traitors to their heritage. So on what foundation does the church place its values?

Flavius Josephus

23 Apr

ImageA Jewish priest, Flavius Josephus, also known as Yosef Ben Matityahu was a commander of the Jewish forces in Galilee who later joined the Romans. He was a first century historian who wrote about the Jewish revolt. His book, ‘The Jewish War’ is the chief source of events during that time.

Josephus is an interesting character; before joining the Romans, he was holed up in a cave-like dwelling with other Jews. He convinced his fellow Jews to commit suicide/murder by ‘lot’. Josephus managed to be the last man alive after watching his fellow kin die. When the Romans arrived he tricked them by saying he was a prophet and that he should live, humouring the commander in charge. Josephus was a priest and a traitor; he betrayed his own Jewish tradition, as well as his fellow Jews.

During the siege on Masada in 73 CE, sophisticated weapons were used against the Jews by the Romans. Masada in Judea was a mountain castle or stronghold. It was built by Herod the Great, and destroyed in 73 CE when the rebel Jews occupied it – Men women and children numbering 960 during a stand off from the Romans. The Jewish temple had been destroyed and Masada, standing high on a pinnacle and protected by steep cliffs was the final target in the war.

In his book, Josephus recorded the events. He described the weapons with admiration. He was now on the side of the Romans and was prepared to witness and record the slaughter of his own people at Masada, a true traitor to the core.

The final onslaught was ordered by Flavius Silva. When the Romans gained entry to Masada they discovered that the Jewish rebels had all committed suicide.

Some people have suggested Josephus mentioned Jesus in his historical works. In this mentioning from Josephus there is nothing about Jesus resurrecting from the dead. Conveniently this phenomenon has been left out. However this information about Jesus, even though it is minimal in content, has been considered a later addition and therefore a forgery. This was another attempt to justify the Christian belief – by an unknown person or persons.

The Essenes

22 Apr

ImageA Jewish group known as the Essenes lived in the same location as the caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.

The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered between 1947 and 1956 in eleven caves. There was a collection of about 900 documents. The scripts found have been dated from 150 BCE to 70 CE. This was discovered by a Bedouin who came across them in and around the ruins of the ancient settlement of Qumran on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea in present day West Bank.

The Essenes were an enclosed order believed to only have male members. On entry to the order the members would surrender their personal possessions to the community. They were an order of scribes who recorded the activities of the day. They described the war the Jews were fermenting and the total upheaval in the Jewish community. There are many descriptions of mirrored information which have been reflected in the bible from the Old Testament. Evidence from these writings suggests Christianity has borrowed their source of information stored by the Essenes.

The Essenes were destroyed by 70 CE. The obvious point that stands out is, for a messiah of such importance, Jesus’ existence was not recorded by the Essenes. An event as important as the Resurrection (around 30 CE) supposedly witnessed by the disciples who were Jews was the reasoning behind the commencement of the Jesus movement. This information is missing from the Essenes writings.

This lends to the realization that Jesus was used as a diversion to allow the Jews to continue worship of their God without being persecuted by the Roman Empire, after the fall of the Temple in Jerusalem. If this is the case then this initial idea failed because the Christians eventually became the target of the Roman authorities who persecuted them. This persecution continued until Constantine the Great in 325 CE made Christianity the religion of the empire.

Since the Essenes failed to mention the activity of the Resurrection this makes me think the true rising of Christianity occurred after the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. The idea of Christianity appears to have been formulated before the destruction of the Temple but the concept of Jesus appears to have come later. Both the fall of the Temple and the destruction of the Essenes were within the same period of time – around forty years after the presumed death of Jesus.

The Essenes were at the very heart of the Jewish revolt against the Romans as evidenced by their writings. However, historians were led to believe that they were a harmless group that kept to themselves – obviously this was not the case.

The Jewish War

22 Apr

ImageDuring the first century the Jews were mercilessly slaughtered by the hundreds. Many of them crucified as criminals. There was an enormous unrest between the Jews and the Empire. Christianity was outlawed by the emperor Nero because according to him they caused disturbances and unrest in the Empire. He tortured and executed many Christians during his rein.

However there is an enormous discrepancy in the first century regarding Christianity and Christianity in the name of Jesus. This is an important detail because the majority of people think Christianity was always in the name of Jesus but it was not, that came later. Christianity seems to have come to light some thirty years or so after the supposed time of Jesus. In actuality there is no recording of Jesus in the time he supposedly lived and more importantly there is no record of his crucifixion. The only written material was written some hundred or so years after the supposed time and this is material under religious and not secular rule.

Christianity in the name of Jesus seems to have conveniently surfaced after the Jewish war which started around 66 CE. Jesus according to religious rule supposedly existed around 30 CE. There is a time frame void of Jesus activity and interestingly the voided period is when Jesus supposedly existed. Can you see the significant dilemma? This claim I will back up over the next couple of blogs.

The church claims in 64 CE Nero crucified the Apostle Peter upside down on the cross in mockery. By 66 CE the Jewish priests revolted against the emperor and refused the daily sacrifices. This sparked a savage war.

The Jewish rebels carried swords in their clothing and during festivals would attack their enemies. The Jews hid in the Temple in Jerusalem and wickedness, it is said, spread like disease where no morals were observed. There they tried to hold off the Romans who eventually slew everyone in a bloodied battle by 70 CE. Men, women and children were destitute, waiting patiently for God to save them, a God that in the end failed his own people. The Temple was destroyed and burnt to the ground.

The time line of history tends to point to the concept of Jesus coming into being around the fall of the Temple. Jesus’ life was back dated and marketed and glorified thirty years prior to that war. The war was documented, the destruction of the Temple was documented but the very tool used for Christianity – Jesus is missing from secular history.

Relics of Jesus

21 Apr

ImageNo relic of antiquity can be proved as being connected to Jesus, whether it is a boat in Galilee, a chalice from the last supper, a sword that supposedly cut his side or a shroud. Even a burial place claimed in Jerusalem – nothing. I strongly feel any claims by the church of authenticity are merely an attempt to hold followers hostage in their irrationality and to justify the Christian faith.

The chalice, or the Holy Grail, was featured in a romance novel in the 12th century. It originated over a thousand years after the event termed as the Last Supper, where it was supposedly used by Christ. Many believe this concept is an after-effect of the Knights Templar.

Fake relics were big business in that time, as they are today. Israel announced on 18th June, 2003 that the items from the owner of Israel’s largest private collection were fraudulent. This was uncovered when a fake Solomon Stone was presented. After this collectors arrest, a very sophisticated reproduction system was revealed on his premises. The system was of a very high standard. He took the time to gather actual rocks from the area of Jerusalem…

The downside to this is many items over the last decade, from this man, are scattered around the world in many museums. This calls into question many religious items currently on display. In his workshop during the raid was an ossuary (storage for human remains) which was inscribed with, James son of Joseph, brother of Jesus. It was on the production line with other fake relics. This collector maintains his innocence to this day.

The Knights Templar’s should not be overlooked as producers of fake relics. There is no archaeological evidence of Jesus beyond doubt or the original Temple of Solomon for that matter.

It intrigues me how evidence of Jesus suddenly appeared hundreds of years after the estimated presumed event. This coincides with a time when church leaders were desperate to sell the idea of Christianity. And yet, no-one has evidence of when Jesus was born or exactly when he died. The Vatican archives have recorded a long list of possible dates. These records include a list of different days of the week he could have been crucified and yet they claim to possess the shroud, part of the cross and even his supposed burial place. One idea contradicts the other. I am not suggesting all these items do not belong to history. My point is none of these items can be claimed to be connected to Jesus. Therefore it is easy to conclude; foul play.