Part II: Revelations
FEATURING AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR ACHARYA S.
To some in the
At the other end of the spectrum, the far right so to speak, the Christian Bible has become a blunt instrument for political opportunists to beat their sense into everyone else. Wrathful verses of the Old Testament and careful parsing of the words attributed to Jesus are culled to suit the agenda and accomodate the failings of the chosen few. But the moral highground is a slippery place with a steep drop. The priest revealed as a pedophile, the evangleist exposed as a theif or a whoremonger, the moral authorities that turn out to be gamblers and junkies and the political operatives exposed as gay are so common on the ideological “Right” the incidences have become cliché. Women’s birth control is controlled while men’s prophalactics and performance enhancers are indulgently tolerated. If that does not seem at least ironic to you, you need to read this series more than others but you may find the apparent facts exposed extremely upsetting.
When a political “party of god” in a nation with the military power to end life on Earth supports premptive war, uranium bombs, mines, torture (in moderation), limitless “defense” spending and new generation of nuclear weapons one has to ask—the party of which god? As it turns out, that is not a rhetorical question.
Acharya S has been described as a classically trained academic, a multi-linguist and a spiritual leader among other things. The appellations have been less flattering since she wrote two books: The Christ Conspiracy (a TPO Reader’s Choice) and Sons of God. Though many seek to discredit her through personal attacks the information she presents regarding the origins of Christianity seems unassailable. Perhaps surprisingly, Acharya does not expose new facts but rather dares to gather together and repeat some of the oldest “secrets” that have lain in plain view all along. TPO caught up with the intrepid author in November 2004.
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TPO: In The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Every Sold you say that none of the gospels were written by their purported authors, the apostles, that there is no evidence outside of the Bible such as contemporaneous corroboration, that Jesus as a person ever existed, you debunk historicizers and “pious frauds”, and point out that the New Testament is full of ridiculous historical errors. People need to read the book but please touch on these stunning charges.
ACHARYA S: It has been well known for centuries that the four canonical gospels were not written by any of their purported authors. (Mark and Luke were not apostles.) It has been scientifically demonstrated--by Walter Cassels--that the gospels were not in existence until the end of the second century, long after those writers were purported to have lived. What documentation we possess from the era is stunningly silent on the subject of Jesus Christ, Christians and Christianity. Outside of the passage in Josephus--a forgery in its entirety--there is nothing concrete from the first century at all. "Pious fraud" is an actual term widely employed by the priesthood to justify lying. If it furthers the work of "the Lord"--which happens to be the most powerful priesthood of the day--then it is just fine to lie through one's teeth. After all, the Almighty, Omnipotent God needs our help to spread the Ultimate Truth--by lying.
is obvious the writers [of
the New Testament] were distanced in
time from the actual events--and that they were using the Greek Old
Testament, the Septuagint, as well as Josephus, as the "history"
books by which to create the gospel topography. They used names of places
that no longer existed or were completely different at the time the story
supposedly took place. It is
evident that these texts were in the main composed after
Many people may know that the Zodiac is a big part of deciphering the Christ myth from the 12 houses or "ages" of the zodiac relating to 12 disciples (helpers), to the separation of the zodiac into four seasons making a cross on which the sun of god “dies”, stops moving for three days, and is “reborn” on December 25, but talk about the startling correlation between the Zodiac and Jesus' adventures.
Jesus’ major attributes and adventures (and many of his minor ones as well) are those of a sun god. The story of the sun, as widely known in bits and pieces worldwide, follows a basic, logical path. In the northern hemisphere, the sun is "born," "born again" or "resurrected" on December 25th, which is celebrated as Jesus’ birthday. Because the sun god is thus born in the sign of Capricorn, the goat, it was said that farm animals attended his birth. At the time the sun rose on December 25th, he was back-dropped by the constellation of Virgo, so it was said that he was born of the Virgin. The Virgin, not a virgin, referring to the constellation and the Goddess. Also present at the sun's birth are the "Three Kings," stars in Orion's Belt. The gifts brought by the "wise men" in the gospel story are all typical symbols of the sun or gifts offered to it. As in the Jesus tale, the sun's myth forwards to the "age" of 12, representing high noon, when it was said that the sun was in the Temple of the Most High. As the sun moves into the sign of Aquarius, in January-February, which was the rainy season in some places when the zodiac was developed, the sun was said to be "baptized" by the Waterman. Here's the solution to the enigmatic scripture (Luke. ) about following the man with the water jar into a house. It also explains why John the Baptist was placed in art in the position of Aquarius. And so it goes. The fish motif in the gospel tale represents the Age of Pisces. March or Aries is the Lamb of God. The vernal equinox--spring--occurs during Aries, which is why "Easter," or Christ's Passion, is set at that time: At the equinox, when the night and day are the same length, the sun was said to be on a cross. There is much more to the sun story, a significant amount of which can be found in The Christ Conspiracy and Suns of God: Krishna, Buddha and Christ Unveiled
god/man Horus of ancient
tale incorporates many elements of that of his father, Osiris. Osiris is a biggie in the world of
mythology. An attempt at fusing
cultures by fabricating gods occurred with the creation of the
Tell us about 666 the "mark of the beast"
The mark of
the beast is no big thing. Numbers
have been considered magical, so they've been used in a variety of ways. Three, seven, 12--these are well-known
mystical numbers. Six was the sign of the Goddess, who was widely
worshipped and was frequently the major competition for the creators of
Judaism and Christianity. As part of
the vilification of Goddess--in order to usurp her power--her potent number
666 was labeled the "mark of the beast." The mystery school initiates who heard that
degradation probably shuddered and it had the desired effect of demoralizing
them. "The beast" is the
The question needs to be asked--by what appalling arrogance do you think that you above all others understand the nature of God, "his" desires and wants (as if an omnipotent god has desires and needs!) and that you above all have the right to impose your personal perspective of this god on the rest of us? It needs to be stopped. The entire world is at peril from this dementia.
We know that there are good people who characterize themselves are Christians but we are often amazed by the selfish and especially -violent people who claim to follow Christ. You point out this has been the case from the very beginning
The priesthoods worldwide have a long, sordid history of defrauding the public with absurd tales and myths that if understood properly have value but that the priests have corrupted endlessly in order to befuddle the masses. The American fundamentalism has been on an upswing for the past 25 years or so, ever since the Reagan Era. Although it is not very new, especially when you factor in how this country was founded, it is always alarming because some of its fervent adherents are indeed nasty, violence-prone people. We live in a sick world where we need to pray to God to protect us from his followers.
Speaking of Horus, though we are stunned and appalled to find the great Eye of Horus associated with George Washington, the Freemasons and embedded in the very symbols of the United States is this connection between "secret" societies and powerful people really so mysterious? Washington, at least as he is remembered, may not the best example but weren’t the Freemasons, the Templar, the various Churches all just a core group of almost unimaginably rich or powerful people lying, inciting and committing violence and sowing confusion among the people, particularly their followers just to continue lying and stealing? Beyond all the supposed mystery isn’t this just Man as a savage and uniquely sophisticated beast?
Knowing [parts of] the history of the world somewhat intimately, I didn't find it surprising that secret brotherhoods are responsible for the creation of religions, including and especially Christianity. Let's give one concrete example: In the ancient Greek of the New Testament, the word for carpenter used in describing Jesus and Joseph's occupation is "tekton." In modern Greek the word tekton means "freemason." Not just "mason," as in a stonecutter, but freemason, as in the brotherhood. Now, how did that happen? Could it be that to be a "tekton" meant you were an initiate in the brotherhood? We know for a fact that, long before the Christian era, there were carpenter gods and goddesses, as well as guilds, priesthoods and tribes that revered them; ditto with masons.
As concerns the mean, rich people, yes, they are perpetrators, and they enlist the rank and file to do their dirty work--I'm not talking just about masons but the public at large, through politics and religion. And, these people are vicious. It seems to be intimidating if viciousness is associated with religion, kinder, gentler souls will back off and say, "its okay, man I respect your beliefs." Well, I don't! Your nasty beliefs are always trying to tell everyone else how evil they are, no matter how exemplary a life they may have led, because he or she doesn't believe exactly as you do. Like I say, I'm sick of it. The operations that support, create, foster and nurture this deranged mentality need to be shut up or shut down. No audience, no money, no energy bye-bye!
As the song goes “this is the dawning of the age of Aquarius”. Do you have any hope that human beings have grown up enough to face issues of morality without blaming some unearthly force or can at least reject the greed, divisiveness and violence that are often cloaked in religious terms and embrace the miracle of their own lives?
I wish I could say I had a great deal of hope that humanity's sickness will be healed. I may have a little hope. I don't dislike myths--in fact, I love them, once they're explained and understood as myths. But to spew abuse, torment, and torture and/or kill a living, breathing, feeling human being over a myth is beyond immoral. I don't think that the average religious fanatic is capable of that understanding, as he's too sick. The average person? Maybe, and that's what I'm counting on, an appeal to common decency. It's the commonly decent folks who keep these nutters--dangerous loonies--in check. If humankind does somehow "break on through to the other side," finding its utopian equilibrium --that will be a miracle indeed. You'd think an all-powerful god could pull that off at any time, wouldn't you?
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History is a recitation of an interpretation of a story-
literally old news with the added filter of years and national bias. Religious history is particularly
vulnerable to manipulation because the nature of faith is it resists and defies
scrutiny; not seeing is Believing. It is clear the story of Jesus is an echo
of numerous older god-man stories including Horus the son of Osiris and the
By your magic spell all the nations were led astray.
24In her was found the blood of prophets and of the saints,
and of all who have been killed on the earth."
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