Is God Mithra a Jesus or is Jesus a God Mithra
Mithraism was the prime competitor of Christianity.
(PRWEB) July 22, 2003
To have more objective and reasonable approach to religion would be for us to question the origin of all our beliefs. I aver the necessity of searching for truth straightaway by going back to early man and imagining his first thoughts in contemplating the nature of his survival in a violent and chaotic world. Without any basics of any knowledge they were guide only by intuition and imaginative fantasy.
Researching prehistoric man and his beliefs from the Encarta Reference Library, I learned that the prehistoric hunter understood that to live one had to kill or be killed. By slaying the prey, hunters began to develop the idea that animals killed by man sacrificed their lives for him. To honor this sacrifice, he let the blood of the animal drip back to the ground hoping that in the next year the animal would be reborn. So came into being the idea of sacrifice and resurrection. Early man also understood that every living being was a mass of a great quantity of energy, which was related to the size and health of the animal. He developed the idea that for energy to be great and pure it should be the original total energy and thus virgin victims were chosen. The animal should therefore be killed within an marked circle so that its energy could not escape. This way they could capture all quantity of the violent energy useful in connecting with the universe.
Soon after, animal sacrifice was substituted by human sacrifice, the victim often being a male child of pure innocence and great intelligence.
The quality of a deep, intuitive perception in a person determined his being elected as the leader of the tribe so that energy caught from the animal would be absorbed by him. As time progressed and culture became more sophisticated, these leaders began to be called shamans, who invested by supernatural power, were able to heal and tell prophecies. This same tradition of shamanism is followed even today but with one difference: they are called saints, believing themselves to be messengers of God. To confirm their exalted status they always claim to have had an extraordinary vision that prompted them to action.
Many pagan beliefs and rituals were incorporated by all religions, some of which are still respected to the present-day, particularly by Christianity which includes an act of sacrifice.
The imaginative power that began with primordial man also created mythological stories with attendant divinities and rituals. Humans like to create fairy tales, which they believe so avidly that they become real and incorporated by our thought systems. We have created many gods, such as the gods of creation, power, and beauty, not to mention the protector gods.
The sun god Atna was the first monotheistic God in Egypt. OsorioÂs was the first God to result from fratricide, similar to the bibleÂs Abel and Cain. The God Mithra was entirely adopted by the Christians, who identified him with Jesus.
The veneration of Mithra began about 4000 years ago in Persia. Hundreds of his temples, sculptures, paintings and inscriptions can be found all over the world including India and China and throughout the Roman Empire, from Palestine across northern Africa, and central Europe as far as northern England.
In sculpture Mithras is shown bursting from the Egg while holding in his upraised hands the Sword of Truth and Torch of Light. Around him in an egg-shaped frame is the Cosmos containing the Twelve Signs of the Zodiac, which is a same number as ChristÂs twelve Apostles?
In the 6th century BC, Mithra became the god of the sun. Greeks identified Mithra with Helios, the Greek god of the sun.
He was one of the most regarded of gods. He first appealed to slaves and freedmen as he was symbol of humility, God of light and wisdom, and ruler of the world and brotherly love.
His followers were baptized naked, and after immersion in holy water put on white gown and a crown, walking in a procession and carrying torches to the temple. Early Christians also followed this same ritual of naked submersion of baptism.
Mithra's birthday on December 25, became known as the adoration of the Shepherds which was celebrated as a holy day in the belief of the immortality of the soul, the last judgment, and the resurrection. Over the centuries this day was celebrated all over the world with many and varied customs. It was Christmas without Christ.
In Persia Mithraism began in contrast to God Ahriman, the god of darkness. Zoroastrian dualism was to influence the Jewish belief in the existence of HaShatan, which was adopted by Christians and renamed Satan,
Within this vast pantheon, Mithras gained the title of 'Judger of Souls' to protect the righteous from the demonic forces of HaShatan.
Mithras was called omniscient, infallible, eternally watchful, and never-resting and one who kept promises. He would fight the spirits of evil to protect creation and cause even Ahriman to tremble.
The Persians called Mithras 'The Mediator' since he was believed to stand between the light of Ahura-Mazda and the darkness of Ahriman. Mithras was seen as the protector of just souls from demons seeking to drag them down to Hell, and the guide of these souls to Paradise. As Lord of the Sky, he took the role of Âpsycho pompÂ, conducting the souls of the righteous dead to paradise. According to Persian mythology, Mithras was born of a virgin given the title 'Mother of God'.
Mithras represented a system of ethics in which brotherhood was encouraged in order to unify against the forces of evil. They believed that the benevolent powers of the god would sympathize with their suffering and grant them the final justice of immortality and eternal salvation in the world to come. They looked forward to a final Day of Judgment in which the dead would resurrect, and to a final conflict that would destroy the existing order of all things to bring about the triumph of light over darkness
In the Mithras mysteries, a common image showed Mithras flanked by two torchbearers, one on either side. One held a torch pointed upwards, the other downwards. This symbolized an ascent to heaven or descent to hell. The Bible records that Jesus was crucified between two thieves. One went to heaven and the other to hell.
The popularity and devotion to Mithraism reflects a fourth-century resurgence of paganism, but was increasingly threatened by the rapid spread of Christianity Mithraism was the prime competitor of Christianity. After the conversion of the emperor Constantine in 313 CE, all memories of Mithras were burned.
The Sword of Truth and Torch of Light were taken from the hands of Mithras and given to Jesus that described Jesus as a God's "true light," sent to dispel darkness in the world.
Christians blame Satan to have used "plagiarism by anticipation," that is, the Devil replicated the life experiences of Jesus, centuries before his birth. The reason was to confuse the public into thinking that Jesus was merely a copy of a previous God-man.
The Bible along with the various religions have adopted paganismÂs imaginary story tales with its rituals and made them real as if dictated directly by God. Because of this dishonest speculation we are killing each other instead of respecting the greatness of mankind.
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