Every Friday I dig into the archives to repost something of meaning in today’s world. Today I offer this alternative history of the religion of Christmas – please note that I mean no disrespect to any individual religion and apologize in advance for any of my readers who are offended.
The fact that our Judeo-Christian mythos is a derivation of earlier religions and legends has moved into the mainstream, and the idea that the divinity of Jesus has parallels with other gods is no longer a shocking idea. Most of us realize now that Jesus wasn’t born on Christmas day – shepherds don’t watch their flocks in December, even in ancient Judea – and that the Christmas holiday was adopted because it was already being celebrated as the Winter Solstice in the pagan world.
The Winter Solstice is celebrated as the time when the dying god (the Sun) is resurrected again – the Sun is reborn and the days begin to lengthen. From the book The Christ Conspiracy:
# The sun “dies” for three days at the winter solstice, to be born again on December 25th.
# The Sun of God is “born of a virgin,” which refers to both the new or “virgin” moon and the constellation of Virgo.
# The Sun’s “birth” is attended by the “bright star,” either Sirius/Sothis or the planet Venus, and by the “Three Kings,” representing the three stars in the belt of Orion.
# The sun at its’ zenith, or 12 noon, is in the house or heavenly temple of the “Most High;” thus, “he” begins “his father’s work” at “age” 12. Jordan Maxwell relates, “At that point, all Egypt offered prayers to the “Most High God.”
# The Sun enters […]