Jesus Myth – The Case Against Historical Christ

I came across this website in my search for the beginnings of Christianity. I have since become convinced that Jesus was first a symbol of the sun, as is the case for all main religions. They are all first based on Astrotheology, and then go deeper from that starting point. I differ  with some of the anti-historical Jesus thinking about the Christ figure. Many of them are Atheists,  I am not. I think Atheism is a reaction to finding out the church has been lying to you for almost 2,000 friggin years! I understand it. BUT, if one would become able to read the allegory with the spiritual eye and see the meanings of the symbolism, you would see that myth is the best way to teach the nature of reality.  I certainly dig it. It is ever pregnant with deeper meaning and was designed to confuse the ‘profane.” In modern times we have quantum physics, which speaks in modern language (non mythical),  and yet mirrors precisely what the ancients said in their scriptures about nature of reality and our interconnectedness with creation.

By researching certain scientific test results and comparing it to ancient mythological wisdom,  I’m convinced that we are PARTICIPANTS and CO-CREATORS of reality. That was the essence of Jesus’s message. And of Buddha, Krishna and the now lesser known mythical figures.  The exoteric story, cloaked as history, is quite meaningless unless you can grasp the esoteric meaning.  That’s why I believe it’s important to know Jesus was a mythical person and Christ a form of Consciousness, symbolic of ourselves and other things ordinary language doesn’t convey. Thus the use of mythology. Myth doesn’t mean LIE, it doesn’t negate the existence of God, but rather better explains it. Perhaps the Gnostics were the fist Christians. (It is known Jewish Gnosticism goes back further than Christianity). The details have intentionally been lost, and as much as I’d like to know the facts, ultimately it’s not really important. It’s fascinating to know our core beliefs shape our reality. Notice the new paradigm since 9/11? FEAR! FEAR! FEAR! Even the weather is sensationalized to sound worse than it is. But Love conquers fear, we need to have love as part of our core belief, deep in our hearts, because it has been proven that our belief co-creates reality. We are truly Divine Spirits having a human experience. We are entangled with the whole universe, essential to it’s very existence, so much so that the Cosmos is actually a mirror of ourselves and could not exist without us, as above so below.

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 By – January 03, 2007

The majority of people in the world today assume or believe that Jesus Christ was at the very least a real person. Perhaps he wasn’t really “the Messiah”, perhaps he was not “The Son of God”, and perhaps he didn’t actually perform miracles and rise from the dead, but he really was a great moral teacher who traveled around Galilee with followers and got arrested by the Jews and crucified by the Romans right?

Not likely. In fact, a close examination of the evidence shows that the best explanation for the story of “Jesus Christ” is what we call “mythology”. The case that I will be outlining here is that there never was any “Jesus Christ” nor any meaningful real life basis for the story of “Jesus Christ”. Like many other religious figures, “Jesus Christ” began as a theological concept, was later used as a character in allegorical stories, and was then historicized as someone whom people believed really existed. The belief in a literal “human” Jesus most likely emerged as eucharist rituals and theology developed around the concept of the “flesh” and “blood” of Christ and these concepts merged with allegorical narratives about the figure.

What is the basis for the claim that “Jesus never existed”?

Actually, there are many important facts that support this conclusion. First let’s look at an outline of some of the major points in this case:

None of these points are meant to stand on their own, but collectively they provide a very strong argument against the story of Jesus Christ being based on a real person.

It is important to note that we have one, and only one, source of information about the life of Jesus and that is the Christian Gospels. The Gospels are the sole source of information about this figure; everything that we “know” about “him” depends on these sources.

There are two basic views of the Biblical Jesus as a real person today, the religious Christian view and the secular historical view. The religious Christian view takes the Gospels as accurate and reliable accounts of the life of Jesus, including all of the miracles. The religious Christian view demands that Jesus Christ was a popular and well known figure in the region, who drew crowds of thousands of people and performed great miracles, who was such a revolutionary figure that the Jewish priesthood was compelled to have him arrested and put to death in dramatic fashion before hundreds or thousands of witnesses.

The secular historical view, which may also be held by some Christians,  takes the Gospels as exaggerated accounts of the life of a real Jesus. The secular historical view basically starts with the Gospels and then removes the fantastic or “supernatural” claims in the Gospels and accepts what is left as history. The secular historical view tends to minimize the role of Jesus in the region, stating instead that he was barely noticed by others. Secular historians who believe that Jesus existed rely on the Gospels as essentially historical, but inflated, accounts of his life.

But are the Gospels reliable historical accounts?

via Jesus Myth – The Case Against Historical Christ.

A Mask of God

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Most of us think we are individual human beings living in a world that is outside of us, along with billions of other individuals. While from the perspective of consensus reality it certainly does appear that way, it just may be that you are alone in a world of your own making. We live in an extremely materialistic culture, and even those that consider themselves spiritual or religious are not immune to this conditioning. The materialistic worldview focuses on the outer world and the objects of the five senses. When it comes to the subject of perception or the perceiver, we bring our materialism inside and see more objects of perception (thoughts, beliefs, feelings, personality), that is if we don’t explain it all away with physiology. What modern psychology fails to do, and what most forms of spirituality fall short of, is getting to the root of the perceiver itself. Physical science looks at external objects, and psychology looks at internal objects. The common factor between the two is that they are both objects of perception, but who or what is at the root of perception?

The ancient path of self discovery, taken by the seers and sages of old, was very much concerned with this question. They realized that for every object or every phenomenon there is a witness. That is, for us to be able to know something such as a person, object or thought, something must be there to observe it. No matter how you break down the world or the mind, there is always an subtle observer which is aware of it. This implies a subject/object relationship (duality) and some kind of separation between the observer and that which is observed. The ancient seers wanted to know what human beings really were at the core. Were we just a body or a mind, or was there some essence or spirit which made us sentient beings. They found that they were able to observe the aspects of the body and mind and noticed that these things could be broken down into smaller and more subtle parts. There was an instability to these parts because they could either continue to be broken down or they were not always present, all of it was subject to change. However, the unstable elements of the body and mind seemed to appear before a silent awareness that remained stable at all times even if it was not always paid attention to.

When these seers decided to turn their well-honed powers of observation back on their source, the inner witness, they made a remarkable discovery. They found nothing. Except it was not the usual nothing. The word nothing is used simply because no one was able to find or even make up a word that captured what was found at the root of perception. Many words have cropped up to try to describe this inner nothingness such as emptiness, Brahman, God, spirit, consciousness, the absolute, etc. If the inner observer was traced all the way to its root, it would always fall away into nothing. In that nothingness however there was profound peace and joy beyond description. They additionally found that nothing seemed to exist without being witnessed, as if the act of being witnessed by this consciousness was a necessary factor in the existence of everything we know including ourselves. So they considered consciousness the source or root of all existence.

Most people don’t realize this because they don’t turn their attention around and find its source. Generally, our attention is directly outwardly at objects so the external material world is what we take to be the only reality. But that’s just a function of what we pay attention to. The ancient sages realized with their discovery that this usual way of seeing reality was mistaken and actually the cause of unending misery. They saw that consciousness was the real source of everything that we experience and consciousness is what we are when reduced down to the root.

Out of infinite consciousness the first observable phenomenon that can be discerned is ‘I’. The root thought, I. In its pure form, it is the sense of individual presence, what we feel when we direct our attention inwardly and quiet the mind. From this root thought all the other elements of the mind arise. All the thoughts, feelings, habit patterns, beliefs, images and projections that make up a human mind. These develop as the I, as an individual entity which begins to interact and have experiences. The more complex mental patterns of the mind are further projected outward to make up the seeming external world. In this way, what we experience is the projection of a mental pattern powered by the consciousness (light) that shines through it. This is very much like a hologram as was briefly mentioned in the last post. The implication is that the external world is really not external at all. Even when we experience other people we are seeing our own mental projection of them overlaid onto another individual expression of consciousness.

For me the process of self inquiry validated this in my experience because in looking closely and honestly at my mind I could see the mental patterns behind many of the experiences and situations of my life. Western Occultism deals with this quite intimately in showing students how to identify and change the mental patterns that are creating the difficulty in their lives. If you have a long term pattern/belief that you are poor and lacking in what you need consciousness amplifies this and projects it out as your experience. You will see a world of scarcity where you are continually unable to get what you need. The unfortunate part being you will think it’s the world rather than your mental pattern of poverty, so you will be trapped in it and suffer accordingly. If we learn to look inward and identify the patterns behind our troubles, the possibility of conscious change arises. Dissolving those patterns and replacing them with ones that reflect what we want alters our entire experience of life. By giving attention to the new patterns, consciousness shines through them and we experience the result. Attention is the means by which consciousness is directed.

If you want to explore a very precise way of working with these patterns, dissolving those that don’t serve you and effectively creating ones that do, I highly recommend the lessons of the BOTA. As powerful as that understanding can be, personally I find the key discovery of the ancient sages of the root of the inner observer to be the most significant and profound. No matter how much we learn to reprogram our mental patterns and create better and better versions of our world, it’s all ultimately of little value unless we know who and what we really are. Like the lucid dreamer when you see the world as a dream and wake up in that dream, you can play and create a much more enjoyable dream. However, it’s still just a dream. The reality behind the dream is the ultimate jewel. For this we must go all the way to the center of our heart and wake up from the dream altogether into our true Self. As long as we take ourselves to be a separate entity, we can never reach true fulfillment because something is always missing no matter how good it gets. That something is the truth of who we are.

How beautifully ironic the cosmic joke that what could be considered the greatest achievement or discovery that a human being can ever make is to realize that there really never was a person, just a mask of God…..

About the Author

Colin Bondi is the author of the website, AwakenInTheNow, where this article was originally featured. Please visit his excellent site.

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Spirits in the Flesh

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Ida Lawrence, Contributor
Waking Times

People need encouragement: we really do, because we’re in for some changes that we might experience as painful and unjust. We also need information and honesty. Justice can be welcomed… or not. But it will come because it’s natural law… energy goes out, energy comes back around: everything gets resolved perfectly in the end.

We can accept it as mathematics; truth, light of different densities, information, and love, plus grace. Grace: that’s the little fraction in our favor – life favors life. To me it just adds up that way, and it makes sense. So that’s my encouragement… nurture the virtue within and trust in Grace.

Lightness of being: I heard Deepak say we want that. Yes, I do agree to lightness! I meditate; and the benefit is superb. I read articles online and listen to videos: so much info it’s like a consciousness superhighway. I cherish the moments of detachment, pausing in the ‘Now’. Life is a precious evolutionary experience and we’re here… in it! This is our chance to evolve; maybe clean up some past stuff, or help out in the renewal.

We can do virtue and truth, and love and lightness: this is the beauty of being human. And yet, we live within an ‘edge of the abyss’ darkness: we call it the matrix, or the control system. It operates on deceit and feeds on fear, and so is tightening the grip on us as we awaken.

The task for those with warm hearts, born at this extraordinary time: dwell in courage, prepare for valor, stay in love with Self and others and nature, and ‘dig’ the truth… humble up to it wherever it goes. No worries… you’ll be safe in the heart space.

I’m going to start this ‘crone-style’ essay by taking a look in the matrix. What we’re looking for is our blind spots.

We are individuals: spirit in body. Perhaps the information of us has reincarnated after a life experience in a totally different place with a totally different people, i.e. maybe I lived in a rain forest… the smell is so familiar… but that is simply speculation. If it helps that’s fine… but you can’t stand on it. Let’s keep going.

In this life quite a few of us in the consciousness movement were born into the identities and cultures of ‘white people’. Why mention race? Aren’t we all parts of one vast consciousness? If you listen to an Afrodescendant or Indigenous leader, they’ll say the earth has four families… four peoples: black, brown, red and yellow. If it matters to them, and they are far older in the earth than we are, it matters in the renewal. So I mention race because… why dodge it? That would make it a blind spot.

We learn from the spiritual experiences of racial and tribal groupings… collectives contain ancient knowledge. In the matrix there are races, cultures, peoples, tribes; and they have relationships with each other, and histories. The individuals within these races have ‘feeling’ memories as well as DNA memories.

Karma: Perhaps long ago races and peoples made collective spiritual agreements to experience certain things, somewhat in the same manner that individuals enter into life to gain empirical knowledge and evolve through experience. Maybe white people made a ‘collective evolution’ agreement too – we agreed that a number of us would awaken, understand, and assist in the great change. I don’t see it as far-fetched. Over the years I’ve observed and listened, and warmed to the idea.

It’s an attribute of the ‘white’ race to get out there and explore, and we’re doing it. It’s also an attribute of ours to borrow from older peoples’ spiritual knowledge. Some people say we ‘co-opt’ it, while others say… as long as you humbly acknowledge where it came from, understand it properly, and show reverence for the originators, it’s all good.

The consciousness movement has acculturated much ancient knowledge. We have been intellectually consuming it, and rapidly, as if we are heading back running… and that’s good too. Growth and transformation of ourselves is one of our hungers, and our ‘positives’. We have run with the information, modernized it, westernized it, bravely explored its boundaries, and widely shared. Have we understood it properly? One would hope that a certain percent have.

As the youngest of the human families we display that self confidence and foolhardiness of the young. We also show a very strong motivation to act. What do we know and feel? If a karmic tsunami is on the way, well, we’re stuck in a geographic location, national and cultural identity, and racial grouping that has done, and is doing, some major dirty work on the families of the earth and the earth itself. If what goes around is coming around, change is a Priority for us.

I remember listening to a television host who is well known for his ‘rants’. He was talking about the plan of the control system… they want to eliminate us! Genocide! He talked about their plan to put us in camps. Slavery! As I was listening, I thought, “Damn… has he no memory?” He lives in the U.S. The genocide and slavery he anticipates look an awful lot like a karmic return. We just haven’t experienced it happening to us… the white folks. Now that the fear of it is rising, what element are we missing? Do we need a healing strategy?

I suspect that we do have a role to play, a healing impulse if not a strategy, and we have evolved into it over the past 50 years. I see us tipping the scale toward renewal and restoration for those who received, and are still receiving the brunt of the matrix grab for power and resources. That is a tremendous change in our collective consciousness, and I have watched it happen in my years of life. I like it very much. We have been putting our hearts in order.

Far more than before, Indigenous and Afrodescendant peoples can look to us for back-up. And we haven’t gone through this transformation to save our butts… we’ve done it because we see the truth of it. We have turned toward our mothers and fathers. What a good move.

It seems to me that white people need restoration too. Now you might ask why, since we are the ones who have been consuming the world’s resources. Well, in the comments section on one of the websites I visit, I saw a statement that pretty much said it: “We have been used, abused, manipulated… and given a false sense of who we are.” Amen to that!

Who has given us a false sense of who we are? Was it the mystery God in the sky or the wise serpent? I’m thinking it was both: in the form of the families at the top, always with us, feeding us a sense of separation and specialness. “Be the great white hope, dominate with your intellect, manifest your destiny, you’re a ‘civilized’ race, go forth with your culture and religion, the world and all in it is yours to use and take… because you could be like us if you try hard enough, and we’re special.”

There’s a cure for that specialness disease and we have been studying it: oneness, humility, and an attitude of reverence and service… and remembrance. These things are not that difficult to achieve… not now.

Finally… on the matrix: it’s structured by the minds of the powerful, greedy, great deceivers. Even the Bible told on them: the wicked in high places. We talk about exposing them, resisting them, opposing them, or slipping away and out of the grid. We truly don’t know what they are capable of… but we do know they have no mercy, no love of life. And they have no law that rules them, except the karmic one.

Are you still in the heart space? I know… it is a stretch to tie detachment to remembrance to healing. It’s another stretch to tie lightness of being to karmic return to action. But I have no doubt we can do it, and we are doing it… we are choosing.

“They will retrace their steps to find what was left by the trail… It is this time that the light skinned race will be given a choice between two roads. If they choose the right road, then the Seventh Fire will light the Eighth and final Fire, an eternal fire of peace, love, brotherhood and sisterhood.” The Voice of the Ojibway

About the Author

Ida Lawrence is an author, blogger, copywriter and editor based in Atlanta, Georgia. She has contributed to and edited two books on racial justice and human rights, and numerous articles on human rights, self-empowerment and related subjects. Her latest book is entitled The Warrior’s Way to Heaven on Earth. Ida has also published a companion book of blog favorites from http://talk2momz.com/.

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