Chapter Seven, Death And Resurrection, Sacrifice And Atonement
Quite frankly, I have never been able to make sense out of the doctrine of Atonement. That doctrine which asserts that the death of a Demigod on a cross two thousand years ago, is payment for our sins. Does that mean that the adultery, theft, or murder committed by Mary, Leo, or John whomsoever has already been paid for, by Jesus dying on the cross? If that be the case , is the punishment for all sin death? Would I be facing death, if not for the sacrifice of Jesus, for the candy I stole when I was six years old? And what about the millions of Victims of sinners, whose lives have been cruelly cut short, or ruined with the lost of Love Ones, Property, Suffering , Mutilation and Handicaps. What say do they have in this forgiveness of the sinners.
And are we, the worthless sinners, destined to spend an eternity burning in Hell, if not for the sacrifice of Jesus. Or , by the Atonement of Christ, we gain entrance into Heaven, and the opportunity to spend eternity in a state of righteousness. Just sitting around or flying around heaven or wherever for eternity. I don’t mean to ridicule anyone’s belief, but Both Heaven and Hell sound like Hell to me.
The origin of the popular concept of Heaven is easily identifiable. It evolved from the original scientific, astronomical mythology. Ancient Mythology was the rendering of scientific astronomy in a mythological format. Mythology symbolizes the movements of the heavenly bodies within the cosmos. Astronomy deals with charting the cycles of all the entities within the cosmos. The Prophecy that prevails in Mythology and religion is a result of this charting. Of course a Prophecy, when delivered in a personified religious format, seems to be the miraculous foretelling of human events. But, in it’s Original form, the Prophecy did not pertain to future human activity. The Prophecy pertained to the future movements of celestial entities.
I often refer to Astrology/Mythology as Scientific, because it is absolutely that. Astrology/Mythology is based on the Science of Astronomy. To clarify my point, let us now define Science. Science Begins with Observation. The scientists seek to detect patterns , laws, and cycles in that which is being observed. In this case, the Starry Heavens. Secondly , the Scientists Records the patterns , laws, and cycles that they have successfully detected , from their initial observations. Thirdly, the scientists renew their observations, and compare the results of their continued studies with the records of their past observations. When the scientists are successful , in their attempts to identify consistently repetitive cycles, they then, on this basis, record their conclusions as to scientific facts.
This registry of scientific conclusions then serves as a model by which scientists can accurately predict the recurrence of certain events based on their records of established cycles. The ancient Astronomers consequently wrote predictions as to future motions within the cosmos based on their recorded observations. Since the Astronomers/Astrologers used a mythological format to record their findings, their predictions of future cycles were transformed into the Prophecies of the Deities, their future conquests, intrigues, wars, and defeats.
So when Religion evolved from mythology, the chain continued. The Predictions of the scientific Astronomers (Astrologers/Mathematicians), that became the Oracles of Fabled Deities, when recorded under mythological headings, continued as the Prophecies of Messengers from God, in their Religious Format.
The credos , cultural and moral values within religion were evolved from scientific mythology also. The original mythology was astronomy rendered as Myth. Evil or Good, Moral or Immoral are not scientific concepts. But Society Can not sustain itself as a cohesive and organized unit, without a common Belief basis. The Sages recognized this. They formulated their religious tenets to correspond and parallel mythological science(Astronomy). In other words, they established the House of Religion on top of a Foundation of Esoteric Truth. This Esoteric Truth, when taken literally, is pure idiocy. But , they had little respect for the intellect of the common people. Through this system of esoteric symbolism, they preserved their Gnosis, and in tandem provided general society with a belief system , that worked.
The original astronomical (mythological) data base dealt with the eternally conflicting forces of Darkness/netherworld (southern hemisphere) and the forces of Light/ Paradise (northern hemisphere). Physical Nature is not capable of distinguishing morality or immorality, right or wrong, good or bad. Nature is Driven by the Laws of Instinct, Gravity, Energy and Matter, and it’s interactions. No morality is involved here. The universe is, without doubt, managed by natural law, which does not waver for any non-
The Human Being, in that He is part Matter (physical instinctive nature) and part spirit (Metaphysical nature), is also, like the opposing forces of universal nature, constantly at war (conflict) within Himself. Religion tends to balance this eternal and internal moral conflict, within the Human species.
The Evolution from astronomy to Religion was done by adapting religious correlations to the opposing spheres (the region below the equinoxes verses the region above the equinoxes) of natural contention. The forces of the northern hemisphere , in their religious parallels, represented the positive spiritual natures. The Forces of the Southern Hemisphere represented the negative instinctive natures. The Never Ending War of the Sun (Light) to overcome or destroy darkness , in it’s Religious Parallels, became the Never Ending Struggle of Man’s Spiritual Nature to Dominate his Carnal (beastly) Nature.
Under it’s Religious applications, Mythology made the following morally linked transformations -
The Lord of the Underworld became an opposing Devil, a Seducer, an accuser. He was Evil, just for the sake of being evil. The Devil wanted God’s creation (humanity) to serve Him (the devil). The devil (from the mythological underworld, now rendered Hades (hell) in it’s religious context) became the Tempting spirit that encouraged mankind to give in to their Carnal Nature. The Devil became the opponent to morality. The devil was an advocate of licentiousness, materialism, and hedonism, the consequences of which, are Death.
The Vernal Equinox (in it’s religious application) now became an entrance way, a Gate to Paradise (Heaven). The subjects passage from the lower world (world of matter) to the upper world (spiritual world) was not guaranteed. The Subject now had to qualify, he had to be Judged. Did he give in to the Evils of the underworld, or did he remain faithful to the Lord of Light (Good)? His Fate weighed in the Balance. Satan was the Accuser of the Subject, because he wanted to keep his victim in Hell, or send his Victim to the lowest regions of hell (Capricorn) into his Pit.
The heavenly region above the equinoxes was viewed as a land of delights, A verdant Garden (of Eden). In some cases the region was viewed as filled with Heavenly Angels nourished with Sweet Milk and Honey.
Exo 3:8 And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
Ezek 20:15 Yet also I lifted up my hand unto them in the wilderness, that I would not bring them into the land which I had given them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands;
The Sages described heaven as having Honey, because of An Asterism located within the Sector of Cancer, which is the Highest Point of the Sun’s northerly journey. This Asterism is Known as the Beehive (A storehouse of Honey).
They described the heavens as flowing with Milk, because of the celestial river that flows from the celestial Polar Regions outward in two branches. They called this Nourishing river ,The Milky Way.
Christ Resurrection And Easter
The Resurrection of Christ and his sonship to god are alleged to be the aspects of the Christian faith that sets it apart from all other beliefs. This, of course, is not true as Mythological history shows scores (if not hundreds) of resurrections, and Demigods in it’s tales.
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In fact, according to the bible, there was a multitude, perhaps hundreds , if not thousands , that were alleged to have been resurrected with Christ. See the following verses,
Mat 27:50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.Mat 27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;Mat 27:52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,Mat 27:53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
Can you imagine All of these walking Dead, and there is not one smidgen of Secular history to confirm it. Two thousand years ago was not Pre-
There are two Major Mythological, Astronomical Fables that have been foisted off on the general public as historical. Namely, The Enslavement Of Israel In Egypt and The Biblical History Of Jesus Christ.
We have an abundance of historical information on Egypt, and the enslavement of the Israelite people is not mentioned. It never happened in actual history. And as for those historians, who are attempting to piece together secular historical information, that could possibly pertain to a historical Israel or Jesus -
Think of it! How could events that carry the Magnitude of a Historical Jesus or Israel be reduced to Relics of history and Bits and Pieces of Evidence, while other mundane commonplace events from thousands of years ago were witnessed and recorded, and now stand Boldly in our face, as historically verifiable.
The answer is that both Israel and Jesus are Non-
The Resurrection of Christ at Easter(the vernal equinox) does not accurately reflect the Solar Mythology. The actual solar death and resurrection takes place at the Winter Solstice.
The Crucifixion of Christ on a Friday and his resurrection on an Sunday (Easter) morning, can not be equated to three days in the grave. This reflects Lunar mythology rather than Solar mythology.
The Lunar mythological cycles vary from the Solar cycles. The Death and Resurrection of the Moon does take place in two days. The cycle of the moon around the earth is measured as a sidereal month (about 28 days) and as a synodic month (about 30 days). The sidereal month is the shorter of the cycles at less than 28 days. The sidereal month represents the time it takes the moon to revolve around the earth, relative to a distant star as the marker. The synodic month measures the revolution relative to the repeated alignment of the moon, earth, and sun, either at the Full moon or the new moon.
The Moon becomes invisible (dies, is buried, or killed, or sheds it’s blood) after 28 days into its revolution. When it passes between the earth and the sun, it can not be seen because of the intense light of the sun. The moon travels about thirteen degrees a day, so there is a span (the moon’s path between the earth and sun) of about 27 degrees(2 days), whereas it’s light is indistinguishable. When the moon reemerges as a sliver of light known as the New Moon, it has been Mythologically Resurrected,Hence this Resurrection of Christ described by the Easter ceremony is clearly Lunar mythology. The Death of Jesus on a Good Friday to a Resurrection on a Sunday Morning is one and a half or two days. This corresponds exactly to the death of the old moon and the birth of the new moon.
Christ’s Resurrection At the Winter Solstice
The actual Resurrection that the Biblical Editors referred to in the bible occurs at the winter solstice. See the following biblical verses,
Mat 27:33 And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, Mat 27:34 They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. Mat 27:35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.* Mat 27:38 Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.* Mat 27:62 Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, Mat 27:63 Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. Mat 27:64 Command therefore that the sepulcher be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.* Mat 28:1 In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher. Mat 28:2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. Mat 28:3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: Mat 28:4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. Mat 28:5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. Mat 28:6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
The interpretation of these verses is as follows -
As explained earlier, the three days that Christ spent in the Grave refer to the three days period of Solstice. The sun, after it reaches it’s lowest point of declination, on December 22, Hesitates in Place for three days, before re-
The Crucifixion of Christ, On The Cross, refers to the Cross in the Constellation of Cygnus (the Swan) which lies in the same sector with Capricorn.
The Two Thieves that are crucified with the Savior (Sun) refer to the Equinoxes. The one on the Right Hand is the Vernal Equinox. The one on the Left Hand (who bad mouthed the savior) is the Autumnal Equinox. The Equinoxes are referred to as thieves, because they are thieves of time. They steal Time from each other. When the Sun intersects either equinox, for that day of crossing, Time (Daytime and Nighttime) on the planet is brought into equilibrium, at twelve hours. We have twelve hours of light and twelve hours of darkness, on the day of the Equinox. In the case of the Vernal Equinox (which represents light), He, on the second day after the sun’s crossing, Steals Time from the Autumnal Equinox (which represents darkness) and from this point, the world continues to have more light (daytime) than darkness, until the Sun crosses the Autumnal Equinox. When the Sun crosses the Autumnal Equinox, this thief (autumnal equinox) repeats the crime (theft of time) in the favor of increased Darkness.
There are two major definitions to the word, Sacrifice, that apply to our subject matter. On one side, a Sacrifice is a propitiation to a Deity, as an atonement or as a sign of Homage to that Deity. On the other side a Sacrifice is a Forfeiture, whereas one gives up something to Another. The Relinquishing of a Right or Position, or a Possession is a Sacrifice.
The Editors of the bible have inserted many, many references to Sacrifice as a form of Atonement. So this form of Sacrifice must be held as significant. However the thrust of my definition does not deal with Atonement. The bible also contains references to sacrifice as the Relinquishing, or Forfeiture of something. My definitions of the term are based on this aspect of Forfeiture, which is clearly Mythological (based on Gnostic symbolism). The Atonement aspect, seems to me , to be more culturally and religiously based, rather than Mythological.
Witness the bible verse below,
John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
The preceding biblical verse, attributed to Jesus, represents a Form of Sacrifice (forfeiture, Relinquishing of Position or Station). He is telling his followers that a New Comforter (Lord) can not make himself known so long as He (Jesus) is on the scene.
Anthropological Studies inform us that among some ancient tribes, the succession of Kingship, was sometimes accomplished by a deadly ritual. That is , when a Kings Term (Cycle) had ended, the King was ritually Killed (Sacrificed), in order to make way for his successor.
This cultural attitude is linked with the symbolism that was sometimes used by the Ancient Priesthood, to symbolize the Transition of Kingship at the Winter Solstice. The death of the Old King (Sun) on December 22, was looked upon as a Sacrifice to make way for the New King of Glory (Sun), to be born on December 25.
This is the most correct meaning for the symbolism of the term Sacrifice, that is the Sacrifice represented the Transition of Rulership (from old Sun to new sun, in that three day period of December 22 to December 25). Of course, any transition can be interpreted as a Sacrifice, when it involves the destruction (Sacrifice) of the prior entity. However, I was able to find a few verses in the bible, that link the Three with the Sacrifice. The Three is important. Astrological Symbolism can only be interpreted, by the use of mathematics. In fact, astrologers were originally called mathematicians. The term astrologer evolved latter.
These biblical verses Link the Three (of the Winter Solstice) with the Term Sacrifice,
* Exo 3:18 And they shall hearken to thy voice: and thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, unto the king of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath met with us: and now let us go, we beseech thee, three days' journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God. Exo 5:3 And they said, The God of the Hebrews hath met with us: let us go, we pray thee, three days' journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the LORD our God; lest he fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword. Exo 8:27 We will go three days' journey into the wilderness, and sacrifice to the LORD our God, as he shall command us. Gen 22:2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. Gen 22:4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.
I have highlighted the references to Three in the biblical verses just quoted. We know that the three is intimately connected with the symbolism of the Winter Solstice.
In each of the verses above, the Editors added the Three in order to indicate the symbolism of the Solstice. The Three is not essential to the completeness of those verses, except as an esoteric Indicator (sign). The Three points to the Winter Solstice as the Place of the Sacrifice. Without a doubt, the transitions (Passover) at the equinoxes have significance as a form of Sacrifice, but I think the importance of the Sacrifice, at the winter solstice has been overlooked.