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Jesus as a Pagan deity

An essay submitted by Reni,
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What did Lou Gehrig's doctors say he had?
"Mr. Gehrig, I’m afraid you have ‘Lou Gehrig’s Disease'."
"Huh? Say what, Doc?"

By the same token, Jesus was not a Christian. There were no Christians at the time. Only "The Disciples of Jesus the Christ" -- Later shortened to just plain "Christians." By the same token Abraham was not a Jew.

Nor was Jesus a Jew, though, of course, he was born one. The Jews were the ones who had him nailed to a cross"no offense. Well, they more or less bad-mouthed him to the Romans who did the actual deed. Either way, the charge was “SEDITIO"sedition--stirring resentment amongst the peons, making them dissatisfied with their rank as lowly scum beneath contempt.

What was Jesus, then?

Jesus was a Pagan--a great Pagan. Here's why:

Jesus worked magyc, though Christians prefer the term "miracle" to set him above the other Magi of the age. In fact, many of his spells can be found in The Greek Magical Papyri as detailed in Morton Smith’s book Jesus the Magician.

But before you reject the concept on the grounds that anyone can write anything but it doesn’t make it true consider:

Professor Smith (1915-1991) was no fool but a highly respected academian, professor of Ancient History at Columbia University and translator of numerous ancient texts. Nor are his views in contrary to the writings of Jesus' own disciples who considered Him a magician in the style of the time.

"And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well." Pseudo Mark 16:17-18

(interestingly enough, this passage is what Christian Snake Handlers claim as the validation)

In addition, his contemporary detractors considered him “goetes (magician).

From Origen, Contra Celsus :

". . . immediately puts them [stories of Jesus' miracles] on a level with the works of the goetes on the grounds that they too promise marvelous things, and with the tricks done by those who have learned from Egyptians, who sell their revered teachings in the middle of the market for a few obols, and drive demons out of people and blow away diseases and call up spirits of [long dead] heroes and produce appearances of expensive dinners, [complete with] tables and pastry and nonexistent entrees, and make objects not really alive move as if alive and seem to be so, as far as appearance goes. And he says, 'Then, since these fellows do these things, will you ask us to think them sons of God? Should it not rather be said that these are the doings of scoundrels possessed of evil demons."

Perhaps Jesus, like the magus of the time, learned these Hermitic spells while on the run in Egypt as a youth. No one knows. Nor is it written. All we know is that when he next appeared in scripture he could change water into wine.

From here accounts tell of his many miraculous healings, walking on water, feeding the multitude and, of course, bringing back the dead. Each one of these spells, and more, standard fare for the Magi of the time.

This in no way takes anything away from the Man. In fact, instead of a fictional character we now have a credible magician whose work we cannot help but admire. But it is not by magic alone that Jesus expresses his Pagan nature.

Jesus believed what he chose, not what the priests told him to believe.

Nor did his beliefs include a
Hell where his heavenly father fully intends to take it out on sinners after they died. His beliefs bore no devil--contrary to popular beliefs--but the devils that dwell within and oppose our transcendence. Satan and hell were both later additions, attributed to Jesus but actually fabricated by mere mortals for their own obvious purposes.

In addition, He honored the
Goddess in women and placed them as equals to men. This concept alone could get you killed in biblical Judea.

Jesus upheld the power of love for all humanity as the highest ideal.
It was this love he invoked to work his magyc and miracle.

Today the Christian Church is a bastion of hell,
damnation, and Armageddon, having fostered the most heinous crimes ever committed against humanity. From the Pogroms of the Emperor Constantine to the Inquisition (and continued persecution of anyone not Christian as exemplified by the Crusades and the Burning Times) to the present crimes of child molestation, Christianity denies the faith of its founder.

And while this may have mainly been a
Catholic thing, the self appointed evangelicals are not far behind. Only their contemporary inhumanity is more commonplace in its shunning of those not in agreement that Jesus is everyone’s personal savior, and anyone that believes otherwise is going to hell.

However it comes out this is not Jesus’ teaching. Not really. Jesus was about love and these people are about hate.

We, are Jesus’ way.

As such, we should honor him as a Pagan deity.

The only problem I see is that it’s possible that Jesus was a real person. I say "possible" because there isn’t a shred of evidence that Jesus actually existed as a citizen of Judea.

All the same, I suspect he lived. I say this because his exploits are far too tame for a made-up deity. Moreover, this belief is supported by the discovery of the likely source of His magic in both the Greek Magical Papyri and the Sefer ha-Razim (the Book of Secrets: Jewish magical text of the Roman Era)

Who knows, perhaps all of our Pagan deities had origins in flesh and blood heroes that became gods as their legend grew.

Certainly Jesus is usually revered as a god.

And what a perfect deity Jesus is to inspire us: someone we can look up to as a great magician, healer, and as a God of Love in the Pagan pantheon. We should consider invoking him in our spells.

And think what fun it will be when the Christians find out we usurped their raison d'etre, their reason to exist.

More than fun, let’s see them wiggle out of this one. "
So, are you saying we can’t take Jesus as our personal savior?"

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Copyright © 2005 by "Reni"
Originally posted: 2005-OCT-20
Latest update: 2011-APR-04
Author: "Reni"

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