The question before the human race is
whether the God of nature
shall govern the world by His own laws or whether
priests and kings shall rule it by fictitious miracles.
- Thomas Jefferson
No two fields of study could be more diametrically opposite then religion and science. One is dependant on human testimony and downplays tangible evidence. The other downplays testimony in favor of tangible evidence. One maintains that its truths are unchangeable because they derive from a perfect being. The other derives its truths from human observation and experience, and keeps refining its truths according to the data. Religion is primarily concerned with human behavior. Science is exclusively concerned with truth. Ethics is covered in the field of philosophy.
I mention these distinctions because the topic of this page is gospel miracles. The charge by scientists that miracles are impossible is at a stalemate - Christians agree they are impossible; the miracles Jesus performed were one-time events when God violated the laws of nature. Scientists argue that the laws of nature cannot be violated; the Bible is dependant on testimony which is not a reliable source of truth.
This report goes one step further by explaining in positive terms how Jesus' miracles did not take place as believed; the gospels were written in allegory.
My premise is based on four other articles.
- Light Verses Dark explains that the state of knowledge about nature in biblical days was so low that ancients believed that light personified good and dark personified evil.
- The term, Son of God, was a pun for sun of God. This pun does not apply to "son of man," which applies in the literal sense to the constellation Orion.
- Gospel Zodiac explains that the character of Jesus was the sun personified through the zodiac.
- Attempts to replicate Jesus' miracles through faith have failed. What religionists attribute to modern miracles has more to do with bad logic in explaining fortuitous outcomes from natural catastrophes.
For simplicity, we will focus on the Book of Matthew.
No one doubts the power of the sun. It provides light, life and food; it brings good weather and it heals. The logical error Christian's make is to attribute these events to an actual person. With Jesus as the personified sun, these miracles are in line with what primitive peoples would think.
Eleven miracles occur when the sun is in Aries. This is when the sun crosses the vernal equinox, when daylight hours start to exceed nighttime hours. The sun has conquered darkness.
- The sun heals many (Matt. 4:23).
- The sun heals a leper (Matt. 8:1).
- The sun heals a Roman Centurion's Servant (Matt. 8:5).
- The sun heals Peter's Mother-in-law (Matt. 8:14).
- The sun calms the Storm at Sea (Matt. 8:23) - stormy days are cloudy.
- The sun heals the Wild Men at Gadars (Matt. 8:28).
- The sun heals a Lame Man (Matt. 9:1).
- The sun heals a Woman with a Hemorrhage (Matt. 9:20).
- The sun raises Jairus's Daughter (Matt. 9:23) - A tribute to the life giving power of the sun.
- The sun heals Two Blind Men (Matt. 9:27) - A tribute to the sun's light.
- The sun heals a Demon-possessed Man (Matt. 9:32) - Light conquers demonic darkness.
One miracle occurs when the sun is in Gemini. This occurs just before the summer solstice.
- The sun heals a Man with a Withered Hand (Matt. 12:10).
So far we have twelve miracles occurring at the time of the year when daylight hours are increasing and when they exceed nighttime hours. From now on daylight starts to decrease. This was seen as a battle between the sun and the dark forces.
Four miracles occur in Virgo. This is the last stage before the sun crosses the autumn equinox and the last time daylight hours exceed nighttime hours. There is only one healing miracle which symbolizes the sun's waning strength. It is also harvest time.
- The sun feeds 5,000 people (Matt. 14:15).
- The sun walks on the Sea (Matt. 14:22) - the sun's light reflects on water.
- The sun heals the Syrophoenician's Daughter (Matt. 15:21).
- The sun feeds 4,000 People (Matt 15:32).
There is only one miracle in Libra and it is a healing miracle. Clearly the sun is getting weaker.
- The sun heals a Man with an Epileptic Boy (Matt. 17:14).
There is only one miracle in Scorpio, a healing miracle.
- The sun heals Two Blind Men at Jericho (Matt. 20:30).
There are no miracles in Sagittarius. The sun is too weak.
In fact Jesus accepted the hospitality of Simon the leper and didn't heal him.
6Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, (Matt. 26:6)
When we tally the miracles, there are twelve when the sun is stronger and gaining on the dark forces and six when the sun is descending and losing to the dark forces. Could it be a coincidence that the numbers come out to the magical numbers twelve and six? Or does twelve represent the power of good and six the power of evil as in the mark of the beast 666? I doubt it was unintentional.
What follows is not meant to suggest that Christian-Jews copied Egyptian beliefs in the healing power of a single God, but to show their similarities. This is just one facet of the ancient religions. If we compared the ancient Mediterranean religions we would find many similarities. This is too much of a coincidence. Some no doubt borrowed ideas from others, but in cases where there is no direct connection, perhaps they spawned from a common very ancient source or perhaps they came from a common human itch to deal with the mysteries of nature in a favorable way.
Amen is one of the oldest gods of Egypt. The name means "to hide," or "to be hidden." He has been described as "the being who is endowed with a soul," He represented the breath of life. He was the Soul-god of Creation, who, through the source of all life, was himself invisible. By the XXIIth dynasty (1000 BCE) his fame and power grew along with the victories of various kings. His priests called him "King of Gods," and suggested that he existed before Egypt came into being. They next added Ra to his name, and as Amen-Ra, pictures shown him wearing all the symbols of the power and sovereignty of the Sun-god.
Amen of Thebes reached the height of popularity under the New Kingdom (1400 BCE). This seven point description was deciphered from a papyrus. It's got the self-created god, monotheism, trinity and healing powers.
- Amen's origin: He was self-created and as he fashioned himself none know his forms. He became in primeval time, no other being existed, there was no god before him, there was no god with him to declare his form, all the gods came into being after him.
- The hiddenness of Amen: His body is hidden in the Chiefs. He is hidden as Amen at the head of the gods. Amen is one; he hides himself from the gods and conceals himself from them.
- His Oneness. His Unity is absolute.
- He was a Trinity, i.e. he had three persons, or characters.
- His name: His name is more helpful to a man than hundreds of thousands of helpers. The gods cannot pray to him because his name is unknown to them. The man who utters the secret name of Amen falls down and dies a violent death [like the unmentionable name of Yahweh]. His name is Victory.
- Amen as lord of time: He makes the years, rules the months, ordains nights and days. The night is as the day to him. He is the One Watcher neither slumbers nor sleeps.
- The beneficence of Amen: He breaks evil spells, expels sicknesses from the bodies of men. He, the Physician, heals the Eye, he destroys the Evil Eye, he releases men from hell, he abrogates the Destinies (or Fates) of men at his good pleasure, he hears all petitions and is present immediately he is invoked, he prolongs or shortens the lives of men at will, to the man he loves he adds to what Fate has decreed to him, and to the man who sets him in his heart he is more than millions.
To drive home the point further, this hymn to Amen bespeaks of miraculous powers of the kind attributed to Jesus.
HYMN TO AMEN
He [Amen] drives away evils and scatters diseases.
He is the physician who heals the eye without medicaments.
He opens the eyes, he drives away inflammation.
He delivers whom he pleases, even from Tuat [Hell].
He saves a man from what is his lot at the dictates of his heart.
To him belong both eyes and ears, on every path of him whom he loves.
To hears the petitions of him that appeals to him.
To him that calls [him] he comes straightway [or instantly].
He lengthens life, he cuts it short.
To him whom he loves he gives more than has been decreed for him.
[When] Amen castes a spell on the water, and his name is on the waters, if this name of his be uttered, the crocodile [?] loses power. The winds are driven back, the hurricane is repulsed.
At the remembrance of him the wrath of the angry man dies down,
He speaks the gentle word at the moment of strife.
He is a pleasant breeze to him that appeals to him.
He delivers the helpless one.
He is the wise [?] god whose plans are beneficent.
He is more helpful than millions to the man who has set him in his heart.
One warrior [who fights] under his name is better than hundreds of thousands.
Indeed he is the beneficent strong one.
He is perfect [and] seizes the moment; he is irresistible.
All the gods are three, Amen, Ra and Ptah, and there are none like unto them. He who's name is Amen. Ra belongs to him as his face and his body is Ptah.
From Fetish to God in Ancient Egypt by E. A. Wallis Budge.