- Once you base your whole life striving on a desperate
lie, and try to implement that lie, you instrument your own undoing. -
Ernest Becker, The Denial of Death
- It's like taking candy away from a baby. The candy's
no good for the kid, but it will take him many years and much learning
to realize the favor you did for him. In the meantime he'll whine about
how mean you were and how wrong it was to do that. But when he's a healthy
adult, because of the very thing you took away, he may actually develop
the judgment and wisdom to thank you for what you did. In any case, he'll
be much healthier.
- So too with beliefs. If you believe in magic, that some
special phrase will keep you safe from harm in all situations and even
immunize you from death, you can't help but fail to perceive the true reality
of the world before your eyes - that all things must pass, even though
subtle aspects of us may journey onward through our offspring.
- It's a beautiful system when you think about it, one
that governs every living thing in the known universe. And every living
thing is more than satisfied with it - in fact, prospers in its vital joy
because of it - except one. Us.
- Humans, normally very discerning in every aspect of their
infinitely varied lives, possess absolutely no standards at all when it
comes to one subject - death. It is often said that instinct is stronger
than reason, and in all the realms of human endeavor, nowhere is this more
evident than in the amusingly inventive strategies humans develop to pretend
they don't really die.
- The secondmost common human trait after survival is the
urge to prosper and be secure, so it should come as no surprise that, very
early on in our history, perceptive and enterprising people, upon recognizing
this universal human need to deny that we die, rushed to develop and market
products that satisfied the public demand to alleviate this fear. Every
culture ever known to man left significant traces of this spiritual commerce.
- You know the argument. Can we live our lives and accept
that nothing follows? Or must we deceive ourselves and invent, with the
power of our infinite imaginations, a way past this daunting wall of mortality.
Well, the answer's in, and the human species has clearly opted for the
unprovable hope. But exactly what is the price of this willful self-deception?
- This is no attempt to demean many thousands of years
of honest effort by sincere people to distill lessons essential to healthy
living into practical codes of conduct that reinforce the cause of harmony
and provide useful paths to peace of mind. But given the nature of our
affliction, of the terror of death we all have that needs to be repressed
for our own tranquility, it is not difficult to understand how those who
wield these secret formulas for happiness might just be tempted to exploit
them for their own selfish purposes. It's called the temptation of power,
and I don't think I need to explain it to you.
- Furthermore, given that this problem has a higher priority
than any other we face in our entire lives, and also that to each of us,
the effectiveness of the cure is far more important than the actual legitimacy
of the method, this leaves us - as we know from history - with a situation
ripe for exploitation.
- Lastly, there is the little matter of actually knowing
the secrets of the universe. This we consign to the province of priests,
and we pay them to make us happy, to make up a story that ties up all these
loose, bleak ends which we don't want to think about. But what if these
beliefs hurt us in ways we don't realize. Even as they may make us comfortable
with simple tales that magically explain everything, do we really understand
what the concepts of communion and resurrection really mean in terms of
how we relate to our neighbors and our world? What is the danger when logic
is subsumed by the magic of religious belief?
- First, we must understand the process by which people
- There is alluring evidence that ancient cultures actually
possessed much more realistic religions than our own contemporary society.
And they were developed by studying the sky. During the day, it was obvious
that all life depended on the beneficent properties of the Sun. And during
the fearful night, humans studied the stars for their cues to survival,
and projected their own thoughts onto these phenomena. These two things
form the basis of all existing religions, according to Acharya S.
- How do people think? We anthropomorphize everything.
It is how we learned to understand things. We talk to our plants and our
stuffed animals. We give them names. Thus is it has always been, with all
perceived phenomena. This is how stars became people, or at least animals.
From Amun Ra, piloting his boat of heaven across the sky all those centuries
ago, to the Great Bear, whom we still see every night.
- The Sun became Krishna. The moon Inanna. Their setting
and disappearance created new gods reborn daily, or monthly or yearly.
They all got names, different ones, depending on where you lived. Osiris.
Tammuz. Orpheus. Mithra. Millions of names. Millennia passed. One day,
after thousands of years of war and peace, of fighting and loving, of civilizations
rising and falling, suddenly, after a Roman conclave of regional movers
and shakers, the approved deity's name became Jesus. And he was still the
Sun, and his disciples were the stars (the twelve signs of the Zodiac,
- Or so Acharya says, and I believe her. Why? Because it's
logical. It's actual history. And though still myth, it is empirical rather
than manipulative, a causative explanation rather than the magic trick
of some unfathomable man who showed up one day and claimed he was God to
people who wrote it all down and put it in a book called the Bible.
- That's the short version. The long version is two thousand
years of suppressed scholarship, kept secret because it simply didn't gibe
with the propaganda organized religions produce to attract and addict adherents
to their own particular interpretation of cosmic events and everyday life.
But this more scientific explanation has always been out there, and reasonable,
thinking people, who aren't blinded by their own fear and cowed by their
own self-inflicted spiritual gurus, have always known about it.
- And Acharya S. has gathered it, folded it neatly and
logically into two encyclopedic volumes of scholarly excellence. These
are titled "The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold"
(1999) and "Suns of God: Krishna, Buddha and Christ Unveiled"
(2004). Both are published by Adventures Unlimited Press <http://www.adventuresunlimitedpress.com/>
- Look at the world today. Endless wars, festering hatreds,
a multitude of government lies telling us the world is one way when we
suspect that's not really the way it is. We should listen to our own voices
and not blindly accept the smug statements of "authority" figures.
How did we learn to do that? Guess. Just take a wild guess.
- This story is not about taking your God away. Only an
idiot would insist that men created the sunset, the orbits of the planets,
or baby drool. This story is about analyzing the terminology you use to
explain the way you see your life and the universe. And most of all, it
is about the lies we have been told to keep us in our mental chains while
those who control us - our preachers, priests, rabbis, mullahs, lamas and
other assorted "holy" men - reinforce fear, abet slaughter, and
profit mightily from the conspicuous lies that they promote as sacred gospel.
- Sorry to be so blunt. You need to pay attention to this.
The future of human society depends on your understanding what you are
reading at this moment, and even that is kind of an understatement.
- To our contemporary Christianized Western minds, the
most astonishing thing Acharya S. proves beyond doubt in her two scholarly
tomes is that the much-revered personality known as Jesus Christ is a completely
contrived fictional character, and that Christianity has no substance whatsoever
that was not stolen
- - created whole cloth out of pagan myths and traditions
- from many of the world's more ancient religions.
- How does she prove this?
- * By telling you about the many other "saviors"
who existed prior to the creation of Jesus, many of whom were born in late
December of virgin mothers and were of divine origin, most of whom performed
miracles, held high morals, healed the sick, were the catalysts for salvation,
were called "Savior" or "Redeemer," and were crucified;
whose legends all contain elements that were later plagiarized by unscrupulous
Roman plutocrats when they got together to construct the Jesus myth as
a method to usurp and unify preexisting creeds to better control their
diverse and obstreperous masses.
- * By analyzing all the contributions of known writers
of that ancient time, through decades of study of the works of skeptical
historians who have been researching this hoax for centuries, and observing
that virtually none of these early historians ever mentions Christ or Christians,
except for the works of a special few, and deeper analysis reveals these
works to have been tinkered with, or outright fabricated, for the benefit
of the manipulative politicians who created the most powerful mindlock
human society has ever known.
- * And by providing a detailed and accurate portrait of
the actual evolution of religious myth, with a clear explanation of how
all messiahs are merely anthropomorphic representations of the Sun, and
how all the other mythological supporting characters, particularly when
they are described in groups of 12, are merely personalities projected
onto the stars.
- This, not the debunking of the Jesus myth, is the overarching
value of the book, and makes Acharya, in my sincere estimation, the ranking
religious philosopher of our age, simply because she cuts through the sanctimonious
crap and deals empirically and forthrightly with the facts.
- But more than that, in this age of deliberate disinformation
and mass mind control, the works of Acharya provide those who wish to think
deeply about the nature of the human condition with a startling survey
of priestly misbehavior and deliberate deception, which is what religion
really is - a magic show that exploits people's need for answers to unanswerable
- As such, her works furnish us with an essential tool
to help us understand why we are powerless against an onslaught of facile
mass media that keep telling us things we know are not true. What the state
does the church first perfected with threats, violence, and forcing us
to believe in our inmost hearts things that were never true.
- But it's the Jesus argument that gets everybody's attention.
- Or, as Acharya puts it, " ... there is no evidence
for the historicity of the Christian founder, that the earliest Christian
proponents were as a whole either utterly credulous or astoundingly deceitful,
and that said 'defenders of the faith' were compelled under incessant charges
of fraud to admit that Christianity was a rehash of older religions."
- Let's start with legendary figures of far greater antiquity
whose attributes appear to uncannily resemble the much later legend known
as Jesus Christ.
- "The Jesus story incorporated elements from the
tales of other deities recorded in this widespread area of the ancient
world, including several of the following world saviors, most or all of
whom predate the Christian myth," Acharya writes.
- These include (and I'll edit this list, because it's
- * Adad and Marduk of Assyria.
- * Adonis, Aesclepius, Apollo, Dionysus, Heracles, and
Zeus of Greece.
- * Alcides of Thebes, divine redeemer born of a virgin
around 1200 BCE.
- * Attis of Phyrgia.
- * Baal or Bel of Babylon/Phoenicia.
- * Buddha and Krishna of India.
- * Hermes of Egypt/Greece.
- * Hesus of the Druids.
- * Horus, Osiris, and Serapis of Egypt.
- * Indra of Tibet/India.
- * Ieo of China.
- * Issa of Arabia, born of the Virgin Mary in 400 BCE.
- * Jupiter/Jove of Rome.
- * Mithra of Persia/India.
- * Odin/Wodin/Woden/Wotan of Scandinavia.
- * Prometheus of Caucasus/Greece.
- * Quetzalcoatl of Mexico.
- * Salivahana of southern India, "who was a divine
child, born of a virgin, and son of a carpenter."
- * Tammuz of Syria, the savior god worshipped in Jerusalem.
- * Thor of the Gauls.
- * Zoroaster of Persia.
- Attis of Phrygia was born on December 25 of the Virgin
Nana, and considered the savior who was slain for the salvation of mankind.
His body as bread was eaten by his worshippers. He was crucified on a tree,
descended into the underworld and was resurrected annually on March 25
as the "most high god," many centuries before Christianity was
- Buddha was born on December 25 of the virgin Maya, and
his birth was accompanied by a special star, wise men and angels. He was
baptized in water with the holy ghost present. He was resurrected and will
return in the "latter days" to judge all men. His legends extend
back more than a thousand years before Christ.
- The Greek god of wine was actually a savior (as any drinker
will tell you). Dionysus, born of a virgin, who rode in a triumphal procession
on an ass, is considered by some scholars as the prototype of Christ.
- The real model for all saviors, according to Acharya,
was the Egyptian god Osiris. Quoting Barbara Walker, from "The Women's
Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets" (Harpers, 1983):
- Of all the savior gods worshipped at the beginning of
the Christian era, Osiris may have contributed more details to the evolving
Christ figure than any other. Already very old in Egypt, Osiris was identified
with nearly every other Egyptian god and was on the way to absorbing them
all. He had well over 200 divine names. He was called the Lord of Lords,
King of Kings, God of Gods. He was the Resurrection and the Life, the Good
Shepherd, Eternity and Everlastingness, "the god who made men and
women to be born again." (Sir Wallis) Budge (once the preeminent Egyptologist)
says, "From first to last, Osiris was to the Egyptians the god-man
who suffered, and died, and rose again, and reigned eternally in heaven.
They believed that they would inherit eternal life, just as he had done
- Some claim Osiris lived up to 22,000 years ago. Acharya
- As Col. James Churchward naively exclaims, "The
teachings of Osiris and Jesus are wonderfully alike. Many passages are
identically the same, word for word."
- Acharya also exhaustively compares the details of Krishna
and Mithra, as well as Prometheus, Quetzalcoatl, and Serapis. The reader
soon begins to realize that all these stories the same. Conclusion?
- It is evident that Jesus Christ is a mythical character
based on these various ubiquitous godmen and universal saviors who were
part of the ancient world for thousands of years prior to the Christian
- Now, once you realize that, you know you have to prepare
for the onslaught of true believers, who, when you mention that Jesus was
a fictional character, are going to come at you with every verbal weapon
they have retained during their misguided and propagandized lives.
- The Bible is not a valid historical document. It is work
of political and philosophical propaganda, designed to deceive and control,
and take advantage of people's need to have answers to questions that really
have no answers, as far as human perception is concerned.
- Often, fundamentalist Christians try to cite classical
historical sources to buttress their unshakable belief that Jesus resurrected
and (according to George Bush and the neocons) will return one day to blow
up Jerusalem and lead his followers to a pleasant destination in the sky.
- This may be the most valuable aspect of Acharya's work.
She considers the name of every known historian of the period and explains
why what Christian fanatics insist they said can't possibly be accurate.
- Using thousands of footnotes from serious scholars over
the many centuries, Acharya deftly explains all the revisions, interpolations
and forgeries that allow some of the diehard faithful to argue that there
actually is historical evidence of the existence of Jesus - when in fact
there is not.
- All the great first century historians - Pliny the Elder
and Younger, Suetonius, Dio Chrysostom, Livy, Petronius, Plutarch, Seneca
and many others whose works are still extant - never make any mention of
the founder of Christianity.
- Even though he lived in Jerusalem during the time Jesus
was supposed to have existed, the well-known Jewish philosopher Philo Judaeus
of Alexandria never mentions Christ or Christianity even once. Acharya
quotes religious scholar John Remsburg about Philo:
- He was there when the crucifixion with its attendant
earthquake, supernatural darkness, and resurrection of the dead took place,
and in the presence of many witnesses ascended into heaven. These marvelous
events which must have filled the world with amazement, had they really
occurred, were unknown to him.
- The well-traveled Philo had pleaded the Jewish cause
in Rome, knew of Pilate, the Essenes and the Therapeuts, yet never once
mentioned Jesus or Christians.
- As Acharya surmised: "One would think that if ...
Jesus had suddenly appeared in Philo's homeland, during his life, when
he was a sentient adult, Philo would not only have noticed but would have
jumped for joy, and written reams about the glorious event, seeing the
promises and prophecies of Israel fulfilled. It could not be more obvious
that nothing of the sort happened during Philo's lifetime."
- But most Christian apologists don't even know about Philo.
The one historian they most often use to legitimize their claims that Jesus
Christ was an actual historical personage is Flavius Josephus. And Acharya
devotes a considerable amount of space demolishing those claims.
- Josephus (37-95 CE) is the most famous Jewish historian
of the time. Acharya writes:
- ... in the entire work of Josephus, which constitute
many volumes of great detail encompassing centuries of history, there is
no mention of Paul or the Christians, and there are only two brief paragraphs
that purport to relate to Jesus. Although much has been made of these "references,"
they have been dismissed by scholars and Christian apologists alike as
- Many scholars investigating the matter believe that single
mention of Jesus in all of the works Josephus was forged - interpolated
- centuries later by an unscrupulous Christian named Bishop Eusebius.
- In her second book, Acharya recounts the analysis of
Bible expert Dr. Nathaniel Lardner (1684-1768):
- Mattathias, the father of Josephus, must have been a
witness to the miracles which are said to have been performed by Jesus,
and Josephus was born within two years after the crucifixion, yet in all
the works he says nothing whatever about the life or death of Jesus Christ;
as for the interpolated passage it is now universally acknowledged to be
- But perhaps the most curious episode Acharya covers involves
the Roman historian Tacitus, whose oft-cited passage about Nero persecuting
the Christians is revealed as a fraud. And that leads to an interesting
story so typical of the questionable construction of the Christian myth.
- It seems that this particular mention by Tacitus, who
lived in the first century CE, does not appear in literature until the
15th century, because numerous scholars have noted that not even the most
ardent Christian apologists ever mentioned it until then. But that's not
the worst part.
- Perhaps the quintessential bogus reproduction of a classical
source for devious Christian purposes resides the famous passage in "The
Annals" by Tacitus that describes Nero blaming Christians for the
burning of Rome. Unfortunately for the Roman church's propaganda machine,
numerous experts have deduced that since neither Eusebius nor Tertullian
nor any of the other devoted church fathers knew of the existence of this
passage - because they surely would have mentioned it because it was so
vividly sympathetic to their cause - it is likely that this entire book
- The Annals of Tacitus, which is a staple of some classical libraries
- is a 15th century forgery about a 1st century event meant to improve
the nonexistent historical veracity of the Christian church.
- But the history of real religion, ah, that's a different
and happier story. Acharya quotes Indian scholar S. B. Roy from his "Prehistoric
- To the ancients ... heaven was the land of gods and mystery.
The sky - the Dyaus of the Rig Veda - was itself living. The stars were
the abodes of the gods. The shining stars were indeed themselves luminous
gods. Astronomy was the knowledge of not of heavenly bodies, but of heavenly
- "Astronomical or astrotheological knowledge reaches
back to the dawn of humanity, appearing widespread and becoming highly
developed over a period of millennia," Acharya writes, and after a
thorough examination of the subject, concludes:
- The church fathers and other Christian writers also acknowledged
this astrotheology and its antiquity, but denigrated it as much as possible.
Why? ... the knowledge about astrotheology would reveal the Christians'
own religion to be Pagan in virtually every significant aspect .... the
restoration of this knowledge is not to be despaired but rejoiced.
- The Christian religion - as well as its monotheistic
cousins, Judaism and Islam - are all based on primitive vestiges from a
dim past that certainly most of their adherents do not adequately understand
and doubtless many of its top officials do not comprehend, either. These
are cannibalism and child sacrifice.
- The tangent to cannibalism can be clearly seen in the
act of Holy Communion, in which the faithful are urged to swallow "the
body of Christ." The example of child sacrifice occurs in the myth
of "God" supposed sending his only son into the corporeal realm
only to be tortured and murdered. This has always sounded to me like deep
cover conditioning to indoctrinate believing dupes into being willing to
die, or sending their children off to die, for their blessed country.
- I don't know of any literature that adequately analyzes
the psychological ramifications of these two symbolically barbaric acts.
But I do know that billions of people have participated in these crazed
rituals and based their lives on the veneration of them. And we see too
clearly the results of the belief paradigm in the senseless murder of billions
over the century generated by the blind and savage faith in this supposedly
- Though there are infinite examples, the two that initially
come to mind are the centuries of slaughter in the Western hemisphere by
Spanish conquistadores and British pioneers who regarded different-looking
fellow humans as mere animals eligible for thoughtless extermination. And
now, there are the perverse rape- murders of innocent Iraqis by drug-addled
and uranium-poisoned American, British and Israeli heroes. Same ballgame,
different day - every single bit of it directly attributable to this bloodthirsty
- And I also know one other important thing in these matters.
When you live your life convinced that reality is a certain way and base
your life on it, your life will turn out to be exactly what you believe.
I believe there is a direct connection between the great Christian lie
that you will survive death if you do what the priest says, and the everpresent
reality of violence in the world.
- The church teaches you to believe in the infallibility
of what its leaders say, and to follow their orders no matter what, or
you will roast in the fires of hell. History shows us, clearly, that no
matter what denomination, the church fathers have lied terribly and caused
billions of needless deaths. This lying, sanctimoniously emulated by government
leaders - be they kings or presidents - has transferred this supernatural
authority to the secular realm, and allowed our leaders to dupe their populations
into endless killing for what our leaders said was right, but for what
were ultimately deceitful reasons because they were based on deliberate
lies. Just like the Christian religion, and its monotheistic cousins.
- The population's willingness to believe these lies relates
directly to what their holy men told them - believe this, or you will suffer
in hell for eternity.
- What you believe is what you become, and this attitude
engendered by the Christian church and its maniacal monotheistic counterparts
have, with their transparent lies that have been swallowed by millions
of gullible people, lived up to the impotent threats of their insincere
promises by creating hell on earth to convince you that they are right.
- This holy mindlock has never been more obvious - nor
more lethal - than it is today, in the year 2005, in which a despotic U.S.
president who insists he talks to God has killed and is killing hundreds
of thousands people all over the world, for reasons that anyone with a
whit of sense knows are lies.
- The two voluminous, solidly referenced works of the woman
known only as Acharya S - "The Christ Conspiracy" and "Suns
of God" - provide a valuable first step for many bewildered believers
who have come to disbelieve the doubletalk of their religious leaders in
detoxifying the self-deceptive misinformation that most of us have been
bombarded with throughout our lives.
- This knowledge has always been known, but it has been
suppressed by the spin machine that organized religion, conferring its
corrupt grace on tyrants for centuries, has always censored. The real picture
of our misguided Christian believer was probably best expressed by St.
Augustine himself all those long and agonizing years ago, in this passage
recounted by Acharya S:
- ... one of the most famed and respected Christian doctors
was St. Augustine, who "stakes his eternal salvation" on his
assertion that he preached the gospel to "a whole nation of men and
women, who had no heads, but had their eyes in their bosoms."
- * * *
- Footnote: Just who exactly is Acharya S and why is she
so hard to find? Really, it's because of the persecution she has been forced
to endure because of her work. Right now, not even her publisher knows
where she is. She has gone underground after several unpleasant incidents
during the past few years, one of which was the kidnapping of her son,
a crime that was happily resolved after some period of intense stress that
may have involved a well-known New Age guru.
- A study in contradictions, Acharya S is obviously a nom
de plume for an archeologist, historian, mythologist and linguist who has
the qualifications, courage, and integrity to so professionally and thoroughly
debunk the collective religious spin machine. But to talk to Acharya S
is markedly different than reading her work, about the like the difference
between a biker chick and a college professor, leading some to speculate
if the rough-edged radical and the creator of the meticulously argued and
scholarly tomes which bear her name are actually the same person.
- Nevertheless, her two meticulously footnoted books present
the lay reader and professional historian alike with a stark assessment
of the outright lies the Christian church has told about its namesake.
You can order the books from http://www.adventuresunlimitedpress.com/ or
find out more about Acharya at http://truthbeknown.com/
- If you read these books, it's extremely doubtful you'll
ever go to church again. And if you do, you must carry with you the reverberating
question: What happens to you when you know that what you have believed
in the deepest recesses of your own heart is false?
- All this time, in the name of a bogus magic formula stolen
from others and renamed with lie upon lie, billions have been slaughtered,
and billions more about to be. Open your eyes, for the real God's sake,
for the beauty of this universe that gives us life, that does not distinguish
between man or beast, but gives everything that breathes this exquisite
gift, with only one, single string attached - a string attached to everything
- John Kaminski is a writer who lives on the Gulf Coast
of Florida and writes essays seen on hundreds of websites around the world.
These stories have been collected into two anthologies, "America's
Autopsy Report" and "The Perfect Enemy." In addition, "The
Day America Died: Why You Shouldn't Believe the Official Story of What
Happened on September 11, 2001," is a 48-page booklet written for
those who still believe the government's phony version of the events of
that tragic day. For information on his books, check out http://www.johnkaminski.com/
- Whether or not Jesus of Nazareth was the Son of God is
not the debate here. That is a matter of faith and personal revelation.
What Kaminski has adopted as his proof that Jesus of Nazareth never even
existed as a man, that he was some conglomerate of preceding myths, mostly
from "Acharya S" (well known, respected historian, archaeologist,
anthropologist? Errr...No) is a well crafted series of ipso factos; if
x is likely and y is very likely, the rest of the alphabet can be tossed
out. Not very rational.
- Is there physical, historical evidence for the existence
of this crucified Jewish teacher who began a movement which re-shaped Western
Civilization to extremes and measures surpassing the exploits and works
of even more contemporary, historically validated figures of immense power
and influence? Yes, there indeed is, despite all the tricky nonsense employed
by the likes of Acharya S and others who are so convinced Jesus did not
exist -- so much so that nothing will ever satisfy them by way of evidence.
- They begin by gutting the written historical record of
scripture. Despite the fact that innumerable aspects of what was written
in the scriptures have been proven historically factual, they simply dismiss
this and make claims that the original authors and subsequent 'editors'
were utterly untrustworthy rogues, political manipulators, liars and charlatans
(who somehow managed to craft the story of a mythic Jesus while keeping
intact literally thousands of historical accuracies surrounding his life
and generation). Simultaneously they ignore the horrific sufferings the
originators of the lie underwent to protect their "fable." They
ask us to believe that they either never existed either or valid historical
accounts of their lives are bogus or inflated.
- Considering that in 70 AD, roughly 40 years after the
crucifixion of Jesus, Titus of Rome had Jerusalem sacked and literally
'plowed' leaving no stone atop another, we're dealing with finding evidence
for a single man whose entire ministry lasted a tiny three and one half
years and who traveled only several hundred miles in the course of his
adult life in the land of Israel/Palestine. So, finding historical evidence
for his actual physical existence becomes a little difficult. He came from
a culture where making graven images of a person was forbidden, so there
are no statues of him (though for some Greek and Roman figures, such is
all that exists to the memory of them, and yet they are widely accepted
as real figures of history). He apparently did not personally write anything,
but was an orator, which was the more common means of dispersing knowledge
and information in his culture. He was, indeed, in his time, one among
many who were thought to fit the description of the prophesied "Meschiach"
(Messiah), which the prophet Daniel pinpointed to arrive at a precise time
calculatable from the signing of a decree by Artaxerses Longanimus is 444
B.C., granting the Jews return passage to Jerusalem to rebuild their devastated
city. His life was a humble one, leaving little trace, until the very last
three years; but what he did in those last three years sent shockwaves
through human history still reverberating to this very day.
- We know that there were many being sought after or acknowledged
as the Messiah at the time of Jesus, for even the Gospel accounts tell
us that John the Baptist was confused for the Christ on many occasions
and by the multitudes, even after he declared he was not. (One would think
the 'devious' myth-makers of the New Testament would have avoided any possible
confusion on this issue, but instead they almost leave the door open to
the possibility!). Even into the book of Acts, following the death, burial
and resurrection of Jesus, Paul encountered Jews who had been converted
but knew little or nothing of Jesus himself, but called themselves according
to the "Baptism of John." For them, he was the Messiah. No one
would say there was not some confusion in those days, and the Bible tells
us so -- even of the story of Simon Magus, a magician, who sought to buy
from Peter the power he saw that Peter had over the sick and dead, and
many stories have sprung up over the centuries regarding Magus, some even
declaring that he was the first self-appointed 'papa' (Pope) of the occult
Roman Catholic Church. Is there any wonder then that there is difficulty
in finding physical evidence of Jesus the man? Jesus owned no property
and clearly gathered no wealth or artifacts to his personal belongings
by which one could normally trace the evidence of existence. Most scholars
agree, he signed no documents and wrote no letters, though some contend
he did pen one letter to a particular ruling monarch in the east who requested
his healing powers -- there is simply not enough extant material upon which
to judge the authenticity of this odd document. Contrast this to the scriptures,
for which there are literally thousands of extant manuscripts through which
their authenticity can be verified.
- What physical evidence is there? For one, there is the
Titulus Crucis, which we also read about in the Gospel accounts. This placard
of wood, inscribed under the order of Pilate to read "Jesus of Nazareth
King of Jews" in three languages, Greek, Latin and Hebrew, exists
today and has been dated and found to be authentic in time period, text
and material -- additionally, placing it beyond the likelihood of being
a forgery, peculiarities in the text and letters used, place it firmly
in the first century time period when particular ways of writing are documented
and well known. Interestingly enough, what was written on the headboard
differs from gospel to gospel, and likewise, the Titulus Crucis we have
today differs also. A forger would surely attempt to imitate at least one
of the gospel accounts! (Photo: http://digilander.libero.it/elam/bibbia/img/titulus.jpg)
- The Titulus Crucis is 25x14 cm in size, 2.6 cm thick
and has a weight of 687 g. It is inscribed on one side with three lines,
of which the first one is mostly destroyed. The second line is written
in Greek letters and reversed script, the third in Latin letters, also
with reversed script. We can read the words
- 1.line: z&laqno;nh
- 2.line: BSUNERAZA(H)N.SI
- 3.line: ERSUNIRAZAN .I
- Read from right to left, obviously in imitation of the
Jewish way of writing, we can read: I. NAZARINUS RE, obviously a part of
the inscription of the cross, as quoted in the Latin translation of the
Gospel according to St. John (19,19) as "Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum".
Interestingly enough, the Greek line is a mere Greek transcription of the
Latin line rather than a translation, in contrast to the original Greek
quote of the Gospel according to St. John as "Ihsous Nazoraios Basileus
ton Ioudaion". The variations from the version of St. John are:
- 1. The order of the lines (St. John: Hebrew, Latin, Greek;
Titulus Crucis: Hebrew, Greek, Latin)
- 2. The reverse writing, not mentioned by St. John
- 3. The Initials "JS" and "I." instead
of the full name "Iesous/Iesus".
- 4. The use of the Latin "Nazarinus/Nazarenous"
instead of the Greek "Nazoraios", even in the Greek line.
- Two experts, Prof. Thiede and Prof. Roll, consider this
a major indication of the authenticity of the Titulus Crucis. First of
all, a variation of Joh. 19,19 is a freedom no forger would ever risk.
But it makes sense, since Pontius Pilatus, who, according to the gospels,
dictated the inscription, was a Roman magistrate and used, especially for
official documents, the official language Latin. It was up to the writer
to create a version in the other two languages, and therefore it was rather
unlikely that he transferred the term "Nazarinus" in the correct
Greek form. The abbreviation of the name "Iesous/Iesus" as "I."
is typical for Roman Latin inscriptions. Since "Yeshu/Yehoshua"
was a common name during the 1st century -Flavius Josephus mentions 16
persons with this name-, the unique "Nazarinus" rather pointed
to the Savior from a small village in Galilee, at least for a Roman magistrate,
although such an abbreviation in contrast to John 19,19 would be unthinkable
for a Crucisan forger. CONCLUSION: None of the consulted experts for Hebrew,
Greek and Latin Palaeography found any indication of a medieval or late
antique forgery. Instead, they all dated it in the timeframe between the
1st and the 3./4th century AD, with a majority of experts preferring and
none of them excluding the 1st century. Therefore it is very well possible
that the "Titulus Crucis Crucis" is indeed the title of the cross
of Our Lord. (M. Hesemann) In addition, it has recently been discovered
that a particular letter shape used by the inscriptionist is a quasi-abbreviation
known to have been used by Romans only during the time period of Christ
and which died out in use by the 2nd century.
- Considering that even his followers, which only numbered
(according to scriptural accounts) at around 170 people up to the time
of his arrest and crucifixion, it stands as remarkable that we have any
physical evidence at all of Jesus the Man - who was crucified as a common
criminal, one among many thousands. A superb point made by author and Bible
Scholar Grant Jefferies speaks volumes to the Kaminski/Acharya approach
to historicity: "An example of the arbitrary rejection of historical
evidence about Jesus by modern skeptical theologians is found in Bultmann's
often stated theory of "double dissimilarity." This strange theory
states that any Gospel saying of Jesus that can be found paralleled in
either Christian and Jewish sources (First Century) must be rejected as
"inauthentic" or "invented by Christian editors." The
absurdity of this double dissimilarity argument can be demonstrated by
imagining applying the same rejection of quotations to someone like Winston
Churchill. This technique would require us to reject as inauthentic any
quotation from Churchill that found any parallel in English literature
or any statement that was quoted by Churchill's biographers or admirers.
Bultmann's theory, if applied to other historical personages, would virtually
eliminate historical study."
- And as stated in rebuttal to a previous article regarding
'The Bible Fraud," - Further than the oft disputed quote of Josephus,
there is other evidence Jesus existed. There is the inscription of Pontius
which tells us the Gospels are accurate in naming him the Governor of Judea
when little or no reliable historical data exists for this small time procurator
of then obscure little Judea. There is also now the discovery of an ossuary
found in Jerusalem bearing the inscription, "James, son of Joseph,
brother of Jesus" written in a cursive form of Aramaic used only between
10 to 70 A.D, and the ossurary itself has been dated to around 63 A.D.
-- Josephus records that James was stoned to death as a heretic in A.D.
62. Which is also auxiliary evidence, for if there were no Jesus to begin
with ( or some strange confusion over many Jesii existed ) the latter evidence
of James as head of the earliest Christian sect in Jerusalem would make
little or no sense in the historical annals of Josephus! (duh)
- There is also this extremely contemporary (to Jesus'
time) historical record that just about details the entire Christian story
in one swoop, written by Cornelius Tacitus (55-120 AD), writes concerning
the Nero's attempt to divert blame directed at him for the burning of Rome:
"Consequently, to get rid of the report, Nero fastened the guilt and
inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations,
called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its
origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the
hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous
superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in
Judaea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome, where all things
hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their centre and
- I'd also like to take issue with Kaminski's ridiculous
statement: "Often, fundamentalist Christians try to cite classical
historical sources to buttress their unshakable belief that Jesus resurrected
and (according to George Bush and the neocons) will return one day to blow
up Jerusalem and lead his followers to a pleasant destination in the sky."
- Citing classical 'historical' sources is now off the
table? Well, the antichrist crowd certainly is living up to Grant Jefferies'
comment, aren't they? No evidence is acceptable to them, and never will
be. Then to make the asinine statement that Fundamentalists (like Bush?)
believe Jesus is returning to "blow up" Jerusalem -- errr...
on the contrary, Fundamentalists believe Jesus is returning to STOP Jerusalem
from being blown up, along with the rest of planet earth and usher in a
kingdom of peace ("they shall beat their swords into plowshares and
their spears into pruning hooks" ring a bell? No "pleasant destination
in the sky" -- sorry). It simply demonstrates that Kaminski has not
bothered to learn a stitch about Christianity, except where he can criticize
it, malign it, impugn it and blaspheme. Comments like this make dolts like
Bush look like a genius in comparison to Kaminski. If Bush is a 'real'
Fundamentalist Christian he believes Christ is returning to earth to establish
the everlasting righteous kingdom, put an end to all wars, all death, all
suffering and misery.
- Another profoundly myopic and ignorant assertion by Kaminski:
"I believe there is a direct connection between the great Christian
lie that you will survive death if you do what the priest says, and the
everpresent reality of violence in the world." There was no lack bloodshed
and violence under Mao in a godless Communist China, neither did the godless
automatons of Stalin's regime seem to have any difficulty slaughtering
millions, without "religion" to sucker them into shedding blood.
- Whether this Jesus of Nazareth was the Son of God is
an issue of faith. The fact that throughout the world there exist countless
seemingly similar ancient-world tales and myths and legends which appear
to closely resemble the "god-man" or "son of God" premise
is, to the person of faith, just one more example of how God has not left
the world without a witness to the truth (though many of these ancient
tales differ so wildly from the life and truth and teachings of Jesus as
to be ridiculous to classify as even similar). But as to the existence
of a man who revolutionized the world through his teachings and sacrificial
act, only those who want to make Jesus disappear and have already made
up their minds will entertain and promote the nonsense of Acharya and other
- Alton Raines stated as proof on 8-3-05,
- "There is also now the discovery of an ossuary found
in Jerusalem bearing the inscription, "James, son of Joseph, brother
of Jesus" written in a cursive form of Aramaic used only between 10
to 70 A.D, and the ossurary itself has been dated to around 63 A.D. --
Josephus records that James was stoned to death as a heretic in A.D. 62.
Which is also auxiliary evidence, for if there were no Jesus to begin with
( or some strange confusion over many Jesii existed ) the latter evidence
of James as head of the earliest Christian sect in Jerusalem would make
little or no sense in the historical annals of Josephus! (duh)