History of religion
Here, as in all other critiques I make, we shall have a quick look into the evolution of western religion – Christianity. As is the case with all other religions, authorities, priestcraft and other people with vested interest develop and nurture doctrines in subtle disregard of the universal intentions of the God-head. Jesus never intended for his message of enlightenment to be taught and spread to the world by the ruthless European empires that wrongly used the Word to justify their evil and wickedness, and war and brutality especially as was experienced by the many states that were colonized over the centuries. As is the case everywhere, men of superior awakening appear to teach, develop and liberate other beings, but as soon as their demise occurs their “otherworldly” message is organized into a religious machine that is regurgitated over thousands of years with only a few truly enlightened persons gaining the wisdom to see into the all-time folly of mankind.
The Christian has been led for centuries to believe that his/her faith is unique, the one true light given for mankind’s salvation, and that all non-Christian religions are the purest folly. To the Christian, knowledge of God was the gift of Abraham and the Jewish prophets to a fallen world, which culminated in the teachings of a one-and-only Savior who died so we might live eternally in paradise. Armed with the arrogance of the ideologue and confident of doing “God’s work,” the Christian ventured into the outer darkness of the world’s pagan religions with all the fervor and missionary zeal which only the righteous can muster, for to such believers all else is depravity and devil-worship.
It would be interesting to note that most of the Christian faith depicts fragments borrowed from other religions especially Zoroastrianism, Buddhism and Hinduism. These are religions that evolved long before the west developed their religions. As such, you will be surprised to find that Jesus is a seeker (a bodhisattva in particular) who is still undergoing evolution before he can attain perfect enlightened just like his mentors – Zoroaster, Vishnu, Krishna, Buddha, Vimalakirti, Moses, Lao Tzu and so on. Therefore, until Christ appears in his second coming, Christianity is replete with measureless guesswork concerning the liberative art of attaining enlightenment and God-realization.
It should be of no little concern to the believing Christian, then, to find that the teachings of Christ are not particular to Christianity, and that the development of his/her faith can be traced to the very paganism he/she condemns. Far from being a unique religion, Christianity was merely the last and most successful of numerous god-man savior cults to appear in the Mediterranean world, which had the ground work for its acceptance prepared by thousands of years of very similar mysteries.
By accepting Christianity the pagans of that time were not undergoing a radical transformation of belief habits; on the contrary, those beliefs had been evolving for millennia and were common throughout the area. To this day, regardless of all the zealots, missions, Crusades and colonial conquests, Christianity remains predominantly Western; even the Jews rejected it. Under colonial rule it never became a force to reckon in India, not to mention China and Japan regardless of earnest attempts. This is because of the reasons aforementioned. In areas where Christianity was firmly planted outside European culture, this
was done by the virtue of the sword (a good example is Africa), or it survived meaningfully by incorporating and tolerating the local beliefs which continued side-by-side with the Church to this day.
Why it became the religion of the West is owing to the specific development of religion in the West. That development was pagan, and has been clearly outlined by theological historians The roots of Christianity go back over five thousand years, not to the land of the “Chaldean Ur” (Gen. 11: 31), but to Egypt, when invaders from Mesopotamia overran that country and imposed the worship of Osiris, a religion which over the centuries absorbed the attributes associated with the indigenous gods. According to that myth, Osiris was a benevolent king of Egypt killed by his evil brother, Seth, represented by a serpent, but was resurrected by his wife and sister, Isis.
Integration into Egyptian mythology
By “breathing” into his nostrils, Isis brought Osiris to ‘eternal life’, whereby he went to rule the land of immortals and judge the dead. After a war with the evil Set, Horus, the son of Isis, crushed the serpent’s head and the gods condemned Set to destruction by fire. Just as Isis and Horus became the prototypes for Madonna and Child, Osiris was the “first fruits of them that slept” to the Egyptians. Everyone lived and toiled in hope of obtaining the same immortality as their god. Upon death, provided one’s physical body were preserved, it was believed the person who had lived a moral life, who had not committed robbery, violence, murder, adultery, sodomy, falsehood, who was not guilty of irreverence, insolence, deceit or causing an unjust increase in wealth, entered paradise to live forever, or if unworthy his heart and soul were devoured and his body burned in the Lake of Fire. But even if he were “clean of mouth and hand” he could not enter paradise without the mercy of Osiris at judgment.
Integral to the Egyptian belief in immortality was eating bread which represented the flesh of Osiris, and drinking barley ale to represent his blood. Without partaking in this Eucharist no one could achieve eternal life. This Osirian sacrament had its origin in cannibalism practiced by the original inhabitants of the Nile valley, and became refined under the conquering invaders who substituted wheat and beer for actual flesh. Savages around the world commonly believe that the qualities of people eaten become their own, and this notion was transplanted into the Osiris doctrine, where the quality sought was the immortality of the god-man. Subsequently, Osiris came to be associated with a divine seed to give life to humanity, and emotional passion plays (modern day documentaries or films) were enacted depicting the life, death and resurrection of the god-man.