Greatest Story Ever Sold

That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.

Christopher Hitchens

I think Hitchens should be taken a step further to be that which is asserted without evidence, should be dismissed without consideration.

When claims are implausible on their face and there is no empirical evidence or reality evident, then the details that purport to support the claim are not worthy of undue consideration – especially when they are the stuff of obvious fiction – talking animals or plants, magical clothes or items, magic tricks and mixing actual historical figures and places with leading characters for whom there is no historical basis and these are likely entirely fictional or composites, with stories set in actual places being vague enough to be unclear which time period the story actually occurred in.

That the religions that arose from any given geographical region updated and reused the same story elements over and over, also points to a fictional rather than historical basis for the primary characters:

HORUS

  • Horus was born of the virgin Isis-Merion December 25 in a cave/manger with his birth being announced by a star in the East and attended by three wise men.
  • His earthly father was named “Seb” (“Joseph”).
  • He was of royal descent.
  • At at 12, he was a child teacher in the Temple, and at 30, he was baptized having disappeared for 18 years.
  • Horus was baptized in the river Eridanus or Iarutana (Jordan) by “Anup the Baptizer” (“John the Baptist”), who was decapitated.
  • He had 12 desciples, two of who were his “witnesses” and were named “Anup” and “Aan” (the two “Johns”).
  • He performed miracles, exorcised demons and raised El-Azarus (“El-Osiris” Lazarus in latin), from the dead.
  • Horus walked on water.
  • His personal epithet was “Iusa,” the “ever-becoming son” of “Ptah,” the “Father.” He was thus called “Holy Child.”
  • He delivered a “Sermon on the Mount” and his followers recounted the “Sayings of Iusa.”
  • Horus was transfigured on the Mount.
  • He was crucified between two thieves, buried for three days in a tomb, and resurrected.
  • He was also the “Way, the Truth, the Light,” “Messiah,” “God’s Anointed Son,” “the “Son of Man,” the “Good Shepherd,” the “Lamb of God,” the “Word made flesh,” the “Word of Truth,” etc.
  • He was “the Fisher” and was associated with the Fish (“Ichthys”), Lamb and Lion.
  • He came to fulfill the Law.
  • Horus was called “the KRST,” or “Anointed One.”

MITHRA

  • Mithra was born of a virgin on December 25 in a cave, and his birth was attended by shepherds bearing gifts.
  • He was considered a great traveling teacher and master.
  • He had 12 companions or disciples.
  • Mithra’s followers were promised immortality.
  • He performed miracles.
  • As the “great bull of the Sun,” Mithra sacrificed himself for world peace.
  • He was buried in a tomb and after three days rose again.
  • His resurrection was celebrated every year.
  • He was called “the Good Shepherd” and identified with both the Lamb and the Lion.
  • He was considered the “Way, the Truth and the Light,” and the “Logos,” [Word] “Redeemer,” “Savior” and “Messiah.”
  • His sacred day was Sunday, the “Lord’s Day,” hundreds of years before the appearance of Christ.
  • Mithra had his principal festival on what was later to become Easter.
  • His religion had a Eucharist or “Lord’s Supper,” at which Mithra said, “He who shall not eat of my body nor drink of my blood so that he may be one with me and I with him, shall not be saved.”
  • “His annual sacrifice is the Passover of the Magi, a symbolical atonement of pledge of moral and physical regeneration.”

Furthermore, the Vatican itself is built upon the papacy of Mithra, and the Christian hierarchy is nearly identical to the Mithraic version it replaced …

JESUS

  • born in April by the stories, but his birth is celebrated December 25
  • He was of royal descent.
  • He was considered a great traveling teacher and master.
  • At at 12, he was a child teacher in the Temple, and at 30, he was crucified having disappeared for 18 years.
  • had 12 disciples who were “witnesses” and a betrayer
  • He was crucified between two thieves, buried for three days in a tomb, and resurrected.
  • He was called “the Good Shepherd” and identified with both the Lamb and the Lion.
  • He was considered the “Way, the Truth and the Light,” and the “Logos,” [Word] “Redeemer,” “Savior” and “Messiah.”
  • His religion had a Eucharist or “Lord’s Supper,”
  • He was “the Fisher” and was associated with the Fish
  • and any other items from the above two that I missed

By comparison – and remember, to do this on par, no one can have written anything yet about this future religious figure, but:

Elvis Presley

  • Born in January 8, but adjusting for the shift in calendar, technically December 23
  • His father later told that there was a strange light on the night of his birth
  • Elvis performed on the Tupleo radio program of Mississippi Slim, the technology temple as a child, and placed 5th in the child contest at the state fair
  • rose to fame on SUN records
  • resided in Memphis Tennessee, where he lived like a pharaoh of Memphis Egypt.
  • had a number of immediate followers referred to as the Memphis mafia, most of whom have written books and who lead the opinions of sects within Elvis fandom
  • died young, crucified by the press and critics his entire career of spreading a gospel of equality and individual freedom of expression
  • is associated with the Tiger, as a karate style and song Tigerman
  • engaged in Pascal’s Wager by wearing the religious symbols of multiple faiths to “not miss heaven on a technicality”
  • bestowed blessings in the form of stage worn scarves
  • is believed to be still alive by many followers, and sightings are regularly reported
  • fried peanut butter and banana sandwich is a special food
  • Elvis lead the way in a cultural revolution to unite white and black musical traditions
  • although he never accepted it, was dubbed the King by fans and the media, a title that stuck

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Mithras and Horus extracts: “The greatest story ever sold” by Acharya S.(Adventures Unlimited 1999) pp 107-123.