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The Greatest Story Ever Told - Immaculate Conception, Virgin Births, Miraculous Births In Islam, Sufism, Hindu, Buddhism, Aztec, Mongolian, Japanese, Native American, Judaism, Christian, Egyptian, Assyrian, Greeks, Romans, Babylonian, Hittite, Zoroaster, India, Iran, Chinese, Islam, Sufis

Could there be a deeper mystery inside of all religions? Would you believe that a common thread runs through MANY, if not all religions? 

Let's take a look at this and see if there might be a deeper mystery inside of the chosen religion of someone you know.

To find the common thread, we first have to explore some stories from all around the world.

You may be shocked at the end of this journey down a very deep rabbit hole, so if you are not ready for an adventure that may shift some paradigms, stop now, and come back when you are ready.

The intention of this article is not to judge any religion, but to show how many things different religions have in common, and thus there should be nothing to fight about.

Whatever religion is chosen, is great for that person, and there are so many religions and denominations that everyone can find a great 'fit', no matter what their belief system.

ALMOST ALL RELIGIONS HAVE HOLY BOOKS WITH STORIES OF A VIRGIN BIRTH, EVERLASTING LIFE, PROMISE OF HEAVEN FOR FOLLOWERS, MIRACLES, PROPHECY, SIGNS, RISING FROM THE DEAD, ARMAGEDDON PREDICTIONS, ETC..

It used to be easy to claim that just ONE religion had absolute truth, absolute authority and absolute sole control of everyone.

Anyone who disagreed with the KING, the POPE, and the official state religion was labeled a heretic, or a witch, and then burned, tortured, hung, crucified, stoned, and/or burned to death.

Over the long arc of history, humanity is evolving in terms of religious freedom and human rights, wouldn't you agree?

Trump, Witch Hunts, Witch Trials, Executions And Witch Burnings, In Salem, Europe, Africa, India, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, And Saudi Arabia In History and Present Day, Imagination And Magic Alive And Well, Joe McCarthy and Roy Cohn Communist Witchhunt

Nowadays that claim of absolute morality and absolute truth contained in just one KING type leader and in just one religion is harder to 'enforce', because the world has changed a lot. People can access the Internet to find out what is true and what is not, without having to rely on blind belief in some authority figure, such as a KING, PRIEST, or POPE. If a religious leader says the Earth is flat according to a holy book, anyone can now 'fact check' that claim and see if it is true via actual scientific evidence, data and various experimental proofs.

Blind obedience, blind loyalty, and blind belief is a good thing for a despotic KING, DICTATOR  or DESPOT, along with a blind faith in a religion. Learning more about any religion is considered a 'sin' worthy of being kicked out or punished in many religions. Why is that?

Why is it that in America, ignorance a 'virtue, but intellectualism is considered a 'sin', ?
VIDEO: https://www.facebook.com/newsbroke/videos/193510031063305/

Learning to think for yourself and learning HOW to think is not something despots or dictators want. Blind loyalty and believing via blind faith is part of many religions as well. No proof, evidence, or scientific data is required. As a matter of fact, in some fundamentalist evangelical religions, science is attacked as heresy or a 'sin', as are intellectuals.

People can travel and visit many different countries where that did not used to be possible. Travel is a great antidote to bigotry, both religious and other. 

People can now mingle and talk with other people who believe differently and have different faiths or belief systems, where that did not happen historically, because most people lived and died in one small village, with no contact with 'outsiders'. It used to be a crime of heresy punishable by  death to even speak with someone from another religion, and that is just another example of humanity has evolved, slowly but surely, over the long arc of history.

In addition, the tyrannical dictate of a fundamentalist religious leader or KING is reduced or broken by world travel and via visiting and worshiping in different churches, because people can experience that people of different religions are the same all over the world, and that most of what is in the mass media and proclaimed from the pulpit of religious leaders often consists of fear and hate producing propaganda against other religions, because they fear losing their 'flock' and/or control over their 'tribe'. Despots and dictators want followers who ask no questions, and never doubt anything that is said, no matter how outrageous or racist it is.

People used to have access to only ONE holy book, not all of them. Now it is possible to not only read multiple holy books, but also compare the various sacred stories back and forth. This article is in part doing that work. This article is summarizing what many Holy Books have in common in terms of the important sacred stories within their many religions.

Go deeper and read multiple holy books and sacred stories for yourself.. Will your church kick you out for doing this? 

Interfaith; List of Religious Texts; Koran, Torah, Bible, Shruti, Gita, Tripitaka, Avyavazhi, Bible, IChing, Book Of Mormon, Holy Sacred Books, Free Downloads, Full Versions, Number Of Followers Per Religion
http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2015/12/list-of-religious-texts-koran-torah.html

BISHOP REVEALS AND ADMITS THAT HELL DOES NOT EXIST, IT WAS INVENTED BY THE CHURCH TO KEEP PEOPLE LIVING IN FEAR AND COMING TO CHURCH


Many people go to church because the religion teaches that if they don't attend and do certain rites, that their soul will go to Hell forever. What if a religious leader admitted that Hell does not exist, and it is just a made up story to get people to attend church?

Ideapod Bishop reveals the truth about Hell; that the church invented it to scare people into joining a religion. If a place called Hell does not exist, then sin cannot exist either, wouldn't you agree? 

Once people are living in fear and going to church, it is very easy to keep on feeding them more fear, and more hatred of other religions, different belief systems, and of course, eternal Hell along with it, in order to control the 'flock' and keep them paying to buy family members way out of Hell, and to protect themselves from going there, due to constant 'sinning'. 

Go deeper

The Illusion Of Fear, Anger, Hatred, The Power Of Love And The Oneness; A River Runs Through It, And A Dry Well Gives No Life; A Lesson And Conversation With Old Wise Oak Tree Leads To Oneness And Life Connections
http://www.agreenroadjournal.com/2016/09/the-power-of-fear-anger-hatred-love-and.html

The United States of Fear And Apathy, Foolish Faith In Authority Figures And Experts, Unconscious Fear Projects Out Into The World; How To Solve Apathy, Get Out Of Fear Mode, Plus 45 Reasons For Hope
http://www.agreenroadjournal.com/2016/05/the-united-states-of-fear-and-apathy.html

Anxiety, Stress, Worry, Fear, Depression; They Shrink The World Down And Tighten Into A Vice Grip, Self Fulfilling Negative Prophecy Leads To Mental Illness, Phobias, Delusion, Diseases, Self Destruction, And Global Armageddon
http://www.agreenroadjournal.com/2017/03/anxiety-stress-worry-fear-depression.html

If hell does not exist, then Buddha is right. Jesus himself said that Heaven was WITHIN, not outside somewhere. Assuming sin does not exist then that brings up several questions about Christianity, and the story of original sin. 

Rich televangelists need private jets because average Americans are drug addicted demons, and televangelists cannot be caught hanging out with the poor or even with the middle class 'demons'. 

MIRACULOUS BIRTHS IN MANY DIFFERENT RELIGIONS

Besides conversion in order to avoid eternal hell due to 'sin' which does not exist, another one of the reasons people convert from being an 'unbeliever' to a particular religion is because of the sacred stories, such as a miraculous birth of a particular religious leader. Let's dive into this and other sacred stories within many different religions. 

Would it surprise or shock you to learn that many religions have religious figures that are the result of a virgin or miraculous birth and that at least 10 of these Christ like religious leaders pre date Jesus Christ? 

10 Christ-like Figures Who Pre-Date Jesus
In the middle of the 100s AD, out along the south coast of the Black Sea, Glycon was the son of the God Apollo, who: came to Earth through a miraculous birth, was the Earthly manifestation of divinity, came to earth in fulfillment of divine prophecy, gave his chief believer the power of prophecy, gave believers the power to speak in tongues, performed miracles, healed the sick, and raised the dead.

Romulus is born of a vestal virgin, which was a priestess of the hearth god Vesta sworn to celibacy. His mother claims that the divine impregnated her, yet this is not believed by the King. Romulus and his twin brother, Remus, are tossed in the river and left for dead. (A “slaughter of the innocents” tale which parallels that of Matthew 2:13-16). Romulus is hailed as the son of god. He is “snatched away to heaven” by a whirlwind (It is assumed that the gods took him), and he makes post mortem appearances. In his work Numa Pompilius, Plutarch records that there was a darkness covering the earth before his death (Just as there was during Jesus’ death according to Mark 15:33). He also states that Romulus is to be know afterwards as ‘Quirinus’; A god which belonged to the Archiac Triad (a “triple deity” similar to the concept of the Trinity).

Heracles makes a descent into Hades and returns from it with Theseus and Peirithoüs, just as Jesus descends into the “lower parts of the earth” or Hades (Ephesians 4:7-8); Though Jesus does not bring anyone up from it. Heracles’ body is not found and he is assumed to have been taken by the gods:”After this, when the companions of Iolaüs came to gather up the bones of Heracles and found not a single bone anywhere, they assumed that, in accordance with the words of the oracle, he had passed from among men into the company of the gods.”

Wikipedia; "Miraculous births

The Annunciation by Guido Reni (1621)

Stories of miraculous births often include conceptions by miraculous circumstances and features such as intervention by a deity, supernatural elements, astronomical signs, hardship or, in the case of some mythologies, complex plots related to creation.

NEAR EASTERN ASSYRIANS AND BABYLONIANS HAVE A MIRACULOUS BIRTH STORY IN THEIR RELIGION

Near Eastern mythology

The Assyrian and Babylonian concept of origins expressed procreation first in “relationships between gods and goddesses resulting in other gods and goddesses," such as Ea and Damkina assisted by Apsu giving birth to Marduk. 

The AkkadianEnûma Eliš describes the birth of Marduk as follows: "Ea, having overheard the plan of the primordial deities to destroy the other gods, deceived Apsu and Mummu and put them to death. 'Ea, his triumph over his enemies secured, in his sacred chamber in profound peace he rested.' (ANET, p. 61, lines 74—75.) 

Then he took over the place which Apsu had used for his cult and dwelt there with his spouse, Damkina." It was here that Marduk, the "most potent and wisest of gods" was created in the heart of Apsu and "He who begot him was Ea, his father, she who conceived him was Damkina, his mother".[1]

According to Norman Lockyer, Ea, Ia, or Oannes was the primal god of Babylon. He was a ‘Great God, Maker of Men, Potter, Artist and Workman.’ He formed a Triad with Anu and Bil—the two poles of heaven and the equator.[2] Oannes first appeared from the sea to teach the Babylonians the art of writing, sciences and crafts, the building of cities, the surveying of land, the observation of the stars, and the sowing and harvesting of all kinds of grains and plants. He was believed to have been "reincarnated" several times. Berossos, priest of the Temple of Bel, in Babylon, knew of as many as six such reincarnations.[3]

In addition, “procreative deities, either male or female, played a part in the birth of other deities or great personages, such as the Ugaritic tradition of Lady Asherah, ‘the Progenitress of the gods’; Mami, 'the Mother-womb, the one who creates mankind'; Father Nanna, the 'begetter of gods and men'; the Assyrian traditions that Tukulti-Urta was created by the gods in the womb of his mother and that Sennacherib's birth was assisted by Ea, who provided a 'spacious womb', and Assur, 'the god, my begetter'; and the North Arabian myth of the mother goddess who was responsible for Dusares."[4]

In Hittite mythology, the god Anu was overthrown by his son Kumarbi;[5]:25[6] Anu attempted to flee, but Kumarbi bit off Anu's genitals and swallowed them, and banished him to the underworld.[5]:25 As a consequence of swallowing Anu's genitals, Kumarbi became impregnated with Anu's son Teshub and four other offspring.[5]:25 Teshub overthrew his father Kumarbi, thus avenging his other father Anu's overthrow and mutillation.[5]:25 This account later became the basis for the Greek story of Uranus's castration by his son Cronus, resulting in the birth of Aphrodite, described in Hesiod's Theogony.[5]:25–27

EGYTIANS HAVE A MIRACULOUS BIRTH STORY IN THEIR RELIGION


Egyptian mythology
Gods

Further information: Myth of Osiris and Isis and Horus

Isis, in the form of a bird, copulates with the deceased Osiris. At either side are Horus, although he is as yet unborn, and Isis in human form.[7]

The belief in the conception of Horus by Isis is traced to the beginning of Egyptian history. Horus' conception and birth were understood in terms of the Egyptian doctrine of parthenogenesis, which was connected with the goddess Neith of Sais. (page 220)[8] 

In Upper Egypt, Net was worshiped at Seni and represented with the head of a lioness painted green, with the titles: "Father of fathers and Mother of mothers," and "net-Menhit, the great lady, lady of the south, the great cow who gave birth to the sun, who made the germ of gods and men, the mother of Ra, who raised up Tem in primeval time, who existed when nothing else had being, and who created that which exists after she had come into being."(page 150)[9]

Many of the attributes of Isis, the God-mother, the mother of Horus; and of Neith, the goddess of Sais are identical with those of Mary the Mother of Christ." (page 161)[4] Early Christian stories in the Apocryphal Gospels, which record the wanderings of the Virgin and Child in Egypt are similar to stories found on the Metternich Stela texts about the life of Isis. (page 161)[4] 

Also, the pictures and sculptures of Isis suckling her child Horus are the foundation for Christian figurines and paintings of the Madonna and Child. Of course, the legend of the birth of Horus has many elements not found even in the Apocryphal Gospels. Egyptian texts mention numerous forms of Horus. In one he is "Heru-sa Ast, sa-Asar, or Horus, son of Isis, son of Osiris." Isis is described in the Hymn to Osiris, as finding and restoring the body of her dead husband, and using magical words given her by Thoth to restore him to life. Then, by uniting with Osiris she conceives Horus. Horus represented the rising sun and in this respect was comparable to the Greek Apollo.[10]

There were at least fifteen other Horuses in the Egyptian pantheon,[11] so in the story of Isis and Osiris Horus is "sometimes known as Harsiesis, to distinguish him from the others. He is depicted as a falcon, or with a falcon's head. He eventually avenged Osiris' death and reclaimed the throne, ruling peacefully...Herakhty, or 'Horus of the Horizon', was a sun god who rose each morning on the eastern horizon. He was often identified with the sun god, Ra, and was eventually absorbed by him, forming Ra-Herakhty."[11]

Lineal descent from Ra, whether by birth or by marriage, was claimed by all kings of Egypt at least since User-ka-f, first king of the V Dynasty, who was high priest of Ra at Heliopolis. An important part of this tradition was the legend of the God Re generating with the wife of a priest. "The newborn child was regarded as a god incarnate, and later with appropriate ceremonies he was presented to Re or Amen-Re, in his temple, where the god accepted it and acknowledged it to be his child." This tradition was later inscribed in a stereotyped form in temple reliefs.[4]

Many texts mention different attributes of Isis. These were combined into a single narrative by Plutarch in the 1st century AD. In her aspect of protector of Egypt and its people, Isis is depicted with huge outspread wings. She taught women to grind corn, to spin and to weave, and she taught the people how to cure illnesses. She instituted the rite of marriage. When her consort, Osiris, left Egypt to travel the world, Isis ruled the country in his absence. 

"The hieroglyph for her name is the image of a throne, and her lap came to be seen as the throne of Egypt. Because of her fame Isis eventually absorbed the qualities of almost all the other goddesses; "she was a great mother goddess, a bird goddess, a goddess of the underworld who brought life to the dead, and a goddess of the primeval waters...Her following spread beyond Egypt to Greece and throughout the Roman Empire...(lasting) from before 3000 BC until well into Christian times.[12][13]

JUDAISM OFFERS SEVERAL MIRACULOUS BIRTH STORIES IN THEIR RELIGION

Judaism

In the Hebrew Bible, and in later Jewish tradition there are stories of matriarchs giving birth where the God of Israel miraculously intervenes. For example, within the Rabbinic literature expansions were made on the birth of the matriarch Sarah on the earlier Old Testament traditions.

Isaac
Main articles: Isaac and Sarah
Banishment of Hagar, Etching. À Paris chez Fr. Fanet, Éditeur, Rue des Saints Pères n° 10. 18th century. Sarah is seen on the left side, looking

Due to her old age, Sarai was infertile, but a miracle was vouchsafed to her (Genesis Rabbah xlvii. 3) after her name was changed from "Sarai" to "Sarah" (R. H. 16b). When her youth had been restored and she had given birth to Isaac the people would not believe in the miracle, saying that the patriarch and his wife had adopted a foundling and pretended that it was their own son. 

Abraham thereupon invited all the notables to a banquet on the day when Isaac was to be weaned. Sarah invited the women, who brought their infants with them, and on this occasion she gave milk from her breasts to all the children, thus convincing the guests of the miracle (B. M. 87a; comp. Gen. R. liii. 13).

Immanuel

According to Isaiah 7:14, around 735 BC King Ahaz of Judah received a message from the prophet Isaiah during the Syro-Ephraimite War with Aram (Syria) and Israel, "Therefore, the Lord, of His own, shall give you a sign; behold, the young woman is with child, and she shall bear a son, and she shall call his name Immanuel."[14] This is generally taken by Judaic commentators to be a reference to the non-miraculous birth of Hezekiah or another contemporary child, as indicated in Isaiah's following indication of the timing.

GREEKS HAVE A MIRACULOUS BIRTH STORY IN THEIR RELIGION, OLD TESTAMENT OFFERS SEVERAL PEOPLE 


The Greek Septuagint and some later Christian translations, following the application of Isaiah 7 in Matthew 1, use the word "virgin". The Hebrew word alma actually translates as a young woman of childbearing age who had not yet given birth and who might or might not be a virgin, whereas the Hebrew betulah, used elsewhere in Isaiah, is the word that means "virgin." If the referent is to Ahaz's betrothed, Abi, daughter of the High Priest, no miraculous birth is implied, merely chastity. The Christian world believes that the verse is a messianic prediction of the miraculous birth of Jesus, as described in various gospels of the New Testament of the Bible.

Melchizedek

The Second Book of Enoch contains a section, called Exaltation of Melchizedek, which says that Melchizedek was born of a virgin, Sofonim (or Sopanima), the wife of Nir, a brother of Noah. The child came out from his mother after she had died and sat on the bed beside her corpse, already physically developed, clothed, speaking and blessing the Lord, and marked with the badge of priesthood. Forty days later, Melchizedek was taken by the archangel Gabriel (Michael in some manuscripts) to the Garden of Eden and was thus preserved from the Deluge without having to be in Noah's Ark.[15][16]

EGYTIANS HAVE A MIRACULOUS BIRTH STORY IN THEIR RELIGION

Historical figures

There is a myth on the birth of Hatshepsut. In this myth, Amun goes to Queen Ahmose in the form of the Pharaoh Thutmose I and awakens her with pleasant odors. At this point Amun places the ankh, a symbol of life, to Ahmose's nose, and Hatshepsut is conceived by Ahmose.[17] Another myth on divine birth concerns Amenhotep III: he is conceived by Amun which has gone to queen Mutemwiya in form of Thutmosis IV.[18][19]

ZOROASTERS HAVE A MIRACULOUS BIRTH STORY IN THEIR RELIGION


Zoroaster
Further information: Zoroastrianism and Zoroaster

Zoroaster’s name has been adopted from the Greek and Latin Zoroastres. The ancient form of his name in the Avesta is Zarathustra. His native country was probably Media in Western Iran, (possibly in modern Azerbaijan), but his ministry took place in eastern Iran, especially in the region of Bactria, about 1200 BC. Zoroaster was originally a Magian priest, and under the reforms he instituted, Mithra became one of the Yazatas (Worshipful Ones), the angels or lesser divine beings.

"It was said that (Zoroaster's) birth was foretold from the beginning of time, and that the moment he was born, he burst out laughing and the whole universe rejoiced with him." After his birth evil demons tried to destroy him, but with Ahura Mazda's protection, he survived all attempts on his life.[20] The Zoroastrian tradition differs from the Christian one because the divine only assists in the preservation of Zoroaster’s seed. 

"The central scripture, the Avesta and also the Pahlavi texts include the tradition that the 'kingly glory' is handed onward from ruler to ruler and from saint to saint for the purpose of illuminating ultimately the soul of the Zarathushtra." Also the scriptures clearly allude to conjugal relations between his parents, during which evil spirits try to prevent his conception.[4] But according to later tradition, Zoroaster's mother, Dughdova, was a virgin when she conceived Zoroaster by a shaft of light.[20]

ROMANS HAVE A NUMBER OF MIRACULOUS OR VIRGIN BIRTH STORIES IN THEIR RELIGION


Greco-Roman and Hellenistic mythology
Gods
The Birth of Minerva by René-Antoine Houasse(before 1688)

Greco-Roman and Hellenistic literature is rich in the tradition of birth among the gods. In his poem Theogony, the Greek poet Hesiod tells a story that Zeus had once laid with the goddess Metis, impregnating her, but, fearing that she might bear a child mightier than he himself, he swallowed her.[21] Their daughter Athena was born fully grown from Zeus's forehead, fully armed and clad in armor.[22] Hesiod also relates that the goddess Aphrodite was born from the foam of the sea after Ouranos's castrated testicles were thrown into it.[23]

Helios was a child of Zeus by Euryphaessa. He was also called "the son of Earth and starry Heaven," and the son of Hyperion. Dionysus was dithyrambus, "he who entered life by a double door." His first birth took place prematurely. His mother, Semele, died when Zeus appeared to her in a flash of lightning, and so Zeus opened his own flesh and enclosed the infant. In time, Dionysus was born "perfect" from Zeus' thigh. Dionysus Zagreus was important in Orphic theology. 

In Protrepticus ii. 14 ff. by Clement of Alexandria, this child had the form of a bull. Zeus intended to make him the ruler of the universe but the jealous Titans lured the child away, tore him to pieces, cooked him and ate him. Athena preserved his heart, however, which Zeus swallowed. According to Boslooper, Clement omitted one part of the myth that forms a connection between his account and the Theban legend of Dionysus. Because Zeus swallowed the heart of Dionysus Zagreus, when Semele bore Dionysus the new god was Zagreus reborn.[4]

IRANIAN AND INDIANS (INDIA) HAVE A MIRACULOUS BIRTH STORY IN THEIR RELIGION


Mithra and Mithras
Main articles: Mithras, Mithra, and Mitra
Roman statue showing Mithras born from the rock from the Diocletian Baths Museum

In Indian mythology, Mithra is known as Mitra. He was originally a god of contracts and friendship and was a forerunner of the Graeco-Roman god Mithras. In Iran, he developed into the protector of truth. Before the time of Zoroaster, he was associated with Ahura Mazda, the principle of good. 

As a consequence of Zoroaster's reforms to Iranian religion, Mithra was ousted from power and Ahura Mazda became supreme.[20] In the more ancient Indian Vedas Mithra was the god of light, invoked under the name of Varuna, and was called "the Light of the World." He was the mediator between heaven and Earth.

"The light bursting from the heavens, which were conceived as a solid vault, became, in the mythology of the Magi, Mithra born from the rock."[24]

Mithraism absorbed astrology from the Chaldeans after the Chaldean conquest, and continued as an astronomical religion. In the Hellenistic period it took on its final form. Mithra was assimilated into Graeco-Roman beliefs in the 1st century BC as Mithras. He was an ancient and highly honored god of Roman Paganism, where he was worshipped for more than 300 years as "the soldier's god."[25]

GREEKS HAVE A MIRACULOUS BIRTH STORY IN THEIR RELIGION


Mythological heroes
Ancient Boeotian bell-krater showing Zeus impregnating Danaë in the form of a shower of gold, circa 450-425 BC

The love of a god for a mortal, resulting in the birth of a hero, is one notable deviation from the tradition of the origin of gods. The legend of Perseus, whose mother conceived him when Jupiter came to her in the form of a golden shower, is one example of this type (cf. Ovid, Metamorphoses, Book IV). The Greek Anthology has the following: Zeus, turned to gold, piercing the brazen chamber of Danae, cut the knot of intact virginity.

Heroes created by generation of a god with a mortal include Ion by Apollo and Creusa, Romulus by Mars and Aemila, Asclepius by Apollo and Coronis, and Helen by Zeus and Leda. Plutarch records how Theseus and Romulus were both born out of wedlock and of uncertain parentage and at the same time had the reputation of being sprung from the gods. He said that Theseus' grandfather Pittheus invented the story that Theseus was the child of Neptune to conceal Theseus' lineage as the son of Pittheus' daughter Aethra and Aegeus ("Lives", Vol. 1, p. 2; pp. 3 ff.). But there were other stories about the birth of Romulus and his brother Remus. The story of Romulus' divine origin says that his mother was the mortal daughter of Aeneas and Lavinia, and his father was Mars.

In his "Hymn to Asclepius", Homer attributes his origin to the god Apollo and the daughter of a renowned soldier, King Phlegyas. As the divine patron of the healing art, Asclepius became the most popular of the hero gods of Greece. The belief that religion was concerned with sickness and disease was central to his cult. His sanctuaries in the Greco-Roman world became so famous there was a movement to make him a god of the first rank and identify him with Zeus himself. Asclepius was "the one who leads and controls all things, the savior of the whole world, and the guardian of mortals."

Helen of Troy was worshiped as a heroine in several parts of the ancient world during the early historical epoch. Euripides' play "Helen" depends on a tradition begun in the early 6th century B.C. by the Greek poet Stesichorus that Helen was the daughter of Zeus (who took the form of a swan) and Leda. But this might simply be a poetic way of saying that she was hatched from an egg.

There are two versions of the birth of Oedipus. He was given a semidivine status in Sophocles' "Oedipus the King," where he was said to be the son of either Pan, Loxias, "or the Bacchants' god, dweller on the hilltops ..." and one of the nymphs of Helicon. But in Euripides' "Phoenissae," his mother, Jocasta, says Oedupus is the son of Laius, a mortal, who was warned by the god Phoebus not to have children.

"King of Thebes for horses famed! seek not to beget children against the will of heaven; for if thou beget a son, that child will slay thee, and all thy house shall wade in blood."

Laius ignored the warning, but after the child was born he gave him to shepherds to expose on Mount Cithaeron. The child was found and raised among the keepers of the horses of Polybus. As a grown man, Oedipus did indeed kill his father, not realizing who he was, and then married his mother. When he discovered the truth he blinded himself. In this story, he is clearly considered to be the son of Laius and Jocasta. This is also obvious in Sophocles' "Oedipus the King".[26] According to Boslooper, "The two passages indicate that in the Greek mind the thoughts of divine and human paternal participation in conception were not mutually exclusive."[4] (p. 178)

ROMANS HAVE A MIRACULOUS BIRTH STORY IN THEIR RELIGION


The Shepherd Faustulus Bringing Romulus and Remus to His Wife by Nicolas Mignard (1654)

Romulus and Remus, the legendary twin founders of the city of Rome, were said to have been born to a Vestal Virgin, Rhea Silvia. Rhea Silvia had been forced to become a Vestal Virgin against her will and claimed to have been impregnated through divine intervention.

Livy attests that she was instead raped by an unknown man. In any case King Amulius ordered the twins to be drowned as death through the elements would not trigger divine punishment.[27]



ALEXANDER AND VARIOUS CEASARS WERE RESULT OF MIRACULOUS BIRTH


Historical figures

Alexander, the Ptolemies, and the Caesars were said by some scholars to have been "virgin-born." Alexander the Great, " journeyed to the Oasis of Amon in order that he might be recognized as the god’s son and thus become a legitimate and recognized king of Egypt. Inscriptions show that he and the Ptolemies after him had the incidents of their birth regularly depicted in temple reliefs.”[28] (As cited by Boslooper) Norden calls this the Hellenistic virgin motif. However, evidence shows that Alexander must have had a double tradition of origin. It is recorded that "Alexander the Great and Augustus are deemed to have been conceived of a serpent god, and they claimed between them Phoebus and Jupiter as their progenitors."[29]

The Emperor Augustus was praised as the Savior of the world …[but] the idea of Savior was not unique or original with Augustus himself. Before him the same title was given to Seleucid and other Hellenistic kings. Throughout this period there were frequent longings for a savior from the present troubles.” Augustus was said to have had a miraculous birth and a childhood filled with many portents and signs. A few months before he was born a portent was observed at Rome which gave warning that nature was pregnant with a king for the Roman People. "Thereupon the Senate in consternation decreed that no male child born that year should be reared; but those whose wives were with child saw to it that the decree was not filed in the treasury, since each one appropriated the prediction to his own family." Boslooper relates several additional stories. In one, Suetonius narrates what he learned from Asclepias of Mendes:

"When Atia had come in the middle of the night to the solemn service of Apollo, she had her litter set down in the temple and fell asleep, while the rest of the matrons also slept. On a sudden a serpent glided up to her and shortly went away. When she awoke, she purified herself, as if after the embraces of her husband, and at once there appeared on her body a mark in colors like a serpent, and she could never get rid of it; so that presently she ceased ever to go to the public baths. In the tenth month after that Augustus was born and was therefore regarded as the son of Apollo. Atia too, before she gave him birth, dreamed that her vitals were borne up to the stars and spread over the whole extent of land and sea, while Octavius dreamed that the sun rose from Atia's womb."[4] (p. 180)

The hope for a savior was expressed in Virgil’s “Fourth Eclogue". The Church fathers later claimed this was a reference to Jesus Christ, however, the poem was dedicated to Pollio, one of the great influential men at the time of the civil wars and Virgil's patron and friend. The hero of the poem is a child born or to be born in 40 B.C., at the time of Pollio's consulate. A new era was expected, in fulfillment of an older oracle.

"... Now the last age by Cumae's Sibyl sung

Has come and gone, and the majestic roll

Of circling centuries begins anew:

Justice returns, returns old Saturn's reign,

With a new breed of men sent down from heaven.

Only do thou, at the boy's birth in whom

The iron shall cease, the golden race arise,

Befriend him, chaste Lucina; 'tis thine own

Apollo reigns ...

"For thee, O boy,

First shall the earth, untilled, pour freely forth

Her childish gifts, the gadding ivy-spray

With foxglove and Egyptian bean-flower mixed,

And laughing-eyed acanthus. Of themselves,

Untended, will the she-goats then bring home

Their udders swollen with milk, while flocks afieldShall of the monstrous lion have no fear..."[30]

HINDUS HAVE A MIRACULOUS KRISHNA BIRTH STORY IN THEIR RELIGION


Hinduism
Main article: Hinduism

In the story of Krishna the deity is the agent of conception and also the offspring. Because of his sympathy for the earth, the divine Vishnu himself descended into the womb of Devaki and was born as her son, Krishna. The Hindu Vishnu Purana relates: "Devaki bore in her womb the lotus-eyed deity...before the birth of Krishna, no one “could bear to gaze upon Devaki, from the light that invested her, and those who contemplated her radiance felt their minds disturbed.” This reference to light is reminiscent of the Vedic hymn "To an Unknown God," which refers to a Golden Child. According to F. M. Müller this term means "the golden germ of child" and is an attempt at naming the sun.[4]

This is occasionally brought up as evidence for the hypothesis that "virgin birth" tales are a fairly common phenomenon in non-Christian religions around the world.[31][32][33] However, there is nothing in Hindu scriptures to suggest that it was a "virgin" birth. By the time of conception and birth of Krishna, Devaki was married to Vasudeva and had already borne seven children.[34]

In the Ramayana, Vishnu incarnates himself as a man, Rama, in the womb of Kausalya, one of the wives of the king Dasharatha.[35] In the Mahabharata epic, Surya, the god of the sun, impregnates Queen Kunti before her marriage to King Pandu, causing her to give birth to their son Karna.[36][37] Surya restores her virginity afterwards, thereby allowing her to marry Pandu, despite having already given birth.[38] Also in the Mahabharata, Bharadwaja řshi goes with his companions to the Ganga River to perform his ablutions.[39] There, he spots a beautiful apsara named Ghritachi, who has come to bathe.[39] The sage is overcome by desire,[39] causing him to involuntarily ejaculate out of excitement.[39] Bharadwaja Muni captures the semen in a vessel called a Đroņa,[39] and Đroņācharya himself springs forth from it.[39]

However, some Hindus believe that when the emanations of the Supreme Being are pratyaksha, or obvious to the sight, they become sacara, or embodied. Krishna was such an embodiment and usually bore a human form. In that mode of appearance the deities are generally supposed to be born of a woman, but without any carnal intercourse. This belief is not adhered to by those who follow the Purva Mimansa, or the philosophy of Jaimini. They insist that the Devas were mere mortals whom the Supreme Being endowed with qualities similar to his own. In general, the Hindus perform acts of worship to some of their ancient monarchs and sages, who were deified on account of their eminent virtues.[40]

BUDDHISTS HAVE A MIRACULOUS BIRTH STORY IN THEIR RELIGION


Buddhism

Māyā miraculously giving birth to Siddhārtha. Sanskrit, palm-leaf manuscript. Nālandā, Bihar, India. Pāla period

The stories of Buddha’s unusual birth developed through the centuries. Two accounts cited by Boslooper tell of the descent of the future Bodhisattva from the "Tusita Body" into the mother’s womb, the appearance of the Buddha in the mother as a shining gem, and the accompanying wonders in the natural world. These are the Majjhima-Nikāya, 123 Acchariyabbhutadhammasuta III. 119-124; (I. B. Horner, 1959, pp. 164–169); and Māhapadānasutta, Dīgha ii. 12.[41] In the Mahapadana-sutra, Digha ii. 12, is the description of the incarnation of the Vipassī Buddha.

"Now Vipassi, brethren, when, as Bodhisat, he ceased to belong to the hosts of the heaven of Delight, descended into his mother’s womb mindful and self-possessed."

According to this text, the Vipassī Buddha was the first of six incarnations to precede Gautama. The others listed are Sikhī, Vessabhū, Kakusandha, Koṇāgamana, and Kassapa. The most popular legendary account of the birth of Buddha is in the Nidanakatha Jataka (see, Jataka tales) which accounted for the lives of Buddha in previous incarnations.

In this account, the “Great Being” chose the time and place of his birth, the tribe into which he would be born, and who his mother would be. In the time chosen by him, Maya, his mother, fell asleep and dreamed that four archangels carried her to the Himalayan Mountains where their queens bathed and dressed her. In her dream the Great Being soon entered her womb from her side, in the form of a white elephant. When she woke, she told her dream to the Raja, who summoned sixty-four eminent Brahmans to interpret it.

"Then is described how at his birth he took seven great steps and at the seventh he shouted, 'I am the chief of the world,' how he at birth held in his hand some medicine that became for him the drug by which he later healed the sick and blind and deaf, how at birth he wished to give a gift but was presented one himself by his mother, and how lastly he sang the song of victory.'

CHINESE HAVE A NUMBER OF MIRACULOUS BIRTH STORIES IN THEIR RELIGION


China
The Abandoned One

Qi, the Abandoned One, who later became known as Houji – a culture hero or god of agriculture – was held in some accounts to have been miraculously conceived when his mother, the consort Jiang Yuan, stepped into a footprint left by the supreme god Shangdi.[42]

Laozi

Some Taoist schools held that Laozi was conceived when his mother gazed upon a falling star. He was born while his mother was leaning against a plum tree. Laozi was said to have emerged as an old man with a full grey beard. This may be because his name – "Old Master" (老子) – can also be read as "Old Child".[43]

Abaoji

There are some legends about the birth of Abaoji (also known as Yi), the Emperor Taizu of Liao. According to the legends, his mother dreamed that the sun fell from the sky and into her bosom, from which pregnancy followed. When she gave birth, the room is said to have become filled with a mysterious light and extraordinary fragrance. As a newborn, his body was that of a three-year-old, and the legends go on to say that he was walking at the age of three months.[44]

CHRISTIANS; A MIRACULOUS BIRTH STORY IN THEIR RELIGION

Christianity

Mainstream scholars agree that the nativity of Jesus, if not taken as historically accurate, should be interpreted within the context of first-century Judaism, not in the context of foreign mythologies, which contain only remote similarities.[45][46]

Mary

According to tradition of the Catholic church, the Virgin Mary's parents, St. Anne and St. Joachim, were childless, when an angel came to them and told them they would give birth to a daughter. During the conception of Mary, she was preserved from the stain of original sin.

Jesus

Romanian icon of the Nativity.

The Gospel of Luke and the Gospel of Matthew describe the nativity of Jesus. In the account in the Gospel of Luke, Mary learns from the angel Gabriel that she will conceive and bear a child. When she asks how this can be, since she is a virgin, he tells her that the Holy Spirit would "come upon her" and that "nothing will be impossible with God". She responds: "Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word".[47]

At the time that Mary is due to give birth, she and her husband Joseph travel from their home in Nazareth to Joseph's ancestral home in Bethlehem to register in the Census of Quirinius. Finding no place for themselves in the inn, Mary gives birth to Jesus and she places him in a manger (feeding trough).[48] An angel of the Lord visits the shepherds guarding their flocks in nearby fields and brings them "good news of great joy": "to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord." The angel tells them they will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.

In the Gospel of Matthew, the impending birth is announced to Joseph in a dream, in which he is instructed to name the child Jesus.[49] A star reveals the birth of Jesus to a number (traditionally three) of magi, Greek μάγος, commonly translated as "wise man" but in this context probably meaning "astronomer" or "astrologer",[50][51] who travel to Jerusalem from an unspecified country "in the east".[52]

After the 1st century, traditions flourished that represented the thinking of that time, and also preserved source material for many of the ideas in the "theological writings of the church fathers." In their present form the pseudepigraphal writings contained in the Sibylline Oracles include literature written from the 2nd century BC through the 6th century of the Christian era. They contain some material relevant to the birth and infancy of Jesus. But this passage in the Oracles, Book III, probably represents the hopes of pre-Christian Alexandrian Jews.[4]

"Be of good cheer, O maiden, and exult; for the Eternal, who made heaven and earth, has given thee joy, and he will dwell in thee, and for thee shall be an immortal light.

And wolves and lambs promiscuously shall eat grass in the mountains, and among the kids shall leopards graze, And wandering bears shall lodge among the calves, and the carnivorous lion shall eat straw in the manger like the ox, and little children lead them with a band. For tame will be on earth the beasts he made,And with young babes will dragons fall asleep, and no harm, for God’s hand will be on them."[53]

Later, the church fathers refer to subsequent books in the Oracles that are clear allusions to Christ, and probably dated from the close of the second or beginning of the 3rd century AD. The first Christian theologians demonstrated in their writings their knowledge of such non-canonical sources.

The non-canonical gospels contain much that is pertinent. The apocryphal literature departs from the Christian canon and its legends have many elements similar to pagan stories representing popular beliefs of the church from the second Christian century on through the Middle Ages.[4]

ISLAMISTS HAVE A NUMBER OF MIRACULOUS BIRTH STORIES IN THEIR RELIGION


Islam
Mary and Jesus in old Persian Shi'a miniature.

Jesus in Islam

The Qur'an and other Islamic literature contain reports of a number of miraculous births of biblical characters. The Qur'an describes virginal conception of Jesus by Mary (Arabic: Maryam), which is recounted throughout several passages in the Qur'an. The narrative goes that Mary was visited by the angel Gabriel that she will give birth to a holy son, named Isa' (Jesus), the Messiah and that he will be a great prophet, to whom God will give the Injil (Gospel) and he will speak in infancy and maturity and will be a companion to the most righteous. When this news was given to Mary, she asked the angel how she can have a baby as she was a virgin.[54] To this, the angel replied "Even though when God wants to create a matter, he merely wills (Kun-fa-yakun) it and the things come into being".[55]

After giving birth, while resting near the trunk of a palm tree Jesus spoke to Mary from the cradle instructing her to shake the tree and obtain its fruits. After showing Jesus as a newborn to her family Jesus again spoke "Lo, I am God's servant; God has given me the Book, and made me a Prophet. Blessed he has made me, wherever I may be; and He has enjoined me to pray, and to give alms, so long as I live and likewise to cherish my mother" in order to dispel rumours of conception.[56][57] This birth narrative draws strong parallels to the apocryphal tradition of Jesus' birth within the Infancy Gospel of Thomas and Arabic Infancy Gospel.

Muhammad

After the death of the Abdullah his wife Aminah had a vision where angels visited her and informed that soon she will give birth to a boy and told her to name him Muhammad.[58] When Prophet Muhammad was about to be born, Aminah was visited by Hawa, Asiya and Mary with angels to help her.[59] All the pagan idols of Kaaba fall down and bright light appeared.[60]

SUFIS HAVE A MIRACULOUS BIRTH STORY IN THEIR RELIGION


Kabir
Main article: Sufism

In 1440,[61] the poet Kabir was also said to have been born of a virgin widow (a Hindu), through the palm of her hand. Like Karna, Kabir was sent down the river in a basket; he was found and adopted by a family of Muslim weavers, downstream.[62][63] This (presumably posthumous) account—which depicts Kabir as secretly descended from Hindus—was intended to legitimise Kabir's religious authority in the eyes of the Hindu population who venerated his works. This story is absent from Muslim and Sikh accounts of Kabir's work.

AZTECS HAVE A MIRACULOUS BIRTH STORY IN THEIR RELIGION


Other traditions
Aztec mythology

The myth of Huitzilopochtli is uniquely Aztec. Huitzilopochtli is therefore considered to be the cult god or the patron god of the Aztec. As a solar deity, Huitzilopochtli is closely related to and overlaps with Tonatiuh. Huitzilopochtli’s mother was Coatlicue, or She of the Serpent Skirt. Coatlicue, known for her devout nature and virtuous qualities, was at Mount Coatepec or Coatepetl ("Serpent Hill"; near Tula, Hidalgo) one day, sweeping and tending to her penance, when she discovered a bundle of feathers on the ground. She decided to save them and placed them in her bosom. Without her realizing, the feathers impregnated her.[64][65][66]

Quetzalcoatl

There are several stories about the birth of Quetzalcoatl. In the first story, Quetzalcoatl was born by a virgin named Chimalman, to whom the god Ometeotl appeared in a dream.[67] In another story, the virgin Chimalman conceived Quetzalcoatl by swallowing an emerald.[68] A third story narrates that Chimalman was hit in the womb by an arrow bolted by Mixcoatl and nine months later she gave birth to Quetzalcoatl.[69] A fourth story narrates that Quetzalcoatl was born from Coatlicue, who already had four hundred children who formed the stars of the Milky Way.[70]

MONGOLIANS HAVE A MIRACULOUS BIRTH STORY IN THEIR RELIGION


Mongolian mythology

According to a legend narrated by The Secret History of the Mongols, a Mongol woman named Alan Gua had a son, named Bodonchar, some years after her husband has died. She claimed a radiant yellow person visited her at night and impregnated her. She believed the visitor was the god Tengri. Bodonchar became the founder of the Borjigin tribe and a direct ancestor of Genghis Khan.[71]

JAPANESE HAVE A MIRACULOUS BIRTH STORY IN THEIR RELIGION


Japanese mythology

Miraculous births are common in Japanese folklore, and include Momotarō the Peach Boy (who was found inside a giant peach floating on a river), Kintarō (about whom several origin myths are told), and Kaguya-hime (who was born inside the stalk of a glowing bamboo plant).

NATIVE AMERICANS, INDIGENOUS PEOPLES HAVE A MIRACULOUS BIRTH STORY IN THEIR RELIGION


Native American mythology

The Great Peacemaker, sometimes referred to as Deganawida or Dekanawida (Iroquois) was born a Huron, and by some accounts, his mother was a virgin, so the birth was miraculous.[72]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miraculous_births

To summarize, many religions have a central figure that includes a miraculous or virgin birth, so that should make it much easier to respect all other religions that may have a different name than the one you believe in, since they mostly or all share this attribute in common, correct? 


THE GREATEST STORY NEVER TOLD


CAESARION: The Greatest Story Never Told | Cosmic Convergence: 2012 and Beyond
The historical record is far less conclusive in the case of Jesus the Christ. In fact, there does not appear to be a single piece of archeological evidence which supports the claim that a “Jesus Christ” was ever born in Bethlehem, or ever lived in the exact time frame outlined in the Holy Bible. Upon close examination of the generally accepted timeline of the life of Jesus the Christ, it appears that the life of another historical personage was utilized as the essential Jesus, whose biblical portrayal was actually a composite of various personalities, the primary one being Caesarion, the last pharaoh of Egypt.

Bust of CAESARION

Since Caesar and Cleopatra were never married, it is important to note that Caesarion was born out of wedlock. It is also quite significant that “Cleopatra compared her relationship to her son with the Egyptian goddess Isis and her divine child Horus.”[1] In order to emphasize this special relationship, as well as to invoke the divine right of kings, Cleopatra very carefully choreographed all of the necessary rituals and observed the various rites of passage generally accorded to a young pharaoh-in-the-making.

Would it be at all unusual for the Three Magi from the Orient to visit Caesarion at his coronation in 44 BC during the exact same time period of the “most famous comet of antiquity”, which was also known as the “Star of Caesar”? Could it also be that the “Star of Caesar” was actually the Star of Bethlehem which guided the three magi from their kingdoms in the Far East to the actual coronation of the one who was known as Lord of Lords, King of Kings, and Son of God. Son of God because Caesarion’s mother, Cleopatra, was considered to be a divine reincarnation of the Egyptian Goddess Isis, and his father, Julius Caesar, was formally deified as “Divus Iulius” (deified Julius Caesar) in 42 BC by the Second Triumvirate of Rome.

“Caesar’s Comet was known to ancient writers as the Sidus Iulium (“Julian Star”) or Caesaris astrum (“Star of Caesar”). The bright, daylight-visible comet appeared suddenly during the festival known as the Ludi Victoriae Caesaris – for which the 44 BC iteration was long considered to have been held in the month of September (a conclusion drawn by Sir Edmund Halley). The dating has recently been revised to a July occurrence in the same year, some four months after the assassination of Julius Caesar, as well as Caesar’s own birth month. According to Suetonius, as celebrations were getting underway, “a comet shone for seven successive days, rising about the eleventh hour, and was believed to be the soul of Caesar.”
(Source — Ceasar’s Comet)

Jesus, means “Son of Isis”

Certainly this retelling of the “Birth of Jesus” story would explain many inexplicable and historically unverified events which are said to have taken place during that time frame. When evaluating all the evidence, it does appear that those who created the “Birth of Jesus” narrative expropriated many of the true happenings which occurred in the life of Caesarion … because it was actually the personage of Caesarion who was used as the central character in the writing of the New Testament.

Why else would the four separate canonical gospels of the New Testament be written by authors who remain unknown to this very day? For what reason, except to cross reference each other in such a way so as to confer legitimacy upon each other’s fictionalized narratives. Of course, the primary and initial fiction was the “Virgin Birth” of the only “Son of God” in a most unlikely place known as Bethlehem, and within an unlikely group of Hebrews known as the tribe of Judah (Jew is short for those who come from this tribe of Israel).

Therefore, the revised history replaces an exceedingly humble virgin birth with the actual illegitimate royal birth. It substitutes the legitimate heir to both the Roman Empire and Egyptian Pharaonic Dynasty for the son of a lowly carpenter who grew up in Nazareth*. It moves the birth story of Jesus from Bethlehem to Alexandria. Most importantly, this revised historical perspective brings together the royal genealogical threads from the four corners of the early Roman Empire. In so doing this new narrative provides both the political and philosophical basis for why such a synthesis was ever constructed in the first place.

*The town of Nazareth is not even acknowledged by historians as having existed during the life of Jesus the Christ.

THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD; WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A PERSON IS EXPOSED TO THE FACT THAT MANY RELIGIONS OFFER VIRGIN BIRTH, RESURRECTION, MIRACLES, BIRTH ON DEC 25, ETC?

Now let's go another step deeper, and draw some different connections. Are you ready? Then let's dive in...

Zeitgeist - Greatest Story Ever Told - Full Movie
VIDEOhttps://youtu.be/j1S6rG7qFr4

Very rough transcript follows....

SUN GOD HORUS

Another thing that many religions have in common is what can be labeled as 'sun gods'. Here is a list of just a few of the many sun gods from all around the world in many different religions. Worshiping the sun is not limited to just one belief system or religion, but is included in most or all of them. Again, this leads to the conclusion that a religious person should respect and honor all religions, because they all share this same common core belief system, wouldn't you agree?

What are the odds that all of these religious leaders would have the same story and details, over and over again, just by coincidence?

































"Broadly speaking, the story of Horus is as follows: Horus was born on December 25th of the virgin Isis-Meri. His birth was accompanied by a star in the east, which in turn, three kings followed to locate and adorn the new-born savior. At the age of 12, he was a prodigal child teacher, and at the age of 30 he was baptized by a figure known as Anup and thus began his ministry.



Horus had 12 disciples he traveled about with, performing miracles such as healing the sick and walking on water. Horus was known by many gestural names such as The Truth, The Light, God's Annointed Son, The Good Shepherd, The Lamb of God, and many others. After being betrayed by Typhon, Horus was crucified, buried for 3 days, and thus, resurrected. 

These attributes of Horus, whether original or not, seem to permeate in many cultures of the world, for many other gods are found to have the same general mythological structure. 

SUN GOD ATTIS


Attis, of Phyrigia, born of the virgin Nana on December 25th, crucified, placed in a tomb and after 3 days, was resurrected.



SUN GOD KRISHNA


Krishna, of India, born of the virgin Devaki with a star in the east signaling his coming, performed miracles with his disciples, and upon his death was resurrected.


SUN GOD DIONYSUS

Dionysus of Greece, born of a virgin on December 25th, was a traveling teacher who performed miracles such as turning water into wine, he was referred to as the "King of Kings," "God's Only Begotten Son," "The Alpha and Omega," and many others, and upon his death, he was resurrected.



SUN GOD MITHRA


Mithra, of Persia, born of a virgin on December 25th, he had 12 disciples and performed miracles, and upon his death was buried for 3 days and thus resurrected, he was also referred to as "The Truth," "The Light," and many others. Interestingly, the sacred day of worship of Mithra was Sunday. 



The fact of the matter is there are numerous OTHER saviors, from different periods, from all over the world, which subscribe to these SAME general characteristics. 



The question remains: why these attributes, why the virgin birth on December 25th, why dead for three days and the inevitable resurrection, why 12 disciples or followers? 

To find out, let's examine the most recent of the solar messiahs."

SUN GOD JESUS CHRIST



Jesus Christ, of Bethlehem, born of a virgin on December 25th, had 12 disciples and performed miracles, and upon his death was buried for 3 days and thus resurrected, he was also referred to as "The Truth," "The Light," and many others, just like all other sun gods mentioned above.

Many other religious leaders were also crucified as Christ was, and many of them also 'saved' people, as long as they pledged to be 'disciples' or loyal followers.

Again, the conclusion that someone of a particular faith could take away from all of this is that there is no reason to hate or fear another religion or belief system, because religions have much more in common than they realize. Why hate or fear another religion, that believes essentially the same things, just with names, places and dates changed? 

Now let's go deeper..

ASTROLOGY, PAGANISM AND THE CONNECTION TO ALL OF THESE SUN GODS BORN OF VIRGINS 

As with many religions, there seem to be very deep and direct connections into pagan, indigenous and astrological beliefs plus actual facts, such as the three KING stars lining up with Sirius, the star in the East.

These three stars which are also called the THREE KINGS, then point at the 'virgin' birth of the SUN GOD, which rises at Winter Solstice, exactly in the place that the stars point to. 

The births of many to most of these SUN GODS is on Dec. 25th, which also happens to be the astrological 'birth' of the SUN, at Winter Solstice, on Dec. 25th. 

There is a universal deep astrological meaning within various religions and their Sun Gods. The above picture is an introduction to this deeper truth, which buried below and underneath all of these religious figures. 

Go deeper by watching the video...

The conclusion that any particular belief system or religion can take away from this one section is that pagans, indigenous people and all of the various religions that have 'sun gods' actually share so much in common that what divides them is teeny tiny, compared to the HUGE things that they all have in common. Why hate and fear those who believe in astrology, and/or the movements of the sun and stars, when that belief system is built into and embedded within the foundation of just about all major and minor religions?

MAYBE JESUS CHRIST HAS RETURNED, BUT NO ONE NOTICED? 

JONAS BENDIKSEN: AMONG THE MESSIAHS AROUND THE WORLD, MEN CLAIM TO BE THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST. THE PHOTOGRAPHER RECOUNTS THE YEARS HE SPENT DOCUMENTING—AND BEFRIENDING—SIX OF THEM.
If you had asked photographer Jonas Bendiksen four years ago if he ever thought he would meet Jesus, he might have given you a quizzical look. The award-winning documentarian from Norway is a self-described “skeptic,” known for his ethereal images of abandoned technology in Central Asia in Satellites (Aperture, 2006), and his epic visual exploration of people and homes around the world in The Places We Live (Aperture, 2008). The premise of his new project is a departure from the secular: Bendiksen embeds himself in the lives and communities of men who claim to be the Second Coming of Christ. That’s right—men, plural: Bendiksen encounters six of these modern day Jesuses.

They are worth introducing here:

Inri Christo, from Brazil, had his first awakening as Christ in 1979. 

Jesus of Kitwe, Zambia, was twenty-four when he received his revelation, and it turned his life upside down. 

Former M15 agent and whistleblower David Shayler has been fighting the forces of evil as Jesus in northeast England since 2007. 

Jesus Matayoshi has his own political party in Japan, which bases its policies on Matayoshi’s identity as Christ reborn. 

Moses Hlongwane, the Messiah of South Africa, has about thirty disciples. 

Vissarion, the Christ of Siberia, had his first revelations as the Soviet Union was unraveling around him, and his Church of the Latest Testament has attracted hundreds of followers since the 1990s. 

Bendiksen spent three years following each of these Messiahs and their communities—and emerged with intimate portraits of people of abiding faith.
Much more at Guerenica Jonas Bendiksen: Among the Messiahs

ARMAGEDDON DATES HAVE COME AND GONE FOR 2,000 YEARS, BUT KEEP ON BEING PROMOTED 

Since 2,000 years ago, many so called hate and fear teaching prophets have been giving very specific times and dates for Armageddon. Those dates and times came and went over the last 2,000 years. Got false prophets? 

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President Trump, Armageddon, Doomsday Cults, End Of The World Belief Systems; Apocalypse Among Christian, Judaism, Hindu, Islam, Buddhist, Zoroastrian, UFO, Y2K, Psychics, Numerology Followers, Planet X, Niburu, Chicken Little, Boy Who Cried Wolf

There is a risk of global nuclear war, but that is under humanity's control. If humanity gets rid of and abolishes nuclear bombs and weapons, then almost instant Armageddon is no longer possible with human methods based on fear, greed and hatred. 

Nuclear Doomsday Clock Moves From Three Minutes To Armageddon To Only 2 1/2 Minutes To Armageddon; Every Nuclear Missile, Atom Bomb, Or Nuclear Plant Built Is A Theft From Hungry, Homeless Children
http://www.agreenroadjournal.com/2013/10/nuclear-doomsday-clock-moves-to-five.html

Many Evangelical Christians believe in something called 'rapture', even though this term 'rapture' did not even exist until close to 2,000 years after Christ died.

For close to 2,000 years, no Christian leader or teacher used this term or taught this, until someone named John Darby came along.

Evangelical Christians love the idea of flying through the air and avoiding the 'tribulation' period, during a THIRD Christ coming, which is not really found anywhere in the Bible.

Remember that anyone can interpret any holy book any way that they want, and this is one of MANY interpretations. Remember also that there are at least NINE ways to interpret any Holy Book, not just one, and they are all correct.

Could 'rapture' amount to nothing more than heresy?
http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2010/04/rapture-indisputable-christian-heresy.html

Exposing America's BIGGEST Hypocrites: Fundamentalist Evangelical Christians
VIDEO: https://www.facebook.com/TYTBreakdown/videos/337120093432101/

Vatican owns 10 billion in art, 25 billion in property; why can't that be used to house the homeless?
VIDEO:https://www.facebook.com/disclosetv/videos/10155846997745628/

Instead of one religion hating and fearing other religions and belief systems, why not get to know what one religion has in common with another, by attending another religion's worship service, or communicating with their members directly?.. Explore and ask questions about what religions have in common, rather than focusing on the minor differences. Celebrate the unity. 

The enemy is fear and hatred, not other religions or belief systems. 

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SUMMARY

Hopefully, this article and videos do not turn you into someone who hates or fears religion. The movie also does not have to turn you off of religion. This article is intended to open everyone up a deeper metaphysical or cosmic UNITY, and that universal meaning for everyone, while focusing on the unifying agreements between all belief systems and religions.

Just because there are many similar God and Savior stories does not prove that God, Spirit, Soul, Holy Spirit, or a Higher Power does not exist. These stories also do not claim to prove that there is no soul or spirit. This movie also does not disprove unconditional love or Agape love that universally there in all human beings as a potential, which can be actuated and EXPERIENCED. 

Continue to go deeper. Continue to explore the mystery of intuition, unconditional love, consciousness and/or spirituality inside of yourself, as well as the reasons why so many different religions end up having so many similarities or things in common.

Go deeper....

Unity Soul Consciousness Versus Separation Ego Consciousness; What Is The Difference? Do Everything With Unconditional Love, With No Expectation, Assumption, Judgment, Or Attachment To The Outcome, Miracles, Higher Power, Detachment Explored

Defining Religious Consciousness, Which Is Right, Science Or Religion? What If Both Are Right? Evolution Of Consciousness Within All Individuals And Religions Is Defined, Outlined And Charted Via Multiple Methods

The One Universal Law Contained In All Religions And Belief Systems And Four Powers You Can Harness To Perform Miracles
https://www.agreenroadjournal.com/2014/07/the-one-universal-law-contained-in-all.html

HUMANS ARE ON A LONG LEASH


Humans are on a long leash, so to speak; it is so long and fine, it seems invisible, and the human being forgets all about it and thinks he is on his own; he forgets he is connected to his Source and to one another. The universe is a beach ball that all share. You may have your spot on it, but it is not yours. You can be whipped across to the other side of the beach in the flash of a moment or off it altogether as a physical body. I gave My children the freedom to forget Me as well as to remember Me. 
Copyright© 1999-Now Heavenletters™ Heavenletters™ -- Helping Human Beings Come Closer to God and Their Own Hearts Gloria Wendroff, Godwriter™ www.heavenletters.org

THINGS YOU CAN DO


If you are open to asking questions and going deeper, watch the movie Religilous...

Religulous (2008) GTVFilmChannel

The best of "Religulous"
VIDEO: https://youtu.be/8uqiv3tCghA  5 min

WHAT YOU CAN DO; SELF TEST; WHICH RELIGION OR BELIEF SYSTEM MOST CLOSELY MATCHES YOUR CURRENT BELIEF SYSTEM?


Find the religion or belief system that matches your present state of being, then go deeper into it.

Even if YOU don't know what faith you are, Belief-O-Matic® knows. Answer 20 questions about your concept of God, the afterlife, human nature, and more, and Belief-O-Matic® will tell you what religion (if any) you practice...or ought to consider practicing. 

What is your religion, based on your present day beliefs? Find the faith that matches your beliefs. 

What this self test above offers is the possibility that as a person evolves in their belief system(s), that their religion can also change. Changing or experiencing another religion is not a crime. If a religion no longer 'feels' right, find another one that 'fits' and feels right.

Experiment, question, communicate, and try them on for size. Attend some religious services in different religions. There is no wrong or right. Whatever works for you is the right way and path for you. If someone tells you that you are going to Hell if you leave a particular church, then you belong to a cult. 

Sometimes it is harder to get out of a cult, because part of their power structure revolves around controlling people, and not allowing members to 'get out'. If you need help to get out of a cult, ask for it. There are people who specialize in helping people get out safely from the most dangerous and life threatening cults. 

Go deeper 

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THIS IS YOUR CALL TO ADVENTURE


Everyone is on a hero's journey and this is your call to adventure.

Are you ready to answer the inner call?

TEDx - Ancient Story Of The Hero's Journey; Everyone Is A Hero, This Is Your Call To Adventure
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THIS IS YOUR CALL TO FOLLOW THE PATH LESS TRAVELED, WHICH LEADS WITHIN


Follow the path less traveled into your own heart and intuition.

This 'less traveled' path (also called the Hero's Journey) is the most difficult, the hardest and the longest journey you will ever take. 

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PART OF AWAKENING AND GROWTH SPIRITUALLY INVOLVES PULLING BACK THE CURTAIN

There are always going to be spiritual 'babies', teens and young adults. Just like children who believe in Santa Claus, there comes a time where adults come to the realization that fairy tales, myths and stories are just that. What happens next, after a mature adult realizes that a religion involves more than just stories and myths? 

THE CREATOR WRITINGS: PULLING BACK THE CURTAIN
Many, many shadows have been brought ‘into play’ especially for this shift…to bring your fears to light, to trigger you and make you feel uncomfortable and insecure. You can run away from them…or towards them.

Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, it is time to pull back the curtain and see those shadows for what they truly are. You have the strength, power and Unconditional Love on your side, never forget that! ~ Creator
https://thecreatorwritings.wordpress.com/2018/01/04/pulling-back-the-curtain/

Some of the shadows are ignorance, blind faith, blind belief, superstition, fear, greed, lust for power/control and hatred. Go beyond the shadows to explore the infinite power available within you.

CREATE AND MANIFEST YOUR OWN STORY; ON A PATH LESS TRAVELED, WRITE YOUR OWN GREATEST STORY

Instead of following someone else's story and believing in it literally, why not create your own story, and write your own Holy 'book' with your own life, by creating and manifesting miracles daily? Everyone has the power to create or destroy, just like a GOD.

ZöE - Zak L You can change the story as often as you want, in order to make it perfect enough for YOU. 

What's your new story about?

A new job?
Becoming healthier?
Surrounding yourself with like minded people?
Travelling more?
Eating at the finest restaurants?
Becoming more adventurous?
Cooking more?

Clearing up some negative things from your life?

Once you've written your new story, ask yourself. 

How's your new story going to impact your life in the next 3months?

Take a bite out of life. 
Rewrite your reality
Believe in your worth
Become one with your whole self
Smile, laugh and have great sex. 

Life can be only as good as you want to create it."

Dear Ones, your manifestations are a starting point. Many of you think manifesting is creating something in its perfection and then you are done. But that is actually contrary to how the energies of the universe work. There is always a desire for movement and expansion. You are never really ever done with your creations.

So if you have manifested something in your life that is not one hundred percent to your liking, there is no need to get upset or frustrated. You can continue to adjust and tweak it as you go. It is quite common to discover that your creation needs to be adjusted in ways that you simply could not have imagined before its creation.

It might help to think of your creation as a hunk of clay. It is the beginning of a physical manifestation that still holds many possibilities and potentials to be customized however you like. Now that you actually have something tangible in front of you, you can start to see how it fits your space, your needs, your preferences. There is still so much room to allow it to evolve.

How do you continue to adjust it? By allowing it to continue to unfold in ways that respond to your focus, your appreciation, and your preferences. Energy is always moving and malleable, Dear Ones. Have fun being the artist of your life expression. ~Archangel Gabriel through Shelley Young
http://trinityesoterics.com/2018/01/05/daily-message-friday-january-5-2018/

The first step in growth and evolution or transformation is always letting go of something that no longer works. The next step is birthing something new. Are you ready for the birth and transformation of old energy or belief system,  into something new and greater?

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The answers to all problems, resolving all confusion or doubts are always inside, not outside. 

Go deeper inside to get your answers, as they are within you.



FIND YOUR SENSE OF JOY AND FUN
So many of you have lost the sense of joy and fun in your lives. If this is the case for you, and you would like to move back into greater enjoyment in your life, we suggest you ask yourself the following questions…

What brought you joy as a child? Why did you stop? Are there elements of that same activity you can pick up again now? When did you decide being an adult meant having no fun? Is that true? What brings you joy now? What interests you? Have you connected with your inner child lately? Are they neglected? What lightness and joy would they like to bring to the forefront of your life?

What do you think will happen if you lighten up? What responsibilities do you take on unnecessarily that others could easily do? Do you automatically say no to everything? What one activity could you bring into your life that would be just about your enjoyment? What class have you always wanted to take? What place have you always wanted to visit? When you go to the book store or the library, what section do you linger in the longest? Are you doing that activity in your life or putting it off for some unknown future time?

It is through your interests, your passions, and your expansion that your soul shimmers and shines with satisfaction. It is also through your enjoyment that you find yourself in alignment with Source energy. Love yourself enough to bring back those elements to your life, or if you do not know what they are yet love yourself enough to find out. Your joyful self expression serves you, others, and your planet, much better than self sacrifice and denial ever will. ~Archangel Gabriel through Shelley Young
via Trinity Esoterics | Daily Message ~ Saturday January 6, 2018

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