In this post I will mainly deal with Egyptian elements in Christianity that the Catholic Church introduced, but I will also mention some motives taken from other pagan religions.
I would like to start by discussing some of the similar ideas that are shared between Christianity and the Mandaean religion. Mandeans claim that John the Baptist was a member of their sect.
These people are also called the “baptisers”, because they baptise themselves every day and water is the most important aspect of their lives because of its purifying qualities. They say that water connects people with heaven as it comes from heaven; therefore it is with water that people get purified.
Although Mandeans did not accept Jesus after the death of John (Yeshua was supposed to be his successor) they surprisingly have quite a few similarities with Christianity, though theirs is an older religion.
Firstly, let me say this. Some Christians, when they find out that Jesus shared many characteristics of pagan sun-gods, they are quick to accuse other cultures of changing their sacred texts so that their gods would look similar to Jesus!
That’s not going to happen, because each religion values their sacred texts; why would they try to align their religions with the religion they don’t even believe in? So it means that we cannot use this argument when we see a text more ancient than Christianity narrating stories similar to those of Jesus.
You wouldn’t edit your Bible to add something about a popular pagan god. The same goes for other religions. But because some stories and themes between Christianity and paganism are very similar, Christians feel forced to accuse those of other religions of changing their holy texts in order to align them with a foreign-to-them religion!
The solar cross
In the Mandaean faith we find one of their symbols to be the cross that looks like this:
They didn’t copy it from Christians. They want nothing to do with Christianity as they claim that Jesus betrayed their sect. They explain this cross to be the symbol of life, and a sign that’s seen in the sun.
In the book The Mandeans of Iraq and Iran by E. S. Drower we read the following:
The Christian idea of a cross with an implication of blood-sacrifice is contrary to the whole Mandaean belief; indeed, this sign was not at first associated, even by the Christians, with the instrument of Christ’s passion, but was a ‘life’ or ‘sun’ symbol. In the Parsi ritual meal the sign of the cross is made over the ritual meal for the dead (JJM., p. 401), and Modi suggests that it is symbolic of the four points of the compass. This idea is corroborated by the Nestorian ritual, for the priest, as he places four wafers on the paten in the form of a cross, murmurs the words, ‘From East to West, from North to South’. It probably represents the journey and return of the sun, symbolizing resurrection.
As I mentioned, the cross also represents the symbol that is found in the sun according to Mandeans:
(Source: The Mandeans of Iraq and Iran by E. S. Drower.)
Here you can see the sun-boat mast from which Mandeans get their cross symbol. The image below shows the sun boat and the spirits that are in it. That’s how Mandeans believe the sun to really look like, and we find a similar belief among ancient Egyptians – that the sun-god moves in the sky in a boat. It is told that the resurrected king is taken on such a ship with the sun god Ra across the heavens (source).
Constantine claimed to have seen the cross sign when he prayed to the sun. Maybe indeed his vision showed the reality, if the Mandaean claim is true. I also received some comments from Christians claiming that if you look at the sun long enough you will see a cross in it.
If you look carefully at how the Catholic church depicts the cross, you will notice a repeating motive – the top middle part of the cross is illuminated by the sun behind it, or the sun is behind the head of the crucified messiah, thus making this an identical or similar symbol to that of a sun cross, which was revered by ancient cultures (source):
For example, here are some sun-crosses from different pagan religions:
The cross, therefore, was a symbol held sacred long before the time of Christ.
The Mandaean book of John the Baptist
Talking about Mandeans, they revere John the Baptist but don’t believe in Jesus. They say that Jesus was the disciple of John, and that’s why he was baptized by him.
Although our bibles portray John the Baptist only as a herald to the messiah, in truth he was a very influential prophet of God with a big following, and some people considered him the very messiah.
We can find the echoes of this in Shem Tov’s Gospel of Matthew, and we find even some evidence of that in our bibles, like in verses such as “who was more than a prophet” (Jesus talking about John the Baptist) and “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples”.
Mandeans preserved the sayings of their messiah John the Baptist in a book. In it we find very similar teachings to those of Jesus.
In the book John the Baptist called himself “a good shepherd”, and he also called people “fishes” and warned them about evil “fishermen” who catch them in their nets (source).
Here are some extracts from the Mandaean book of John the Baptist about the “good shepherd”:
I am a shepherd who loves his sheep.
I tend the sheep and the lambs.
The fold is near me, and
the fold does not wander far from the village.
I do not bring them down them to the seashore,
lest they see the maelstrom;
lest they come to fear the water,
and when they thirst after water, they do not drink.
I bring and provide them with water in the palm of my hand,
until they drink their fill.
I bring them to the good fold,
and they graze with me.
No wolf leaps into our fold
and they need not fear the fierce lion,
and they need not fear the wind,
and a thief cannot succeed in entering our place.
A thief cannot enter their folds,
and they need not fear the iron knife.
I weep for my sheep,
and my sheep weep for themselves.
The little lambs, who cannot exit the gate of the fold,
are weeping when thus I brought him.
To the house I ascend;
I go up to the highest place.
I call out to my sheep;
to my sheep so that they be with me.
I say to them, “My sheep, my sheep!
Come to my honest voice!
You, come to my honest voice,
so that you may be saved from the dragons!
Come to me, I am a shepherd,
whose ship is swiftly coming,
my radiant ship is coming,
and I will come and lift my sheep and lambs.
Everyone who has heeded my call and my voice,
and turned her face towards me,
I will hold in both my hands
and rise her up with me to my ship.
Every ram lamb and ewe lamb that was [let itself be] captured
the maelstrom brought down.
The voracious waters devour,
and whosoever did not heed my voice sank down below.
How distressed am I for the rams (?),
the wool of whose sides she has pulled down!
How distressed am I for the little lambs,
whose bellies are not filled with milk!
Out of a thousand, I found only one,
and out of an entire generation, I found only two.
Happy is the one who doesn’t lie down and fall asleep,
and who did not love deep sleep.
My chosen ones! Everyone who is at the end of the Age of Mars,
may his mind be a support for him.
He will come and ascend to the shining abode,
the place where the sun never sets,
and the lamps of light do not grow dim.”
The reason Mandeans did not accept Jesus is because they claim that he disclosed some of their esoteric secrets, baptized people in non-living water (as opposed to the circulating river water), and changed some of their teachings.
Egyptian themes in Christianity
I know there are many false claims of Jesus resembling pagan gods. However, this general accusation is not totally groundless. There are many parallels in the life of Jesus and in the lives of many pagan gods. Pagans adored child-gods and so we see Catholic Jesus depicted as a child. Pagans also had many redeemer gods, though individual life details of them will of course differ.
Some Christians think that only if the life of Jesus is an exact copy of the life of another pagan god they would accept that Jesus’s story is taken from pagan sources. This is a foolish assumption to make; surely the Catholic Church would not simply copy the life of a pagan god, totally wipe out the account of the life of Jesus, and replace his identity completely.
To look credible, they would mix truth with falsity, but in general the life would be changed to the degree that your prayers go to the sun-god and not to Jesus. They pray to that sun-god, and they want your prayers and worship to be directed to it as well. And that’s what they did.
So here are some similarities between the teachings of the Bible and Egyptian religious texts and myths.
Only son knows the father
Egyptian kings claimed that they were the sons of God and that only they knew God. Therefore they claimed to be mediators between God and men. They called God their “father”. (By the way, masons also call God their “father” and other masons – their “brothers”.)
Quoting from A Handbook of Egyptian Religion by Adolf Erman
Jesus and Osiris similarities
Now let’s look at some similarities between Jesus and Osiris.
Like Jesus, Osiris was completely human yet at the same time divine.
Osiris was sometimes called the “King of the Living Ones”.
Interestingly, he was called so not in relation to the life in heaven, but to the life in the underworld, as the inhabitants of the underworld were called “the living ones” (source).
Osiris sometimes was depicted with green skin because the color green was associated with rebirth by Egyptians. He became the lord of the underworld because he was the first god to die, and he is also the one who judges the souls of the dead (source).
Although Osiris was slain by his evil brother Seth, with his death he defeated evil. It is told that the dead kings of Egypt will rise with Osiris to have an everlasting life. His death and rebirth was also associated with the sun going into the underworld each night and then being born again each morning (source).
Osiris is told to be the Creator god who is the king of the underworld and afterlife. He is the one granting life to everything on this earth, and is also in charge of birth, death and resurrection (source).
Franz Cumont, a Belgian archaeologist and historian, in his book The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism writes:
“But of all the celebrations connected with the worship of Isis the most stirring and the most suggestive was the commemoration of the “Finding of Osiris” (Inventio, Εὕρεσις).
“Its antecedents date back to remote antiquity.
“Since the time of the twelfth dynasty, and probably much earlier, there had been held at Abydos and elsewhere a sacred performance similar to the mysteries of our Middle Ages, in which the events of Osiris’s passion and resurrection were reproduced.
“We are in possession of the ritual of those performances. Issuing from the temple, the god fell under Set’s blows; around his body funeral lamentations were simulated, and he was buried according to the rites; then Set was vanquished by Horus, and Osiris, restored to life, reentered his temple triumphant over death.”
He also writes:
This constant endeavor to secure an after-existence for one’s self and relatives manifested itself in various ways, but it finally assumed a concrete form in the worship of Osiris. The fate of Osiris, the god who died and returned to life, became the prototype of the fate of every human being that observed the funeral rites. “As truly as Osiris lives,” says an Egyptian text, “he also shall live; as truly as Osiris is not dead, shall he not die; as truly as Osiris is not annihilated, shall he not be annihilated.”
Even at Rome the adherents of the Alexandrian gods frequently inscribed the following wish on their tombs: “May Osiris give you fresh water.” Soon this water became, in a figurative sense, the fountain of life pouring out immortality to thirsting souls.
E. A. Wallis Budge was an English Egyptologist, Orientalist and philologist who worked for the British Museum and published numerous works.
He told that “From first to last, Osiris was to the Egyptians the god-man who suffered, and died, and rose again, and reigned eternally in heaven. [My note – maybe he meant as a star constellation? Because he is supposed to reign in the underworld.] They believed that they would inherit eternal life, just as he had done.” (Source)
A star in the East
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
— Matthew 2:1-2
Some sources claim that Osiris’ birth was announced by three wise men. I don’t know if it’s true, but it could be, since the three wise men are likely to be the symbols for the three stars that point to the east star Sirius.
The names of those stars are Mintaka, Anilam, and Alnitak, and this asterism is also called “Orion’s Belt”. Interestingly, another name for this pattern of stars is “Three Sisters” or “Three Kings”, and in Philippines as well as Puerto Rico this asterism is called “The Three Magi” that symbolise the visit of the Magi to the child Jesus (source).
Water baptism was also not unique to Christianity and Judaism. It was an ancient practice among Egyptians, Hindus and other cultures. According to Encyclopedia of Religion by Joseph Butler:
Water, especially the Nile’s cold water, which is believed to have regenerative powers, is used to baptize the dead in a ritual based on the Osiris myth. This ritual both assures the dead of an afterlife and rids them of blemishes that may not be taken into the other world.
(…) it [baptism] was probably intended to represent symbolically the initiate’s death to the life of this world by recalling Osiris’ drowning in the Nile.
What’s even more strange, is that in Egypt priests would consecrate cakes which were supposed to become the flesh of their god Osiris. The same was done in Mithra cult (which is extremely similar to Christianity in many of its other details as well).
Bartholomew Brewer, a PhD and an ex-catholic priest who has now converted to Protestantism, has this to say in his book The Mystery of Eucharist:
“The doctrine of transubstantiation does not date back to the Last Supper as is supposed. Like many of the beliefs and rites of Romanism, transubstantiation was first practiced by pagan religions.
“In Egypt, priests would consecrate mest cakes which were supposed to become the flesh of Osiris [3100 BC]. The idea of transubstantiation was also characteristic of the religion of Mithra [300 BC] whose sacraments of cakes and Haoma drink closely parallel the Catholic Eucharistic rite.
[In Roman religion], it was a controverted topic for many centuries before officially becoming an article of faith, which means that it is essential to salvation according to the Roman Catholic Church. The idea of a corporal presence was vaguely held by some, such as Ambrose, but it was not until 831 AD that Paschasius Radbertus, a Benedictine monk, published a treatise openly advocating the doctrine of transubstantiation.
Even then, for almost another four hundred years, theological war was waged over this teaching by bishops and people alike until at the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215 AD, it was officially defined and canonized as a dogma.
Stephen L. Harris, Professor Emeritus of Humanities and Religious Studies at California State University writes in his book Understanding the Bible (as quoted on this wikipedia page) that the Hellenic world fostered a number of ‘underground’ religions, which countless thousands of people found intellectually and emotionally satisfying.”
They were known as the “mysteries,” because their adherents took oaths never to reveal their rites to the uninitiated. Several honored young male gods born of a divine father and human mother, resurrected after a heroic death. In some of these secret religions “celebrants shared a communal meal in which they symbolically ate the flesh and drank the blood of their god.”
A lamb slain from the foundation of the world
In Greece there used to be a festival held by Thebans, the inhabitants of the city Thebes, during which they would slaughter a ram, skin it and clothe the god Amon with it (because he was told to appear with the head of a ram).
They would place the statue of Herakles in front of it, then would beat themselves and immediately bury the lamb. (Source: Egyptian Religion Handbook by Adolf Erman, p. 178.)
In Egypt it was the solar bull that was sacrificed and reborn, though they worshipped and deified rams as well, like their god Khnum was depicted with a ram’s head. (Source: Egyptian Religion Handbook by Adolf Erman.)
According to Wikipedia:
In Egyptian mythology, Apis or Hapis (alternatively spelled Hapi-ankh) is a sacred bull worshipped in the Memphis region. Identified as the son of Hathor, a primary deity in the pantheon of Ancient Egypt. Initially, he was assigned a significant role in her worship, being sacrificed and reborn. Later, Apis also served as an intermediary between humans and other powerful deities (originally Ptah, later Osiris, then Atum).
He was conceived by a ray from heaven; people would sacrifice bulls and then build chapels over them. It is speculated that in the early times of Egypt people believed that the sacrificed bull becomes a deity (source).
Isis and the Holy Spirit
Isis, like the Holy Spirit, is sometimes depicted in the form of a bird. It was in this form that Isis conceived her son Horus. Jesus, after the dove descended on him, heard the words “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”.
However, in old manuscripts we find the fulfilment of Psalm 2:7 with the words of the Holy Spirit after Jesus’ baptism “Thou art my Son; this day I have begotten thee”.
According to Discussions of History and Theology by George P. Fisher:
This would make more sense. Jesus gets baptized, the Holy Spirit descends on him and proclaims that this day she has begotten him. He is born-again – born of water and spirit. In the Gospel of Thomas we find Jesus calling the Holy Spirit his “mother“; he said “for my true [mother] gave me life”.
The Catholic Church doesn’t want you to know about these old sources because this information makes it easier to figure out that Jesus’ story was aligned to the myth of the Egyptian trinity:
A woman clothed with the sun
You probably know this Revelation passage very well (12:1-6):
And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
This was one of my most favourite passages in the book of Revelation. And here’s what I’ve recently found when reading the Egyptian Religion Handbook:
This turns out to be a very famous ancient myth of how the Egyptian god Horus was born, who is part of the Egyptian trinity.
Similarities between Jesus and Krishna
A Hindu deity Krisha has also many similarities with Jesus. He is sometimes called a “god-child” and often portrayed as a baby. Before his birth a voice from heaven prophesied that he would put an end to a tyrannical king ruling at the time.
The king found out about this, imprisoned his parents (this happened before his birth) and started killing all their sons. The couple were afraid to give birth to the eighth child because they were afraid that he would meet the same destiny.
A Hindu god appears to them assuring that the child would survive and gives them a power to escape the prison and replace their child with that of a baby girl.
Therefore the child grows up safe, without the awareness of the king who wanted to kill him.
Krishna was accidentally killed having been mistaken for a deer, and because of his yogic powers he ascended into the abode from which he came.
At the end of the world Krishna will appear as Kalki (the messiah of Hindus) on a white horse and will slay all those evil-doers who forgot the Law of God. He will establish peace on earth, thus starting the new age.
Even the title “Christ” and the name “Krishna” are similar. Krishna is believed to be the incarnation of the second person in Hindu trinity. Jesus is believed to be the son of God, also the second person in the trinity – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Both were sent from heaven in the form of a man. In one of the stories of Krishna’s birth he is conceived without the father; in Christianity the virginal birth tradition is the mainstream one, but there are also alternative stories of his birth.
Divine beings gave warnings with regards to both saviors of the coming dangers. Krishna’s foster-parent had to travel to Mathura to pay taxes; Jesus’ parents travelled to Bethlehem to pay taxes.
Krishna was told to have uprooted a small mountain. Jesus said that if you have the faith of a mustard seed, you would be able to say to the mountain uproot yourself and be cast into the ocean.
There are many other similarities between Jesus and Krishna, and the story of Jesus is similar to the stories of other solar deities such as Mithra. Mithraism was so similar to Christianity that Christians could not believe it when they came in touch with this religion.
Strange paintings of Jesus
And then there are the Leonardo Da Vinci’s mysterious paintings of Jesus. He calls him a “magician” and a “sorcerer” in his paintings, like the one called “Adoration of the Magi”. Many pagan elements are hidden in his paintings, as though he was trying to educate those with the eyes to see and maybe even warn them about the Catholic-created Jesus who is not the Yeshua of Nazareth.
In this painting we can see that the people adoring the child Jesus are old and ghost-like, whilst those behind and above the main scene are young, and one person, maybe John the Baptist, points up probably indicating the god that masons worship; though this might also warn us not to worship the son-god of Catholicism but the real God, as if we do, we will be “dead men”.
And then there’s the Last Supper painting, which is absolutely incredible. When inverting the “Last Supper” painting when it’s split right in the middle and placing it on top of the same painting, we see Jesus as a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” with the third eye; we also see the pagan winged sun-disk above him, and above that – the image of a goat-head.
This video explains this revelation well:
Leonardo Da Vinci also portrayed Jesus as a magician in his other paintings. This painting, for example, sold at an auction for $450 million, which makes it the most expensive painting to be old at an auction.
And there are also paintings depicting extra-terrestrial activity close to biblical characters.
We also know that the earliest authorized KJV Bible version had an Egyptian sun-disk in its illustration (craftily made look like a dove) on top of which was written the name of God in Hebrew. There are many other pagan and freemasonic symbols in this painting as well, making me think that maybe King James was a freemason after all.
There are many more things to discuss, but I don’t want to make this article too long. The story of Jesus also aligns with the annual sun’s movement across the sky as well as body alchemy, where Christ’s 33 years correspond to the 33 vertebrea and when he reaches this age he is crucified at the place called Golgotha, which can be translated as a “skull”.
This inner crucifixion refers to saving your seed (Christ – oil – semen) until it goes up the spine and is crucified in your skull, and after three days you are born-again, as you get renewed (anointed) by the release of the saved seed into your brain, rather than releasing it downwards through having a sexual intercourse, spilling the seed, or masturbation.
So the life of Christ, and the Bible in its totality, has many secrets, but I’m not yet sure if those secrets are for our good or not. In general, I must conclude that the Christian faith is full of pagan elements borrowed from different ancient cultures, but mainly from the religions of sun-worship. Therefore it is my opinion that if you direct prayers to Jesus, it goes to the sun of God, and not to the son of God.
(Due to the fact that there are so many similarities between the Egyptian religion and Christianity, I will now be spending time on Egypt research, so you can expect quite a few articles on this subject, and maybe even a few audio recordings of good books on Egypt.)