RELIGIOUS apologists ignore facts about the true origins of their dogmas, especially Christians, rather than admit to cleverly made-up history.
With the possible exception of evangelicals, the doom of dogmatic religious organizations is already well progressed.
Recognizing this, the cover of a 2009 Newsweek featured an article by Jon Meacham titled “The Decline and Fall of Christian America.”
The subhead declares: “The percentage of self-identified Christians has fallen 10 points in the past two decades. How that statistic explains who we are now — and what, as a nation, we are about to become.” And this was a study done seven years ago!
So popular was the article, bloggers noted, it was forced to disable comments. Jon Meacham’s controversial theme, The End of Christian America, reportedly received over 5,000 comments making the Newsweek site “wobbly.” Religion and religious ideas have always tended towards radicalism, and are still highly charged in the USA, especially with current rise in Islamic extremism.
For all the bloody details see columnist Colleen Raezler’s article “For the media, it’s un-Holy Week” where she commented the “The Washington Post/Newsweek blog ‘On Faith’ featured a post that belittled the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection.”
“The Discovery Channel aired a documentary that painted Jesus as little more than an opportunistic politician who caught a bad break in a trial.”
In radical Islam such a statement today about Muhammad might cost you your head and maybe several other body parts.
Theosophy’s chief exponent. H. P. Blavatsky, though, never softened her criticism of the faults especially of what she called “Churchianity.” She alerts readers to her opinions in her first major work Isis Unveiled (Preface Vol 2):
“is in particular directed against theological Christianity, the chief opponent of free thought.” One can only dare imagine what her comments might be today.
One of Mme. Blavatsky’s Teachers, an Eastern Master, in a highly relevant statement wrote: “the followers of Christ and those of Mahomet are cutting each others’ throats in the names of and for the greater glory of their respective myths.” (Mahatma Letters) This was written in the late 19th Century! Religious bigotry and violence are apparently very difficult to eliminate.
In January 2015, 11 people were killed and as many wounded at a hate shooting against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a media organization that lampooned Islam the Prophet Muhammad. (Wikipedia)
H. P. Blavatsky’s Master in “Our Ideas on Evil” prophetically wrote:
“I will point out the greatest, the chief cause of nearly two thirds of the evils that pursue humanity ever since that cause became a power. It is religion under whatever form and in whatsoever nation.”
“It is the sacerdotal caste, the priesthood and the churches; it is in those illusions that man looks upon as sacred … that multitude of evils which is the great curse of humanity and that almost overwhelms mankind.”
“Ignorance created Gods and cunning took advantage of the opportunity. Look at India and look at Christendom and Islam, at Judaism and Fetichism. It is priestly imposture that rendered these Gods so terrible to man;
“it is religion that makes of him the selfish bigot, the fanatic that hates all mankind out of his own sect without rendering him any better or more moral for it.”
“It is belief in God and Gods that makes two-thirds of humanity the slaves of a handful of those who deceive them under the false pretense of saving them.”
For a sobering timeline of terrorist incidents which took place in the first half of 2016, including attacks by violent non-state actors for political or unknown motives, go to: Wikipedia
The Golden Rule
“Isis Unveiled,” Blavatsky wrote, “contains not one word against the pure teachings [attributed to] Jesus, but unsparingly denounces their debasement into pernicious ecclesiastical systems that are ruinous to man’s faith in his immortality, and his God, and subversive of all moral restraint.”
There are those “whose sinless lives reflect the glorious example of that Prophet of Nazareth, by whose mouth the spirit of truth spake loudly to humanity. Such there have been at all times.”
“The Irish, Italian and Slavonian peasant will starve himself and see his family starving and naked to feed and clothe his padre and pope,” a Master wrote in The Mahatma Letters:
“For two thousand years India groaned under the weight of caste, Brahmins alone feeding on the fat of the land.”
“Today the followers of Christ and those of Mahomet are cutting each others’ throats in the names of and for the greater glory of their respective myths.
“Remember the sum of human misery will never be diminished unto that day when the better portion of humanity destroys in the name of Truth, morality, and universal charity, the altars of their false gods.”
Tom Harpur, ex-Anglican minister and author of “The Pagan Christ,” discusses his discovery of the pagan origins of Christianity.
“History preserves the names of many as heroes, philosophers, philanthropists, martyrs, and holy men and women — Blavatsky wrote in her stirring Preface to Vol. 2 of Isis Unveiled — “but how many more have lived and died, unknown but to their intimate acquaintance, unblessed but by their humble beneficiaries! “These have ennobled Christianity,” she wrote:
“…but would have shed the same lustre upon any other faith they might have professed, for they were higher than their creed.”
For truth-seekers however this begs the question, what are the real facts underlying the covert syncretism of the Church’s false construct of Jesus?
“Jesus of Nazareth (7–2 BC/BCE – 30–36 AD/CE),” says Wikipedia: “commonly referred to as Jesus Christ or simply as Jesus or Christ, is the central figure of Christianity.”
Most Christian denominations venerate him as God the Son incarnated and believe that he rose from the dead after being crucified.”
But this holy tradition may in fact have a more wholly natural origin, the concept being usurped from ancient universal truths.
Created in 1995 the Truth Be Known website was the inspiration of the late independent scholar of comparative religion and mythology D.M. Murdock, also known as “Acharya S.” Murdock’s work was designed, her site says, to bring to light “fascinating lost, hidden and destroyed religious, mythological and spiritual traditions that reveal an exciting core of knowledge dating back thousands of years.”
Rising to Spirit
The difference between Christian theology and Theosophy,” Blavatsky wrote in The Key to Theosophy, is that the “former enforces belief in the Descent of the Spiritual Ego into the Lower Self,” and Theosophy
“…inculcates the necessity of endeavouring to elevate oneself to the Christos, or Buddhi state.”
Jesus a Buddhist
“The motive of Jesus was evidently like that of Gautama-Buddha,” writes Blavatsky in Isis Unveiled, “to benefit humanity at large by producing a religious reform which should give it a religion of pure ethics—the true knowledge of God and nature having remained until then solely in the hands of the esoteric sects, and their adepts.”
“What is self-evident, is that [Jesus] preached the philosophy of Buddha-Sakyamuni.”
“When we use the term Buddhists, we do not mean to imply by it either the exoteric Buddhism instituted by the followers of Gautama-Buddha, nor the modern Buddhistic religion,” Blavatsky wrote, “but the secret philosophy of Sakyamuni, which in its essence is certainly identical with the ancient wisdom-religion of the sanctuary—the pre-Vedic Brahmanism.”
“The Gnostics maintained that Jesus was a man overshadowed by the Christos or Messenger of Life.”
Gods on Earth
“Such God-like beings as Gautama-Buddha, Jesus, Tissoo, Christna, and a few others had united themselves with their spirits [Christos] permanently,” Blavatsky wrote, “hence, they became gods on earth.”
“Others, such as Moses, Pythagoras, Apollonius, Plotinus, Confucius, Plato, Iamblichus, and some Christian saints, having at intervals been so united,” she says, “have taken rank in history as demi-gods and leaders of mankind.
“When unburdened of their terrestrial tabernacles, their freed souls, united forever with their spirits, rejoin the whole shining host, which is bound together in one spiritual solidarity of thought and deed, and called ‘the anointed.’
“Hence, the meaning of the Gnostics, who, by saying that ‘Christos’ suffered spiritually for humanity, implied that his Divine Spirit suffered mostly.”
“Thus, in common with Pythagoras and other hierophant reformers, Jesus divided his teachings into exoteric and esoteric. Except a handful of self-styled Christians who subsequently won the day,” she continues:
“…all the civilized portion of the Pagans who knew of Jesus honored him as a philosopher, an adept whom they placed on the same level with Pythagoras and Apollonius.”
“Whence such a veneration on their part for a man, were he simply, as represented by the Synoptics,” Blavatsky asks, “a poor, unknown Jewish carpenter from Nazareth?
“As an incarnated God there is no single record of him on this earth capable of withstanding the critical examination of science…”
The Real Jesus
“As one of the greatest reformers, an inveterate enemy of every theological dogmatism, a persecutor of bigotry,” Blavatsky concludes, “a teacher of one of the most sublime codes of ethics, Jesus is one of the grandest and most clearly-defined figures on the panorama of human history:
“We see that the Golden Rule was not original with Jesus — that its birth-place was India. The doctrines of Manu and Gautama harmonized exactly with his own philosophy.”
“Were it possible, we would keep this work out of the hands of many Christians whom its perusal would not benefit,” Mme. Blavatsky wrote emphatically, “and for whom it was not written.”
“We allude to those whose faith in their respective churches is pure and sincere…”
“… and those whose sinless lives reflect the glorious example of that Prophet of Nazareth, by whose mouth the spirit of truth spake loudly to humanity. Their charity, and simple, child-like faith in the infallibility of their Bible, their dogmas, and their clergy…
“…bring into full activity all the virtues that are implanted in our common nature.”
‘Christ’ Not a Person
“With the Christians, Christ is another name for Jesus. The philosophy of the Gnostics, the initiates, and hierophants understood it otherwise. The word Christos, (Christos), like all Greek words, must be sought in its philological origin — the Sanskrit.”
Unity Minus Dogma
“In comparison with the millions who have been accounted Christians,” Blavatsky insisted, “such have always formed a small minority.”
“They are to be found at this day, in pulpit and pew, in palace and cottage,” she wrote:
“but the increasing materialism, worldliness and hypocrisy are fast diminishing their proportionate number.”
“An analysis of religious beliefs in general, Isis Unveiled is in particular directed against theological Christianity, the chief opponent of free thought.”
“We have personally known such God-fearing priests and clergymen, and we have always avoided debate with them, lest we might be guilty of the cruelty of hurting their feelings —
“…nor would we rob a single layman of his blind confidence, if it alone made possible for him holy living and serene dying.”
Unity of Religion
“[Isis Unveiled] contains not one word against the pure teachings of Jesus,” Blavatsky affirmed, “but unsparingly denounces their debasement into pernicious ecclesiastical systems
“…that are ruinous to man’s faith in his immortality and his God, and subversive of all moral restraint.”
“His age may, with every day, be receding farther and farther back into the gloomy and hazy mists of the past — and his theology — based on human fancy and supported by untenable dogmas [theology] must with every day lose more of its unmerited prestige.” Adding:
“Alone the grand figure of the philosopher and moral reformer instead of growing paler will become with every century more pronounced and more clearly defined.”
“That figure,” we are assured, “will reign supreme and universal only on that day when the whole of humanity recognizes but one father:
“the UNKNOWN ONE above — and one brother — the whole of mankind below.”