A tedious examination of the Merry Mishmash of
CHRIST'S MASS, MITHRAS & CHRISTMYTHS
On December 25th the Romans
celebrated the festival of the
Mithraism was a Persian import that had
been celebrated for hundreds of years and the Emperor Aurelian
made it a state religion in 274.
Later on another Emperor, Constantine, whose conversion and subsequent induction of Christianity as the new state religion made a deliberate effort to eliminate the rival religion of Mithraism by decreeing in 313 that December 25th was now officially Christ's Mass.
Constantine legally mandated that
December 25th was the birthday of
JESUS, the Son of God instead of
MITHRAS, the Sun God !
so Crizzmess is off to a confusing start!
btw Constantine's Mother spent years in the Holy Land, at the taxpayer's expense, searching for the Holy Grail.
If you would like a more realistic birth date for Yeshua/Jesus (nobody knows) try investigating March 25th, May 20th or even April 1st.
Shepherds only guard their flocks of sheep day and night during lambing time which is in the Spring, not in December.
Another nagging problem, aside from getting the wrong birthday for Jesus,
is that we don't know the exact year either...
unfortunately the abscence of the year zero makes matters worse
because his birthyear must be guesstimated somewhere between 4 - 6 BC.
Jesus was born 4 years Before Christ?
In 525 AD a monk named Dionyius Exiguus tried to calculate
the birthyear of Jesus and decided on
The Romans dated everything from the founding of Rome:
AUC (Anno Urbis Conditae) which according to our Gregorian calendar is 753 BC.
So he decided that Jesus was born 753 years after the formation of Rome and invented 'in the first year of our lord' also known as 1 AD (Anno Domini).
753 AUC= 753 BC = 1 AD Got it?
There is a problem with Exiguus choosing 753 AUC /1 AD as the birthyear of Jesus because the three historical figures mentioned in the famous nativity story were only cast in their roles during a brief 3 year period.
The Biblical Books of Luke and Mathew, compiled decades after the event, tell us that Augustus was Emperor, Quirinius was Governor, and Herod was King when Jesus was born. Thanks to Roman records we know that all three dignitaries were only in power from 747(6BC) until 749(4BC).
So Dionysius Exiguus was out by 4 years.
He should have picked 747, 748 or 749..oh never mind.
Are you still with me? C'mon I'm almost finished!
I realise that most people don't seem to care that our history books state that Jesus was born 6 or 4 years before he should have been or that his date of birth wasn't December 25th!
However the implications of acknowledging Jesus's Birthday are far reaching because the Western World chose, and portions of it still maintain, that
THE BIRTH OF JESUS WAS THE PIVOTAL POINT IN ALL OF HISTORY,
and many regard it as a magical SYSTEM RESTORE application that overshadows everything that happened before, and some would argue since, as superfluous data.
So these other pesky problems such as
Jesuslikely being born in NAZARETH and not BETHLEHEM,
or the borrowing of the the VIRGIN BIRTH story,
or the artistic license of implicating DAVIDIC lineage without JOSEPH's sperm does matter to some extent.
Like it or not it does affect the rest of history and deserves to be corrected!
Right now it is a Very Merry MISHMASH.
So What if Jesus wasn't born on December 25th, most Christians
don't care about that anyway, it is the tidings of comfort and joy
that matters..and So What if everything about Mythmas is borrowed,
from Virgin Births,
to even Candles,
if somehow a message of Peace, Love, and Understanding can infiltrate through the calamity and horror of this world and give mankind (1/3rd of them anyway) some hope for a better tomorrow..why not.
*Oh before I forget, because our ancestors neglected to create a year 0
this raises another tedious problem.
The millenium actually started January 1st, 2001 and not on January 1st, 2000!
That's another blog !
MERRY MITHRAS /MYTHMASS or
whichever you prefer,
to One and All!