I just finished reading The Jesus Mysteries: Was the “Original Jesus” a Pagan God? by Timothy Freke & Peter Gandy. I read the last chapter tonight, and it was amazing. I wish I’d read this when I was thirteen. There would have been some really interesting conversations with the Christian zealots in my family. The book explains how the Jesus myth evolved from various ancient mystery religions that were never meant to be taken literally as histories. However, the Jesus story was later taught literally and stripped of its true mystical power as a symbolic myth to guide a person through personal spiritual rebirth and change, including love of all beings, which can come through the awareness of oneness with all that exists in the universe. The Roman Empire and Roman Catholic church eventually robbed the Christians of the world of their true spiritual heritage, all for political power and financial gain. And we’re still experiencing the result of this atrocity today. But people are exposing it (as in this book) and learning about the true spiritual wisdom teachings. Good stuff!
from the back cover:
“There is absolutely no evidence for the existence of a historical Jesus. For thousands of years Pagans also followed a Son of God. This Pagan savior was also born of a virgin on the twenty-fifth of December before three shepherds, turned water into wine at a wedding, died and was resurrected, and offered his body and blood as a Holy Communion. These Pagan myths have been rewritten as the gospel of Jesus Christ. The earliest Gnostic Christians knew that the Jesus story was a myth. Christianity is a continuation of Paganism by another name.”