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A Very Special Birth

black-nativityThere have been many stories told since the first word was spoken and people have believed many things overtime. But there is an endearing story that has stood the test of time. It is the greatest story ever told about a precious baby born to a virgin, said to be born in a stable, who Christians believe this child to be our savior.

I believe that but will add that my reading of the Holy Book does not mention the word Christian but a few times. In fact, the word did not become attached to the faith until the Roman Emperor Constantine decreed the faith to be the state religion during his rule hundreds of years later.

Much of what we know has been told to us or taught by those who came before us and always by the powers that be. The truth or reality of what we know falls in the realm of what we chose to believe and that is faith, which is believing true what is unseen. We know the beginning of our species, mankind, was conceived in Africa. With that said, is reasonable to believe that the foundation of faith was also birthed in Africa as well.

I once read a powerful book by Dr. Ben, who is one of the foremost Egyptologist, and he wrote that there was a divine being three thousand years before the birth of our Lord. His name was Horus born to the goddess Isis after she retrieved all the dismembered body parts of her murdered husband Osiris, except his penis, which was thrown into the Nile. It is said that she used her magic powers to resurrect Osiris and fashion a gold phallus to conceive her son.

Once Isis knew she was pregnant with Horus, she fled to the Nile Delta marshlands to hide from her brother who jealously killed Osiris and who she knew would want to kill their son. There Isis bore a divine son. Horus grew to serve many functions in the Egyptian pantheon, most notably being the god of the sun, war and protection.

Let me be clear, before I continue, it is not my intent to represent blasphemy, rather to provide information for consumption. Thankfully, we have the right to believe whatever we want, and I want and chose to believe in God. This story got my attention because it is strikingly similar to the modern story we know so well. In fact, as I researched this revelation, I found that there have been thirty three similar representations of an emasculate conception involving a deity in varying religions.

In the 20th century, Gerald Massey argued that there are similarities between the Egyptian god Horus and Jesus. Following those ideas, in the 1940’s Alvin Boyd Kuhn suggested that not only in Christianity but Judaism was also based on Egyptian concepts. More recently, Tom Harpur, who believes Jesus existed, but his life story is fiction, has expressed similar views. Some argue that December 25, as the date of Jesus’ birth was selected based on the birth of Horus and that the New Testament does not include any reference to the date or season of the birth of Jesus.

The earliest known source recognizing the 25th of December as the date of birth of Jesus is by Hippolytus of Rome, written around the beginning of the 3rd century, based on the assumption that the conception of Jesus took place at the Spring equinox. Hippolytus placed the equinox on March 25 and then added 9 months to get December 25, thus establishing the date for festivals. The Roman Chronography of 354 then included an early reference to the celebration of a Nativity feast in December, as of the fourth century.

Today, we celebrate this most glorious of days with many pagan rituals, i.e, the tree and jolly old Saint Nick. It is not that I am saying we should believe this or not believe something different. Most of us at one time or another believed in Santa Clause, only to find out and realize, he was created for commercial reasons. My point is not to sway your opinion or belief, rather to, hopefully, causing you to think about the real meaning of this holiday, which is your love for the message and the spirit of mankind.

So I will close with this thought; we could end homelessness with the money spent on Christmas Decorations. Therefore, I suggest that during this season we “do everything in love.” (1 Corinthians 16:14) and that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…



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