Written and Directed by...who is it written and dirceted by?...Zeitgeist (watch it here or here) is a three part documentary concerned with the interlinking themes of the origins of Christianity, the Federal Reserve Bank and 9/11. Presently, I'm exclusively concerned with the first part (because I've just seen the film and have never ancountered any of the ideas expounded in it before).
"The Christian religion is a parody on the worship of the sun, in which they put a man called Christ in the place of the sun, and pay him the same adoration which was originally paid to the sun."
Thomas Paine 1739 - 1809
This quote underlies the principle theme of Part I: that Christianity is a lie, a myth, used, abused and fabricated by those in power - originally the Romans, in 325AD, under Emperor Constantine - to control and manipulate the masses into living lives of slavery. And the origin of the Christian myth? Two-fold: ancient Egypt and astrology.
The film claims that the story of Christ is almost entirely predicated by and upon the story of the Egyptian Sun God Horus at around 3,000BC (though many other religions supposedly share a great number of the following attributes). Horus, meaning 'sun' or 'light', was born on December 25th, born of the virgin Meri, accompanied by a star in the East followed by 3 Kings who came and adorned the new born son. Horus had 12 disciples, performed miracles, healed the sick, walked on water, was simultaneously known as the Truth, the Light, the Shephard, the Lamb of God. Horus, after being betrayed, was crucified, was dead for three days then resurected. I don't even need to ask if this sounds familiar. Though I would ask how much of this is verified or verifiable? Right now I have no idea.
And the astrological claims of this film - if true - are quite staggering. The basic claim is that the story of Christ - namely, The Bible - is a mythical literization of astrological phenomena. For instance, the 'son' of God supposedly derives from the 'sun' of God: bringer of light, the light of the world. The 12 disciples of the 'sun' derive from the 12 constellations of the zodiac which the sun travels through. Watch the film to find out more...(here's a clip).
[It suddenly occurs to me that it's Sunday: Sun-day...!? The day of worship. The day of the worship of God and the Sun of God? Sun-day - just a thought.]