Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Meaning of the Virgin Birth

Photo: John Cocking

The meaning of a virgin birth is that it is not a corporal birth, such as a human or animal experiences. It represents the birth of the spiritual self, hence it is often called a "second birth" or a re-birth. (NO, it doesn't mean that you're a 'Christian again' and decided to go to church regularly!) All animals have a corporal birth, but it is generally believed that only humans can experience a spiritual birth. Some say this is the "Holy Ghost", but that concept is problematic and debatable; many would say this term represents the soul which gives life to the inanimate matter (the earth or clay) that was used to form the human body. This concept is not only not unique to Christianity, but has been a common motif in much religious mythology, as it does not represent a 'miraculous human conception' at all, but an individual's awakening as a spiritual being, a concept not unique to any one culture, hence it often falls under the general term of "perennial wisdom", or universal truths common to most religions or philosophies.

In the Christian version, the acceptance of this awakening leads to the baptism, or holy cleansing of one's soul, when the individual now devotes him or herself to the mission of following a life of selfless spirituality. In ancient Israel, some sects, such as Essenes, both men and women, did the ritual baptism every day at midday as a constant daily affirmation of the spiritual cleansing.

Historically, there have been numerous corporal virgin births documented, including a famous one in the Civil War, when a soldier was shot and the ball continued into a house and impregnated a virgin teenager; when the soldier found out, he saw this as 'providence', and married the woman and they had several more children together. However, none of the other virgin births became anyone more famous than this incident.

If you think this represents a material, historical accuracy, then it's nothing unique when compared to other religions, and you'll have to find a meaning to the story that includes why it would be retold or common to various religions and cultures.

[Note: I also posted this at WikiAnswers in response to the question: "What is the meaning of the virgin birth?", and some clown had answered, "A woman, never having known a man, gives birth; there has been only one." Not only is that innacurate, but "The Gospel of the Birth of Mary", later removed by some early Pope, give the exact same story for Mary's birth, born of a virgin herself. Metaphysically, this means that the "Mary" concept is not a real person, but a spiritual concept. This is likely why the book was removed. Ironically, all editing or changing of the Bible, including removing books, is prohibited at the end of Revelations, in a paragraph that was certainly added later by monks! In spite of this, the King James Version has over 14,000 changes made in just the new testament alone since the Codex Sinaiticus version from 180 a.d., the oldest known copy of these books, so it may be the original versions.]

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Story of Horus

[I'm repeating this excerpt in time for Christmas]
The Story Of Horus, from 3000 b.c.

Horus was born on December 25th to the virgin Isis Mary. His birth was accompanied by a star in the east and upon his birth, he was adored by three kings. At the age of 12 he was personified as a teacher. At the age of 30 he was baptized by a figure named Anup and thus began his ministry. Horus had twelve disciples he travelled around with, performing miracles such as healing the sick and walking on water. He was known by many names including “The Truth”, “The Light”, Good Shepherd”, “Lamb of God”, “God’s Anointed one and many others. After being betrayed by Typho he was crucified, died for three days and thus resurrected.

Sound familiar? I was told that Horus bearing the sun gave us "hours".

Remember this quote:
"This myth of the Christ has served us well" - Pope Leo X