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Most of our modern day religions are based on the premise that God, the creator and boss of the universe (the man in the sky), spoke directly to some prophet explaining the mysteries of life and giving them the rules that we mortals must life by. Each religion believes that their founder got these rules directly from God and that while other religions may have gotten some of it right, theirs is the only true and complete version.

This book shows how all of our present day western religious beliefs came from one early form of religion, and how religious leaders throughout history have adapted these religious beliefs in an attempt to control their followers.

As you read this book you will discover that the literal “truths” and “historical events” that are espoused by our churches, and have formed much of our present day religious beliefs, were actually based on much earlier pagan myths, particularly that of Solar worship or Astrolatry.

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Introduction

There is nothing new in this book. I do not claim to have created or discovered any of the information compiled here. While much of this book is taken from the classic book Astral Worship by J.H. Hill, the information has been in front of us for centuries, in numerous forms from varied sources. This is not a scholarly tome. I have attempted to make it clear and easy to understand in order to make this information available to the widest group of readers possible.

Like most people in our society, I grew up exposed to all of the Sunday school stories; Adam and Eve, Jonah and the whale, Noah and the ark, and Jesus’ birth in a manger in Bethlehem. I was told that these were historical events and I believed what I was told. Early in my adult life I was exposed to Evangelical Christianity and I believed what I was told, and even taught these same stories to my children.

Sure, in reading the Bible I noticed certain inconsistencies, but it was easy for me to blame it on problems of translation or cultural misunderstandings. Besides, I was told to just believe and have faith.

It was not until I began to learn about other world religions, in particular the earlier pagan teachings, that I realized that the Bible was not a history book but rather a collection of allegorical stories compiled from earlier religious traditions. There were many examples of stories that were too similar to earlier stories for it to be a coincidence. This changed my entire perception of religion in general, and Christianity in particular.

I hope that you will read this book with an open mind. I think that as you read you will be as amazed as I was to realize how obvious it is that we have all been victims of a Pious Fraud.

Irene McGarvie

May 7, 2010

Chapter 1: How It All Began

Universal questions

Since the beginning of time human beings have sought answers to the universal questions What is the purpose of life?, Why am I here?, and What happens after death? Religion developed as man’s attempt to answer these universal questions.

In this book I will show how all of our present day religious beliefs, and Christianity in particular, came from one early form of religion. How religious leaders throughout history have adapted these religious beliefs in an attempt to control their followers.

Generally, all of our western religions are based on the premise that God, the creator and boss of the universe (the man in the sky), spoke directly to some prophet explaining the mysteries of life and giving him (the prophets were usually men) the rules that we mortals must live by. Each religion believes that their founder got these rules directly from God and that while other religions may have gotten some of it right, theirs is the only true and complete version.

However, as you read through this book you will be amazed to discover that the literal truths and historical events that are espoused by our present day Christian churches, and have formed much of our present day religious beliefs, were actually based on much earlier pagan myths.

So, let’s step back in history and look at how these beliefs got started.

A geocentric universe

The founders of the early belief system that forms the basis of our present day religions were a sect of philosophers, known as magi or wise men, from central Asia. Through their contemplation and study of nature they formulated the belief that everything in the universe is animated by a great soul or spirit.

These ancient magi were the astronomers of their day. They observed the movement of the stars, the planets and the patterns in the sky, and concluded that the universe was earth centered, or geocentric. One of the first truths that they observed was that the sun, the moon and the planets all rotated around the earth.

Astrolatry or Sabaism

The earliest religion, what we commonly refer to as paganism, was the worship of nature. Humans observed the seasons, and the cycles of nature, and realized how dependent we are on the energy of the sun. Although they paid homage to all the elements, special respect was reserved for the divinity believed to reside in the sun. Worship of the sun or other heavenly bodies is referred to as Astrolatry or Sabaism.

Astronomical allegories

An allegory is a story, a fable, which has a deeper meaning than what appears on the surface. Allegories are used in an attempt to explain an abstract or spiritual concept in a more concrete manner, a way of making difficult to understand concepts easier to grasp. The ancient wise men created a religion based on allegorical astronomy. They personified the objects of worship. In other words, they created stories about man-like gods to explain the forces of nature in a manner that the common man could more easily understand.

Unfortunately, to give these stories an air of credibility they claimed to have composed them under the inspiration of the gods. They called these allegorical stories sacred records, or scriptures, and taught the ignorant masses that they were literal histories, about real people, who, having once lived upon earth, and for the good of mankind, performed the wondrous works imputed to them, and were now back in heaven from whence they came.

Heaven and Hell

Originally, none of the early pagan religions taught anything about a future life. The original belief was that immediately after death the soul was absorbed back into the energy source of nature where all personal identity was forever lost, similar to water flowing from a stream into a river where it merges with the other water and is no longer distinguishable.

The Sadducees

At the beginning of the Christian era there was still in existence a sect of Jews known as Sadducees, who were strict adherents to a primitive form of worship. Their belief regarding the state of the dead is recorded in Ecclesiastes 12:7, which reads: Then shall the dust return to earth as it was, and the spirit shall return to God who gave it.

An example of this form of religion was ancient Judaism as portrayed in the Old Testament, more especially in the Pentateuch, or first five books of the Old Testament. You will notice that in the 28th chapter of Deuteronomy, which is a general summing up of the blessings and curses to be enjoyed or suffered for the observance or violation of God’s laws, there is no mention of heaven or hell. All the rewards are of an earthly nature.

Deuteronomy 28 (King James Version)

I have included the entire chapter here because I think it is important for understanding the purpose of religion, which is to control the population.

It takes 68 verses to say basically obey the rules and you will receive blessings during your life, disobey the rules and you will have trouble. It is the carrot and the stick. Behave and you will get a treat, violate the rules and you will be punished. But absolutely nowhere in this chapter is there any mention of a life after death.

1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:

2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.

3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.

4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.

6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.

7 The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.

8 The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

9 The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways.

10 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee.

11 And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee.

12 The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.

13 And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:

14 And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:

16 Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field.

17 Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store.

18 Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

19 Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out.

20 The LORD shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me.

21 The LORD shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until he have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to possess it.

22 The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.

23 And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron.

24 The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall