Twelve Wonderful Connections Between Biblical and Ancient Religions

For centuries people have been divided through religious biases and judgement, through which the world has suffered many a tribulation. These important facts regarding how modern Biblical faiths are connected deeply to ancient mysteries might help integrate us again into a unity consciousness:

  1. Ancient Flood Myths: The story of a great flood that submerged earth only to let certain terrestrial human and animal survivors stay protected in an ark is well known as the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark. Predating the Bible, we also have a detailed account of the Flood such as Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh and the 11th tablet of Utupanisham who like Noah constructs an ark to save various species, strikingly similar to Genesis in many ways. In the ancient Indian story of Vishnu Purana (Matsya Purana) of Manu’s Ark, the first avatar or incarnation of Vishnu or Savior God appears as a fish to Manu and warn him of the flood and build an ark to preserve human, plant and animal species.
  2. Logos: The Bible tells us that in the beginning was the ‘logos’ or word which manifested into reality. This indicates that through vibration of the word, the universe has emerged into existence. Similarly according to Hindu belief AUM is the primordial sound of the universe, the mantra through which creation, preservation and cyclical transformation of the universe is effected with the three parts of the syllable AUM which is also a symbol.
  3. Trinity: Biblical religions have faith in Trinity of divine, namely the heavenly Father who simulates our world, the Son who incarnates on Earth to save it and the Holy Spirit who guides and liberates us from the mundane. Similarly Hindu religion also has a belief in Trinity of Brahma the creator or father God who manifests the dream-world, Vishnu the savior who incarnates in our world to save Earth and Mahesha or Shiva who is the cosmic consciousness or great Spirit that liberates us from material existence.
  4. Names of Creator God(s): The Bible gives us names of the creator Gods as plural, masculine and feminine as mentioned in the text of Genesis ‘Let us create man in our image and likeness’ and ‘male and female’. These names in the scriptures are based on the name El that literally means ‘power’, including Elohim and Elah similar to Allah of the Islamic faith all based on ancient Syrian deity god El who had a feminine counterpart as the goddess Elat (Allat in Arabic faiths). Ancient creation myths all over the world including pagan mythologies of creation mention the universe as being created through a group of powers or gods that oversee various aspects of nature. Angels in the Biblical faiths are also named with the suffix ‘-el’ signifying energetic powers of the creator.
  5. Names of Tribal God(s): In ancient religions predating Bible in the same region in and around Israel, the god of the land was mentioned as pagan deities Ea, Yah or Jah which could be the same with differences in spelling. On this name the expression Hallelu-jah or praise the lord is also based. The name Yahweh or Jehovah was later derived from this name Ea/Yah/Jah as Lord or the god of Israel. The spelling of this name in Hebrew is the letters YHVH or Yod Heh Vav Heh also called Tetragrammaton (four letters) which literally mean ‘I am that I am’ symbolizing ‘inner consciousness’ or ‘being’ which can take many forms and yet is not limited to any of them signifying the god of all gods.
  6. Name of Jesus: It was prophesied that Mary would bear a divine child who will be called Immanuel, the name meaning ‘god with us’ as human-god Jesus. The names Ish or Isa of India and Arabia literally mean ‘divine’. These names are connected to Ishu or Yeshu which is also Jesus as the J is spoken as Y. The name Yeshua also is similar in sound to Shiva who is the higher self or ascended consciousness of the incarnate deity or avatar Jesus who is on earth as the messiah to redeem or forgive the world. Notably Ish is also similar to Ishtar or Ashar which are names of ancient Semitic goddesses. In the Bible the original language states God as revealing his name as ‘Eiyah-Ashar-Eiyah’ written as YHVH in Hebrew revealing his connection with other deities as the unlimited ‘being’. Jesus too mentions his oneness with the father or creator and states that we can all be one with them in spirit. The word Christ which means ‘chosen one’ is also similar to Krishna who is the Hindu version of messiah.
  7. Immaculate Conception: Birth of a divine child fathered by a heavenly deity is not unique to the Biblical tale of Jesus born to Mary. Ancient Hindu scriptures have plenty of examples of immaculate conception including Krishna’s birth which was announced from heaven as the savior God (Vishnu) descending into human form in the womb of Devki as Krishna, the deity of ecstatic love and devotion who opens everyone’s hearts, defeats demonic beings to save the world and teaches truth. In another story, Dionysus of the Greek mysteries (Bacchus in Rome) was conceived to a mortal woman by the heavenly Zeus and was celebrated as the god of wine and ecstatic dance.
  8. Word of God: The ancient scriptures that record the spoken words of God in the past as Yahweh, Jehovah and Jesus the son include Torah and New Testament of Bible. Similarly ancient religions are replete with examples of ‘word of God’ appropriate for the relevant culture and times. For example Gita or Gitopdesh is the direct speech of Krishna who is said of be the avatar of creator himself and contains in-depth teachings about the laws of the universe and moral codes of the age. Koran is noted as a channeled message delivered through a spirit being or angel to Mohammed and claimed as the message of God. While in the past the words claimed to be words of divinity were revealed through specific people with majority of the world being unconscious and needing external guidance, in the new-age using meditation, contemporary and much more positive channeled messages from divine source or higher self can be obtained by many people through direct intuition in contrast to popular religious scriptures that instruct killing and harm.
  9. Sacrifice: Ancient pagan religions of the western and middle world were replete with blood sacrifices of various creatures as mentioned repeatedly in the Bible as a way of appeasing the Lord who has declared himself as the supreme god of all gods. Priests have been mentioned as ritually slaying animals such as bulls, lambs, calves and birds with their blood being sprinkled on the altar and on people as a symbol of purification of sins. In Hindu traditions the concept of sacrifice has been restricted to ritual offering of herbs, sweets, flowers and incense on altars instead of the blood of innocent animals. Similarly in modern western churches the sacrifice is symbolized by the story of crucified Christ who has taken the sins of his believers away and instead of actually sacrificing flesh a belief in Jesus having died for our sins is in place instead. The concept of sacrifice is not practiced in new-age however with focus being on learning of personal lessons through self-realization instead of sacrifice of someone else as a way of ‘washing-off sin’.
  10. Communion: In Christian worship there is a ritual of Eucharist with sharing of bread and wine symbolically representing the flesh and blood of Jesus as he is believed to have offered bread and wine to his followers as his flesh and blood at his Last Supper before Crucifixion. Followers of Dionysus also practiced ritual of communion with their deity by eating flesh and wine to represent Dionysus. Similarly Hindu deities are also worshiped with the ritual of Prasada in which the energy of the deity is shared with devotees through a blessing of food items to be consumed by them as a mark of uniting with the divine. New-age beliefs focus on Oneness consciousness as ‘at-one-ment’ instead of mere ritual atonement.
  11. Resurrection: The theme of resurrection of the sacrificed Christ and his ascension or return to his eternal form around Easter is central to Biblical faith representing hope of eternal life. In pagan religions too, the concept of resurrection is built around Spring time which is how the date of Easter is calculated (the first Sunday after the full moon of Spring). For instance in India the full moon of spring is celebrated as Holi where wood is burnt to symbolize death of the old and colors are splashed to represent flowering of spring. Similarly the ancient pagan festivals of Eostra held in honor of spring of Earth personified as the goddess Ishtar or Ostara is a mark of the resurrection of Earth after the ‘death’ of winter. Eggs, colors and rabbits all are symbolic of fertility and life returning to Earth. Ancient Egyptian myths of Isis resurrecting Osiris after he was torn to pieces is also connected with the theme of magical resurrection.
  12. End Times: The Biblical apocalyptic or end times prophecy states the return of Jesus Christ with the father God to judge earth and end the current cycle of time. Similarly Hindus believe in the second coming of Krishna as Kalki who ends the cycle of ‘yugas’ or ages, however it is not seen as an end but as a new beginning in truth. In new-age beliefs the concept of Ascension is gaining popularity with a belief that the old-earth is ending and we are entering a new-earth of higher consciousness and spiritual realization to replace negative and divisive beliefs.

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