It is unfortunate that we human beings believe things to be true just because we heard it from a “reliable” source. How we arrive at what source is reliable is more in the realms of magic and illusion. So lets suppose you believe something because it was in a textbook in school. The textbook no doubt reflects majority opinion. But let us suppose that the teacher punishes you unfairly. At that point you might reject everything that you were taught. So it is always necessary to ask oneself how whether ones beliefs are actually true or if they are a result of positive reinforcement or “negative” reinforcement. This is true of weight-loss fads, politics, science, race hatred … the list goes on. In this blog I want to show you the similarities between what we believe about King Arthur and Jesus Christ.
I do not need to tell you about what you already believe:
Arthur was a Christian knight dressed in armor who lived in a castle and his chivalrous knights sat around a roundtable and that he died a Camlan at the hand of Mordred.
Jesus was sent by God to teach his disciples for brief time and then to atone for our sins in his crucifixion and resurrection. Peter and Paul were left to build the Church.
It is interesting that in both cases, many believe that these are just myths that cannot be confirmed by historical facts and yet both Arthur and Jesus did actually exist except not as we believe. Let us analyze what is truth and what is myth.
Arthur was Christian, but Christian like St. Patrick and St. David who practiced a form of Christianity that the Roman Church called heresy. (Of course, Rome said the same thing about eastern wing of the Church: Orthodox Christianity.) He did not dress in armor or live in a castle as many historians admit, for logically he would have been dressed more like a Roman cavalry soldier and would have lived in a hill-fort. Chivalry was not invented until the 11th century in the Middle Ages not in the so-called Dark Ages of Arthur and the story of the Roundatble was added later. He actually survived Camlan as he was healed on Bardsey Island. Then as his father and grandfather did, he retired to be a Celtic Christian saint (sainthood did not rely on Rome's approval) to be known as St. Armel and lived in Brittany.
Jesus was a descendant of the House of David and since David and Solomon were Jewish heroes, he was more a King than a priest of the three priestly houses of Zadok, Abiathar, and Levi. The disciples that appear in more places than the list of the twelve in the Gospels (see previous blogs) were those who accepted Jesus as the representative of the priests in the Jewish Essene Church that they belonged to. The atonement was added later. His crucifixion happened, but he only fainted on the cross. His resurrection was that he survived to live a long life afterwards. It was under his direction that Peter and Paul set the stage for a Christian Church in Rome.
For the truth about Arthur, I recommend the book: Journey to Avalon by Chris Barber and David Pykitt, Blorenge Books, Abergavenny and for the truth about Jesus: Jesus the Man by Barbara Thiering, 2006 Simon and Schuster, New York and on the webspace: http://www.peshertechnique.infinitesoulutions.com/
I invite you to visit my two sites:
Arthur Pendragon of Wales and The Pesher of Christ, a new Christian paradigm.