First Images of Some Main Religious Figures

First Images of Religious Figures

Extra: Not in the books

When did images of important religious figures first appear?
BUDDHA:
He (Gautama Siddhartha) is reported to have born in 540 B.C. according to some sources, in 563 in others, in 624, or 642, or 644 in others. He became enlightened under the Bodhi tree. There were 3 Buddhas before him. They also went to Bodh Gaya and became enlightened there. Buddha’s birth: Buddha’s mother, Queen Maya, was a virgin who, in a dream was visited by a white elephant (considered sacred and heralded as a manifestation of the Gods) who impregnated virgin Maya, by piercing her side painlessly with one of his six tusks, who in turn brought Buddha into flesh. There were no images of any of the Buddhas for over 600 years after the supposed birth of the last Buddha. The first anthropomorphic image of any Buddha first appeared over SIX CENTURIES later than the birth of any Buddha!
MOSES:
God commanding Moses to kill:
“They fought against Midian, as the LORD commanded Moses, and killed every man……..Now kill all the boys [innocent kids]. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.  (Numbers 31:7,17-18)”

Kill everything that“breathes” from humans and animals!

Deuteronomy 20:16

Speaking of Moses:

How about this: Prepare to be shocked. He never existed!

There is no evidence for the existence of Moses. Although he is portrayed as an influential member of the Egyptian royal household, he is not mentioned in any Egyptian record. Nor is there any evidence to support the idea that the Jews were ever held captive in Egypt or that they made an exodus from the country under Moses’ command. The Egyptians chronicled their history in great detail but make no mention of any captive Jews. Amongst the hundreds of thousands of Egyptian monumental inscriptions, tomb inscriptions and papyri, there is complete silence about the ’600,000 men on foot, besides women and children’ who The Book of Exodus tells us escaped from Pharaoh’s armies.

The story of Moses, with its many miracles, has all the hallmarks of a myth. The account of Moses’ birth is a retelling of the myth of the birth of Sargon the Great, the king of Akkad, which is known in a number of variations from the early sixth century BCE. Like Moses, the child Sargon is ‘set in a basket of rushes’ and ‘cast into the river’, from which he is later rescued by an influential woman.

Emacs! 
Sargon the Great

The first five books of the Old Testament were,  according to some sources,  written by Moses, after God dictated them to him. It included Moses telling of his own death and burial!  Deuteronomy  34:6.

The Torah was created about 450 B.C., using 4 originally independent sources from 500-900 B.C.  Moses purportedly brought down the tablets from Mt.Sinai in approximately 1295 B.C.

Taking 900 B.C. as the first written account source of the Torah, that is some FOUR Centuries after Moses purportedly brought the tablets down and the five books were combined to create the Torah 850 years later (450 B.C.)

If you can find ANY image of Moses, sculpture,  painting,  sketch, or depiction created before 100 A.D. OVER FIVE CENTURIES after the Torah was written, I would like the Internet location of said depiction. I am on Facebook (Samuel Butler).

CHRIST:
The earliest depiction of Christ ,  with a clear date is 359 AD, over THREE CENTURIES after the death of Jesus (according to legend).
From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarcophagus_of_Junius_Bassus
From the latter part of the fourth century, a still beardless Christ begins to be depicted seated on a throne on a dais, often with his feet on a low stool and usually flanked by Saints Peter and Paul, and in a larger composition the other apostles . The central group of the Sarcophagus of Junius Bassus of 359 (Vatican ) is the earliest example with a clear date.  In contrast, another individual that lived during the very same time as Jesus supposedly was born had his image widespread while he was still alive:

A Roman silver denarius bearing image of Octavian with Latin inscription: Caesar Augustus was minted 13 BCE . Augustus died in 14 AD.

Emacs!

From: http://freetruth.50webs.org/B1b.htm  Thanks to Roy.
Christianity adopted the cross later on.
Early Biblical texts claim that Christ was crucified by a stake, not cross:

    • The church did not adopt the cross until about the 6th century (New Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. 4, p. 475).
    • The word ‘cross’ was later substituted for the word ‘stake’ in the rewriting of the Christian text (Crosses In Tradition, W.W.Seymour N.Y. 1898).
    • Christian archives record that the general use of the crucifix became ratified at the Sixth Ecumenical Council in 680 (Canon 82). The council decreed that ‘the figure of a man fastened to a cross be now adopted’.
    • This new church logo was later confirmed by Pope Hadrian I (772-795).

About beyondallreligion

Samuel Butler, Author: BEYOND ALL RELIGION Most all religions are based upon a bedrock of lies. Christianity was invented by Emperor Constantine , for political purposes, based upon the myth of Mithra, a Persian savior god born on December 25 , son of a virgin. Mithra performed miracles and was later crucified. Pope Leo X (died 1521) called Christ a “Fable”. Later Pope Paul III expressed similar sentiments. Moses is based on the Sumerian life and legends of Sargon I, King of Akkad, “set in a basket of rushes and “cast into the river”. Egyptians kept exhausting hieroglyphic records. There is a complete absence of any record of Moses leading over 600,000 men, women and children away from Pharaoh’s army. Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism, was convicted in a court of Law of being an “impostor”, today a fraud, con man, in 1826. He wrote the Book of Mormon soon after. Question: You decide: Does the text of the verses of the Qur’an correspond exactly to those revealed to Muhammad directly as the words of God, delivered to Muhammad through the angel Gabriel, as claimed? Sample or Buy New Book “Beyond All Religion”, 152 pgs, $9.95 at www.amazon.com (Kindle edition $3.49) or send mailing address and $9.95 to Sam Butler, SB 197, POB 25292, Miami, FL 33102."
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