Prophecies of the Figure of a Serpent
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Prophecies of the Figure of a Serpent
Christian Mythology.
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And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed. It shall bruise thy head, and thou shall bruise his heel (Gen 3:15).

This text is often cited by Christian writers and controversialists as prefiguring the mission of the Christian saviour, the destruction of the serpent, alias the devil. St John calls the grand adversary of souls which deceiveth the whole world, the dragon, the serpent, the devil, and Satan (Rev 12:8). The serpent is the devil. The dragon, the serpent, the devil and Satan are all one. Indeed many of those professed Christians, who never read the Christian holy book, think Jesus actually crushed the head of a serpent.

If It shall bruise thy head is a prophetic reference to a saviour, it is a curious one because the neuter pronoun it always refers to a thing without sex. Perhaps Christians should consider the implications of this if they want to persist in it as a reference to Jesus. Plainly it refers to the seed. The serpent is found in several heathen systems of older date than Genesis, proving that Christians who assume it to be a revelation from heaven are ignorant of religious history.

Some of the other saviours perform a drama with a serpent. Osiris of Egypt bruised the head of the serpent after it had bitten his heel. Hercules contended with a serpent which guarded the tree with golden fruit in the midst of the garden Hesperides, the Greek Eden. Its head is shown under his foot.

The same tradition appears in the Phoenician fable of Ophion or Ophiones. Krishna of India is shown on ancient sculptures and stone monuments with his heel on the head of a serpent. In the ancient temples of India the image of Krishna is sculptured sometimes wreathed in the folds of a serpent which is biting his foot, and sometimes treading victoriously on the head of a serpent. The ancient Persians had the tradition of a virgin, from whom they predicted would be born, or would spring up, a shoot, a son, that would crush the serpent's head, and thus deliver the world from sin. Both the serpent and the virgin are shown in their zodiac.

In an ancient Etrurian story, instead of the son, it is the woman herself who stands with one foot on the head of a serpent biting a twig of an apple tree to which an apple is suspended. Its tail is twisted around a celestial globe, reminding us of the dragon of Revelation hauling down one-third of the stars with his tail (Rev 12:4). In the Etrurian zodiac, the head of the virgin is surmounted with a crown of stars—doubtless the same legend from which John borrowed his metaphor of a woman with a crown of twelve stars on her head (Rev 13). The Regina Stellarum (Queen of the Stars) spoken of in some of the ancient religions is the same fable. The myth of Achilles being vulnerable in the heel, as related by Homer, might be a remnant of the same tradition.

Consider now the story of the original transgression and fall of man—two cardinal doctrines of the Christian religion. These doctrines also are taught in heathen faiths whose antiquity even antedates Moses. In the Persian tradition the first man and first woman, Mashya and Mashyoi, were pure, and submitted to Ormuzd, their maker. But Ahriman, the evil one, saw them and envied them their happiness. He approached them under the form of a serpent, presented fruits to them, and persuaded them that he was the maker of man, of animals, of plants, and of the beautiful universe in which they dwelt. They believed it. Since that time Ahriman was their master. Their natures became corrupt, and this corruption infested their whole posterity. This story is in the Vendidad of the Persians.

The Indian story is that the Gods, who were evidently not originally immortal, tried every means to obtain it. After many inquiries and trials, they realised they would find it in the tree of life. They succeeded, and by eating once in a while of the fruits of that tree, they kept their immortality. A snake saw that the tree of life had been found by the gods of the second order. As he had been entrusted with guarding the tree, he became angry because his vigilance had been deceived, that he poured out a large amount of poison, which spread over the whole earth.

Not dissimilar is the story of Revelation:

And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood (Rev 12:15).

The idea of a snake or serpent inundating the earth from its mouth is so far removed from nature that one must be borrowed from the other, or both come from a common source. Since the Hindu religion precedes the time of Moses, the question is settled as to which who borrowed from who.

Note that three out of four of the principal doctrines of Christianity are taught in the two heathen mythological stories of creation, Original Sin, the fall of man caused by a serpent, the consequent corruption and depravity of the human race. These doctrines cannot be, as Christians claim, important truths revealed from heaven, but plainly are originally heathen.

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