First of all, I hold that the "church" of the pagan Christ was never meant to be an actual establishment to rule over the people's minds of the World, but rather an intellectual congregation to encourage the facilities of reason while paying tribute to that which gave us life, the Sun. The Sun is what makes wine, and if you ever watch a sunrise over a lake or ocean, or any body of water, you will notice its reflection "walk" across the body of water, illuminating the world.
To explain my theory, one must be somewhat versed in Astrology, which I will explain hereafter. Astrology is the most ancient of all "sciences", although it is not a "science" in the way we define the term today. It governed the lives of all through the calendars, and was able to be used to predict astrological events. To study the celestial bodies was to study the cycle of the universe.
There are 12 signs of the zodiac (though some believe there were originally only 10), which is a band of fixed stars in the night sky. Due to the rotation and revolution of the Earth, our view of this band of fixed stars changes, and thus, it seems as if the sun travels through each of these signs (which are equally divided) throughout the year, only to return to the same spot at the end of the year. However, this is not completely true. The Sun is slightly off every year, and thus, every 2150 years, the Sun DIGRESSES through an entire sign. I use Digress and Precession because the Sun moves backwards, rather than its normal yearly cycle. Anyway. We are currently in the age of Pisces, the fish, which starts roughly 1 AD and will end roughly 2150 AD. There is much importance to this.
Jesus's supposed birth is roughly 1 AD, of a Virgin. Though his birthday is celebrated on the 25th of December, it is often noted that his birthday is much more likely March 21st. The number 12 is replete through the text. The 12 disciples are obvious allusions to the 12 constellations. Jesus becomes a child teacher at age 12. He is then baptized at 30 by John the Baptist. Later, he is crucified, died for three days, and resurrected. He is often referred to as "the fish", and his first disciples were fishermen, and he performed many miracles such as walking on water, healing the sick, raising the dead, turning water into wine, and is often referred to as the Alpha and Omega, the Light of the World, etc.
Now, to say that these characteristics are unique to Christianity would be a complete and utter ignorance of facts. See Dionysus, Attis, Horus, Mithra, Balder the Beautiful, etc..
Example of Horus vs. Jesus: http://www.religioustolerance.org/chr_jcpa5.htm
However, remember, when you look up those deities, it is necessary to keep in mind that there are multiple versions of each, but it doesn't matter because they still predate Christianity. Look for the Horus who was born of Isis, and to prove her virginity, it was famously inscribed upon her temple in her city "I, Isis, am all that was, and all that will be; no man hath ever me unveiled."
So why all these similar characteristics?
This is because these are all characters used for the personification of the ultimate deity, the supreme ruler of our Earth, and without which we are doomed: the Sun, literally, the Light of the World!
Coincidentally, 1 AD marks the beginning of the Age of Pisces, the Fish, and the end of the Age of Aries, the Ram. Anyway, let us first explain the astrological importance of the Nativity Story.
So when Jesus was born, Three Kings follow the Star in the East to locate baby Jesus and adorn him with gifts and such. Interestingly enough, on Dec. 24th, the Orion's Belt Constellation, often known as the "Three Kings", align with Sirius, the brightest Star in the East. If connected, it makes a straight line to the location in which the Sun will rise the next day, the 25th. So the Three Kings "follow" the Star in the East to the birth of the new baby Sun, as the lengthening and the shortening of the days and "dying" for three days represented the life cycle of the Sun. But why is the 25th important?
It is important to note that the Winter Solstice, or the shortest day of the year, occurs roughly on Dec 21st. Throughout December, the Sun rises to a lower and lower point until it reaches its lowest point on the day of the Winter Solstice. Then, something strange happens. The Sun had been constantly moving lower and lower since the Summer Solstice, but on the 22nd, it rises to approximately the same point it was at the 21st. This is the same for the 23rd and the 24th. It is the 25th that the Sun rises visibly higher than where it was since the 21st (it's death). During this time, the Sun occupies the vicinity of the Crux constellation, which is why Jesus (the Sun) died for three days, and was resurrected thereafter. You can argue that Jesus did not die for three whole days, but rather about two and a half, but it is really an argument of semantics. Easter, the day which we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus (the Sun), is the Spring Equinox, which represents the Sun's (light) official victory over darkness as after this, the duration of day exceeds the duration of the night (which is the opposite of the Fall Equinox, in which the days to follow have more night than day).
Being born of a Virgin is also symbolic. Virgo, the Virgin, represents roughly the middle of the month of August to mid-September, the time of Harvest, of which human life is sustained by. Therefore it was not a leap to relate our dependence on the time in which the Sun occupies this sign with the origin of the Sun itself. The symbol for Virgo is a Virgin holding Wheat, and it is referred to as the House of Bread. Coincidentally, Bethlehem in Hebrew means "House of Bread".
Even the Crown of Thorns is important, as it represents the rays of the sun. In all ancient symbolic art of the Sun, it is never depicted as a sphere by itself and is sometimes adorned with seven sun rays around its circumference that are triangular in nature (but always with rays), therefore a "crown of thorns".
Here is a good website explaining some of this: http://www.usbible.com/Ast
Jesus is the symbolic representation of the Sun as it occupies the House of Pisces*. An excellent example of him divulging his symbolism with the sun is such:
Luke 22:7-10 (NIV)
7Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover."
9"Where do you want us to prepare for it?" they asked.
10He replied, "As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters,
Basically, what is going on in this point is the disciples ask of Jesus, where they will have passover, and Jesus's reply is Luke 22:10. It is of GREAT significance because symbolically, as this is the Last Supper, the end of Jesus, or when the Age of Pisces ends, and Jesus's reply is astrologically critical. He tells them to follow "a man carrying a jar of water" and to "follow him to the house that he enters". The man carrying a jar (pitcher) of water, is obviously Aquarius, the water bearer, and also the Age which will begin after the Age of Pisces ends (around 2150 AD), and what Jesus is basically saying after his Age of Pisces is over, simply follow the Sun into the next age, Aquarius, which is always pictured as a man pouring out a pitcher/jar of water, and the word House has always been used to determine the Solar House in which the Sun occupies.
Prior to the Age of Pisces was the Age of Aries, the ram. This is why there is much ram symbolism in Judaic culture. In fact, when Moses descends from Mt. Sinai with the Ten Commandments, he is angered when he sees the people worshiping a golden bull calf. Most biblical scholars attribute this anger to False Idol worship, but it is in fact that Moses is the representation of the new Age of Aries, and the end of the previous Age of Taurus, the bull. Thus it was said before this time, "the Celestial Bull cracking open the egg of the year", and prior to Moses, Mithra (no 's', Mithras is a different deity) was the representation of the Age of Taurus.
Anyway, that's been established, basically I believe all of this line of religion has its roots in astrology, but I believe astrology to hold a divine truth. Notice there was an * after I said "Jesus is the symbolic representation of the Sun as it occupies the House of Pisces". I will explain this. This is because there are two forms of Astrology, as with all great knowledge, exoteric and esoteric. Essentially, the difference between the two is that the exoteric tradition of astrology is geocentric while the esoteric tradition is heliocentric. When one says that the Sun is in the House of _______, they actually mean that the Sun's literal position is that opposite of _______, to symbolize the Sun's rays of light shining across the heavens, illuminating Earth, which is what is literally in the House of ______. In esoteric astrology, when one says the Sun is in the House of ______, they literally mean that. It is in this logic, that exoteric astrology is to solve and predict Earthly affairs, and the esoteric astrology for Heavenly affairs. Knowledge of esoteric astrology has always been kept secret (by definition of esoteric), and it's tenets are thought to be lost. Personally, I believe that in the beginning of each Age, the keepers of the secrets of the esoteric will make a prediction of the events at the end of the Age (book of Revelations). This explains why the first part of the Bible (Age of Taurus) foreshadows the the coming of Moses (Age of Aries), which after that foreshadows the Age of Pisces, which in turn, foreshadow a fourth Age, which is soon to be upon us. I've noticed a few similarities between the Book of Revelation and our times right now, and I feel that if I delved deeper, more similarities will be found. I've also come to the conclusion that at the beginning of each Age, a prophecy is made in regard to the condition of the world at the end of the Age. This is either predicted by one who is extremely adept in esoteric astrology or a prophet is literally born into the world. I believe the final judgment it refers to does not mean we will be literally judged by a heavenly power, but we as a species will be judged, or tested, and this final test of the Age is what is facing us. Will we lose the way of the light (reason, as it is why those who have attained higher reasoning are called "enLIGHTened", or "ilLUMINATEd", and so on) and succumb to this New World Order, or will we follow the light (reason) and revolt! Do not accept the "mark of the beast" (verichip) though all without it will not be able to participate in general society (as with verichip).
It is in the Book of Revelation that warns:
"I know thy tribulation, and thy poverty (but thou art rich), and the blasphemy of them that say they are Jews, and they art not, but are a synagogue of Satan."
I think this is referring to the International Banker Conspiracy of today. Most of the shares of the major central banks, the Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank, etc, are owned by Jewish bankers. This verse strikes me extremely profoundly in this portion: "the blasphemy of them that say they are Jews, and art not". Notice the lingual relationship between "Israel" and "All Jews". Basically anything you say against Israel and its policies, no matter how legitimate, could be called anti-semitic and you will lose all credibility. Experts would quickly dismiss the theory of an international Jewish banker conspiracy as anti-semitic mumbo-jumbo, and the Holocaust is used now as a tool to inspire sympathy towards the Jews. With the continents of the world unionizing, putting focus on bigger and more central central banks, and the people are conditioned to become more and more ignorant, the Book of Revelation is coming true. I believe Satan to represent the opposite of reason, or rather, IGNORANCE, and that in the next 100 years or so, either a new prediction will be made, or a prophet is literally born. But I feel that we do have control over our destiny, and we must do something about it. It is in our hands to decide whether to enter the Age of Aquarius as free men or as slaves.