To review, this video is basically about the Egyptian sun-god Horus and how his life (and the lives of many other pagan and mythological deities) parallels the life of Christ. The claim is that, like these many deities, the story of Jesus Christ is simply a contrived personification of the placement and movement of various stars, particularly the sun.
It's interesting (funny?) how the narrator takes his time introducing the pagan gods, but when he gets to the life of Jesus he rushes through it. You can tell by the tone of his voice that he is practically bored by it. "He raised the sick, walked on water, blah blah blah." I imagine he's thinking to himself, "Let's hurry up and get this stupid Jesus story over with so I can debunk it with my my immense knowledge of astrology." Whatever.
It's obvious here that "religion" broadly speaking is not the target, but specifically the Christian religion. We'll see if his star-gazing actually amounts to anything.
The narrator offers various astrological explanations for the characteristics of Jesus and different events in his life. The "star in the East" is Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, which aligns with the three brightest stars in Orion's belt on Dec. 24th. These three brighter stars are commonly referred to as "The Three Kings" (with special emphasis on "Three Kings", as if that's really going to freak us out). Together they point to the sun when it rises on Dec. 25th. This is why it is said that the "three kings" follow the "star" to the "sunrise" or "the birth of the sun."
The Virgin Mary is the constellation Virgo, or "Virgo the Virgin." Virgo is also referred to as the "House of Bread," which is what "Bethlehem" is literally translated to mean. So, it follows (according to the twisted logic of the narrator) that "Bethlehem" refers to stars in the sky, not a place on Earth.
As for the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, this too is explained by the movements of the sun (Sun = Son). From the Summer Solstace to the Winter Solstace (Dec. 25th), the days become shorter and colder, and from the perspective of the northern hemisphere the sun appears to move south and become smaller and more scarce. This chill in climate and the resultant loss of crops signals death.
By Dec. 22nd, the sun itself reaches its final death. After all, it is on this day that the sun sinks to its lowest point, and every day since the Summer Solstace it has appeared to shrink and take a more southern route. However, from the 22nd to the 24th (3 days) the sun appears to stop moving south. It is also during these 3 days that the sun lies within the vicinity of the Southern Cross, or "Crux" constellation. Finally, on the 25th, it moves 1 degree north. Spring, which is begun by this first move northward, brings new life, or "salvation." This, apparently, is the inspiration for the death on the Cross, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.
However, the narrator points out that the resurrection of the sun is not celebrated until the Spring Equinox, which is, you guessed it, Easter. This is because it is on this day that the sun officially overpowers the evil darkness as daytime becomes longer than night and the revitalizing conditions of Spring emerge.
Finally, the 12 apostles are "obviously" the 12 constellations, which Jesus, as the "sun", would travel about with. The narrator points out that 12 is a number found often in the Bible (12 tribes of Israel, 12 brothers of Joseph, 12 judges of Israel, etc.) and then finally concludes that the Bible has more to do with astrology than with anything else. Even various icons of Christ can be explained by the zodiac chart, since the middle portion of the zodiac shares a similarity with the halo of Jesus on the Cross.
Pretty interesting, huh? Almost uncanny even! ... that is, until you take a step back from the spectacle and look at the actual logic involved here. The narrator's reasoning is basically this:
- The life of Jesus, and the characters and events involved in this life, share a similarity with stars and their placement and movement.
- Many other religions share these same parallels.
- Therefore, all religion, and especially Christianity, is a load of carp contrived by ingenious men who were inspired by the skies to create a vast mythology. None of it really took place.
First of all, while no one contests the purely mythological nature of Egyptian, Greek, and Roman religion, it is a historical fact that Jesus existed. That he performed miracles, had a major following during his lifetime, and was crucified is also historical fact. The rest of the elements of his life can be checked by the Bible, which also has historical veracity, and the witness of those who lived shortly after his death, resurrection, and ascension. If you want to gather the facts of an individual or an event, you go back and read testimony from that time. That's just how you do history, and doing history verifies the historicity of Jesus.
Secondly, there is a logical fallacy at work here called the "genetic fallacy." This fallacy improperly judges a thing based on its history or origins rather than on its own merits (e.g., "No one should read this book because it was written by a drunkard" or "I believe that there is no God because my parents told me so"). In other words, none of the claims of Christianity are actually directly addressed. There is no attempt to analyze or discredit the reasons why Christians believe that Jesus is God, that He was born of a Virgin, that He died and rose again. Instead, an astrological origin is created for Christianity and then Christianity is discredited based on that supposed origin.
What's interesting (funny?) is that this makes the argument twice as weak! After all, the stance of the narrator is based on a fallacy that discredits something based on its origin, and the origin upon which the fallacy is based is itself an error! A similarity between two things does not automatically prove a cause-and-effect relationship between them, and a genetic fallacy does nothing to refute a thing based on it's own merits.
Well then, how do we explain the similarity between various astrological phenomena and the common themes found in the major world religions? I respond with another question: Could it not be that the Creation of God bears witness to His Divine Plan? Whenever someone sets out to create, the fruit of his labor will evidence the creator and the plan that he had in mind. That's a no-brainer.
And so it is with the life of Christ. Before all time, God knew that the Son would become man in the womb of a virgin and that this man would suffer, die, and rise again, conquering death and saving the world. This knowledge, this plan and destiny for the world, is seen in the stars, in nature, and everything that He created because it all comes from Him and bears His mark.
What about the similarities between Christianity and the many pagan religions? This too can be explained, not by the pagan-influence fallacy but by this evidence in creation and the yearning for God and for truth that is placed on the heart of every man. If in fact creation bears witness to God and his plan for the world, it makes sense that men throughout the ages would interpret this creation and come to a knowledge of God that is very similar to the Christian mystery. Human beings themselves share a lot in common, and they often live in similar environments and have similar life circumstances. Thus, they are likely to express their mutual religiosity (human beings are inherently religious people) in similar ways.
Of course, this is just one way to address the similarities between Christianity and pagan religions. However, since my main focus here is that of the video (the relationship between astrology and Christianity) I point you to Karl Keating's article for a thorough treatment of the pagan-influence fallacy.
All of this works to refute the claims of the narrator, and this before we have done any checking to see if his statements about the movement of the sun and the placement of the stars are actually true. One thing you have to always keep in mind is that, when people work in fallacies like this, you can hardly ever trust that what they claim is actually verifiable fact. So, a little scientific research may expose even more holes in the argument put forth in this video.
I hope this helps.