I heard this one when I was in high school for the first time and I was caught off guard because it seemed to be convincing. The argument is that the story of Jesus is not original. Christians have copied and pasted mythical stories of their time onto Jesus's story. The various aspects of his life were stolen from other myths. The main reference they usually use is the story of Horus and how closely linked it is to the Bible. I decided to look into this and what I found out was amazing. In this post, I will be addressing the most common claims of the similarities between Jesus and these myths. I grant that they are many more myths but I've chosen to address these common and problematic myths because these are the ones that get brought up more often.
Horus is one of the most significant deities in ancient Egyptian religion.
I have made horus' section particularly long because this is the where the objection of Christianity typically comes from. There are a lot more points. I have chosen the 8 most used points and I have left resources below if you wish to investigate further.
Source : Cold Case Christianity
Claim: Mithras promised his followers immortality
Truth: This is a weak claim because basically most monotheistic religious claim this. Even if we should disregard that, there is very little evidence Mithras claiming this. However, I could grant this because it is reasonable to think Mithras might have offered immortality, as this is not uncommon for any God of mythology.
Claim: Mithras performed miracles
Truth: Okay this is true. But this too was not uncommon for mythological characters.
Claim: Mithras sacrificed himself for world peace.
Truth: There is little or no evidence this is true, although there is a story about Mithras slaying a threatening bull in a heroic deed. But that’s about as close as it gets. It is worth noting that Jesus never died for world peace. In fact he said that they will hate Christians and the work He did (John 13:16).
Claim: Mithras was buried in a tomb and after three days rose again, and Mithras was celebrated each year at the time of His resurrection (later to become Easter).
Truth: There is nothing in the Mithraic tradition indicating he died, so he couldn't have resurrected. Tertullian (a Catholic author) did write about Mithraic believers re-enacting resurrection scenes, but he wrote about this occurring well after New Testament times. Christianity could not, therefore, have borrowed from Mithraic traditions, they could have taken the resurrection story from Christianity.
Source : Cold Case Christianity
Claim: Dionysus was born of a virgin
Truth: The two most common stories of Dionysus’ birth involve the god Zeus, his father, either impregnating the mortal woman Semele, or impregnating Persephone (the Greek Queen of the underworld). In either instance, it is not a virgin birth.
Claim: Dionysus was born on December 25th
Truth: Once again, there is no evidence of this. It is worth noting the the 25th of December is not significant. This is a day we chose to celebrate Jesus' birthday. Christians are not saying Jesus was born on that day.
Source: Beginning and end
CleClaim: Krishna was born of a virgin
Truth: Krishna's mother had seven other children before he was born.
Claim: There was Infant massacre in all the land at the time of Krishna’s birth.
Truth: Only six of his brothers were killed.
Claim: Krishna was crucified. Died for three days. And was resurrected.
Truth: Krishna not crucified.
There are a lot more claims that the Jesus stories were plagiarized from other myths. However the most commonly used stories are the ones above. Atheist, agnostic and theist historians say they have more evidence of Jesus living than evidence of Julius Caesar existing. These stories presented are from people who want to push their own agendas as I have proved the extent they are willing to go to try distort the truth. Jesus was a real person, who came and died on a cross for all our sins. The story of the cross is unique and only the God of the universe could of thought of orchestrating such a beautiful story.
Thank you for reading my post. Drop me an email/comment if you have further comments or questions. Also, please check out some of my Previous articles. I recommend the first one talking about the whether God really promises financial wealth in the Bible.
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