I'm afraid you've been suckered by a bit of anti-Christian black propaganda that circulates.
Originally posted by NEOAMADEUS
How do you square the Eucharist of the god Mithras which uses Bread and Wine as symbols of his Body and Blood to be eaten (and drunk !) by his
followers (where Mithras is called the Saviour of the World (Gk. "Soter")
Some questions that I think anyone reading this should ask themselves:
1. 'Eucharist' of Mithras? In which ancient text is this term used?
2. Why is the ritual meal with bread and wine considered special, rather than the other ritual meals celebrated by Mithraists with other
3. Why should we translate Soter as 'Saviour of the world'?
4. Why should we equate the generic Greek term of approbation, applied to kings and the like, with the specific meaning used by Jews and
5. In which ancient text precisely is Mithras called Soter, and how does that text read in full?
6. In which ancient text is the ritual meal of this grade (which?) of Mithras initiates associated with the body and blood of Mithras?
I'm afraid that this is bunk. Many ancient religions had ritual meals of one sort or another, and getting together over food is a trivial parallel
to draw. There is evidence (well after Christianity came into being) of Mithras cultists celebrating various ritual meals. But the specifics are all
which Mystery Religion was introduced into the West (i.e. the Roman Empire) from Persia (modern day Iran, under the name Mitra) via Cilician Pirates
out of Tarsus (the birth place of R. Saul of Tarsus, aka Paul) in 80 BCE, some 68 years before the birth of R. Yehoshua bar Yosef the Galilean?
1. How can we demonstrate from ancient evidence the identity of Persian Mitra with the Roman cult of Mithras? Or explain why modern scholars reject
this association, erroneously asserted by Cumont?
The archaeological evidence decisively rejects the link: Mithraea, the characteristic temples of Mithras, are not found in Persia. Also the
inscriptions of people praying to Mithras suggest very strongly an origin in Rome around 50AD.
There is ancient evidence for Mithras and Tarsus -- although why you associate a Jew with it you do not say. Plutarch, writing in the second century,
says the Cilician pirates worshipped him. But since Perseus was venerated in Tarsus, and looks very similar, I know that modern scholars have
suggested that Plutarch was simply wrong. Where is the evidence for such a cult at such a date, they ask? I myself dislike ignoring testimony, so
I'm not sure how I feel about it. But anyone who wishes to assert this must grapple with it.
Post Pauine "Christianity" is heavilly influenced by the Mystery Religions which preceded it, and the Mysteries of Mithras was one of the main
competitors to the early Church in the Roman Empire between AD 150 and AD 460, but Mithras came first, and Christianity came later.
Some people overlook these facts.
Not least because they are not, in fact true...
All of the information we have about Mithras is well after Christianity came into existence. Mithras was part of syncretistic paganism, and adopted
features of other cults. Christianity, like Judaism, did not.
All the best,