reply to post by Fett Pinkus
Many atheist scholars will tell you that jesus Christ is a fake, because the Egyptian god mithra’s story is identical to jesus’ and mithra was
created nearly 600 yrs before jesus was even born.
Jesus never stole any story from Mithra. And Jesus was not the first of God's creations. He IS God. In case you didn't know, that's exactly what
the word "lord" meant 2000 years ago - "deity". And Jesus is called lord several times.
The Mithran system of worship originated from the Zoroastrian religion, which had its center in the Persian regions. Now, keep in mind that when the
Kingdom of Judah was conquered by the Babylonians, the Jews were exiled into Babylon. The Jews took their faith, and their sacred texts to Babylon
Among those exiled was Daniel the prophet, Hananiah (Shadrach), Mishael (Meshach), Azariah (Abed-nego), and others. Now, Daniel was eventually honored
as a wise man, and his God was hailed as the true God by royal decree (Dan. 2:47-48; 3:29-4:37). Even the Babylonian mystics became students of the
Keep in mind that when Jesus was born, the wise men from the East who came to worship were actually from this region. Their cultural and mystic
history explains how they came to know of Jesus' coming birth. They were students of the Jewish texts. Their forefathers had been introduced to it
during the Jewish exile in Babylon, even during a time when the Jewish faith was hailed as a true religion in the Babylonian empire. They knew of the
prophesied Messiah through their studies of the Hebrew Scriptures.
So then, it comes as no surprise that some of the similarities between the Mithran tale and the Lord Jesus were the very things prophesied in the
It is a reality that the cult of Mithras predates Christianity. But, it does not predate the Hebrew texts that the Babylonian/Persian mystics actually
studied. Christianity, then, does not borrow from Mithraism. To the contrary, Mithraism borrows from the prophesied Hebrews texts regarding the coming
2. Roman Catholic Corruption
Some of the other similarities between Mithraism and Christianity can only be ascribed to the compromises and accomodations the Roman Catholic Church
instituted during the early history of the the Church.
The early church never celebrated Jesus' birth. That's why we have no idea of when Jesus was born. If they celebrated His birth, we'd have a clear
record of when it took place, and we don't.
The celebration of the nativity was a later addition to the Christian "calendar", and its date was chosen because that was the date of another very
popular celebration--the pagan celebration of the birth of Mithras. Christianity turned their celebration of the birth of the sun god into a
celebration of the birth of the Son of God. That's why December 25 was chosen.
So, in this sense, extrabiblical Christianity did borrow from Mithraism, and it SHOULD NOT HAVE... But, biblical Christianity (the only REAL type)
says nothing about celebrating Jesus' birth, and His date of birth is nowhere indicated.
3. The Adversary's Scheme
It comes as no surprise that Satan, who was well aware of the prophecies regarding the coming Messiah would seek to pre-date his coming with myths
that would eventually serve to discredit the truth of His coming. He is a counterfeit, a copy-cat, and in this case, because the prophecies had
already been recorded, he had a perfect opportunity to try to beat God to the punch by putting legends out there about what would come to be a
historic truth regarding the true Messiah.
Ultimately, Christianity is true. Consider that the testimonies of Jesus were not simply concocted centuries after the supposed figure was long gone.
To the contrary, the very people who walked with Jesus were still around when the gospels and epistles were written (1Co. 15:6). They were in a
perfect position to refute the testimonies, especially considering the persecution they received from their Jewish brothers because of this testimony.
Yet, we have not a single historical refutation of the accounts. sorry if it seems like im ranting, yahoo peeps
Every single one of Jesus' original twelve disciples (with the exception of Judas the traitor, and John the Beloved) was martyred for their faith.
The testimonies they shared were, in fact, true (Lk. 1:3-4; Jn. 21:24), and even extrabiblical sources testify to their truths.
Just remember that the events surrounding Jesus' life were not concocted by a group of men who made up an account of a person long-since dead. His
life was recorded during the lifetime of the very people who walked with Him, and it wasn't isolated to a group of twelve, but of thousands of people
who had heard of Him, seen His miracles, and had come to sit under the direct teachings of the first-hand witnesses themselves.
lots of research, because this challeneged my faith before, but if you get off your butt and look before you speak, or think, for that matter, then
you may get what you are looking for.