Originally posted by Neon Haze
no problem at all,
One good source is "The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors: Christianity before Christ" Kersey Graves.
(sigh) Oh, Neon... you were dong fine until you started going into the points that book made. It's a really bad source book.
Originally posted by Neon Haze
The stories of Jesus and Horus are more than very similar. The legends of Horus go back three thousand years, and he shares the following in common
Horus was born of the virgin Isis-Meri on December 25th in a cave/manger, His birth was announced by a star in the East and attended by three wise
No, no, no, no, no... and no. He was the god son of a goddess and god who were brother and sister, he was not born in a cave, his birth was not
announced by a star, no men attended his birth (he hatched from an egg and flew to the horizon), he wasn't a teacher, baptism was never practiced on
gods, he had millions of followers but no disciples, his father died and he avenged him but he didn't die, he never walked among the people and
performed miracles (he's a god... you pray to him.) He was not known by any of the titles you gave.
Here's the REAL story of Horus, as seen on temple walls and in other places (and he dates to 3,000 BC; one of the oldest gods written about)
The story of Mithra precedes the Christian fable by at least 600 years and was "the most popular and widely spread 'Pagan' religion of the times."
Mithra has the following in common with the Jesus.
Mithra was born of a virgin on December 25th.
He was considered a great traveling teacher and master.
He had 12 companions
Joseph Campbell apparently made up the virgin birth (the sources say he was "born from a rock.") No, nor did he perform miracles -- he's a warrior
god. He's accompanied in art by two torchbearers, not 12 companions and he's associated with bull sacrifices, and a dog and a snake.
His religion had a Eucharist or "Lord's Supper."
Not according to what they wrote about their religion.
And I think that the issues with Krishna were discussed. They're not very similar -- Krishna, for one, was an avatar of Vishnu, and his mother had
been childless for a long time. There was no such thing as a baptism, he was a prince who shocked some people by playing with the cow herders:
In some traditions he died on a tree or was crucified between two thieves. He rose from the dead and ascended to heaven.
This isn't in any of the Hindu traditions, and he would not have been a "sin bearer" because every person bears their own karma and has to work it
out. They do not have a trinity.
Prometheus shares a number of similarities with the Christ character.
Prometheus descended from heaven as God incarnate as man, to save mankind.
He was crucified, suffered and rose from the dead.
He was one of the Titans (a firstborn god) stayed a god, did not incarnate, brought fire to the world, was not killed but IS chained up on a mountain
in the Causcus range where an eagle comes to peck his liver every day. His name means "forethought."
Buddha was born of the virgin Maya, who was considered the "Queen of Heaven." He was of royal descent. He crushed a serpent's head. He
performed miracles and wonders, healed the sick, fed 500 men from a "small basket of cakes," and walked on water. He abolished idolatry, was a
"sower of the word," and preached "the establishment of a kingdom of righteousness."
His mother was Mayadevi, nine holy scholars said he'd either be a great king or a great wise man, married his cousin, got shocked out of his wealthy
and indolent life by the statements of his charioteer, became an aesthetic, had five companions, discovered a philosophy called "the Middle Way",
became a great teacher, lived to be about 80 years old. No transfiguration on a mount, was not considered a carpenter nor a shepherd :
He taught this:
# The Four Noble Truths: that suffering is an inherent part of existence; that the origin of suffering is ignorance and the main symptoms of that
ignorance are attachment and craving; that attachment and craving can be ceased; and that following the Noble Eightfold Path will lead to the
cessation of attachment and craving and therefore suffering.
# The Noble Eightfold Path: right understanding, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and
The religions are interesting to study, but the book you have is one of the very few bad ones on comparative religion. Wikipedia would be a better