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Originally posted by teapot
Given as that original sin is defiance of God, Mary the mother of Jesus, the woman who was faithful (to God) in the extreme, was the Immaculate Conception, also translated as virgin.
Reference to the virgin birth is not strong enough to refute the validity of the Christian faith.
Originally posted by arth247
Christianity is not,has never been and will never be a sham.Christianity is the only path to the true God.And it is definitely not an amalgamation of pagan beliefs.All the so called similarities btw xtianity and ancient mystery religions represent different things.The sacrifice of the pagan odin and other pagan gods on the tree symbolize the sacrifice of the higher man for the lower man(Adam and Eves shift from a divine nature to a sinful nature) and the tree represents the forbidden tree that they chose.It is this tree that killed them and gave them a new nature.The sacrifice of Christ symbolizes the sacrifice of the lower man for the higher man.(Jesus sacrificing his earthly nature for a divine nature.And the cross(tree)He died on represents the tree of life.The tree that seeks to destroy(kill)our sinful nature(col 3:2-3)and give us a divine nature.
Also,The virgin birth of the sun god horus symbolizes the fact that in order to be born into the new age one needs to undergo a luciferic initiation.Mystics refer to lucifer as their sun and light so they deem it necessary to be reborn of Him because their first birth by an earthly father isn't sufficient.so the virgin birth symbolizes the fact that it is a spiritual luciferan initiation and not a physical rebirth by an earthly father.
On the other hand,Jesus birth from a virgin symbolizes the fact that in order to be born of God,We need to be reborn of his spirit to be changed to bear his Image.Our 1st earthly birth is insufficient.That is what His virgin birth symbolizes.
So even though there might be so called similarities btw The true Christ and Pagan savior gods,The fact remains the similarities mean different things.