Posts Tagged Resurrection
That the story of the Christian Savior was inherited is well-established fact. That few know it or talk about is is understandable.
Caution: The following may challenge blind faith.
Thanks to Norm at One Good Move
As Christianity moved through the near East and into Europe and the extended Roman Empire, the Jesus narratives had to adopt the virgin birth, crucifixion and resurrection. The manger story is a beautiful fantasy.
Mythracism, the dominant religion in Persia and throughout Europe at the time represented the biggest obstacle to the acceptance of Christianity.
Eighteen hundred years before Christ, we find carved on one of the walls of the great temple of Luxor a picture of the annunciation, conception and birth of King Amunothph III, an almost exact copy of the annunciation, conception and birth of the Christian God.
Mithra was a Persian god who was also a virgin birth, but was more than just a tribal god. Mithra was born in a cave and had twelve companions. Mithra’s birthday was also on December 25th. Both religions celebrate the resurrection at Easter. Much of what we know about Mithracism today came from the Christians. The prophet Zoroaster was also born of a virgin.
Not only the idea of a virgin mother, but all the other miraculous events, such as the stable cradle, the guiding star, the massacre of the children, the flight to Egypt, and the resurrection and bodily ascension toward the clouds, have not only been borrowed, but are even scarcely altered in the New Testament story of Jesus.
Such was the successful strategy discovered by the Jews hundreds of years earlier when conquering tribes discovered you could more easily rule if you could convince the conquered that they were really worshipping the same God – The One God.
It was serendipidy really that Mythraicism was emerging from a Near East cult into a one God religion as Christians were struggling to assimilate in the Roman empire.
Here’s some more serious discussion of Mythracism:
The idea of the inerrancy of the The New Testament is unsupportable. A better comparison would be to The Iraq Study Group Report; designed to gain the widest possible acceptance across diverse groups through laborious debate among high councils consulting with on-the-ground actors.