- Aug 22, 2005
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It seems the stories of Osiris and Mithras are scaringly similar to Jesus's. Why should anyone believe the carpenter's and not others?
http://www.mnatheists.org/articles/atheism/solstice_savior_gods.htmBesides the fact that the Christian savior man-god, Jesus, shares the same birthday, the winter solstice, with many pagan savior man-gods, there are many other parallels between Christianity and paganism.
These are some aspects of the Jesus myth that appeared earlier in pagan mythologies:
* The savior is god made flesh, as the son of god.
* His father is god and his mother is a mortal virgin.
* He is born in a cave or humble cowshed on December 25 before three shepherds.
* He offers his followers the chance to be born again through the rites of baptism.
* He miraculously turns water into wine at a marriage ceremony.
* He rides triumphantly into town on a donkey while people wave palm leaves to honor him.
* He dies at Eastertime as a sacrifice for the sins of the world.
* After his death he descends to hell, then on the third day he rises from the dead and ascends to heaven in glory.
* His followers await his return as the judge during the Last Days.
* His death and resurrection are celebrated by a ritual meal of bread and wine, which symbolize his body and blood.
In fact, pagan sun god celebrations proved too popular for early Christians to overcome. Therefore, they decided to superimpose their story of Jesus (which contained many pagan elements anyway) onto the sun god festivals of the winter solstice (Christmas) and the spring equinox (Easter).