The Pagan Jesus – Did Jesus Come From Pagan Religions?
A famous and developing conviction is that the Christian Jesus is only a copycat of agnostic strict figures. This is the case that the early Christians just “acquired” from the agnostic religions of the day. Basically, Christianity assimilated these different figures, combined them as one, and made the individual named Jesus.
As of late, advancing this view has become enormous business. It has climbed the successes list (The Pagan Christ) and has arrived at movie theaters (The DaVinci Code). Also, by all accounts, it sounds conceivable. However, is it valid?
This perspective on Jesus arose in the last part of the 1800s, and was impelled by a book by Kersey Graves entitled, The World’s Sixteen Crucified Saviors (1875). This book guaranteed that Jesus was not a genuine individual but rather was rather a gathering of accounts of other “divinities or god-men friends in need who had been executed, and dropped to and rose from the hidden world.”
Nonetheless, Graves’ exploration was untrustworthy. For instance, number 16 on his rundown was Mohammed. In any case, Islam doesn’t instruct that Mohammed passed on and rose once more. Also, Mohammed came hundreds of years after Jesus. So clearly Christian convictions about Jesus didn’t come from Mohammed.
Among researchers, both Christian and nonbeliever, The World’s Sixteen Crucified Saviors has been generally dismissed, and Graves has been excused as a trick scholar. Indeed, even the mainstream site Infidels.org cautions, “Perusers ought to be very mindful in confiding in anything in this book.” However, the conviction the book elevated continues right up ’til now, and it has brought about what is known as the Jesus Myth Hypothesis.
The most widely recognized correlation among Jesus and agnostic religions includes the Persian sun god Mithras. Mithras, who was well known in the Roman Empire especially among the military, probably had a virgin birth on December 25. Promoters of the Jesus Myth Hypothesis will contend that. However, the Mithras religion guarantees that he arose completely developed from a stone. That was his “virgin birth.”
Moreover, while the Mithras religion existed before the hour Jesus is the Passover Lamb of Jesus, a considerable lot of the convictions about Mithras were not created until part of the way through the second hundred years after Jesus. So it would truly be Mithras getting from Jesus, not the opposite way around.
Concerning the December 25 birthday, Christianity doesn’t actually know the date of Jesus’ introduction to the world. Truth be told, all through the hundreds of years his introduction to the world has been commended on different dates including May 20 and March 28. Indeed, even today in Armenia, his introduction to the world is commended on January 6. The Eastern Orthodox Church praises his introduction to the world on January 7. December 25 is an inconsistent date and isn’t applicable to doctrinal convictions about Jesus.
One more agnostic symbol, Attis, was killed in a hunting mishap. One individuals relegated to safeguard him tossed a lance at a wild hog and hit Attis coincidentally. So Attis was skewered by a lance; Jesus was speared by nails. As per the Jesus Myth Hypothesis, this account of Attis should be a lined up with the torturous killing story. In any case, that determination is a leap of faith.
The agnostic god Osiris supposedly had a revival. In any case, his genuine story is that after he kicked the bucket he showed signs of life in the Underworld. He governs there over the dead, not the living. Osiris is suggestive of an Egyptian mummy, and his story is nothing similar to the revival of Jesus.
Without knowing current realities, the Jesus Myth Hypothesis sounds conceivable. In any case, with just the right amount of examination, it becomes evident that there is almost no help for it.