Was Jesus the only one with the circumstances surrounding his life?
This article will discuss the God-Men, like Jesus, who share some similarities that can not be overlooked, and was brought to attention again today by a post from Malcolm Snapp.
I thought we had discussed this before, but can not find the post so we will do a new one.
Before we begin there is a paraphrased comment from one of the research pages I would like to share with you.
Please keep this in mind when reading any of the research done by this blog.
I’m Jewish, but it always seems to me that religion and belief is based on faith. It has long been accepted in Jewish tradition that many of the stories in the Bible are allegorical, and it doesn’t seem to me that should have any effect at all on faith. So the thought that the stories may not be accurate shouldn’t affect the belief of Christians, nor should it somehow “invalidate” that belief. ~ ssinger
So, Was Jesus the only one with the circumstances surrounding his life?
Actually the answer is NO.. throughout time, be it historical or mythology, there were several who shared these circumstances.
Malcolm’s post is as follows and we will discuss it further following his post:
From the desk of the Good Reverend:
Mithras and Jesus:
Mithras: Born December 25
Jesus: Romans adopted December 25 as his birthday in the 4th century A.D.
Mithras: Born of a virgin
Jesus: Born of a virgin
Mithras: Visited by 3 Magi
Jesus: Visited by 3 wise men
Mithras: Dies, dead for 3 days, resurrected
Jesus: Dies, dead for 3 days, resurrected
When I discovered the Roman/Persian God Mithras, I was ABSOLUTELY STUNNED by the similarities with Jesus.
And the odd thing is, belief in Mithras pre-dates the life and times of Jesus Christ by centuries… Weird.
Rev. M. K. Snapp
While most Christians are unaware of these god-men, others will deny their existence and say that I (or anyone else who mentions them) is telling a lie.
If not that, the devil simply planted the story of Jesus into the minds of people long ago, to lead the astray from the true Christ.
Trinity―Trinities were popular in pagan sects before Christianity was introduced to the world.
Some of the more well known trinity gods included
Among the pagan cultures that preceded Christianity, virgin birth stories abounded.
The long list of the following (semi) deities, legends went around that they were born of a virgin:
- Romulus and Remus,
- Augustus (his father was the god Apollo)
As can be seen in this list (below) from Wikipedia, the above 18 names are not the only ones throughout history/mythology to share these similarities:
Miraculous births are a common element in historical literature and religious texts.
Stories of miracle births often include miraculous conceptions and features such as intervention by a deity, supernatural elements, astronomical signs, hardship or in the case of some mythologies complex plots related to creation.
In the following ‘saviors’ cases, a grouping of disciples was present, just as they were present in Jesus’ story:
Horus, Buddha, Chrishna, Dionysus, Mithra.
Interestingly enough, in the case of Dionysus, his disciple Acoetes was a boatman, just as Jesus’ disciple Peter. And just as Peter was freed from jail when the doors miraculously flew open, so was Dionysus’ disciple Acoetes.
In Budda’s case, he, like Jesus, demanded that his disciples renounce all worldly possessions. Yet another instance of similarity is that the disciples of both Jesus and Buddha were said to have been arrested for preaching, as well as witnessed to have “walked on water.”
Among those ‘saviors’ who, like Jesus, performed countless miracles include:
Horus, Chrishna, Buddha, Dionysus, Mithra, Osirus, and Adonis.
Horus was said to have walked on water, just as Jesus did. In addition, Horus raised one man, El-Azarus, from the dead in front of countless witnesses.
In the case of Buddha, it was told that he fed five hundred men with one loaf of bread, that he cured lepers, and that he caused the blind to see.
Dionysus rescued a person from dying when the person was utterly desolate and placed them among the stars. And he gave food and drink, herbs and berries, to the starving people — not to mention turning water into wine.
Here is another common theory, quoted from S. Acharya’s “The Origins of Christianity and the Quest for the Historical Jesus:”
“The reason why all these pagan narratives are so similar to a “god-man” is that these stories were based on the movements of the sun through the heavens, an astrotheological development that can be found throughout the planet because the sun and the 12 zodiac signs can be observed around the globe.”
Many of the world’s crucified “god-men” have their traditional birthday on December 25
This is because the ancients recognized that (from an earth-centric perspective) the sun makes an annual descent southward until December 21 or 22, the winter solstice, when it stops moving southerly for three days and then starts to move northward again.
During this time, the ancients declared that “God’s sun” had “died” for three days and was “born again” on December 25. The ancients realized quite abundantly that they needed the sun to return every day and that they would be in big trouble if the sun continued to move southward and did not stop and reverse its direction. Thus, these many different cultures celebrated the “sun of God’s” birthday on December 25th. The following are the characteristics of the “sun” of God:
a. The sun “dies” for three days on December 22, the winter solstice, when it stops in its movement south, to be born again or resurrected on December 25, it resumes its movement north.
b. In some areas, the calendar originally began in the constellation of Virgo, and the sun would therefore be “born of a Virgin.”
c. The sun is the “Light of the World.”
d. The sun “cometh on clouds, and every eye shall see him.”
e. The sun rising in the morning is the “Savior of mankind.”
f. The sun wears a corona (“crown of thorns”) or a halo.
g. The sun “walks on water.”
h. The sun’s “followers” or “disciples” are the 12 months and the 12 signs of the Zodiac, through which the sun must pass.
i. The sun is “crucified,” which represents it’s passing through the equinoxes, the vernal equinox being Easter, at which time it is then resurrected.
In addition, all over the world are sites where this “god” or that allegedly was born, walked, suffered, died, etc., a common occurrence that is not monopolized by, and did not originate with, Christianity. An early Christian Syrian writer (quoted in Credner’s “De Natalitorium Christi Origine”) wrote the following concerning the December 25 hoax: “The reason why the Church fathers transferred the celebration from January 6 to December 25, was that it was the custom of the pagans to celebrate on the same December 25 the birthday of the sun, at which time they lit lights in token of festivity, and in these rites and festivals the Christians also took part. Accordingly, when the doctors of the Church perceived that the Christians had a liking for this festival, they resolved that the true nativity should be commemorated on that day.”
Mithra of Persia
Cloaked in mystery and secrecy, Mithra has captivated the imaginations of scholars for generations.
Many facts discovered sheds vital light on the cultural dynamics that led to the rise of Christianity. The National Geographic Society’s book “Great Religions of the World,” page 309 writes;
“By Jesus’ time, East and West had mingled here for three centuries. Down columns of boulevards walked Roman soldiers loyal to the Persian god Mithras.”
Mithras was a Persian deity. He was also the most widely venerated god in the Roman Empire at the time of Jesus.
The Catholic Encyclopedia as well as the early Church Fathers found this religion of Mithras very disturbing, as there are so many similarities between the two religions, as follows:
1) Hundreds of years before Jesus, according to the Mithraic religion, three Wise Men of Persia came to visit the baby savior-god Mithra, bring him gifts of gold, myrrh and frankincense.
2) Mithra was born on December 25 as told in the “Great Religions of the World”, page 330; “…it was the winter solstice celebrated by ancients as the birthday of Mithraism’s sun god”.
3) According to Mithraism, before Mithra died on a cross, he celebrated a “Last Supper with his twelve disciples, who represented the twelve signs of the zodiac.
4) After the death of Mithra, his body was laid to rest in a rock tomb.
5) Mithra had a celibate priesthood.
6) Mithra ascended into heaven during the spring (Passover) equinox (the time when the sun crosses the equator making night and day of equal length).
–Mithra was born of a virgin on December 25 in a cave, and his birth was attended by shepherds bearing gifts.
–He was considered a great traveling teacher and master.
–He had 12 companions or disciples.
–Mithra’s followers were promised immortality.
–He performed miracles.
–As the “great bull of the Sun,” Mithra sacrificed himself for world peace.
–He was buried in atomb and after three days rose again.
–His resurrection was celebrated every year.
–He was called “the Good Shepherd” and identified with both the Lamb and the Lion.
–He was considered the “Way, the Truth and the Light,” and the “Logos,” [Word] “Redeemer,” “Savior” and “Messiah.”
–His sacred day was Sunday, the “Lord’s Day,” hundreds of years before the appearance of Christ.
–Mithra had his principal festival on what was later to become Easter.
–His religion had a eucharist or “Lord’s Supper,” at which Mithra said, “He who shall nto eat of my body nor drink of my blood so that he may be one with me and I with him, shall not be saved.”
–“His annual sacrifice is the Passover of the Magi, a symbolical atonement of pledge of moral and physical regeneration.”
Furthermore, the Vatican itself is built upon the papacy of Mithra, and the Christian hierarchy is nearly identical to the Mithraic version it replaced . . .
. . . Virtually all of the elements of the Catholic ritual, from miter to wafer to altar to doxology, are directly taken from earlier Pagan mystery religions.
As a footnote to all this: The World Book Encyclopedia tells that Mithras was an angel of light who fought on the side against the forces of evil.
In the Zoroastrian religion of ancient Persia Mithras was called “the Heavenly Light.” This belief carried to Assyria and Asia Minor where many people identified him with the sun.
Mithraism came into the ancient Roman world about 75 BCE., and ranked as a principal competitor of Christianity for 200 years.
NOTE 1: Persian legends of Mithras says that He was born of the Sun God and a virgin mother, called “the Mother of God”, on December 25th. They saw him as a symbol of justice, truth, and loyalty. He was considered the saviour of humankind, and stories abound of His healing the sick, raising the dead, and performing miracles (making the blind see and the lame walk). Throughout His lifetime, He was seen as a protector of human souls, a mediator between “heaven” and “earth” and was even associated with a “holy trinity”. He remained celibate, until the ripe old age of 64, throughout his life and preached the virtues of ethics, moral behavior, and good will. Does this sound familiar? Sure sounds like Jesus.
NOTE 2: Ancient Persians believed in a “celestial heaven” and hell. They believed that they would be judged by their god and granted justice of” eternal salvation. On judgement day, the faithful dead would be resurrected and light would triumph over darkness.
NOTE 3: They took part in ritual purification or baptism, held Sundays sacred, drank wine and ate bread as a symbol of the body and blood and even took part in ritualistic purging (purification rites such as flagellation).
NOTE 4: In their legends, Mithras had an “earthly mission’ to accomplish. He then was put to death on a cross and buried in a cave (some legends have Him held in a cave to be reborn once a year).
NOTE 5: He then “rose from the dead” and took part in a last supper with his 12 disciples (often associated with the 12 signs of the zodiac) and then ascended to the heavens to watch over His “flock” from above.
Attis of Phrygia
- He was buried but on the third day
- the priests found the tomb empty — His priests were “eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven.”
- He followers were baptized in blood, thereby washing away their sins — after which they declared themselves “born again.”
- His followers ate a sacred meal of bread, which they believed became the body of the savoir.
- Attis was born on December 25 of the Virgin Nana.
- He was considered the savior who was slain for the salvation of mankind
- He was both the Divine Son and the Father
- On “Black Friday,” he was crucified on a tree, from which his holy blood ran down to redeem the earth
- He descended into the underworld
- After three days, Attis was resurrected on March 25 (as tradition held of Jesus) as the “Most High God.
BUDDIAH – INDIA
- Born of the Virgin Maya on December 25th.
- He was announced by a star and attended by wise men presenting costly gifts.
- At birth angles sing heavenly songs.
- He taught in temple at age 12.
- Tempted by Mara, the Evil One (Satan), while fasting.
- He was baptized in water with the Spirit of God present.
- Buddiah healed the sick and fed 500 from a small basket of cakes and even walked on water.
- He came to fulfill the law and preached the establishment of a kingdom of righteousness and obliged followers to poverty and to renounce the world.
- He transfigured on a mount.
- Died (on a cross, in some traditions), buried but arose again after tomb opened by supernatural powers.
- Ascended into heaven (Nirvana).
- Will return in later days to judge the dead. Buddiah was called: “Good Shepherd,” “Carpenter,” “Alpha and Omega,” “Sin Bearer,” “Master,” “Light of the World,” “Redeemer,” etc.
HERACLES – GREECE
- Born at the winter equinox of a virgin who refrained from sex with her until her god-begotten child was born and was sacrificed at the spring equinox. He too, was called “Savior,” “Only begotten,” “Prince of Peace,” “Son of Righteousness.”
Dionysus or Bacchus is thought of as being Greek, but he is a remake of the Egyptian god Osiris, whose cult extended throughout a large part of the ancient world for thousands of years.
Dionysus’s religion was well-developed in Thrace, northeast of Greece, and Phrygia, which became Galatia, where Attis also later reigned.
Although a Dionysus is best remembered for the rowdy celebrations in his name, which was Latinized as Bacchus, he had many other functions and contributed several aspects to the Jesus character:
–Dionysus was born of a virgin on December 25 and, as the Holy Child, was placed in a manger.
–He was a traveling teacher who performed miracles.
–He “rode in a triumphal procession on an ass.”
–He was a sacred king killed and eaten in an eucharistic ritual for fecundity and purification.
–Dionysus rose from the dead on March 25.
–He was the God of the Vine, and turned water into wine.
–He was called “King of Kings” and “God of Gods.”
–He was considered the “Only Begotten Son,” Savior,” “Redeemer,” “Sin Bearer,” Anointed One,” and the “Alpha and Omega.”
–He was identified with the Ram or Lamb.
–His sacrificial title of “Dendrites” or “Young Man of the Tree” intimates he was hung on a tree or crucified.
As Walker says, Dionysus was “a prototype of Christ with a cult center at Jerusalem,” where during the 1st century BCE he was worshiped by Jews . . . Dionysus/Bacchus’s symbol was “IHS” or “IES,” which became “Iesus” or “Jesus.” The “IHS” is used to this day in Catholic liturgy and iconography.
Horus/Osiris of Egypt
OSIRIS – EGYPT: He came to fulfill the law. Called “KRST,” the “Anointed One.” Born of the virgin Isis-Meri on December 25th in a cave / manger, with his birth announced by a star and attended by three wise men. Earthly father named “Seb” (translates to “Joseph.”) At age 12 he was a child teacher in the Temple and at 30 he was baptized, having disappeared for 18 years. Osiris was baptized in the river Iarutana — the river Jordan — by “Anup the Baptizer,” who was beheaded. (Anup translates to John.) He performed miracles, exorcised demons, raised El-Osiris from the dead. Walked on water and was betrayed by Typhon, crucified between two thieves on the 17th day of the month of Athyr. Buried in a tomb from which he arose on the third day (19th Athyr) and was resurrected. His suffering, death, and resurrection celebrated each year by His disciples on the Vernal Equinox — Easter. Called “The Way, the Truth, the Light,” “Messiah,” “god’s Anointed Son,’ the “Son of Man,” the “Word made Flesh,” the “word of truth.” Expected to reign a thousand years.
In the Egyptian myth, Horus and his once-and-future Father, Osiris, are frequently interchangeable, as in “I and my Father are one.” Concerning Osiris, Walker says:
Of all savior-gods worshiped at the beginning of the Christian era, Osiris may have contributed
more details to the evolving Christ figure than any other. Already very old in Egypt, Osiris was
identified with nearly every other Egyptian god and was on the way to absorbing them all. He
had well over 200 divine names. He was called the Lord of Lords, King of Kings, God of Gods.
He was the Resurrection and the Life, the Good Shepherd, Eternity and Everlastingness, the god
who “made men and women to be born again.” Budge says, “From first to last, Osiris was to the
Egyptians the god-man who suffered, an died, and rose again, and reigned eternally in heaven.
They believed that they would inherit eternal life, just as he had done . . .”
Osiris’s coming was announced by Three Wise Men: the three stars Mintaka, Anilam, and
Alnitak in the belt of Orion, which point directly to Osiris’s star in the east, Sirius (Sothis),
significator of his birth . . .
Certainly Osiris was a prototypical Messiah, as well as a devoured Host. His flesh was eaten
in the form of communion cakes of wheat, the “plant of Truth.” . . . The cult of Osiris contributed
a number of ideas and phrases to the Bible. The 23rd Psalm copied an Egyptian text appealing
to Osiris the Good Shepherd to lead the deceased to the “green pastures” and “still waters” of the
nefer-nefer land, to restore the soul to the body, and to give protection in the valley of the shadow
of death (the Tuat). The Lord’s Prayer was prefigured by an Egyptian hymn to Osiris-Amen
beginning, “O Amen, O Amen, who are in heaven.” Amen was also invoked at the end of every
As Col. James Chruchward naively exclaims, “The teachings of Osiris and Jesus are wonderfully alike. Many passages are identically the same, word for word.”
Osiris was also the god of the vine and a great travelling teacher who civilized the world. He was the ruler and judge of the dead. In his passion, Osiris was plotted against and killed by Set and “the 72.” Like that of Jesus, Osiris’s resurrection served to provide hope to all that they may do likewise and become eternal.
Osiris’s “son” or renewed incarnation, Horus, shares the following in common with Jesus:
–Horus was born of the virgin Isis-Merion December 25 in a cave/manger with his birth being announced by a star in the East and attended by three wise men.
–His earthly father was named “Seb” (“Joseph”).
–He was of royal descent.
–At at 12, he was a child teacher in the Temple, and at 30, he was baptized having disappeared for 18 years.
–Horus was baptized in the river Eridanus or Iarutana (Jordan) by “Anup the Baptizer” (“John the Baptist”), who was decapitated.
–He had 12 desciples, two of who were his “witnesses” and were named “Anup” and “Aan” (the two “Johns”).
–He performed miracles, exorcised demons and raised El-Azarus (“El-Osiris”), from the dead.
–Horus walked on water.
–His personal epithet was “Iusa,” the “ever-becoming son” of “Ptah,” the “Father.” He was thus called “Holy Child.”
–He delivered a “Sermon on the Mount” and his followers recounted the “Sayings of Iusa.”
–Horus was transfigured on the Mount.
–He was crucified between two thieves, buried for three days in a tomb, and resurrected.
–He was also the “Way, the Truth, the Light,” “Messiah,” “God’s Anointed Son,” “the “Son of Man,” the “Good Shepherd,” the “Lamb of God,” the “Word made flesh,” the “Word of Truth,” etc.
–He was “the Fisher” and was associated with the Fish (“Ichthys”), Lamb and Lion.
–He came to fulfill the Law.
–Horus was called “the KRST,” or “Anointed One.”
–Like Jesus, “Horus was supposed to reign one thousand years.”
Furthermore, inscribed about 3,500 years ago [1500 years before Jesus’ alleged advent] on the walls of the Temple at Luxor were images of the Annunciation, Immaculate Conception, Birth and Adoration of Horus, with Thoth announcing to the Virgin Isis that she will conceive Horus; with Kneph the “Holy Ghost,” impregnating the virgin; and with the infant being attended bh three kings, or magi, bearing gifts. In addition, in the catacombs at Rome are pictures of the baby Horus being held by the virgin mother Isis—the original “Madonna and Child.” As Massey says:
It was the Gnostic art that reproduced the Hathor-Meri and Horus of Egypt as the Virgin
and child-Christ of Rome . . . You poor idiotai, said the Gnostics [to the early Christians],
you have mistaken the mysteries of old for modern history, and accepted literally all that
was only meant mystically.
Krishna of India
The similarities between the Christian character and the Indian messiah Krishna number in the hundreds, particularly when the early Christian texts now considered apocrypha are factored in. It should be noted that a common earlier English spelling of Krishna was “Christna,” which reveals its relation to “Christ.” Also, in Bengali, Krishna is reputedly “Christos,” which is the same as the Greek for “Christ” and which the soldiers of Alexander the Great called Krishna. It should be further noted that, as with Jesus, Buddha and Osiris, many people have believed and continue to believe in a historical Krishna.
The following is a partial list of the correspondences between Jesus and Krishna:
KRISHNA – INDIA: Krishna was born while his foster-father Nanda was in the city to pay his tax to the king. His nativity heralded by a star, Krishna was born of the virgin Devaki in a cave, which at the time of his birth was miraculously illuminated. The cow-herds adored his birth. King Kansa sought the life of the Indian Christ by ordering the massacre of all male children born during the same night at He. Krishna traveled widely, performing miracles — raising the dead, healing lepers, the deaf and the blind. The crucified Krishna is pictured on the cross with arms extended. Pierced by an arrow while hanging on the cross, Krishna died, but descended into Hell from which He rose again on the third day and ascended into Heaven. (The Gospel of Nicodemus tell of Jesus’ descent into Hell.) He will return on the last day to judge the quick and the dead. Krishna is the second person of the Hindu trinity.
–Krishna was born of the Virgin Devaki (“Divine One”) on December 25.
–His earthly father was a carpenter, who was off in the city paying tax while Krishna was born.
–His birth was signaled by a star in the east and attended by angels and shepherds, at which time he was presented with spices.
–The heavenly hosts danced and sang at his birth.
–He was persecuted by a tyrant who ordered the slaughter of thousands of infants.
–Krishna was anointed on the head with oil by a woman whom he healed.
–He is depicted as having his foot on the head of a serpent.
–He worked miracles and wonders, raising the dead and healing lepers, the deaf and the blind.
–Krishna used parables to teach the people about charity and love, and he “lived poor and he loved the poor.”
–He castigated the clergy, charging them with “ambition and hypocrisy . . . Tradition says he fell victim to their vengeance.”
–Krishna’s “beloved disciple” was Arjuina or Ar-jouan (Jouhn).
–He was transfigured in front of his disciples.
–He gave his disciples the ability to work miracles.
–His path was “strewn with branches.”
–In some traditions he died on a tree or was crucified between two thieves.
–Krishna was killed around the age of 30, and the sun darkened at his death.
–He rose from the dead and ascended to heaven “in the sight of all men.”
–He was depicted on a cross with nail-holes in his feet, as well as having a heart emblem on his clothing.
–Krishna is the “lion of the tribe of Saki.”
–He was called the “Shepherd of God” and considered the “Redeemer,” “Firstborn,” “Sin-Bearer,” “Liberator,” “Universal Word.”
–He was deemed the “Son of God” and “our Lord and Savior,” who came to earth to die for man’s salvation.
–He was the second person of the Trinity.
–His disciples purportedly bestowed upon him the title “Jezeus,” or “Jeseus,” meaning “pure essence.”
–Krishna is to return to judge the dead, riding on a white horse, and to do battle with the “Prince of Evil,” who will desolate the earth.
–Zoroaster was born of a virgin and “immaculate conception by a ray of divine reason.”
–He was baptized in a river.
–In his youth he astounded wise men with his wisdom.
–He was tempted in the wilderness by the devil.
–He began his ministry at age 30.
–Zoroaster baptized with water, fire and “holy wind.”
–He cast out demons and restored the sight to a blind man.
–He taught about heaven and hell, and revealed mysteries, including resurrection, judgment, salvation and the apocalypse.
–He had a sacred cup or grail.
–He was slain.
–His religion had a eucharist.
–He was the “Word made flesh.”
–Zoroaster’s followers expected a “second coming” in the virgin-born Saoshynt or Savior, who is to come in 2341 CE and begin his ministry at age 30, ushering in a golden age.
Many professors of modern and past times cannot help but conclude that Jesus is based on mythical deities of old.
Among these scholars number individuals such as
- Porphry (3rd Century),
- Max Muller,
- Ernest de Bunsen,
- Joseph Wheless,
- Albert Churchward (all of the 19th Century),
- T.W. Doane (20th Century).
- Pope Leo X, privy to the truth because of his high rank, made this curious declaration,
“It was well known how profitable this fable of Christ has been to us” (“The Diegesis” by Rev. Robert Taylor, footnote, p. 35).
In light of the tremendous volume of evidence that is there for anyone interested in taking the time to study, the underlying question of whether or not Christianity is simply the heir of mythical beliefs prevalent at the time of its development, is not a question that can simply be ignored by any Christian when pondering the origins of his/her faith.
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References were taken from:
The World Book Encyclopedia;
Library of the World’s Myths and Legends (Persian Mythology);
Stories of the Bible on TV – Historians; J.M.Robertson, T.W.Doane, F.Cument, J.G.Frazer;
The Origins of the Mithraic Mysteries by David Ulansey
The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold by Acharya S (Adventures Unlimited, 1999) pp 107-123