The Jesus Myth Theory: Investigating Claims of Copying
by Mary Jo Sharp
That’s a question more people are asking, especially after Zeitgeist, the Movie got popular. In this post, my friend, Mary Jo Sharp, shows you 3 simple steps you can use to figure out if Jesus’ story was actually ripped off from other religions. Mary Jo blogs at http://confidentchristianity.blogspot.com
An increasing trend in popular and academic circles is to propose that the story of Jesus is a mythical one, copied from the stories of pagan mystery gods such as Osiris and Mithras. Not only can the claim be found on numerous internet sites and in several popular-level books, but it is also propagated by celebrities such as political satirist, Bill Maher.
On a September 2008 episode of the widely-viewed talk show, The View, Maher stated that Jesus is like the Egyptian god, Horus. Do these claims have much merit? In the brief space to follow, I will focus on a method for investigating the stories of the other gods and the story of Jesus.
Let me teach you a simple method for investigation.
#1. Read the stories for yourself
When faced with the question of whether or not the story of Jesus is a copy of another god’s story, you should actually read the stories. Get a hold of a copy of the Egyptian Book of the Dead or the Hindu Bhagavad Gita and go through the stories for yourself (local college library, some city libraries, online texts). It’s always a good idea to go to the primary source material so you know the subject being discussed from the source of the discussion…
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