Jesus Christ Is No Copycat


Does the story of Jesus Christ steal from the historical pagan gods such as Mithra, Dionysus, Horus, and Krishna? Several books have been written that have insisted to have evidence of such claims. Recent books include "The Jesus Mysteries" by Tim Freke and Peter Gandy, "The Pagan Christ" by Tom Harpur, and "The Divinci Code" by Dan Brown. These books, and many others, claim they have all uncovered secret truths of Christianity's history, exposing it as a man made fable carved out of the already ancient beliefs of the surrounding lands and their pagan gods. There have been many who want to claim the title of "killing Christianity", and so their minds have been bent on the thought of the fame. So, is there any truth to these claims? Have we all really been fooled for over 2000 years? Was Jesus simply contrived by a group of first century Jews? Have there been millions of martyrs these past two millennia who died only for a repackaged myth? Let us compare the facts of each pagan god to the historical claims of Jesus Christ and find out if there is a validity to these so called "ground-breaking" claims. 


First, lets look at the Persian and Roman god, Mithra: 

Claim
Mithra



Born from a virgin?
No, was born from a rock.



Born on December 25th?
Yes, however, Jesus Christ was not born in December. Shepherds would not have been out with their flocks at night in Dec, because it is too cold and during the dangerous rainy season. Some scholars place Jesus's birth in Sept, but no one is truly certain.



Performed miracles?
Yes, but all pagan gods are said to have performed miracles so this is too general to claim it was copied by Jesus Christ without specifics.



Had 12 disciples?
There is a stone carving with 12 zodiac figures surrounding Mithra, watching him slay a bull. There are claims that these are disciples in costumes, which is an embarrassing stretch.



Died and resurrected?
No mention of death, so there is obviously no resurrection.



Date originated?
Late first century, which obviously proves that Mithraism would have copied from Christianity instead of the other way around.


Now let's examine the claims of the Greek god Dionysus:

Claim
Dionysus



Born of a virgin?
No. He was the son of Zeus and the mortal Semele (in most stories). Zeus was forced to grant a wish that killed Semele while pregnant with Dionysus. Zeus was able to save his unborn son and sewed Dionysus in his thigh until he was ready to be born.



Born on Dec 25th? 
Yes, but again, Jesus Christ was not born in December.



Performed miracles?
Yes, most notably creating wine, shapeshifting, and making mortals insane. There are claims that Jesus Christ copied a miracle of turning water into wine. However, Dionysus was said to be the god of wine. Jesus was the Son of the God of Humanity.



Had 12 disciples?
Is said to have had many followers, but never specifically says 12 of them. Most of them were women he made insane. 



Died and resurrected?

Died by being torn to pieces, boiled, and eaten by the Titans is one version. Another version states Dionysus was eaten by the titans, except for his heart, and by his heart he was resurrected; stories of this resurrection were written over 200 years after Christ. Additionally, there is an object called the Orpheus Amulet, which depicts what some claim to be Dionysus hung on a cross, however this image has been proven to be a forgery from the 20th century.


How about the Egyptian god Horus:

Claim
Horus



Born of a virgin?
No. In one account, Isis transformed into a falcon and flew over Osiris's groin, while Osiris was missing his member, and got pregnant. Another account says that Isis, through sorcery, acquired Osiris's "essence" and "made" Horus.



Born on Dec 25th?
No. Horus's birthday is celebrated during the time of Khoiak, which falls in October and November. 



Performed miracles?
Yes, but again, this is too general a claim.



Had 12 disciples?
No. There are claims of 4 disciples and several many other followers, but no mention of 12 specifically.



Died and resurrected?
No record of Horus ever dying, so again, no resurrection occurred either. 


And lastly, the god Krishna of India:

Claim
Krishna



Born of a virgin?
No. Krishna had 7 younger siblings. The 7th sibling was to prepare the womb for Krishna after Devaki, Krishna's mother, gave birth to the previous 6 who were said to be demons. 



Born on Dec 25th?
No. The commonly accepted birth date is July 18th or the 21st, and is celebrated annually as the Hindu celebration of Janmashtami or Gokulashtami. This celebration is in the month of  August or September depending on the moon phase for that year according to their calendar.



Performed miracles?
Yes, but again, this is too general a claim.



Had 12 disciples?
No mention of having disciples.



Died and resurrected?
Was mistakenly shot in the heel by an arrow from Jara, who was hunting and thought Krishna was a deer (story very similar to Achilles). There is no mention of any resurrection. 



Date Originated?
Many Hindu text that have close comparisons with Jesus Christ were written centuries after the New Testament. 


To conclude, there is no evidence, whatsoever, that any of these pagan gods actually existed. There is ample historical evidence, inside and outside of the bible, that Jesus Christ was a real man (read my previous article "The Identity Of Christ") and the historical events were true and organic. No amount of fabrications will cover up the truth. Yet there will always be those who seek tirelessly to "kill Christianity", but to their dismay, it will never happen. The only task these individuals accomplish is deceiving themselves and many others, appearing as wise, but truly fools. 


"Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things."

- Romans 1:22-23


Written by: Joshua Berry


Resources:

Website Article: Zeitgeist Debunked: Jesus Is Not A Copy Of Pagan Gods, by Steven Bancarz: https://reasonsforjesus.com/zeitgeist-debunked-jesus-is-not-a-copy-of-pagan-gods/

Website Article: Festival of Zayeshmehr (Yalda), By Massoume Price:  https://www.cais-soas.com/CAIS/Celebrations/yalda.htm

Website Article: Was Jesus a Copy of Horus, Mithras, Krishna, Dionysus and Other Pagan Gods?: https://beginningandend.com/jesus-copy-horus-mithras-dionysis-pagan-gods/

Website Article: Is Jesus Simply a Retelling of the Horus Mythology?, by J. Warner:  https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/is-jesus-simply-a-retelling-of-the-horus-myth/

Book: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Hinduism, by James G. Lochtefeld, Page 314-315

Website: Krishna Hindu Deity, by Encyclopedia Britannica: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Krishna-Hindu-deity

Website: Semele Greek Mythology, by Encyclopedia Britannica:  https://www.britannica.com/topic/Semele

Website: Mithraism Persian Religion, by Encyclopedia Britannica: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Mithraism

Website: Horus, by Ancient History Encyclopedia: https://www.ancient.eu/Horus/

Video: Zeitgeist REFUTED & DEBUNKED!, by Elliott Nesch:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFI6m6Icav4&feature=emb_title