Thursday, April 16, 2015

Attis and Jesus - Five Claims Refuted

As I am going through and editing my book I feel that my rebuttal of these "Jesus-myth" theories is not enough, so I will post some rebuttals here. I may decided to remove that entire section from the book and make a more extensive booklet out of it and put more refuted contradictions in my original book. Regardless, here are some claims about Attis refuted. This replaces my planned post for tomorrow, "Is Jesus a Pagan Myth? - Part Five."

Claim: Attis was considered to be a shepherd, Jesus was called "Good Shepherd," so Jesus was borrowed from this. 
Refutation: Jesus was not an actually shepherd, but using imagery already established in the scriptures (e.g., Psalm 23) he compared himself to a shepherd over his followers. Why was such imagery so applicable? Because shepherding was not an uncommon occupation, which is why the worshipers of Attis pictured him as a shepherd. 

Claim: Jesus account of hanging from a stake comes from Attis dying under a pine tree. 
Refutation: Jesus died the standard method of execution during the time of the Roman Empire. As for Attis he did not hang upon a stake neither was he impaled upon a tree. The two accounts of his death go like this: Either he died by a boar like Adonis or he castrated himself under a pine tree and died. The later might explain why many of his worshippesrs castrated themselves. 

Claim: Attis was born of a virgin, Nana, [through immaculate conception.] Jesus' story came from this. 
Refutation: The story is a bit more complicated that this. Zeus, in a kind of sexual frenzy drops his "seed" on Mt. Agdus. According to the 2nd Century (AD) writer Pausanias it was unwittingly that Zeus did this. In any event a two-gendered being was formed called "Agdistis. Either Liber or Dionysus caused Agdistis to sleep. One of them tied Agdistis's foot to his male genitalia with a rope and startled him. Agdistis castrated him self and the blood fertilized the earth at that spot and an almond tree began to grow. In time Nana, the daughter of the river-god gathered some almonds into her bosom and it disappeared. Attis was then conceived, or some say he was directly born of the almond. So Nana was a virgin, from the accounts I could find, yet this differs on so many different levels from Jesus' conception. Clearly if the gospel writers did not steal from this account. 

Claim: Attis's worshipers had a communion of bread and wine like Jesus and his followers. 
Refutation: Even skeptics (e.g., Freke and Gandy) acknowledge, "What they ate and drank from these sacred instruments is not recorded." Yet they some how know that it was "most likely . . . bread and wine." Despite the fact that wine was forbidden during festivals of Attis. Besides bread and wine were common, but so were milk and meat. 

Claim: Attis was reserected and ascended to the most high on the third day, Jesus just copied this. 
Refutation: Attis was never resurrected and after his love died (in case a nymph another or a fiancĂ©) he goes off and castrates himself under the pine tree. In one case, Agdistis, asks Zeus to resurrect him. Instead Zeus makes sure his body does not decompose, and lets his hair grow and one finger moves. Jesus on the other hand did ascend to the true Most High as it says in the Psalms.

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