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Friday, April 10, 2015

[BH] Is Jesus a Pagan Myth? - Part One

Is Jesus a Pagan Copy-Cat? 
April 10, 2015

Most atheists do not deny the existence of Jesus, only the fact that he was anything more than a man. Some however allege that he was a myth. Not just a myth, but a stolen myth from various pagan sources. However how do their claims stand up? 

Krishna 
Krishna is the English spelling of the "eighth avatar of Vishnu" according to Hindus. Kersey Graves is the originator of the theory that Jesus is a myth borrowed from the account of Krishna. 
Some even spell Krishna as "Chrishna" to imply this connect (this is a sign of deception on their part. However we see that "Krishna" means "Black" on account of Krishna's blueish, black skin. On the other hand, Jesus' title "Christ" means "anointed one" and mirrors the Hebrew title Messiah, which means "anointed one" as well.
According to the gospels Jesus was born of the virgin Mary, which to critics is a clearly an instance of borrowing from Krishna, who they say was born of the virgin Maia. However the Hindu texts actually say of Krishna "You have been born of the divine Devaki and Vasudeva for the protection of Brahma on earth." (Mahabharata Bk 12, XLVIII) Again, we note that another false name similarity is made, that between Mary (meaning "bitter") and Maia (likely meaning "illusion"). Moreover, Krishna was not a first child, but Jesus was. 
Herod issued a decree to kill all infants under the age of two, possible only in Bethlehem or in all his territory, according to the gospel accounts. This to the skeptic is a clear case of copying from the Hindu accounts. However in Bhagavata Bk 4,XXII:7 it reads, “Thus the six sons were born to Devaki, and Kamsa, too, killed those six sons consecutively as they were born.” We can see that the Krishna account and the account about Christ are only similar in the regard that infants were killed in both, sadly not an uncommon feature of the ancient world. The gospel writers did not draw inspiration from the Krishna account. Even if he was making it up, he had simply to exert his imagination only slightly. It helped that Herod was not known for his pacifism and calmness.
According to the skeptics’ theory, both Krishna’s parents and Jesus’ parents fled. They say Krishna’s fled to Mathura and some even say that Jesus’ fled to some place called Muturea (another false name connection). In this regard the gospels indicate that Jesus and his parents fled to Egypt not Muturea. Hindu scriptures (Bhagavata Bk 4, I:4-5) say, “And for what reason did [Vishnu] incarnate himself as the son of Vasudeva in the prison house of Kamsa?” This shows that Krishna’s parents had no time to flee since they were already imprisoned by Kamsa. 
Jesus and his Father were both carpenters, but only Krishna’s father is said to be a carpenter while Krishna is said to be a nobleman. And it's not like being a carpenter is the rarest of occupations either. Some may say that Jesus, by being a descendant of David, was royalty. He was a descendant of the royal house of David, but was born in poverty. The royal house of David had ceased to rule for centuries.
Jesus was hung or crucified, but Krishna was only impaled by an arrow accidentally shot by a hunter (Mahabharata Bk 16,4). To say that he was crucified is a stretch. Especially since hanging a person on a stake or crossed beam stake was a deliberate act of execution. Jesus was killed for the sins of mankind, but Krishna by mistake. He rose almost immediately while Jesus was raised up on the third day. 
Both were seen as saviors; that much is true. But that isn’t to say they were saviors in the same sense. Jesus came to redeem mankind from their sins, but Krishna didn’t. The account of Krishna is not the source of the account about Jesus. Krishna differed in many different ways from Jesus, and the concept of a Messiah already existed in the Hebrew Scriptures, (e.g., Daniel and Isaiah’s prophecies), so we can say that the skeptics ("mythers") are grasping at straws, demonstrating their unreasonableness by the very act of making the claims they do.

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