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Monday, April 13, 2015

Is Jesus a Pagan Myth? - Part Three

Is Jesus the Messiah or a Myth Inspired by Pagan Myths? 

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? By examining five such pagan figures we can see that Jesus was not borrowed from these sources.

Zoroaster 
An Aryan (or Iranian) prophet in about the 6th century BC. Because he predates Jesus many assume that any simmilairites between the two indicate that the gospel writers stole from Zoroaster's account. They claim, and rightly so, that Zoroaster was tempted by an evil spirt. Vendidad Fargard 19:6 states, "Again to him said the maker of the evil world, Angra Mainyu: 'Do not destroy my creatures, O holy Zarathustra [Zoroaster]! Thou art the son of Pourushaspa; by thy mother I was invoked. Renounce the good religion of the worshippers of Mazda, and thou shalt gain such a  boon as Vadhaghna gained, the ruler of the nations." 
However similar this story might be is irrelevant. This is a post-Christian work, which though it might contain earlier traditions in no way is solid evidence that Christians borrowed from this source. Perhaps, using mythers' logic, Zoroastrianism was borrowed from Christ! However it is perfectly possible that the Zoroastrian account was not inspired by the earlier Christian account. 
Jesus according to Christian thought is the "seed" or "offspring" prophecized at Genesis 3:15. Skeptics ignoring that Genesis predates the 6th century also ignore the true meaning of Zarathustra and say that it means "seed of the woman." However his Persian name means possibly "[owner of] golden camel." There is no stealing from Zoroaster on this account. 
Jesus, to say it again, died for mankind's sin, but Zoroaster did not. He, according to some, died on an alter at the age of 77. In any regard there is no similarities that indicate either had to borrow from the other and certainly none that indicates that Jesus was derived in part from Zoroaster. 

1 comment:

  1. This post will soon be replaced with a revised edition, however everything in it is accurate, so enjoy.

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