is A Copy Cat Savior
Is A Copy Cat Religion
This challenge is not commonly encountered, but it can catch you off guard if you’ve never heard it before, or how to respond to it. Because of the uncommonness of this challenge I did not develop a response idea. However, it's still good to know about this challenge and the answers to it.
The following are the details about a deity, told to J. Warner Wallace http://pleaseconvinceme.com, by a man he had spoken with. See if you can guess who is indicated by these details this man gave.
He was born of a virgin, born in a cave.
His birth was heralded by a star, and attended by shepherds.
He had 12 disciples, did interesting things, and preached a sermon on the mount.
He preached to save the masses and died to save the world.
Three days later he rose from the dead.
His birth is celebrated on Dec 25th, and his resurrection is celebrated on Easter.
Afterwards His disciples started meeting on Sundays, and celebrated the Lord’s Supper with communion.
And he was called the way the truth the light.
Who do you think this describes? Would you be surprised to learn that according to the man J. Warner Wallace spoke with that you would be wrong if you said Jesus? The man told J. Warner Wallace that these details are about Mithra, a God from Persia worshiped 400 years before Jesus.
Followers even worshiped alongside the new Christians who the followers of Mithra believed to have stolen Mithra’s identity, called him Jesus, and built the Christian basilicas in Rome on the foundations of the Temples of Mithra.
If someone presented this challenging information, and you had never heard it before, what kind of impact do you think it would have on your confidence in what you believe, especially to find that these are actual details of the Greek and Egyptian gods of Horus, Mithras, Krishna, and Dionysus?
WAS JESUS A COPY OF HORUS, MITHRAS, KRISHNA, AND OTHER PAGAN GODS?
In the following video, J. Warner Wallace, the cold case detective (http://pleaseconvinceme.com), recounts one of the first annual trips he took with Bret Kunkle (www.str.org), where he talks about the conversation with the man indicated above. Each year they take a group of students to Berkeley or Salt Lake City to give the students exposure to philosophies contradictory to Christianity.
They do this so that they can prepare students for the sometimes very effectively expressed arguments presented against Christianity. In this video he talks about the presentation by the Atheist given to the group of students in Berkeley, who presented the details about Mithra I referenced at the start of this sub-section.
IS JESUUS A COPYCAT SAVIOR? - J. Warner Wallace
The following sites will give you additional information on this challenge, and how to respond to it. I have attempted to find a number of sites on this challenge because of the impact this claim can have on Christians, particularly if they've never heard it before.
IS CHRISTIANITY A COPYCAT RELIGION? - Sean McDowell
DOESN'T THE RELIGION OF MITHRA PROVE THAT CHRISTIANITY IS FALSE?
IMPOSSIBLE FAITH NON-PARALLEL #1: MITHRAISM
Is Jesus Simply a Retelling of the Mithras Mythology?
WAS JESUS A COPY OF HORUS, MITHRAS, KRISHNA, DIONYSUS AND OTHER PAGAN GODS?
Exploding the Mithras Myth
WAS CHRISTIANITY STOLEN FROM MITHRAISM?
DID CHRISTIANITY STEAL FROM MITHRAISM?
IS THERE ANY VALIDITY TO THE ZEITGEIST MOVIE?
WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE ZEITGEIST MOVIE?
WAS THE STORY OF JESUS RISING FROM THE DEAD BORROWED FROM PAGAN MYTHS?
THE JESUS MYTH THEORY: INVESTIGATING CLAIMS OF COPYING
Jesus vs. Mithra
Jesus vs. Horus
Jesus vs Osiris
Jesus vs. Buddha
Jesus vs. Krishna
Would you compare Buddhism and Christianity?
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