You already know Christmas trees and Easter eggs were originally
Pagan, and you probably know the seasonal timing of the two holidays
is Pagan too. Mildly interesting. Not what you'll find here. You'll
discover in this website that ancient Pagan cultures around
the Mediterranean shared standard ideas about Gods and their powers
and place in the universe—and that the early Christians naturally
held these same ideas
In the first centuries of Christianity, there were many “faith
communities,” often in the same vicinity, with different and
competing beliefs. One group, called
the Ebionites, thought Jesus was just as human as anybody else.
Gnostic groups, by contrast, often saw him as a phantom materialized
in this material world.
But none of them — at least none that we know of — thought he was
God. Nowhere in the gospels did Jesus ever explicitly claim
to be God. The Encyclopedia Britannica states:
"Neither the word Trinity, nor the explicit doctrine as such,
appears in the New Testament, nor did Jesus and his followers intend
to contradict the Shema in the Old Testament: Hear, O Israel:
The Lord our God is one Lord. (Deut. 6:4)".
The core of Christianity—Many of the miracles
attributed to Jesus, are identical to stories Pagans told about their deities.
worship of a miracle working, walking, talking salvation bringing
also the core of other ancient religions that began many years before Jesus.
Heaven, hell, prophecy, daemon possession, sacrifice, initiation by
baptism, communion with God through a holy meal, the Holy Spirit,
monotheism, immortality of the soul, and many other "Christian"
ideas all belonged to earlier, older Pagan faiths. They were simply part
of ancient Mediterranean culture. Along
with a miracle-working son of god,
born of mortal woman,
these elements were found in pre-Christian Pagan religions. Mithras
had them. So did Dionysus, Attis, Osiris, and Orpheus. And they had
them centuries before they were publicized in the New Testament
Judaism, beginning in 1500 BC, experienced many changes. The system
that Moses created contained a number of Egyptian elements. After
all, wasn't he the adopted grandson of the Pharoah? Then we find the
writers of the Old Testament repeatedly bemoaning the fact that the
Jews were adopting the customs and beliefs of their non-Jewish
Then there was the so-called "Babylonian Captivity" in which a large
element of the Jewish people were held in Persia for hundreds of
years. When they finally returned to Jerusalem, they brought with
them a belief in angels, a dualistic view of deity, the practice of
baptism, the sect of the Pharisees and more.
After they returned from captivity and tried to rebuild their
kingdom, the Jews evolved the idea that God would send them a
Messiah (an annointed leader like King David) who would re-establish
their great "Kingdom of God" as they imagined it had once been under Kings David and
Before it had begun, the Jewish kingdom was taken over by the
Greeks and then the Romans. As a result there were continuous
religious and political tensions in Judea which came to a head under
the rule of Herod, who was merely a Roman puppet.
Many claimed to be the promised Messiah. As John notes:
"My children, this is
the last hour. You were told that a false messiah was to come, and
now many false messiahs have appeared, which proves to us that this is
indeed the last hour. -l John2.-18
There was one serious
revolt in 66 AD which was finally put down. But continued to
boil underground. A second revolt erupted under the command of Simon
bar Kokhba, who was regarded by many Jews as the Messiah
who would restore their national independence. They
were victorious over the Romans for over two years. Finally
Roman Emperor Hadrian assemblef a large scale Roman force which
invaded Judea in 134 AD which finally managed to crush the revolt.
Apollonius of Tyana
was born into a respected and wealthy Greek family.
He was a contemporary ofJesus
who lived about
3 BC to 97 AD.
The story goes that, before he was born, an angel informed his mother that
her child would not be a mere mortal but would be divine.. As an
adult he left home and went on an itinerant preaching ministry,
urging his listeners to live, not for the material things of this
world, but for what is spiritual. He gathered a number of disciples
around him, who believed he was divine. because he performed
many miracles, healing the sick, casting out demons, and raising the
dead. At the end of his life, his enemies delivered him over to the
Romans. After his death, he returned to meet his followers in order
to convince them that he was not really dead but lived on in the
heavenly realm. Laterhis followers wrote books about him
An ancient savior-god worshipped in Persia four hundred
years prior to Jesus (and worshipped continually throughout the
first four or five centuries of this millennia in Rome, right
alongside those who worshipped Jesus).Mithras
was born in a cave, on December 25th, and his birth was attended by
shepherds. He had twelve companions. Mithras performed miracles and
saved the world by slaying the heavenly bull. He ascended to
heaven on a solar chariot. His followers
celebrated Sunday as his sacred day (also known as the “Lord’s
Day,”) and they celebrated a special meal or “Lord’s Supper”.
Mithras was one of many saviors of Greek and Asia Minor myths.
Greg Kane, referred to by his detractors refer as Pikachu, has
produced a remarkable website - Pagan
Origins of the Christ Myth. For fear that this website
might someday drop off the web, we are hooking you up to it here:
of the Christ Myth