"O L-RD, Who are my power and my strength and my refuge in the day of trouble, to You nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, 'Only lies have our fathers handed down to us, emptiness in which there is nothing of any avail! Can a man make gods for himself, and they are no gods? 'Therefore, behold I let them know; at this time I will let them know My power and My might, and they shall know that My Name is the L-RD".
Jeremiah 16:19-21

Pagan Saviours of Humanity

May 9, 2011

in Pagan God's/Saviours

Introduction:

There are many dozens of events in the gospels that are very similar, or identical, to incidents which appeared centuries before, in the stories of Pagan hero/saviors. These “god-men” were worshiped by the priesthood and laity of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern religions.

Modern-day conservative Christians generally discount the similarities between gospel and pagan stories. Some of the most radical of liberal Christians see Jesus as simply the Jewish equivalent of a Pagan savior, such as the Egyptian Horus, Hindu Krishna, or Greek Dionysus. They view Jesus’ biography in the gospels as having been largely lifted from Paganism

Pagan saviors of humanity:

Pagan spirituality in ancient times from the Mediterranean region was composed of two components:

The Outer Mysteries consisted of Pagan beliefs and practices which were widely disseminated and taught to the general public. Knowledge of these has been largely preserved in historical records.

The Inner Mysteries were revealed only to those who had been initiated into the Pagan religions. The initiates learned that Osiris-Dionysus was not a historical person. His legends were simple “spiritual allegories encoding spiritual teachings.” 1 Late in the 4th century CE, Christianity was established as the state religion. Pagans were given the choice of converting to Christianity, being exterminated, or being exiled. Their temples were either stolen for use as Christian churches, or destroyed. Eventually, detailed knowledge of the inner mysteries was lost.

The core of the Outer and Inner mysteries was a mythical, male entity who was part god and part human — often referred to as a “god-man.” The biographies of these god-men were consistent from religion to religion. The main difference among the faiths was his name:

Alexandria: Aion

Asia Minor: Attis

Babylonia: Antiochus

Egypt: Osiris and Horus

Greece: Dionysus and Asclepius

Syria: Adonis

Italy: Bacchus

Persia: Mithras

These were viewed as mythical characters. There were also some self-proclaimed god-men — humans who actually lived on earth. Two are:

Samos, Italy: Pythagoras (569 to circa 475 BCE)

Sicily: Empedocles (circa 450 to 390 BCE)

Osiris in Egypt may have been the first god-man. His story has been found recorded in pyramid texts which were written prior to 2,500 BCE.

These saviors were truly interchangeable. Coins have been found with Dionysus on one side and Mithras on the other. A person who was initiated into one of the mysteries had no difficulty switching to another Pagan mystery religion.

In the 3rd century CE, these god-men were referred to by the composite name “Osiris-Dionysus.” Authors Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy have used this term in their book “The Jesus Mysteries.”

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