Virgin births predating jesus

Perhaps the most persuasive case of potential mythological “borrowing” is found in claims related to Mithras, the ancient mythological deity 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).Jesus “mythers” claim Mithras was born of a virgin, in a cave, on December 25th, and his birth was attended by shepherds.Paul seems to have been unaware of the virgin birth St.

He had twelve companions (or disciples) and promised his followers immortality.Last December a movie called The Nativity Story was released in theaters, that, as its title implies, relates the events surrounding the nativity of Jesus Christ.After the success of Mel Gibson’s movie The Passion of the Christ, more Christian-inspired movies were to be expected from the Hollywood industry, which had so far ignored, or even attacked Christians and their beliefs.It’s been popular in the past ten years (or so) to describe Jesus as nothing more than a “retelling” of prior “dying and rising” gods such as Horus or Osiris.Skeptics who make such claims typically describe a number of shared characteristics in an effort to highlight the similarities between Jesus and prior mythologies.While scriptural blanks exist in both cases, Gibson provided the necessary details through the help of Catholic mystics, ultimately yielding a multi-layered, contemplative, and wholly reverential film.


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