[This is an excerpt from my coming book on the Biblical Flat Earth]
Many folks in the modern world maintain that the New Testament and maybe even the whole Bible was plagiarized from Pagan Religions.
- Quoting Freemasons and Druids like Godfrey Higgins and Gerald Massey is not citing sources. These men are not giving you documented ancient history. They are giving you their worldview. These people believe that all religions are manifestations of a universal religion shared among mankind during its spiritual evolution. If you want to prove your case you need to go to primary sources, but you know you have none.
- The Bible nowhere says that Yeshua was born on Dec. 25
- Apis was a Bull(male) conceived by a ray from heaven, not a human woman conceived by the Holy Spirit.
- Atia was not a virgin when she bore Augustus. Octavia the Younger was Augustus’ older Sister.
- There is no evidence that Semele, mother of Dionysius was a virgin.
- There is no Pre-New Testament record of Orpheus being crucified and the scholarly documentation explicitly states that the Haematite Amulet was a deliberate Post-New Testament attempt to synchronize Orphic and New Testament teachings.
“To this part of the inquiry belongs a mention of the curious and much-discussed seal or amulet in Berlin. The design on this seal [figure right] which is dated in the third or fourth centuries A.D., shows a crucified man. Above the cross are a crescent moon and seven stars, and across and below it is the legend [Orpheus Bacchus]. This has usually been supposed to be the work of some Gnostic sect exhibiting a syncretism of Orphic and Christian ideas. Just as Christ is to be seen in Christian monuments with the attributes of Orpheus, so here, by a tribute from the other side, Orpheus is represented in the attitude of Christ.”
- Hera had numerous other children before she bore Hephaestus. He was not virgin born.
- Isis was not a virgin when she birthed Horus. She was the wife of Osiris who was the Father of Horus. And there is no evidence that Horus was crucified.
- There is no evidence that Danae was a Virgin.
- Mithra was born from a rock not a virgin woman and he did not die crucified for atonement. He killed the bull as his act of sacrifice. He did not sacrifice himself, pursuant to the Tauroctony.
- Devaki was not a virgin when she bore Krishna. Bhagavata Purana, Śrīmad Bhāgavatam, Canto 9, Chapter 24,
“Vasudeva begot in Devakî eight highly qualified sons: Kîrtimân, Sushena, Bhadrasena, Riju, Sammardana, Bhadra and [Bhagavân] Sankarshana, the serpent controller [the ruler of the ego, see 3.26: 25]. The eighth one to appear from them was the Lord in person [Lord Krishna]. Subhadrâ [His sister], as you know, is your so greatly fortunate grandmother oh King.”
- Moreover, D.M. Murdock in an attempt to prove Krishna’s crucifixion admits,
“Moreover, this legend is evidently but a variant of the orthodox tale, constituting an apparently esoteric tradition recognizing Krishna’s death as a crucifixion. Indeed, as John Remsburg says in The Christ:
There is a tradition, though not to be found in the Hindoo scriptures, that Krishna, like Christ, was crucified.”
She then goes on to cite a late 19th century obscurity. The standard account is that Krishna died from an arrow in the foot while he slept under a tree. The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Book 16, Section 4,
“A fierce hunter of the name of Jara then came there, desirous of deer. The hunter, mistaking Keshava, who was stretched on the earth in high Yoga, for a deer, pierced him at the heel with a shaft and quickly came to that spot for capturing his prey. Coming up, Jara beheld a man dressed in yellow robes, rapt in Yoga and endued with many arms. Regarding himself an offender, and filled with fear, he touched the feet of Keshava. The high-souled one comforted him and then ascended upwards, filling the entire welkin with splendour. When he reached Heaven, Vasava and the twin Ashvinis and Rudra and the Adityas and the Vasus and the Viswedevas, and Munis and Siddhas and many foremost ones among the Gandharvas, with the Apsaras, advanced to receive him. Then, O king, the illustrious Narayana of fierce energy, the Creator and Destroyer of all, that preceptor of Yoga, filling Heaven with his splendour, reached his own inconceivable region. Krishna then met the deities and (celestial) Rishis and Charanas, O king, and the foremost ones among the Gandharvas and many beautiful Apsaras and Siddhas and Saddhyas. All of them, bending in humility, worshipped him. The deities all saluted him, O monarch, and many foremost of Munis and Rishis worshipped him who was the Lord of all. The Gandharvas waited on him, hymning his praises, and Indra also joyfully praised him.”
- Attis was not virgin born from the supposed virgin Cybele as the professional liar D.M. Murdock stated. On the contrary the ancient source says Attis was Cybele’s lover. Diodorus Siculus states in his Library Of History, Book III, 58:
“4 Now Cybelê, the myth records, having arrived at full womanhood, came to love a certain native youth p273who was known as Attis, but at a later time received the appellation Papas;26 with him she consorted secretly and became with child, and at about the same time her parents recognized her as their child. 59 Consequently she was brought up into the palace, and her father welcomed her at the outset under the impression that she was a virgin, but later, when he learned of her seduction, he put to death her nurses and Attis as well and cast their bodies forth to lie unburied; whereupon Cybelê, they say, because of her love for the youth and grief over the nurses, became frenzied and rushed out of the palace into the countryside.”
I would point out that Diodorus mentions nothing of Attis being crucified or resurrecting. Now of course these people maintain that Cybele is to be understood as a manifestation of the virgin Nana. What source do they have that Nana is called a virgin? None.
A.T. Fear, a scholar Murdock herself quoted in her article states in his essay Cybele and Christ that the Attis Pagan cult borrowed from the early believers,
“We can see therefore how the changes in the metroac cult might not have been merely mutations which took place unconsciously over time to ensure the cult’s survival in the religious marketplace of antique polytheism, but could rather have been a deliberate attempt to produce a rival to Christianity. This rival, born as a reaction to the Christian agenda, used the symbolism and ethos of the Christian church while claiming them firmly for paganism.”
Moreover, from the Philosophical Encyclopedias I referenced such as Encyclopedia of Greek and Roman Mythology by Luke and Monica Roman, I read nothing of Attis being crucified. The Encyclopedias say he castrated himself and that he turned into a pine tree.
I also wanted to consider some thoughts from Ronald Nash’s The Gospel and the Greeks, Did the New Testament Borrow from Pagan Thought?, (Phillipsburg, New Jersey: P&R Publishing, 1992, Second Edition 2003)
- Nash describes how Dionysus (In Rome, Bacchus, the god of wine) was born of Zeus and a human mother. The cult of Dionysus involved the eating the flesh of an animal and drinking its blood. In doing so the cultists believed they were partaking of Dionysus himself. Our opponents use this as a trend that Paul borrowed from to teach the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. The problem is, this practice had disappeared more than a century before Paul’s writings. In 186 B.C. the Roman Senate had outlawed this practice. The simple truth is the Lord’s Supper was taken from the Jewish Kiddush meal.
- As their propaganda is exposed my opponents will grow angrier and desperate to grasp at and twist any obscure article of history that keeps their conscience at peace that their rejection of their creator is justified. The legend of Osiris is another article of history that my opponents argue from. I will leave it to the reader to study the whole narrative save to say that in the legend Osiris is killed by his brother and then resurrected with the aid of his wife Isis. Or did he? There are other versions of this legend that Osiris did not resurrect but became king of the underworld. In passing, I will say that in college I was obsessed with this general topic and its applications in the esoteric tradition of Freemasonry. I read anywhere between five to six thousand pages on this tradition and its manifestations in ancient Egypt and Babylon among other places. In hind-sight it was a huge waste of time and it seems even now to be nothing more than the night fancies of a pluralist who has really and truly fallen prey to the root problem: The history of the world is not controlled by the empirical bankers but the life and death of Yah’s only Son whose government shall never cease to increase (Isaiah 9).
The resurrection of Osiris in whatever version you read cannot be the basis of the Biblical record of Yeshua. The second criticism I would have to the Osiris myth is the Serapis character that, by the way, does not die and resurrect. The shades of supposed uniformity in the mystery religions are exposed. Making a parallel between Messiah and these ancient characters is a messy business.
- Nash gives the major differences between the death of Messiah and the savior gods of the ancient world on pages 160-161 of his work:
a.) The Pagan deaths are not a propitiation for the sin of someone else.
b.) Yeshua died once for all. The pagan deities die yearly, which leads me to another point:
c.) Yeshua died and resurrects to produce remission of sins for his people and be their eternal security and victorious king. The savior gods of the ancient world die and resurrect depicting the cycles of nature. They give life to crops and wheat not redemption from sin to human beings.
d.) Yeshua’s death and resurrection have historical documents to support the claim.
e.) Yeshua lays his life down voluntarily. The other gods are murdered or tricked.
 W.K.C. Guthrie, Orpheus and Greek Religion, (Princeton University Press: Princeton, New Jersey, 1993), 265
 See Machen, The Virgin Birth of Christ
 Cybelle, Attis and related cults: essays in memory of M. J. Vermaseren edited by Maarten Jozef Vermaseren, Eugene N. Lane, 44
 Nash, 128; Gunter Wagner, Pauline Baptism and the Pagan Mysteries (Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd, 1967), 261