#7 Post of 2014 – Did Christians Steal from Egyptian Mythology?

Post Author: Bill Pratt

Generally I don’t post videos as I’m more of a fan of the written word, but sometimes I run across something that is just too good to not post. Check out this video from Lutheran Satire that does an accurate and funny debunking of the folks out there who claim that Christianity was just copied from older Egyptian myths.

  • sean

    Bill Maher repeats it probably because he is an athiest but not a skeptic (Though I’ve never heard him say the Horus claims personally, I’d have to actually listen to him first probably.) The dude was into the anti-vax movement.

    I think probably the reason people like to quote a lot of these ideas is that they were in Zeitgeist. That film represents some of the most non-factual information in existence. I would highly encourage anyone who has seen that movie to search with your search engine of choice the movie along with a word like debunked. You’ll be able to find actually sourced material refuting pretty much the entire thing.

    That said, a real refutation of the Christmas thing would be to point out that the day was picked not for historical accuracy, but to fall in line with pagan celebrations, and it’s from those pagan celebrations that a lot of our Christmas traditions come; talk about stolen ideas. Or alternately, Santa as we know him is a uniquely American thing. Consider that some other countries have Jesus as the deliverer of presents. The best though, is that Christmas is celebrated by a larger amount of our population than there are Christians in this country. What more do you need than that to prove this isn’t about Jesus. For you maybe it is, but not for the country as a whole. There’s no need to invoke Jesus being copied, and if it weren’t for movies like Zeitgeist maybe people would stick to actual criticisms.

    I’ll end by saying that though my above words are critical, keep in mind they are not directed at the video, which I actually liked. It made me laugh several times.

  • Bruce Van

    I enjoyed the video also.

    I recently watched a History Channel show about the crude Mithra Temple created by the Celtics that dates back to 300 AD. It was found in Oklahoma 1100 years before Columbus. The theory was these Celtics were fleeing the early Christians and managed to find their way to the Mississippi River.

    I found it clever that the video led with a deity few have ever heard of before bringing up Mithraism. Mithraism was very much followed by Romans (especially Roman soldiers) for over a millennium, up until Christianity took hold. Its origins were in Persia some 2000 years before this, and were heavily influenced by Egyptian culture.

    While most Mithra Temples were destroyed by early Christians, many ruins have been uncovered in more recent years. There is plenty of evidence of Mithraism and it’s ties to Rome and throughout Roman territories.

    Many scholars believe Constantine combined the favorite religions of the time and merged them together to try to re-unite the people of Rome. Portraits of Mithra show him with a halo. Being a sungod, he was worshiped on Sundays, not Saturday, and his birth corresponded with the winter solstice (the shortest day) which is end of December. Mithraism did teach of an after-life..