As a Believer I was never satisfied with the answers that religion gave me. In the Christian community too much searching for truth can often be interpreted as someone wanting to be bigger than god.
However, scriptures like Mathew 7:7 that advises believers to ask, knock and seek and verses like it are what inevitably led me on a search to uncover a truth that had been right up underneath me the entire time.
Like any other completely lost and brainwashed believer my search began with Wikipedia. The very first thing that I read was “The Mythology of Christ”. I went on to study about Hinduism, Greek Mythology, Ancient Egyptian Mythology, Buddhism, and many other world religions in which the Deity’s have similar stories to Jesus Christ.
As a Christian, I was expecting for Christianity to be the oldest of all the world religions and the root religion that all the other’s had derived from, I was very naïve to make that assumption.
Christianity contains pagan practices stolen from other ancient religions.
Greek Eleusinian cults contain Demeter, her daughter Persephone, and the agricultural hero Triplolemus. The derived Hellenistic Orphic traditions contain Greek Eleusinian, Ancient Egyptian, and Mesopotamian elements. In Orphic tradition Dionysus (Bacchus; Greek) is the savior, who is killed and resurrected in much of the same way as the man Christians consider to be their savior.
Dionysus is the son of Zeus and Semele. As an invisible god Zeus impregnated Semele with Dionysus. Once pregnant, Semele made a request that Zeus promise to show her his natural state. The moment Semele saw Zeus’ mortality; she caught flame and burnt into ashes. Zeus took baby Dionysus and sewed him into his thigh until the day that he was born. Once born, Hera killed Dionysus by the Titans, (In the case of Jesus, It was King Herod that wanted him dead) Rhea brought Dionysus back to life after which Zeus sent Dionysus into the mountains to be raised safely.
Orphism just like Christianity places emphasis on salvation in the afterlife. Orphism and Hermeticism strongly influenced Platonist Mysticism, which is a formative influence on original Christian theology.
In 1801-1803 Fredrich Holderlin, identified Dionysus with Christ in his writings of Brod and Wine, and Der Einzige. Dionysus was worshiped from 1500-100BC. Modern scholars argue Christ and Dionysus religious parallels. Both use wine, music, and ecstatic dance, to free followers from self-conscious fear, As Holderlin states,” by subverting the oppressive restraints of the powerful, those who partake in their worship are possessed and empowered by god himself. Christ, and Dionysus, also provides communication between living human sons, and their dead fathers. They give their followers belief that they are a dying and returning god integrated into one
Bacchae (in Greek mythology) appears before King Pentheus on charges of claiming divinity. This is compared to Christ interrogated by Ponthius Pilate in the New Testament of the Bible. E, Kessler wrote in Pagan Monotheism of the Roman Empire, Exter, 17-20, in July 2006, arguing that, “Dionysus’ cult formed had been developed into strict monotheism, by the 4th century; together with Mithraism and other sects, the cult formed an instance of pagan monotheism competing with early Christianity during the late Antiquity.”
In Ancient Egypt Jesus is similar to Osiris. Osiris is the god of afterlife, the underworld, and the dead. Osiris is the son of Geb and Nut, who married Isis and gave birth to a son named Horus. Horus is known as the God of the sky, war and prediction. Just as Fra Filippe Lippi painted the Madonna and child in the 15th century, there are statues of Isis holding Horus.
Osiris was killed by Isis’ brother Seth. Isis impregnated herself by resurrecting Osiris’ body, from dismembered body parts. Once born Horus was savior to his people much like Jesus.
Horus was an integrated god as well, making him and his father Osiris one being.
In 1Corinthians15:35-38 Paul describes the celebration of Horus’ resurrection as “germinating seeds.” Osiris being the seed germinates his son Horus to grow. Egyptologist Erik Hormung observes that Islam separated the passion of Jesus and Osiris’ traditions as shown in the book of Nicodemus. Erik states “Christianity rejected paganism at a superficial level, making early Christianity in debt to ancient Egyptian traditions.”
In Conclusion Jesus, Dionysus, and Horus are nothing more than the same stories with different characters in each one. All three are born of Immaculate Conception and all three never die because of immortality. All three are also worshiped in cult and pagan practices.
How can this be? Documents out-dating the bible that have evidence that perhaps Christianity got its start from something much more man-made and a lot less heavenly inspired? Dionysus and Horus’ stories show us that Jesus was nothing more than a replication of stories.
Just like Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy, Jesus Horus and Dionysus, have great tales for people to believe. Still this belief is created for people not to fear what happens after death. Give people something to believe in so they have something to live for.
Notes: Wikipedia/Mythology-of-Christ all information within context acquired from Wikipedia-Mythology-Origin-of-Christ.