Since we’re in the Christmas season, I thought it might be good to debunk some popular anti-Christian urban legends (usually coming from Jesus-mythers) that Jesus’ story was borrowed from other ancient gods.
These short videos by InspiringPhilosophy should quickly dispense with these fabrications by way of summary explanations.
Most of these comparisons start by comparing an ancient god supposedly born on December 25 (Jesus probably wasn’t actually born on this date), an alleged virgin birth, 12 disciples, or other supposed connections with the Christian Gospel story. You’ll see in the videos that almost all of these comparisons either cannot be proven, are blatantly false, or made up long after the time of Christ.
Jesus vs. Mithra
The first myth we will look at is that Jesus’ story was copied from the Persian god, Mithra (There’s actually two other versions of Mithra: the Roman Mystery Cult of Mithra and the Vedic Mithra). You will see in the video that none of these versions actually match the story of Christ life and ministry at all.
Jesus vs. Horus
The next clip debunks the myth that Jesus’ story was based on the Egyptian god, Horus. The video shows this one is a complete fabrication.
Jesus vs. Krishna
This clip debunks the idea that Jesus’ story was copied from the Hindu god, Krishna. What’s funny about this one is that the copying could be the other way around. The points that seem similar to Christ’s birth and life were actually legends invented later by Hindu scholars who copied them from Christianity as late as the fourth to sixth century AD.
If you want to see other versions of these same myths, you can watch Jesus vs. Attis or Jesus vs. Serapas or Jesus vs. Dionysus by clicking on the links. The point is, these allegations are a desperate attempt to discredit Jesus Christ but what they really do is show an inept understanding of history and religion.