Alberta Atheism Theism Deity Myths Part One

Much has been written to prove that Jesus never existed, that he was nothing more than a “myth” from the past. Furthermore, many argue that he was just a “copy cat” version of other gods and any facts about him can be found in other ancient and present day religions.

The individuals who are convinced that Jesus is just a myth would be pleased, perhaps, if it were true, because it would be a step closer to prove that there is no God. However, it is crucial to look at the facts to evaluate the evidence.

What becomes obvious as one studies the ancient religions is that none seem to end up with only one god. The gods seem to have been created by the active minds of persuasive people, and so more gods were generated to suit their culture as time progressed. Many of the gods were personified and became images and objects of worship. Statues of many gods were formed. For example, in Egypt the god Khnum took on the form of a statue. The god Horus took on the form of a sculpted hawk. Later in time, in the Greco-Roman mystery religions, numerous gods also were worshipped. Some of these gods were Bacchus, Ceres, Mithra, Zeus etc.. What needs to be noted here is that none of these gods ever existed in flesh and bone form. They were fictional, lifeless, supposed gods. They had no spiritual components that could positively affect the lives of people who worshiped them. These non existent gods may have had an emotional impact on worshipers but had nothing to offer of long term spiritual value. Whatever spiritual nature they might have had would have been negative and the type described in my posts of May 26, 2014 and June 22, 2014. Almost all the gods of  past civilizations were myths, except Jesus Christ. They provided no spiritual benefits then and they provide no spiritual benefits now.

Some of the myths mentioned above still seem to be important to some people today. Freemasonry places value on gods of the past such as Venus, Isis, Bacchus, Ceres and Mithra. A brief laudable overview of Masonry beliefs and practices can be found in the book,  ‘The Gods of the Lodge’, by Reginald C. Haupt, JR.

The “copy cat” issue is an important one because non believers argue that there is no significant difference between Jesus and other deities and so he too was a myth. They hold that aspects about Jesus were taken from other deities and applied to him. Scholars have researched this claim and found that it is erroneous. The scholars went to the original texts of the religions in question and found that most similarities claimed did not exist.One could guess that later writers assumed this would not ever be checked out so information was added to the later texts. To find the details for this research on your computer enter, “Investigating the Similarities between Jesus and Pagan Figures,  The Divine Evidence’.

Jesus was not some kind of mythical copy cat version of some other small gods. The scriptures say, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God…and the Word was God…All things were made by him… And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us…” (John 1:1, 3, 14)

Jesus said…” I AM the bread of life…the living bread which came down from heaven”. (John 6:35, 51)  Two thousand years ago Jesus came as God in the flesh, was crucified, resurrected and now offers salvation. All other gods are insignificant and are of no help when our life is over.

You can talk to Jesus from anywhere and he will hear you. Perhaps you live in a busy city or perhaps you live where there are few people. Talk to him and he will hear you. Ask him to come into your heart and be your savior, Lord and friend. Millions upon millions have found him to be that and that he is not a myth.

 

 

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The purpose of this blog is to share some thoughts with individuals who may be thinking about religious or philosophical issues. The emphasis will be about atheism, theism, deity and miracles.
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