Is Christ a clone of Mithra?

Is Christ a clone of Mithra?

In my book ‘The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold’ appears a series of lists in a popular chapter called ‘The Characters.’ These lists recite characteristics in common with the Jesus figure of the following gods and godmen: Attis, Buddha, Dionysus, Hercules, Horus, Krishna, Mithra, Prometheus and Zoroaster. One of the gods most obviously related to the origins of Christianity is Mithras or Mithra, the Perso-Roman hybrid whose cultus was widespread around the Mediterranean during the same period Christianity was being formulated.

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Acharya S is also known as D.M. Murdock, author of "The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold." Murdock also owns Stellar House Pu
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6 Responses to Is Christ a clone of Mithra?

  1. The main difference is that Jesus actually lived. Similarities don’t necessarily mean that it’s the same. Saying this is the same as implying that the Gospel writers had great knowledge of mythic stories and that witnesses to the events did not know they were being fed Roman stories.

    • Actually, what this type of study shows is that Jesus did NOT actually live and is a mythical rehash of other gods and godmen, including Mithra, apparently.

      • I respect your take, but I think I agree with the 95% of mainstream scholars who believe that Jesus did actually live. Suetonius, Tacitus, Josephus mentions him. And they wrote about Jesus in their reports. I think you’ll find Craig A. Evans take on the subject in his book ‘Fabricating Jesus’.

  2. Acharya S says:

    Thank you. I know all about the Christian apologists and the mainstream perspective of Christianity. The fact is that most of this percentage you cite, if that figure is even accurate, have not studied the mythicist case in any depth at all and have based their views on the a priori assumption that Christ lived. Yet, there is no credible, scientific evidence whatsoever for this supposition, and the bulk of the evidence – such as the highly germane comparisons that are the subject of this thread – points to Christ being as mythical as the Greek son of God Hercules.

    I have discussed the purported “evidence” you have raised in several books, including as an excerpt in this article:

    http://truthbeknown.com/pliny.htm

    Cheers.

    • Great article. It’s very enlightening, but although I agree with some of your points; however, it seems as if you’re one of the few scholars who regard any written account pertaining to Jesus as fraudulent. In a way, I do understand how you came to believe what you believe; however, it would also assume that these writers just all of a sudden wanted to write something about Jesus and that there was some kind of collusion to make up Jesus; however, even the most skeptical of skeptics such as Bart D. Ehrman would not even dare step into the stand that Jesus did not exist.

      The similarities between Mithra, Buddha, Hinduism, etc. are overwhelming; however, it’s also assuming that all these different writers, especially the Gospel writers of Matthew, Luke, John, and Mark, for instance, had all the time in the world to study all these Eastern Asian, Greek, and Roman teachings just to incorporate them in their stories. Information wasn’t spread like it is now, so it would have been very difficult to do that. Did they actually have time to learn novel writing 101? Highly unlikely, I think. Even if you take the stand that the Gospel writers were professional scribes, it still would have been very difficult to incorporate all those different teachings in narrative form, meaning, it would have been very unlikely that the writers had Roman, Indian, and Greek Gods in mind when they wrote the Gospels.

  3. Acharya S says:

    Thank you. My books address all of these issues. When one considers that priests of numerous religious, sects and cults had been creating gods and goddesses for thousands of years up to that point, it is not difficult to understand how educated, literate members of the priesthood simply took the mythical motifs of Pagan religion and combined them with the “messianic scriptures” of the Bible to create yet another fictional character called “Jesus Christ.”

    This effort has been demonstrated repeatedly over the past couple of hundred years, with an extensive body of literature from what may be called the “mythicist school.” Again, these scholars you mention have not studied the mythicist position in depth and do not know this scholarship.

    Upon close inspection it is clear that a multinational priestly or brotherhood group around the Mediterranean did the same thing they had been doing for centuries and had done not long before the common era with the example of the hybrid god Serapis: To wit, they created a new divine archetype in order to unite the many factions of the Roman Empire and beyond.

    Much more on the subject can be found on my sites:

    http://truthbeknown.com
    http://stellarhousepublishing.com
    http://freethoughtnation.com

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