Those Pre-Christian Deities Aren’t Much Like Jesus After All – A popular atheist objection to Christianity is that it copied its believes from other religions. The link thoroughly debunks the comparisons of Jesus to the mythical Mithras. (Also see Copycats for more reasons why the atheists’ approach is riddled with errors). The alleged comparisons are all false, meaningless or cases where the Mithras details post-date Jesus.
Claim: Mithras was born of a virgin on December 25th, in a cave, attended by shepherds
Truth: Mithras was actually born out of solid rock, leaving a cave. He was not born of a virgin (unless you consider the rock mountain to have been a virgin). His birth was celebrated on December 25th, but both Mithras worshippers and the earliest Christians borrowed this celebration from earlier winter solstice celebrations. The earliest version of the Mithras narrative that includes shepherds appears one hundred years after the appearance of the New Testament; it is far more likely Mithraism borrowed the shepherds from Christianity than the other way around.
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Claim: Mithras had 12 companions or disciples
Truth: There is no evidence for any of this in the traditions of Iran or Rome. It is possible that the idea that Mithras had 12 disciples came from a mural in which Mithras is surrounded by twelve signs and personages of the Zodiac (two of whom are the moon and the sun), but even this imagery is post-Christian.
Claim: Mithras promised his followers immortality
Truth: While there is little evidence for this, it is certainly reasonable to think that Mithras did offer immortality, although this is not uncommon for any god of mythology.
You Must Connect The Dots. Here, I’ll Help – a great explanation and critique of Liberalism by the Bumbling Genius.
IRS apologizes for targeting conservative groups – Would they have apologized if they hadn’t been caught? This is a great reminder that you can’t trust those in power to be fair. This is just a sample of what they are capable of. More here about how they’ve known about it since 2011.
Now, President Obama, tell me again why we are shouldn’t be concerned about tyranny? Be prepared to remind people of this when they claim you are paranoid merely for questioning the goodness of our leaders and their plans.
Idols of Awesome and Shibboleths of Community – A great read to help keep things in perspective. If you really want to do something radically different because of your faith, that’s great. But you can be an authentic believer anywhere. Don’t let people guilt you into thinking you need to do something that is radical by their definition. What is really radical today is a stay-at-home mom.
Every once in a while I stumble over something that opens my eyes wide to a lot of the silliness of secularism that pervades evangelicalism and, in turn, warps the whole of generations.Anthony Bradley points out that there is a crazy movement going on right now within young evangelical circles to shun the suburbs and engage in a “new legalism” of radical faith.
The best I can figure is that somehow suburbs are just bad. (Read Keith Miller on this point) I think there is something bigger than that and it goes beyond evangelicals to, particularly, millenials and those who close out the tail end of Gen X and Y. We’ve made idols of the awesome in our lives. All of us.
Each of us forms in our head an ideal. Instead of enjoying our present where, as CS Lewis noted, we are closest to God, we either look to a future that may or may not be, or we hold on to a past that maybe was not as shiny as we think. Then we surround ourselves with others and, in a culture of Baby Boomer grandparents and their offspring, decide our life will not be fulfilled unless it is in some way awesome.
P.S. Shibboleth is a term from the Bible. It is an interesting Old Testament story that all Christians should know about.
9 things you should know about p*rnography and the brain – clear examples of how sin manifests itself and impacts us physically. Too bad the “comprehensive sex ed” classes don’t teach this. They are too busy pretending there are no consequences.
Homosexual man complains to NZ Human Rights Tribunal for being barred from seminary — And he’ll probably win. This is how “gay rights” advocacy is used by Satan to try and destroy the church. The complaint should be dismissed simply for its absurdity. Imagine a Christian complaining about not being able to be an LGBTQ leader, even if he wants the position just so he can undermine their organization with his opposite beliefs.
A few important messages from Grumpy Cat.