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Christ in Egypt cover imageIs Jesus an Egyptian Myth?

by D.M. Murdock/Acharya S

Excerpted from

Christ in Egypt: The Horus-Jesus Connection

Well Known in Egypt?

In the final analysis, the questions come down to these: Were the various important mythical motifs explored in Christ in Egypt part of Egyptian religion, and, despite their apparent status as mysteries, were they known to those who created Christianity? We have already seen abundantly throughout this work that numerous of these concepts were found in one form or another in the Egyptian writings and other artifacts, predating the common era by centuries to millennia. Regarding the Egyptian sacred texts, for example, which contain many of these concepts, Budge remarks:

The Scriptures must have been well known, as copies of chapters are found by the thousands on the persons of mummies themselves, and on the walls of the thousands of tombs, which would not have been the case were the living majority unable to read.

We have also seen that there were evidently possibly a half a billion followers of the Egyptian religion over the thousands of years. In The Ancient Egyptian Books of the Afterlife, after discussing the "whole libraries of ancient writings" that were "collected on tomb walls and sarcophagi," Hornung remarks, "All the conditions were thus at hand for an influence that continued beyond the pharaonic period and into the new spiritual currents of Hellenism and early Christianity." As we can see, this erudite Egyptologist is certain that the Egyptian religion was available to and influential upon early Christianity, a fact thoroughly demonstrated herein. By their presence also in the Coffin Texts, by which "every deceased person was an Osiris NN," these myriad concepts must have been well known to the average people as well.

In these well-known scriptures appeared basics of the myths of the Egyptian gods, such as Osiris, Isis and Horus, that must have been of interest to tens if not hundreds of millions of people throughout the ages. These concepts included elements of Osiris’s story that may be encapsulated as follows: Osiris was called "Father." He once walked the earth. He was the savior and deliverer of mankind. He was killed, buried in a tomb and resurrected, before ascending to heaven. Adding to this familiar story—which so closely parallels the Christ myth—are the numerous aspects and characteristics of other Egyptian gods and goddesses explored here, such as:

  • The divine son of God battling the Evil One
  • The son being born on December 25th of a virgin named "Mery"
  • Three "wise men" following a star in the east
  • The divine son at the ages of 12 and 30
  • The holy baptizer of souls
  • The god having 12 followers
  • The deity performing miracles such as healing the sick, walking on water, raising the dead
  • The god being called "Anointed," "Lord of Truth," "Lord of Light," "Lord of Resurrections" and so on
  • The god associated with the cross, which symbolizes eternal life
  • The god being buried for three days, resurrecting and ascending into heaven, etc.

In the end, the correspondences between these religions are real, so we must ask again why they are being censored out of the historical record, as well as merely overlooked. Rather than simply denying these many correlations between the Egyptian and Christian religions, the truthseeker may be struck that they did in fact exist, that they were revered in the ancient world, particularly by the priesthoods who created such myths, and that anyone wishing to enter the profitable religion business would need to incorporate them into their myths, as we contend was done with the gospel story. The bulk of the correspondences between the Egyptian and Christian religions do not rank as inconsequential details but constitute prominent motifs within Egyptian religious life. The point is that these very important spiritual and religious concepts—a number of which represented mysteries but which were nonetheless known to the educated elite-were themselves evidently taken one by one by the creators of Christianity and rolled into a fictional story. In light of these facts, carefully hidden from the masses, it is objectionable to insist that the Egyptian and Christian religions are entirely unrelated, especially when ancient Egyptian Christians themselves readily and often made the "Horus-Jesus connection," so to speak.

For more information, see Christ in Egypt: The Horus-Jesus Connection.

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