Born on December 25th
Prior to its celebration as the birthday of Jesus Christ, the 25th of December/winter solstice was claimed as the birthday for a number of other gods and godmen, including the Perso-Roman god Mithra and the Greek god Dionysus. So too, apparently, do we find this annual celebration in Egypt concerning the sun god, which represents the “birth” of the “new sun” after the “old sun” “dies” around December 21st (in the northern hemisphere), lying in his “tomb” or “cave” for three days and on December 25th being “born again.”…
Concerning this cycle in Egypt, in “Isis and Osiris” (ch. 65), Plutarch remarked that Horus-or “Harpocrates,” his Greek name-was “born about the winter solstice, unfinished and infant-like…” (p. 25)
…so common was the claim that Christians worshipped the sun that Church fathers such as Tertullian (c. 155-230) and Augustine (354-430) were compelled to write refutations of it. In Ad Nationes (I, 13), Tertullian writes:
The Charge of Worshipping the Sun Met by a Retort.
…Others, with greater regard to good manners, it must be confessed, suppose that the sun is the god of the Christians, because it is a well-known fact that we pray towards the east, or because we make Sunday a day of festivity. What then? Do you do less than this? Do not many among you, with an affectation of sometimes worshipping the heavenly bodies likewise, move your lips in the direction of the sunrise? (p. 33)
Horus and the Virgin Isis-Mer
The assertion that Horus’s mother was a virgin can also be found in the Book of the Dead, chapter 66, in which the deceased identifies himself as Horus and says: “I know that I have been conceived by Sechit and that I am born of Neith.”…
…in this ancient text we possess an identification of the mother of Horus as the goddess Neith, who is by all accounts a virgin mother from thousands of years prior to the Christian era. In fact, some scholarship provides for estimates of the pre-historic Neith’s worship dating back some 7,000 years. (p. 38)
Once more Budge says, “When the Egyptians embraced Christianity they saw nothing strange in identifying [Isis] with the Virgin Mary, and her son Horus with the Babe Christ.”
Of this apparent development and transparent usurpation of the Egyptian religion by Christians, Budge concludes:
It has often been said and written that the cult of Isis and Horus and the worship of Mary the Virgin and the Child are one and the same thing…
With all these facts in mind, the insistence that Christianity sprang up in a vacuum as a unique and new “divine revelation” appears completely ludicrous and unsustainable. (p. 44)
In light of these facts–carefully hidden from the masses–it is egregious to insist that the Egyptian and Christian religions are entirely unrelated, as do apologists today and in the past with such disingenuousness. In reality, it is obvious from comments by ancient and modern writers alike that various of the correspondences between the Egyptian and Christian religions constituted what are known as “the mysteries,” such as the perpetual virginity of the goddess and the birth of her son at the winter solstice, hinted at in a number of places and brought to light here. If we were to explore the numerous other parallels between the Christian and Egyptian religions using the same “forensic” methodology, we would find much of the same veracity behind them as well. As mysteries, these characteristics were not necessarily spelled out overtly in texts or inscriptions-although, as we have seen, they are certainly strongly indicated in a number of places. Other correlations, however, have been right before our eyes, covered over in delusion and mendacity, to be exposed here and now through great struggle and the passage of thousands of years. We are, in fact, privileged to exist at a time when these mysteries are at last revealed, and humanity can progress to a greater level of enlightenment. (p. 48)
While this book is scholarly, citing data from the earliest sources with over 200 footnotes, it is also easily readable for those who are interested in this subject. A link to an extensive bibliography is also provided.