Often when theists are discussing religion they will refer to their holy scripts and rituals as evidence for their religious beliefs. The major religions of today such as Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and so on, all require a belief in a specific figure in order for the entire belief system to be true. Christianity requires Jesus, Islam requires Mohammed, Judaism requires Moses, Buddhism Buddha (to an extent), and so on, and all of these require their religion to be “True” at the expense of others. For example, either Jesus was divine or he was not; if he was then Muslims are in trouble. Likewise for Christians if Jesus was not, then this leaves them with the entire foundation of their religion in shambles. The reason I bring this up is because these are some unassailable tenants of each religion and one would think that since these points are so important there would be a lot of support behind them. However, when we look at history, especially history that predates all of these religions, we are forced to raise an eyebrow when we compare these stories to other stories of old. For the purposes of this post I am going to focus mainly on Christianity simply because most readers are most familiar with it, however this idea can be applied to any form of organized religion in the Western World.
The story I will bring up here is the story of Horus and how it relates to Jesus. These two divine beings both have so many similarities it is astounding that Horus is not more respected today than Jesus. Why do you ask? Not only does he share those attributes, but he’s older! Walk on water? Done did it! Jesus restored sight to the blind? Bush league; Horus did that a few thousand years before. Crucified in a very dramatic trial next to two thieves, Jesus? Someone call the patent office, Horus was doing that before crucifixion was cool. Jesus took a vacation between ages 12 and 30? Horus is the one who started the 18 year sabbatical. Horus is read as KRST, which actually sounds like a new youth group in Middle America, and Jesus is the Christ. The list goes on and on.
Basically we find that the story of Horus mirrors that of Jesus on several different points ranging from the way he was conceived to the way he was killed. Keep in mind now, Jesus is the cornerstone of a massive religion that is very active in our modern world. Also keep in mind that his stories with all their different versions can be found in nearly every culture around the Mediterranean BEFORE Christianity was founded, before Jesus was even a name people threw around. So what does this mean for those that hold Jesus as the one true way to salvation and as a guiding principle for their entire way of life?
Well, a little honest introspection will lead us to the conclusion that there might possibly be some discrepancies in the story of Jesus life and by proxy his teachings. If we were to assume that everything in the Bible was true we are forced to somehow find out a way to justify the existence of demigods like Horus’ existence BEFORE Jesus. After all, Jesus can’t be the one son of god and then go slap a high five with Horus, that doesn’t make sense! No, either one story is fabricated, both are fabricated, or the stories are all folk tales that had been told time and time again throughout cultures that existed far beyond the time of the written word, or a combination of all three. Notice that none of the options has room for both being completely true, otherwise Ra and Isis really DO exist and Western culture is in for a rude awakening-and Brenden Frasier isn’t going to always be around to help us fight the mummies.
So I encourage anyone, theist, deist, atheist, whatever, to do some research on other religions, particularly those that predate the birth of Jesus and then some. You’ll find so many social norms and moral practices canonized that you will be forced to wonder why it is that Jesus and Horus and Heracles and Krishna and so many others we no longer know the names of are all seen as deities that were one god incarnate on earth…and then forgotten as soon as another came along. What makes Jesus so special? Why do Christians or Muslims not pray to Horus instead of to Jesus or Mohammed? I challenge anyone that believes in an organized religion to answer that question truthfully and honestly in light of the evidence discovered in our research of pre-Christian doctrine. Until we find out the one true story maybe we should all brush up on our Roman and Greek mythology, our paganism and our druidism, our Egyptian and Norse prayers, because one of them has to be the one true way…………right?