Friday, March 27, 2009

Other Gods that Rose from the Dead

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It turns out that Jesus isn't all that special in terms of resurrection.

I've been seeing a lot of pseudoapologetics recently that assert that Christianity is the one true religion because Jesus is the only god who rose from the dead.

Yeah, not so much.

At least 6 other gods died and were resurrected prior to Jesus:

Horus c. 3000 BCE
Osiris c. 3000 BCE
Attis of Phrygia c.1400 BCE
Krishna c. 1400 BCE (possibly as early as 5771 BCE)
Mithra of Persia c. 600 BCE
Dionysus c. 186 BCE

Apparently, humanity demands a sacrifice. A long line of sacrifices.

17 comments:

  1. Don't sell the Norse short, all their dead Gods will return to life at Ragnarok. Among these are Odin's (The All Father) sons Baldr and Höðr.

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  2. Oooer almost forgot, don't forget the Jews had already described someone dieing for three days and returning back to life in the stone tablet Gabriel's Revelation.

    From the Wiki page:

    The finding has caused controversy among scholars. Israel Knohl, who is an expert in Talmudic and biblical language at Jerusalem's Hebrew University reads the inscription as a command from the angel Gabriel "to rise from the dead within three days". He takes this command to be directed at a 1st century Jewish rebel called Simon, who was killed by the Romans in 4 B.C.E.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriel%E2%80%99s_Revelation

    So this only resurrection to ever happen was a rehash of earlier Jewish stories.

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  3. Fortunately, I have two Norse pagan regular commenters, who will no doubt be very helpful when Ragnorak occurs. Though from what I understand, pretty much your only hope is to go down fighting, as opposed to going down crying, in the fetal position.

    I'm really hoping the return of our alien overlords (2012, here we come!) occurs before Ragnorak, as opposed to after.

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  4. "I'm really hoping the return of our alien overlords (2012, here we come!) occurs before Ragnorak, as opposed to after."

    Funny, I'm hoping that too!

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  5. Beamstalk, that's funny you should bring that up, I was just having a conversation about how Baldr is the equal to Jesus, since he is the god reborn after Ragnarok and helps create the reign of peace after the war. Much like "the end times" and millenial reign. Pretty funny actually.

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  6. You know you should fear Ragnarok when the person who worships the Norse gods hopes the Mayans were right.

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  7. Baldr was the first God I thought of after looking at PF's list. I still love Gaiman's take on Baldr as Shadow in American Gods.

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  8. The difference of course between these six and Jesus is that they were actually resurrected.

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    2. Where's your proof that Jesus didn't?

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    3. Where's your proof that Jesus didn't?

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  9. don't forget the various "green men" that celtic pagans deify - he dies EVERY YEAR and is reborn EVERY YEAR.

    that's dedication :D

    i like Krishna as an earlier incarnation of Jesus, m'self.

    also... who was it that Hercules fought death for? it was a man's wife - *SHE* rose from the dead.

    and there are Native American myths. the main one i can remember is Incan, where a man is killed, his beloved/fiancee/wife finds him it the river, he inseminates her *with his tongue*, and then is reborn as her son. (all because he won a ball game against one of the gods of death)
    also, Quezacotl, which i can never spell correctly.

    all in all, i sometimes think Christians should be *ashamed* because they are unable to be original. they steal EVERYTHING. Christians remind me of the English language in that respect...

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  10. As I read the various intellects presented here in the case for other 'god-type' relevancy...I am able to see first hand that another resurrection has taken place as foretold...
    "and God will send to them strong delusion so that they will believe the lie"

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  11. Did any of the other alleged "resurrections" have eyewitnesses willing to die rather than deny the veracity of them?

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    2. In every age madmen are happy to die for the thrill and pacifying seeming-veracity of a fantastic illusion.

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  12. Humanity is a sacrifice and requires nothing.

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