Copycats?

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A few years ago I got into a discussion with an individual who, in making an argument against Christianity, willingly introduced me to an ancient cult called Mithraism. What made it more unique than any other religion I had heard of up to that time was that this particular cult upheld most of the beliefs (or doctrines) of the historic Christian faith in addition to its own. Yet it claims that Christianity borrowed from Mithraism which predates Christianity by about 1400 years (B.C.). Fortunately at the time I discovered this I was not theologically devastated….just extremely puzzled. For I had the confirmation of the Holy Spirit living in me that attested to the truth of the Gospel of Christ. Yet admittedly it was troubling to me as to why so many similarities between Mithraism and Christianity existed. Why also, had I never heard of this cult before!

These similarities include: 

-Mithra was born of a virgin on December 25th in a cave, and his birth was attended by shepherds.

-He had 12 companions or disciples.

-He was buried in a tomb and after three days rose again.

-He was considered the “Way, the Truth and the Light,” and the “Logos,” “Redeemer,” “Savior” and “Messiah.” 

Wow and this from a “religion” which predates Christianity by about 1400 years! I believe that we always need to be prepared to give an answer and a reason for the hope that lies within us. Needless to say, sorting out this array of “apparent” similarities was challenging at first but eventually I searched for and found information that clearly refutes these and similar claims between Mithraism and Christianity from those who make it their everyday endeavor to immerse themselves in Biblical/ historical studies. In a nutshell, I discovered that the actual origins, beliefs and assumptions of Mithraism pose no threat to the historical beliefs of Christianity.

If this subject has spiked your interest, please visit this website for answers and additional in-depth information concerning this ancient cult:

http://www.tektonics.org/copycat/mithra.html 

Jim Richardson

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One Response

  1. Excellent post, Jim! If memory serves me well, A.N. Wilson uses this in his book, “Paul: The Mind of the Apostle”. The artcle you inked to is excellent, as well.

    Blessings,
    -bill

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