Gerald Massy (1828 – 1907), an English poet and writer on Spiritualism and Ancient Egypt) has found 137 parallels between Jesus and Egyptian god, Horus which he details in His book, ‘The Natural Genesis.’ Both Horus and Jesus were born of virgins on 25th December and they died by crucifixion and resurrected three days later. He also finds a parallel between Biblical Lazarus raised by Jesus and El-Asar-Us a title of Osiris.
“The Jesus Mysteries: Was the Original Jesus a Pagan God?” is a 1999 book by British authors Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy. It is an investigation of early Christianity prior to the 4th century CE, when direct political intervention by the Roman Emperor Constantine forced various competing Christian sects to unify under ‘the Nicene Creed.’
The authors systematically examine evidence from ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern civilizations for similarities of important elements of Jesus' divinity with a number of mystery religions like those of the ancient gods Osiris-Dionysus, Attis and Mithras. There persisted manifestations of a cult of a dying and rising ‘god man myth,’ known as Osiris-Dionysus. The authors maintain that Jesus was not a historical figure, but a re-interpretation by Gnostics of the fundamental pagan god-man. Gnostics were the original sect of Christianity. The Christianity of today was not the predecessor to Gnosticism, but a later outgrowth according to them. They describe their theory as the "Jesus Mysteries thesis."
Freke and Gandy base their thesis partly on a series of parallels between their suggested biography of Osiris-Dionysus compiled from the myths of ancient dying and resurrecting god- men, and the biography of Jesus as in the four canonical gospels. The authors give a short list of parallels:
Osiris-Dionysus is God made flesh, the savior and "Son of God."
His father is God and his mother is a mortal virgin, He is born in a cave or humble cowshed on 25 December before three shepherds.
He offers his followers the chance to be born again through baptism.
He miraculously turns water into wine at a marriage ceremony.
He rides triumphantly into town on a donkey while people wave palm leaves to honor him.
He dies at Easter time as a sacrifice for the sins of the world.
After his death he descends to hell, and then on the third day he rises from the dead and ascends to heaven in glory.
His followers await his return as the judge during the Last Days.
His death and resurrection are celebrated by a ritual meal of bread and wine, which symbolize his body and blood like the Christina Eucharistic ritual.
The story of Jesus is pretty close to that of Osiris-Dionysus. There is an amulet depicting the god Dionysus on a cross, very similar to the way we see crucified Christ’s picture. Christianity could have copied the crucifixion account from this Greek god.
Kersey Graves (1813-1883), compared Yeshua's (Jesus’s) and Krishna's life. He found out what he believed were 346 elements in common within the Christian and the Hindu writings. This appears to be overwhelming evidence that some incidents in Jesus' life were copied from Krishna's. Some of his parallels are fallacious but others are not. Both were sent from heaven as a God and both were divine and human. A local dictator tried to eliminate them as children and their parents fled from the dictator. Mary and Joseph stayed in Muturea; Krishna's parents stayed in Mathura. Both Yeshua and Krishna withdrew to the wilderness as adults, and fasted for some days. Both claimed they had existed before their birth on earth and were without sin. Both cast out indwelling demons, and raised the dead. Both celebrated a last supper and forgave their enemies. They were both considered omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent.
There is a striking parallel between the story of Jesus and one of the Greek Gods, Apollonius of Tyana, a contemporary of Jesus of Nazarene. Apollonius also healed the sick and the crippled, restored sight to the blind, casted out demons and so on. His birth was of a virgin, foretold by an angel. He knew scripture really well as a child. But at the end of his life he roused opposition, and his enemies delivered him over to the Roman authorities for judgment. He was crucified, rose from the dead and appeared to his disciples to prove his power before going to heaven to sit at the right hand of the father. He was known as, “The Son of God”. Later some of his followers wrote books about him.
Mithras had 12 disciples, and when he was done on earth he had a final meal before going up to heaven. On the final day he will return to pass judgment on the living and the dead. The good will go to heaven, and the evil will die in a giant fire. His followers called themselves “brothers”, and their leaders “fathers”. They had baptism and a meal ritual where symbolic flesh and blood were eaten. Heaven was in the sky, and hell was below with demons and sinners. This is what St. Paul taught the early Christians.
The writers of gospels, for obvious reasons, introduced a number of miracles into the life of Christ; as many of the young gods of the cults walked over water, cured the crippled, gave sight to the blind, made water into wine in a marriage party and rose up the dead. All the gods of the mystery cults resurrected and the founder of the new religion, Jesus Christ, could not be an exception. The evangelists introduced the story of the empty tomb, disappearance of his body from his grave and his apparition to some women and disciples. Jesus had been made to resurrect on the third day.
Against the Greco-Roman background, a new religion had to have a god as its founder and not a poor man, the Nazarene; hence the evangelists elevate him to godhood. This god, like all the gods of the mystery cults, had to be born of a virgin mother. Thus the writer-preachers adopt the story of Immaculate Conception with god’s angel appearing to Mary and so on.
Even Buddha‘s mother was told by an angel that she would give birth to a holy child destined to be a savior. As a child Buddha teaches the priests in his temple about religion while his parents look for him. He starts his religious career at roughly 30 years of age and is said to have spoken to 12 disciples on his deathbed. One of the disciples was a traitor and another favorite. He and his disciples abstain from wealth and travel around speaking in parables and metaphors. He called himself “the son of man” and was referred to as, “prophet”, “master”, and “Lord”. He healed the sick, cured the blind and the deaf, and he walked on water.
This is what we see in the four gospels too.