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Meaning first, "facts" second
was a new God. You knew that. But stop for
a minute. Think about that again. You
can't have a new God until
you first know what 'God' means.
And if your new God is a God, well, then
He's really not new, he's just a new version
of an old idea.
Before you start clicking through to each of the Gods here, looking for xerox similarities, you're going to want to read this.
In all of ancient literature, there is no event-by-event analogue of Jesus. Here's why ...
What you'll discover at POCM is, Christianity did not borrow myths, it borrowed ideas about Gods. The ancient people who first worshiped Jesus knew what a God was, and they believed Jesus was one. On account of which, the stories they told about Him are full of ancient God stylings.
Here's POCM's challenge. You've got to let yourself see that Jesus' meaning—a God—came first, His "facts"—his God-property facts — came later, made up to fit the ancient meaning of "God."
Go loose, close your eyes, breath deep. Got it yet? It's not easy at first.
was a new God
The first people who believed Jesus was a God already knew what properties Gods had. And when they came to tell about Jesus' holy life, they naturally told it the way they saw it, with Jesus as a God, with the standard God properties. Jesus came from Heaven. Check. To Earth Check. Via a magical God-mortal birth. Check. In fulfillment of prophesy. Check. Heralded by magic God-sent dreams. Check. He did miracles. Check. He brought salvation. Check.
Jesus is a new version of an old idea. Jesus was a new Pagan God.
Jesus' apologist's impulse here is to see the "new God" business as a language trick. Our precious Jesus is a God of an entirely different sort than their gods were gods. Same word, different meanings. Who's right? There's a way to tell, because we know exactly what properties Pagans gave to their made up Pagan Gods. Here's how...
You'll discover Glycon was not a xeroxed event by event copy of any Pagan God. Alexander invented new myths for his new God, but he kept the old God properties. Prophesies made and fulfilled. Divine birth. God-sent dreams. Heaven. Hell. Miracles: healing the sick, raising the dead. Back then, when people invented new Gods, these are the properties they gave them.
When we look at our holy Jesus, we see the same properties Alexander gave Glycon. Prophesies made and fulfilled. Divine birth. God-sent dreams. Heaven. Hell. Miracles. Healing the sick, raising the dead. We see the goodies that ancients everywhere associated with Gods. Our precious Jesus is trimmed out with exactly the same God properties as the other Pagan Gods.
Like the ancient snake-God Glycon, the ancient God Jesus is a product of His time and place.
Pagan Gods looked like
If you can do that, you'll understand that Jesus isn't a myth-by-myth copy of any other ancient God because no ancient God is a myth-by-myth copy of any other ancient God. Ancient Gods were all the same, only different. Doh.
Jesus was new—in the same way the first Honda Accord was a new car and the first Mountain Dew was a new soda pop. But you know and I know, without, God help us, some associate professor of Cars and Sodas to tell us, that Honda didn't invent the car when they built the Accord and Mountain didn't invent soda when they made Dew.
The Accord and Dew were new arrangements of old ideas. Some new stuff, but mostly old.
So was Jesus. Jesus was the Son of God who suffered, died, and came back to life. But He wasn't the first Son of God who suffered, died, and came back to life. He brought salvation; but He wasn't the God first to do that either. His dad was a God and his mom was a mortal woman; He wasn't the first God there either. It's the same with miracles, disciples, ascending to heaven—the list goes on and on.
So as you read through this Pagan Christs section of POCM, don't look for myth by myth born-in-a-manger-in-Bethlehem, on-December-25th, of-an-unmarried-virgin-named-Mary, with-shepherds-singing-outside precursors of Jesus. Look for the religious ideas expressed in the myths.
What other people think about POCM
I trully feel sorry for you. Apparently
you failed to read the Bible in its intirety.
If you had trully done your research as ou say you did
then you would have discovered that Christianity was
not derived from pagan religions but that pagan religions
were taken from Judaism, The Complete Authority on The
One True God! People like you do everything you can
to destroy God but when all is said and done, God Himself
will be left standing.....Oh by the way, you were unsuccessful
at hiding your belief. You obviosly do not believe in
God or Jesus. I wonder though, if your parachute
had not opened and you plummetted to the earth,
would you have just crossed your arms and said Oh well
that's life, or would ou have cried out for the "mythilogical
Jesus" to save your sorry hide? I think
you need to go back to your ancient studies and relearn
history! I hope and pray that you learn of God's wonderful
mercy and grace before you have to learn of His judgements
that He has reserved for those who have rejected Him.
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