Christianity borrowed/plagarised from more ancient religions

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    Baileybearposted 12 years ago
    1. getitrite profile image75
      getitriteposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Have you seen the take on religion in the movie Zeitgeist?
      It's on youtube.

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      Onusonusposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Christianity is plagerized from another religion, Judaism. Obviously the new testament consistantly quotes the old testament. Some folks call that the fufillment of prophecy.

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      livelongerposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      It's believed that in Judaism, the atonement and judgment part of Rosh haShanah and Yom Kippur were borrowed from the Babylonian religion of the time of the Jewish exile to Babylon. (There are probably other examples as well, but that one comes to mind)

      However, there are two beliefs that the author seems to have misattributed to Judaism:
      - there is no concept of hell or any form of permanent/eternal punishment in Jewish thought
      - there is no concept of an apocalypse in Judaism
      Both of these exist in Christian doctrine, though.

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      Claire Evansposted 12 years agoin reply to this


      Excellent article.  I agree with some of the Zoroastrianism teachings like God creating good and a separate evil entity creating evil, which is contrary to Jewish beliefs.  It is a fact that Judaism was heavily influenced by paganism.  Therefore the prophecy of a divine messiah was tossed out in favour of an earthly one and that is the very reason why Jesus is rejected by Jews.

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        Jeramiposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        I am not disputing that point of view but adding to it.

          The Jews were expecting the Messiah to come in the manner in which  they understood, from reading the writings of their prophets.

          They understood the writings of Daniel to say that before the coming of the Messiah, they must endure life under the dominion of four great Empires.
          They understood that under the reign of the fourteenth king of the fourth Kingdom, the Messiah will come to redeem them.

           According to their understanding; Jesus was nine kings and almost a hundred years too early.  Daniel 7: 23 & 24

           Had Jesus came when they were expecting him to come,
           Had Jesus come in the manner they were expecting him to come,
           Had Jesus fulfilled their EXPECTATIONS  they would have believed who he was.
           Had they not misunderstood these prophesy correctly?

           But, in psalmes it is written that their eyes will be blinded that they not recognize the Messiah when he comes.

          So the fact that the Hebrews rejected him does not prove that Jesus wasn't who he said that he was.
          Jesus said that there were some standing right there in front of him that shall not taste of death before they see the son of man coming in the clouds of heaven, sitting at the right hand of God,  And they didn't acknowledge that either, because that didn't happen in the manner in which they were expecting it to happen.
           None of the prophesy were fulfilled the way in which we were expecting them to have been fulfilled.

            Most Christians are blindly awaiting the fulfillment of prophesy the same way in which most Jews are awaiting the first coming of the Messiah. 

          How ironic is that?

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    kirstenblogposted 12 years ago

    You are preaching to the choir with me friend smile
    I doubt even Jesus would approve of the churches built around him hmm

  3. tom_caton profile image72
    tom_catonposted 12 years ago

    Think a bit was nicked from Mythraism too, such as the virgin birth, though its possible that Mythraism also had it's origins based in Zoroastrianism.

    Christianity also took a lot from the local religions as it spread out, such as with the Celtic Irish. From their beliefs they incorporated the stories of St. Brigid, who was in Celtic lore a Goddess, they turned the Goddess into a pious, charitable, saint, who's story is taught as fact in Irish primary schools

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      Baileybearposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I've been looking up zoroastrianism - some say there is archeological evidence that it predates christianity; of course, christians say their texts are older.  Any accurate info on Zoro?   Jesus and Zoroaster same kinds of legends?

      Can anyone write a hub on this with references?

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        Mark Knowlesposted 12 years agoin reply to this
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          Baileybearposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          excellent link

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        tom_catonposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Zoroastrianism predates christ by a long way, when the priests of Zoroastrianism were trying to come up with an origin date (apparently by counting back generations of priests) they came up with 10th century B.C.

        Also they did this solely because the Seleucid Empire tried to initiate a new calender in the vein of the Age of Alexander, which Zoroastrian priests disagreed with.

        So even if the calculated date of origin is wrong, the priests who made the calculation were from an earlier time than Christ

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        Chasukposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Zoroastrianism inarguably predates Christianity by at least five centuries. Not much of their sacred texts texts survive, and what does survive is in the form of a compilation from the  3rd or 4th century AD. However, the originals are thought to been composed no later than 300 BC.

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          Baileybearposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          and the earliest christian gospels were 80-100AD?

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            Chasukposted 12 years agoin reply to this

            Yes. Even if they were composed the year Jesus was born,  the Zoroastrian texts are older.

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              Baileybearposted 12 years agoin reply to this

              maybe you should write something, as I couldn't find much on net confirming that; mainly stuff from christians claiming opposite

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                Chasukposted 12 years agoin reply to this

                I used to work in London three days a week. I traveled there by train, and frequently shared a car with several Zoroastrian teenage girls. They were traveling to a London Baha'i center on the same days that I was traveling to work. This was in the mid-1990s. I'm not sure whether this is still true, but in those days, in London, the Baha'is and the Persians were very friendly towards each other.

                Anyway, that's where I learned what I know about Zoroastrianism. Maybe I should write a hub about it.

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                  Baileybearposted 12 years agoin reply to this

                  yes, that would be very interesting.  I've been digging a bit about history of christianity & religion in general, but I would have to do a lot of research before I would feel confident enough to tackle it.

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          Baileybearposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          could texts have been deliberately destroyed?  I read that christians went thru a phase of burning down libraries, for instance

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            pisean282311posted 12 years agoin reply to this

            not by christians...those place was never conquered by was pretty much Zoroastrian belt till muslims took over...

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              Baileybearposted 12 years agoin reply to this

              you sound like you know a lot about evolution of religion?

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                pisean282311posted 12 years agoin reply to this

                not lot ...but at core all religions are more or less same...some like hinduism are has all paths lead to god concept...others are Abrahamic ...only my path and my prophet/god is real kinds...but if we dig deeper ...all end up in similar lines...the thought process becomes same as we go deeper ...beyond some might say since divinity began religion so it has to be same...but i believe evolution is the answer...

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                  Baileybearposted 12 years agoin reply to this

                  zoroasterism was first monotheistic religion?  polytheism preceded mono?  poly would have been when some land masses separated as many separated ancient peoples had their oral mythologies?

                  1. pisean282311 profile image65
                    pisean282311posted 12 years agoin reply to this

                    well i dont think there was any first mono religion ....since humans began to think , questions like who m i , why i am here, what happens after death, where do our loved ones goes , who control nature might have poped up...there might have been various thoughts ...some might have been mono too...for e.g. oldest veda ,verse starts with concept of god which has not shape , size ...which controls everything , which creates , which was always there, which predates before time and which is cause and matter...something like has glimpes of mono in i think mono and poly might have been parallel thoughts...but poly was more popular since humans work in that fashion....we dont have single person doing everything it be government or corporate or even poly was natural thing...but when humans evolved....who is the boss theme too might have got stronger...paving way to ultimate deity...and finally came modern religions...

  4. Stevennix2001 profile image83
    Stevennix2001posted 12 years ago

    Wow, what an amazing coincidence.  I just saw a documentary on the discovery channel about this very same topic.  talk about timing there. tongue  i know many archealogists and historians speculate that either the bible was plagarised OR they could all be referring to the same event that happened in history, but from a different perspective.  Which one is the definitive answer, it's tough to say.  Although you got to admit, it's fun learning about history.  At least for me anyway.  lol. Not as much fun as learning about movies, and their history, but it's fun nonetheless.

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      Baileybearposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I'd imagine it's more of the former - all these oral traditions passed down

  5. pisean282311 profile image65
    pisean282311posted 12 years ago


    zoroastrianism is older one...i think instead of viewing religion as divine ...we must view it as evolution of though...iran plays very important role in religion...largely there are two different set of religion which are in being abhramic and other being from India...the vedic concepts began in iran and then aryans migrated to India ...from there came hindusim and its off iran might very well be focal point for all major religions...

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      Baileybearposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      does anyone have any hubs that match up the evolution & migration of people with evolution of religion?  I'm curious eg how ancient separated cultures all had their oral traditions, mythologies, art etc

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        pisean282311posted 12 years agoin reply to this

        some of stories are great can find it in hinduism and abhramic religions hinduism it is manu while noah in other and by some other name in another...but story is same...that too makes me wonder about similar origin of all religions...let us take virgin birth that is for christ and 5 characters of largest epic too which is part of hinduism...then we have concept of child born at 90+ age in most religions...there are many similar or same stories...

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          Baileybearposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          yes, have heard there are many stories in common.   Would love to read more hubs on this stuff (I won't attempt to write any, as would need to do a lot of digging) - history's not my thing

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          Baileybearposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          this link is interesting:

          talks about mythologies in common eg tree, dispersion, creation, flood etc

        3. evvy_09 profile image60
          evvy_09posted 12 years agoin reply to this

          A great flood is in nearly every cultures legends, I think.  Also several stories from different countries tell of a great man that talked about peace and love and tried to unite everybody together.  Hiawatha, Buddha and others I can't remember.  I was really interested on religious similarity in high school but have forgotten much of it.   It's part of what made me form the opinion that any one religion only has part of the story.  And if God is real why wouldn't he care about all cultures?

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            paarsurreyposted 12 years agoin reply to this

            The Creator-God cared and cares about all cultures; that is why the similarities in different religions. The Messengers Prophets of all religions and in parts of the world received the same original message; the people  could not secure it that made the difference.

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            Baileybearposted 12 years agoin reply to this

            exactly.  I'm going to put together  a hub (my next one) - a compilation of the influences of religion, particularly christianity - it will have links to the many hubs that have more detail about various aspects.  If anyone has a great hub related to the evolution of religion, particularly christianity, & how they are all based on the same mythologies, let me know so I can link and promote it.

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              evvy_09posted 12 years agoin reply to this

              I will be sure to read it when you are done!  I find the similarities fascinating.

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                Baileybearposted 12 years agoin reply to this

                It's going to be mainly a compilation - I'm not an expert on this stuff, but I will instead link to interesting stuff I found and comment on why I found it interesting

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                Baileybearposted 12 years agoin reply to this

                has just published it - evolution of christianity & other religions.  Hope I got all my facts straight

  6. secularist10 profile image62
    secularist10posted 12 years ago

    Zoroastrianism is widely established as having predated Christianity by many centuries. I'm a little surprised to hear that some Christians deny that. Just another example of twisting and contorting the objective facts to suit their own purposes, I guess.

    We know that ideas such as a savior offering salvation, miraculous and even virgin births, prophets with special powers and resurrection from the dead existed in various forms in various times and places before and during Christianity's development.

    On this topic the following information is very insightful: … ontext.htm

    In order to understand early Christianity, one must understand the bubbling stew of new religions and cults and faith communities in the Mediterranean world at the time of Jesus. The beliefs and messages of Jesus' particular movement bear striking similarity to other contemporary cults and religious movements in the Roman empire.

    Subsequently, as Christianity expanded, it definitely incorporated the customs and ideas of local groups and cultures. Someone mentioned a specific case of an Irish goddess-turned-saint. This type of thing occurred all over pagan Europe, as Christians adapted their religion to gain the followers. Indeed, the concept of a "saint" is, I believe, not actually in the Bible. It was basically manufactured to attract pagan converts. Today, the Catholic Church continues to use sainthood in a political way to attract converts or bring people back into the flock, by canonizing various local heroes or legendary figures in Latin America, for example.

    Similar adaptations occurred vis-a-vis holidays and feasts. Christmas is a great example--the Christmas tree has pagan origins. Pagan celebrations of solstice were often adapted into the Christian fold.

    An argument could be made that the Protestant split from the Catholic church was influenced in a big way by the more egalitarian and individualist cultures of northern Europe--which are precisely the cultures where Protestantism came to dominate (Germany, Britain, Sweden, Denmark, etc).


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