The Jesus story - A serious case of plagiarism

03 January 2009   25 comments   Misc. links

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The Holy Bible - A serious case of plagiarism Is the story about Jesus in the bible just a serious case of plagiarism. Yes is the answer if you acknowledge the fact that the story of Horus came first; and that it did.

"Stories from the life of Horus had been circulating for centuries before Jesus birth (circa 4 to 7 BCE). If any copying occurred by the writers of the Egyptian or Christian religions, it was the followers of Jesus who incorporated into his biography the myths and legends of Horus, not vice-versa."

It's quite shocking read actually. I don't believe in the Bible or the character they call Jesus but if I did and studied the story of Horus I'd right now feel pretty damn pranked.

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waste of time
hmmm.. Good luck with that "IF" of yours..
Haris
have u watched the movie Zeitgeist? it gives a really good explanation on exactly how plagiarized it is
Peter Bengtsson
I have! It's nuts! Really scary actually. The film isn't very subtle and it talks about all wrongs of the world and not just the christian fools. I wish some non-converted would dare to see that film too.
Anonymous
Yes
Scarr
The only way to prevent a disease is to kill it at the source, the same can be said of all religions
Ketih
Can anyone show or prove the story of Horus before the New Testament. In other words, where is the "written text" or any other proof that the story of Horus existed prior to the birth of Jesus? Anyone?
Nina
Consider reading the Emerald Tablets by Thoth
Anonymous
You can't prove the story of Jesus either. The oldest book is a copy wriiten well after his death and there are no records of any sort to back it up either
Sherri
There is quite a difference between the story of Horus and Jesus life.. Horus was born of a goddess where Jesus was born of a virgin (human).. There are too many differences to even say that New Testament was plagiarised of his story.. Also the only info we truly have are hieroglyphics which have been proven many times over to be interpreted wrong for many do not know what all the symbols to be correct.. As a study of anthropology I understand the area where there mistakes can be made.. So to say that their is any correlation between the two.. It is quite the fallacy to follow this train of thought.. :)
Peter Bengtsson
Interesting. Are there any other major differences?

I can see how hieroglyphics can be misinterpreted since they're so different from modern languages. Also, the people who wrote the bible probably weren't inspired by the hieroglyphes; they were probably inspired by the written down interpretation of Horus which is like chinese whispers a bit.

Can you enlighten me as to what this has to do with anthropology?
Anonymous
just read
Mark Watson
I believe their are a lot of honest sincere atheist and agnostic people who are interested in the truth. Truth is something many people desire. When someone doesn't have a deep understanding of spiritual things, it's easy to find many errors and contradictions, especially if that's your motive. I have many answers to many statements that skeptics use as contradictory, errors, and in this case plagiarism. The Bible has many similar stories to earlier published stories, but that doesn't make it guilty of plagiarism. For example, Adam and Eve obviously told their offspring of the Great Fall, and that story has been passed down from generation to generation. Now whomever has the earliest record it would seem as though they were the authors of the original story, whereas in reality they were the first to record it. So when we see a similar story in another culture and language, it doesn't necessarily mean that they plagiarized, it could just be that they decided to record the story later or maybe they had older manuscripts that were destroyed... This concept is applicable to other stories in the Bible. So if you are a believer, don't defer your faith. And if you don't believe or have doubts it's time to regain your faith. Remember faith is the substance of things Hoped for, evidence of things Unseen and without faith it is impossible to please God, and anything that is not faith is sin (Hebrews chpt. 11).
Anonymous
Do you actually believe Adam and Eve were real?
Mark Watson
Absolutely. I firmly believe it's easier to believe in an always existent God who created us in His image than something coming from nothing and evolving.
Michael A Schara
Since you obviously have a degree in Theology from YouTube U, when were you planning on updating the rest of our biblical scholars with the truth?
"...an always existent god"? So when the bible reads "In the beginning..." and claims your god created everything, where can we point our telescopes to see the evidence of his influence in our temporal and physical reality? To pull creation off, god would have to exist outside time and space and thus interact with our three dimensional space which would leave behind evidence. It's an unfortunate effect of the physical laws your god built into the universe he created. Answering with "God's not bound by those laws, he's God.", is essentially the same nonsensical BS as someone asking if god could create something so heavy that even he couldn't lift it. The rest of the kids on the playground must so jealous!
"...created us in his image"? Last I checked, I had a reflection in the mirror. I'm also pretty confident that I've seen other people in my lifetime. Why aren't we invisible? Who has a picture of god that I can compare to a picture of a human?
"...something from nothing..."? Matter and energy are two facets of the same item. Wouldn't you agree? We can change matter into energy (think nuclear explosion) and vice versa (think man-made elements). Now if all of the matter and energy in our universe were closer together yesterday than they are today, then at some point in the very distant past they must have been extremely close together. Would you say that this tightly compacted matter/energy accumulation is "nothing" as you claim? Now keep rewinding time until matter and energy can no longer be discerned as distinct items but actually are one homogeneous mix of that is neither matter nor energy but a zero dimensional point of infinite density/temperature. Is that still "nothing"? You can't put a tape measure on it as it has no dimensional properties that we experience in our macroscopic lives. You can't weigh it as there's no frame of reference for that property to make sense. Is "nothing" still the answer you want to assume "something" came from? Why is it that apologists conveniently forget all the stuff that comprises our universe when they think of the Big Bang?
"...evolving"? Were you born full-size at exactly your current age from some dust god pulled together? Do you believe that the human reproductive process was installed into two adult humans of opposite sex in fully working condition? Bear in mind these two humans were genetically identical as the rib from one was used to create the second. What happens when there's a lot of inbreeding in a closed group of, well, anything? Think English monarchy or Kentucky (not all Kentuckians, just the ones that wouldn't read this or understand it if they did). You get a butt-load of window-lickers. Now Adam and Eve had two sons initially. One killed the other, leaving just one son and Adam and Eve. Who did Cain marry to continue his lineage up to Enoch and the flood? Do you want to rethink your position on any portion of your statement? This planet has seen no less than five mass extinctions in 4.5 billion years. Perhaps, just perhaps, we are the latest product of evolution on a planet that has had several radical readjustments to environmental conditions necessary to maintain a fragile hierarchy of living organisms. <- This answer is MUCH easier than yours, has far fewer logical fallacies, fits with the observable and testable evidence, and isn't unnecessarily complex due to injecting a "creator" into an otherwise elegant reality.
Peter Bengtsson
Wow! What a nice response. Thank you.
But mind you, just because the stories are plagiarized doesn't make it bad. A lot of things in life is plagiarized but vastly improved. Like Google plagiarized the idea of a search engine but did it a LOT better.
Anonymous
Well... I don't know much about Christianity but Muslims think Quran is the word of God. Why did God give repeatative stories? Did God revise himself? I thought god was perfect by definition. The Adam and Eve story is a good example here.
Mark Watson
The birth of Christianity and Islam comes from Judaism. However, there is only one truth, and truth never contradicts itself. It's very complicated, but here's my email if you're interesting on finding out much more: mhwatson93@gmail.com
Lee
So peter the stories are plagarized and according to you as long as they have been improved upon it is ok? Sorry but is this not the infallible word of the christian god? The ultimate book of "TRUTH"? Why on earth would you accept that? How can you dedicate your life to a book that has ripped of other religions and gods? And ultimatley how can you know the bible to be true and accurate when it has blatantly ripped of other cultures but improved up on the tales somewhat?
Anonymous
Plagiarism does not mean it was copied word for word. But the basic ideas are the same with some twists. Adam and Eve were not real. The earth is not 6000 years old and there is not one account of the "miracles" Jesus worked that was written while he was alive. The gospels were written years after a man named Jesus lived. Not only that, but the four "canonical" gospels contradict each other all over.
Mark Watson
1 Corinthians 1:18 / 2:14 (NIV)

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.
Mark Watson
I believe these are very great and powerful resources, what do y'all think?

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