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Isn't it possible that all other religions with similar stories were actually influenced BY Judaism and Christianity, not the other way around?

I've seen a lot of people cite stories from the Egyptian, Norse, Greek, etc mythologies, where they then try to claim that Christianity cherry-picked certain parts of the other religions of the day, and fused them together into one new religion. However, isn't it just as likely that the other religions cherry-picked their favorite stories from the Christian religion (and the Jewish before it, since theoretically it's existed since the dawn of time) to create their own beliefs? This would explain why each minor religion only has pieces of the story; the storytellers probably couldn't remember the whole story, or they didn't write it down. Because they were lacking several key pieces, they fell out of disuse in favor of Christianity, the correct religion, which is accurate from beginning to end. What do you think of this hypothesis?

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 2:49 PM on Feb. 25, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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Answers (16)
  • Seeing as they predate Christianity (aka came before) by a few thousand years, NO.
    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 3:28 PM on Feb. 25, 2010

  • The epic of Gilgamesh, from which Genesis steals a lot of ideas (creation cycle, magic garden, magic fruit, magic snake, flood, god in a mountain storm etc...) was written over a thousand years before Genesis.
    It's this odd double standard Christians have; they expect you to believe the Gospels because they were, supposedly, written closest to the events and are therefore more accurate. But much of the Old Testament was only compiled in the 6-7th Century BCE whereas Gilgamesh was somewhere between 8-9th Century BCE. So we are to believe the later, more embellished Hebrew version, thousands of years removed from the events, over an older and (in their logic) more accurate version?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:51 PM on Feb. 25, 2010

  • How does a religion influence religions which preceded it?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:51 PM on Feb. 25, 2010

  • Correction: Judaism influenced Christianity and Islam. Don't raise Christianity to a status it doesn't have. Judaism is the only one you could even call "original," all its child-nodes are copied.

    Fact: Even Judaism was influenced by earlier religions.
    Fact: There are plenty of religions that weren't influenced by Judaism or Christianity.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:52 PM on Feb. 25, 2010

  • its not a hypothesis. its an idea. a hypothesis is scientific- you just randomly threw out a thought. There is a method. secondly, its a fact that christianity borrows from other belief systems, paganism is one I know most specifically of. The reason was to make conversion more appealing, and when that failed, they would just see people practicing their original faith, say it was actually a christian practice and tell them to keep doing what they're doing but we'll call it "random christian term" now. I'm not going to cite all this information. If you're actually curious, you can easily do some homework and see the facts. There are also geographical issues that create flaws in your suggestion. really, just read pretty much any history of religion book and you could find out some fascinating things. That is in no way saying you shouldn't be christian if that's what makes you happy, just be aware of reality.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:55 PM on Feb. 25, 2010

  • FAITH IS A GIFT FROM GOD. PRAY FOR A SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND REVELATION. JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD,RISEN SO WE WILL RISE TOO, no other story could possibly come close to the ultimate price that was paid for our sins! God died for you!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:55 PM on Feb. 25, 2010

  • If you believe that Adam and Eve were the first people, and that they believed in the Judeo-Christian God, then OP's argument seems reasonable.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:57 PM on Feb. 25, 2010

  • they fell out of disuse in favor of Christianity, the correct religion, which is accurate from beginning to end. What do you think of this hypothesis?

    Well, how do you know Christianity is the "correct religion" -I mean who is to say that another religion won't come along and take from that too?   


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    stories from the Egyptian, Norse, Greek, etc mythologies, where they then try to claim that Christianity cherry-picked certain parts of the other religions of the day, and fused them together into one new religion. However, isn't it just as likely that the other religions cherry-picked their favorite stories from the Christian religion (and the Jewish before it, since theoretically it's existed since the dawn of time) to create their own beliefs?


    So then wouldn't they ALL be right?  I mean if bits and pieces were taken from Christianity anyway?

    charlotsomtimes

    Answer by charlotsomtimes at 2:59 PM on Feb. 25, 2010

  • The ancient faiths of the Aztecs, Mayans, and Native Americans were developed with no knowledge of Judeo-Christian people.

    Anthropologists know that their are patterns in every culture's development. Globally, faiths and peoples that have no knowledge of one another come up with many of the same myths. Humans seem to have an innate need for a creation myth, a myth of a fall from grace/ favor of the gods, a myth explaining the pains of child birth, myths explaining natural phenomena, etc.

    Christianity is a very young religion. It borrows much of its history, customs, and texts from Judaism. And Jewish texts are extremely tied to faiths that pre-date Judaism.
    ecodani

    Answer by ecodani at 3:30 PM on Feb. 25, 2010

  • "However, isn't it just as likely that the other religions cherry-picked their favorite stories from the Christian religion (and the Jewish before it, since theoretically it's existed since the dawn of time) to create their own beliefs?"


    Wrong.  Before monotheism there was polytheism.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:57 PM on Feb. 25, 2010