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Which pagan myth is the virgin birth of Jesus (supposedly) borrowed from?


Asked by Gal51 at 9:27 PM on Sep. 8, 2010 in Religious Debate

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  • It never was borrowed because Mary never had sexual relations with anyone.... and the pagan myths the "virgin births" has relations with gods. The truth is, however, there is a vast difference between the record of Christ’s conception and birth, as recorded in Matthew and Luke’s Gospel narratives, and those alleged “supernatural” births of primitive paganism. Here are some very important points worthy of reflection.(1) Mary was a virgin girl of Nazareth. She was “betrothed” to Joseph but they had never been intimate (Mt. 1:25; Lk. 1:34). Her conception was a miracle (Mt. 1:18ff; Lk. 1:35ff).(2) It must be stressed, however, that, unlike the stories of paganism which had maidens consorting with the gods, there is no indication whatever in the biblical accounts that Mary had any sort of sexual union —

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 9:45 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • You know, if you expect non-Christians to treat your beliefs with respect, then why don't you begin by treating theirs with some respect. Or is that too much to ask? Maybe no one's answering your question because it would be pointless?

    Who says it was borrowed from anything? It is similar to other beliefs though, and that's probably more the point. For everything in Christianity, there is probably a parallel in another belief system somewhere. Does it really matter anyway? You have your beliefs and others have theirs. It makes no sense to be rude.

    Answer by anime_mom619 at 12:04 AM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • The Egyptian god, Horus.

    Answer by KelleyP77 at 9:31 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • either with God the Father, or with the Holy Spirit. It was simply by the “power” of God that the conception occurred (Lk. 1:35).
    (3) The scriptural narratives are not cumbered with the absurdities that are uniformly characteristic of the so-called “miracle” births of antiquity.(4) The New Testament records of the virgin birth were penned by writers who stood in close historical proximity with the actual birth event. Matthew was one of the Lord’s apostles. And Luke, a physician (Col. 4:14) and first-rate historian, was a companion of Paul. He researched carefully the data regarding Jesus (Lk. 1:3).Sir William Ramsay, once skeptical of Luke’s reliability, after much on-site research, was forced to conclude that “Luke’s history is unsurpassed in respect of its trustworthiness” (p. 81).

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 9:46 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • Both Matthew and Luke, of course, wrote under the oversight of the Spirit of God. Moreover, these men were willing to lay their lives on the line to authenticate the credibility of their messages.

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 9:46 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • Krishna, Dionysus, Hertha, Osiris, Balder...

    And there are others... All predate Christianity!

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 10:01 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • And so far, I've found NOTHING similar.

    You mean so far you've chosen to pick and choose your way around the bits that inconvenience you in your quest to prove other religions wrong. Go ahead, vote me down again.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 12:49 AM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • Here you go - if you really want to understand it, you need to put a little effort into it.

    And this one

    Sorry, this one isn't free either




    Answer by NotPanicking at 11:27 AM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • Zoroaster, the Persian prophet and patriarch who lived and preached in ancient Babylon, was said to have been God-begotten and virgin born. Virgin-birth was the responsibility of the Ishtar priestesses, who conducted fertility rites, prophesied and performed elaborate rituals in the temples throughout Babylon. The priestesses who administered the temples also managed a lucrative prostitution business that provided a steady stream of financial support for temple activities. Upon their return to Palestine, Hebrews of the Babylonian captivity brought back to the Mediterranean peoples wondrous tales of the priestesses and their blasphemous sexual ministries to the men who visited them. The role of the Ishtar priestess was to act as both mother to the prospective man's child and minister to the child's divine needs:

    Answer by IhartU at 7:23 AM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • Shaneagle said it better than I could have said it. I will only add that from a scientific point of view, there are animals in nature that are able to procreate asexually. Is it so hard to believe that the God of the Universe could cause one a Mary's eggs to become fertilized without the presence of sperm? All He needed to do was turn the 23 chromosomes into 23 pairs. Again, it's a matter of faith.

    Answer by Iamgr8teful at 10:00 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

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