Being Easter and all, it’s time for atheists to once again parade their lies and misinformation for the willing and eager ignorant to absorb. I met up with, I think it was a mother, on an Australian anti-religion blog. Here, she and her atheist friends were expressing their “outrage” that if their children wished to opt out of religious instruction, they had to clean up the environment around the schoolyard. I guess the environment is on its own in Australia. At any rate her child must have elected to stay in one of these classes and it’s his and his mother’s comments that drew my attention.
In fact, I wish to comment on a particularly egregious example of what I think borders on child abuse. In this example, which she proudly displayed for all the world to see, this atheist brags how her “precocious” child rudely, obnoxiously and condescendingly challenged a religious instructor at school. Why would he do this? Does he speak this way with all his instructors? Of course not. The only reason for the child’s disgusting behaviour appears to be that he had been trained to devalue, degrade and distrust people who hold religious beliefs, regardless of their level of education. This child who can only have been indoctrinated at home with misinformation, boldly asked his Christian teacher what it’s like to believe something that is simply copied from earlier myth. The child was referring to the “resurrection” of Osiris and says that the myth of Jesus’ resurrection is a counterfeit of this earlier legend. The parent, the author of this blog is actually proud of what’s been done to this child’s mind.
So what’s wrong with what this parent has taught the child? Well, I’m going to assume that any reader already knows the historical facts surrounding Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. This may not be the case with Osiris. In all probability, any atheist who makes similar statements is simply repeating what s/he has heard on YouTube or similar source material i.e., Christianity has copied earlier resurrected god stories.
First of all, the ancient Egyptian cult of Osiris is the ONLY account of a god who regained life after death that predates Christianity. All others, that have anything minutely resembling Jesus’ resurrection postdate the beginning of Christianity by a minimum of 150 years.
Second, the story of Osiris relates how Osiris is chopped into fourteen pieces by his brother and is scattered throughout Egypt. Isis went around Egypt, collected the chopped up body parts and put Osiris back together with all but one piece. The Zombified thirteen piece Osiris then descends to rule the underworld.
And that, according to atheists, is the story which Christianity carefully copied. This is the information that this atheist parent passed on to the son so that he could proudly and arrogantly challenge his teacher. What this atheist parent doesn’t know, or doesn’t care to know is the fact that she didn’t become a bigot because she misinterpreted the facts of the story. She misinterpreted the facts because she’s already a bigot.
For what it’s worth, when I posted this corrective information about Osiris on her blog, my comment was deleted. After all, how can atheist bigotry survive if truth is allowed to leak out.
Fourth, virtually all aspects of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection are nowhere near similar to events described in ancient myths. For example:
- Attis and Adonis were killed by a wild boar. The story of Adonis didn't arrive until AD 400.
- Osiris was torn to pieces by Typhon-Seth
- Dionysus-Zagreus was torn apart by the Titans
- Aesculapius was struck by lightning
- Vacchus, Herculies rode to heaven on the horse Pegasus
- Ariadne is now a star
- Not one of these examples contains even the hint of a resurrection. This is especially true of Osiris. Why? The Egyptians had no concept of bodily resurrection. All of these myths are repetitive, symbolic respresentations of the death and rebirth of vegetation. These are not historical figures, and none of their deaths were intended to provide salvation.
- In ancient romance literature, the hero was always saved at the last moment to make for a happy ending.
- Even “The World’s Sixteen Crucified Saviours” is roundly condemned by atheist scholars as undependable fiction. That is, it’s condemned by all but those on the lunatic fringe of which this parent may very well be a member.
- Finally, the cult of Isis did not even exist in the part of Palestine in which Christianity had its beginning. It existed in Egypt. Therefore the idea that it was copied is foolishness.
Again, all other god myths that resemble the life, death and resurrection of Jesus in any way, didn’t even make their appearance until at least 150 years after the beginning of Christianity. Well, at least this blogger’s little darling will be trained in atheist bigotry from an experienced teacher, his own parent.