Is Jesus unique? What about claims to the contrary?
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Dave: Jesus isn’t unique!
Jeff: Oh no!!! Has evidence finally been discovered that shows Jesus was just one myth among many?
Dave: That’s what they say. Mithras was an ancient messiah who had 12 disciples just like Jesus.
Jeff: What else?
Dave: He was buried & raised from the dead 3 days later. He was also called the good shepherd, like Jesus. And, Mithras followers celebrated on Sunday!
Jeff: First of all, most of what you’re hearing is blatantly false. Jesus had 12 disciples, but no writings indicate Mithras did.
Dave: The only things even close is that on some pictures MIthras is surrounded by twelve items including the sun and moon.
Jeff: Furthermore, Mithras wasn’t called the Good Shepherd! Nor was Sunday his day until after Christianity was established! It would’ve borrowed from Christianity.
Jeff: As far as rising from the dead…
Dave: The records don’t actually show that either.
Jeff: Some mentions of resurrection only occur after Christianity is established.
Dave: When you hear stories like this, look up the actual source. It’s usual very different than what the bloggers say.
An excellent source on this is J.Warner Wallace’s article, here: Is Jesus Simply a Retelling of the Mithras Mythology?