Originally Posted by faithful_servant
Have you ever considered the idea that these are reflections of the Truth and that Jesus was the One True and Perfect Sacrifice? After Jesus' sacrifice, no more new mythologies popped up. His was the final reality of which the tales you cite are only shadows. Certain truths are evident in mankinds very core nature and the idea that sins are paid for by sacrifice is one of those truths. Jesus and His sacrifice are part of our very being. The idea of a Savior is nearly universal because it's part of who we are. The stories you cite are a reflection of this implanted knowlege coming out through people who had seen this concept in thier hearts and could only express it in the terms of their culture.
I was showing Jesus before Jesus. Those were ALL mythology. They were not historical and never meant to be. This biblio was put together as documenting the extra-Christian views in answer to an earlier debate question on a thread that had nothing to do with this subject.
Mythology is good, it just isn't factual. Jesus the Messiah is a myth. The Christ is a long standing religious artifact, reverberating all through history. Why is Paul's version factual when no other version was? Paul's version is not factual, either, it is mythology and what's more the Greeks knew it. They were aware of the Savior myth in many versions.
Why don't Christian biblicists regard the Jewish opinion of Messiah-ship of any force? Jesus never did meet up with any
of the criteria for Messiah-ship.
Paul usurped the OT from its owners, the Jews during and after the rebellious times leading up to the destruction of the Temple in 72ce. I think he thought the Jews were destroyed and no longer of any consequence and simply took the OT for his own uses.