10 Christ-like Figures Who Pre-Date Jesus
Religion I recently watched the documentary Zeitgeist (Part 1) as well as Bill Maher’s movie Religulous. Both made mention of claims often made that there are many stories that predate Jesus but have striking parallels. I decided to follow up on these claims and see what kind of information was out there to substantiate these assertions. I found several websites run by Christians who obviously disputed all claims of any parallels to the life of Jesus. As a non-christian, I am approaching this topic purely as an interested observer. Here are ten of the figures often sited: Both went to their temples at the age of twelve, where they are said to have astonished all with their wisdom. “When he [Buddha] went again to the garden he saw a monk who was calm, tranquil, self–possessed, serene, and dignified. Jesus responded: “…begone, Satan!” Homeric tales about Odysseus emphasize his suffering life, just as in Mark Jesus said that he, too, would suffer greatly. Born of a virgin, Isis.