The Philosophy of Jesus


I have taken an anti-Christian stand in many of my past posts, but that does not mean that I see the teachings of Jesus as evil. I believe many of them are excellent guidelines for living one’s life in an ethical manner. The place I believe Christianity goes wrong is by teaching that Jesus was no mere philosopher, but that he was divine. Since none of the gospel writers ever even met Jesus (the earliest gospel was written about 40 years after Christ died),  it is very possible that Jesus never claimed to be the son of God. Perhaps he preached that we are all God’s children, which would mean that he was, indeed, the Son of God, but only on the level of every human being.

Many of the stories in the Gospels seem to be plagiarized from the Egyptian god, Horus. Let me point out some of the similarities.

Horus

Horus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Corcovado jesus

Corcovado jesus (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

Horus vs. Jesus

  • Jesus’ mother Mary is a virgin in two of the Gospels. Horus’ mother was also a virgin.
  • There is no historical evidence that suggests Herod slaughtered the infants, but it is in the Bible. Ironically, Horus’ mother fled to the Nile Delta (Mary and Joseph fled to Egypt) because she feared her brother would kill her son out of jealousy.
  • Horus was known as Har-pa-Neb-Taui (Horus Lord of the Two Lands). Jesus was the Lord of Heaven, and the creator of Earth…
  • Horus became his own father, kind of like the trinity.
  • Horus resurrected Azra from the dead, coincidentally, Azra translates to Lazarus.

 

Philosophy

Considering the circumstances in which Jesus resembles other gods before him, I think it is fair to say that Christianity would be better of if Jesus was not divine at all. When was the last time someone flew a plane into a tower for Plato, Socrates, or Aristotle? I do not argue that Christian values are perverse, but rather that they should be incorporated into one’s life without fear or promise of reward. To me it seems tragic that so many “Christians” worship God, who they believe to be, by definition, love, more than they they show love in their everyday lives.

All information on Horus was received from: http://www.crystalinks.com/horus.html

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12 Responses to The Philosophy of Jesus

  1. Eric Field says:

    I like the post. I think the world would be a better place if more Christians lived a Christ-like life, instead of arguing about the in-erency of Bible.

  2. Chris says:

    Hi Ethan, so what makes you think that because the Gospels were written by people that didn’t know Jesus? Yes they were written about 40 years after His death, but they were written by either Apostles or people that knew Him, and they got even more info from other people that had known Him. How else would they get all of their stories AND they all are consistent? Take care man.

    • Ethan Hill says:

      They were not written by any of the Apostles. I just explained how they would have gotten their stories… How are they consistent? When someone is born of a virgin, usually that is something you do not leave out. I am not arguing that the gospels set a bad example for life, rather that the teachings of Jesus should be philosophical and not dogmatic.

      • Chris says:

        How can you right now 2000 years later know better than the Church who wrote the Gospels? These men and women, the early Christians, DIED for the faith. I don’t think they would let something as critical as who wrote down the Gospels go unnoticed. The Apostles themselves were all Martyrs. This isn’t just fun and games, this is something that they died for, and they would have made sure that it was correct. PLUS, why would anyone want to write a Gospel otherwise? If they got caught they would have been killed..

        Jesus Himeself disagrees with you.
        John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
        John 8:28 “I do nothing on my own, but I say only what the Father taught me.”
        John 8:51 “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.”
        John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

        Ethan I would highly suggest you crack open a bible and get more familiar with Jesus. He didn’t claim to be a mere philosopher. He claimed to be God. Mark 14:62 “I am; and ‘you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power and coming with the clouds of heaven.’ “

      • Ethan Hill says:

        I said, these were written 40 years after he died. in those 40 years any tales could be exaggerated from one orator to the next. Muslims die for their faith too, my friend. Who does the Church say wrote the Gospels? please send a link so I can apologize for being proven wrong on who the church teaches wrote the gospels. John was not a martyr, by the way. I know what the Gospels SAY I am arguing as to whether or not they are accurate portrayals of Jesus Christ.

  3. Chris says:

    The Church holds that Sts. Matthew Mark Luke and John wrote each respective Gospel, or at least most of them. Read this here, it’s pretty good: http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=6976

    Nice catch on John not being a martyr! You must know a thing or two. But did you know that he is still considered a martyr? This is because he was about to be martyred but God saved him. I believe this makes sense as St. John was the only Apostle that didn’t abandon Jesus at the cross.

    Now I see where you’re coming from. Hmm. Well if they aren’t accurate portrayals of Jesus, where else would we go to find out? We know based off of secular sources that Jesus sounds a heck of a lot like the Jesus of the Gospels, check out my blogpost on that: http://thoughtsfromacatholic.wordpress.com/2012/03/07/who-is-jesus/

  4. Nate says:

    Hi Chris,

    Even if the names on the gospels were accurate, Mark never knew Jesus, nor did Luke. They were associates of Paul. Matthew and Luke both seem to use Mark as a source (why would Matthew need a source?), and John is quite different from the other three. There are internal inconsistencies that call the accounts into question. And it’s commonly held that all 4 gospels were written anonymously; the names were only attributed later.

    I’d recommend checking out either Misquoting Jesus or Jesus, Interrupted by Bart Ehrman. Both are easy to find and easy to read. Then I’d follow it up with an apologetic book that tries to respond to Ehrman. You may be surprised what even Christian scholars think about the Bible.

    Best wishes in your search.

  5. tobeforgiven says:

    I would caution you against saying you only have one source. Especially if this source goes unchecked. I believe if you are looking for academically sound references, please don’t use ones you have found on other people’s blogs. This one has popped up several times this week. Ill give you a hind why, read the about page: http://www.crystalinks.com/bio.html
    Perhaps it would be better to get your info from a historian rather than a psychic. Just a warning, especially as you enter university and the academic world. If this were a scholarly article it would have been tossed out for use of that kind of citation.

    In regards to this “fact”, I would encourage you to study up on horus, alone. You will find that the picture of horus that matches Jesus is actually a compilation of several different God’s, all with the same characteristics of Horus, that have been give the same name. There are a good many versions of Horus. They pick and choose bits from each to make it look like the one character, Horus, resembles Jesus.

    Also, in your last paragraph you seem to be heading into the territory of saying that the religious are more prone to acts such as this, because they are religious. Please do not go down this line of thinking until you study up on your 20th century Asian and European history, especially the history of those Communist (and Atheist) nations. You will find that people commit evil acts for a wide range of reasons, not just because of the devine will.

    I’d also encourage you to read up on the Jesus Seminars I completely disagree with the theologically (as they limit Christ to a man) but historically you might find them interesting. Also, though I have no read it, Bart Eherman’s new book on the identity of Christ may also be of some help. (Again I disagree with his theology).

    Then ask, why would some be true and others not?

    Also what does it mean that scriptures should be taken philosophical, and who decides what is and is not of philosophical relevance from scriptures?

    To the other commentator, I would challenge you not to argue with someone struggling or having lost their faith by telling them to believe because the Church, believes. (perhaps that is what is meant by dogma.) What the church thinks is largely irrelevant, but what is true, based on the scriptures, and the spirit’s work in individuals is what is relevant.

  6. Yes, there are about 16 “crucified saviors” throughout history. A good book that discusses the matter is “The World’s Sixteen Crucified Saviors” by Kersey Graves. It is quite arrogant of christians to believe that they have cornered the market on salvation, when the proof is easily obtained. That is, of course, if one has the intellectual drive to seek it. Living life in blindness by only accepting the bible as sacred which, by the way, is an incomplete work of literature that was written by humans (men) , edited by humans (men) , and approved by the Nicean Council of men.

    There are many paths that lead to spriitual enlightenment, and, for those who are wise enough to explore the various sacred texts that are at their disposal, there is a better understanding of the world in which they live in.

    Whether you are an atheist, agnostic, christian, hindu, muslim, jew, etc. YOU are in control of your own destiny. You have a brain that will guide you through your journey… if you feed it, nurture, it, expand it, and open it.

  7. Pogue Mahone says:

    I think there are similarities in many religions as well as some truth to be found in most of them.It’s interesting if you look how many similar things they share as opposed to the differences and in many faiths we worship the same God, just in different ways.

  8. I don’t know how you got the idea that Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John did not know Jesus, but putting that aside, if you strip Jesus of his Godhood you make him a mere man, and I have found Christianity lifts me into a realm of the “supernatural” no mere man could have produced. I practice the supernatural daily, and life without it would be so much “less”. Wouldn’t change it for the world!

  9. I might add, the Jews were reknown for keeping accurate records and also great memorizers. They would memorize the first five books of the Bible. The Gospels vary a little because they are written by different people and are not meant to be just a repeat of someone else’s words. But all that aside, no Book tells you how this universe is designed to work, like the Bible does. When you understand how the Designer designed it, you begin to be able to “prove” if this works or not. Surely you see the “Mark of the Beast” coming. What the Bible says: “Happens”! Just try to stop it and see how far you get. I’ve accomplished many things people said could not be done, simply because I knew how to work the system, and I learned it all from my Bible. For me, the proof is in the pudding. No one can tell me it don’t work, I already tested it ten ways from sun up. (And more!) But you gotta do it the way it says to do it. Most people never study enough to know.

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