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Christ's Resuurection Is Copied
From Mythical Stories
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Yes, many pagan religions (based on myth) include a resurrection story. In fact, the Bible -- including the Old Testament -- includes many resurrections. But therer is a difference.

Most of the resurrection stories in ancient mythology involve gods who died at the end of the growing season and were then resurrected when the new growing season started. In order to encourage the god to return to start the new growing season, believers often prayed and made sacrifices to the god. The pagan god Attis is often identified

We should note the following:

<> No one ever actually saw Attis or any pagan in person. No one saw them before they died each year. No one saw them after they returned each year.

<> Prayer and sacrifices are needed to entice the god to return each year.

<> The god did not have any purpose in dying. It usually happened as a result of suicide (Attis killed himself, foe example), personal conflict or war.

<> Nowhere (except in Christianity), in either mythology or in any other religions, has there been a resurrection of a real person whom people lived with and interacted with before their death, and with whom they could touch, speak and interact with after the resurrection.

The life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ

Jesus was a real person with whom people of his time spoke with, ate with, touched and interacted with. He had family, brothers, sisters, friends and aquaintenances.

Jesus was crucified in front of many witnesses. He was stabbed in the chest with a Roman spear to ensure he was dead before he was taken down off the cross. People handled his body, preparing him for burial. There was no doubt he was dead. And he was buried in a tomb.

On the third day Jesus was resurrected by God. No prayers were needed. No sacrifices were made. The historical facts are that his followers thought he was permanently dead. Their leader had been crucified and was gone. Jesus was not the messiah. It was time to go home and try to pick up the lives they had abandoned to follow Christ.

But Jesus surprised them by entering a locked room where they were having a meeting. Jesus really was bodily resurrected. He was not a spirit. They could touch him. The could talk with him. In a subsequent meeting Thomas even put his hand into the hole left by the Roman spear. And the resurrected Jesus not only met with the disciples, he even spoke with a crowd of over 500 people. Following Jesus' resurrection he talked with people, ate with them and people could touch him. He was real.

Jesus died for a reason. He gave his life for us, to solve the problem of sin so that we might be saved. No pagan god ever died to benefit all mankind. (The mythical gods were all rather self-centered.) No founder of any other religion has given his life to benefit all mankind.

The birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is unique. No man-created god (mythical gods), nor man created religion has ever conceived of anyone like the Son of God -- Jesus Christ.