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Parallels between the stories of
Jesus and Osiris-Dionysus

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Dionysus, a Greek God, and Osiris, an Egyptian God were viewed as mythical characters. Osiris may have been the first god-man. His story has been found recorded in pyramid texts which were written prior to 2,500 BCE. These and other saviors were truly interchangeable. Coins have been found with Dionysus on one side and Mithras on the other. A person who was initiated into one of the mysteries had no difficulty switching to another Pagan mystery religion.

In the 3rd century CE, these god-men were referred to by the composite name "Osiris-Dionysus." Authors Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy have used this term in their book "The Jesus Mysteries." 1  

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Life events shared by Osiris, Dionysus and Jesus

The following stories appear both in the Gospels and in the myths of many of the god-men:
bulletGod was his father. This was believed to be literally true in the case of Osiris-Dionysus; their God came to earth and engaged in sexual intercourse with a human. The father of Jesus is God in the form of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:18).
bulletA human woman, a virgin, was his mother.
bulletHe was born in a cave or cowshed. Luke 2:7 mentions that Jesus was placed in a manger - an eating trough for animals. One early Christian tradition said that the manger was in a cave.
bulletHis birth was prophesized by a star in the heavens.
bulletAt a marriage ceremony, he performed the miracle of converting water into wine.
bulletHe was powerless to perform miracles in his home town.
bulletHis followers were born-again through baptism in water.
bulletHe rode triumphantly into a city on a donkey. Tradition records that the inhabitants waved palm leaves.
bulletHe had 12 disciples.
bulletHe was accused of licentious behavior.
bulletExecution, resurrection, etc:
bulletHe was killed near the time of the Vernal Equinox, about MAR-21.
bulletHe died "as a sacrifice for the sins of the world." 1
bulletHe was hung on a tree, stake, or cross. 
bulletAfter death, he descended into hell.
bulletOn the third day after his death, he returned to life.
bulletThe cave where he was laid was visited by three of his female followers
bulletHe later ascended to heaven.
bulletHis titles:
bulletGod made flesh.
bulletSavior of the world.
bulletSon of God.
bulletBeliefs about the God-man:
bulletHe is "God made man," and equal to the Father.
bulletHe will return in the last days.
bulletHe will judge the human race at that time.
bulletHumans are separated from God by original sin. The god-man's sacrificial death reunites the believer with God and atones for the original sin.

All of the Pagan myths had been circulating for centuries before Jesus birth (circa 4 to 7 BCE). It is obvious that if any copying occurred, it was the followers of Jesus incorporating into his biography the myths and legends of Osiris-Dionysus, not vice-versa.

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  1. Timothy Freke & Peter Gandy, "The Jesus Mysteries: Was the 'original Jesus' a Pagan god?" Acacia Press, (1999). Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store

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Copyright © 1999 to 2004 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance.
Originally written: 1999-NOV-14
Latest update: 2004-OCT-30
Author: B.A. Robinson

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