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On the Virgin Birth:

Liberal Christian theologians, Agnostics, Atheists, Humanists, etc. tend to approach passages in the Bible differently than do conservative Christians. Liberal theologians do not generally view the Bible as inerrant; rather they view the Christian Scriptures (New Testament) as a historical document, written by creative authors whose main task was to promote the specific beliefs of their own faith group within the Christian movement. Liberals study verses in the light of non-Biblical Jewish and Christian writings, the culture of the time, the beliefs of nearby Pagan societies, the evolving beliefs of the various Jesus movements, etc. Most liberal theologians do not believe in the doctrine of the virgin birth.

Skepticism about the virgin birth is not a recent development, as evidenced by a 1823 quote by Thomas Jefferson:

"The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus by the Supreme Being as his father, in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter." 9

See: http://www.religioustolerance.org/virgin_b1.htm

A Christian online Bible Encyclopedia

The ChristianAnswers® WebBible™ Encyclopedia is a treasure trove of valuable and quickly-accessible biblical facts. / Over 4,100 articles and definitions (and growing) / Includes over 96-thousand convenient, cross-reference hyperlinks to the Bible, definitions, meanings of words, and answers from biblical experts!

Slinger. Click to learn more.SAMPLE ARTICLE: Slings and stones in the Bible. Scripture indicates these were important and deadly military weapons. Has modern archaeology shed light on this part of the ancient arsenal? [ Read article ]

This encyclopedia is a continuing work in progress. More cross-references, words, illustrations, updates and other improvements are continually being added.  See: http://www.christiananswers.net/dictionary/home.html

A list of Biblical contradictions:

[Editor's note: Not everyone will agree that all of the listed "contradictions" are, in fact, contradictions. It is therefore up to the reader to use his/her own intelligence and decide for himself/herself what s/he can and will accept as a contradiction. In other words, you need not agree with what Meritt sees as a problem or contradiction. It should be kept in mind, however, that a perfect, omnipotent, and omniscient god would reasonably be expected to have done a better job of it than the Bible had such a god inspired a book. In any case, lists such as this can be useful in serving as a springboard for further study. For more, see also: Biblical Errancy and Biblical Criticism.] See: http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/jim_meritt/bible-contradictions.html

Why did Jesus have to Die?

Question: “As I debate Christian theology with my Muslim friends, the issue of the cross and the atonement always seems to be a sticking point.  From their perspective they ask, ‘Why can’t Allah just unilaterally forgive my sins and cut out the middle man?’  So the question is, ‘Why did Jesus have to die?” See: http://joequatronejr.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/why-did-jesus-have-to-die-3/

Osirus and the Resurrection

Just as Christ's Resurrection holds the promise of eternal life for all Christians, OsirisResurrection means the same for Egyptians. Mummies, often called an ‘Osiris,’ were commonly accompanied by miniature models of Osiris to symbolise and confirm this promise. Sometimes these Osiris models were filled with grain to symbolise resurrection, just as wheat and bread is a recurrent symbol of Christ’s Resurrection and the promise of resurrection for all in Christianity.

There were several saviour gods around the Mediterranean in ancient times and resurrection was also a favourite mythical element. These two themes often went together. Osiris was probably the earliest example of both the saviour and resurrection themes and parts of his story appear to have been copied by other myths, other faiths. See:  http://www.factsbehindfaith.com/Osiris-and-Resurrection.html

Zoroastrian Holy Book: The Zend-Avesta. This is a link to the Book of Zoroaster; the Vendidad. Read it as you would the Bible.

This text was originally written sometime around 1300 to 1100 BCE coinciding with the new Avestan language and the concept of the Aryan or "pure/holy ones".  The Lord God = Ahura Mazda (God is used throughout text for consistency)  

1. The Lord God spoke unto Spitama Zoroaster, saying: I have made every land dear to its people, even though it had no charms whatever in it: had I not made every land dear to its people,even though it had no charms whatever in it, then the whole living world would have invaded the Airyana Vaeja.... For the rest see:  http://one-faith-of-god.org/old_testament/sources/zoroaster/zoroaster_0010.htm

 

The Horus-Jesus connection:

"In this picture we have the Annunciation, the Conception, the Birth, and the Adoration, as described in the First and Second Chapters of Luke's Gospel; and as we have historical assurance that the chapters in Matthew's Gospel which contain the Miraculous Birth of Jesus are an after addition not in the earliest manuscripts, it seems probable that these two poetical chapters in Luke may also be unhistorical, and be borrowed from the Egyptian accounts of the miraculous birth of their kings."

Dr. Samuel C. Sharpe, Egyptian Mythology and Egyptian Christianity (p. 19)

In the temple of Amun at the site of Luxor in Egypt appears a series of scenes depicting the divine birth of the king/pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty (c. 1570-1293 BCE), Amenhotep/Amenhotpe or Amenophis III, who reigned during the 14th century BCE (c. 1390-c. 1352 BCE). The Luxor nativity imagery represents a significant artifact demonstrating important pre-Christian religious motifs evidently incorporated into Christianity. Because of its appearance in the internet movie "ZEITGEIST, Part 1," millions of people have now seen this image and become interested in this subject. In my book Christ in Egypt: The Horus-Jesus Connection, I examine this birth scene in the Luxor temple in detail, in over 30 pages. This present article is adapted from the extensive analysis in CIE and also serves as a response to a critical article by historian Richard Carrier concerning the Egyptian nativity scenes.

In my book The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold (pp. 115-116), which raises up numerous comparisons between the Christian and Pagan religions, I included the following description of the above engraving of some of the scenes from the Luxor birth cycle:

Furthermore, inscribed about 3,500 years ago on the walls of the Temple at Luxor. See: http://www.stellarhousepublishing.com/luxor.html

Ancient " sungod religions, Christianity and the Zodiac:

This YouTube video gives evidence of an astrological connection of various ancient based faiths; including Christianity. Many shared stories of "virgin birth" "death" " 3 day resurrection" "born again" "3 wise men visitation" " 12 desciples" etc.