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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Horus and Jesus: Are They The Same Man?

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No other book in the history of mankind has produced as much uproar and intrigue as the Holy Bible. For hundreds of years, the Bible has been believed and proclaimed to be the Word of God. While the people who wrote the books that collectively makeup what we now know as the Holy Bible are definitely mortal, it has been said that these humans were guided by "divine inspiration."

And their words chronicle the life of Jesus Christ, the Messiah who came to save humans from eternal damnation. The books of Matthew and Luke, both in the New Testament, describe the birth of this holy child--born to a virgin mother, in the stables of an inn, to sacrifice himself for the salvation of mankind.

But long before the writings of the Holy Bible, there already existed religions and different forms of worship towards a vast number of deities. This knowledge has come to light after finding artifacts and other forms of evidence in tombs and ruins, all predating the Christian Era. Of particular interest is the story of the Egyptian god named Horus, whose life is often compared with the story of Jesus.

Horus, as a multi-faceted god of ancient Egyptian lore, is known for being called "Shed," meaning 'savior.' His mother, the goddess Isis, was informed of her pregnancy through the appearance of a divine spirit. And when she gave birth to Horus, it was in a cave, in the midst of animals.

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The Eastern morning star--known as Sirius--guided the three Egyptian deities of the Sun to him so that they could pay their respects. And the god's birth was estimated to have taken place around the winter solstice--between the 21st and 26th of December.

In their entirety, the stories of Jesus and Horus have quite a few significant differences. But the fact that there are also significant similarities nevertheless remains. Countless arguments have sprung from critics on both sides, and countless more would surely arise as people continue to compare the two.

But at the end of the day, there's one clear fact we can derive from this--the fact that long before Jesus, the story of a savior to mankind has already been told. And a question to ponder--is the Holy Bible the product of divine inspiration or an interesting rendition of an ancient religion? We may never know.

Written by Kent McGrath, Lucis Philippines contributor.

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