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Mary Schillinger wrote:

Hi, guys —

This is my first time asking a question and I really hope you can help me.

I recently had a discussion with someone trying to convince me that Jesus and His whole story was simply stolen from the Egyptian god horus' story a long with some other Indian god's story.

They told me I should believe the facts rather than a religion based on simple belief. They said that horus:

  • was born of a virgin
  • had 12 disciples, and
  • died from crucifixion.

  • How do I respond to this?

Thank you for your time.

Mary S.

  { How do I respond to the claim that the story of Jesus was stolen from Egyptian and Indian gods? }

Paul replied:

Dear Mary,

Jesus was a historical person and so were His Apostles. Non-religious historians recognize this, and even Muslims, who do not believe Jesus is divine, believe He was miraculously conceived in the Virgin Mary.

I'm not familiar with the Egyptian story you speak of but there are various stories that can be found in mythologies throughout the pre-Christian pagan world that reflect what God would do in Jesus with the Incarnation and Resurrection.

These can be seen as prefigurements or foreshadowings of the real thing, perhaps the way that God was preparing the sinful world for its Savior, Jesus Christ.

Peace,

Paul

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