Salvation and the old paganisms ,,,The Inheritance of the sin
Salvation and the old paganisms
A question presents it self, where did Paul get this belief? Is it from his won creativity or from old resources? If so, what were those resources? To what extent did Paul benefit from them?In his celebrated book “Paganism in Christianity”, the scholar Mohammed Taher At Tenneer gave the answers for these questions and others. We will quote many of the similarities between Christianity and paganism.
The Inheritance of the sin
The idea of sin inheritance is known in Jewish beliefs long ago before Christianity; it was mentioned in many passages that talked about it and assured it. “You show steadfast love to thousands, but you repay the guilt of fathers to their children after them, O great and mighty God, whose name is the LORD of hosts.” (Jeremiah 32:18)Also in the book of Deuteronomy “No one born of a forbidden union may enter the assembly of the LORD. Even to the tenth generation.” (Deuteronomy 23:2)”The LORD is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but he will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, to the third and the fourth generation.” (Numbers 14:18)”Keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.”(Exodus 34:7)This is what they relate to David “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.” (Psalms 51:5)Jeremiah mentioned the complaint of the people of Israel about this injustice (See Jeremiah 16:10-13)The prophet Ezekiel – as mentioned in his book – discussed with the people of Israel the matter of the sin inheritance. “Yet you say, ‘Why should not the son suffer for the iniquity of the father? The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.” (Ezekiel 18:19-20)These passages mentioned sin inheritance, but none of them mentioned Adam’s sin, of which Christians cling. The origin of this idea is from the Jewish beliefs, where Paul was raised then he passed it to Christianity through his letters.Where did the Jews get the idea of sin inheritance? Is it from their creativity, or they took from others?The truth is that this idea was taken from the paganism, which was near to the Jews and where this belief was known. This what the Holy Bible criticized, “and they followed the nations that were around them, concerning whom the LORD had commanded them that they should not do like them. Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel and removed them out of his sight.” (Kings (2) 17:15-18).Among the oldest believers in sin inheritance are the pagan Indians. The historian Horinor Williams quoted from their prayers, “I am a sinner, evil is my nature, my mother passed the sin to me. Save me! You are the savior of the sinners, you are waiver of sins and guilt.”The idea of the savior in paganismThe idea of the savior, which saves his people, was known in paganism long ago before Christianity. The old nations sacrificed a beloved child to please heaven, then salvation became by killing a criminal. For the Babylonian the victim wore royal cloths to be like the son of the king, and then he was whipped and hanged.The Jews have a day for atonement, in which the Rabbi puts his hand on a live young goat and confesses of the sins of the people of Israel, and when he carries the sins, the Rabbi would release it.The Jews give a special importance to the first born, as the Torah says, “Consecrate to me all the firstborn. Whatever is the first to open the womb among the people of Israel, both of man and of beast, is mine.” (Exodus 13:2), Jesus is the first born of creations, and he is more suitable to be sacrificed!The death of the savior GodThe idea of God’s death is a pagan Greek belief, as the Greek believed of some gods’ death. However, the Greek kept other gods to lead the world, while Christians did not keep any god after their god died. Those who believed that Jesus is God did not tell us who was leading and monitoring the world the days when the God died; the three days, he spent in the grave.Salvation by one of the gods or the son of god is also known in paganism. In his book “The Truth Rock”, Sir Arthur Findlay mentioned that there were sixteen people, whom the nations considered as gods helped in saving them.Among them: AUZORIS in Egypt 1700 B.C, BAL in Babylon 1200 B.C, ANIS in FERGIA 1170 B.C, NAMOS in Syria 1160 B.C, DIOS FIOS in Greece 1100 B.C, Krishna in India 1000 B.C, ANDRA in TIBT 725 B.C, Buddha in China 560 B.C, BROMTHIOS in Greece 547 B.C, MITRAS in Persia 400 B.C.”After intensive study to the pagan beliefs, we find big similarities between them and those of Christians about Jesus the savior.Buddha, the savior for the Indians and the Chinese, might be the most similar to the savior in Christianity. The reason of this similarity might be that Jesus came late so Christians had limited time to improve that belief.Buddhists – According to historians -, call Buddha the Christ the only child and the world savior. They say, he is a perfect human and a perfect god had incarnated as a human, he sacrificed himself to save humans from their sins, so that they will not be punished.One of the Buddhist songs about Buddha says, “You suffered from insults, prison and death patiently to bring happiness to the people. You forgave those who have done wrong onto you.In his book “The History of the Sanskrit Literature”, Max Muller said, “The Buddhist claim that Buddha said: let the sins of the world fall upon me for the world to be saved”The Buddhists believe that humans are evils by their nature; there is no way to reform them except by a savior.The Egyptians considered Azores as god. In his book “The Egyptians Creed”, the historian Bonwick said, “Egyptians considered Azores as a savior, he was insulted and killed because of his hard work to do the right things and fight the sins.In his book, “The myths of the Torah and the Gospel and other Similar Religions”, the scholar Dawn agreed with him.Historians mentioned that the Egyptians believed that their savior resurrected after death; and he will be the judge of the dead on the Day of Judgment. They mentioned in their myths that Azores was a rightful judge; his brother mocked him, killed him and distributed his body parts to the cities of Egypt. Then his widow, Uzis, went and collected his parts while she was crying. Then a light came from the sky, which brought the parts of the dead body together, and he went up to the sky to hold the scale of mercy and justice”The Indians considered their god ‘Krishna’ their savior as well. Priest George cocas said, “They describe Krishna as a submissive hero and filled with divinity, because he sacrificed himself” and they think no one could do what he has done.In his book, “The myths of the Torah and the Gospel and other Similar Religions”, the scholar Dawn said, “Indians believe that Krishna, is the first born, and he is the god Vishnu himself, whom- according to them- has no beginning nor end, moved to save the earth from its carriage, he saved human by sacrificing him self”. The same mentioned by the scholar Hook.Indians mention many ways of Krishna’s death, the most important, that he died hanged on a tree. Their books describe him crucified with a crown of gold on his head. Dawn said, “Believing in salvation by presenting one of the gods as a sacrifice is an old belief for Indians and the pagans. The people of Nepal, also, believed the same of their god Andhra; they describe him crucified with nails’ holes in his body to save humans from their sins, as the historian Hagen described that in his book “Anglo Sickness”Mentioning these examples is enough, where some people believed of killing their gods as sacrifice, which are many in paganism. We conclude by Pelican Challis’ saying, “There is a strange similarity between Christianity and other ancient religions. Jesus was born from a virgin and so was Persia from Dana. He was saved by miracle from his enemies just like Dionysus and Horus. He died then rose from the dead like Azores, Adonis, or Dionysus Zagros, in the beginning of spring like Ates and Tamouz. We find similar pictures of his torture in Babylon. He is worshiped as a savior like Mithra.. It is possible that some Christians will be embarrassed if they knew these similarities. If they know how narrow-minded they are for believing that, their religion is unique. While those who are broad-minded may be happy to know that their religion is a result of copying very old ideas.”The Bloodshed as a way of atonementPaul did not take from paganism the idea of the savior only; he also mentioned Jesus’ bloodshed.He said, “Whom God put forward as propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.” (Romans 3:25),”Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood.” (Romans 5:9)”The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ?” (Corinthians (1) 10:16)”In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses.” (Ephesians 1:7),”For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.” (Corinthians (1) 5:7)We find many like these passages in Paul’s epistles. Indeed, it is a strange idea; for, Jesus (PBUH) was not slaughtered. The Gospels mention that he was crucified, not slaughtered. Death by crucifixion does not shed blood. The Gospels do not mention that he shed blood, except for what John said, and it was after Jesus’ death. “But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water.” (John 19:23-34), and it is not slaughtering any way.The researcher Wills said, “We have to remember that death by crucifixion does not shed blood more than what hanging does. Describing Jesus as whose blood was shed for humanity is actually a sentence that too far from accuracy.Saying that the only way to please Allah (S.W.) is by shedding blood of a sacrifice is an old idea of Jews and the pagan before them. We see that clear in the Torah. “Then Noah built an altar to the LORD…and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And when the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, the LORD said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man.” (Genesis 8:20-21)David (PBUH) did the same, “And David built there an altar to the LORD and presented burnt offerings and peace offerings and called on the LORD, and the LORD answered him with fire from heaven upon the altar of burnt offering.” (Chronicles (1) 21:26)Thus, we see the Jewish idea of God is that he is full of the smell of blood. It describes God as angry and cannot be satisfied except by the smell of blood and burns, and only then, he will be pleased with his people. Arthur Weigal said, “We cannot accept this scary theological idea any more, which for unknown reasons needed a voluntary sacrifice; it contradicts with what we believe of God, that he is the most powerful or the most loving.”Kamel Saafan believes that “The idea of shedding Jesus’ blood is taken from Mithraism; as they used to sacrifice a calf, take its blood and put it on the sinner to be born again after the calf blood flow on him.”Gods’ descending to hell to save the deadAgain, Christians’ beliefs liken those of paganism, when Christians claimed that Jesus descended to hell to save the suffering dead people from punishment. In the book of Acts, Peter said, “he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades , nor did his flesh see corruption.” (Acts 2:31) Peter, in his epistle, also said about Jesus, “in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison.” (Peter (1) 3:19)This strange idea became a Christian creed and saint Christum (347 C.E.) mentioned its importance. He said, “No one denies Jesus’ descending to hell except an atheist.”Saint KLIMNDOS said, “Jesus preached the Gospel to the people of the hell, as he preached it to those on earth, to believe in him and have salvation”, and the same was mentioned by Origin and other Christians saints.This belief is an old pagan belief mentioned by those who worshiped Krishna. They believed of his descending to hell to save those who are in prison; those who worshiped Zoroaster, Adonis, Hercules, Mercury, Koltz, and others, also mentioned it.When Christians arrived to America, they found many religions. The priests started preaching Christianity to those nations. After studying those religions, they were surprised to find that there are many similarities between them and Christianity, especially what concerned the matters of sin and salvation.How do Christians explain the similarity between their beliefs and other old pagan religions, which made Christianity an altered copy from those religions?Father James Todd, the lecturer in Oxford University, said, “It is a divine secret, above human’s mind. It is impossible to explain it according to the way humans think.”Allah (S.W.), the Almighty is right. He (S.W.) told that what Christians say is similar to those of the old nations, and a copy from their bad ideas. “That is a saying from their mouth; (in this) they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. Allah’s curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth!” (At Tawba: 30), and this is what Allah (S.W.) has warned them from falling into.“Say: “O people of the Book! exceed not in your religion the bounds (of what is proper), trespassing beyond the truth, nor follow the vain desires of people who went wrong in times gone by,- who misled many, and strayed (themselves) from the even way.”
(Al Ma’ida : 77)