he story of a man who wasborn of a virgin, died and wasresurrected occurred even indates before the birth of Jesus Christ.For instance, written in 1280 BC, theEgyptian book of the Dead describesa god,
, he is the son of thegod Osiris, born to a virgin mother,died and resurrected.
whowas in India at least 1000 years BC,was a carpenter, was born of a virgin,died and resurrected. The Persiangod
, 600 years beforeChrist was born on December 25th,was known as the savior of theworld.So, was Jesus Christ a copycat of theones who preceded him long ago?Like them there are stories in allover the world, all of them have ashared origin in one event whichtook place about a hundred yearsafter the Deluge (aprox. 2349 BC).See
Gen. chapters 10 and 11.
, descendant of Cush, son of Ham, rebelled against God declaringhimself god, led the construction of the Babel Tower as his center of adoration. God decided to stop hisproject by confounding their languageNimrod established the cult to him-self as the god Sun and proclaimedSemiramis, his wife, as mother god-dess, Queen of Heaven. After Nim-rod was assassinated, Semiramis
conceived “miraculously” a son who
was named Tammuz, who was toldto be Nimrod himself. After Tammuzwas assassinated and rose again tolife as a tree, Semiramis establishedInshtar on December 25th to cele-brate the rebirth of the god sun, withgifts, decorated trees, sweet bread,and painted eggs.After all people were scattered overthe surface of the earth they took with them all the cult to the god sun,the virgin mother holding the child inher arms, the savior of the world.This was the stratagem of the devil todeceive all people making them tobelieve that Jesus Christ is not theSon of God but just an impostor.
(from The Prehistory according to Jesus)
proclaim them to all the world?
In “The Unique person and work of Jesus Christ” redacted by the Re-
formed Ecumenical Council (REC)we find and important declarationwhich can help Christians as testimo-ny and guide.
1. Jesus Christ is outstanding asunique Savior and Reconciler.
Neither is there salvation in any other:for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we
must be saved.”
2. Jesus Christ is outstanding aspeacemaker between races,tribes and nations.
“But now in Christ Jesus ye who some-
times were far off are made nigh by theblood of Christ. For he is our peace, whohath made both one, and hath brokendown the middle wall of partition be-tween us; Having abolished in his fleshthe enmity, even the law of command-ments contained in ordinances; for tomake in himself of twain one new man,so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity there-
3. Jesus is outstanding as master,and of revelation of truth and justice.
“Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know
not whither thou goest; and how can weknow the way? Jesus saith unto him, Iam the way, the truth, and the life: noman cometh unto the Father, but by
4. Jesus is outstanding as uniqueconqueror over Satan and sin.
“And he said unto them, Go ye, and
tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils,and I do cures to day and to mor-row, and the third
I shall be
Luk. 13:325. Jesus Christ is outstandingbecause he is the only one Beingthat offers resurrection andeternal life.
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrec-
tion, and the life: he that believeth inme, though he were dead, yet shall helive: And whosoever liveth and believethin me shall never die. Believest thou this?
(adapted from Go and Make Disciples! AnIntroduction to Christian missions)
owever who is this Jesus?Is Jesus Christ unique,definitive, absolute, univer-sal? Is the only Savior and Redeemerof the world? Is He God, and theonly begotten Son of God? Or Hewas just one human being more, apartner in the pursuit of the truthand the life, maybe an example tofollow? Maybe, at least, He was areligious genius, worth to be togeth-er with or superior to Buda, Zoroas-ter, Mohammed, Lao-tse, Confucius,Krishna, etc.?Is Christianity the absolute and ulti-mate religion or it is just one more, asister of the other religions, each oneelaborated and adapted to the uniqueethnic character that produced it?Has Christianity the mission of con-quer all the world or it has to beadapted, adjusted and come togetherwith other religions? It has toacknowledge its essential unity withregard to the fundamental conceptsand ideas, and come to an agreementwith other non-Christian philoso-phies?What we mean when we speak aboutthe finality of Jesus Christ? Have weright to make this declarations and
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Neither is theresalvation in any other: for there isnone other nameunder heaven[Jesus Christ] given among men,whereby we must
“I am the Resurrectionand the Life”
Semiramis and her sonTammuz, the first
“mother of God holding
in her arms the god
savior child” long ago
before the cult to thevirgin Mary. (Jer. 7:18)