Is the Life and Story of Jesus Just a Version of Past Pagan Gods?

From Issue: Discovery 12/1/2008

Dear Steven,

Some people say that Jesus is just one of many characters in the past who falsely claimed to be Lord. Atheists, for example, believe that religion came about purely naturally, with no help from any real Christ. So, they would like for us to believe that Jesus did not come from heaven and is nothing special.

There are some similarities between Jesus and His teachings, and earlier personalities and their teachings. Some resemblances happened because God made people to be generally religious, and to have a sense of right and wrong. Other similarities happened probably because pagan people heard God’s prophets, such as Jonah. Still, Jesus is completely unique because He is a historical—not merely mythical—person. Also, Jesus taught many original things. We can be sure that Jesus really is the only Son of God (John 3:16; 1 Timothy 6:15). For more information about this topic, check out our book, Behold! The Lamb of God. 


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