One of the great mysteries about Jesus Christ is whether he existed at all. Put aside questions of whether or not Jesus was the son of God, or even God Himself, and let’s confront the other looming question: Was Jesus Christ a historical figure who lived in ancient times, or is he a composite of many folkloric heroes throughout history and therefore never actually lived? Many scholars and religious people have grueling debates over this question, and have come up with detailed arguments in support of their claims.

Whether I agree or not, I find it very interesting to research the evidence on all sides of the argument. Below is one writer’s very in-depth interpretation of the question…

Was Jesus the reincarnation or re-invention of Mithras?
by Rudolph Boshoff

Currently from all different spheres of influence (the new atheist’s; Jesus scholars as well as he National Geographic Channel) we are experiencing a lot of ludicrous attempts to discredit the historical fact and the liable scriptural evidence of who Jesus Christ really was (and is.) Numerous attempts have been made to bring similarities between Christ and Mithras, Simon Magus and Apollonius of Tyana. The Apostles and early writers of the New Testament have been accused of Syncretism or a rampant plagiarism of old folk stories and religious qualms. One of the recent attacks from eminent theologians denies the legitimacy of Christ and the Gospel claims by using resources which is historical in context but also partial in their explanation. These sources are ancient folk lore and abridged stories to which they long to draw parallels to the historicity of Christ so they can declare Him superfluous and even unrealistic…

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