As the story of Jesus goes, he was born on December 25 through immaculate conception, could turn water into wine, walk on water, was betrayed by one of his 12 followers, and then crucified, died and subsequently resurrected three days later.
However, Biblical scholars controversially believe that these claims are directly stolen or heavily influenced by stories of other ancient deities.
One of the most prominent claims that the story of Jesus is a fake is when he is compared to the ancient Greek God Dionysus.
According to greek-gods.org, “Dionysus was a descendant of Zeus and mortal woman Semele,” a stark similarity of Jesus, who was descendant of God and the mortal Mary.
Additionally, Dionysus was considered the God of the wine and could turn water into wine.
He was also identified with the Ram – whereas Jesus was known as the lamb of God.
Website Truth Be Known adds that his “sacrificial title of ‘Dendrites’ or ‘Young Man of the Tree’ indicates he was hung on a tree or crucified,” before he descended to the Underworld after being resurrected three days after his death.
In his book ‘Clash of the Gods’, former New York University historian Dr. Thomas claims that early Christians recognized the influence that the story of Dionysus had on that of Jesus’.
He writes: “Early Christian art is rich with Dionysiac associations, whether in boisterous representations of agape feasting, in the miracle of water-into-wine at Cana, in wine and vine motifs alluding to the Eucharist, and most markedly…in the use of Dionysiac facial traits for representations of Christ.”
Another God is the deity Mithra, who was worshiped in ancient Persia and even by ancient Romans hundreds of centuries before Christ.
This God was also allegedly born on December 25, and once again to a virgin birth.
Gerald Berry wrote in Religions of the World: “Both Mithras and Christ were described variously as ‘the Way,’ ‘the Truth,’ ‘the Light,’ ‘the Life,’ ‘the Word,’ ‘the Son of God,’ ‘the Good Shepherd.’
The significance of December 25 in religion is that it is the day when days finally begin to get longer in the northern hemisphere and stems from the days when people used to worship the sun as a God.
It is also three days after the shortest day of the year, which some claims represent the three kings, according to Stellar House Publishing.
Several other Gods have similar stories to Jesus, including claims that ancient Egypt’s Horus and Osiris heavily influenced the story of Christ, leading some to believe that Jesus was not a real person.
Biblical scholar Joseph Atwill wrote on his website: “Christianity may be considered a religion, but it was actually developed and used as a system of mind control to produce slaves that believed God decreed their slavery.”
The scholar argues that at the time, Jewish sects in Palestine were awaiting a ‘warrior Messiah’, which became an increasing problem after the Roman Empire failed to deal with the problem with traditional means.
As a result, the rulers resorted to psychological warfare which would appear to give the citizens what they wanted, while at the same time making sure they followed their rules.
Mr Atwill added: “They surmised that the way to stop the spread of zealous Jewish missionary activity was to create a competing belief system.
“That’s when the ‘peaceful’ Messiah story was invented.”
By comparing the New Testament to the ‘War of the Jews’ by Josephus – the sole surviving account of first century Judea – he found the parallels between the two are uncanny.
Mr Atwill: ”What seems to have eluded many scholars is that the sequence of events and locations of Jesus ministry are more or less the same as the sequence of events and locations of the military campaign of [Emperor] Titus Flavius as described by Josephus.
“This is clear evidence of a deliberately constructed pattern.
“The biography of Jesus is actually constructed, tip to stern, on prior stories, but especially on the biography of a Roman Caesar.”