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In which ways did Christianity originate from pagan religions?

I keep hearing this, and I also keep hearing it is fake. Can you link me to some proof of either claim? Thanks.

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  1. Christianity stemmed from Judaism, actually. Paganism has little to do with it (however, most Christian holidays have traditions similar to Pagan holiday traditions).

  2. The people that make those claims do so without understanding what was written as early as the beginning of time. Rejection doesn’t reduce truth to lie though.

  3. The paganism that many reference is in fact just adapted traditions to make the transition more comfortable to former pagans, not because Christians wanted to steal them.

  4. Paul brought Christianity to Rome. But the people of Rome were unwilling to accept it, they had their own paganistic concepts that they followed. So Paul decided to combine some of their beliefs with Christianity to popularize it and so brought about modern day Christianity. For example, the Romans already had the concept of trinity and also believed that one of their pagan god’s son was born on the 25th of december and they used to decorate trees for this occasion as well. So Paul combined these ideas and this finally led to what is popularly by christians today on christmas.
    http://www.seiyaku.com/customs/pagan-symbols.html
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity_and_Paganism

  5. The World’s Sixteen Crucified Saviors by Kersey Graves is a good book to start with on this. You can also look up the traditions of easter and christmas, all of which come from different pagan cultures.
    There isn’t a single unique thing in Christianity.

  6. Watch the movie “Zeitgeist” it is downloadable from your computer for free, a lot of information in there, but you will have to do your own research to determine whether it is true. So far the research that I’ve done backs up what they are saying in that documentary though.

  7. It didn’t.
    The most that you’ll find is that some pagan traditions were added later, like Christmas and some of the traditions associated with Pascha/Easter.

  8. A wide range of beliefs and practices is found across the world among those who call themselves Christian.
    The first recorded use of the term (or its cognates in other languages) is in the New Testament, in Acts 11:26, which states “…in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.”
    The second mention of the term follows in Acts 26:28, where Herod Agrippa II replies to Paul the Apostle, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?”
    The third and final New Testament reference to the term is in 1 Peter 4:16, which exhorts believers, “…if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name”.

  9. QUOTE: “I keep hearing this, and I also keep hearing it is fake. Can you link me to some proof of either claim? Thanks.”
    The Jesus=Horus nonsense originated in the nineteenth century with an English poet come amateur Egyptologist by the name of Gerald Massey. Nobody in academia takes it seriously.
    As for Jesus=Mithras, ask anybody who comes out with that whether they have even heard of the First International Congress of Mithraic Studies. I will guarantee they haven’t.

  10. Christianity originates with Jesus Christ. It is the religion that grew up based upon His mission to Earth from Heaven to His people, at that time called the Jews although as a people they were Israel, the people of God, who had been waiting for Him for about eighteen hundred years starting with a man called Abram later changed by God to Abraham.
    However they did not receive Him and the leaders, the priests and rulers, used the Roman authorities to crucify Him because He represented a threat to their (the Jewish rulers) power. Then, much to everyone’s shock, He rose from the dead and appeared to his disciples and many others who had followed Him while He was going around doing good, performing miracles, healing the sick and raising the dead, and teaching about the Kingdom of God during the last three and a half years of His life on Earth.
    He then opened their minds to the fact that everything that had happened had been prophesied in their holy writings called the Tanach and that His death was on their behalf and on behalf of everyone who had ever lived and would ever live. In other words, He had conquered death on our behalf and in Him we now have immortality when we accept His free unconditional gift. Then after forty days of meeting and teaching them in His new resurrected body which could move freely between Earth and Heaven, the dimension of sovereignty and immortality, He departed from them and was taken up into Heaven.
    However He had promised them that He would return to them and that He would thereafter never leave them nor forsake them because He would always be with them and indeed would be in them. He then told them to wait for Him in Jerusalem for this promise to be fulfilled. Ten days later 120 disciples were all together in one place in Jerusalem and there was the sound of a mighty rushing wind. Tongues of fire came and settled on each of their heads, they were filled with the presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit and they began to prophesy, speak the words of God in many different languages so that the people around them from many different nations could all understand what was being said. That day 3000 new believers were added to the new Church and the next day 5000 more. Since that day it has grown steadily until today it is the largest religious body on the planet.
    All of this is told plainly in the Bible. Read the gospel of John to begin with, then the gospel of Luke, then the book of Acts.

  11. “Proof”? Proof-smoof. Who needs proof? Why not use simple logic?
    Before Christianity there were pagans and there were Jews. Jews lived among pagans. Before Judaism, there were only pagans. Jesus lived among pagans. No culture or religion is ever completely isolated from outside influence, even those that try to isolate themselves. They are human and will always be human. Pagans had certain beliefs and practices, Jews also had certain beliefs and practices. These thoughts and practices naturally blended occasionally.
    I say, if it works, it works, no need for fixing or figuring out where it “came from.” If an idea came from pagans and as now part of Christianity, what’s wrong with that, if it works?
    Pagan temples had doors. That doesn’t make doors pagan. The fact that Christian churches also have doors doesn’t have any pagan implications. It simply means that both religions solved the same problem in the same way… because it WORKS.
    -Scarlet

  12. It’s amazing how many people don’t really understand
    the origins of Christianity, or aren’t even willing to think
    about it…
    You need to study the pre-Christian religions and have
    some understanding of the general social and political
    atmosphere in Rome and the Middle East at the time.
    It’s pretty obvious that Christianity was formed based
    on the popularity of Jesus, and then was built up by
    incorporating a number of magical and mythical stories
    from older religions… this happened at a time when
    Rome was approaching a major collapse, and people
    were desperate for some sort of magical solution to
    their problems.
    The teachings of Jesus went against popular Roman
    customs… and to some extent, law… so they killed him.
    If he had just died and been forgotten, that would have
    been the end of it. However, by circulating the story
    that he “rose from the dead”, his followers made him
    into someone special, and persuaded people that his
    religion must be genuine.
    The same story was used in many other religions,
    but was only a mythology. The Christians actually
    had people standing up and swearing that they has
    seen Jesus after he rose from the dead… so after
    a while the story became so well known that it was
    accepted as fact.

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