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Did Christianity get its religion from Egypt?

In news on February 10, 2008 at 8:48 pm

Here is an interesting article, no, I’ve never heard of the Jamaica Gleaner News either, but the content caught my eye and it’s very informative. The article attempts to show that some big differences between ancient Egyptian religions and Judeo-Christianity prove that Judaism and Christianity did not derive itself from these religions in Egypt.

There has always been discussion of the actual source of the Jewish religion and the Christian religion. This is an obvious question to ask when you look at some of the similarities between different religions. For instance, the Bible teaches that we should love our neighbor as ourselves (Leviticus 19:18), this same principle is also taught in Hinduism. The logic goes, if two religions are similar, one religion must have stemmed from another and hence did not come from God, therefore you can discount that religion since it is just a copy of another one. This argument is then taken further to say that all religions are the same so it doesn’t really matter what you believe, etc.

Actually, when you look at the command that we should love our neighbors as we love ourselves, you will find it in just about every major religion. So, when we look at the similarities and differences in the major religions, there is only one thing we can prove: The human condition is universal. Every human has looked at himself and the world he lived in and realized something was wrong. And every human has tried his best to fix it himself. Has anyone succeeded?

This is exactly what “religion” is. Religion is man’s attempt to fix his relationship with God. As Tim Keller puts it, “religion says I obey and therefore I am accepted by God.” So yes, you will find a lot of similarities when you look at what all the major religions teach, because all of them agree that there is sin and that if you stop people from sinning, things will be better. But what did Christ say? “apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Christianity is the only “religion” that teaches that we are “saved by grace through faith not as a result of works” (Ephesians 2:8-9). “God demonstrates his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Christ did not come “to call the righteous to faith, but the sinners” (Mark 2:17), this would be you, and me. The difference between Christianity and all other religions is not in how we’re commanded to be good and do good things, the difference is in how we restore our relationship to God. Tim Keller finishes off his statement with, “religion says I obey therefore I am accepted by God. Christianity says I am accepted through Christ therefore I obey.”

If you have an interest in getting a big picture look at the major religions, have a look at this book by Huston Smith.

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  1. It is true that religions ‘stem out’ . God sent His Apostles with ‘Teachings’. It is as simple as those who believed in Moses but rejected Jesus , gave birth to Judaism.

    Am i Right on this ?

    Sean

    http://www.statedemocracy.com

  2. Sean,

    I think you are partly right on this. Judaism as a religion was around maybe 1400 years before Christ was born, if you consider Judaism starting after Moses came down from Sinai with the law, you may start it with the promise made to Abraham though. So, Judaism was around for all this time, but there were promises and prophecies made during this time to the Jewish people about a Messiah, a Christ, that would come and be king and take away their sins (Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 53, Micah 5:2, Jeremiah 23, Daniel 9, etc.). These prophecies were fulfilled in Jesus Christ but some people rejected Jesus as the Messiah as you said.

    So what do you do at this point? Christians don’t consider themselves Jewish but we do look at Jesus Christ as the fulfillment of prophecy given directly to the Jewish people. Romans 9:4-5 says that to the Jews belong the adoption as sons, and the glory and the covenants and the giving of the Law and the temple service and the promises, and even the family tree of Jesus is Jewish. God also told the Jews that He would one day gather together all peoples of all nations so that they would all glorify Him, not the Jews only (Isaiah 43:9, Isaiah 66:18-24, Jeremiah 3:17) So, what do you think, did Christianity stem out from Judaism or is it just a completion of Judaism? Sorry to be so long-winded…

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