MYTH: Jesus was born on December 25th
Hey, guess what? Christmas is a complete lie, too! The truth is that christians forgot Jesus’ birthday a long time ago and have been celebrating it at different times ever since. Some groups chose January 6th, April 21st, May 1st, and it wasn’t until the 4th century that the church chose the winter solstice as the approximate time of his birth. They did this because during the winter solstice the day is very short and each day after gets increasingly long, and the Christians saw this as a sign of good things to come. But actually this time is a Pagan celebration of the rebirth of the sun that the Christians stole and made their own. They not only stole the date, but pretty much all the phrases, stories, and circumstances surrounding the birth,life,and death of Jesus were stolen from other gods that the pagans would pay tribute to on this day. The Persian Pagans worshiped Mithra and Mithraism was a competitor to Christianity until the 4th century. But Mithra’s story is the exact same as Jesus: born of a virgin at night in a manger around shepherds and gift carrying Magi. Mithra was said to have traveled performing miracles, and so on. Just like Jesus.
Dionysus is another savior-god whose birth was observed on December 25th. He was worshiped throughout much of the Middle East and had a center of worship in Jerusalem in the 1st century BCE. Some ancient coins have been found in Gaza with Dionysus on one side and JHWH (Jehovah) on the other. In later years, his flesh and blood were symbolically eaten in the form of bread and wine. He was viewed as the son of Zeus, the Father God.
Jesus’ life and death were also not very original because the same story had been told many times before. Take for example Apollonius of Tyana who was a Greek philosopher and is believed to have been born three years before Jesus. Apollonius was a messiah to a large following of people, was killed for teaching his beliefs, was resurrected three days later, and so on. Exact same story, different guy. Appolonius was actually a lot better than Jesus if you ask me. Go here to read more about him or go here to see more parallels.
And the list goes on and on. So not only did Christians steal the date for the birth of their own Lord and savior, but they stole every facet of the story itself. And you know what? Mithra and Dionysus were all made up legends and are considered myths today…sooooooo, is it maybe possible that Jesus was just the result of Christians murdering and destroying everything that contradicted them until Jesus just became the winner in what is a collective bullshit story? You can make that decision on your own but you might as well be celebrating Santa Claus’s birthday on December 25th. That would be more historically accurate and certainly have more truth behind it based on what is practiced today.
For more information, see http://www.religioustolerance.org/xmas_sel.htm