Is Jesus a Copycat Myth Taken From Other Savior Stories?

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An oft-repeated claim is that Jesus never existed, was an invented figure taken from other savior myths, but in most cases, the similarities named by those attempting to debunk Christ are inaccurate or false.

Skeptics claim Jesus is a myth

Skeptics have long claimed that Jesus never existed, a “copycat” creation taken from other ancient mythologies.

In more recent times, the documentary Zeitgeist: The Movie (2007), has garnered a lot of attention for pushing such claims.

Let’s look at some of the false claims made by Zeitgeist and other skeptics.

The main claim is that Jesus is an amalgamation of other pagan deities such as Mithras, Osiris, and Horus, Cold-Case Christianity with J. Warner Wallace points out.

Debunking the Jesus myth skeptics

Let’s take a look at a list of claims made in the Zeitgeist movie, courtesy of, which says the documentary makes the following claims about the Egyptian god Horus. Below each claim, let’s look at a rebuttal made by the Skeptic Project, which offers a nonreligious-influenced, factual explanation, which helps remove bias.

Zeitgeist claims about Horus

1. Claim: Horus was born on December 25 of a virgin (Isis-Meri)

Fact: The Bible never assigns a birth date to Christ. It tells us shepherds were in the fields and modern scholars believe it occurred in the spring. Horus was born on the 5th day of the “Epagomenal Days”, which does not occur in December on the modern or ancient calendars, but rather between August 24th and 28th. Isis was not a virgin. Isis was never referred to as Isis-Meri and the name Mary is an anglicisation of Miriam.

2. Claim: A star in the East proclaimed his arrival


3. Claim: Three kings came to adore the new-born “savior” Horus

Fact: There are no three kings who came to visit Horus.

4. Claim: Horus became a prodigious teacher at age 12

Fact: Horus was not a teacher.

5. Claim: At age 30 he was “baptized” and began a “ministry”

Fact: Horus had no ministry.

6. Claim: Horus had twelve “disciples”

Fact: There is no evidence of this.

7. Claim: Horus was crucified

Fact: There are various accounts of Horus’ death, but none of them involve crucifixion, and there is no conclusive myth dealing with his death in any capacity.

8. Claim: Horus was buried for three days

Fact: There is no account of Horus being buried for three days.

Claims about other gods having similarities to Jesus

Dionysus facts: Not born to a virgin, died each winter and resurrected in spring, not born on December 25.

Mithra facts: No evidence of born on December 25, not born of a virgin but out of solid rock. No evidence ever died, so no resurrection.

Krishna facts: Born on July 19 or 21, not resurrected after death, no virgin birth – born as the eighth son to the princess Devaki.