Oops! Justin Martyr admits that the Jesus story mirrors Roman Mythology


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Justin Martyr makes known in his First Apology, at Chapter 21:

“And when we say also that the Word, who is the first-birth of God, was produced without sexual union, and that He, Jesus Christ, our Teacher, was crucified and died, and rose again, and ascended into heaven, we propound nothing different from what you believe regarding those whom you esteem sons of Jupiter.”

In making claims regarding Christ’s virgin birth, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension into heaven, Justin is saying nothing different than what the Romans had maintained of their gods.

The vast bulk of the Jews rejected the notion of Jesus being god incarnate and all the attendant mythological paraphernalia…right to this very day.

The stories of a Virgin Birth and a Resurrection, which appear in four anonymous late first century Christian works of literature, are based on Roman mythology, folks.  Let’s just accept the obvious:  The Gospel stories are myths.  Even one of the earliest Church Fathers admits it.

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4 thoughts on “Oops! Justin Martyr admits that the Jesus story mirrors Roman Mythology

  1. You may as well quote the whole citation for context, since it is plain that Justin doesn't mean what you say he means.

    “And when we say also that the Word, who is the first-birth of God, was produced without sexual union, and that He, Jesus Christ, our Teacher, was crucified and died, and rose again, and ascended into heaven, we propound nothing different from what you believe regarding those whom you esteem sons of Jupiter. For you know how many sons your esteemed writers ascribed to Jupiter: Mercury, the interpreting word and teacher of all; Æsculapius, who, though he was a great physician, was struck by a thunderbolt, and so ascended to heaven; and Bacchus too, after he had been torn limb from limb; and Hercules, when he had committed himself to the flames to escape his toils; and the sons of Leda, and Dioscuri; and Perseus, son of Danae; and Bellerophon, who, though sprung from mortals, rose to heaven on the horse Pegasus. For what shall I say of Ariadne, and those who, like her, have been declared to be set among the stars? And what of the emperors who die among yourselves, whom you deem worthy of deification, and in whose behalf you produce some one who swears he has seen the burning Cæsar rise to heaven from the funeral pyre? And what kind of deeds are recorded of each of these reputed sons of Jupiter, it is needless to tell to those who already know. This only shall be said, that they are written for the advantage and encouragement of youthful scholars; for all reckon it an honourable thing to imitate the gods. But far be such a thought concerning the gods from every well-conditioned soul, as to believe that Jupiter himself, the governor and creator of all things, was both a parricide and the son of a parricide, and that being overcome by the love of base and shameful pleasures, he came in to Ganymede and those many women whom he had violated and that his sons did like actions. But, as we said above, wicked devils perpetrated these things. And we have learned that those only are deified who have lived near to God in holiness and virtue; and we believe that those who live wickedly and do not repent are punished in everlasting fire.”

    http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/0126.htm

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  2. I don't see how the full statement changes my assessment.

    Notice I did not say that “the Jesus story COPIES Roman mythology, but that it “mirrors” Roman mythology. In other words, they sure look a lot a like!

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  3. You don't see how the context changes your false statement:

    “The Gospel stories are myths. Even one of the earliest Church Fathers admits it” ?

    What Justin writes is easy to understand. Only an idiot would think that he was saying the story of Jesus is a myth.

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  4. I don't think that Justin believed the stories of Jesus to be myths. Not at all. People don't become martyrs for something that they believe to be a myth, and we know that Justin was martyred for his beliefs.

    But Justin did see similarities between the Christian supernatural claims and the Roman supernatural claims. He basically was saying, “Hey, we Christians aren't a bunch of dangerous weirdo's. Just look. The claims we make about our God and his son are not much different from the claims you Romans make about your god Jupiter and his sons.”

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