Nobody likes a copycat. Whether it’s at school sitting for an exam or seeing someone with your outfit on in public, there’s something disingenuous about an unoriginal person. How much more true is that of claims of deity? It would make sense that the first god/goddess to place his/her stake in the ground would have first dibs on the claim of sovereign reign. Which deity has the right to make that claim?
For most Christians, this question is answered in the first few verses of the first chapter of Genesis.1 And when it comes to the rightful claim of deity, most Christians’ apologetic—a fancy word for a defense of faith—stops there too.
What if there were others out there who question the God of the Hebrew Bible? What if those same people question Jesus’ claim that he was indeed the God of Genesis in the flesh?2 And what if they had evidence of other gods whose narratives are similar to Jesus’ own biography?
Many in the Black anti-Christian movement make such claims. And many gravitate toward the African myths and deities they claim have similar biographies to Jesus’ story found in the gospels.
But if you dig deep enough you’ll find the source of many of these well-trained theologians—the internet. I like to call them internet or YouTube theologians. Their primary source materials include The Zeitgeist movie3 and grainy YouTube videos from “Master Teachers” who cite no ancient texts as they wax eloquent about special knowledge that no legit scholar has ever published. It’s very important we critically engage these false claims. As Christians, we need to be able to show others why ancient mythology does nothing to change our Christology. [Read more…] about Myth #5 Jesus as Copycat God