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Despite Having No Evidence, Skeptics Still Insist: Jesus Ripped-Off Pagan Gods

The following is a chapter from my book 25 Christmas Myths. Because skeptics continue to repeat the myth that the story of Jesus is either a rip-off or a composite of other pagan traditions, I've decided to post this chapter for easy reference. Enjoy! Oh, and buy my book ;)

Did you know that Jesus is actually a rip-off of the pre-Christian god Mithras? According to legend, Mithras was born of a virgin on December 25, had twelve disciples, promised his followers immortality, called himself the way and the truth and the life, initiated a communion-like meal, commanded animal sacrifice, died for world peace, was buried in a tomb, and came back to life on the third day!

Boy, that sounds a lot like Jesus doesn't it? The two are practically identical. It doesn't help the case for Christianity that Mithras predates Jesus by several hundred years. Mithras was the guardian of cattle and the waters in Persia and Babylon before the false god was later integrated into the Roman cults…

A Pastor's Review of Unplanned: Uncertain of its Own Message

Unplanned is a movie based on the true story of Abby Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood director who famously became pro-life. The movie is produced by PureFlix, creators of such films like God's Not Dead,Mom's Night Out,The Case for Christ, and severalrapturemovies. Unplanned stars Ashley Bratcher as Abby Johnson, Brooks Ryan as Abby's husband, Doug, and Robia Scott as the wicked witch of the south. As far as the story goes, I rather liked the movie, but it was a hard watch. The violence of abortion is portrayed with chilling effect.

With the formalities out of the way, let me be upfront about two things. First, the R-rating on Unplanned is deserved. I know the film's promoters made a big deal about the MPAA slapping an R-rating on their movie. Charisma News called the rating "devious." An award-winning producer of Schindler's Listcalled it "biased." If the outrage was expressed to hype the movie and get attention, more power to them, I gue…

A Review of Jesus: His Life (Part 1)

Each Monday leading up to holy week, the History Channel is airing a docu-series called Jesus: His Life. The show awkwardly mixes in dramatic reenactments of the story of Jesus with commentary from an assemblage of (mostly liberal) Bible scholars.

The trailer to the show says that this is the life of Christ "told through the eyes of those who knew Him best." History has never done very well with the story of Jesus. Their mini-series The Bible (more accurately termed The Bobble) was terrible. In addition to biblical inaccuracies, it just wasn't entertaining. Jesus: His Life is equally dull. The mix of drama with commentary doesn't work. The thematic scenes fail to be captivating, and the theotwits do not add any life to the program.

Given that the show is flat and fallacious, I don't know why you'd want to bother with it enough to even read my review. But I offer this up anyway! The following is a play-by-play of the first episode, examining the l…

Francis Chan Defends His Friendship With False Teachers

Yesterday, Francis Chan responded to the harsh accusations that he has been aligning with heretics. A recent article published at The Cripplegate was entitled Farewell Francis. The author Jordan Standridge warned that Chan "is sharing the stage with false teachers who will spend eternity in Hell (Gal. 1:6-9)." He pleaded for Chan to repent and "come back to your first love!"

Chan has been on a steady decline over the last few years. Preaching with Mike Bickle at the International House of Prayer may have been a head-scratcher, but it wasn't enough to denounce Chan as developing an alliance with the enemy. Maybe Chan didn't know that Bickle claimed to have gone to heaven and had a personal audience with Jesus. Maybe Chan didn't know Bickle teaches that we bring about Christ's return through prayer (according to what Jesus personally told him). Maybe Chan didn't know that Bickle has claimed there will be new apostles preaching things you will not…

What is the Song Bohemian Rhapsody About Anyway?

Last week, Bohemian Rhapsody was released on DVD, the Oscar-winning film about the band Queen and their lead singer, Freddie Mercury. The movie is titled after the famous song of the same name, a six-minute suite blending elements of rock and opera. It's only fitting that the album from which the song came was called A Night at the Opera, released in 1975. The star track Bohemian Rhapsody is considered by many to be Mercury's magnum opus.

With the success of the film, I thought I'd revisit the lyrics of Bohemian Rhapsody. What is this song about anyway? Plenty of legendary rock songs are nonsense (since a lot of these guys were probably on drugs when they wrote them), but Mercury was a meticulous and brilliant lyricist. A friend of mine recently said, "Sometimes a movie is just a movie." Well, sometimes a song is just a song. But there's more going on in Bohemian Rhapsody than meets the ears.

In order to understand the underlying message, we need a little bac…

GOP Jesus Sounds More Like an Anti-Jesus Liberal Trying to Make Fun of Christians and Failing

Perhaps you've seen the video going around called GOP Jesus done by Friend Dog Studios. If you haven't, you probably already get the gist of it from the title: it's Jesus saying some Jesus things but twisting His words to make fun of those hypocritical evangelicals who vote Trump (with strawman arguments, of course). In so doing, the video also argues that Jesus was a democrat and all His teachings were socialism.

The video features twelve sayings altogether, twisted by GOP Jesus. I'm going to address six of them today, and the other six tomorrow. I'll present the quote from the video with the biblical reference it's taken from, I'll show you what Jesus actually said in context, I'll explain to you what the passage means, and then I'll counter-punch with what the liberal's "Jesus" says.

Disclaimer: I didn't vote for Trump. I'm a pastor who loves God's word and hates to see it twisted for their own nefarious purposes.

GOP Jes…