Isis Heals The Sick Boy

Ancient Egypt had a lot of firsts. Resurrection and healing were two of them. In a story that you can read here Isis the Mother of Horus and the Wife of the resurrected Osiris, sets the standard for Jesus to follow by healing a sick boy.

Stories of Isis and Osiris precede the development of writing. That means before 3100 BC. I highly recommend that Christians take a college course in Egyptology. Keep in mind the principle that the greater civilization influences the lesser. Some of the things Christians should focus on are Egyptian Mythololgy, the pounding the egyptians gave the Syrians every year for about twenty years (around 1479 - 1425 BC) and the "foreign kings" (1648–1540 BC) that ruled the egyptian Delta.


Yoo said...

Shouldn't the story have something about Isis admonishing the rich woman to worship her? With the woman already a worshipper, I think the story may not be a close enough analogue to the standard Jesus stories. :P

DingoDave said...

"Keep in mind the principle that the greater civilization influences the lesser. Some of the things Christians should focus on are Egyptian Mythololgy"

Hear Hear!
They should also study Canaanite and Mesopotamian mythology as well, in order to get a better understanding of the origins of many Jewish and Christian religious motifs. Of course few of them ever will, because they're not encouraged to do so by their priests and pastors. Hell, Christian religious leaders are flat out getting their flocks to even read their Bibles let alone anything else. Consequently, most Christians continue to remain under the false impression that their religion somehow developed in a kind of cultural vacuum.
Even Chrisitans who might be aware of cultural borrowing in other contexts, often seem to vehemently deny it when it comes to examining the claims of their own religion.
Just recently on this very blog (on the thread 'A Comparison of Exodus to Egyptian History ') we saw an example of a member of the clergy, denying that there was any Egyptian or Canaanite influence on the mythology of the Old Testament.
Of course, such a denial flies directly in the face of the best modern scholarship, but that nevers seems to deter religious zealots from denying the obvious when it suits them to do so.

Anonymous said...

oh yoo!
I take it that your smiley indicates that you were just joking with the ole leester.

Being a sharp eyed clever young man, yoo can see the key elements of the story are similar, and that if in fact I extracted them and hid the names, they would be indistiguishable
something like this
* god
* dying child
* grieved parent
* god feels moved
* god heals child

Its a template, kind of like every other form of entertainment yoo can think of.

goprairie said...

speaking of healings, how about all the amazing goings on at lakeland! surely you all are going on a road trip to get something healed soon?

Anonymous said...

Hi Goprairie,
when I see miracle healings in a medical journal, then I'll plan my trip.

goprairie said...

I find the lakeland stuff an interesting study in psychology and sociology. one guy can see our of his glass eye and the stumps of his amputated limbs are growing. yet he can only see light and shadow like you can see thru your eyelids and his limbs grew a quarter inch, only enough to make his artificial limbs fit less precisely. what weak and ineffective god if that is the best miracle cures he can come up with. not meaning to hijack this thread but i would love to see you guys have at the lakeland thing on what you think is going on psychologically and sociologically, i would love to see someone formerly from 'inside' tell me how those events work and what makes people beleive so readily.

Anonymous said...

Hi Goprairie,
I'll put your comment in an email to the team and see if anyone wants to field it. I'd like to, and still may, but I have so much that i want to say with regards to ancient near east folklore that it keeps me from being enthusiastic about tackling it.

Honestly, while I think faith healing is obviously bogus, its harder to attack because it is so subjective. In my view it has a high probability of ending in the mushy world of "what would god do if he could and what is the justification for any type of expectations about what he should do".