Every year around Easter there is a surge of skepticism about the existence of Jesus. Is it true that Jesus is one of many gods said to have been born of a virgin, died, and resurrected?
Those who encounter this claim online or elsewhere often start to wonder about the truth of New Testament history. Is the account of Christ a retelling of “dying and rising” pagan gods? If Jesus’ life does parallel other gods, does that mean Jesus is also a myth?
This argument implies that if gods we consider false claim the same things that Christianity claims, Christianity must also be false. This ‘guilt by association’ mindset attempts to discredit the accounts of the Gospels by suggesting that life events attributed to Jesus are recycled bits of storytelling that are popular across different cultures and time periods.
So what is a believer to think in the face of such bold assertions? There are two important questions that a believer should ask when encountering themselves when tackling the “Jesus myth”: Are these parallels historically accurate? If they were, what difference would it make?