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Both were sent from heaven to earth in the form of a man.Both were called Savior, and the second person of the Trinity. Both were visited at birth by wise men and shepherds, guided by a star.Both made mention of claims often made that there are many stories that predate Jesus but have striking parallels.I decided to follow up on these claims and see what kind of information was out there to substantiate these assertions.Both were identified as “the seed of the woman bruising the serpent’s head.” Jesus was called “the lion of the tribe of Judah.” Krishna was called “the lion of the tribe of Saki.” Both claimed: “I am the Resurrection.” Both were “without sin.” Both were god-men: being considered both human and divine. Odysseus is plagued with unfaithful and dim-witted companions who display tragic flaws.
Each cured “all manner of diseases.” Both cast out indwelling demons, and raised the dead. It’s amazing that either Odysseus or Jesus ever manage to accomplish anything, given the companions they have, but this simply demonstrates the power and ability of the one true leader who has a divine mandate to lead the people out of darkness and into a brighter future.
As a non-christian, I am approaching this topic purely as an interested observer.
I am assuming half of the people who read this will automatically say the claims are false and the other half will say they are true.
I found several websites run by Christians who obviously disputed all claims of any parallels to the life of Jesus.
I also found several interesting books on the subject, such as The World’s Sixteen Crucified Saviors: Christianity Before Christ by Kersey Graves, and The Christ Conspiracy, and Suns of God: Krishna, Buddha and Christ Unveiled by Acharya S.