Archive for February 23rd, 2008

A dilemma

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

This afternoon while shopping at Superstore I paid for three bags of water softener salt along with the couple hundred bucks worth of groceries that were in my cart. They keep the water softener salt piled outside the store, so I planned to load my groceries in the van first before picking up the salt.

Of course I completely forgot the softener salt until I had arrived home. Then the dilemma became, should I:

  • Write off the $15 to experience;
  • Go back to the store and explain that I had forgotten to pick up the salt, expecting them to believe that I wasn’t scamming them (back for more, eh?); or
  • Go back to the store and just pick up the salt, hoping that no-one would challenge me.

I chose the latter option.

It’s funny how I felt like a skulking criminal as I hastily loaded my booty and fled the scene.

Zeitgeist, It’s on the Internet so it must be true

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

Awhile back I discussed the 9-11 conspiracy theory website/movie “Loose Change“.

Another online movie that I was urged to watch, being told that it completely debunks Christianity, is “Zeitgeist, the Movie”. Actually, I should clarify that I watched the first part, which deals with Christianity, not the second part which apparently re-hashes the 9-11 conspiracy theories.

I won’t go into detail on all the allegations made in the movie, but it struck me as a combination of outright falsehoods and overblown emphasis on coincidences. For example it discusses an Egyptian god named Horus, about whom the following claims are made:

  • Born on December 25th
  • Born of a virgin named Isis Mary
  • Birth accompanied by a star in the east
  • Adored by three kings
  • Teacher at 12
  • Baptized/Ministry at 30
  • Had 12 disciples
  • Performed miracles such as healing the sick and walking on water
  • Names included “The Truth”, “The Light”, “God’s Anointed Son”, “The Good Shepherd”, “The Lamb of God”, “The Light” …
  • Crucified, Dead for three days, then Resurrected.

The Horus myth originated about 3000 years Before Christ, so it seems obvious that Jesus was just a myth based on Horus (and many others mentioned in the movie), right? Not so fast.

I decided to do a bit of research, so I went to my local public library and dug through several books on Egyptian Mythology, as well as checking some Internet resources. I found lots of stuff about Horus, but amazingly it didn’t include any of the above allegations. The closest was the so-called virgin birth, which actually involved Isis searching for the 14 dismembered parts of Osiris’ body, and when she couldn’t find the genitalia, and being a resourceful woman/goddess, fashioning a new penis, upon which she copulated with the Frankensteinian monster, producing Horus.

Somehow calling that a virgin birth strikes me as a bit of a stretch.

I came across a review of Zeitgeist, The Movie, (Elgin Hushbeck, Consider Christianity), that I thought did a pretty good job of pointing out the many errors in the movie. If interested, click on the following links in order (or follow the links from the first page): Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Responses 1, Responses 2

An excellent resource that doesn’t directly address this movie but addresses many of the popular theories in the movie, such as the notion that Christianity is based on ancient mythologies, is Lee Strobel’s recent book, “The Case for the Real Jesus“.

In summary, I remain convinced that the Jesus I serve isn’t a myth, and I don’t believe everything I see on the Internet.