Pagan Birth Stories Evaporate
Atheists and other critics have spread far and wide a false claim that
the virgin birth doctrine was borrowed from paganism. The fact is that
this claim is an outright lie.
A close examination of the alleged origins/births of the pagan gods
these persons claim were “virgin births” shows that not one of these
pagan gods was supposed to be the result of a virgin birth.
was the son of Osiris and Isis. Isis was impregnated by Osiris after
she gathered the parts of the dismembered body of her husband Osiris and
resurrected him. In the oldest
accounts of the story, she retrieved the whole body, but in later
versions she could not locate his male member and so she fashioned a new
member for him out of gold. There was no indication that Isis was a
virgin, and the gold member was by implication fully
functional. Horus did not have a virgin birth.
myth of the origin of Attis begins with the daemon Agdistis. Agdistis
initially had both male and female genitalia. But the Olympian gods,
fearing Agdistis, castrated the male
member and cast it away. An almond-tree grew up from the male member,
and when its fruit was ripe, Nana (a daughter of the river-god
Sangarius), picked an almond from the tree and laid it in her bosom. It
then disappeared, and she became pregnant with Attis.
There is no indication in the myth that Nana was a virgin, and her
impregnation resulted from a seed which came forth from a male member,
so there is no virgin birth here either.
Dionysus was born to the mortal woman Semele and the Greek god Zeus... but since Zeus' wife Hera discovered that Zeus was having an affair with Semele, this is certainly not a virgin birth, but a very physical, sexual relationship between Zeus and Semele which resulted in her pregnancy.
was also not the result of a virgin birth. In fact Krishna was the
eighth child of the union of his mother and father. That’s right,
Krishna’s mother was not only not a virgin,
but she had seven sons before Krishna!
The original story of Mithra’s origin had Mithra crawling out of a rock. Now unless the rock was a virgin, then there is no virgin birth here either. There was a later Roman Mithra cult, and this later version of Mitha (known as Mithras) was born threw a form of artificial insemination, when his mother bathed in water in which his father’s semen had been preserved. Even if we take this as a virgin birth, this Mithra cult did not exist yet at the time of YAHSHUA's birth. So if this was a virgin birth, then it might have been copied from the birth of YAHSHUA, but it could not have been the other way around.None of these pagan gods were alleged to be the result of a virgin birth, and thus the virgin birth of YAHSHUA was not simply copied from paganism.