Further Points Of Interest
The three wise men following the bright star are called Magi in the Persian and Hindu paganism, and given different names such as 'The three enlightened, guided, bright, inspired, unique, high ones' in other cults. The origin of all the ancient Sun-gods is astrological, and not divine. (Burrit's Geography of the Heavens)
The concept of Madonna and the Child most assuredly came from Alexandria where the Virgin Mother Goddess and the Child Redeemer Horus had been worshiped centuries before Jesus Christ.
Virgin Mother suckling her Child is a very common figure in the Mithraic monuments.
Goddess Hertha was commemorated as a Virgin with Child in the old Teutonic days.
Zoroaster was born in 600 BC of Immaculate Conception to a Virgin by a ray from the Divine Reason. (Malcolm's History of Persia)
Pagan literature (The "Sky" Scriptures) is full of such "Divine" mythologies and leaves no room for doubt about the origin of the Church mysteries. St. Jerome, Tertullian and other early Church fathers admit: "Mithraism and Christianity are identical in all but name." (The
World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors - Kersey Graves)
Jesus was only taken as a substitute for Apollo of Rome - The same Immaculate Conception and Virgin birth, the same Birthday, the same Baptism, the same Eucharist, the Passion story, the Lamb, the same Descent into hell, Resurrection and Ascension, Atonement, the same Festivals, Easter-day merriments, hot cross-buns, eggs, "Sun-Day" the Day of the Sun, the same philosophy and phraseology. How many "sames" can I put in? (Primitive Folk - Elie Reclus)
Since the Apologia of Justin Martyr, the Christian clergy have been trying to dismiss these Sun-gods as representing the Devil, except Jesus. Unfortunately for them, undeniable historical and archaeological evidence survives to date of the existence of these cults and their temples. Still, if all these Crucified Saviors are identical in every respect, and all of them predate Jesus by centuries, we will have to admit plagiarism by early Christians, or conclude that the Supreme God and the Devil are identical as well. (The Sources of Christianity - K. U. Dean)