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Sons of God and their miracles

August 21, 2010

The Primary theme for the month of August is “Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and He is a God of Miracles.”

There are two doctrines here that need to be challenged:

1)   Jesus is the the son of God
2)   Jesus is a God of miracles

The website Pagan Origins of the Christ Myth nicely shows that these two ideas were borrowed from neighboring Mediterranean cultures, and includes images of the other messiahs. The site is a bit messy, but it’s worth a visit to show your little ones the pictures.

Here’s what the webmaster, Greg, writes…

On sons of God

When Romulus, Alexander the Great, Augustus, Dionysus, or Scipio Africanus are described as the sons of God, we understand these as myths.

So how come when Jesus is described as the son of God, that’s not a myth?

On miracles

When Vespatian’s spit healed a blind man, when Apollonius of Tyana raised a girl from death, when Dionysus turned water into wine, we understand these as myths.

So how come when Jesus is described as healing blind men with his spit, raising Jairus’ daughter from the dead, and turning water into wine, these aren’t myths?

It’s worth repeating to young ones:

“A miracle is simply a natural event that people can’t explain.”

and…

“When you hear a miracle story, what is more probable, that the miracle actually happened, or that what you are hearing is just a story?”

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One Comment
  1. Your mantras to the little ones are right on point, though I think it’s worth defining miracles with a bit more detail. As I tell my son (5 1/2), a miracle is, by definition, the *least* likely explanation for an event. When someone can’t figure out how something is done and has *given up* trying to find an answer, they figure it must be a miracle. (This is lazy and sloppy scholarship and our kids deserve better!)

    I see you’ve read Ehrman, so this might be familiar: Jesus feeds 5,000 with two loaves of bread and a few fish. A miracle! Or … perhaps while Jesus was preaching, he took a lunch break, pulled out some bread, and everyone else around saw it was lunch time and took out their own bread. To a casual observer (or an overly credulous scribe), it just might look like Jesus pulled the whole thing off with two loaves of bread.

    You’re right on track with this blog, and I’m happy to see another father working to educate his kids.

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