Bible Myths and their Parallels in other Religions Being a Comparison of the Old and New Testament Myths and Miracles with those of the Heathen Nations of Antiquity Considering also their Origin and Meaning
[247:1] John, i. 3.
[247:2] John, i. 10.
[247:3] Colossians, i.
[247:4] Hebrews, i. 2.
[247:5] Allen's India, pp. 137 and 380.
[247:6] Indian Antiq., vol. ii. p. 288.
[247:8] Oriental Religions, p. 502.
[247:9] Lecture iv. p. 51.
[247:10] Geeta, p. 52.
[248:1] O. M. or A. U. M. is the Hindoo ineffable name; the mystic emblem of the deity. It is never uttered aloud, but only mentally by the devout. It signifies Brahma, Vishnou, and Siva, the Hindoo Trinity. (See Charles Wilkes in Geeta, p. 142, and King's Gnostics and their Remains, p. 163.)
[248:2] Geeta, p. 80.
[248:3] Geeta, p. 84.
[248:4] See Higgins: Anacalypsis, vol. i. p. 48.
[248:5] See Bell's Pantheon, vol. ii. p. 35.
[248:6] See Davis: Hist. China, vol. ii. pp. 109 and 113, and Thornton, vol. i. p. 137.
[249:1] See Prog. Relig. Ideas, vol. i. p. 259. In the most ancient parts of the Zend-Avesta, Ormuzd is said to have created the world by his WORD. (See Bunsen's Angel-Messiah, p. 104, and Gibbon's Rome, vol. ii. p. 302, Note by Guizot.) In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with God, and the WORD was God." (John, i. 1.)
[249:2] Quoted in Prog. Relig. Ideas, vol. i. p. 267.
[249:3] See Bonwick's Egyptian Belief, p. 404.
[249:4] See Dunlap's Mysteries of Adoni, p. 156.
[249:5] See Ibid. p. 156, and Bulfinch, Age of Fable.
[249:6] John, i. 1, 2.
[249:7] John, xvii. 5.
[250:1] Col. i. 17.
[250:2] Hebrews, xiii. 8.
[250:3] Rev. i. 8, 23, 13.
[250:4] Rev. i. 17; xii. 13.
[250:5] Geeta, p. 35.
[250:6] Geeta, p. 36.
[250:7] Lecture ix. p. 80.
[250:8] Lecture x. p. 83.
[250:9] Lecture x. p. 85.
[250:10] Lecture ix. p. 91.
[250:11] Lecture x. p. 84.
[250:12] Lecture xi. p. 95.
[250:13] See Vishnu Purana, p. 440.
[250:15] See Prog. Relig. Ideas, vol. i. p. 200.
[251:1] Thornton: Hist. China, vol. i. p. 137.
[251:2] Prog. Relig. Ideas ii. p. 267.
[251:3] Müller's Chips, vol. ii. p. 15.
[251:4] "C'est moi qui vous conduis, vous et tout ce qui vous regarde. C'est moi, qui vous conserve, on qui vous sauve. Je suis Alpha et Omega. Il y a au dessous de l'inscription un serpent qui tient sa queue dans sa gueule et dans la cercle qu'il décrit, cest trois lettre Greques , qui sont le nombre 365. Le serpent, qui est'ordinaire un emblème de l'éternité est ici celui de soleil et de ses revolutions." Beausobre: Hist. de Manichee, Tom. ii. p. 56.
"I say that I am immortal, Dionysus (Bacchus), son of Deus." Aristophanes, in Myst. Of Adoni, pp. 80, and 105.
THE MIRACLES OF CHRIST JESUS AND THE PRIMITIVE CHRISTIANS.
The legendary history of Jesus of Nazareth, contained in the books of the New Testament, is full of prodigies and wonders. These alleged prodigies, and the faith which the people seem to have put in such a tissue of falsehoods, indicate the prevalent disposition of the people to believe in everything, and it was among such a class that Christianity was propagated. All leaders of religion had the reputation of having performed miracles; the biographers of Jesus, therefore, not wishing their Master to be outdone, have made him also a wonder-worker, and a performer of miracles; without them Christianity could not prosper. Miracles were needed in those days, on all special occasions. "There is not a single historian of antiquity, whether Greek or Latin, who has not recorded oracles, prodigies, prophecies, and miracles, on the occasion of some memorable events, or revolutions of states and kingdoms. Many of these are attested in the gravest manner by the gravest writers, and were firmly believed at the time by the people."[252:1]
Hindoo sacred books represent Crishna, their Saviour and Redeemer, as in constant strife against the evil spirit. He surmounts extraordinary dangers; strews his way with miracles; raising the dead, healing the sick, restoring the maimed, the deaf and the blind; everywhere supporting the weak against the strong, the oppressed against the powerful. The people crowded his way and adored him as a God, and these miracles were the evidences of his divinity for centuries before the time of Jesus.
The learned Thomas Maurice, speaking of Crishna, tells us that he passed his innocent hours at the home of his foster-father, in rural diversions, his divine origin not being suspected, until repeated miracles soon discovered his celestial origin;[252:2] and Sir William Jones speaks of his raising the dead, and saving multitudes by his [Pg 253]miraculous powers.[253:1] To enumerate the miracles of Crishna would be useless and tedious; we shall therefore mention but a few, of which the Hindoo sacred books are teeming.