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
Page: 221Gennadius, Patriarch of Constantinople, was so much amazed by the extraordinary composition called "Athanasius' Creed," that he frankly pronounced it to be the work of a drunken man. (Gibbon's Rome, vol. iii. p. 555, note 114.)
[382:2] Gibbon's Rome, vol. iii. p. 87.
[382:3] Ibid. pp. 91, 92.
[383:1] All their writings were ordered to be destroyed, and any one found to have them in his possession was severely punished.
PAGANISM IN CHRISTIANITY.
Our assertion that that which is called Christianity is nothing more than the religion of Paganism, we consider to have been fully verified. We have found among the heathen, centuries before the time of Christ Jesus, the belief in an incarnate God born of a virgin; his previous existence in heaven; the celestial signs at the time of his birth; the rejoicing in heaven; the adoration by the magi and shepherds; the offerings of precious substances to the divine child; the slaughter of the innocents; the presentation at the temple; the temptation by the devil; the performing of miracles; the crucifixion by enemies; and the death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven. We have also found the belief that this incarnate God was from all eternity; that he was the Creator of the world, and that he is to be Judge of the dead at the last day. We have also seen the practice of Baptism, and the sacrament of the Lord's Supper or Eucharist, added to the belief in a Triune God, consisting of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Let us now compare the Christian creed with ancient Pagan belief.
|Christian Creed.||Ancient Pagan Belief.|
|1. I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth:||1. I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth:[384:1]|
|2. And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, Our Lord.||2. And in his only Son, our Lord.[384:2]|
|3. Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary,||3. Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary.[384:3]|
|4. Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried.||4. Suffered under (whom it might be), was crucified, dead, and buried.[384:4]|
|[Pg 385]5. He descended into Hell;||5. He descended into Hell;[385:1]|
|6. The third day he rose again from the dead;||6. The third day he rose again from the dead;[385:2]|
|7. He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;||7. He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;[385:3]|
|8. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.||8. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.[385:4]|
|9. I believe in the Holy Ghost;||9. I believe in the Holy Ghost;[385:5]|
|10. The Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints;||10. The Holy Catholic Church,[385:6] the Communion of Saints;|
|11. The forgiveness of sins;||11. The forgiveness of sins;[385:7]|
|12. The resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.||12. The resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.[385:8]|
The above is the so-called "Apostles' Creed," as it now stands in the book of common prayer of the United Church of England and Ireland, as by law established.