What are some examples of things found in both The Bible and pagan religions?

Despite the stark differences in beliefs and practices, there are some similarities between the Bible and pagan religions. These similarities can be attributed to the shared cultural and historical influences that shaped the development of these religions. Here are some examples of things found in both the Bible and pagan religions.

  1. Flood Myths: The story of a great flood wiping out humanity is found in many ancient cultures, including the Sumerians, Babylonians, and Greeks. The biblical account of Noah's Ark is the most well-known flood story, but it shares similarities with the earlier flood myths.
  2. Resurrection: The concept of resurrection is found in various pagan religions, such as the Egyptian religion, where Osiris was believed to have been resurrected after death. Similarly, in Christianity, the resurrection of Jesus is a central tenet of the faith.
  3. Sacrifice: The practice of sacrifice was prevalent in many ancient cultures, including the Greeks, Romans, and Israelites. While the nature and purpose of sacrifice differ between the Bible and pagan religions, the act of offering something to a higher power is a common thread.
  4. Creation Myths: Many ancient cultures have creation myths that explain how the world was formed. The biblical account of creation in Genesis is similar in structure and themes to creation myths found in other cultures, such as the Babylonian Enuma Elish.
  5. Holidays: Many Christian holidays, such as Christmas and Easter, have pagan roots. Christmas was originally a pagan holiday celebrating the winter solstice, while Easter was a celebration of the spring equinox.

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Jamie Larson