I would like to address a portion of John Seeland’s letter to the editor ‘Root of Conflict’ (The NEWS, Dec. 29).
The article attempts to cast a shadow over the Christian message by introducing doubt in the authenticity of Jesus Christ. The writer makes reference to Christmas suggesting ancient myths have been incorporated into modern belief, citing alleged parallels between Horus and Jesus; having 12 disciples, being born of a virgin around Dec. 25 and having a star announcement followed by three wise men.
These claims are pure fabrication but seem stuck in mainstream thought like the latest Adele tune. They are recycled ideas perpetuated by Internet movies such as Zeitgeist whose purpose is not to inform, but confuse with conspiracy theory. The sources they cite are far from scholarly.
I urge anyone with even a passing interest in the truth, to Google Horus for themselves — even in Wikipedia, you will not find any of these fictional parallels. Do not be fooled by slick movie presentations, conspiracy weaving and never-before-uncovered “truth.”
This reference trying to link the historical person of Jesus and mythic deities has invaded culture and is referenced with minimal fact checking. Simple logic and some cursory historical research quickly dispels these blatantly erroneous links.
Even if there were similarities with Jesus and characters such as Horus (and I don’t buy it) but even if I did, they mean nothing in light of the historical record. Take another research experiment: Google “Time Magazine Titanic and Morgan Robertson.” Did the Titanic really sink or was it just a story based on the eerie similarities to Robertson’s fiction 14 years prior? The Titanic really sank because history reveals it did. Maybe it’s time to drop the conspiracy theories and take an honest look at the truth of the historical Jesus for ourselves.