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Stuff you need to know before the POCM makes sense. Ideas, rituals and myths Christianity boosted from the Pagans. Some of the Pagan's dying-resurrected godmen The Triumph of Christianity Discover mainstream scholarship about Christianity's Pagan origins What did the Christians borrow? So what?
the ideas, myths and rituals christianity borrowed from the pagans Jesus saves -- Pagan Gods saved first gods whose dad was a god and whose mom was a mortal woman Christianity has baptism -- Paganism had it first Christians share a sacred meal with their God -- Pagans did it first Christians believe in eternal life -- but Paganism believed in it first
Jesus did miracles -- Pagan Gods did them first Jesus fulfilled prophecy -- Pagan Gods fulfilled prophecy first God and the immortal soul -- Paganism had 'em first Christianity thinks it has monotheism -- Paganism had it first Jesus' God lives in Heaven on High -- Pagan Gods lived there first pagan dead went to the underworld Jesus made clever quips -- Pagan cynic philosophers made them first
Jesus fulfilled prophecy -- Pagan Gods fulfilled prophecy first

Was Christianity new?  Was Christianity unique?  Lets talk about prophecy.

Foretelling the future was a basic element of ancient Pagan religion.  You already know this -- that's what the Oracle at Delphi was all about.  That's what the Roman priests did when they "took the augers' before battle.

Suetonius tells about the Roman emperor Augustus' close relationship with Apollo, the god of prophecy. With Apollo's help the emperor knew beforehand the outcome of all of his wars. (Suetonius Lives of the Caesars: Augustus 96).

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