One of the claims of atheists and unbelievers is that the Messiah was a pagan myth. Some even claim that Jesus never existed and that people invented him. Doubters can simply listen to an outspoken agnostic to find that every historian accepts that Jesus did exist and that the Bible’s Messianic prophecies are not pagan in origin. That agnostic is Bart Erhman, whom Kyle Butt debated on April 4, 2014. In Ehrman’s article, “Did Jesus Exist?” (2012), Ehrman stated,
“Moreover, the claim that Jesus was simply made up falters on every ground. The alleged parallels between Jesus and the ‘pagan’ savior-gods in most instances reside in the modern imagination: We do not have accounts of others who were born to virgin mothers and who died as an atonement for sin and then were raised from the dead (despite what the sensationalists claim ad nauseum in their propagandized versions). […]
One may well choose to resonate with the concerns of our modern and post-modern cultural despisers of established religion (or not). But surely the best way to promote any such agenda is not to deny what virtually every sane historian on the planet — Christian, Jewish, Muslim, pagan, agnostic, atheist, what have you — has come to conclude based on a range of compelling historical evidence.
Whether we like it or not, Jesus certainly existed” (Huffington Post).
These mythicists who claim that the idea of the resurrected God was pagan do not know the historical origin of pagan gods. In the first century BC, a Greek historian named Diodorus Siculus wrote the book “Universal History” in which he recounted that the Egyptians invented two first gods being in wonder of the sun and the moon. They called the masculine sun-god, Osisis, and the feminine moon-god, Isis. These myths originated more than 4,000 years ago. The Greeks accepted these gods as Dionysius and Demeter. These gods were also known as Baal and Asherah in the Bible.
Prophecies of the Messiah existed from the beginning before Ham’s son, Egypt, established his nation (Gen 10:6). In Genesis 3, the curse of death came upon humanity from Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and prophecy was given that the Seed of woman will bruise the head of Satan (Gen 3:14–19; cf. Heb 2:14–15).
Diodorus recorded that the Egyptians had a myth that life came from non-living pustules in the swamps of the Nile River. These living creatures supposedly grew into all kinds of animals and even men. These first men lived like beasts hunting, gathering, discovering fire, and inventing languages from grunts. Apparently, the idea of evolution is a 4,000 year old pagan Egyptian myth. Read more.