Did The Ten Commandments Come From The Ancient Egyptian Book Of The Dead?

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Over the years, I have observed a rise in the belief that Jesus Christ, the Gospel, the Old and New Testament Scriptures, and the Christian Faith were plagiarized from ancient Egyptian mythology.

A number of claims are made in an attempt to substantiate this belief. For example:

“Jesus is a pagan copy of Horus”

“The 10 commandments came from the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead [also called the 42 Principles of Ma’at]”

“The stories of the Bible were borrowed from Kemet” [the term “Kemet” is the name of ancient Egypt in Egyptian]

Many other assertions are made, but the overarching belief is that the Christian Faith is a stolen religion which evolved out of ancient Egyptian mythology.

This belief is disseminated online mainly by individuals who ascribe to secular humanism, New Age philosophy, occult metaphysics, Kemetic [Egyptian] religion, and other forms of alternative African spirituality.

The purpose of this belief is to invalidate and discredit our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Gospel, the Old and New Testament Scriptures, and the Christian Faith.

The aim is to dissuade professing Christians from believing in Jesus Christ, the Gospel, and the Holy Scriptures, and ultimately lure them away from the Christian Faith.

Where Does This Belief Come From? What Is Its Origin?

The belief that Jesus, the Gospel, the Old and New Testament Scriptures, and the authentic Christian Faith were plagiarized from ancient Egyptian mythology doesn’t trace back to one sole origin, source, or founder.

Instead, it is a converging blend of theories from various Western European authors dating back to the late 18th century. The most influential theory being the Christ myth theory which you can read about by clicking here.

The materials below are often-cited as “historical documentation” and “factual support:”

-The Anacalypsis by Godfrey Higgins

-The World’s Sixteen Crucified Saviors (or Christianity Before Christ) by Kersey Graves

-The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold by Acharya S

-Suns of God: Krishna, Buddha and Christ Unveiled by Acharya S

-Christ in Egypt: The Horus-Jesus Connection by Acharya S

-Ancient Egypt: The Light of the World (Gerald Massey)

-Christianity Before Christ by John G. Jackson

-Zeitgeist: The Movie

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Many of the assertions that were made in these materials have been debunked and dismantled by historians, Bible scholars, Egyptologists, Christians and nonChristians alike.

But unfortunately, many others have swallowed these assertions hook, line, and sinker and pass them on as if they’re the absolute truth.

While there may be some inconsequential similarities between ancient Egyptian mythology and the Christian Faith — these inconsequential similarities are overshadowed by fundamental differences between ancient Egyptian mythology and the teachings of Jesus Christ.

When I compare the teachings of Jesus Christ to ancient Egyptian mythology on some of the most important theological subjects, such as: the origin of all life, the nature of God, the nature of man, God’s relationship to man, the worship of God, death and the afterlife — I find that the two are drastically different and in many cases, diametrically-opposed to one another.

When it comes to life’s biggest questions, ancient Egyptian mythological beliefs are at odds with the Lord Jesus Christ and His teaching.

Instead of finding significant parallels, theological harmony, and striking similarities — I find stark contrasts, conflicts, and incongruity.

As such, the belief that Jesus, the Gospel, the Old and New Testament Scriptures, and the authentic Christian Faith were plagiarized from ancient Egyptian mythology is baseless, utterly absurd, and without merit.

From time to time, I will be posting articles and podcasts dismantling this belief.

The podcast below dismantles the false assertion that the 10 commandments originated from the Egyptian Book of the Dead.

 

12 thoughts on “Did The Ten Commandments Come From The Ancient Egyptian Book Of The Dead?

  1. I’m glad to see you taking this on and can’t wait for part 2. This was very enlightening and a good read for anyone. I put this on my Facebook ministry page and Twitter for others to read as well and hope they will follow the blog.

  2. I’m glad to see this being taken on and can’t wait to read part 2. I think you are well equipped for this task Evelyn, and have a great supporter backing you up in Brother Hawkins.

  3. Dear Sister Evelyn,

    Another good post.

    I get weary sometimes. It seems like it is an almost full time job to keep up with the heresy that is invading the church. My side of the evangelical world is probably the worst. From what I call the great suburban heretics of the seeker friendly/ purpose driven (drivel) side to the NAR, word Faith, prosperity and the list goes on.

    The best thing for my theology was for the church was to try to silence me by putting an Gag Order when two congregants went after me criminally and made me a cripple for a year. I used to study cults like Mormonism and the Jehovah Witnesses. But those studies actually helped me to see the implosion within the church and realize that I needed to work on my theology and started opening up Concordances that were never previously opened.

    Yep, I had to repent of my heresy. It is humbling. It was cleansing.

    And you are right; we are not in it to “win” a debate. Our mission is to bring the light of Truth to the world. And sometimes we have to bring the light of the Truth to a dying world “within the church”, who no longer shares about “Christ crucified” and the redemption of sins.

    Below is a neat little youtube that was produced by of all groups the “Lutheran Satire” people on the lies of “Horus”. It might be a great ice breaker if the subject comes up. I hope someone can use it.

    In closing let me give a scripture. It is not on the your topic Sister, but a reminder to us believers who get tired and overwhelmed ever so often.

    Galatians 6:9-10 Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.10 So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith. (NASB)

    Bless you all. Look forward to Part 2

    Frank
    Sheep and Recovering Pentecostal
    Sheepville, NY

    • Thank you Frank. I have read your blog, and it is amazing what people do “in the name of Christ” and then pretend that their hands are clean and you are the “troublemaker.” It is important to share these things so that others will be aware, comforted, and know that they aren’t going crazy. Thank you for the link, I’m going to check out that video today. And amen, weary not in well doing! God bless you

  4. Scott;
    I don’t see this as a primer for Christian evangelism, as it is ammunition to be used when assaulted by those that assert these beliefs.
    As we evangelize, we will come across those that have these heretical views. Being equipped to reasonably respond will only serve to solidify the message of The Christ & His sacrifice.
    I’ve run into many that throw these views at me as their “proof” that Christianity is a myth; having a background as a participant in one of these views equipped me to respond with unshakable faith.
    We should all learn of these “objections” to our faith for there will be many that can and will be “reasoned” into believing a lie.

  5. Very enlightening topic indeed Evelyn! Sadly, the modern day church has been so dumbed-down and had their minds, consciences and spiritual discernment numbed to the point where they couldn’t recognize God’s truth to save their lives. All they know is what their particular church, denomination or pastor teaches and are inept at rightly dividing the word of truth. I am grateful to God for calling His people to re-examine what we believe and why and be able to effectively communicate that to others in a gentle but decisive way. We are exhorted in scripture to “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered to the saints”. (Jude verse 3) and that automatically means that we as believers must know what is the spiritual climate of our day, just as the apostles and early believers(the Bereans for example) did in their day and because of that they were able to warn, encourage and exhort the brethren concerning the things of our Lord Jesus Christ and effectively minister to the lost. Looking forward to more on this subject dear sister. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

  6. Thank You Evelyn. There are, in fact, great assaults against the precious faith that we share in Jesus Christ. While it is good to search out to debunk these false assertions, I do believe that it is much more prophetable (pun) to rise early and seek the Lord daily for His guidance as the days of darkness are fast approaching. We shall overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Few, if any people will ever be convinced through reason and proof. The preaching of the gospel should be our focus for evangelism. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. God grants faith to those that hear. Apologetics is a really great area to defend the faith (especially for the novice, or new convert), however, it just is not the Way that God has chosen for evangelism. I am not, in anyway insinuating that you are using it as a form of evangelism. I am merely exhorting you to keep these things in mind as you do fight the good fight and defend the faith to help those that are weak in faith. Thanx SIS :)!

    Scott

    • Thank you Scott. I encourage you to read the article below. As a woman of African heritage living in a predominantly black neighborhood and having been around black people all of my life (some of whom believe the “ancient Egyptian origins” myth), I will tell you that the Church is losing a great many black men and women to the heresy that Jesus/Scripture/the Gospel/the Christian Faith were plagiarized from ancient Egyptian mythology. I am not sure if you are ‘African American,’ but I know that sometimes my brethren who are white are not aware of the rise of black cults and their deceptions/propaganda that are sweeping throughout black neighborhoods and capitalizing on the very apparent apostasy of many predominantly black churches and the overall neglect of black communities (including by much of Western ‘Christianity’ which tends to ignore the plight and concerns of black people). Very few Christians are willing to share the Gospel in these areas, and even fewer are willing and able to refute their claims. I believe that the example of Jesus is to counter error AND share the Gospel, because both are important and profitable IF/WHEN the hearer is receptive. Let’s use Word-Faith theology as an example. If you share the Biblical Gospel with a Word-Faith adherent, they are going to wonder why — because as far as they are concerned, they already believe in Jesus and the Gospel. In fact, they sometimes think that they are more ‘enlightened’ than you because they have “laid hold of God’s promises for wealth and perfect health” and you are the one in need of “revelation.” So what was accomplished? Nothing, because the presentation was incomplete. The Biblical Gospel should be shared, but it’s also important and often necessary to explain to a Word-Faith adherent why their theology is heretical. I find that people who believe the Christian Faith evolved out of ancient Egyptian mythology must be approached in the same manner. They need the Gospel, but there will be times that we must refute their false beliefs as well. It’s not a sin “unspiritual” or contrary to Spirit-led evangelism to be aware of what people around you believe so that you can be of better service. The apostles were aware of what the culture around them believed and they addressed these things in Acts and some of their letters. Some of these folks who believe the “ancient Egyptian origins” myth are just confused, disenchanted, angry, and they need someone who will “patiently” teach them (as Paul stated in his letter) and not hide behind the Bible or call them a bunch of derogatory names and run off feeling more ‘righteous’ and ‘holy.’

      Some of them are the fall out from apostate churches, and they don’t know what to believe anymore, but they know that they don’t want to believe anything that was taught in the church they left, because they see all of the bad fruit that came from it. Others have been beat over the head with the Bible and had the Scriptures twisted on them by some false teacher. When Christians approach them regurgitating Scriptures with no awareness of their religious beliefs and unable to refute anything that they say, they tend to believe that we are ‘mindless drones’ only quoting Scripture because we are “programmed” to do so, because we were “raised Christian,” or because we stay in a country where most people self-identify as Christian, and not because we actually know what we are talking about and serve a true and risen Lord who isn’t just another false mythological god. They do not see any distinction between Christ and Horus, because they do not see any distinction between those who claim to represent Christ and the pagans of this world. They also do not see any distinction between Churchianity and ancient Egyptian religion, because both are of the flesh, man-made, antiChrist, of the world, superstitious, and full of magic and fables, and not the power of God’s Spirit and the truth of His word. The purpose of this sporadic series is not to mind-wrestle or “win a debate,” but to demonstrate the distinction between Jesus Christ and ancient Egyptian mythology. Whether anyone has ears to hear or not is not up to me but God. I am not worried about that. My duty is to lift up the Lord and speak truth to power, trusting that His Spirit will destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.

      I pray that more saints will be bold enough to share the Gospel with those who dogmatically claim that the Christian Faith evolved out of ancient Egyptian mythology. Our approach and methodology may differ, but the message of Christ and Him crucified remains the same. One sows, one waters, but God gives the increase.

      http://www.urbanfaith.com/2014/09/doing-apologetics-from-an-urban-perspective.html/

      • Many Pseudo-Egyptologists are motivated by racism. By focusing all of their attention on one color of people, they have actually missed the beauty behind the history of Egypt from an unbiased perspective. The Egyptian culture may have had strange gods and rituals; however, their understanding of astronomy and other forms of science are very impressive. A good example of that is the cubit. Moses described the measurements of Noah’s ark in Egyptian cubits. So there are some interesting things we can glean from Egyptian history. But when people come from the racist perspective as the Khemet Hotep-ers, the only thing you receive from them is misinformation.

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