Introduction [The Ten Commandments & the 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, and the Christian Faith were all plagiarized from ancient Egyptian mythology.
A number of false claims are made in a vain and futile attempt to substantiate this belief. For example:
“Jesus is a pagan copy of Horus”
“The term “amen” originates from the name of the ancient Egyptian mythological god, Amen-Ra.”
“The ten commandments came from the Egyptian Book of the Dead [also called the 42 Principles or Laws 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 false claims are made, but the overarching assertion is that the Christian Faith is a stolen religion which evolved out of ancient Egyptian mythology.
The purpose of this assertion is to discredit and invalidate the Old and New Testament, and dissuade professing Christians from believing what the 66 books of the Bible teach–namely that the Old and New Testament are the God-breathed authoritative word of God, that Jesus Christ is God manifested in the flesh and the only Savior of mankind, and the Gospel is the Good News message of salvation.
My hope is that more and more believers will see the urgent need to get equipped with sound doctrine, with knowledge of how we received the Old and New Testament, with knowledge of Church history and world history (especially African history), and gain the courage, compassion, and zeal to engage individuals who have been taken in by unhistorical misinformation.
To this end, the purpose of this article is threefold:
1. To briefly explain the origins of the false assertion that Jesus Christ, the Gospel, the Old and New Testament, and the Christian Faith were plagiarized from ancient Egyptian mythology.
2. To refute the false claim that “The ten commandments came from the Egyptian Book of the Dead.”
3. To explain why the Egyptian Book of the Dead actually demonstrates man’s need for a Savior and the necessity of the Gospel.