(1040) Sat 28 Dec 96 21:41 By: DAVID RICE To: GERRY DANEN Re: December 25 +gt;CG+gt; I wis

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(1040) Sat 28 Dec 96 21:41 By: DAVID RICE To: GERRY DANEN Re: December 25 >CG> I wish everyone a pleasant December the 25th, >CG> and a Good New Year. GD> Are you trying to be politically correct, or are GD> you afraid of the word Christmas and what it stands GD> for? Greed, avarice, consumerism, commercialism, and of course unbridled capitalism. Damn frightening to me. To say that history is silent about Herod's massacre of the innocents is not to say that the story is at all unusual. Parallel versions of it are so common in the folklore of ancient societies that mythologists have even assigned a name to the story and call it the dangerous-child myth. Space won't allow a review of all these myths, but the Hindu version is worth looking at, because it is strikingly parallel to Matthew's story. According to Hindu literature, Krishna, the eighth incarnation of the god Vishnu, was born to the virgin Devaki in fulfillment of prophecy and was visited by wise men who had been guided to him by a star. Angels also announced the birth to herdsmen in the nearby countryside. When King Kansa heard about the miraculous birth of this child, he sent men to "kill all the infants in the neighboring places," but a "heavenly voice" whispered to the foster father of Krishna (who, incidentally, was a carpenter) and warned him to take the child and flee across the Jumna river. (In this Hindu legend, we can recognize many parallels to the infancy of Jesus other than the dangerous-child element.) In "Bible Myths and Their Parallels in Other Religions," author T. W. Doane cited a work by Thomas Maurice, "Indian Antiquities", vol. 1, pp. 112-113, which described an "immense sculpture" in a cave-temple at Elephanta that depicts the Indian children being slaughtered while men and women apparently representing their parents are standing by pleading for the children (p. 167). A study of pagan mythology would establish similar parallels in the stories of Zoroaster (Persian), Perseus and Bacchus (Greek), Horus (Egyptian), Romulus and Remus (Roman), Gautama (the founder of Buddhism), and many others, because various pieces of the dangerous-child myth can be found in the stories of all these pagan gods and prophets. All of these myths antedate, usually by many centuries, Matthew's account of the massacre of the children at Bethlehem. Krishna, for example, was a Hindu savior who allegedly lived in the sixth century B. C., so when a study of ancient world literature shows that an unusual event like the slaughter of the innocents seemed to have happened =everywhere=, reasonable people will realize that it probably happened =nowhere= or, at best, that it happened only once and was subsequently plagiarized. Since the story occurs many times before Matthew's version of it, we can only conclude that no such event happened in Bethlehem as Matthew--and only Matthew--claimed. Just like that, then, fundamentalists who put so much stock in prophecy-fulfillment find one of their "fulfillments" vaporizing right before their eyes. ... Drink till she's cute. Stop before you get married. * Shy.David@EdenBBS.com --- Silver Xpress Mail System 5.4H1 * Origin: "She blinded me with science!" (1:124/9005) SEEN-BY: 124/1 9000 9005 218/890

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