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I do see a later Christian influence, but that was the goal of Christianity, to assimilate into the Pagan systems and systematically take them over. Hence you'll find Christian influence in all the later Belief Systems.I don't dispute that Mithraism is older. My point is, Mithraism is not saying anything like what Christianity says, although it seems impossible to determine just what Mithraism is saying at all. I think those who see Christianity as adopting Mithraic iconography are seeing what they want to see.
From the evidence and scholarship, according to the sources I elect to back, it seems that Christian iconography appears to influence later Mithraism, rather than Mithraic iconography influencing Christianity.
It is clear that Christianity adopted an aspect of Mithraism - the celebration of the birth of Christ on December 25, a tradition that began in the 4th century.
December 25 was also the birthday of the more popular Roman god known as the "Unconquered Sun" (with whom Constantine identified himself before his conversion to Christianity), who was closely associated with Mithras.
Sol Invictus became the birth of the Christ.
Most Pagan religions worship the Goddess aspect. Luciferianism balances the Male/Female principles equally.Originally Posted by Etu Malku
I see quite a lot of women bashing in scripture. All three major Abrahamic religions (particularly Judaism and Islam) are male predominant. Just because Christianity throws the girl a bone and makes her a saint now and then to look good, doesn't make up for all the oppression.
What religions aren't?
I'll agree that the NT does represent the Feminine in a better light than the dark, violence of the OT.But that same attitude of 'throwing a bone' to the feminine is what allows exegetes to push the feminine into the background. I would argue that certain NT texts are absolutely bringing the feminine to the fore — the annunciation to Mary directly, and Joseph's being informed only indirectly; the risen Christ appears to the Magdalene first, and gives her a message to take to the apostles; His mother's words at Cana ...
You may have a "POINT" there (*pun intended )I think women will have something to say about those goofy hats before they put one on!