So after two guys made an exceptionally crude joke about Jesus at the gym, I asked them if they knew anything about the guy who they were talking about. One guy didn't, one guy's been hanging out on a bunch of lefty left atheist websites. How do I know that? Because he made the comparison, which I've heard before, that Jesus is just like the ancient Egyptian god Horus.
A quick jump over to Wikipedia and a few other sources shows that most claims concerning the similarities between Jesus and Horus are bogus. For instance, Horus' mother Isis was NOT a virgin when she conceived Horus, as shown by an ancient Egyptian relief that depicts the conception by showing his mother in a falcon form, hovering over an erect phallus of a dead and prone Osiris in the Underworld. Another claim these people find shocking is that supposedly Horus was born on December 25. That's irrelevant (and only has a 1 in 365 chance of being true). Nowhere does the New Testament associate this date with Jesus' birth at all. This is simply the date Christians have chosen to celebrate the birth. Did I mention Horus' head was a bird head?
It's convenient that the conspiracy books and websites have trouble producing the original Egyptian sources of these dumb claims.
This guy also threw around obscure and most certainly misquoted or out-of-context Bible verses to try and prove his point. When witnessing, I let most of those things go on by and focus on Christ. I did address some of them though.
Everyone deep down knows there's a God. His creation screams that He exists. We know paintings have painters because the painting exists. Same with buildings and builders. Creation has to have a creator. And don't use the, "but we can go see the painter or builder!" argument. I don't think any of you could go see DaVinci. The moral code that is pretty much universal to humanity is made evident in our conscience, which is an aspect of what God has written on our hearts. Evolution can't explain that (among a whole lot of other things).
The fact is, so many people love their sin so much they will use any excuse to not follow God. They will do anything or read anything that will help to convince themselves there is no God. Why? They don't want to believe there is Someone that expects certain things from us and knows when we fail because of our own stubborn choosing.
There is hope (do I sound like Obama there?). Put aside your pride. Repent of your sins. Trust Jesus Christ, the only wise and true God, for the forgiveness of your sins. He died 2000 years ago to pay the fine for breaking God's law.
It's okay. These guys heard the gospel.
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11)
Here is a great explanation of Osiris, Horus, and Jesus (the true God fyi ;-))