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Any examples of dying and resurrecting gods that exist only in heaven, not earth?

In recent years proponents of the Christ-myth theory (e.g., Earl Doherty in his writings) have begun to argue that St. Paul in his epistles was setting forth the view that Christ was wholly divine and ...
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Did myths involving Loki influence Christian myths?

There is a lot of influence from non-Christian myths on Christian myths. There are numerous examples of syncretism, especially revolving around the various saints and what they might have done. ...
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What are the “beasts of the earth” in the fourth seal of Revelation?

When the fourth seal is opened, Death and Hell will kill "a fourth part of the earth" (KJ21): 6:8 And I looked, and behold, a pale horse, and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed ...
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What is the importance of the number seven in mythology and religion?

Similar question Why is 12 such a holy number? 7 is one of the most important number in history. It would be hard to ignore : The seven days of the week The seven deadly sins The lucky 7 The seven ...
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Where do Easter eggs come from?

In Christian cultures, many people give Easter eggs as presents at Easter. They can be painted chicken's eggs, or they can be chocolate. What are the origins of this practice as a Christian tradition?
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Why did God prefer Abel's offering to Cain's?

In the Old Testament, God accepts Abel's offering but rejects Cain's: Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an ...
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Who/what is Lilith?

So I was playing The Binding of Isaac the other day, and there's this character called Lilith. Now I have good reason to believe that this is mythological. For one thing, all of the characters are ...
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Did Ragnarök influence the Apocalypse of John?

In my younger days I was convinced the story of Ragnarök was influenced by the New Testament's Armageddon. As I started to learn about the existence of pagan ideas in Christianity, I began to wonder ...
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Did Greeks and Romans allow for belief in only some of their gods?

Did Greeks and Romans believe in all their gods, or was it permissible to believe in some of them only (e.g., only in Diana, Jupiter, Apollo, Mercury, etc.)? {It seems it was permissible to believe ...
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Who is the woman “clothed with the sun” in Revelation?

From Revelation 12 (KJ21): 1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars. 2 And she, ...
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Who or what are the seven spirits of God in Revelation?

The "seven spirits [of God]" are mentioned multiple times in Revelation (KJ21): 1:4 John, To the seven churches in Asia: Grace be unto you and peace from Him who is, and who was, and who is to come,...
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How do Dionysus and Jesus relate?

I was reading Dan Brown and found out that Dionysus's birthday (I assume 2nd birth from Zeus's calf) is the same as Jesus. What similarities do they share other than this?
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Is there a connection between Odin or Zeus and the Christian God?

Could the Norse Odin or the Greek Zeus be Christianity's "The Creator" and father of Jesus?