Christianity’s concept of resurrection has often been criticized as being a knock-off of ancient Egypt’s story of Osiris. There are several versions of the mythological story of the Egyptian god Osiris, but they all pale in comparison to the truth of resurrection as told to mankind in God’s word. Satan still has access to heaven as mentioned in the book of Job where he presents himself to God and in Revelation where he stands before God to accuse his saints. I believe in ancient times, he understood that God has the power to bring the dead back to life, so he worked through ancient Egyptians to conjure up idolatrous myths to try and take glory away from the one true God, Jehovah. In ancient Hebrew, the word for life is chayah, and the word not only speaks of something that is alive, but also implies that one who is physically dead can be revived again to life. Perhaps this word was derived from an ancient tongue which preceded ancient Egypt and Satan, knowing the concept of resurrection existed, used this opportunity to devise his own idea of it.
Since the internet has the myth of Osiris readily available for anyone who wants to read it, I’ll just highlight a few things that it states and see if statements in the story hold up to the truth in the Bible.
- Osiris is the god of the dead, the god of the underworld.
- Jesus Christ is the Lord of heaven and earth (Acts 17:24). He is also the God of the living, not the dead (Mark 12:26-28). The underworld, or hell, is Satan’s domain (Isaiah 14:12-15).
- Osiris’ body was cut into pieces and scattered throughout Egypt.
- In fulfillment of the prophecy in Psalm 34:20, not even one of Christ’s bones was broken (John 19:32-36).
- Osiris came back to life by an Egyptian magic ritual.
- Jesus Christ came back to life by the power of the living God (Acts 3:14-15), who hates magic/sorcery (Exodus 9:11).
- Osiris did not make any physical appearances to his followers because Egyptian mythology says those who have died can never return to the land of the living. Osiris had to descend directly to Duat, the abode of the dead. (This whole concept is contradictory since resurrection means that a dead person returns to the land of the living. So, I guess Osiris never resurrected.) However, other accounts of the story claim he appeared to his son, Horus.
- Jesus Christ made bodily appearances to his followers after he was raised from the dead. They were able to touch him to verify he was real. After his bodily appearances, he ascended to heaven.
Although Jesus Christ was not the first to rise from the dead, he is the first to rise and never physically die again. The Old Testament has several scriptures testifying of actual resurrections or stating that resurrection is real and here they are:
- 1 Kings 17:17-24 (Elijah raises a boy from the dead)
- 2 Kings 4:32-37 (Elisha raises a boy from the dead)
- 2 Kings 13:20-21 (A dead body touches Elisha’s bones and comes back to life)
- Job 19:25-26 (Job knows he will rise from the dead)
- Psalm 16:10; 17:15; 49:15; 71:20 (Resurrection scriptures in general and about Christ)
- Isaiah 26:19
- Hosea 6:2
–posted by Harry A. Gaylord–