Mystery religions were prevalent in Egypt and all the middle east at the time of adoption of the Jewish faith in the incarnation of the Jewish faith in Christianity. In the mysteries there were VIrgin births, the killing of Kings and resurrections, miracles and all the trappings of our current religion (if you are of the Jewish/ Christian/ Islamic tradition). People have been conned for so long and too long but they are still gullible and they still buy into the BS. And the world is worse for it.
Straight outta Egypt (thru Israel into Rome and across the Atlantic)
The uneducated with no interest in mystical traditions and the esoteric may regard Ancient Egypt as little more than a place of pagan worship, strange hieroglyphics, and monuments erected by thousands of Hebrew slaves. But those more learned, especially those having undertaken the initiative rituals of Freemasonry, will see a link between the Egyptian metaphysical tradition and modern mystery schools, of which Freemasonry is one. [gaia.com]
Lord of host Lucifer the devil leading the Masonic lodge secret religion racist devil worshippers in the establishment of the mark of the beast 666 identification for taxation and government control. No justice for the innocent, more children can be trained to speak and act abused to wrongfully prosecute innocent people especially those that oppose there Masonic lodge secret religion racist devil worship "my teacher made me touch her p.p ". Rape the original indigenous inhabitants of their land call it America call them such as Mexicans, Indians and native Americans
Very few realize that Chrianities are in fact a mystery religion. I get much criticism for pointing that out. In truth if one studies mystery religions specifically it becomes very appearant. Not traces but mounds of evidence are presented in the New Testiment. This is not good or bad, it is simply a part of the makeup of this cult.
Religion is a tool used by humans--and historically speaking, men--to gain control over the masses. It is used for validation of wars, totalitarianism, the suppression of women, and other negative issues.
However, it is a misnomer to say that "religion" caused these issues: it was humans. Take religion out of the equation and humans are still petty, greedy, power hungry, and still want to dominate one another. They would have waged war regardless.
Also, the "virgin birth" prophecy was no such thing. In the Hebrew, it was foretold in the book of Isaiah that "a young woman" (almah) would give birth. Not nearly as sexy as a "virgin" giving birth- young women give birth all the time. The Greek translators screwed up and used the word for "virgin" instead. 2000 years of stupid has been the result.
Even now there are Xian websites trying to explain how "young woman" really meant "virgin", just to excuse the Greeks and maintain that it really was holy inspired translation and not a fuckup.
Yes, but those were just myths (say the believers).
How can they tell their mythology is the true one?
(I know it doesn't make any sense. Joseph Campbell pointed this stuff out decades ago. His series with Bill Moyers on PBS started me on my long journey of investigating comparative religion and questioning how any of it could be true, leading me through agnosticism and eventually to atheism.)