Differences between ancient Egypt religion
and ancient Christianity
Differences between ancient Egypt religion
and ancient Christianity.
It has become fashionable to think that
ancient Egyption religion perfectly and smoothly
matches ancient Christianity.
This is an oversimplified view.
The influences of ancient Egyptian religion upon
ancient Christianity are enormous.
This is because:
1. Egyptian religion as it was of ancient times was in full swing until 452AD.
So Christianity and Egyptian religion existed next to each other.
2. The Thoth religion has been absorbed into Christianity
under the name of Hermes.
3. The city of Alexandria was the city of science and theology.
The wise scholars of that city had much influence
with publications and the spread of ideas.
4. Big movements in Christianity like the cloisters and the church
of Valentinianus and the church of Seth did come from the Egyptian nation.
5. The Asari Khenti Amenti religion (Osiris) has been the role model for
ancient Christians. To write about this has to be on another page..
6. The ancient religion of the Hebrew nations was originally
a religion strongly related to the Hathor religion.
After the exile in Babylon of the Hebrew people
the ancient Hathor-Moses-Aaron-Mirjam religion was burned away
and replaced by the Jahweh religion of war upon the disbelievers
and revenge until the third generation.
In this webpage I will point out that there are also some strong differences.
The ancient Egyptian civilization was in existence
for at least 5000 years, which is much more then
any other civilization ever.
During this time period there were many big revolutions
and invasions by other nations and religions.
Well known are the Persian and Greek invasions.
The Greek invasion brought the ancient Greek language into Egypt,
which was spoken by most of the ancient Egyptians
during a period of 800 years.
There were also the invasions of the Hypsos people,
very probable connected to the invasion
of the Old Testament Hebrew nations.
There was the invasion of the Sea-people,
which gave an enormous upheaval in ancient
for at least 300 years.
In the same way there have been two invasions in very ancient times,
of which all records and memories have vanished,
the first was the invasion of the Asari Khenti Amenti religion (Osiris),
the second one was the invasion of the Ra religion.
The invasion of the Asari religion brought the Nile valley
into the high level of civilization as we know it.
Asari brought in his company five other divinities:
Ast (Isis) sister and wife of Asari;
Heru-p-khart (Horus the child) son of Ast and Asari;
Nebt-het (Nephthys) sister of Ast and married with Sutekh;
Sutekh (Seth) murderer of his brother Asari;
Anpu (Anubis) son of Sutekh and Nebt-het.
The Ra religion was never completely accepted in the Nile valley
and stayed the religion of the highly ranked.
Nevertheless the veneration of the Sun always was a constant part
of Egyptian religion.
Around the city of Thebes (named after the Goddess Apt, a form of Hathor)
the ancient Sun religion from before all time.
Nefer means God or Goddess in hieroglyphs.
"Nefer Mut" means Mother of God, the Egyptian surname of Mary.
The Egyptian Christians were the first to give Mary this title.
That way Mary got the name of the goddess Mut.
Differences with ancient Christianity:
1. The ancient Egyptians before the Asari (Osiris) religion became known,
were very much aware of life after death.
For this reason, they mutilated dead bodies by taking of the feet
and taking of the head of the deceased
to prevent his or her return to the living
after his or her coming back to life.
Although the Asari religion brought the idea of the funeral
with the body as a whole, often mummified if payable,
the basic idea of fear for the dead stayed.
There are indications that this habit of mutilating
at least symbolically survived till the end.
Mutilation of the dead never was part of Christianity.
2. A burial of highly placed people was often accompanied by
human sacrifices in two ways:
-the coffin was placed upon a number of human heads,
which could be the remains of former enemies
or the head of servants carrying the coffin;
-the grave contained small images of people,
the so-called "ushabtiu" or "abtu" which word most
probably means the "slaughtered".
The determinant in the hieroglyphic writing gives the sign
for men and women, which means that these "aptu" statues
were real men and women killed to serve the buried person
in the after-life. The little statues were meant to
replace their original bodies.
In several graves there were hundreds of these "aptu".
As far as we know human sacrifices at a burial
were never a part of Chirstianity.
3. The ancient Egyptian religion had a persistent tradition
of sacrificing human victims in the temple services.
The revenge of the child Heru-p-khart religion
for the murder upon his father Asari
was the reason for an endless killing of people.
From almost every dynasty in several thousands of years
are known images of the massacre of human sacrifices.
These victims were mainly foreigners captured
during the many wars.
Sacred human sacrifices were not a part of the Christian belief system.
4. There was also a special feast dedicated to the killing
of the inhabitants of the Eastern desert and Sinai,
called "the smashing of the Antiu".
Killing of people outside the Christian religion was always completely
accepted and it still is.
The killing of "heretics" and "heathens" is still part of most history books
without any remorse or compassion.
The smashing of the Antiu was more a feast with a terrible content.
5. Prisoners of all kinds were day and night without interruption
heavily tortured with unimaginable cruelty.
The images of these heavy tortures are
everywhere to be seen, in papyri, in temples, in graves.
This habit of cruel torture has always been
a characteristic of this ancient Egyptian civilization.
Although torture is also done by Christians,
it never was part of the daily system.
Ofcourse we think with horror of the torture of the "heretics"
by church people, the Inquisition, and the torture
of South American people by priests of the Roman Catholic church.
As far as I know these tortures were never aplogized for.
6. It is not really proven that human meat was eaten,
but it is highly probable.
Specially the meat of temple sacrifices was probably consumed.
It seems that the discussion in the New Testament
about eating meat in "heathen" temples
could be related to the consumption of human remains.
The idea of eating human meat is not a part of books about ancient Egypt,
but there is much evidence for this habit,
that there certainly is truth in this.
Cannibalism was and is not part of the Christian believe system.
I took out the difference no 7., about dance and sex.
Ancient Christianity had an important sacrament in the Bridalchamber.
As long as we don't know for sure what this meant,
we can't bring it in as a difference.
This has to be researched more.
Later I will add more differences.
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