Is Zeitgeist Real?
Dear visitor, in this article, we will examine the movie “Zeitgeist” from a Christian perspective. Our primary source is the Bible, the word of God.
What Does Zeitgeist Tell?
A few years ago, a brother from our church hurriedly phoned me: ‘Brother, I’m falling from the faith,’ he said. “Why, what happened?” I asked. “I watched a movie online called ‘The Zeitgeist’ and everything I believed in about Christ was shaken,” he replied. I said, “Okay, I’ll take a look”. When I started watching, I started to be impressed too.
The presenter was very confident, giving many examples from mythology, explaining that the alleged facts about Jesus Christ were essentially a collage of ancient legends. Of course, because I had been researching biblical history for years, I knew that the Messiah was not just a myth. However, I had not explored their mythological connections that much. This prompted me to investigate further.
The Zeitgeist movie has been circulating on the internet since 2007, and in its first part, it aims to refute the known facts about Jesus Christ, which is the center of Christianity. Peter Joseph, the writer and director of the film, argues that many events, such as Jesus’ virgin birth, his birth celebrated on December 25, his twelve apostles, his death on the cross, and his subsequent resurrection, are all quotes (stolen) from astrology and mythology. He even wants us to believe that the person called Jesus Christ never existed in the future of the movie. He lists many examples from ancient pagan beliefs as evidence.
In the beginning, the film focuses on the ‘Sun deity’ named Horus, who is mentioned in Egyptian mythology. Horus was born of a virgin named Isis-Mari on December 25th, he tells us. Then, following a star from the east, the three kings came to see the newborn savior. He was later baptized at the age of thirty and wandered for a while with his 12 disciples. He was eventually betrayed by a friend and crucified, but was able to come back to life three days later.
Egyptian Religion and Christianity
If we now accept as true what is claimed above about Horus, then what we know about Christ is put in doubt. But when we examine Egyptian mythology closely, it becomes clear that most of them are the work of Peter Joseph’s own imagination. It is true that in Egyptian mythology, Horus’ mother was Isis. However, the name that evokes the name of ‘Mari’, that is, Meryem, is never mentioned. That she was a virgin is also a complete lie, because Isis was the widow of Osiris. There is no connection with December 25, anyway, Christians do not claim that Christ was born on December 25. The date of Christ’s birth is unknown, but it has been celebrated on December 25 since the fourth century. Likewise, the three kings who visited Horus are not mentioned in Egyptian mythology. Those who come from the east and visit the newborn Christ are astrologers, and their numbers are not mentioned in the Bible. It is true that only Horus had 12 disciples. Apart from that, his baptism at the age of thirty, his crucifixion and his resurrection are all figments of the author’s imagination. It seems that Peter Joseph took the life of Christ and copied and pasted the legend of Horus.
Hinduism and Christianity
In the later scenes of the movie, it is claimed that Krishna, who is mentioned in Hinduism, was born from a virgin, was crucified and resurrected. However, Hinduism sources tell that Krishna was born from a mother with seven children. It indicates that he was shot in the heel with a randomly shot arrow and died. Later, Peter claims that the Persian god Mithras was also born of a virgin, traveled with 12 apostles and was resurrected after his death. However, when we look at the sources about him, we read that he was born from a stone. There is nothing specific about his death. As for the virgin birth story of Dionysus, there is no evidence to support this in mythology. As for Attis’ claim of resurrection, it only appeared 120 years after Jesus, so it is likely that he was inspired by the teachings of Christianity.
It turns out that the Zeitgeist movie was designed specifically to confuse people. Unfortunately, today’s youth is ready to accept everything they see on the internet without question. So it’s pretty easy to fool them with a few impressive scenes. Originally a German word, ‘zeitgeist’ means ‘the spirit of this age’. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that warnings about this are mentioned in the Bible:
The Bible’s Warnings
“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, may not shine on them (2 Corinthians 4:4).
The spirit of this age is none other than Satan, whom we know as the ‘father of lies’. The Word of the Lord warns in many places of these antichrist liars who will appear in the last days. (See 1 Timothy 4:1-2, Peter 2:1-3, 1 John 2:18-26)
As for the life of Jesus Christ, in the Bible his apostle Peter writes, “We did not resort to fabricated tales in declaring to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have seen His glory with our own eyes.” (2 Peter 1:16)
Similarly, when making his defense before Agrippa, the Apostle Paul states: “I speak to the king without hesitation, because he is knowledgeable in these matters. I believe that none of these events escaped his notice. Because these are not works done in a remote corner.” (Acts 26:26)
The apostles of Christ spoke of known and documented events. Some non-Christian historians of that time, such as Josefus, Tacitus, and Suetonius, also recorded facts about Jesus Christ. As a result, these claims that try to mythologize Jesus Christ are empty and funny in every way. Let it be a very important lesson for us, let’s not believe everything we see on the internet.
“Instead, let us examine the original sources for ourselves, or we will become, as the Bible warns, “children swept back and forth by the winds of every teaching, by the cunning of men, by their skill at deceitful schemes.” (Ephesians 4:14)