John P. Lundy, Nineteenth--Century Reverend:
we may believe so good an authority as Edward Moor (author of Moor's
"Hindu Pantheon" and "Oriental Fragments"), both the name of
Crishna, and the general outline of his history, were
long anterior to the birth of our Savior, as very certain things, and probably
extended to the time of Homer, nearly nine hundred years before Christ, or more
than one hundred years before Isaiah lived and prophesied.” 16
J. B. S. Carwithen, Nineteenth--Century Reverend:
the name of Crishna [sic] and the general outline of
his story are long anterior to the birth of our Savior; and this we know, not
on the presumed antiquity of the Hindoo records
alone. Both Arrian and Strabo assert that the god Crishna was anciently worshipped at
T. W. Doane, Nineteenth Century:
the Sanskrit Dictionary, compiled more than two thousand years ago, we have the
whole story of Crishna, the incarnate deity, born of
a virgin, and miraculously escaping in his infancy from Kansa, the reigning
monarch of the country.” 18
Monier Williams, Nineteenth--Century Professor:
religious creeds, rites, customs, and habits of thought of the Hindus generally
have altered little since the days of Manu [in] 500 B.C.”19
George W. Cox, Nineteenth--Century Reverend:
“...Practically, the myths of Crishna seems to have been fully developed in the days of Megasthenes [fourth century B.C.], who identifies him with the Greek Hercules. 20
1) Both were preceded by a ‘forerunner’ born a short time before them.21
2) Each was born in a city away from home where his father was on tax business.22
3) Krishna was born in a cave.23
Jesus was born in a stable (Luke 2:7). However, Quintus Tertullian (third century),
Frederick W. Farrar, Nineteenth--Century Reverend:
“That the actual place of Christ's birth was a cave is a very ancient tradition, and this cave used to be shown as the scene of the event even so early as the time of Justin Martyr (A.D. 150).” 25
4) “In infancy, both
father was warned in a dream, ‘...rise and take the child and his mother, and
5) One of these kings then ordered "the massacre in all his states of all the children of the male sex during the night of the birth of Crishna."27
The other, Herod, ‘.sent and killed all the male children in
“One of both
7) “Urged by
"While [Jesus] was thus speaking to them, behold, a ruler came in and knelt before him, saying: `My daughter has just died; but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live....' But when the crowd had been put aside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose" (Matthew , 25).
8) Either a poor cripple or a lame woman came with "a vessel filled with spices, sweet scented oils, sandalwood, saffron, civet, and other perfumes, and made a certain sign on [
"Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came up to him with an alabaster box of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head, as he sat at the table" (Matthew 26:6--7).
9) Both washed the feet of their disciples.31
10) Both had a beloved disciple.32
Jesus said: "But when you pray, go into your room and close the door and pray to your Father Who is in secret; and your Father Who sees in secret will reward you" (Matthew 6:6).
Jesus said: "I am the light of the world, he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life" (John ).
Jesus said: "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me" (John 14:6).
Jesus said: "Fear not, I am the first, and the last, and the living one; I died, and behold I am alive for evermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades" (Revelations --18).
15) Both "descended" to hell.37
16) Both "ascended" to heaven before witnesses.38
17) Both are said to have been God incarnate:
"Crishna is the very Supreme Brahma, though it be a mystery
how the Supreme should assume the form of a man."39
"Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of our religion; He manifested in the flesh." (I Timothy 3:16).
18) Before death,
Both were crucified:
P. Lundy, Nineteenth--Century Reverend: I object to the crucifix because it is
an image, and liable to gross abuse, just as the old Hindoo
crucifix was an idol.41
Dr. Thomas Inman, Nineteenth--Century: Crishna [sic], whose history so closely resembles our Lord's, was also like him in his being crucified.42
When Jesus died, the sun was darkened from the sixth to the ninth hour, graves were opened, and saints rose and entered the city (Matthew 27:45, 51--52).
21) Both were "resurrected."44
"Immediately after the tribulation of those days [following Jesus' "return"] the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken" (Matthew 24:29).
John P. Lundy, Monumental Christianity (New York, 1876), p. 151.
17. Ibid, pp. 151--152.
18. T. W. Doane, Bible Myths (New York, 1882), p. 286.
19. Williams, Indian Wisdom, or Examples of the Religious, Philosphical, and
Ethical Doctrines of the Hindoos (
20. Cox, The Myths of the Aryan Nations (
21. Maurice, Hindostan, vol. 2, p. 316; Luke 1:57.
22. H. H. Wilson, trans., The Vishnu Purana, A System of Hindoo Mythology
and Tradition (
23. Cox, vol. 2, p. 107.
24. Godfred Higgins, Anacalypsis: An Enquiry into the Origin of Languages,
Nations and Religions (
25. Farrar, The Life of Christ (New York, 1876), p. 38.
27. Swain, vol. 1, p. 259.
28. Thomas Maurice, History of Hindostan (
29. Maria L. Child, The Progress of Religious Ideas through Successive Ages
(New York, 1855), vol. 1, p. 68.
30. Maurice, Hindostan, vol 2, p. 320.
31. Maurice, Indian Antiquities (
32. Charles Wilkes, trans., The Bhagavat Gita, or Dialogues of Crishna and
Arjoon, in Eighteen Lectures With Notes, (
33. Williams, Hinduism (
34. Ibid., p. 213.
35. Ibid., p. 213.
36. Ibid., p. 213.
37. Swain, vol. 1, p. 237; I Peter 3:19.
38. Higgins, p. 131; Acts 1:9
40. Higgins, vol. 1, p. 144.
41. Lundy, p. 128.
42. Inman, Ancient Faiths and Modern (
43. Child, vol. 1, p. 71.
44. Dupuis, p. 240; Matthew 28:6.
45. Child, vol. 1, p. 75; Williams, Hinduism, p. 108.