Q: The divinity of Jesus is a lie. (NB: The questioner included a very lengthy post regarding his/her belief that Jesus was not a divine being.)
A: Thank you for your post to TruthBook.com and for your interest in the topic of Jesus. Your subject line says "the divinity of Jesus is a lie" and you've supplied a lot of information about similarities between Mithraism, paganism, and Christianity. Perhaps you're unfamiliar with the teachings of The Urantia Book – -it does an excellent job of covering this identical material, pointing out the similarities between Mithraism, paganism, and early Chrisitianity... so your information comes as no real surprise to any student of The Urantia Book.
However, you've mixed up the myth with the actuality. While these myths are similar, the one being borrowed from the other, the mythical trappings of Christianity in no way invalidate the meaning of Jesus' life and teachings – -instead they simply fog up the issues. One can study and appreciate and love Jesus without studying, appreciating, and loving Christian tenets.
Jesus was a real person – -we know this for a fact since the course of human history was changed by the life this one human being lived. Such profound alterations in the stream of evolutionary change don't occur because of conspiracy theory, fairy tale, myth, or wishful thinking; they can only occur from the transpiring of actual events... the life and teaching of one remarkable human being being just such an event. If you can't acknowledge that Jesus was a real person then nothing else I have to say will be of any value to you.
Neither does The Urantia Book support a virgin birth nor a birthday of December 25th – -so again, you've provided nothing that isn't supported by the teachings of this marvelous book. Have you looked at The Urantia Book? Or did you just assume that because our site promotes the life and teachings of this extraordinary man that we were also promoting Christian dogma? The Urantia Book is not a Christian document although it supports much of what Christianity is founded upon, as well as that which is true and good in the other religions of the world. One of the goals of The Urantia Book is to lift Jesus up from the confines of Christianity and to give him to all the world, to believers and non-believers alike. Here's a brief quote from the book that you might find meaningful:
"The time is ripe to witness the figurative resurrection of the human Jesus from his burial tomb amidst the theological traditions and the religious dogmas of nineteen centuries. Jesus of Nazareth must not be longer sacrificed to even the splendid concept of the glorified Christ. What a transcendent service if, through this revelation, the Son of Man should be recovered from the tomb of traditional theology and be presented as the living Jesus to the church that bears his name, and to all other religions!" (196:1.2)
Your post did nothing to reinforce your subject line that the divinity of Jesus is a lie, it only substantiated that much of Christian dogma was borrowed from earlier myths – -and on those points we agree. I hope that if you wish to pursue this topic you will become more familiar with what you have stumbled upon regarding the teachings of The Urantia Book. One way to begin to understand the teachings of this book is to subscribe to the daily "Quote of the Day, " from our site. Just go to TruthBook.com, and click on Quote of the day (right in the middle of the page) and then click on "subscribe." It is a free service. Also, you might be interested in viewing some of our flash movies. Just click on "Audio + Video" in the left column. These will begin to give you an overview of what our site is really about.