Pagan Philosopher Apollonius Of Tyana The Real Son Of God Not Jesus Christ: Amazon Prime Documentary ‘Bible Conspiracies’ Claims it’s so

Here we go again! another pagan attempt to discredit the Jewishness and authenticity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! But here is a helpful preview and brief critical analysis of a new series from Netflix about Jesus.
 
Amazon Prime is releasing a documentary arguing that the life and deeds of a first-century pagan philosopher-healer named Apollonius of Tyana were suppressed by the early Church, and ‘transferred’ onto the Jewish composite of Jesus of Nazareth in the Gospels. Apollonius lived around the same time, the doco points out; he renounced worldliness, gathered many disciples, and, most tellingly, he performed miracles that read suspiciously like scenes in the Gospels
 
Jesus has been confused with a Greek philosopher who lived at the same time and was thought to restore life to the dead, according to a new documentary. Descriptions of Jesus’ life and the miracles he performed in the New Testament may have been mistaken for Preacher Apollonius of Tyana.
For the past 2,000 years, the numbers of challengers against Jesus of Nazareth as being the Son of God have been many, with 100% of those challengers winding up in the trash bin of history. This latest pile of slop called which Amazon Prime is calling a documentary, ‘Bible Conspiracies’, will be equally effective.
 
“And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.” 1 John 5:20 (KJV)
 
There are many things about the life of Jesus that a con artist could replicate to fool a small number of people. Something that they cannot do, however, is the fulfillment of nearly 50 Old Testament prophecies which were written thousands of years before the scammer was even born. Then, of course, attempting to replicate that ‘rising from the dead’ trick might be a tad difficult to pull off.
 
“And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.” Luke 21:8 (KJV)
 
In the many years that I have been saved, I have read lots of books and seen lots of movies that claimed to UNCOVER!! BIBLE SECRETS!!! TRUTH REVEALED!!! and not one time has a single of one of them had anything to do with the actual Bible or revealed any actual secrets. This fake documentary ‘Bible Conspiracies’ will not only not do any better, but it also does a whole lot worse.
 
Jesus Christ ‘was GREEK and not Jewish’: Amazon Prime documentary claims ancient philosopher Apollonius of Tyana who preached and performed miracles was actually the Son of God
FROM THE DAILY MAIL UK: There are striking physical similarities between the two and there is more evidence that Apollonius existed. The Amazon documentary Bible Conspiracies, suggests that Jesus might actually be Apollonius.
 
The documentary does not dispute that Jesus existed as a historical figure, however, it claims that the person described in the New Testament as the ‘son of God’ may have been Apollonius. Apollonius of Tyana was born the 3rd or 4th year BC in Central Anatolia.
 
Both Jesus and Apollonius were preachers and supposedly performed miracles in the first century AD. They are both depicted as having long beards. The series explains how Apollonius rose to prominence by performing miracles and amassing followers – in a similar way to Jesus.
 
‘He became a disciple of Pythagoras renouncing flesh, wine, and women. He wore no shoes and let his hair and beard grow long,’ the documentary reveals.
 
It continues: ‘He soon became a reformer and fixed his abode in the Temple of Aesculapius’. Apollonius rose to prominence by amassing religious followers as he preached and performed miracles. ‘Eventually, Apollonius became a wise sage himself and his own notoriety grew.
 
‘Aurelian the Roman Emperor vowed to erect temples and statues to his honor. Was there ever anything among men more holy?
 
‘He reportedly restored life to the dead and spoke of things beyond the human reach. And, unlike Jesus, there is evidence to prove that Apollonius actually existed.’ The explosive claims go against more traditional views of Apollonius that believe him to have been no more than a philosopher.
 
Reactions to the documentary have not been kind.
 
  • ‘Does not live up to its name – doesn’t reveal any Bible ‘conspiracies’ only tries to cast doubt on the Bible with no historical evidence or interviews with trustworthy experts, just pure conjecture.
  • ‘Too bad because there is a lot of fascinating things revealed by the Bible. I skimmed ahead and lost interest and felt mislead and couldn’t finish but it all look pretty lame,’ wrote one viewer.
  • ‘The writers of this film not only have NO actual Biblical knowledge, they quote many myths that have been not only been disproved, but are laughed at in theological circles. In this video, there are no experts, no theologians, only many rhetorical lies that are often spewed by evolutionist and atheist,’ said another.
  • It was a view shared by another viewer: ‘Heavily Biased Opinion Piece…Not an objective analysis at all. A hodge-podge of Truths, Half-Truths, Fallacies and Unfounded Conjecture.
It is true that a few stories in Philostratus’ ‘Life of Apollonius’ read uncannily like stories written in the Gospel of Mark a century-and-a-half earlier. In fact, the scholarly Greek-English edition of the ‘Life of Apollonius’ in the Loeb Classical Library even provides footnotes pointing readers to passages in the Gospel. But thinking people will rightly ask, Which is more likely:
1) The story of Jesus was concocted to sound like a figure who worked three decades after Jesus, who died 70 years after Jesus, and whose sole biographical source was composed nearly 200 years after Jesus, or
2) The memory of poor old Apollonius was ‘recast’ by the third-century Roman elite (consciously or otherwise) to compete with the rising influence of Jesus and the Gospels?

But it’s even worse for this new conspiracy theory. We only have one source for Apollonius’ biography. It was written by the philosopher Philostratus around AD 220 at the urging of the famously anti-Christian Empress Julia Domna. This means that the ‘Life of Apollonius’ was composed not only 120 years after Apollonius himself, but 150 years after the first Gospels, and 190 years after Jesus of Nazareth.

Bible Conspiracies
Bible Conspiracies

So, Please unless you have time to waste listening to another atheist hack present another self-refuting attempt to discredit the Bible, you would be better served by simply picking the Bible up and reading it!

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