I was putting together a page about the supposed similarities between Jesus and Horus and found a lot of very good responses have already been written on the subject, so if you don't mind I'll post some of it here. There are tens more points that could be made, but these'll do for now.
The idea that they are so similiar is playing a larger part in a lot of daft new beliefs and it needs shooting down asap. Anyone can read the life and death of Horus online and instantly see how markedly different the stories are.
1. Hours born of a virgin named Mary. <> Jesus born of a virgin.
Hours was born to a goddess married to another god (Isis, married to Osiris.)
2. The foster father of Hours was Seb or Seph. <> Jesus was fostered by Joseph.
Heru/Horus didn't have a foster-father
3. Horus was of royal descent. <> Jesus was of royal descent.
Horus was the son of the first gods. Not royalty.
4. Horus birth accompanied by three solar deities [star gazers] who followed by the morning star of Sirius bearing gifts. <> Jesus birth accompanied by three wise men [Zoroastrian star gazers] who followed by a star “in the east” bearing gifts.
Not according to the Delta Cycle (oldest complete texts of the Horus myth. The wise men were not present at Jesus birth. c) There is no indication that there ever were 3 wisemen. The bible never mentions the number of wisemen, nor is there any document that reflects 3 deities at the birth of Hours.
5. The birth of Horus announced by angels and a star. <> The birth of Jesus announced by angels and a star.
Hardly. Isis gave birth to him in secret (see the above pages) No star either for Horus.
6. Herut tried to murder the infant Horus. <> Herod slaughtered every first born in an attempt to kill Jesus the forthcoming messiah.
Set and his minions, the snakes, tried to murder Horus from the time he was born until he was grown. (BTW, the "slaughter of the innocents" never happened. There's no graveyards full of Jewish male infants killed at the same time period in either reign of Herod, and no legal records of this and no revolts associated with it.)
7. Horus is baptized at age 30 by Anup the Baptiser at a river. <> Jesus is baptized at age 30 by John the Baptist at a river.
Baptism is a Christian tradition... Egyptians had no such tradition. Horus was never baptized in any of the Horus stories.
8. Hours resists temptation by the evil Sut [Sut was to be the precursor for the Hebrew Satan] on a high mountain. <> Jesus resists temptation by Satan on a high mountain.
They have a several battles and then (depending on the text) Horus seduces Set or Set seduces Horus (yes, homosexuality among the gods.) Isis puts Set's semen on lettuce which is then fed to Set (by Horus) and Set becomes pregnant by Horus. This is all very Jesus-like
9. Horus had 12 followers. <> Jesus had 12 disciples.
Horus was a god (and one of the oldest) and had millions of followers. He had no 'disciples', though he was sometimes accompanied by 4 demi-gods.
10. Horus performed miracles like healing the sick and walking on water. <> Jesus performed miracles like healing the sick and walking on water.
Horus was never invoked to heal the sick, nor did he heal the sick. He flew... he didn't walk on water.
11. Horus raised someone from the grave [his father Osiris] <> Jesus raised Lazarus [notice the name similarity] from the grave. Lazarus is short for Elasarus - the “us” on the end is romanized. Elasarus was derived from “El-Asar” which was the name given to Osiris.
Actually, it was Isis who ressurected Osiris. Horus avenged him:
12. Horus was buried and resurrected in the city of Anu. <> The place Bethany mentioned in John was a derivative of the words “Bet” and “Anu” which translates “the house of Anu”. The ‘y’ on the end of bethany is interchangeable with the letter ‘u’.
Newsflash: Horus isn't dead.
13. Horus was killed by crucifixtion. <> Jesus was crucified.
14. Horus was accompanied by two thieves at the crucifixtion. <> Jesus was crucified with two thieves.
15. Horus was buried in a tomb at Anu. <> Jesus was buried in a tomb located in Bethany [Bet-Anu].
16. Horus was resurrected after 3 days. <> Jesus was resurrected after over a period of three days.
Please see above. Horus never died.
17. The resurrection of Horus was announced by three women. <> The resurrection of Jesus was announced by three women.
18. Horus was given the title KRST which means “anointed one” <> Jesus was given the title Christ [Christos] meaning “anointed one”
Jesus yes, Horus, no.
19. Both held a Sermon on the Mount; both were transfigured on a mountain, died by crucifixion along with two thieves and were buried in tombs where they paid a quick visit to Hell and then rose from the dead after 3 days time, both resurrections were witness by women, and both will supposedly reign for 1,000 years in the Millennium.
No sermon, no transfiguration, certainly no crucifixion w/ two thieves, no trip to hell and no resurrection. There was an incident in which Horus was torn to pieces and Iris requested the crocodile god to fish him out of the water he was tossed into, which was done, but that’s it. I am at a loss to refute this because I can not find anything to support it...."
There's a lot more of the above that anyone can find and verify. After you've done so, check on YouTube and see how many DVD's are being sold on the premise that the above 'similarities' are all true.