The implication is that Christianity does not come from God, but from a stew of pagan ideas and concepts.Many of the claims grew out of the 19th and 20th century works of Franz Cumont, James Frazer, and Kersey Graves, who continue to be influential among scholars and writers today who continue a tradition of: 1.
Her nurse helped her with this trickery to become pregnant, and when Theias discovered this he chased her with a knife.
To avoid his wrath the gods turned her into a myrrh tree.
Theias struck the tree with an arrow, causing the tree to open and Adonis to be born.
Yet another version says a wild boar open the tree with its tusks and freed the child; this is considered to be a foreshadowing of his death." James Frazer, who is antagonistic towards Christianity, also cites the same tradition in his The Golden Bough, published in 1922, that Adonis was born of an act of incest.
In contrast, the New Testament, which was written two centuries earlier, portrays Jesus as being resurrected once, and for eternity. And he promises a resurrection for anyone who has faith in him. His "death and revivification" mirrors that of plants, not people.
In Christianity, Jesus is not only "revived," he is also resurrected. In contrast, the mythical revivification of Adonis is temporary. Plants die in the winter and are revived in the spring. Despite the historical record involving Adonis, and the nature of his revivification, and the actual meaning of the word resurrection, scholars and writers continue to incorrectly claim Adonis' tradition included a "resurrection." Modern scholars and writers also make the claim that Adonis was born of a virgin mother, whose name is represented in a variety of ways, including Myrrh, Myrrha, and Smyrna.And when the breast-beating and weeping is at end, first they make offerings to Adon as if to a dead person; and then, on the next day, they proclaim that he is alive and fetch him forth into the air, and shave their heads as the Egyptians do when Apis dies." Regardless of whatever conclusions could be drawn from De Dea Syria, it should be noted that it was written during the second century AD, after the time of Jesus, and this poses a problem for people claiming that the tradition of a revived Adonis influenced Christianity.The problem is that New Testament was written during the previous century, meaning that Christianity could not have been influenced by De Dea Syria.The alleged similarities between Christianity and paganism often prove to be inconsequential, superficial, or non-existent.Both Adonis and Jesus die, but this much we all have in common.And because of these apparent similarities, some writers claim that he is a prototype on which the New Testament writers based their "creation" of Jesus. But thou shalt ever lie dead nor shall there be any remembrance of thee then or ever, for thou hast none of the roses of Pieria; but thou shalt wander unnoticed, even in the houses of Hades, flitting among the shadowy dead.