Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

Those are the words on which Christians around the world base their spiritual walk. The Bible says that only through Jesus Christ can any man inherit eternal life. But what about those who follow a different Christ, a savior born long before the Christian redeemer?

Stories of a resurrected savior sent to save the world have reached each corner of the world thousands upon thousands of years before the birth of Jesus, and many of chronicled in these stories lived nearly identical lives to Jesus.

“Christianity Before Christ” by John G. Jackson, is a collection of compiled research, unveiling Christ stories from around the world; some happening before Jesus was even born.

“Hierologists have discovered records of about 30 Savior-God religions. These cults spread over all the world in very remote times, but they show evidence of a common origin,” Jackson writes.

“They were born on or near Christmas; their mothers were virgins; They were born in a cave or stable; They worked for the salvation of humanity; They were called Saviors, Mediators, Healers, etc.; they were overcome by evil powers; a descent into Hell was made by them; after being slain, they arose from death and ascended to heaven at Easter; they founded religious institutions; they were commemorated by Eucharistic rites; many of these Savior-Gods were believed to make a second coming to the world.”

More than 4,000 years before Christ, the Egyptian Christ–Heru (Horus in Greek), son of Ausar (Osiris in Greek)–was born. He, too, was immaculately conceived. His father, King Ausar was killed by his jealous half-brother Set and chopped into fourteen pieces. Auset (Isis in Greek) collected each piece of her husband’s body, but could not find his phallus. She then erected an obelisk to symbolize his missing member. Ausar was then resurrected and ruled the underworld (not to be confused with the Christian hell). The story also says Auset turned into a bird and flew over Ausar’s body and conceived their son Heru. This is the first recorded Immaculate Conception and virgin birth lore in our known history.

Heru then turns and avenges his father’s death, and currently lives in the underworld, ruling upon the throne along side his father judging the dead.

The life of Heru is nearly the same as the life of Jesus. Albert Churchward features an astounding comparison of the two Christs in his book, “The Signs and Symbols of Primordial Man.”

From birth to baptism, the stories are the same. Heru and Jesus both were immaculately conceived, had two mothers (birth and nursing), had an earthly father, left their mothers at 12-years-old, there is no record of life from 12 to 30, were baptized at age 30, and were regarded as the only begotten son of their fathers.

Historians often suggest Jesus is the Christian version of the African story.

In Babylonian mythology, there is a god named Bel, or better known as the pagan god Baal in the Bible who was crucified like Christ.

Bel was taken prisoner, tried in the Hall of Justice, flogged by his prosecutors, taken to a mount and crucified. Two women wept at his death and later sought Bel at the site of burial, but he was brought back to life.

The sun god of Iran, Mithra, the mediator, was crucified around 600 B.C. (however the date of crucifixion is debated because his story goes back even earlier in history) upon a cross to make atonement for all of mankind. Mithra was also followed by 12 companions during his travels. His birth and resurrection are celebrated around Christmas and Easter. He is called the mediator, because he is the go-between for man and God.

Further, the story of Krishna of India, resembles the Christ story, but predates Christ at 1200 B.C.

“The parallels between the life of Krishna, as recorded in the sacred books of India, and of the life of Jesus Christ, as related in the sacred anthology of the Christians, is so close that some scholars have believed that the Christian writers copied their account from the Hindus,” Jackson writes.

Krishna was born of a virgin–Virgin Devaki–in a cave. His birth was heralded by a bright star and he was later visited by wise men. Krishna is also a part of a holy trinity, being the second person, as Jesus is the second person of the Christian trinity: 1. Brahma, 2. Vishnu, 3 Shiva.

Several more Christ stories around the world suggest that the story of Jesus is a borrowed myth attached to a doctrine which millions of people live by. It may be debated that these stories are simply the same ones, re-crafted to fit the culture of those sharing them.