Amazon Prime documentary 'Bible Conspiracies' claims Jesus Christ was actually the Greek philosopher Apollonius
'Bible Conspiracies' points to how there is more physical evidence of Apollonius' existence to claim that he is the 'son of god' mentioned in the New Testament, not Jesus Christ
A controversial new documentary from Amazon Prime has made the bombshell claim that Jesus Christ was not the 'son of god' and was, in fact, confused with a Greek philosopher who lived at around the same time.
According to the Daily Mail, these claims, amongst others, were made in 'Bible Conspiracies'. The documentary suggests that the descriptions of Jesus' life and the miracles he performed in the New Testament were possibly mistaken for the deeds of Preacher Apollonius of Tyana who was born at around the same time as Jesus in the 3rd or 4th year BC in Central Anatolia, which is now in Turkey.
Explaining its reasoning for the claims, 'Bible Conspiracies' points to how both Jesus and Apollonius both had striking similarities — both wore long beards, were preachers, and became popular for allegedly performing miracles in the first century AD.
The miracles Apollonius performed saw him amass a large following, just like Jesus, with 'Bible Conspiracies' stating that he "became a disciple of Pythagoras renouncing flesh, wine, and women. He wore no shoes and let his hair and beard grow long" and that he "soon became a reformer and fixed his abode in the Temple of Aesculapius."
As he continued to perform miracles such as restoring life to the dead and speaking of things "beyond the human reach," Apollonius eventually became a sage. The word of his deeds got around, and soon, Aurelian the Roman Emperor apparently vowed to erect temples and statues in his honor.
'Bible Conspiracies' also points to how there is more physical evidence to Apollonius' existence when compared to that of Jesus, which goes against the traditional viewpoint that he was just an extremely gifted philosopher.
The documentary never disputes Jesus' existence, but it instead seems to claim that the person described in the New Testament of the Bible as the 'son of God' was actually Apollonius. While most scholars would say Apollonius was a contemporary of Jesus of Nazareth, the Amazon Prime piece seems to go above and beyond to prove he was the 'son of God' himself. And, unsurprisingly, that has not gone down well with netizens.
"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," one commenter wrote, according to the Mail.
Another posted, "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[ed] pretty lame."