The “Zeitgeist movie,” which is available for viewing on the Web – http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com, is essentially a baseless conspiracy theory focused on attacking the Christian faith and the government of the United States. What is interesting, though, is that while nearly all the assertions put forth in the movie are completely wrong, the end fear promoted by the movie is correct and backed by Scripture (depending on one’s view of biblical eschatology).
Key points to note about the “Zeitgeist movie production” attack on Christianity:
- The movie tries to make the case that Jesus was not a historical person. That he was an invention, painstaking put together based on early pagan gods. That he was invented. However, this does not stand up to an investigation of the facts. There is plenty of hard evidence that Jesus really existed – that he was born, lived and died – and even for his resurrection!
- >> Read about the history of Jesus: http://evidencetobelieve.net/history-of-jesus/
- >> Read about evidence for the resurrection: http://evidencetobelieve.net/the-resurrection-of-jesus/
- It tries to make the case that because there were 12 tribes of Israel, 12 apostles, etc., that Christianity is based on the 12 signs in the Zodiac.
- >> Similarities do not mean that one thing is derived from another. This is an error in logic. Numbers do mean something, and you find numbers and patters all throughout scripture. But that should not surprise us. Our God invented math.
- >> The events in the Old Testament pre-date the creation of the Zodiac, and its division into 12 signs. That happened around 500 BC, whereas the events in the Old testament – many of them – happened 1000 BC or earlier. Five hundred years or more prior to the 12 signs of the Zodiac.
- It tries to make the claim that Jesus was invented based on the Egyptian god Horus. It makes a number o outrageous claims about this
- >> The problem is, none of these claims stand up to investigation of the historical evidence.
- >> The claims in the move are without merit.
Of course, the Zeitgeist movie makes no mention of:
- All of the archaeological evidence uncovered which confirm both the Old and New Testament dating
- The many third party written accounts which speak about Christ, and the early church
- The early dating of the gospel accounts, to within 20-20 years of Jesus’ life
- The amazing transformation of cowardly followers to people who “turned the world upside down”
- All of the good that has been produced through the Christian faith over the centuries
It is also interesting to note that Christianity is the ONLY faith that is attacked by the Zeitgeist movie – Islam, Hinduism, and others do not merit mentioning, apparently. Though the faith of the producers is not exposed, there is a blurb at the end speaking to the effect that “all is one,” with a clip of noted evolutionist/materialist Carl Sagan saying that the earth is a single organism and that a “new consciousness is developing” that shows all is one. This is paganism, pure and simple.
It is interesting also that the movie quotes Jesus—someone they say never existed—from John 8:32: “You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free,” although they misquote it and say, “You must seek the truth and the truth will set you free.” The producers of the Zeitgeist movie, unfortunately, do not do this and instead choose to align themselves with very questionable and outright fabricated sources to malign Christianity and label it and all religions as pawns used by a secret organization they claim is currently working to take over the world. One thing is for certain, reaching such a conclusion using faulty materials certainly requires a lot of faith. Much more faith, in fact, than it takes to accept the truth and historical validity of Christianity.
Christians should not be surprised that such unfounded claims are invented in the imaginations of unbelievers and passed along by others as fact; in reality, such inventions are to be expected. Peter writes in his second epistle, “But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves” (2 Peter 2:1).
Read the entire review at Got Questions.org: http://www.gotquestions.org/zeitgeist-movie.html
And Check these other External Sources
- Zeitgeist the Movie and the Earliest Christians, by Mary Jo Sharp
- Is Jesus a Copycat of the Mithras Myth? (YouTube)
- Preventing Truth Decay: http://www.preventingtruthdecay.org/zeitgeistpartone.shtml
- Analysis and Response to Zeitgeist
- The Zeitgeist Movie & Other Myth Claims about Jesus, by Gregory Koukl
- Debunking the Jesus-Mithra Myth
- The Zeitgeist of the ‘Zeitgeist Movie,’ by Ben Witherington
- Is Jesus Simply a Retelling of the Mithras Mythology? (PleaseConvinceMe.com)
- Come Let Us Reason–Book with a chapter addressing Zeitgeist.
- Always be Ready review: http://alwaysbeready.com/zeitgeist-the-movie
Relevant CARM Articles on Topics Addressed in Zeitgeist
- Is the Easter Story of Jesus’ Resurrection True?
- Was the resurrection story of Jesus borrowed from pagan mythology?
- Did Jesus ever exist?
- Is the empty tomb of Jesus historical?
- The Case for Christ, by Lee Strobel – http://www.christianbook.com/christ-journalists-personal-investigation-evidence-jesus/lee-strobel/9780310339304/pd/339304?event=ESRCG