Many errors in Krishna column
Re: The Feb. 28 Rational Thoughts column by Bill Ligertwood (‘Jesus, may I introduce Krishna?’):
It is a little surprising Ligertwood is still convinced Jesus is a copy of Krishna.
Jesus’ life has been compared to numerous mythological characters over the years, most notably in the farcical online movie Zeitgeist.
A simple check of the facts of these supposed parallels is all one needs to do to realize the parallels are very recent fabrications.
Here are a few of the things Ligertwood gets wrong:
1. Krishna was born of a virgin. False. Krishna was the youngest of eight children.
2. Mother and child were visited by shepherds. False. Krishna was born in a prison and there is no record in the Hindu scriptures of a visit.
3. A tyrant ruler ordered the deaths of all firstborn. False. King Kamsa only targeted Krishna’s siblings.
4. Krishna’s parents’ flight to freedom. False. They were in prison.
5. Retirement to the desert. Possibly true, but trivial.
6. Baptism in a river. Trivial.
7. Transfiguration. False. Krishna had no foreknowledge of his death.
8. Anointed by oil by women. Trivial.
9. Fish story. Trivial.
So, Ligertwood’s list of supposed similarities between Jesus and Krishna is nothing of the sort. It is simply a transparently puerile attempt to discredit Christianity by inventing parallels.