The Lord

Christian

Jesus of Nazareth

“Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I am the same that came unto my own and my own received me not. I am the light which shines in darkness, and the darkness comprehends it not.” JSH 13:10 Names serve not only as identification but as identity. Aspects

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African Traditional

Obatala, King of the White Cloth

Olodumare the god of the sky sent his two sons, Obatala and Oduduwa, down to this world with three things: a bag, a hen and a chameleon. At that time there was no land, only water, so the two brothers had nowhere to stand. Olodumare therefore dropped a tree from

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Buddhism

Siddhartha – The Buddha

According to the Buddha Carita, or the Life of Buddha, Siddhartha was conceived by the virgin wife of King Suddhodana through an immaculate conception where his mother Maya dreamt of a young elephant carrying a lotus flower.  It was said that he would bring light into the world.  As a

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Fairy Tales

Aslan, son of the Emperor-Over-the-Sea

Although Aslan can be read as an original character, parallels exist with Christ. According to the C.S. Lewis, Aslan is not an allegorical portrayal of Christ, but rather a suppositional incarnation of Christ Himself.  If Aslan represented the immaterial Deity, he would be an allegorical figure. In reality however, he

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Hinduism

Vishnu, The Condescending God

Viṣṇu (pronounced Vishnu) is among the most important deities of Hinduism. Along with Brahmā (see: Father Ahman) and Śiva (Shiva, self absorbed god of destruction), Vishnu forms the principal trinity of Hindu religious practice. “Persons who are strongly entrapped by the consciousness of enjoying material life, and who have therefore

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South American

Quetzalcoatl, Feathered Serpent

Quetzalcoatl is known as the Feathered Serpent, likely from his teaching to be as wise as the serpent and as harmless as a bird.  Quetzalcoatl, in its literal sense, means ‘serpent of precious feathers’, but in the allegorical sense, ‘wisest of men’.”  “There are several stories about the birth of

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Hinduism

The Matsya or Fish Avatar

From the Bhāgavata Purāna “Desiring the preservation of herds, Brāhmans, genii, and virtuous men—of the Vedas, of law, and of precious things—the Lord of the Universe assumes many bodily shapes; but though he pervades, like the air, a variety of beings, yet he is himself unvaried, since he has no

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Egypt

Horus, the sun-god

Horus is identified in the form of a falcon whose eyes were the sun (right) and the moon (left).  He is the son of Hathor, who is often depicted with cow horns and a sun disk above her head.  Osiris is the mortal incarnation of Horus.  This identity connection between

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