Miracles and Religion of Apollonius of Tyana (modern Turkey)
1. Everything was subject to his miraculous power.
2. He performed many miraculous cures.
3. He restored sight to the blind.
4. He cast out devils, which sometimes “cut up” like those of Christ.
5. He enabled the lame to walk.
6. He re-animated the dead.
7. He could read the thoughts of bystanders.
8. Sometimes disappeared in a miraculous manner.
9. Caused a tree to bloom, while Christ made another tree to wither away.
10. The laws of nature obeyed him.
11. Could speak in many languages he had never learned.
12. Was at one time transfigured, like Christ.
13. His birth was miraculously foretold by an angel.
14. Was born of a spotless virgin.
15. There were demonstrations of joy and singing at his birth.
16. Exhibited proofs in infancy of being a God.
17. Manifested extraordinary wisdom in childhood.
18. He was called “the Son of God.”
19. Also “the image of the Eternal Father manifested in the flesh.”
20. He was also styled “a prophet.””
21. Like Christ, he retired into mystic silence.
22. His religion was one of exalted spirituality.
23. He taught the doctrine of “the Inner Life.”
24. He possessed exalted views of purity and holiness.
25. Like Christ, he was a religious ascetic.
26. His religion, as in the case of Christ, forbade him to marry.
27. He ate no animal food, and would wear no woolen garments.
28. Gave his substance to the poor.
29. Eschewed love for wine and women.
30. Refrained from artificial ornaments and sumptuous living.
31. He was a high-toned moral reformer.
32. He condemned external sacrifices.
33. Also condemned gladiatorial shows.
32. He religiously opposed dancing and sexual pleasures.
33. He recommended the pursuit of wisdom.
34. Was of a serene temper, and never got angry.
35. Was a true prophet, foresaw and foretold many future events.
36. Foresaw a plague, and stopped it after it had commenced.
37. Crowds were attracted by his great miracles and his wisdom.
38. He disputed with and vanquished the wise men of Greece and Asia, as Christ did the learned doctors in the temple.
40. When imprisoned by Domitian and loaded with chains, he disenthralled himself by divine power.
41. He was followed by crowds when entering Alexandria, like Christ when entering Jerusalem.
42. Was crucified amidst a display of divine power.
43. He rose from the dead.
44. Appeared to his disciples after his resurrection.
45. Like Christ, he convinced a Tommy Didymus by getting him to feel the print of the nails in his hands and feet.
46. Was seen by many witnesses after his resurrection, and was hailed by them as the “God Incarnate,” “the Lord from Heaven.”
47. He finally ascended back to heaven, and now “sits at the right hand of the Father,” pleading for a sinful world.
48. When he entered the temple of Diana, “a voice from above was head saying, ‘come to heaven.’”
49. Accordingly he was seen no more on earth only as a spirit.