I've already blogged enough on Set being the heavily corrupted version of the prophet Seth (as) as described in Islam, and that all characters involved in that particular Egyptian myth cycle with all its contradictions were based on actual human beings. The more I read esoteric writings, the stronger I have of this belief.
No matter how one interprets Isis and Osiris, or even groups such as the Freemasons and their rituals, it always comes back to only a select group of people are entitled to the divine knowledge of the universe and thus happiness, contentment and bliss in the next life before supposed reincarnation. Those select people are almost always the rich or otherwise affluent, people who have the time and ability to travel all over and have access to things most people cannot get and in modern days. They are also heavily comprised of white people looking for something New Agey or exotic in their quest for spiritual meaning--something that can't be adequately done by those who are truly imprisoned by the world and its materialism because they have to worry about survival or what have you.
This whole idea of special elites with the truth being hard to find contradicts the teachings of both Muhammad (saaws) and Jesus (as), and most likely other prophets as well who emphasize that it's those whom society despises and who do their best to be good people who will enter the gates of Heaven. Islam specifically states that the truth that is important for humans to know is simple and thus meant for everyone.
Another reality of this esoteric tradition that demonizes Seth is that up until modern times, such truth was given only to men. Whether occultists or priests and later Templars and Freemasons. The scattered female mystic or saint here and there was an exception.
In this world of Isis and Osiris-centric mysticism, Kabbalah often has a big role. Islam via the Qur'an explains where Kabbalah came from and why it is false. Whenever magick books were introduced to a people, such as with the Etruscans, it's done so not through a prophet of God whom esotericists also revere, generally, but through a supernatural being who often just disappears. Very strange for something that's supposed to be extremely important. There is always this underlying belief that Allah/Jehovah (Ya Huwa) is just an evil corrupter out to confuse mankind by saying things like those creatures are devils trying to lead humans astray, but God has given more beautiful teachings and has helped people--especially the poor and downtrodden--more than Isis and Osiris ever claimed to or could do!
Then there is the issue of reincarnation. For all the alleged reincarnated people, none of them claimed themselves to have been the reincarnated individual(s). It was always deemed so by someone else, especially after their death, and this even includes the story of Nimrod! To make it worse there are often contradictions. People can't decided who was really who. One person will assert it was definitely this way and another will say something very different. The psychological factors behind asserting reincarnation seem obvious just like when human beings are worshiped as gods by their followers. Nowadays there are documentaries like Unmistaken Child that supposedly show or prove reincarnation but throughout the whole thing it's obvious that the child, a mere toddler, was being coached. Why wouldn't a child be interested in sparkly beads? Furthermore, the monk looking for him seemed to be a very insecure person who couldn't cope with his master's death.
Another argument is made that because certain things have survived and been popular in Western culture especially, that shows that they acknowledge certain truths that people subconsciously pick up on. Does it really? In Islam and probably in Judaism and Christianity as well, it is taught that the prophets and their teachings are often rejected. Noah (as) is one of the best examples of this. He traveled all around the world and lived for a long time, but was mostly mocked, at least in the exoteric tradition. That theme is repeated over and over. Even in stories that would have great significance with esotericists, like the story of the Boy and the King. After all, it's a lot nicer to believe that we can become gods and will just keep reincarnating and making our own lives hell than it is to believe in a Judgment Day where it will be like a nightmare (who wants to be punished, or believe in a severe punishment that cannot be perceived with the senses just because a "prophet" allegedly speaking for God said so?)
One final point before the article is that for all the eschewing of the material that is said to lead men astray, there certainly is a heavy focus on it. Both Jesus (as) and Muhammad (saaws) led very simple lives. The first mosque was leaky and small. Many who learned the secrets changed that by getting fancy not only with architecture but in the arts as well. How can one be free of the dunya (world) if they are so focused on making it appeal to your basic senses? I once heard a saying that the introduction of food coloring to the Muslim world was a sign of its spiritual downfall. I'm just arguing the point of esoteric belief that if you must distance yourself from the world then you shouldn't be making it more beautiful with things. Yes, creation is beautiful but using the religio-spiritual logic, it's there to show off the work of the Creator and to make your task of distancing yourself from it for something better not so easy. If people are trying to lure you into it, people who worship or revere Isis and Osiris in whatever cultural form, then it needs to be reevaluated because it is for that reason they claim Seth (as) was evil--they make him a power-hungry materialist even though it was quite clear who was in power and who was exploiting and who had the ego and who wants the world to look beautiful with material things.
OSIRIS AS NIMROD
The article has been taken without permission from here. Although the article is from an exclusively Christian perspective, it makes a lot of the same points I have previously.
In Gen. 10:11, we read that Nimrod built the city of Nineveh. This little item of Bible history enables us to identify Nimrod with the king Ninus of classical writings. The name Nineveh literally means "The habitation of Ninus." The historian Apollodorus expressly states that "Ninus is Nimrod." (Apollodori, Fragm. 68 in Willer, Vol. i, p. 440) In the ancient records of Justin and Diodorus Siculus, Ninus is credited with similar kingly powers as are attributed to Nimrod by the Scriptures. (Justin, Hist. Rom. Script., Vol. ii, p. 615; Diodorus, Bibliotheca, lib. ii, p. 63) Ninus was the son, as well as the husband, of Semiramis. According to Eusebius these two reigned as king and queen in the time of Abraham; but the great chronologist Clinton, and the celebrated Excavator and Linguist Layard, both assign an earlier date to the reign of Ninus and Semiramis.
While in "Babylon the Great," the principal subjects of devotion are the Madonna and her child (said to be the virgin Mary and Jesus), so in typical Babylon the popular worship was extended to a goddess mother and her son, who had their origin in Semiramis and her son Ninus (the Hebrew word for "son" is nin). Remembering the religious influence which proceeded from Babylon, we have here the explanation of the universal adoration of the "Mother and Son." In Greece they were worshipped as Ceres the great mother, with the babe at her breast; or as Irene the goddess of Peace, with the boy Plutus in her arms. In Pagan Rome as Fortuna and Jupiter-puer, or Jupiter the boy. In Asia as Cybele and Deaius. In India as Isi and Iswara; and even in Thibet, China, and Japan, missionaries were astonished to find the exact counterpart of the Madonna and her child as devoutly reverenced as in Papal Rome itself. In Egypt the Mother was worshipped as Isis, and the Son as Osiris, though more often as Horus. Regardling Osiris, Bunsen shows that he was represented as at once the Son and Husband of his mother, and actually bore as one of his titles of honor the name "Husband of the Mother." (Bunsen, Vol. i, pp. 438, 439) This serves to identify Osiris with Ninus who married his own mother.
The account of the death of Osiris as given in the Egyptian Book of the Dead (a copy of which is frequently found entombed with mummies), is as follows: While Osiris was absent on a certain occasion, his enemy, who was named Sem, entered into a conspiracy with 72 of the leading men of Egypt to put Osiris to death. The plot succeeded. Osiris was slain, and his body was torn into 14 pieces which were scattered throughout the country. Isis greatly lamented her husband's death, and searched about for the pieces of his body. Wherever she discovered a piece, she buried it and erected a shrine over it.
Wilkinson shows (Vol. v, p. 17) that Sem was one of the names of the primitive Egyptian Hercules, who was said to have, by the power of God, fought and overcome the giants who had rebelled against heaven. In plain language, this mythical tale simply means that the Hercules Sem or Shem (see Luke 3:36), the great opponent of idolatry, was enabled by the power or spirit of God to so convince the tribunal of 72 supreme Judges of Egypt of the enormity of the offence of Osiris or Nimrod, as to persuade them to condemn and put that "mighty one" or giant to death and to send parts of his dismembered body to the various cities as a solemn declaration in their name, that "whosoever follows the example of Nimrod (Osiris) shall meet with a like penalty." In following this course Shem was acting according to a recognized judicial custom, instances of which are found in the Scriptures.--See Judges 19:29; and 1 Samuel 11:7.
Afterwords, the upholders of the idolatrous religious system of Egypt stigmatized the leader of the "conspiracy" as Typho, or the "Evil One." One of the most noted names by which Typho was called, was Seth. (Epiphanius, Adv. Hoeres, lib. iii) The names Seth and Shem are synonymous, both alike signifying "The appointed one."
This persuasive power of Shem, by which he caused the great Nimrod to be condemned to death, was symbolized by the tusks of a wild boar. We read in Mythology that the god Adonis perished by the tusks of a wild boar. Now Adonis is identical with the god Tammuz, and Tammuz with Osiris. (Kitto's Illustrated Commentary, Vol. iv, p. 141; Wilkinson's Egyptians, Vol. v, p. 3) In Egypt, the pig was the symbol of evil; and as the horn is the ancient symbol of power, being so recognized in Scriptures, the tusks in the mouth of the male pig signifies that it was by the "power of his mouth" that the evil one, Seth, caused Adonis (Osiris) to be put to death. In memory of this deed, the peoples of many countries have caused countless boars to lose their heads in sacrifice to the outraged god. This explains why the boar's or pig's head is even at this day a recognized dish at the Christmas dinner in Britain, though the reason for the custom has long been forgotten. In India, a demon with a "boar's face" is said to have gained such power through his devotions, that he oppressed the "devotees" of worshippers of the gods, who had to hide themselves. (Moor's Pantheon, p. 19) Even in Japan there seems to be a similar myth.
Thus the righteous Shem, blessed by Jehovah, has been stigmatized and misrepresented in all the heathen religions of the world; while the idolatrous Nimrod who led men away from the true God, and who was justly condemned to death because of his evil deeds, has been exalted to the status of a god himself. This turning of things upside down, however, shall not stand, for Jehovah shall now soon vindicate himself on behalf of his righteous servants.
We are reminded here of what the Egyptian historian Manetho wrote regarding the builders of the Great Pyramid: "There came up from the East, in a strange manner, men of an ignoble race, who had the confidence to invade our country, and easily subdued it by their power without a battle. All this invading nation was styled Hyksos--that is, Shepherd Kings." He adds that this people afterwards departed for Judea and built there a city named Jerusalem. The head of these Shepherd Kings has been recognized as the patriarch Shem, and Shem as Melchizedec, king of Salem. (Heb. 7:1,2) It is certainly quite in keeping with the exalted methods of this "king of peace" that he subdued the Egyptians without a battle, persuading them only by the spirit or power of God to close their idolatrous temples and do his bidding. (See Great Pyramid Passages, Vol. i, pars. 4-6.) It shows how wonderful was the godly influence which this venerable king and "priest of the most high God" exercised in the early stages of the "present evil world." He was indeed a fit type of Christ in the Millennial Age, whom God sware would be a "Priest forever after the order of Melchizedec." (Psa. 110:4) In face of such great power for righteousness, one can see how the iniquity instigated by Satan, the "god of this world," would require to be very warily conducted. Hence the term "mystery" or "secret," of iniquity.
When the mighty Nimrod was violently put to death in the midst of his career, great indeed must have been the lamentation among his followers. Semiramis would, naturally, experience the greatest grief and loss. She had shared with him his kingdom and glory, but now all this honor had suddenly come to an end. Semiramis, however, was a woman of unbounded ambition, and she by no means intended to quietly step aside without a bid for fame on her own account. That she succeeded in making a name for herself is fully attested by the pages of ancient history. A most daring suggestion was advanced which she seized upon and resolutely carried out--namely, that she should claim that her dead son was none other than the promised "seed of the woman" who had been destined to bruise the serpent's head, and who, in doing so, was to have his own heel bruised! Formerly her son had been honored as the mighty hunter and benefactor of the world; but though he was now dead she would declare that he had risen and had been deified, and thus have him worshiped as a god!
Source of reference:
Mythology and the Bible
by Morton Edgar