In the works of Plato, Socrates speaks of a perfect and unchanging God, and states that people have immortal souls. He says those souls rise up to be with God if unburdened with sin, but descend into Hades if weighted down by sin. Mind you, Plato lived more than 300 years prior to Jesus, and Judaism contains no doctrine concerning souls or an afterlife. Such things have led some to say Plato must have been inspired by God, and others to say the writers of the New Testament must have been inspired by Plato. In fact, the early Christian church is said to have made Plato an "honorary Christian". The other obvious parallel between the writings of Plato and Christianity, lies in similarities between the life and death of Jesus and Socrates. Socrates went around questioning established beliefs and chastising the sinful, and was later put to death for being a heretic and "corrupting the youth". Socrates was also said by Plato to have gone willingly to his death, as Plato had offered to bribe Socrates' guards so he could escape. There are many points where the stories differ, but all the same, the parallels are intriguing. So whether we think Plato was a Christian prophet of a sort who predated Christ, or else an inspiration for Christianity, or something else; it seems quite interesting that an ancient Greek anticipated so much of the religion.