4/13/13 Did Jesus exist?
It is easy for anyone to believe what they have been told their entire life without examination. Once serious study is attempted on BOTH sides of any claim, the truth of the claim can usually be seen. If you are a believer, it is most likely you have learned from your peers or family, and have had confirmation bias that supports your belief from day one. It takes courage, reason and sometimes simple curiosity to study the opposite consensus of a belief system into which you are born and raised.
“The best way to find the truth on any issue is to examine the best argument against your current opinion” Bruce Gleason
Why do Roman and Jewish writers who were alive during the time that Jesus is said to have lived not mention him? Contemporary historical accounts record lots of other messiah figures but somehow manage to miss the one which Christian texts claim posed such a huge threat to the powers that be that the Roman leaders had to crucify him. The first historic record of Jesus doesn’t come till CE 93 — more than a half century after the date given for Jesus’ Crucifixion — and that account, allegedly by Josephus, is widely disputed, as is another oft-cited mention of Jesus in 120 by Tacitus. Read more here: http://www.atheists.org/christianity/didjesusexist.html
For those who are reading this and believe Jesus was a real person or a man-God, please do your research on both sides before coming to a conclusion. It does no good to read the Bible and visit Bible classes if you want to know the true mythical history of Jesus and how legend building promoted him to a God. You will find that Paul, the first writer of a manned named Jesus, wrote about him many years after Jesus’ supposed time on earth (90 CE) and even though he wrote over 80,000 words, the only things he wrote about Jesus were the Crucifixion, the Resurrection and the Assention, and that Jesus was never a man-in-the-flesh, but instead a spiritual entity. All the dozens of Bible stories were added later. This does not make any sense, as Paul, who was closest in time to Jesus, should have known about the many other miracles and other stories if it was true.Watch”The God Who Wasn’t There” to learn how Jesus was a mythical figure turned in to a Man-God many years after his fabled life described by the church. I admit this was a very smart thing to do by the church, as most of the other gods that were worshipped before Jesus were supernatural deities and only a few had a human form as they say Jesus did, such as Zeus’ son.
The more you read and study the Bible, the more you can see there are too many contradictions to call this divinely created.
I admit there might have been a man called Jesus long ago – but there could have been many religious start-up leaders named Jesus.
Suppose I told you there was a GOD TEMPLATE (or HERO template) before Jesus’ time, and most of the major Gods had the same characteristics of Jesus? Why is this? If Jesus was so unique why DID all the Gods before him seem so similar? The answer is that for any god to be supernatural, there are some things that would be obvious to anyone wishing to make-up a god – immortality, miracles and being born of a virgin are common myths.
The Egyptian god Horus around 3000bc.
He was born on Dec 25. He was born of a virgin
There was a star in the East. He was visited by 3 kings
He was a teacher at 12. Baptized at 30
Had 12 disciples. He performed miracles
He was known as the Lamb of god, the light, the truth, the good sheppard
He was crucified and rose after 3 days
Mithra – Persia 1200bc
Born of a virgin. Born on Dec 25
Had 12 disciples
Worshipped on Sundays
Was known as the ‘king of kings’, and the ‘alpha and omega’
Was resurrected after his death
Nearly all of the important things in the bible were taken from other gods much older than the Bible – Crucifixion, The ark of the covenant, The great flood, miracles, baptism, final judgment, virgin birth, circumcision, Easter, Christmas and many many more,.