I am really sorry if this has been posted before.

 

If you knew me in person, you would know I love getting into discussions with people about religion. One of the questions that seems to keep coming into the discussion loop is Jesus.

 

So I was at a social gathering the other night at a restaurant and I dropped my silverware and out of habit I said "Jesus Christ!" And a random girl that was a friend of a friend said, "Don't use the Lords name in vain."

 

So obviously we got into a debate.

 

I brought up the point in the discussion that Jesus never existed. Well everyone looked at me like i was off the wall insane...

 

At that point the discussion just turned into incoherent ramblings and Grrrr... So frustrating that people base their whole life on hearsay! Simply dumbfounding!!!

 

Help me feel better... seriously.

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There wasn't even an attempt to assemble the rumours until, at earliest, 70 AD.  No contemporary writers even found the story interesting enough to note - which is a strong indication that it was rooted in rather meager events that took, at the very very least, 40 years to grow into somewhat interesting folktales.  Even then, the authors of the original gospels had to massage the folktales quite a bit to fit them into a 'prophetic' context.

 

It's a wonderful example of how mythology is developed and I'm glad that I've returned to at least a pedestrian study of it.

You are forgetting that oral tradition played a huge role in the ancient world.
Then perhaps an almighty deity that could flood a planet or rain down fire and brimstone might have thought about giving his devoted followers the gift of writing. As it was, I am very aware of the oral tradition of the ancient Semetic pantheon, the tradition of Yahweh and his wife Asherah and the family squabbles with his brother, etc. If there weren't so much evidence of the polytheistic Judaism then there might actually be some credibility to their monotheistic assertions.

Unfortunately they did a terrible job of editing out the polytheistic references in their earliest history, an obvious give away that they were still polytheistic well into the age of writing. Aside from talking about the 'sons of god' (which kinda undermines that 'only begotten son' part) and the numerous references to Asherah (the fertility goddess off the time and recognized throughout the region as the wife of Yahweh), their most central tenets are a complete give away:

"You shall have no other gods before me"

If the author truly thought of Yahweh as the only god in existence, he would have written, "I am the one and true god" but that wouldn't have been an actual commandment. It's obvious that the people worshiped a pantheon and the author is trying to focus political power on the territorial god Yahweh in order to bolster the authority of the king of that territory - Judea.

Anyway, if you are here to rationalize scripture, I suggest you study under Mr. Kevin Harris (another Christian apologist member here) for a while, because all though he can't actually deal with the hard ball questions either, he does a wonderful job at obfuscating the irrationality of scripture when it comes to softball issues such as these.

Do you have any credible scholars to back yourself up? or is the pseudo-scholarship?

The Jews were monotheistic but lived in a polytheistic world. Granted the Jews probably spent most of their time being polytheists (Read 1st & 2nd Kings) but Judaism was a monotheistic religion.

My sources are cited in another reply that I'm sure you will get to shortly.

Oral tradition?  Maybe so for the Temple scribes, whose full-time job it was to record scripture, but not for the disciples, whose job it was to evangelize the earth.  If Jesus would have just told his disciples to write it down, maybe people would have believed it for the truth instead of legend.

 

Of course, if Jesus could have just walked up to the Temple on resurrection day, Caiaphas would have had the scribes add it to the Jewish bible.  Then the christians would have been known as Jews.

 

Jesus could have met the apostle Paul in life, or resurrection, instead of smoting him down on the road to Damascus.  Jesus could have given Paul personalized instruction. However, it's more dramatic when Jesus appears as a spirit, then allowing for Paul's miraculous conversion.

Christians were known as Jews ;). Christianity started as a Jewish sect and quickly evolved due to become anti-semitic, or at least not very semetiic.
You missed the point entirely.

I think the point that needs to be made is that whether or not he did exist as a carbon based, flesh and bone product of this planet as we... That OUR point is we don't believe in the majestic unicorn riding apostles of fear that the gospel tries to shove down our free-thinking throats everyday.

As an atheist, I feel this question is not entirely irrelevant, but is a little rhetorical amongst our mindset (no offense, Sophie). Maybe it's just I who perceieves it that way, but just putting in my two- to three-cents.

Live well, you free-thinking defectors :P

And they would still be known as Jews today.  Jesus would be incorporated into their Bible.  They also would be worshipping the Messiah instead of still looking for him.

 

Really, if the resurrection story depicted in the bible is true, and Jesus made such a feeble, undocumented showing, being omniscient, ominpresent, and omnipotent, then I prefer not to follow him.  He would have to be an idiot not to show himself in grand fashion.  Why not just march up to the Temple on Resurrection day?  Why not just walk down Main Street in Jerusalem so everyone can see you?  Why not walk right up to Pontius Pilate and embrace him?

No time to explain, but I believe there was a person called Jesus that existed 2000 years ago preaching of a god... Though the miracles and whole "Son of God" thing are fictional, of course.

i think he existed, but not with any magical powers

maybe just a little high on charisma :)

 

i think they found some evidence of his existence, like the cave where his body was put after the crucifixion.

and the robe he was wearing with some blood on it

 

you should check in to it

maybe get a documentary from national geographic about Jesus, savior or myth ^^

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