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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I've read plenty of credible scholars - you are the one who keeps your nose stuck in one book.
I read The Case for Christ by Strobel and The Case for the Resurrection of Christ, by Habermas/Licona.  I've never encountered poorer reasoning from educated men.
Exactly!
Even Dawkins and Hitchens say Jesus probably existed and I have to agree but if he really did rise from the dead then the story would have spread like wildfire across the entire planet within weeks. Instead it was largely kept a secret from the world until decades later when a few people wrote about it. That makes no sense at all.
Kept a sacred? Not at all. Christianity did spread like a wildfire. It went into Africa, Asia and Europe very quickly.
But not for a long time after.

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.

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