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.
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.
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.
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.
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