The Historical Christ….FACT, FICTION & FAITH

_mW6Nt8b92Aelyo0dUxHaQ_rIt doesn’t matter if you are a Christian, Muslim, Jew, Buddhist, Agnostic, Atheist, or have no idea, what you are, one thing we do know that a man name Jesus did exist and lived.  Now when it comes down to your faith and if was the Son of God, God in the flesh, the Messiah, and the rest of the biblical teachings, that is a whole other subject.  Now please understand that I am a man of faith and not a scholar, so much of the information given here is by people, who are much more knowledgeable than I.

The vast majority of scholars who write on the subject agree that Jesus existed, although scholars differ about the beliefs and teachings of Jesus as well as the accuracy of the biblical accounts, and the only two events subject to “almost universal assent” or agreement are that Jesus was baptized and that he was crucified by the order of Pontius Pilate. Most contemporary scholars of antiquity agree that Jesus existed, and most biblical scholars and classical historians see the theories of his nonexistence as effectively refuted. There is no indication that writers in antiquity who opposed Christianity questioned the existence of Jesus. However, there is widespread disagreement among scholars on the details of the life of Jesus mentioned in the gospel narratives, and on the meaning of his teachings. Scholars differ on the historicity of specific episodes described in the biblical accounts of Jesus, and historians tend to look upon supernatural or miraculous claims about Jesus as questions of faith, rather than historical fact.

There is no physical or archaeological evidence for Jesus. All sources are documentary, mainly Christian writings, such as the Gospels and the purported letters of the apostles. The authenticity and reliability of these sources has been questioned by many scholars, and few events mentioned in the gospels are universally accepted. Now some have claimed to have found the nails that he was crucified with, and the crown that was placed on his head.  And of course, the burial clothe, “Shroud of Turin”

In conjunction with biblical sources, three mentions of Jesus in non-Christian sources have been used in the historical analyses of the existence of Jesus. These are two passages in the writings of the Jewish historian Josephus, and one from the Roman historian Tacitus. Josephus’ Antiquities of the Jews, written around 93–94 AD, includes two references to the biblical Jesus Christ in Books 18 and 20. The general scholarly view is that while the longer passage is most likely not authentic in its entirety, it is broadly agreed upon that it originally consisted of an authentic nucleus, which was then subject to Christian interpolation. Of the other mention in Josephus, Josephus scholar Louis H. Feldman, has stated that “few have doubted the genuineness” of Josephus’ reference to Jesus in and it is only disputed by a small number of scholars

Roman historian Tacitus referred to Christ and his execution by Pontius Pilate, Annals (written c. AD 116), Book 15, chapter 44,. Robert E. Van Vorst states that the very negative tone of Tacitus’ comments on Christians make the passage extremely unlikely to have been forged by a Christian scribe and Boyd and Eddy state that the Tacitus reference is now widely accepted as an independent confirmation of Christ’s crucifixion, although some scholars question the authenticity of the passage on various grounds.[51]Other considerations outside Christendom are the possible mentions of Jesus in the Talmud. The Talmud speaks in some detail of the conduct of criminal cases of Israel and gathered in one place in, 200-500 C.E. “On the eve of the Passover Yeshua was hanged. For forty days before the execution took place, a herald went forth and cried, “He is going forth to be stoned because he has practiced sorcery and enticed Israel to apostasy.” The first date of the Sanhedrin judiciary council being recorded as functioning is 57 B.C.E.

But in the end, I must admit that that to the non-believer much of the life of Christ could be hard to swallow.  Born of a virgin, walked on water, raised the dead, crucified and rose himself on the third day.  Went to heaven, sent his spirit, and coming back again.  I mean, be for real.  But as one who has believed this all of his life, every word, every comma, every period of the Word of God, but for years it was because my influences by my parents and the church that I grew up, and not based on personal experience. As one has to admit to believe the existence of Christ can be believable, based on history, but the deity of Christ, is based on faith alone, which seem foolish to many. 

But it was my born again experience that I know that Christ is not fiction but real, and there is nothing no one, they might be more knowledgeable than I, but I am totally convince that Jesus lived, and still lives and that He lives on the inside of me.  As one who was born in the Apostolic Church, the baptism of the Holy Ghost was not a choice, or a second blessings, it was a MUST for salvation.  As a child I had no problem with the baptism in water in the Name of Jesus Christ, but being filled with the Holy Ghost, with the evidence of speaking in tongues bothered me. It seem to me an outer body experience, just a bunch of mumbling words and I wanted no part.   But it wasn’t until years later, still fighting it, but in the right place in my heart of obedience, when God filled me with the Holy Ghost and the evidence. And for more than 30 years, it not so much the tongues, but the anointing on the inside, not based on my spiritual upbringing, my family, the teaching of scholars, or any believer, or non-believer, I know for sure that Jesus is REAL.

Published on April 24, 2017 at 12:47 am  Leave a Comment  

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