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Saturday, May 13, 2006

 

Imaginary Apostles and their Imaginary Master JESUS – Shocking NO HISTORICAL JESUS!!

Religion is the equivalent of modern day’s political parties to corner power and wealth for its leaders. Also the religions provided the cheapest form of labour for its leaders as priests and nuns. Shocking information I found about the Christianity is that Jesus could be just a mythical figure and never existed in reality. A scientific enquiry known as ‘Historical Jesus’ is going on by Western scholars and they say that the Twelve Apostles and the Twelve Disciples are just as imaginary as their master Jesus. BBC had reconstructed a 1st Century Jewish man which could be the real Jesus if he ever lived on earth and the picture is entirely different from the Jesus picture presented by the Church. For Christians, the most important documents relating to Jesus are the four Gospels in the Bible. These purport to be eyewitness accounts of the life of Jesus in the first century CE (Common Era). Gospels are given in the names of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John; but we do not actually know that they were by these people. Gospels are not good historical evidence of Jesus existence, or of what he said and did as these were not written by eyewitnesses and are written at the least 37 years after the death of Jesus if he ever lived. By comparative textual studies, Alvar Ellegard in his book 'Jesus: One Hundred Years Before Christ ' says that the gospel accounts of Jesus' life and sayings were written approximately 100 years after Jesus is supposed to have lived, and so 100 years later than alleged contemporaries such as St Paul, St Clement and the Jewish historian Josephus. Biblical scholars readily admit that the Gospels were written by unknown authors not personally acquainted with Jesus as late as 80 years after his alleged death. The letters known to be genuine Pauline epistles and those believed to be probable are completely silence on Jesus' parentage, when he might have lived, his trial, his death, or even his ethical teachings. Paul in many of his theological disputes do cite Jesus, but he does not appear to have been aware of what Jesus allegedly taught in the Gospels. If there was no Jesus who lived in the early part of the first century and if the early Christians did not believe such a thing, then what could be the basis for what they did believe? It is accepted that the earliest Gospel to be written was Mark, no earlier than 70 C.E., but it is not likely that the author lived in Palestine considering his ignorance of basic Palestinian geography. If the Gospel was not written by an eyewitness to the events described, then it is not accurate reports. According to the Gospels, Jesus was supposed to be a public figure and well known. Given that fact, one should be able to presume that he would have been known to some historians and that they would make mention of him. Jesus of Nazareth may not have existed in actual history. Gospels are mythic tale, like walking on water, splitting of 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes to feed 5,000, the healing of the sick and disabled, the calming of the storm at sea, the resurrection, and the claim to be the greatest of Yahweh's prophets. New Testament has Tales of virgin births, divine heroes, and miracle workers which were relatively common 2,000 years ago and simply did not mean what they do to us today. One such mythical hero was Mithras, a Persian deity, who was said to have been sent by a father-god to vanquish darkness and evil in the world. Born of a virgin (a birth witnessed only by shepherds), Mithras was described variously as the Way, the Truth, the Light, the Word, the Son of God, and the Good Shepherd and was often depicted carrying a lamb upon his shoulders. Followers of Mithras celebrated December 25 by ringing bells, singing hymns, Black Friday, commemorating Mithras' sacrificial bull slaying. Mithras could be the Jesus of today. The Christian church destroyed records of Jesus and at one time, anyone attempting to preserve writings which were hostile to Jesus was subject to the death penalty. The Church also falsified other records so that it unlikely we will ever be able to say with certainty that Jesus ever existed.

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