posted on Feb, 28 2015 @ 08:15 PM
Just want to clarify my position on Jesus.
I do believe in a 'historical Jesus'. An actual human being that walked the Earth, and no not your gardener.
Watching this series of lectures was fairly compelling for me:
Historical Jesus, Professor Bart D. Ehrman Ph.D., M.Div.
I agree with some other posters who posit that his descriptions were an amalgamation of previous mythologies.
In that sense I don't think that
Jesus Christ ever existed. It's that mythical overlay that defines what believers think of Jesus, and that's
in my eyes a fabrication.
It seems to me he actually had a relatively small impact during those times, and thus not much historical evidence. Yet enough for me to warrant
belief this Jewish man caused unrest that resulted in his crucifixion by the Romans.
Here is a quote from the first century Roman historian Tacitus:
"Consequently, to get rid of the report, Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations,
called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the
hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in
Judæa, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome, where all things hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their centre and
become popular. Accordingly, an arrest was first made of all who pleaded guilty; then, upon their information, an immense multitude was convicted, not
so much of the crime of firing the city, as of hatred against mankind".
This was in reference to a terrible fire that consumed much of Rome in 64 AD that Nero blamed on the Christians. Tacitus was a child when this fire
occurred. In addition to whatever sources he later had at his disposal, he no doubt heard about, as I am sure most Romans had, Nero's thoughts
concerning Christians and that fire. He was also not someone who would have motive for fabricating Christus and the Christians, unlike the Gospel
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