posted on Mar, 4 2012 @ 07:39 AM
I appreciate your interest...hope you find the right path... and here is my attempt to help.
How do we know it was even true?
There are many corresponding sources outside of the Bible. First is Josephus, a Roman Historian. His records stand up to scrutiny when dealing with
other historical, social, cultural, and military events. Likewise, his documentation of Palestine, Pontius pilate, Herod, crucifixion, and the like
should be equally accepted.
Look at the characters portrayed. If this were a piece of propaganda or fiction upon which to falsely base a religion, would the characters be frail,
have doubts, be spiritually weak, show all of their human traits? Look at Peter... walked with Jesus, but denied him and hid on the night of Jesus'
trial. Peter, always troubled, he went to jail to prove a hoax? Or was imprisoned for years to undermine the beginnings of the Christian movement? How
about John? He walked with Jesus and to keep a lie going, suffered humiliation, poverty, and exile to Patmos and the slave mines?
No, there was something else to motivate these men. They experienced a true moving of the heart and spirit through Jesus Christ.
Many will say we have no actual records of Jesus and surely someone that important would be recorded somewhere. History lacks records of many
people... including my great grand mother. All we have are anecdotal stories and references to her... but not one official document. Now this was back
in the 1880s.
How well were records kept about 2000 years ago. Further, if the followers of Jesus had known it was gonna be this big, maybe they would have done a
better job of recording. But since they didn't...they recorded the events from memory after Christianity got some footing.
Look at the history, the geography, the political and religious figures, look at the science recorded by... a physician. His account of the
Crucifixian is medically accurate... up to the fluids building in Jesus' lungs. There was a Herod, there was a census about 6BC under Ceasar
Augustus, the cultural and social stigmas of being from Nazareth are recorded, Pontius Pilate existed and is actually recorded as having served up in
Britannia, there was a large group of Hebrews living in Britannia that escaped the Babylonian invasions of 580BC, Jesus' mother, Mary, came from a
rich family and illustrated by her rich uncle, Joseph of Arimathea( a land rich in ores and he traveled to Wales) that gave Jesus the tomb to be
buried in. There is a good chance that Pontius Pilate knew Jesus family and why he hesitated to execute Him.
Look at 9/11... millions of people saw it on TV play out. News channels have the events recorded. Multiple departments of the state, and federal
government investigated and reported. Now look at all the people that do not believe it happened, how it happened, don't trust the videos, even the
eye witness acounts.
So why would they believe the Bible?
Lastly, look at the Bible...the Old and New Testaments... read what is written. What does Chritianity stand for... Now do not be confused by what the
majority of Christians display and demonstrate... but look at the foundational beliefs... Love, Faith, Forgiveness, Generousity, Encouragement,
Charity, Humility and with these things comes a love of God and a walk with Jesus.
We as humans.. with all of our faults and frailties, find it difficult to be like Jesus. That is why God's love was demonstrated to us through Jesus.
Just like a soldier throws himself on a grenade to save his buddies... likewise Jesus gave up his Earthly life to give you and me eternal life.
You have to accept that their are consequences of living a selfish and hateful life. There is a Hell...I do not know if it is full of flames or if it
is eternal isolation and drowning darkness... I do not know. But most cultures accept that there is a reward or punishment...good Kharma and bad
It is because we, as humans, are prone to weakness, lusts, selfishness, greed, hurt, anger, betrayal... that we should aspire to be like Jesus at the
very least... and come to love and believe in Him as a fulfillment at the most.
Chritianity... true Christianity does not judge, does not exclude... that includes people that are gay, lesbians, people that drink a beer, divorced,
prisoners and ex-cons, or anyone else..
.Judge not lest ye be judged. Love your neighbor as yourself. Give unto Ceasar what is Ceasar's and give unto the Lord what is the Lord's.
If you become a Christian, the worst that can be said about you is you loved people, your family, was charitable, loving, giving and forgiving,
helpful... and had a good footing and view of life.
I suggest some indepth studies.. The Bible as History will be suprisingly helpful in answering questions of validity..maybe read the works of
Josephus... and read the Bible. Get a Strong's Concordance...can find EVERY word in the Bible, it's meaning, and context.
GoodLuck and God bless You.