Originally posted by NotReallyASecret
According to Columbia PhD in Ancient History Dr. Richard Carrier, Jesus never existed.
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He is a member of the minority within academia then. It is widely accepted even by secular historians and academics that Jesus of Nazareth was a real
historical figure, and there is ample evidence to indicate he was crucified between 30-36 AD.
Another thing to consider:
If he did not exist, why is he mentioned in the Jewish Talmud? Why would the Jewish scribes, who would have loathed Christ's claims, mention him if he
did not exist? Why not simply state categorically that the whole thing was made up?
When two other religions (other than Christianity) mention the man, there is a very good chance he existed. That says nothing of the other sources
which mention him (like roman records, and historians). There is a wealth of evidence for the historicity of Jesus. People who claim otherwise are
simply sticking their heads in the sand.
To address the OP, my suggestion would be to read the new testament. Personally, I would recommend a parallel bible (one which has the king james on
the left, and new international on the right). I believe the King James to be the closest translation we have in english, but depending on your
familiarity with old english, you may find it difficult to read (which is where having the NIV on the other page to cross reference comes in
As for churches, it is important to remember that nobody is perfect. You can look at a church as a collection of people who have all realized they are
so lacking and so corrupt, that they have surrendered to christ and come together in that regard. Yes, human organizations are subject to corruption,
but there are good churches out there. The benefit of a church is to learn things which may not occur to you immediately, and to help you grow and
understand the scriptures more. Questions will inevitably arise within your search for the truth, and having a church can help you find some of the
answers, or at least give you more opinions and support.
But the best place to start to find out about Jesus is his own words in the New Testament.
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