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It is very unlikely that Jesus actually existed because as the Op has said there is no real evidence outside Biblical documentation.
And who wrote the Bible? Most of it was written by the Romans. And they were right into their Pagan belief systems and symbols. It was the Emperor Constantine in AD 314 who stole all the Pagan symbols and artifacts and declared them to be Christian. Like the cross with the circle in it. It's not a symbol of the crucifixion of Jesus. It's a Sun Symbol!
During the first two centuries of the Christian era, two competing religions that shared many similarities flourished in the Greco-Roman world: Christianity and Mithraism. For a time, the followers of Mithra outnumbered those of Christ, and it was not until the third century AD that Christianity clearly emerged as the dominant religion of the declining Roman empire.
Mithraism had its origins in the Zoroastrian religion of the ancient Aryan peoples of Persia (Iran) and India, which honored Mithra as a god. By the fifth century BC, Mithra had become the principal Persian deity. Closely associated with the sun, he was worshiped as the god of light and wisdom.
That this belief system is holding society back as a whole has never been more obvious.
If you're wondering why atheists are so angry or vehement, this is why. We live surrounded by crazy people, churches everywhere, and no one seems to notice the problem with that, or the price we're all paying. We'll never become a true civilization until all religions go into the dustbin of history.
For the first three centuries, the collective body of all Christians, including clerical knew little of the birthday of Jesus up until the 4th century, as currently there is still no Biblical evidence which even declares the birthday of Jesus as the 25th of December. There is simply no external historical confirmation for the story outside of the New Testament either with accounts being internally contradictive.
The Winter Solstice
The major winter festival that the ancient however did celebrate, particularly Aryans was that when the Sun reached the point farthest south of the equator beginning Dec 21st, and ending Dec 25th. This was seen as the renewing of the Sun every year and appeared at its most southerly position, directly overhead at the Tropic of Capricorn (23 degrees 27 minutes south latitude) in the Northern hemisphere.
The winter solstice also became the birthday of multiple resurrecting fertility gods including Attis, Frey, Thor, Dionysus, Osiris, Adonis, Mithra, Tammuz, and Cernunnos. Romans alike celebrated the festival of the Saturnalia from December 17th to the 24th to honor the Greek god Saturn, and originated as a thanksgiving celebration to commemorate the winter planting that consisted of a period of goodwill, devoted to visiting friends and swapping gifts.
From late winter, up until the spring equinox was the "40 days", which later became Christian Lent.
In 313 CE, the official birthday of Jesus in alignment with Mithra also became December 25th. In the year 375 CE, Pope Julius I likewise declared the Nativity of the birth of Jesus as December 25th to align followers of the Sun god Mithra. This event became the very motivation as to why Jesus received his official birth anniversary on December 25th in accordance of the ancient pagan resurrecting solar godman in the Roman Empire, as before that, no one knew of his historical birth. St. Augustine even went as far as declaring that the priests of Mithra worshipped the same deity as he did.
Paul equally attested to knowing nothing about Jesus' birth, ministry and healings, which was alarming, as the origins of Christianity itself derive from Paul, and not Jesus. Paul doesn't even quote anything that Jesus is alleged to have said, nor did any of Jesus' original twelve disciples write of his teaching.
Scope and a Beam
Hi, I don't mean to enrage anyone here, but there seems to me that there's no solid proof that Jesus actually existed.
Worshiping Jesus, praying towards a cross IS idol worship
The real Jesus was born in 14 AD and led the revolt against Rome ..He was captured in 70 AD.
google Ralph Ellis /red ice radio for details....
The New Testament Jesus is fiction...Google Joseph Atwill and watch his interviews....
I am not joking...I have researched this in depth .....
Firstly, literacy wasn't common back in the time that Jesus was said to walk the Earth, so there would only be few people that would be capable of recording his activities.
The New Testament present two radically different accounts of the nativity.
Neither the father or the son are actual people.
They are the two aspects which make the only one - present awareness.
I cannot believe after reading all the replies. I mean honestly reading all the replies one can come out saying that Jesus never existed.
One can contest his miracles or divinity, but his existence is undeniable. He walked this earth and his short time here made such a difference that people believe in him till this day.
Thousands of years later, do people even understand how amazing that is? Millions of people believe in him, MILLIONS till today. He lived 33 years and he is still making ripples in the water thousands of years later. Still touching lives, still relevant.
It takes more than rational thinking to see and hear what is at hand here. You must try to understand with the neurons in your heart and not with the neurons in your brain. Does Jesus ever try to appeal to you with knowledge? With great secrets of the universe? No, he is all about being a bright light, a soul with a heart, to recognize that we must know ourselves and to keep our house (body) in order for us to understand what is at stake here.