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Subject: Did Jesus really exist?
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oubaas 13.06.09 - 02:46pm
Question: Did Jesus really exist? Is there any historical evidence of Jesus Christ? *

oubaas 13.06.09 - 02:47pm
Answer: Typically, when this question is asked, the person asking qualifies the question with outside of the Bible. We do not grant this idea that the Bible cannot be considered a source of evidence for the existence of Jesus. The New Testament contains hundreds of references to Jesus Christ. There are those who date the writing of the Gospels to the second century A.D., more than 100 years after Jesus' death. Even if this were the case (which we strongly dispute), in terms of ancient evidences, writings less than 200 years after events took place are considered very reliable evidences. Further, the vast majority of scholars (Christian and non-Christian) will grant that the Epistles of Paul (at least some of them) were in fact written by Paul in the middle of the first century A.D., less than 40 years after Jesus' death. In terms of ancient m cript evidence, this is extraordinarily strong proof of the existence of a man named Jesus in Israel in the early first century A.D. *

oubaas 13.06.09 - 02:47pm
It is also important to recognize that in A.D. 70, the Romans invaded and destroyed Jerusalem and most of Israel, slaughtering its inhabitants. Entire cities were literally burned to the ground. We should not be surprised, then, if much evidence of Jesus' existence was destroyed. Many of the eyewitnesses of Jesus would have been killed. These facts likely limited the amount of surviving eyewitness testimony of Jesus. *

oubaas 13.06.09 - 02:48pm
Considering that Jesus' ministry was largely confined to a relatively unimportant area in a small corner of the Roman Empire, a surprising amount of information about Jesus can be drawn from secular historical sources. Some of the more important historical evidences of Jesus include the following: *

oubaas 13.06.09 - 02:48pm
The first-century Roman Tacitus, who is considered one of the more accurate historians of the ancient world, mentioned superstitious Christians (from Christus, which is Latin for Christ), who suffered under Pontius Pilate during the reign of Tiberius. Suetonius, chief secretary to Emperor Hadrian, wrote that there was a man named Chrestus (or Christ) who lived during the first century (Annals 15.44). *

oubaas 13.06.09 - 02:49pm
Flavius Josephus is the most famous Jewish historian. In his Antiquities he refers to James, the brother of Jesus, who was called Christ. There is a controversial verse (18:3) that says, Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man. For he was one who wrought surprising feats....He was [the] Christ...he appeared to them alive again the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. One version reads, At this time there was a wise man named Jesus. His conduct was good and [he] was known to be virtuous. And many people from among the Jews and the other nations became his disciples. Pilate condemned him to be crucified and to die. But those who became his disciples did not abandon his discipleship. They reported that he had appeared to them three days after his crucifixion, and that he was alive; accordingly he was perhaps the Messiah, concerning whom the prophets have recounted wonders. *

oubaas 13.06.09 - 02:49pm
Julius Afric quotes the historian Thallus in a discussion of the darkness which followed the crucifixion of Christ (Extant Writings, 18). *

oubaas 13.06.09 - 02:50pm
Pliny the Younger, in Letters 10:96, recorded early Christian worship practices including the fact that Christians worshiped Jesus as God and were very ethical, and he includes a reference to the love feast and Lords Supper. *

oubaas 13.06.09 - 02:51pm
The Babylonian Talmud (Sanhedrin 43a) confirms Jesus' crucifixion on the eve of Passover and the accusations against Christ of practicing sorcery and encouraging Jewish apostasy. *

oubaas 13.06.09 - 02:51pm
Lucian of Samosata was a second-century Greek writer who admits that Jesus was worshiped by Christians, introduced new teachings, and was crucified for them. He said that Jesus' teachings included the brotherhood of believers, the importance of conversion, and the importance of denying other gods. Christians lived according to Jesus laws, believed themselves to be immortal, and were characterized by contempt for death, voluntary self-devotion, and renunciation of material goods. *

oubaas 13.06.09 - 02:52pm
Mara Bar-Serapion confirms that Jesus was thought to be a wise and virtuous man, was considered by many to be the king of Israel, was put to death by the Jews, and lived on in the teachings of His followers. *

oubaas 13.06.09 - 02:52pm
Then we have all the Gnostic writings (The Gospel of Truth, The Apocryphon of John, The Gospel of Thomas, The Treatise on Resurrection, etc.) that all mention Jesus. *

oubaas 13.06.09 - 02:53pm
In fact, we can almost reconstruct the gospel just from early non-Christian sources: Jesus was called the Christ (Josephus), did magic, led Israel into new teachings, and was hanged on Passover for them (Babylonian Talmud) in Judea (Tacitus), but claimed to be God and would return (Eliezar), which his followers believed, worshipping Him as God (Pliny the Younger). *

oubaas 13.06.09 - 02:53pm
There is overwhelming evidence for the existence of Jesus Christ, both in secular and biblical history. Perhaps the greatest evidence that Jesus did exist is the fact that literally thousands of Christians in the first century A.D., including the twelve apostles, were willing to give their lives as martyrs for Jesus Christ. People will die for what they believe to be true, but no one will die for what they know to be a lie. *

oubaas 13.06.09 - 02:54pm
Source: http://www.gotquestions.org/did-Jesus-exist.html *

gazy 1.07.10 - 04:07pm
yes i believe jesus exsisted, i believe he an ascended spiritual master. he was a great teacher and had the most kindest messages u ever heard. just thinking of jesus puts a tear to your eyes lol mankind hated him and all his light work. *

oubaas 1.07.10 - 04:12pm
Amen bro. Praise Him. *

gazy 1.07.10 - 04:16pm
i notice spiritualists repect jesus, the muslisms repect jesus and other paths reconise him as a great man. so u see there is alot of respect there for jesus. christians have gone a step higher to be closer with jesus i feel. *

oubaas 1.07.10 - 04:18pm
Yes it is true. *

oubaas 23.12.12 - 02:51pm
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