Did a historical Jesus exist? The power of faith has so forcefully driven the minds of most believers, and even apologetic scholars, that the question of reliable evidence gets obscured by tradition, religious subterfuge, and outrageous claims. The following gives a brief outlook about the claims of a historical Jesus and why the evidence the Christians present us cannot serve as justification for reliable evidence for a historical Jesus. All claims about Jesus derive from writings of other people. There occurs no contemporary Roman record that shows Pontius Pilate executing a man named Jesus. Devastating to historians, there occurs not a single contemporary writing that mentions Jesus.
In the course of doing so I came upon this part of Muehlhauser’s deconversion story: What I learned, even when reading Christian scholars, shocked me. They are riddled with contradictions, legends, and known lies. That the gospels were written decades after Jesus’ death is apologetically fairly unimportant. From an historical perspective, there is no reason to distrust a document because it was written “decades” after the events it tells about.
Information on the Lost Sayings Gospel Q. According to the Two Source Hypothesis accepted by a majority of contemporary scholars, the authors of Matthew and Luke each made use of two different sources: the Gospel of Mark and a non-extant second source termed Q.
The siglum Q derives from the German word “Quelle,” which means “Source. Although the temptation story and the healing of the centurion’s son are usually ascribed to Q, the majority of the material consists of sayings. Some scholars have observed that the Gospel of Thomas and the Q material, as contrasted with the four canonical gospels, are similar in their emphasis on the sayings of Jesus instead of the passion of Jesus. Such a common order demands a theory that Q at some stage existed in written form.
Tuckett comments on the argument that variations between Matthew and Luke are due to variant translations of an Aramaic Q op. It is doubtful if more than a very few cases of variation between Matthew and Luke can be explained in this way.
Reconciling the Post-Resurrection Appearances
Some men came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the brothers: So Paul and Barnabas were appointed, along with some other believers, to go up to Jerusalem to see the apostles and elders about this question. The issue is to define the expectations for the growing Gentile church. According to Luke, Peter reminds the Council of how God had used him to bring the first Gentiles into the fold.
Then Paul and Barnabas shared some of their stories.
Jesus Myth – The Case Against Historical Christ. By – January 03, The majority of people in the world today assume or believe that Jesus Christ was at the very least a real person.
Early Church History Timeline This early church history timeline, in my opinion, addresses issues that ought to be of concern to all Christians. How are we to do that if we don’t know what that faith is? Most Protestants will claim that the historic Christian faith can be determined from the Bible, but a simple comparison of the multitude of doctrines taught by Protestants makes it clear this is not true.
The terrible result of this is that early church history is left far too often to the revisionist history of the Roman Catholics. The world is in desperate need of a testimony like that of the apostles and their churches! Fortunately, numerous writings have been left to us from all periods of the church, even the earliest, and it is not difficult to determine what was important to the churches the apostles started. Further, as we see doctrines introduced at later periods into the teaching of the churches, we can conclude that those doctrines are not apostolic.
After the reign of Constantine and the first general council of the church at Nicea , two very significant events occurred. One, the churches now had an official means to decree doctrine. Doctrines that were universal in the church before that time were very likely to have come from a common source, the apostles, because there was no hierarchy to establish new doctrines universally.
Two, most of the citizens of the Roman empire became Christians, making it almost impossible after Nicea to find anything resembling the churches before Nicea. No longer were the churches gatherings of those who had chosen the Christian faith against what was accepted in society.
1858 Reasons Christianity is False
Like seeing mirages in a desert, skeptics of the Bible often see contradictions in the text where no actual contradiction exists. Admittedly, there are many passages that, at first glance, seem to be at irreconcilable odds with other biblical accounts. But just like mirages, these apparent contradictions fade away upon closer examination.
Each of these King James New Testament passages refers to the words of “Esaias” and then quotes the book of Isaiah. It would seem obvious that in the minds of the New Testament writers Isaiah and Esaias are one and the same.
What is seen is that the maximum number of manuscripts that were used were in the preparation of the UBS’ Greek New Testament 3rd Edition , i. This is consistent with the fact that the superiority of the early text-type in the New Testament manuscripts outweighs the numerical superiority of manuscripts. Furthermore, we should add that no matter how many manuscripts the evangelicals and the apologists claim to have for their scripture, it is of little or no use as long as the manuscript tradition of the New Testament is non-uniform down to a sentence.
No two manuscripts of the New Testament anywhere in existence are alike. For example, Metzger says: Lest, however, the wrong impression be conveyed from the statistics given above regarding the total number of Greek manuscripts of the New Testament, it should be pointed out that most of the papyri are relatively fragmentary and that only about fifty manuscripts of which the Codex Sinaiticus is the only Uncial manuscript contain the entire New Testament.
This is because the earliest manuscripts are not only fragmentary, but also because most are centuries removed from the originals; none of these manuscripts being error-free. At one time or another, you may have heard someone claim that the New Testament can be trusted because it is the best attested book from the ancient world, that because there are more manuscripts of the New Testament than of any other book, we should have no doubt concerning the truth of its message.
Historical reliability of the Acts of the Apostles
The Catholics made purely theological arguments as to why Jesus Christ had to have existed “in the flesh” None of these points are meant to stand on their own, but collectively they provide a very strong argument against the story of Jesus Christ being based on a real person. It is important to note that we have one, and only one, source of information about the life of Jesus and that is the Christian Gospels.
The Gospels are the sole source of information about this figure; everything that we “know” about “him” depends on these sources. There are two basic views of the Biblical Jesus as a real person today, the religious Christian view and the secular historical view.
The Mystery of Acts: Unraveling Its Story [Richard I. Pervo] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The author of Acts unwittingly committed a near-perfect crime: He told his story so well that all rival accounts vanished with but the faintest of traces. And thus future generations were left with no documents that recount the history of the early Christian tradition; because Acts.
I have five siblings in the faith and am thankful for the spirituality and community togetherness this religion taught me as a child. It’s factuality , however, is rubbish. Mainly we left because we chose to follow theteachings of Christ as found in the Bible, instead of the Christ created by Joseph Smith and Mormonism. Or to put it bluntly, we see Joseph Smith as anti-Christ. Camile Clawson Brown- July, I was raised and baptised Mormon by my grandparents he:
Archæology of the Cross and Crucifix
This article is divided as follows: Dogma of the Trinity; II. Proof of the Doctrine from Tradition; IV. The Trinity as a Mystery; V. The Doctrine as Interpreted in Latin Theology.
We present an insightful article by eminent scholar of Vedas and History – Sri Rajveer Arya (aryarajveer @ ) written three years ago on the issue of Sri Rama being a myth or a historical legend.
Return to Content You are here: So what do we find in the scriptures regarding obedience? But even civil authorities, Paul in Romans It is God Who appoints the authority. These short lines I wrote above should end all arguments. But no matter how corrupt the authority is, we have ample and credible Church fathers whom Christians throughout the ages agree were competent and godly saints who correctly interpreted scripture.
But the argument still remains: And by this faulty reasoning, the renegade has a goal.