If Jesus was just a man, is the Bible irrelevant?

I think I’ve heard arguments for Jesus’ “son of God” status that suggest if he’s not the son of God, then the Bible is of little or no value.  I couldn’t disagree more.

Jesus had a very good grasp on how things work, however he came about that knowledge.  He was in touch with the power the mind has to heal.  He knew how to open people up to new ideas non-confrontationally using real-world examples to help connect people with his ideas.  He knew enough that what he shared and did was passed around and eventually written into a book that included plenty of commentary on his ideas.  You know, the New Testament.

How good was he at what he did?  Well, some say that parts of Jesus’ life story are actually bits from other myths.  He must have been doing a darn good job to warrant connections like that!

Anyways, as someone who doesn’t believe in the magical elements of the Bible, when I took the time to read and learn about it, a lot of my observations through life were actually solidified more into understandings.  How else do you think so many people come to believe?  There is enough truth in the concepts shared in the New Testament that people latch on to the truth and in turn believe the story as well, even though there are many elements that defy logic.

So, no.  The Bible is not irrelevant, even if you look at it from the standpoint of Jesus being a just a man.  It is a resource that anyone can benefit from, should they be open to finding understanding in it.

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5 Responses to If Jesus was just a man, is the Bible irrelevant?

  1. Arkenaten says:

    Yes, the bible is irrelevant. The NT, which is seen as Fulfillment of Prophecy, has no basis without the OT.
    It becomes meaningless and without foundation as the character jesus (among others) regularly references the OT . Without it everyone of JC’s entourage would have been forever saying, “Say what boss?”‘ every time he mentioned a Prophet or ”His Father” or The Law.
    The Torah is an integral part of the New Testament.

    Marcion tried to do this – write his own bible – and failed, and it was largely due to his failure to create a New Bible sans their OT that pretty much forced the Church to get its arse into gear and produce their own work of fiction as quick as they could.
    No, I am not making this up; it’s all there in history…

    The ”man” Jesus and the Character as reflected in the bible are two totally different characters. The only similarity is that both are likely fictional.

    • jasonjshaw says:

      That’s the trouble, the Bible IS relevant to those who believe it. You can’t make it irrelevant without a certain degree of accepting its relevance. Much like the NT did with the OT, otherwise, well, your Marcion example nails it.

      That’s why I’ve been writing this blog, trying to pop some thought-provoking ideas out there in context with the Bible. To my surprise, Christians have been finding it and following my blog. With the approach you are taking, well, should I give you the nickname Marcion?

      • Arkenaten says:

        Of course it is relevant to believers. But it isn’t to Muslims,especially the NT, neither Jews nor Hindus.
        Christians always consider the atheists are the ones who are anti their god, but that’s a joke…more than half the world is, and they aren’t atheist at all.
        The book is a rag. A violent disgusting collection of irrelevant texts that are ideal when the loo roll runs out.

        Arkenaten is fine, thanks. The inventor of Monotheism.

      • jasonjshaw says:

        I just looked up Arkenaten – interesting stuff! I get how one God could be difficult to uphold – with multiple Gods, you’re usually going to still be happy with one of them even if everything else seems to be going wrong.

      • Arkenaten says:

        Well, the spelling is different, but that was on purpose.
        But I enjoy the irony.

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