Evidence of Jesus’ existence

This video explores the evidence in understanding the true nature of Jesus’ existence.  Some very interesting and thoughtful points are made using a scholarly approach.


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4 Responses to Evidence of Jesus’ existence

  1. Derek says:

    This was a very interesting video! I disagreed with a lot of his major points, and some of the things he claimed about Paul’s writings were blatantly false. I’m curious to know your thoughts.

    • jasonjshaw says:

      The one thing that stood out to me was the idea that people took more mystical beings and fit them into worldly narratives. I hadn’t really heard that before. Also interesting hearing about the religion that was witnessed being formed.

      What things about Paul’s writings was he off on? I think I read some comments questioning that stuff, but it’s not an aspect of things that resonates much with me at this point. Interesting to hear him exploring the original translations, but definitely a bit over my head.

      • Derek says:

        The idea that Paul didn’t believe in a literal living Jesus seemed disingenuous. His own point about Paul claiming Jesus descended from David in the most graphic way possible seemed to discredit his theory.

        Also, his way of coping with the mention of Jesus’ brother James was unconvincing.

        This is one example concerning his misrepresentation of Paul. Paul writes in Corinthians:
        “But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.” If Jesus was just an apparition to Paul, and Paul didn’t believe he actually ever existed in the flesh, this quote doesn’t make any sense. Why would you bury an apparition? How could an apparition be killed? Paul also mentions that at the time of his writing contemporaries of Jesus are still living and testifying to what they saw.

        As a final note, I thought that his melding of traditional Christianity with early heresies to not really serve his argument. The beliefs of Christians then and now share no commonality with the heresies that sprung up then or that spring up now. For instance, I don’t believe that Adam was buried in outer space as that’s not what the Bible teaches.

      • jasonjshaw says:

        I’m not sure what that outer space stuff was all about, maybe just some teaser to try to get people to buy his book. Sounds like you’ve got some good counter-points in regards to what he suggests about Paul.

        The thing that bothers me most about those who chalk up Jesus as being a fictional character is that there is possibility left that Jesus may not have died on the cross. If it was a work of fiction, you would think that every measure would have been taken to be certain Jesus had no chance of survival to truly demonstrate that he was a transcendent being.

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