Was Jesus a Real Person??? Dealing with ideas.

How’s it going? Today we’re going to talk about a very interesting idea. I hope you enjoy the post today.

So, I’m one of those weird people who likes to listen to formal debates in my spare time. Over the weekend I came across a debate on the existence of Jesus. Now the fact that people have debates about this didn’t surprise me. What caught my eye was that Bart Ehrman was the one debating for the existence of Jesus. For those who don’t know, Bart Ehrman is a leading New Testament scholar and is not a big supporter of Christianity. So the fact that he was participating in a debate on such a well-established part of history really surprised me, so I decided to do some research into this claim that Jesus never existed. Much to my surprise, I discovered that there are actually a lot of people who support this idea on the internet. However, when you leave the world of online opinions and move into the world of scholarship you find that this idea is largely rejected.

Here’s a video by RZIM as to why this is.

Video by RZIM

If you spend enough time talking with people about God and the Bible, you’re guaranteed to run into an idea or argument that you won’t know what to do with. For instance, one time I got into a conversation about God with a vendor at the mall who, no joke, believed that God was a space tree that pumped life into the universe. I mean, what do you do with that? Like I said above, talk to enough people and you’re bound to run into some odd ideas. However, you’ll also run into some very reasonable ideas. Many of them will complement your beliefs while others will challenge them. For instance, the argument that Jesus never existed. When I first ran into the argument I didn’t know how to answer it, I had to sit down and study the subject.

Too often when this happens, people react in one of two ways. they will dismiss the idea without giving it enough thought (this is someone with a closed mind). Or, on the other hand, they will accept it without giving it enough thought (this is someone who’s mind is so open that their brains fall out). If you’re the kind of person who is interested in the truth, then you want to try and avoid both of those reactions. This is done through a life of learning. Don’t be afraid of hard questions, but carefully think through them before you settle on a conclusion.

I like the way G.K. Chesterton put it,

“Merely having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.”

G.K. Chesterton

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2 thoughts on “Was Jesus a Real Person??? Dealing with ideas.

  1. Even Albert Einstein knee that Jesus really existed:
    The following comes from “What Life Means to Einstein: An Interview by George Sylvester Viereck,”The Saturday Evening Post, Oct. 26, 1929, p. 17. The questions are posed by Viereck; the reply to each is by Einstein. Since the interview was conducted in Berlin and both Viereck and Einstein had German as their mother tongue, the interview was likely conducted in German and then translated into English by Viereck.
    Some portions of this interview might seem questionable, but this portion of the interview was explicitly confirmed by Einstein. When asked about a clipping from a magazine article (likely the Saturday Evening Post) reporting Einstein’s comments on Christianity taken down by Viereck, Einstein carefully read the clipping and replied, “That is what I believe.” See Brian pp. 277 – 278.
    “To what extent are you influenced by Christianity?”
    “As a child, I received instruction both in the Bible and in the Talmud. I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene.”
    “Have you read Emil Ludwig’s book on Jesus?
    “Emil Ludwig’s Jesus,” replied Einstein, “is shallow. Jesus is too colossal for the pen of phrasemongers, however artful. No man can dispose of Christianity with a bon mot.”
    “You accept the historical existence of Jesus?”
    “Unquestionably. No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life. How different, for instance, is the impression which we receive from an account of legendary heroes of antiquity like Theseus. Theseus and other heroes of his type lack the authentic vitality of Jesus.”
    “Ludwig Lewisohn, in one of his recent books, claims that many of the sayings of Jesus paraphrase the sayings of other prophets.”
    “No man,” Einstein replied, “can deny the fact that Jesus existed, nor that his sayings are beautiful. Even if some them have been said before, no one has expressed them so divinely as he.”

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