The Reality of Jesus?
Was Jesus just an average guy or the Son of God?
I grew up being a very skeptical person who thought most world religions were fabricated. This posed a real problem for me, for by the time I was seven years old I experienced a glimpse into the unknown which I share in my “hub”From Satanist To Salvation. This glimpse made me aware of the possibility that there is more going on in this world than meets the eye.
Like I state in God’s Way Verses Mans way, the things that I witnessed first hand is what has convinced me of the reality of the spirit. I did not become convinced of this in an analytical way or philosophical way. It was because of the things I witnessed on a personal level that lead me to the conclusions that I came to. This is the same with me becoming a follower of Jesus Christ. It was because of what happened in my life, a personal transformation and relationship.
It seems that most who doubt the validity of Jesus are searching for physical concert evidence of a resurrected Christ, which I believe can still be proven to a point. However, the real proof is in the changes in a person’s life. These changes have not only been observed within my own life, but I have also seen them in the lives of others that have also been converted to Christianity. I have had the great opportunity to be involved in the lives of addicts and those with several forms of mental and emotional conditions. I seen their lives transformed right before my eyes though the power of the Holy Spirit.This has also been the claim of many believers though out the history of Christianity. However, the skeptics beg to differ not only in the experiences of Christians but the reality of Christ divinity.
Throughout the years “so called” evidence has been supplied that was said to disprove the views presented by the new-testament. There has even been some who want to convince us that Jesus did not die on the cross but went on to raise a family. In fact, there are people that believe that Jesus's “family tomb" has been discovered.
I have heard these claims for years, but what inspired me write this hub was a book revue I read by a fellow “hubber” Trish_M. Even though I disagree with some of her views I have grown to admire her as a brilliant writer and researcher. The book that she chose to revue was The Jesus Dynasty by James Tabor.
I do not wish to come across with an attitude that always use to bore and anger me which is, “these finding disagree with the Bible so they must be wrong” approach. If you use that approach and then just leave it at that, then you close a door on reaching the hearts and minds of the skeptics.
Leaning on my “collective” pass that has included research into several forms of Shamanism and Eastern philosophy, especially Buddhism has always made me wonder why the skeptics have not also investigated some of the claims made by the Buddha. For example, it was said that he had the ability to a shoot laser-like light out of the middle of his forehead, levitate and many other miraculous things that do not seem to be questioned to the degree that the claims about Jesus are questioned. Why is this so? Are the claims of Christians more threatening to science and our modern way of life than other religions? This is a question I will return to in an article I am working on that will examine the difference between Jesus teaching and the teachings of the Buddha.
For now, I will focus on the questions brought up by the book The Jesus Dynasty. The main theme of this book involves a tomb that was excavated outside Jerusalem in 1980 that has been claimed by some to be the “family tomb” of Jesus. My original thoughts when I started investigating this subject was “get real” for the concepts seem quite outrageous.
The reason why I state this, is that the whole speculation about this tomb seems as far fetched as someone finding a tomb in Germany with name Joseph Smith on it and then stating that it was connected to THE Joseph Smith who was involved in founding Mormonism without any more evidence than that! However, it would not be fair to leave it at this, so I started my own investigation that lead me to an incredible website that is devoted to a neutral perspective to this discovery. At this website they present both sides of the argument in regards to the validity of the tomb being the final resting place of Jesus of Nazareth. Here is quote from section initialed "Are The Names Wrong?"
“One of the more difficult areas for the non-specialist to make an independent judgment has to do with the rendering of the names from these ossuaries. The first thing that we must recognize is that the names we are accustomed to using were originally recorded in Hebrew/Aramaic. However they came down to us through English translations of documents written in Greek. So we need to recognize that names written on these ossuaries would have been passed down to us through a Greek - Hellenizing filter. To this we need to add the fact that the native language of Jesus was Aramaic, while Hebrew was the official language in the area of Jerusalem. This confuses things because during the time of Jesus, Aramaic and Hebrew used very similar alphabets, but neither of these alphabets were written uniformly across various contexts, regions and different time points.” Taking this a step further, some of the inscriptions have proven to be hard to interpret.
Overall the case for this tomb being connected to THE Jesus of scriptures is very shaky at best. Now The Jesus Dynasty also ventures into other subject, including Mr. Tabor’s climes made around John The Baptist. This information I have just started investigate, and I plan to tackle that subject in yet another hub!
I would have to say that in my opinion is that all this is wild speculation. I have not seen anything that showed any concert evidence to support the claims made about this tomb. I will now do my own book revue of another book that I see as an authority on this subject. However, if you like, you can first watch the video and draw your own conclusions.
The death and reserection: to me it is reality!
The tomb of Jesus?
Those who do not believe will always attact those who do believe!
As The Spirit Moved Them…
The book I would like to revue for you now is The Book of Acts in the New Testament. The reason for this is that it reflects the actions, trails and miracles that the early Christians encountered. It sets the stage for the rest of the New Testament and is a great argument against the speculation set forth in The Jesus Dynasty and other book that make similar climes about Christ.
If there is any truth in Acts at all, then it would disprove the statements made by the critics and the “so called” scholars who are trying to make a buck off of sensationalism and half truths. What I am saying is, if Jesus was not crucified and went on to raise a family, then why would anyone risk their life by preaching the message of a risen savor? Let us take Paul for example, who was a very learned Jew and was even trained as a Pharisee. He started out actively persecuting Christians until he himself had an encounter with Jesus Christ.
This experience transformed him completely; he even changed his name from Saul to Paul because of it. If he did not have such personal conviction would he even consider dropping everything, his livelihood as a tent-maker and his position as Pharisee to follow a carpenter? Why would he allow himself to be imprisoned time and time again if he was not absolutely convinced Jesus was the Messiah prophesied in the Old Testament?
My main point is that if Christ had a continuing bloodline, then the early church did a remarkable job in concealing this fact. It also seems odd that those who were involved in this ancient conspiracy would have chosen the tomb that they did. Go ahead, check out the video and I am sure you would agree that there does not seem to be anything secretive about the tomb what so ever. So in closing I will quote the Wikipedia under “Jesus’ Bloodline”:
“A Jesus bloodline is a hypothetical sequence of lineal descendents of the historical Jesus and Mary Magdalene, or some other woman, usually portrayed as his alleged wife. Differing and contradictory versions of a Jesus bloodline hypothesis have been promoted by numerous books, websites and films of non-fiction and fiction in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. According to an overwhelming majority of professional historians and scholars from related fields, there is no historical, biblical, apocryphal, archaeological, genealogical or genetic evidence which supports this modern hypothesis". That is their story and I am sticking to it!
- Is the Talpiot Tomb the family tomb of Jesus of Nazareth?
This site is dedicated to using a balanced approach to probing the proposition that the Talpiot Tomb is the family tomb of Jesus of Nazareth. The goal is to educated the general public as to what is known and being debated regarding this proposition.
- The Jesus Dynasty-blog
Mr. James Tabor's offical blog for the book "The Jesus Dynasty"