Absolutely! Not only were there scores of Bible prophecies written hundreds of years in advance predicting the year he would be born, the town he would be born, the work he would do and the miracles he would perform. The scriptures even predicted his manner of death, his betrayal by a close associate and his resurrection that would occur 3 days later.
Even his enemies never claimed he was made up by his followers. They despised him and were not shy about showing it.
Noted Bible scholars and noted historians of that time attested to the fact that he really existed.
And most importantly, his own Heavenly Father, audibly attested that Jesus was his beloved son, and had his approval on the day he presented himself to John the Baptist for baptism.
Also don't forget a calendar has been set up around the time he lived on earth, using AD or BCE The year of our Lord and BCE- Before Christ or Before the Christian Era.
Jesus, though perfect and without sin. Was a actual person who lived 33 years before he was executed as a blasphemer against his own Father.
This reminds me of the class I took at college, Catholic Theology. To not go through those confusing details about Logos and such, yes, Jesus was a real person. Remember, Jesus went into a dessert for forty days and forty nights where he is tempted by Satan. We all get tempted, and Jesus was too. Oh, and don't forget he was crucified on a cross and went through terrible stuff to save us.
The Jesus of history? The Jesus of religion? Are they the same?
The Jesus of history was not prophesied in the Old Testament. The Messiah was. The Jesus of religion seems to fit those prophecies. But the New Testament, as well known by scholars, was edited and redacted many times in order to make history fit prophecy.
The Messiah of the Old Testament was to be an earthly king, not a dying/rising savior god. Ask any Jew. After all, the OT is their book. They should know.
The name Jesus is actually Joshua or Yeshua and is a very common Hebrew/Aramaic name. There were many by that name in the first century of the common era. Pick one, add a prophecy, and you have a new religion. Borrow from the pagan religions by adding virgin births, stars in the east, wise men, and crucifixions and voila! You have a Catholic religion. Throw in a resurrection and the rest, as they say, is history.
No one--you, me, or the scholars--knows the truth about the person we call Jesus, the one who sits at the head of the Christian religion. But rest assured, there will always be those who claim that they do. They don't.
With that in mind, we can still look at the teachings ascribed to him and learn much. But then, we can do the same with the teachings of the Buddha. And if you are very observant and astute, you will notice the striking similarities in those teachings. Christ = annointed; Buddha = enlightened. Hmmmm.....
"But it says so in the Bible!" Sorry. You cannot use the book to prove the book. It's not only unscientific, it's irrational. The Bible is our best historical reference when it comes to Jesus, but it is still a human book created by humans to control other humans. And that's a fact. I don't have to take it on faith.
There is no Jesus of history in terms of history books, for there is no historical record of Him, only the Holy Scriptures which you are either given the ability to believe i.e. in the Lord Jesus Christ, by The Father, or you are not given this ability.
There is a Jesus of religion which is a non-Jesus or a counterfeit Jesus and in these last days many counterfeit Christs or Jesus' will reveal themselves via mainstream Christianity and their false teaching. The Lord Jesus Christ did not come to this earth in order to start a religion, it is evil men that start religions and this includes the Christian Religion.
Finally, there is no such thing as a 'real person'. The term a 'real person' is a contradiction or oxymoron. A 'person' is façade or a mask or legal fiction from the Latin 'persona'. 'Persons' do not exist in reality, only living breathing souls exist i.e. those made in God's image. Just check it out in any legal dictionary.
Not only was Jesus a real person, but He was God in the flesh! John 1:1, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." and in John 1:14,15 "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, 'This was He of whom I said, He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.' "
by lovetherain 7 months ago
or is Jesus just mythology?
by purpleangel47 8 years ago
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by Captain Redbeard 3 years ago
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by Lightbearer 5 years ago
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by paarsurrey 7 years ago
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by Andrew0208 9 years ago
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