Introduction Very few Catholics have ever been willing to open this teaching, let alone read it in its entirety, but no matter how few will seek the truth, I still write this for their sakes.
Did a historical Jesus exist? The power of faith has so forcefully driven the minds of most believers, and even apologetic scholars, that the question of reliable evidence gets obscured by tradition, religious subterfuge, and outrageous claims. The following gives a brief outlook about the claims of a historical Jesus and why the evidence the Christians present us cannot serve as justification for reliable evidence for a historical Jesus.
All claims about Jesus derive from writings of other people. There occurs no contemporary Roman record that shows Pontius Pilate executing a man named Jesus. Devastating to historians, there occurs not a single contemporary writing that mentions Jesus.
All documents about Jesus came well after the life of the alleged Jesus from either: Although one can argue that many of these writings come from fraud or interpolations, I will use the information and dates to show that even if these sources did not come from interpolations, they could still not serve as reliable evidence for a historical Jesus, simply because all sources about Jesus derive from hearsay accounts.
Courts of law do not generally allow hearsay as testimony, and nor does honest modern scholarship. Hearsay does not provide good evidence, and therefore, we should dismiss it. If you do not understand this, imagine yourself confronted with a charge for a crime which you know you did not commit.
You feel confident that no one can prove guilt because you know that there exists no evidence whatsoever for the charge against you. Now imagine that you stand present in a court of law that allows hearsay as evidence. When the prosecution presents its case, everyone who takes the stand against you claims that you committed the crime, not as a witness themselves, but solely because they claim other people said so.
None of these other people, mind you, ever show up in court, nor can anyone find them. Hearsay does not work as evidence because we have no way of knowing whether the person lied, or simply based his or her information on wrongful belief or bias.
We know from history about witchcraft trials and kangaroo courts that hearsay provides neither reliable nor fair statements of evidence.
We know that mythology can arise out of no good information whatsoever. We live in a world where many people believe in demons, UFOs, ghosts, or monsters, and an innumerable number of fantasies believed as fact taken from nothing but belief and hearsay.
It derives from these reasons why hearsay cannot serves as good evidence, and the same reasoning must go against the claims of a historical Jesus or any other historical person.
Authors of ancient history today, of course, can only write from indirect observation in a time far removed from their aim. For example, a historian today who writes about the life of George Washington, of course, can not serve as an eyewitness, but he can provide citations to documents which give personal or eyewitness accounts.
None of the historians about Jesus give reliable sources to eyewitnesses, therefore all we have remains as hearsay. Note that these Gospels did not come into the Bible as original and authoritative from the authors themselves, but rather from the influence of early church fathers, especially the most influential of them all: Irenaeus of Lyon who lived in the middle of the second century.
Many heretical gospels existed by that time, but Irenaeus considered only some of them for mystical reasons. The four gospels then became Church cannon for the orthodox faith.
Most of the other claimed gospel writings were burned, destroyed, or lost. Add to this that none of the original gospel manuscripts exist; we only have copies of copies.
The consensus of many biblical historians put the dating of the earliest Gospel, that of Mark, at sometime after 70 C.
This would make it some 40 years after the alleged crucifixion of Jesus that we have any Gospel writings that mention him! Elaine Pagels writes that "the first Christian gospel was probably written during the last year of the war, or the year it ended.
Where it was written and by whom we do not know; the work is anonymous, although tradition attributes it to Mark Yet even today, we hear priests and ministers describing these authors as the actual disciples of Christ.
Many Bibles still continue to label the stories as "The Gospel according to St. But one need not refer to scholars to determine the lack of evidence for authorship.
As an experiment, imagine the Gospels without their titles. See if you can find out from the texts who wrote them; try to find their names.Famous books rewritten in the style of Donald Trump: Lord Of The Rings, Atlas Shrugged Confucianism is newly popular in China after bouncing back from its Cultural Revolution-era ban.
The government hopes to build up the philosophy as some kind of principled alternative to Western liberalism, although for now it still seems kind of forced. The persecution of Christians can be historically traced from the first century of the Christian era to the present day.
Early Christians were persecuted for their faith at the hands of both a small number of Jews from whose religion Christianity arose and the Romans who controlled many of the lands across which early Christianity was spread.
Early in the fourth century, a form of the religion. Zeitgeist continues as do the skeptics with the idea that Christianity itself is a copy of the cult of Mithras, which was popularized in Rome in the 1st to 4th Century AD (note that it sprung up in Rome after the death of Christ and centuries after the Old Testament prophecies of the Coming Messiah).
Let's Begin Our Journey Of Discovery On This Topic All Scriptures are taken from the Authorized King James Version of the Bible unless otherwise noted. As you can see, Catholic priests are not trained in the Word of God; rather, they follow after pagan philosophers, learning the traditions and doctrines of men and, absorbing the rudiments (i.e.
first teachings) of the world. thoughts on “ Paul’s “Mystery” ” Ed Carter March 12, at pm. I have been studying and praying for quite a while to get a clear understanding of the body of Christ, what In Christ meant, and the difference between the bride and the body.