Only for the those interested in a religious update:
And only for the newbies:
Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.
- New Torah For Modern Minds
Such startling propositions – the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years – have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity – until now.
The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine document. “
2. Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations (or “mythicizing” from P, M, M, L and J) and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a mamzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). Analyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Ludemann, Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related documents have concluded that only about 30% of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.
The 30% of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hittites, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.
February 6, 2012 at 9:38 am
There are a lot of historical revisionists popping up wanting fame and glory, maybe even money. Let us examine these claims to see if the claims hold up:
- Using words such as “probably” and “likely” are no mistake. This is because these “archaeologists” have proven no such thing, but historical revisionists (opportunists) are popping up to rewrite history as they see fit, for fame and fortune. Jesus claimed to be God and referred to these passages as literal history, but this person knows this, so he had to attack Jesus next.
- His main point is that Jesus must have been crazy/hallucinating. I don’t know about you, but if I were following someone claiming to be God, and his “miracles” turned out to be not real miracles, then I would not continue following this person around. A town is going to know if someone has not walked all their life, or not talked all their life, yet these are the people that Jesus healed. It is impossible to fake heal someone so high profile as that. Most people in the village would know it.
The disciples reported that not only did these miracles happen, but thousands of people were witness to them. A great many historians would have quickly picked up the story if an eyewitness told them that Jesus’s miracles were fake. Strangely enough, these claims start to surface hundreds of years after Jesus’s death, when witnesses were no longer around to dispute such claims.
A modern illusionist has tried to recreate Jesus’s miracles such as walking on water:
One segment questions whether Jesus could have hypnotized a large crowd to convince them he had multiplied bread and fish to feed everyone. In another, Gill sloshes across sandbars in the Sea of Galilee to see if Jesus could have appeared to walk on water by staying in the shallows.
In each case, the conclusion is that Jesus probably couldn't have tricked people into believing they had witnessed a miracle.
"Is it possible? Yes, it's possible that there was some type of trick because I was able to do it," says Gill, who turned water into wine during the show. "But most of those things used technology that he wouldn't have had. We re-created walking on water, but it took three 18-wheelers full of equipment to pull it off."
Crucifixion was a popular way for Romans to kill enemies of their empire, by the thousands in fact. There are historical accounts of thousands of people being strung up on crucifixes like telephone poles all along the road as an example of what would happen to an army that dared oppose Rome. Roman executioners got a lot of practice. An incompetent executioner would surely have been killed, so he would make sure to do it properly. The Bible recounts that Jesus was killed by one of these brutal Roman executioners, that His heart sac was pierced with a spear, causing blood and water to spill out. There was no mistaking it, Jesus was dead. His own mother and brothers witnessed it, and later became Christians, testifying that He was sinless, He was killed, and He rose again. Of all people, a mother, and brothers would know if someone had sinned in their life, or if their son/brother was switched at the last possible minute for an execution.
Now, there is no sense in worshiping a dead man. It doesn’t matter how good of a teacher is, if he claims he is God, that he is going to rise again after death, and he doesn’t, then you know he wasn’t God! That would be the time to stop preaching his name, and abandon your hope in him. The apostles DID abandon hope, but then another miracle happened.
When Jesus rose again, Thomas touched His body, and felt the scars from the beatings He had taken. There were hundreds of witnesses of Jesus appearing in the flesh after death. His own mother and brother began worshiping Christ as God. His disciples refused to stop testifying through brutal beatings and, knowing that they were serving God, and not man. His disciples testified to death that Jesus Christ was God in the flesh, and preached salvation through Him alone. These were ALL God fearing Jews, who believed in the commandments of the Old Testament, people that feared Hell if they worshiped a false god. The secular historians that later wrote about Jesus, confirmed the historical accuracy of the New Testament, despite their dislike, or sometimes, even outright hate for Christians.
So when someone comes to you with a story of “it’s probably not even true”, then you can explain to them why they are wrong, and give them the hope that you have in Jesus Christ.
Please add to my refutation if it was missing something, or post your own refutation of false gospels.