Jesus, the gentle but passionate man that we know, the international icon that has been a source of debate and worse for years. God or demigod? Is there a God? Why should I believe the Bible is true? Wasn’t Jesus just a good teacher? How do we know that the prophesies of the Bible came true, and if they did, couldn’t it have been a coincidence, an elaborate conspiracy, a cover-up? What if the texts and the accounts of the events were just manipulated to make it look like it? And how is it even possible that someone was raised from the dead?
I don’t claim to know the answers to all these questions since I’m not an apologist, but there are people out there who do have a pretty good idea of how things went down, because they have researched it. I know, it takes a little faith to believe in something that you didn’t personally discover, but you know what, I think that goes for both sides. I have a bit of a hard time believing that all life originated from inorganic material, but that’s just me. Call it biased and unobjective, whatever you want. But here are some facts and stories:
Ever heard of the famous march around Jericho? There’s even a cute little song by Elvis about it. And now you’re remembering the plundering part that maybe they skipped over in Sunday School. Hey, it’s all true, what can I say? God is good, even if it doesn’t seem like it to us humans.
We’ve all heard of the “Parting of the Red Sea.” But is it true? Decide for yourself!
Here’s an article that contains arguments that support the claims made in the Bible about the life of
Jesus. While you’re at it, check this out too, lots of great sources. Looking for something less biased? Check out the Toldot Jeshu, a Jewish satire of the life of Christ. Here is one version. Notice how even this does not deny the fact that Jesus’ body was missing from the tomb, although it does claim that his body was taken. Not that this story was ever meant to be believed, but still it is interesting that they didn’t deny that Jesus was not in the tomb. Hmmmm
James, brother of Jesus, son of Joseph is found on an inscription on a box containing his bones. Is it a coincidence?
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How about those prophecies?
Well, there’s nothing that can prove conclusively that God exists and that Jesus was who He said He was supposed to be. But if we assume that God is real, we need to realize what we’re dealing with here. God doesn’t owe us his appearance, even if we say that we would believe Him if we saw it. Because He doesn’t just want us to believe in His existence, although undoubtedly that is a start. He wants so much more than that, he wants faith. And now you’re mad becauseI’m talking about feelings, and you’re thinking that I am just another victim of another religion. Time will tell my friends, time will tell.
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