Did Jesus exist? | The Isaiah 53:5 Project

Another interesting post from THE ISAIAH 53:5 PROJECT , originally posted on ExploreGod.com. I like this post because it does a very good job proving Jesus existed, which he most definitely did. I know a lot of atheists still refuse to accept Jesus existed but it’s time they wised up and concentrated on the real issue. The real issue is not whether Jesus existed. The real issue is whether or not he was resurrected after his crucifixion.

I’m an atheist but I still accept Jesus was crucified more or less as depicted in the Gospels. What I don’t accept is Christian claims that he was then resurrected on the 3rd day.  I don’t accept their claims because there is absolutely no evidence for this alleged resurrection other than what you find in the New Testament, and you can be forgiven for saying “well, it would say that, wouldn’t it”. The Josephus reference to the resurrection [Book 18, 3, 3] is the only independent evidence ever found, but the reference to a resurrection in Jerusalem has long since been discredited as an interpolation [forgery]. Some Christian scholars still cling to the belief that it is genuine but it’s wishful thinking.

517IsBb0cZL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_Ah, say Christians, but what about the Gospel evidence. Well, what about it? This can readily be explained, but it would take far too long to do so here. Read my book The Christianity Myth if you want to know more.

In the mean time Did Jesus exist? is a very informative post and I think it makes essential reading for all those atheists who still maintain Jesus never existed.

BY THE ISAIAH 53:5 PROJECT on AUGUST 4, 2015 • ( 6 )

Did Jesus Exist?  by  Norton Herbst [© ExploreGod.com]

Could it be that Jesus never existed? Has everyone who believes in him been deceived?

There are few things more disappointing than finding out something or someone you believed in—like Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, or the Tooth Fairy—doesn’t exist. But eventually we grow up and figure it all out.

Yet we still wonder: Are there other tall tales I’ve blindly believed? Who else never even existed?

In 1921 the Washburn Crosby Company, an American flour company, recognized the benefit of responding personally to questions about their products. So the company created a “warm and friendly” name, used a signature from a contest-winning employee, and voilà: Betty Crocker as we know her was born.1

Of course, discovering Betty Crocker was not a real person has little bearing on our everyday lives. But what about one of the most famous people in history, Jesus of Nazareth? Is it possible that he never existed, that everyone who believes in him has been deceived?

Of course, almost anything is possible. Yet the important question in this case is not “Is it possible?” but “Is it probable?” Let’s look at the evidence.

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2 thoughts on “Did Jesus exist? | The Isaiah 53:5 Project

  1. Hi Ken,

    May I compliment you on your perspective here. I think you have the basic question right – Jesus was a character in history, the question for each of is was he resurrected? I would add a second and associated question – was he telling the truth in his teachings?

    But I disagree when you say “well, it would say that, wouldn’t it”, inferring bias that leads to wrong reporting. I suggest there are several things wrong with this. First, there was no “it” when the gospels were written. The New Testament was only gradually compiled and accepted as authoritative, and the gospels all started as quite separate documents. And secondly, very little was written then (or now) that was totally impartial. Most historians wrote from a viewpoint (e.g. many were glorifying the Roman Empire, Josephus was trying to justify the Jews to the Romans and vice versa). So historians approach every document knowing it has a point of view, and the Gospels are no different – in both cases they try to account for that viewpoint. If we rejected documents with a viewpoint, we’d have little history.

    As for the evidence for the resurrection, it is historically good, relatively speaking. Most secular historians believe that Jesus was crucified and buried as you say, but also that his tomb was later found empty, his disciples had some sort of visionary experience of him after his death, and that this belief formed a strong foundation of their worship of him as God and the subsequent growth of the church. I think that is quite good evidence, and if it was of a less momentous claim, it would be quite sufficient to believe it. The problem isn’t the history but the supernatural. If we have a strong disbelief in the possibility of the supernatural, or if we want extraordinary evidence for the supernatural, then we may choose to disbelieve the evidence, whereas if we are more predisposed to accept the supernatural, we may choose to accept the evidence. The end result is the same for those who disbelieve, but I think the reasons should be understood differently.

    Thanks for the opportunity to read and comment. Are you happy that I comment like this, or would you prefer that I didn’t?

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    1. Please feel free to comment any time. Always interested in other people’s views. However, at the end of the day we all have to make up our own minds. We decide what to believe based partly on evidence, and partly on personal needs

      I have no truck with the supernatural and I have no need to believe in an afterlife. We are all born, and we will all die. Everyone should strive to leave the world a better place.

      However, others will have a different world view and if it works for them then that’s fine by me. My many Christian friends accept me as an atheist and I accept them as Christians. It’s no big deal.

      Ken

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