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.
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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