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Christ Myth Theory

Posted November 20th, 2017 at 01:38 AM by Radrook

ďJesus never existed! It was all made up! There is absolutely no historical evidence to support the existence of this Jesus character.Ē Ever hear that kind of talk? Well, itís called the Christ Myth Theory which is very popular among those who harbor animosity towards religion in general and more specifically against Christianity itself. Naturally Christians feel impelled to defend their beliefs via providing evidence. In doing so they have resorted to historical documents such as those written by Josephus, the Jewish historian and Tacitus the Roman historian who both mention Jesus as a historical figure, as well as the presentation of the NT itself as reliable. Yet the accusers have always managed to cast doubt in one way or another,

This kind of opposition to Christianity is of course much different than violent persecution employed against by both Rome and Jews. Neither is it merely an attack against its theological teachings. No siree bob. It isnít a finding flaw with Christís teachings or personality. personality. Instead, it is a denial of his existence called the Christ Myth Theory. This attack is far more cunning and far more potentially devastating because it involves the complete annihilation of Jesus as a person. The complete destruction of the very foundation of Christianity by describing it as based on a blatant lie.

Of course the question concerning this unusual attack that has arisen so suddenly, after approx 2000 years since Jesusí death, is whether those leveling such an accusation have a leg to stand on. Now, there are two ways to respond to that question. One is to search for non-Christian historical support which will substantiate the historicity ofJesus. This has been attempted before with references to Tacitus the Roman historian and Josephus the Jewish historian as well as quotes from the Jewish Talmud and other historical sources as well as to the New Testament itself as historically trustworthy. Yet, all these references have been glibly shunted aside as suspect in one way or another and the anti-Christian side has chosen to vehemently hold its ground.

Well, fortunately there is the second approach which for some mysterious reason is never employed. That is to examine the accusation from purely logical perspective. However, there is one very important factor which is far more powerful and absolutely indisputable in establishing that Jesus did exist. That is the fact that his enemies never accused him of never having existed. Why is this remarkable and absolutely devastating to that argument of nonexistence? Simple, because the Jews vehemently hated Jesus and his teachings were considered blasphemous both during his ministry and after the time of his described death.

Yet the only accusation that Jewish sources hurled against him were and still are that he practiced magic and was a false messiah.

Matthew 12:24
But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, "It is only by Beelzebub, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons."
or that he went against their sacred traditions:Ľ Jesus and the Pharisees

So he was hated intensely and such a hatred should have strongly motivated them to latch on to such an effective counterargument as non-existence. After all, they were not refraining from physical attacks on the Christian Church as the Apostle Paul describes in his letters where he tells us that he was dragging Christians out of their houses by their hair and that Stephen was stoned because of his preaching and that he himself once had carried out a murderous campaign to eradicate Christianity from the face of the Earth.

Acts 8:
2God-fearing men buried Stephen and mourned deeply over him. 3But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison. 4Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went
Yet we are expected to naively believe that absolutely no accusation of Christians worshiping a person who never existed was ever used? Why? Thatís so obviously ridiculous that itís laughable. It is similar to saying that a boxer could have used a devastating hook to knock out his opponent but never did. The truth is that if indeed Jesus had never existed, his enemies would have readily employed it to their advantage.
Furthermore, if Jesus had never existed the church would never had gotten very far since those hearing the message would have laughed in the faces of those making the claim and called them liars. After all, the early church was established in Palestine the locality where Jesus is said to have been born. Local birth records were readily available. People living there could have asked what the heck these Christians were talking about. In short, it would have rapidly become a very well-known fact to be ridiculed and shunned as bogus and the Christians unceremoniously tagged as liars. Instead we have just the opposite happening donít we?

Then we have the historically recorded Roman persecution of Christianity that even included throwing Christians to the lions in the arena for the entertainment of the spectators because they were considered heretics. Nero set them on fire. Surely such deep hatred would have caused the Romans to denigrate the Christian religion by pointing out that they were followers of a man who never existed.


Beginnings of Christian Martyrdom

The following account was written by the Roman historian Tacitus in his book Annals published a few years after the event. Tacitus was a young boy living in Rome during the time of the persecutions.
"Therefore, to stop the rumor [that he had set Rome on fire], he [Emperor Nero] falsely charged with guilt, and punished with the most fearful tortures, the persons commonly called Christians, who were [generally] hated for their enormities. Christus, the founder of that name, was put to death as a criminal by Pontius Pilate, procurator of Judea, in the reign of Tiberius, but the pernicious superstition - repressed for a time, broke out yet again, not only through Judea, - where the mischief originated, but through the city of Rome also, whither all things horrible and disgraceful flow from all quarters, as to a common receptacle, and where they are encouraged. Accordingly first those were arrested who confessed they were Christians; next on their information, a vast multitude were convicted, not so much on the charge of burning the city, as of "hating the human race."

In their very deaths they were made the subjects of sport: for they were covered with the hides of wild beasts, and worried to death by dogs, or nailed to crosses, or set fire to, and when the day waned, burned to serve for the evening lights. Nero offered his own garden players for the spectacle, and exhibited a Circensian game, indiscriminately mingling with the common people in the dress of a charioteer, or else standing in his chariot. For this cause a feeling of compassion arose towards the sufferers, though guilty and deserving of exemplary capital punishment, because they seemed not to be cut off for the public good, but were victims of the ferocity of one man."

As you can see, the Historian Tacitus makes no such claim against Jesus but acknowledges his historicity. So does the the fact the neither Jews nor Romans ever made that claim during times when they were seething with murderous hatred against Christianity make any kind of sense?
Of course it doesnít. Instead it offers evidence that Jesus did exist and that even though he and his followers were deeply hated his existence could but be used to challenge thee Christian belief because his existence was beyond all reasonable doubt. In fact, the Jews didnít even challenge the miracles attributed to him, Instead they said that he was performing the by means of Satan as mentioned before.

In short, the Jesus Myth idea is seriously flawed because it is basically illogical.

Here is an interesting article on the subject.
Did Nazareth exist in the time of Christ?
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