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Slandering Jesus: Six Lies People Tell about the Man Who Said He Was God Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B000WHVRZI
- Publisher : Tyndale Momentum (September 28, 2007)
- Publication date : September 28, 2007
- Language : English
- File size : 23224 KB
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- Print length : 176 pages
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The most important chapter in this book is Lie # 6, "Jesus is One Way among Many"--the lie that talk show queen Oprah Winfrey has espoused publicly.
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Jesus never claimed to be God. The title "son of god" was very common in Jewish literature. It was applied to the nation of Israel, kings, people who were devout in their religious beliefs. It was also a title used by several Roman Emperors.
I doubt Jesus ever claimed to be God. Jesus was dead for decades before the Gospels were written, and very little in the gospels can be considered accurate information.
The best way to think about the historical Jesus? Galilee was not under direct Roman rule. Nobody cared if you protested against Rome in Galilee. When Jesus walked down to Jerusalem to attend a Passover Festival, he crossed the border into a country where protests against Rome were taken very seriously. For whatever reason, Jesus was arrested and executed. I think you have to be pretty dumb, or extremely unlucky, to be arrested and executed while attending a festival. Personally, I think Jesus was drunk when he overturned the tables of the moneychangers.
The author is free to present his personal opinion of Jesus, but it's not as credible as mine. In the first century, because there were so many great names in Greek mythology - Zeus, Apollo, Hercules, Athena, Neptune - it's easy to see why Jewish writers would turn a martyred Jesus into a similar type of hero. But, none of it is credible, or even believable. Jesus was an ordinary human being. He died. It's a tragedy, but so were many other deaths at the hands of the Roman occupation force.
What is shocking is the provable claim that he was not human. Well, of course, that depends on regarding the Bible as the infallible Word of God, in spite of the fact that the Bible never claims that the Bible is the Word of God at all.
Nevertheless, in the Blble we find the gospels of "Matthew" and "Luke" who both provide a genealogy of Jesus in order to prove he was in the lineage of the very human King David. When exmaining these biblical genealogies, we find that:
1. They contradict each other throughout
2. They both omit names that belong in the genealogy, as a reading of the genealogies provided in the Old Testament (Numbers, for instance) shows
3. They both include names found nowhere in the Old Testament genealogies
4. They each claim that Jesus came from a different son of David (Nathan? or Solomon?)
5. Matthew claims that his genealogy falls into 3 sections of 14 generations each, yet when one makes a count of the names Matthew provides, it is clear that he (or else the Holy Spirit, if one believes the Bible is divinely inspired) cannot count
6. The clear language of both writers says that the genealogy he provides of Jesus is the genealogy of his father Joseph, which they must if they are claiming that Jesus is in the lineage of David, since only through the line of the father did any Jewish male have his lineage. And, the parenthetical phrase found only in "Luke" "(as was supposed)" is a clear cut insertion by some pious copyist who wanted us to believe that Jesus had no human father.
These contradictions of the writings by the writers themselves make it clear that the Bible writers did not know who the human Jesus was. And, keep in mind, these were the writers who were alleged to be the closest historical humans to Jesus during his lifetime (so claim conservative interpreters of the Bible).
What the contradictions actually provide is conclusive proof that the Jesus of the gospels never was a flesh-and-blood, historical person.
So, if one holds the Bible to be reliable, then one has to follow the evidence it provides about his humanity. That evidence makes it clear there was no such human being.