Does Jesus the Christ Really Exist? – Evidence For the Historical Jesus of Nazareth May 2, 2010Posted by The Prodigal Son in Christianity.
Tags: Eastern Orthodoxy, Jesus Christ, Jesus of Nazareth, Orthodox Christianity
Many people these days are woefully ignorant and terribly steeped in ‘Jewish’ (Pharisaic) anti-Christian Soviet-style atheist propaganda. They think that they’re clever, educated and wise… but in reality they barely know their left hand from their right! They walk in darkness – having yet to receive the love of the truth… the truth being that Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the world; that Christ IS THE TRUTH!
If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard someone say, “Jesus never even existed!
How can you believe in fables and myth?”, I would be so rich – I would be able to single-handedly finance Br. Nathanael @ Real Zionist News! (See link under ‘My Favorites’ → )
People have no problem believing in the historical existence of say… Genghis Khan or Julius Caesar with very little evidence. But when it comes to the person of Jesus, all of a sudden they will refuse to admit that He is a real person Who really exists! Why? Well, because they’ve been brainwashed with atheist nonsense since they were toddlers!
This despite the fact that there is actually plenty of evidence from non-Christian sources! There is literally more evidence for Jesus Christ than there is for someone like Julius Caesar! Here are some of the testimonies and sources from the ancient past which attest to the reality of the Christ:
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1. Flavius Josephus (approx. AD 37-101) mentions Jesus – Antiquities, Book 18, ch. 3, par. 3…
Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call Him a man; for He was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Judeans and many of the Hellenes. He was [the] Christ.
And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned Him to the Cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake Him; for He appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning Him.
And the tribe of Christians, so named from Him, are not extinct at this day.”
2. Flavius Josephus (AD 37-101) mentions James, the brother of Jesus – Antiquities, Book 20, ch. 19…
Festus was now dead, and Albinus was but upon the road; so he assembled the sanhedrin of judges, and brought before them the brother of Jesus, Who was called Christ, whose name was James, and some others, [or, some of his companions]; and when he had formed an accusation against them as breakers of the law, he delivered them to be stoned: but as for those who seemed the most equitable of the citizens, and such as were the most uneasy at the breach of the laws, they disliked what was done.”
3. Tacitus (A.D. c.55 – c.117, Roman historian) mentions “Christus” who is Jesus – Annals…
Consequently, to get rid of the report, Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace.
Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judaea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome, where all things hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their centre and become popular.”
4. Pliny the Younger mentioned Christ. Pliny was governor of Bithynia in Asia Minor. Pliny wrote ten books. The tenth around AD 112…
They (the Christians) were in the habit of meeting on a certain fixed day before it was light, when they sang in alternate verses a hymn to Christ, as to God, and bound themselves by a solemn oath, not to any wicked deeds, but never to commit any fraud, theft or adultery, never to falsify their word, nor deny a trust when they should be called upon to deliver it up; after which it was their custom to separate, and then reassemble to partake of food – but food of an ordinary and innocent kind. (Eucharist)”
6. Gaius Suetonius Tranquillas, chief secretary of Emperor Hadrian (117-138 AD)…
Because the Judeans of Rome caused continous disturbances at the instigation of Christus, [Claudius] expelled them from the city.
After the great fire at Rome [during Nero’s reign] … Punishments were also inflicted on the Christians, a sect professing a new and mischievous religious belief.”
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Jesus and His blessed Mother are also mentioned (albeit blasphemously) in the anti-Christ ‘Jewish’ (Pharisaic) Babylonian Talmud – which dates from approximately the third century AD. If Jesus had never existed – then there would been no-one for the anti-Christ ‘Jews’ to speak of (derisively or otherwise)!
Likewise the Muslim Qu’aran mentions both Jesus and His blessed Mother, the Virgin Mary… They deny His divinity and the Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, but they at least affirm His existence.
Strangely enough… but also proving my point here is the fact that in the early days of Christianity NO-ONE denied the divinity of Jesus Christ – it was His HUMANITY that was denied!
In other words – everyone from the beginning of His Church on earth fully believed that He was the Son of God – God incarnate… It was His humanity that was denied by the heretics back then! They just couldn’t wrap their heads around the fact that He is fully God… AND fully man.