There is no evidence that an actual person ever existed and non of the dozen or more authors at the time ever mention a word about him, but there is a great deal of similarities between the gospel stories and other Egyptian, Zoroastrian and Greek and Hellenised jewish mythologies at the time.
Neandrathal makes a valid point. People are so quick to believe persons in history books existed with no more proof than a textbook saying they existed...yet extremely hesitant to believe Jesus did. The continued controversy even today proves something!
Most historians will agree that at the very least Jesus, the man, existed. There have been documents that refer to Jesus and/or the crucifixion. But, some of these may be problematic. There have been arguments proposed. Recently there were ossuaries found that seem to support the existence of Jesus. But, you will be hard pressed to find an unbiased answer on this site. God bless.
There is not enough proof of the theological Christ of Christianity. The history of Jesus is altogether the works of others. Contemporary historians have not mentioned Jesus even in their most detailed works. Jesus' parents have written nothing, Jesus wrote nothing, and even Jesus' supposed god-father has remained absolutely silent about Jesus. Somebody, some 1800 years ago, said that Jesus was Christ. This is all the evidence we have.
However, a person as Jesus existed, and was crucified are historical relations strictly within the limits of reality. Almost nothing that is said by churches can apply, even with the most distant disrespect, to the real man Jesus. The morality that he preached was of the most benevolent kind; although similar systems of morality had been preached by Confucius and by some of the Greek philosophers many years before, by the Quakers since, & by many great men in all ages. It's also worth mentioning that the myth of Jesus' life of the NT was forged from the story of the founder of the Essenes Cult whose name was also "Jesus", and he's crucified in 88 B.C. for blasphemy. From the Essenian cult of the old Jewish religion, has evolved the Christian Christ.
Yes,hundreds of people witnesses the crisifiction of Jesus Christ,and historians wrote of him.There are several early statements made by non-Christians that bear witness to Him. HISTORICITY OF JESUS The Roman historian and senator Cornelius Tacitus (c. AD 55 – c. AD 120) wrote about Jesus Christ, His execution, and Nero’s persecution of Christians in first century Rome.
There is not viable record of Jesus existence, there is the possibility that a person named Yeshuah bin Yosheph did exist, but that is based on the popularity of the 2 names during the 1st century. The number figured is, there were about 5 Yeshua bin Yoseph's in and about Jerusalem at that time. So is it possible that someone of this name existed? Yes. But was there one that matched the description of the one of the Bible? No, not one historian wrote about him especially during the lifetime attributed to him. That's like no one ever writing or reporting any concert that Elvis held during his life.
I believe he did exist, although I don't think he was nearly as special as the Bible portrays him to be, I doubt he made a blind man see or a deaf man hear... but I fully believe he is the one and only true son of God.
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Yes, and everyone that is saying "there is no proof he existed", well there is no proof that people like Julius Caesar, Atilla the Hun, or Joan of Arc existed, but they did. So just 'cause there's no proof, doesn't make it a reason to not believe. Just saying...
The Bible itself is the principal evidence that Jesus Christ is a historical person. The record in the Gospels clearly states time and place in great detail. (Luke 3:1, 2, 21-23)The first-century Jewish historian Josephus referred to the stoning of “James, the brother of Jesus who was called the Christ.” As Sir Isaac Newton, the famous scientist, once said: “I find more sure marks of authenticity in the Bible than in any profane history whatever.” It would be wise to view the descriptions of Jesus in the Bible records, which will help us determine who Jesus of Nazareth really was and his existance.
I Believe Jesus exists, because I can feel his love and blessings. I also know that if you have not accepted him into your heart as your Lord and savior then you will spend eternity in hell. I know that sounds harsh But it is the truth. God bless you.
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Although references to Jesus Christ by early secular historians are meager, such references do exist. Cornelius Tacitus, a respected first-century Roman historian, wrote that the Roman emperor Nero 'fastened the guilt for the burning of Rome on Christians,' and then Tacitus explained: "The name [Christian] is derived from Christ, whom the procurator Pontius Pilate had executed in the reign of Tiberius." Suetonius and Pliny the Younger, other Roman writers of the time, also made mention of Christ. In addition, Flavius Josephus, a first-century Jewish historian, wrote in Antiquities of the Jews regarding the death of the Christian disciple James. Josephus said in explanation that James was "the brother of Jesus, who was called Christ." The New Encyclopedia Britannica thus concludes: "These independent accounts prove that in ancient times even the opponents of Christianity never doubted the historicity of Jesus, which was disputed for the first time and on inadequate grounds at the end of the 18th, during the 19th, and at the beginning of the 20th centuries."
Yes he did. Secular historians who are respected for their detailed accounts of other significant events in the past such as Josephus and Tacitus both mention Jesus as a real person. Even when the Bible speaks of him, Jesus is referred to in relation to specific places and times that can be verified. An example is where the Gospel writer Luke mentions seven ruling officials whose names have been corroborated by secular historians in order to establish the year Jesus began his ministry. (Luke 3:1, 2, 23) This has led the writer of the book, Evidence For the Historical Jesus, to acknowledge that ?most scholars will admit that a man known as Jesus of Nazareth did live in the first century.? There is so much more evidence that Jesus was a real person. If you would like to learn more about him, a worldwide event will be held on Tuesday, March 26 where a free Bible talk will be given to explain how Jesus? death helps us. Jehovah?s Witnesses will be distributing invitations to this event soon.
Yes, His life is well documented and scholars generally agree that He existed. Obviously not room or time here but plenty of great resources to say with great confidence that the Jesus portrayed in the New Testament most certainly was historical. His death and resurrection in particular are well established. One example is www.equip.org. I challenge you to check out the evidence for yourself.
Jesus was a man of great compassion and great power--power over disease, death, forces of nature, forces of evil, and holds the very keys of life. One of His statements was "I am the Way, the Truth, the Life; no one comes to the Father except through me."
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actually there are many references to works about him. Many were destroyed by the Romans though during the reign of Diocletian. There are records of certain geological and astronomical events that coincide with the Bible. However, with one so prolific, it would seem that there is very little written about him.. Another thing is, people claiming similar titles were not uncommon.
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Is the proof of Christ's existence necessary for the validation of his (or not his) message to us; don't the lessons in the New Testament regarding our treatment of each other stand on their own ? Why would anyone, given a choice, arbitrarily discount the existence of such a revolutionary and inspiring individual?
He must have, seeing as there are several books whose authors were His disciples and bore witness to His miracles. However, other religions such as Judaism and Islam deny the validity of His works. You are free to believe whatever you want, but most evidence points to there being an actual Jesus of Nazareth.