Until I became interested in Christianity I never doubted there was a person called Jesus.
Of course, like most Westerners, and a great many others I suspect, the image I carried around was one of a tall, bearded, white(ish) long haired imperious yet humble, stand out in a crowd person who strode around Galilee in a spotless white robe head and shoulders above everyone else preaching his version of salvation etc.
I never believed all the miracle rubbish, but accepted that he was handed over to the Romans by the Jews and crucified.
In my teenage and young adult world of girls, rock music, and partying I couldn’t really care less what happened to Jesus. He was crucified. The end.
But these days some questions nag at me and so I ask them.
And here’s one of my favorites.
If Jesus was a real historical figure, but simply a man who got things a bit wrong with his preaching and got crucified for his trouble, why did his followers go to all the trouble of making a god out of him, attributing miracles to him, founding a religion out of his teachings,writing gospels about him, the Epistles and the fantastic stories about him, perpetrate the fabrications, the blatant forgeries, the interpolations etc etc ad nauseum?
Try to imagine the tracks you would have to cover to erase every trace of the real man behind the god if he actually wasn’t a god?
Yet, if he was really doing all the things claimed of him as a divine being you would expect something to show up in history? (outside of the bible of course)
But if he was just a man then the answer would likely be no, you would not necessarily expect anything to show up, as apocalyptic preachers were likely a dime a dozen around this time so who’s going to really notice another one?
And the argument immediately becomes circular.
Why pick a nobody and make a god out of him when chances are that, unless every source of his background was erased someone somewhere is going to expose the lie eventually?
I mean why bother going to all that trouble when you could simply invent him?
As Jeremy Clarkson is wont to say: ”How hard could it be?”
Oh, I meant to add this:
If any of you clever clogs have worked out why I choose the title ”Getting vexed over flags” for the last post award yourself 1000 points. 🙂