The New Testament is not Good Enough Proof of Jesus’ Existence
In a week from now, many people all around the world will celebrate Christmas, the recognized birthday of Jesus. For several people, the Christmas is more about exchanging gifts and spending time with family rather than honoring Jesus. Of course, man would readily admit that December 25 is most likely not the birthday of the central figure of Christianity.
Originally, December 25 was celebrated by the ancient Romans as the birthday of their pagan Sun god. When the Roman Empire converted to Christianity, they adopted December 25 as the birthday of Jesus. Reading close details from the “New Testament,” Jesus would have more likely been born in the autumn season (in either September or October).
Herein is our problem. The main record for Jesus’ birth is the “New Testament.” Of course, there are many sincere and good people that take the “New Testament” as historical fact believing that it is the literal word of God. However, there are some issues with that assumption.
The “New Testament” is full with errors and inconsistencies and it cannot be trusted as a reliable source. On several occasions, the four books of the Gospel disagree with each other on details of the Jesus’ life.
One of the greatest mistakes is concerning the virgin birth. Jesus’ virgin birth supposed to be the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy, “A virgin shall give birth to a child.” However, that is a mistranslation of the world “almah,” which just means “young woman.” Matthew (or whoever the writer was) mistranslated “almah” to mean virgin.
That is another thing as well. Much of the books in the “New Testament” are not even written by the people that are credited.
Many of the books of the New Testament were written by people who lied about their identity, claiming to be a famous apostle – Peter, Paul, or James, knowing full well they were someone else. – Bart Ehrman
Of course, Paul appends his name in many of his epistles but comparing the literary styles of “his” letters, we can deduct that they are written by two or more authors. Biblical scholar Donald Guthrie actually wrote in length about this subject.
Also, let us consider that many of the “New Testament” writings were written many years after the supposed life of Jesus. We would think that if this great man had performed such miraculous works that his followers would not wait for a whole generation to write of him. The earliest text was written between 50 and 62 CE, twenty years after the life of Jesus.
The remarkable thing is that there is no other record of Jesus from that time. During his supposed lifetime, no one wrote about Jesus. No chronicler wrote about Jesus’ miracles. No scribe wrote about Jesus’ great following. No leader or other figure wrote anything about Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. There is nothing written from that whole time period verifying the life of Jesus.
In the entire first Christian century, Jesus is not mentioned by a single Greek or Roman historian, religion scholar, politician, philosopher or poet. His name never occurs in a single inscription, and it is never found in a single piece of private correspondence. – Bart Ehrman
If such miraculous and wondrous works were performed by him at that time, there should have been somebody that would have written of them. From this lack of mentions, any reasonable person would begin to doubt the existence of Jesus.
The story of Jesus developed many years after his supposed birth and death. There are many possible theories for the origins of Jesus. We do not have the time to go over them right now but we can conclude that the “New Testament” is not adequate evidence for the proof of Jesus’ existence.
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