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This is exactly how Jesus looked around 2,000 years ago. Isn’t he beautiful?!

…well, that’s not exactly true. At all. In fact, there are a lot of misconceptions about Jesus. One of the most detrimental misconceptions of Jesus, however, is not his skin color (although that definitely has some racist overtones), but the one that denies his existence on Earth.

Now I know what some of you are thinking, “WHO COULD SAY SUCH A THING!! HEATHEN!!!”
Now there are others of you (probably the heathens) who are thinking, “WELL DUH! JESUS IS SO FAKE!”

(Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do)

JK. It’s not a big deal if you think Jesus is fake. Well, I mean it is- it’s a super big deal. BUT it might not be your fault.  Maybe you haven’t heard the whole story (you just think you have).   After this blog is read,  you might change your mind- so pay attention!

There has long been a debate over the historical accuracy of the Bible. While there still are disputes over small details (i.e specific dates, like Joshua and Jericho), the majority of scholarly historians and archaeologists do NOT debate the historical legitimacy of the Bible. In fact, it is the oldest and most accurate piece of antiquated literature in the WORLD.

Did you know:
…that the New Testament has more extant manuscript evidence than any other ancient text? It does. Thousands more. There are over 5,000 Greek manuscripts, and over 8,000 5th century Latin translations.

…that there are multiple non-biblical authors who support the historical accuracy of Jesus of Nazareth? There are. Tacitus, Josephus, Thallus, Mara Bar-Serapion, to name a few.

…that the New Testament books were likely written around 60 years or earlier of His death, by His actual disciples, or His disciples’ disciples? That means that when those letters and accounts were flying around, there were eye-witnesses still alive. Eye-witnesses who could confirm or deny the accounts. They even had NAMES for people, so that stories could be verified. If they lied about Jesus, then people would have called bogus on the letters. Now again, this doesn’t PROVE Jesus was God. It only says that people BELIEVED these things to be true in that day.

Ok. So Jesus actually walked the Earth and stuff. So what?

Well if Jesus actually walked the Earth, we’re faced with the decision to classify him as one of four things:
1. Conman
2. Crazy Guy
3. Great Teacher (Ghandi status)
4. Christ.

1) Conman. The problem is that Jesus of Nazareth actually DIED and was TORTURED for his claims. The Jewish leaders wanted him dead, and got what they wanted. Why? Because he claimed to be God. But don’t take my word for it, read it yourself.
Would a conman, a liar, die for this? All he had to do was say he was not the son of God, and he would’ve been let off the hook. So why die?
Well why do conmen con? Answer: money, power, fame.
-Jesus had none of these things. He was pretty unpopular with some of the Jews. He made his followers sell everything they owned, and bum it up with Him. He never once tried to take power from the Jewish leaders.

2) Crazy guy. The problem with the lunatic theory is that Jesus had disciples, guys he spent night and day with, who believed in Him so much that THEY were willing to die too! If Jesus was on the level of crazy of “I am God,” then that’s pretty doggon crazy. You can TELL when people are that crazy pretty quick. Yet most of his disciples died for him.
Also, he swayed crowds and silenced leaders with his logic, rationality, and supreme grasp of morality. Ever heard of the Sermon on the Mount? You think a crazy guy who said he was God was that lucid? Maybe you’re crazy.

3) Great teacher. Some people say he wasn’t god, or a prophet, or anything, because that stuff doesn’t exist. He was just a great teacher, a wise sage, who, like Ghandi, was profound and admirable. The problem is that Jesus didn’t leave this option open for people. This is probably the ONE option you can immediately discredit. Jesus claimed to be God! He made some provocative claims! Why do you think the Jewish pharisees had their undies in such a bunch? This guy was literally blaspheming in the most blasphemous way possible back then. To equate yourself with YAHWEH was worthy of death. Which is why they had him killed.

4) Messiah. Lord. Christ. By process of elimination we can conclude that Jesus was telling the truth, the real truth, about Himself. If everything about this guy is true, then there is no other option than for us to rationally, and logically conclude that He is our Lord and Savior, who loved us so much that he allowed himself to be beaten, whipped, spat on, and crucified so that we, in all of our disgusting sin, could be with Him in Heaven, and not by works, but by faith. He did the work for us. All we have to do is believe Him, and reciprocate that love.

Which is crazy awesome.

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