Jesus is Not a Myth by Tabitha3319 Feb 5, 2021 4:15:59 GMT -5 via mobile John, PG4Him, and 1 more like this
Post by Tabitha3319 on Feb 5, 2021 4:15:59 GMT -5
Was Jesus simply a mythical figure that Jesus made up?
Many people think so but this is not supported by most historical scholars.
Jesus was a real person in history, not a myth.
Here are three examples of non-Christian historical texts proving that Jesus really existed. The first text also gives evidence to the fact that Jesus' followers really considered him to be God.
Pliny the Younger
This man was the Roman Governor of Pontus/Bythnia from 111-113AD. He wrote about his opinion of Christians and how to punish them to Emperor Trajan.
"They asserted, however, that the sum and substance of their fault or error had been that they were accustomed to meet on a fixed day before dawn and sing responsively a hymn to Christ as to a god, and to bind themselves by oath, not to some crime, but not to commit fraud, theft, or adultery, not falsify their trust, nor to refuse to return a trust when called upon to do so. When this was over, it was their custom to depart and to assemble again to partake of food--but ordinary and innocent food. Even this, they affirmed, they had ceased to do after my edict by which, in accordance with your instructions, I had forbidden political associations. Accordingly, I judged it all the more necessary to find out what the truth was by torturing two female slaves who were called deaconesses. But I discovered nothing else but depraved, excessive superstition."
Below, is a link to more of Pliny's letters.
In AD 93 or 94, Jewish Historian Flavius Josephus refers to Jesus in his book, Antiquities of the Jews.
Here is an excerpt from Book 18 Chapter 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 Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ. And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, 9 those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; 10 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.
From Book 19 Chapter 9
"Festus was now dead, and Albinus was but upon the road; so he assembled the sanhedrim 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; they also sent to the king [Agrippa], desiring him to send to Ananus that he should act so no more, for that what he had already done was not to be justified; nay, some of them went also to meet Albinus, as he was upon his journey from Alexandria, and informed him that it was not lawful for Ananus to assemble a sanhedrim without his consent."
Here is the entire book:
Antiquities of the Jews
in his Annals (written c. AD 115), book 15, chapter 44, describes Nero's scapegoating of the Christians following the Fire of Rome. He writes that the founder of the sect was named Christus (the Christian title for Jesus); that he was executed under Pontius Pilate; and that the movement, initially checked, broke out again in Judea and even in Rome itself (Eddy, 2007, pp 179-180).