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Do you think that Jesus existed as an historical person?(not necessarily as depicted in the Bible)

jahziah 2012/07/11 08:43:46
Yes, Jesus was an actual person. (Although he did not perform miracles)
Yes, Jesus was an actual person and the son of God.
No, Jesus has never existed in any form.
I don't know.
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I think that Jesus most likely was an actual person. He may not have performed miracles, but he was at least an actual person.
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  • Clay Slayer 2012/07/11 17:30:49
    I don't know.
    Clay Slayer
    +1
    People seem to think that christ was the last name for Jesus... there were many
    Christs throughout history in mythology,,
    Christ (Greek Χριστός (Khristós) 'anointed') is a translation of the Hebrew מָשִׁיחַ (Māšîaḥ), the Messiah,

    The title of Christ was voted on at the council of nicea in 325 CE and it was then that the title of christ was given the fabled Jesus......
  • dustin.oubre 2012/07/11 15:51:31
    I don't know.
    dustin.oubre
    +1
    It's possible he was a real person. If he was real, I think he was just a spiritual teacher, perhaps just trying to give hope to those who lost it.
  • JanHopkins 2012/07/11 14:13:58
    Yes, Jesus was an actual person. (Although he did not perform miracles)
    JanHopkins
    +1
    I think he lived and was a rabbi, a teacher, with some interesting new ideas.
  • irish 2012/07/11 13:47:22
    No, Jesus has never existed in any form.
    irish
    +1
    nope,no records of this mythical person exist.
  • 001 2012/07/11 13:14:01
    I don't know.
    001
    +2
    If he existed, he was just a man.
  • Headhunter 13 2012/07/11 13:00:29
    No, Jesus has never existed in any form.
    Headhunter 13
    +2
    He may be a composite of 100 or so proclaimed messiahs of the time. They were a dime a dozen at that time and others throughout history. But there is no proof that the one spoken of in the bible ever existed. Noting historically or archaeologically at all. No one that supposedly knew him can be proven to have written one word about him. No other contemporary sources ever mention him.
  • jahziah Headhun... 2012/07/11 13:25:23
    jahziah
    Here is a non-biblical source from 63A.D that mentions Christians. This was before there was a new testament or gospel. Who are these Christians following, and what inspired their religion if not Jesus?
    http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/tx... [15:44]
  • irish jahziah 2012/07/11 13:48:44
    irish
    +1
    well who inspired the worship of isis? and why did people follow it for over 3000 yrs? or the worship of any deity? its based on popularity .
  • jahziah irish 2012/07/11 13:57:46
    jahziah
    I don't know the specifics of Greek mythologies but i would assume that someone wrote a religious document or that they had some kind of religious reference to base their belief of Isis on. Before the new testament what religious reference did Christians have other than Christ?
  • irish jahziah 2012/07/11 14:01:21
    irish
    +2
    greek mythology?? egyptian you mean.
    what did christians have? the same thing anyone else had,hearsay. just like any other cult that gets its start.
  • jahziah irish 2012/07/11 14:26:48
    jahziah
    Yes, I meant Egyptian then. If you want to know my opinion of why the hearsay about Jesus was more credible than the hearsay that inspired other religions, then see my comments below in response to Headhunter.
  • irish jahziah 2012/07/11 14:28:27
    irish
    +1
    why is it credible? or more so than any other religious fantasy? it isn't. the people who believed in other gods were convinced they were all real too.
  • jahziah irish 2012/07/11 16:56:00
    jahziah
    I think the hearsay of people that would have been alive during his theoretical lifetime is more accurate that hearsay alone.
  • irish jahziah 2012/07/11 17:03:00
    irish
    thats what i said.
  • jahziah irish 2012/07/11 17:06:15
    jahziah
    And people 30 years after his death were alive during his theoretical lifetime,
  • irish jahziah 2012/07/11 17:11:21
    irish
    and you know this how?? the life span of humans was at the most 40 yrs.
  • jahziah irish 2012/07/11 18:39:29
    jahziah
    Good point, however, 30years is still not that far in the past. I would think that the people living 30years after Jesus would still have an good idea of the events that occurred 30 years ago.
  • irish jahziah 2012/07/12 12:34:56
    irish
    why? they didn't have newspapers etc . so why would they?
  • Headhun... jahziah 2012/07/11 13:54:41
    Headhunter 13
    +2
    First off in 63CE (has not been AD for years) jesus as believed in was dead. So at best this is conjecture or hearsay about christians not jesus. Not one word about the mythical man was written by anyone that knew him or until years, decades, centuries later
  • jahziah Headhun... 2012/07/11 14:02:49
    jahziah
    I will admit that the christian religion was surviving on hearsay at this point. But, what was the source of this hearsay? People don't just up and start believing in something for no reason.
  • jahziah jahziah 2012/07/11 14:07:34
    jahziah
    Keep in mind this was not too long after his death, there were still people around during that time that were also alive during Jesus's life. There were enough people who were alive during Jesus's time still around to be able to vouch that at least they were following a real person.
  • irish jahziah 2012/07/11 14:31:26
    irish
    +1
    you don't know that. there is not one single mention of this guy who performed miracles,attracted vast crowds ,etc etc by any historians who LIVED at that time. and i mean between the yrs 30-33 c.e.
  • jahziah irish 2012/07/11 15:10:49
    jahziah
    If Jesus was real, then there were definitely people alive after his death that were also alive during his life. If Jesus isn't real, then when people started believing in him 30 years after his supposed death, there should have been enough people around and physical evidence of him at the time to discredit their beliefs
  • irish jahziah 2012/07/11 15:14:01
    irish
    your problem is ,you are trying to ascribe 21st century thinking to 1 st century people. it won't work. people were extremely superstitious then. and anyone could start a cult and gain followers if given the right stories. the people at the time didn't go by physical proof to say someone was real or not. they accepted someones word for it.
  • jahziah irish 2012/07/11 15:21:50
    jahziah
    If anyone could start a cult similar to Christianity, then how come there aren't more religions like Christianity around today?
  • irish jahziah 2012/07/11 15:32:43
    irish
    there are.
  • jahziah irish 2012/07/11 15:44:44
    jahziah
    Could you give an example for me then?
  • irish jahziah 2012/07/11 15:48:11
    irish
    wiccans.
  • jahziah irish 2012/07/11 16:05:26
    jahziah
    That is not an accurate comparison because wiccans do not follow any one person.
  • irish jahziah 2012/07/11 16:24:44
    irish
    mother earth,yes they do.
  • jahziah irish 2012/07/11 16:29:56
    jahziah
    Since when is the earth a person?
  • irish jahziah 2012/07/11 16:37:34
    irish
    since when is an imaginary being a person?
  • jahziah irish 2012/07/11 16:52:33
    jahziah
    If hes real then he's a person, if hes not then he's an imaginary person. Either way, he's still a person.
  • Clay Sl... jahziah 2012/07/11 17:38:07
    Clay Slayer
    False reasoning,, imaginary does not exist,,,,Therefor cannot be a person.....
  • jahziah irish 2012/07/11 15:24:10
    jahziah
    Also, even then they had enough sense to understand the past. If someone (incorrectly) told them that the city they lived in was something different 30 years ago i don't think they would buy it.
  • irish jahziah 2012/07/11 15:37:13
    irish
    you keep thinking as a 21st century human. think like a 1st century human.
  • jahziah irish 2012/07/11 15:56:56
    jahziah
    What are you trying to say? Do you not believe that people in the 1st century had memory and could make comparisons with memory to fact?
  • irish jahziah 2012/07/11 16:03:45
    irish
    do you think they did? they didn't. why else were there so many different cults?
  • jahziah irish 2012/07/11 16:13:03
    jahziah
    Because people were more easily influenced, but not as easily as you think. Those other cults didn't base their beliefs on a historical person or things that happened recently, they were just a series of superstitions that at the time made sense to the people that believed in them.
  • irish jahziah 2012/07/11 16:25:47
    irish
    how do you know this? to them the people that the beliefs were based on were just as real. they have their birth places venerated etc etc

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