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The Revival of the Jesus Wars

Jesus Crown

Introduction

The attack on the authenticity Of Jesus Christ as a both a historical figure, and actual divine being can be traced back several centuries. One famous writer on the subject was Hermann Samuel Reimarus.  In the New York Times article Return of the Jesus Wars released August 3, 2013 a critique of comments made to a Fox News Interview of Reza Aslan author of the book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth are examined. Aslan’s premise is “Jesus His Jesus is an essentially political figure, a revolutionary killed because he challenged Roman rule, who was then mysticized by his disciples and divinized by Paul of Tarsus (Douthar 2013).”  As the Gospel can be supported by reports of eyewitness accounts of miracles, Accuracy in the comparison of sources in the synoptic Gospels, and accounts in historical records and other writings from the period it is hard to disproof the existence of Jesus.

Aslan’s Premise

Historical accounts such as writings on Pontius Pilot, Herod and census records details on The Jewish War and the Destruction of Temple and the dispersion of the Jewish people as well as works of Roman philosophers, other religion’s ( Gnostic, and Islamic for example) accounts detailing the philosophies of Jesus exist today. Reimarus argued that Jesus was nothing more than a political leader who failed to over throw the Roman occupation of Jerusalem and Jesus was elevated to divine status and the resurrection was a fabrication by the disciples to cover up the failed uprising in attempt to spread Christianity and gain power and credibility. Aslan builds on this idea. The article explains that in the Jesus War writers build their premise on one or more of three premises. “Most ‘real Jesus’ efforts, though, assume that these complexities are accretions, to be whittled away to reach the historical core. Thus instead of a Jesus who contains multitudes, we get Jesus the nationalist or Jesus the apocalyptic prophet or Jesus the sage or Jesus the philosopher and so on down the list (Douthar 2013).” The problem with such ideas is that by reducing Jesus to just one or more of these personas are to ignore the evidence of scripture, the historical facts, archeological evidence, other philosophical writings and works of other world religions and even natural and scientific laws themselves. The article also points out the mystical Jesus are for readers who wish we had the parables without the creeds; the philosophical Jesus for readers who wish Christianity had developed like the Ethical Culture movement. And a political Jesus like Aslan’s is for readers who feel, as one of his reviewers put it, that  ‘Jesus’ usefulness as a challenge to power was lost the moment Christians first believed he rose from the dead (Douthar 2013).’” So, why all these books and many individuals drive to debunk the existence or downplay the divinity of Jesus Christ?

Motivation for devaluation of Christ

The first reason many tend to wish to devalue or proof the non-existence of Christ is fear that becoming Christian may mean a loss of material success, the inability of having fun and would require a rigorous life of self-discipline that would result in the loss of free will. Many mistakenly belief that when one surrenders their life to God and Christ they become a puppet and that the 10 Commandments are a restraint on freedom. As a result of Original Sin and the penalty of the generational curse we all have an instinctual drive for greed, lust, motivation of Self gain, envy pride, sloth and anger. We all wish to feel good and all have idol or false God’s we turn to for escape. Whether it is alcohol, sex, gambling, work video games, social media or some other escape that distracts us from reliance on God, the advancement of the social good, the love of our fellow man, our family responsibilities and other moral obligations and Biblical principles we  all use these vices and fall short of God’s expectation us. For the Christian the act of repentance, forgiveness and the promise of salvation and the inner working of the Holy Spirit to renew us back to the stated of created or oneness with God and not creature is sufficient to overcome these devices and strive to better ourselves. However, the non-believer becomes comfortable in the state of sin and in the misinterpretation of scripture, the fear of the prospect of Hell, Anger at the God for the state of world and the perceived evils throughout, or a fear of relinquishing control of one’s will are common factors use as reasons to try a reduce Christ to a mere man or a mythical figure.

Another common reason for the devaluation of the divinity of Christ is a lack of understanding of the Bible. This may arise from reading a translation that is hard for one to understand. It is extremely important for one use a Bible that easy to relate to. One should use a modern translation of the Bible and stay away from the King James Version when first studying the word. How many people today say things like “Go to thou kitchen and fetcheth a glass of water for in such thou may find the riches of substance thirst will sustain ones thirst.” Also, the modern translations try and clarify the definition of the Greek and Hebrew words into common English from older text than the (KJV) to more meaning depth and accuracy to the Word. One should also, remember that the (KJV) also was translated partial from Latin Text and the New testament was not written in Latin but common Greek and the Old testament was composed primarily in Hebrew with exception of some parts being composed in Aramaic, a dialect of Hebrew with a mix of elements taken from some of the languages spoken during captivity. Many people also fail to relate to the historical content of the Bible, syntax Grammar and have trouble comparing the relevance to their daily lives. It is wise to have a Biblical Atlas on hand as well as other source materials such as a Reference book that outlines the content, historical relevance and other elements for the new reader.

A final reason on may choose to debunk Chris is that is not secular popular to be religious. In many societies including America Christians are portrayed as fanatics, a threat to the way of social, economic, or political customs, or simply a philosophical organization for people who fear dying or for the elderly.

Conclusion

The attack on the authenticity Of Jesus Christ as a both a historical figure, and actual divine being can be traced back several centuries.  One common reason for the devaluation of the divinity of Christ is a lack of understanding of the Bible. Another is a lack of understanding of the Bible. In many societies including America Christians are portrayed as fanatics, a threat to the way of social, economic, or political customs, or simply a philosophical organization for people who fear dying or for the elderly. We must as Christians stand up and defend the faith, tech other the Gospel, Lead people back to Christ or plant the seed of conversion so the Holy Spirit can start the process of Salvation which occurs in the heart, mind and soul of the individual and brings the reunification of Spirit and oneness with God, and debunk the myths concerning Christ restoring the balance of authenticity, inerrancy and divinity of the Bible and Christ himself.

In God, Christ, and Spirit,

Trent Rindoks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reference

Douthar, Ross. “Return of the Jesus Wars.” The New York Times, 08 03, 2013.

 

 

 

 

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