Christianity Thomas on 27 May 2010 12:08 am
Think about it – is there any real, tangible evidence that Jesus ever existed? Most Christians would answer instantly with, “The Bible!” Yes, there is the Bible, but the Bible is a work of fiction rather than fact. It turns out that, in the same way that there is no evidence for Noah’s worldwide flood, and no evidence for the exodus, there is no actual evidence for Jesus while he was supposed to be living:
No one has the slightest physical evidence to support a historical Jesus; no artifacts, dwelling, works of carpentry, or self-written manuscripts. All claims about Jesus derive from writings of other people. There occurs no contemporary Roman record that shows Pontius Pilate executing a man named Jesus. Devastating to historians, there occurs not a single contemporary writing that mentions Jesus. All documents about Jesus came well after the life of the alleged Jesus from either: unknown authors, people who had never met an earthly Jesus, or from fraudulent, mythical or allegorical writings. Although one can argue that many of these writings come from fraud or interpolations, I will use the information and dates to show that even if these sources did not come from interpolations, they could still not serve as reliable evidence for a historical Jesus, simply because all sources about Jesus derive from hearsay accounts.
Hearsay means information derived from other people rather than on a witness’ own knowledge.
Courts of law do not generally allow hearsay as testimony, and nor does honest modern scholarship. Hearsay provides no proof or good evidence, and therefore, we should dismiss it.
Any normal, rational person would take this at face value. Jesus, like God, is imaginary.