Is Jesus real?

CrucifixionWhether Jesus was, or is, real and walked the streets of Jerusalem, has kept people busy through the ages. It is especially true for those who don’t like Jesus. It would have been interesting to know how many books have been written through the ages to prove that Jesus is fiction?

Ellen Johnson, president of American Atheists, summarised the Christ-myth view on CNN TV Larry King Live: There is not one shred of secular evidence there ever was a Jesus Christ…. Jesus is a compilation from other gods…who had the same origins, the same death as the mythological Jesus Christ.’ The stunned host replied, ‘So you don’t believe there was a Jesus Christ?’ Johnson fired back, ‘There was not…there is no secular evidence that Jesus Christ ever existed.1

The interesting thing is that those who claim Jesus is fictional, say they investigated the matter thoroughly. It would be a big task to resolve the issue today. Yet there is a short cut that can help. John 1:3, Colossians 2:16 and Hebrews 1:2-3 teach that  Jesus was the Creator. That means He created the heavens and the earth (the universe, our solar system and life on this planet).

The scientifically minded will disagree, but instead of discussing all the various technical issues of creation, we want to ask one simple question: where did life on earth come from?  Richard Dawkins answers it beautifully: ‘We have no evidence about what the first step in making life was.…’ He is the high priest of atheism, a biologist who is well trained and believes evolution, but he cannot cite evidence for the origin of life. He is not the only one.

In preparation for a 2014 conference in Japan (called “Open Questions on the Origin of Life”), research biologist P. L. Luisi wrote: ‘The scientific question about the origin of life is still unanswered: it is still one of the great mysteries that science is facing…. Which conceptual progress have we made…? Is it too much to say that we didn’t really make any, if we look at data under really and honest prebiotic conditions? Adding that this situation is not due to shortage of means and finances in the field—but to a real lack or difficulty to conceive conceptually how this nonliving-living passage really took place?’ 3

Has modern science solved the problem? No! The devil’s efforts to prove that Jesus is a mirage, are always bound to fail on closer inspection. We only have to look to science, the supposedly new ‘creator god’ to find out that it has never been proven how life evolved. So Jesus as the Creator stands tall, despite the strenuous efforts of all the researchers.

The critics who maintain that Jesus is a myth cannot prove the origin of life. This is only one of the many things about life they cannot answer. All it tells us is that Jesus is alive and well and preparing for the second creation, the final one, the glorious eternal reign of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Ps. The efforts to prove that Jesus is not real have their origin in the mind of the devil. He is a sore loser and will spend eternity in the lake of burning sulphur. He doesn’t love Jesus, so we cannot get an honest account from him about the Creator.

References

  1. Y-Jesus, Facts about Jesus presented by Scholars, Was Jesus a Real Person?
  2. R  Dawkins, The Greatest Show on Earth, The Evidence for Evolution, Bantam Books, 2009, p 419.
  3. P.L. Luisi. “Open Questions on the Origins of Life.” Kyoto, Japan. July 12-13, 2014.

Jesus’ clever strategy

Jesus was a very patient man, who always answered people’s questions. Later on the chief Jesus' baptismpriests and others who tried to trap Him, hoped He might say something wrong so that they had a valid excuse to get rid of Him. Their question on one occasion was, ‘By what authority are you doing these things… And who gave you this authority?’  1

 

Jesus, aware of the strategy to trap Him, asked them a pointed question, ‘John’s baptism – where did it come from? Was it from heaven, or from men?’  2  In other words, did it rest on God’s authority, or was it just a human thing?

 

This left the chief priests and elders with a dilemma. If they said it was by God’s authority, then Jesus would ask them why they didn’t believe John? If they said it was from men, a merely human thing, they feared the public who regarded John as a prophet. The public might stone them. 3

 

It must have been quite an amusing scene to the onlookers when they acknowledged to Jesus, ‘Sorry, we don’t know.’  Incidentally, both John the Baptist’s birth as well Jesus’ were announced by the angel Gabriel. 4  Their authority came from God. If the Pharisees did not accept God’s authority in the case of John, why would they accept it in the case of Jesus?

 

What is the practical application for us? Atheists and most evolutionists question the authority of the Bible: ‘Is it true? Where does it come from? Why must we trust it?’  So before we answer them, we could ask them a question: Did God create the first living thing on earth (supernatural event), or did it evolve (natural event)?

 

They can’t say it evolved, because science has not been able to prove it. They can’t say it was created by God, because then they have to believe God’s testimony in the Bible. Like the Pharisees, whatever they say, they are trapped.  Please note that to say that scientists are working on the origin of life, and have almost solved it, is not a valid answer. It is because science uncovers more complexity all the time that makes the natural origin of life even more impossible. Skeptics mostly live in denial, they don’t have the support of science, but do not want to believe the Bible.

 

Conclusion: Because the Pharisees in any way did not accept God’s authority concerning John the Baptist, they would not have accepted Jesus’ either. There was no need for Him to answer their question.  Neither do evolutionists and atheists accept the authority of the Bible, even if they are unable to answer the question concerning the origin of life. People sometimes are not interested in the truth.

 

References

  1. Matthew 21:22
  2. Matthew 21:25
  3. Luke 20:6
  4. Luke 1:1-17; 26-33

 

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