Here is why I don’t think the miracle stories about Jesus in the bible are true. I don’t even think Jesus was a historical person.
~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)
- There were 121 historians contemporary with Jesus. None of them mentioned any of his miracles, or Jesus himself. However, they did mention other would-be messiahs. Jesus allegedly performed three supermiracles: the zombie saints, the impossible, unscheduled solar eclipse that covered the earth and lasted much longer than astronomically possible and rising from the dead. Even these miracles did not impress the historians enough to make a note. The most likely explanation is the miracles never happened.
- There were people in 500 BC worshipping a spiritual Jesus and his death and resurrection. It seems plausible his followers composed an earthly life for him, around 100 AD complete with miracles.
- There is a counterfeit short commercial for Christianity inserted into historian Josephus, but this was written long after Jesus’ death. Josephus never saw Jesus. He just knew Christians worshipped him, a fact not questioned by anyone.
- Early Christians fought over whether Jesus was a purely spiritual being or whether he had actually walked on earth. In 325 AD, Emperor Constantine settled the matter. He had documents and people who claimed Jesus was a spiritual being destroyed. If Jesus were an actual person, I find it very odd there would be any debate about his existence. If even the early Christians were debating the matter, it is premature to consider the issue closed.
- The life of Jesus contains some peculiar errors. He allegedly grew up in Nazareth, a town that did not exist until later. The statements about when he was born relative to Herod and Cyrenius are mutually incompatible. It makes reference to a census that never happened. It is though whoever wrote the biography of Jesus did not know very much about life in Judea in 0 AD.
- There are 7.601 billion people living on earth right now. None of them can raise the dead. None of them can cure leprosy with a touch. None of them can rise into the air. I thus suspect either the miracles were tricks or tall tales. After all, these miracles are contrary to the laws of physics. They are impossible for humans to perform.
- The New Testament was not written until well after Jesus’ death. It was five-deep hearsay from anonymous witnesses. If you have ever played the party game telephone, you know how scrambled a story gets after it is retold five times in a chain. You can’t even trust a grocery list with that much scrambling. So it is preposterous to take reports of impossible events at face value.
- Anything written about Jesus prior to 70 AD spoke of Jesus only as a disembodied spirit. Only after 70 AD did they talk about events of his human life.
- The gospels were written in the order Mark, Matthew, Luke, John. With each retelling, the story gets embellished with more miracles and more impressive miracles. This sounds like the story-telling tradition, not hard history.
- St. Paul talks only of a spiritual Jesus. He makes no references to his earthly life.
- In the day, it was traditional to compose biographies of cult leaders complete with a set of miracles, including the mandatory virgin birth and rising from the dead. Why would Jesus be any different?
- Yahweh is preposterously partial to the Jews, to the point of commanding them to kill everyone else. The god of the universe is the god of everyone. It is ridiculous he is more partial than a Real Madrid fan. He is not behaving like a father. If Yahweh is a fraud, then so is Jesus.
- Yahweh is allegedly the god of the entire universe. He allegedly has infinite resources. Allegedly he had an extremely important message he wanted to deliver to mankind. He decided to deliver it solely to a tiny, backward, illiterate desert tribe. Allegedly, he went to elaborate efforts to convince them he really was who he claimed. Then he expected the rest of the earth and the rest of time to believe garbled, fifth-hand, anonymous accounts without any authority or evidence. It is a joke. The real deity of the universe would have his act together to make sure each generation got the message with his clear signature on it, not leave it up to an obscure faith healer who no one noticed during his life.