The Hashin’ of the Christ (Crucifixion, Resurrection & Ascension)
Directed at agnostics and those struggling with the inconsistencies in Christianity in particular, and religion in general, an author struggles to find her own Personal Cosmology by examining and sharing her beliefs and discoveries about God, the Bible and Christianity. More
Directed at agnostics and those struggling with the inconsistencies in Christianity in particular, and religion in general, an author struggles to find her own Personal Cosmology by examining and sharing her beliefs and discoveries about God, the Bible and Christianity.
From "The Hashin' of the Christ: Crucifixion, Resurrection & Ascension": "There is no reason to believe Jesus was anything more than a myth, redacted and embellished by Christians many decades after his alleged death. While we know that it is historically accurate to say that people were crucified in the days of Jesus, this does not imply that he was. Nor does it prove that he existed. The evidence is sparse to nonexistent in this case, and bolstered only by the need to believe in him and nothing more.
But assuming for the moment that Jesus was a real person, can we say with any appreciable degree of certainty that his crucifixion took place?"
From "Lost in Transliteration": "For Romans, the act of removing the body from a cross in order to bury it, was not common, and tantamount to an admission that the executed person was wrongfully accused. The point of crucifixion was to punish and shame the convicted, and there was no better way to do that than to deny him the traditional rite of burial. There was no reason to believe that Pontius Pilate showed mercy to Jesus or his loved ones."
From "To Rise or Not to Rise: It’s All in the Leaven": The bodily rising of Jesus into the sky is a reflection of the common belief of the time that Heaven was above the Earth. We know through science, of course, that the cosmos has never revealed to us a place such as this, but instead holds other galaxies and celestial bodies that extend far beyond our previous imaginings. That we haven’t found Heaven, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist, but it certainly suggests that the Heaven supposedly situated above the Earth, is part of religious myth and an example of the limited knowledge at that time of the cosmos.
From "Eyes Are Bad Witnesses": If all of these books of the four Gospels were eyewitness accounts, why are there so many discrepancies? Aside from what we now know about the unreliable nature of eyewitness testimony, many people still believe that if someone claims to have seen something with their own eyes, we are more likely to believe it happened. But even if this were so, why are there so many contradictions between all these eyewitnesses in the Gospels?
From "Imperfect Prefect": What we do know from authentic historical record is that Rome had a fair court system, with learned and competent lawyers. No one was put to death without a trial and verdict, contrary to what Hollywood and the Bible would have us believe. They both tell us that all this was thrown out the window; that Pontius Pilate found Jesus innocent of any charges, but fell prey to the demands of a bloodthirsty crowd who wanted Jesus crucified. This was unheard of, and most likely never happened.
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