This short thread below is taken from a recent YouTube post by Blackstone Intelligence where I succinctly (as is possible) outline a brief synopsis of my thoughts on Christianity, as far as the historicity of Jesus is concerned.
Truth is, I doubt that the NT Jesus ever existed. Personally, I’ll only go so far as to permit that his character possibly could have been modeled by some real person at some time in the first Century B.C.E., however, his story has been liberally embellished IMO.
The Tube video was concerning the Tuber’s (Jake Morphonios) ideas about the recent war build up by the USA in and around Syria, as war with Iran seems imminent. Jake and I see that situation alike, but I take issue with his insistence that the world history he tells his audience is FACTUAL, and that no one can deny the facts.
The problem I have with his making that statement is that his historical account of things is largely based upon Biblical texts (both Old and New Testament), to which he tends to find inerrant. I firmly disagree with this misconception.
To be sure, there are many historical nuggets of truth to be found in both the Old and New Testaments. But, it is not even close to being infallible. Any student of history understands that politics has skewed the historical narrative on many levels and throughout most of written history.
Truth depends on a unique perspective where our knowledge of history is concerned. After all, history is largely written by a narrow frame of reference. The winners.
“Tauta panta perilabon en hepta bibliois kai medemian tois epistamenois ta pragmata kai paratuchousi toi polemoi katalipon e mempseos aphormen e kategorias, tois ge ten aletheian agaposin, alia me pros hedonen anegrapsa. Poie-somai de tauten tes exegeseos archen, hen kai ton kepha- laion epoiesamen.”
I have comprehended all these things in seven books, and
have left no occasion for complaint or accusation to such as
have been acquainted with this war; and I have written it
down for the sake of those that love truth, but not for those
that please themselves with registering names. And I will
begin my account of these things with what I call my First
-Josephus Flavius, beginning paragraph in War of the Jews, circa: 70-75 B.C.E.
Jake, I have a question for you to consider. If you believe the New Testament (and NO, it is NOT fact), Jesus says that he’ll return and destroy the Second Temple while his followers are alive (or within their generation), not leaving one stone upon another.
Of course, the Temple was destroyed in 70 A.D. In that very fashion, however… it WAS DESTROYED BY TITUS FLAVIUS, not Jesus.
Did he lie, or is it more likely that the NT was written after 70 A.D. by the Romans, for the Empire’s geo-political reasons?
(Occam’s razor anyone?)