Part 2<quoted text>Yes Christian scholars believe in Jesus no surprise there. Bottom line the uncomfortable truth that more and more of these so called scholars are cringing at is showing any historical proof that he ever existed. Not a single contemporary historian wrote a word about Jesus. The closest we have is the forged passages of Josephus which were placed in it over 100 years after Jesus was said to die. Even the Josephus passages merely state what Christians at the time said Josephus never met him.
Not a word written by any roman or Jewish officials at the time and even Christians didn't write a single word about him until over 50 years after his death?? Say what?
No proof he ever existed. Fact.
It is believed that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, located in present day Israel. All of the prophets mentioned in the Bible (and Quran) originated from various areas of the Middle East. Paul, not Jesus, is primarily responsible for the current Christian creed based on the doctrine of the Trinity (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit). Saul was a Jew who reportedly persecuted the early Christians. His name was later changed to Paul, probably because the name Saul was associated with Judaism. One day on his way to Damascus, Paul had a vision that resulted in his conversion. Following this incident, Paul became the most ardent missionary of Christianity.(Noss 466-467) In his book âThe 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History,â Michael Hart lists Muhammad first, followed by Paul, and then Jesus. Hart proposes that the honor for the spread of Christianity has to be shared between Paul and Jesus. Apparently Paul won because he wrote more books of the Bible than any other author, whereas Jesus did not write a single word. It should also be noted that Paul never even met Jesus.
Since Jesus did not write any of his teachings, historians are generally in agreement that the writings that have come down to us in the New Testament have been amplified with the predispositions of the early Christians, thus displacing the original teachings of Jesus.(Noss 446) More than three centuries after Jesus was reportedly crucified, there were many controversies and minutiae surrounding his status. Emperor Constantine called the first ecumenical council of the Christian church in ancient Nicaea (now Iznik, Turkey) in 325 CE to resolve the issue. He hoped that a general council would solve the problem created in the Eastern church by Arianism, a âheresyâ first proposed by Arius of Alexandria, which affirmed that Jesus was not divine but a created being. The council condemned Arius and incorporated the non-scriptural word homoousios(of one substance) into what later became known as the Nicene Creed, signifying the absolute equality of the Son (Jesus) with the Father (God). Emperor Constantine then exiled Arius. To differ from the official and final version of this new theology â which essentially stated that Jesus was God incarnate â was blasphemy.(âEncyclopedia Britannica Onlineâ)"