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KFT New Year Message – Dump the JESUS Myth


Folks,

As we approach the end of the Year 2012, i have only one message for Kenyans and the world. Dump the Jesus Myth. Dump the myth folks! Drop it in this coming year. 

jesus-jesusYou see, the majority of people in the world today assume or believe that Jesus Christ was at the very least a real person. Perhaps he wasn’t really “the Messiah”, perhaps he was not “The Son of God”, and perhaps he didn’t actually perform miracles and rise from the dead, but he really was a great moral teacher who traveled around Galilee with followers and got arrested by the Jews and crucified by the Romans right?

Not likely. In fact, a close examination of the evidence shows that the best explanation for the story of “Jesus Christ” is what we call “mythology”. There never was any “Jesus Christ” nor any meaningful real life basis for the story of “Jesus Christ”. Like many other religious figures, “Jesus Christ” began as a theological concept, was later used as a character in allegorical stories, and was then historicized as someone whom people believed really existed. The belief in a literal “human” Jesus most likely emerged as eucharist rituals and theology developed around the concept of the “flesh” and “blood” of Christ and these concepts merged with allegorical narratives about the figure. There are several reasons for this, but we shall look at one.

Like the supposed founders of many religions, Jesus left no personal writings of any kind, nor any trace of his existence. Indeed his supposed bodily ascension into heaven precludes the possibility of there even being any bodily evidence for his existence, if that story were to be believed. No writing, graffiti, or evidence of any kind has ever been found from the period in which he supposedly lived that establishes the existence of Jesus.

If we take the view that Jesus was indeed God, then it would be peculiar that he was unable to write and chose to write nothing himself. Of course the counter argument to this is that jesus_rescues_peter_1God wanted people to have faith so he intentionally didn’t leave any evidence of himself. Okay…

If we take the view of Jesus was a real person who was a teacher and the leader of a religious movement, then we could expect that this person would have produced his own writings, since other rabbis, theologians, and teachers did. However, it is always possible that this person may not have been able to write or that none of his writings were preserved. Still, if we did have writings from Jesus that would certainly clear many things up, but we don’t.

If we are to take the Gospels as our guide to the life of Jesus Christ, then we must look at Pontius Pilate as the figure who solidifies the period in which Jesus must have lived. Pilate was the governor of Judea from 26 to 36 CE, a ten year period. The Jesus of the Gospels, then, had to have lived and been killed during this period if the Gospels are true accounts.

Scholars go further and state that based on the information given in the Gospels Jesus had to have died in either the year 27, 30, or 33 CE. Since, aside from the dubious birth stories in Matthew and Luke, the Gospels deal strictly with a supposed ministry of Jesus that lasted from 1 to 3 years, we are looking at a date range from about 24 CE to 36 CE as the period during which we could look for writings about Jesus that were produced during his “lifetime”.

Indeed the Gospels themselves state many times that “scribes” were present during the various acts of Jesus, yet we have no records from these supposed scribes. Nothing in the Jewish midrash of the time mentions anything about Jesus Christ or any of the events in the Gospels.

Not only this, but there are many people that lived during the supposed lifetime of Jesus, whose written works have been preserved, and whom we could expect to have written about him. Example Justus of Tiberias, Philo of Alexandria, Pliny the Elder among others. They did not.

The point is, in the year 2013, dump this Jesus myth. It is baseless.

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5 comments on “KFT New Year Message – Dump the JESUS Myth

  1. Carol Kamau
    January 7, 2013

    It is interesting to dismiss Jesus as a myth on the basis of writings only. He was dealing with a largely oral society, just is the case with Africa where we are more oral than literal and no matter how much writing there is available the average person in Kenya for instance will have read very little of it. During the Bible days; people were encouraged to pass on the commands of God to others especially to teach them; Deutronomy 6:8,11:18-19, Proverbs 7:2-3, 2 Corinthians 3:3 why? so that this information can be engraved in their minds and hearts as opposed to just being a book on a shelf somehwere that does not get read. I am glad that the Bible has been compiled and written, because we can use it to make reference when teaching others.

    I am not sure where you did your research on the writings on the scribes or you were basing your discussion on the Bible which was compiled together drawn from writings by the prophets and the apostles or disciples who followed Jesus and listened to Him keenly. There are times when God would ask prophets to write down things and for those who walked with Jesus felt that they needed to write what they had wirnessed, been taught and had learnt. I am glad they did.

    Just the other day I had a discussion with my mother-in-law (she is around 76 years) and discovered that she has alot of information on issues of education within the village and especially education of girls during the times she was growing up. Information that I feel should be preserved somehow it is good history – she has a good memory and can tell it all by heart because it is not something learnt in class – but you know what I discovered, unless I take the initiative to write it down for my own purpose and probably for others who would take an interest – and why would i do this because I am a communicator – I doubt any of the other family members would think about it because it is not in their forte.

    So does the fact that my mom-in-law has all this knowledge which she can orally state but not write – make her unbelievable,or make her story a myth?
    Judging her in that way – will be doing so in a lense of prejudice that information is only one way

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    • makagutu
      January 7, 2013

      Carol happy new year,
      Am hoping you will be kind enough to respond to some of the questions I asked you in some previous posts.
      On to this post, you say god would ask prophets to write sometimes how do you know this? If the accounts of jesus are written several years after he is alleged to have lived, why should we believe an iota of it especially when they have internal inconsistencies?
      Have you tried telling an oral story to three people and listen to the same story after a considerable amount of time has passed. You bet it will be so different so why would we take oral traditions of some goat herders in the desert plains who didn’t know better to be a work of a deity?

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      • Harry
        January 7, 2013

        Thanks Mak …

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  2. chacha
    February 27, 2013

    i do agree with you guys on accounts of ‘gods’plans.i now believe that even jesus betrayal is god’s plan ‘yuo kill someone you sastify his plans.judas did what god himself could do later.he is not all loving as we do exalt him.he is partisan indeed,he helped the israelites to defeat other communities like malekites,philistines and many others.this means that he is not loving.we are not tempted by satan,it’s all god’s plans and he directly joke with our minds with temptetions.he temted job and he’s imaginable son called jesus,abraham and others.truly the’ time of noah’,animals did nothing to be punished together with human beings why kill the innecent creatures .

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    • Harry
      February 27, 2013

      Thanks Chacha …

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