Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Ordinary Lies against Christianity : "The resurrection of Christ as a myth"

Some ardent critics of Christianity believes that Jesus Christ was dressed in legends and myths. Among these legends is that the resurrection of Christ, which is considered to be a myth, not a fact authentic. Why? Because before Jesus Christ would have no characters which would be raised, such as the resurrection of Osiris in Egyptian mythology. And Christianity had been inspired by these myths. Yes, indeed, Jesus' resurrection was not the first event of the resurrection of the world, but the resurrection is clearly distinguishable from the other of the following reasons:
1. Christ's resurrection is a myth, because that belief has emerged immediately after the accident, having a precise location and hundreds of witnesses
A history of a myth mythology shows that it takes several generations to develop. A myth is not simply, suddenly, suddenly, but its evolution is a slow and long. There is no myth in the world that have developed in the presence of so many witnesses, and in a short time, as it appears in the New Testament.
John Macquarrie, in his book "The Language of God: An examination of language and logic of theology" (1967) writes: "The myth is usually characterized by the removal of time and space, it having happened long ago." He said that the Gospels can not be it a myth because "those events occurring in a defined location in Palestine, under the reign of Pontius Pilate, a generation before they appear Gospels."
Most historians consider that the Gospels appeared, in general, before or around the year 100 AD Thus, Clement of Rome (circa 95 AD) quotes from the New Testament (Corinthian 13, 42, 46), Ignatius (ca. 110-115 AD) quotes from the Gospel of Luke (24:39), Polycarp ( about 115 AD) quotes all the synoptic Gospels (Filipieni 2:7), the "Epistle of Barnabas (circa 135 BC) is quoted from the Gospel of Matthew (22:14), Papias (ca. 125-140 AD) in his "oracles" he quotes Matthew, Mark and John (as authors of the Gospels).
Theology specialist John Robinson goes on, and, in his "New Testament Redatarea (1976) believes that the Gospels should be dated much earlier (before 70 AD), because this year has been destroyed Temple in Jerusalem. How the New Testament is talking about destroying the temple of Jerusalem as a sign of end times in the future, this means that when the Gospels were written, the historical event of the year 70 AD not yet occurred.
Historical research showed that there was an immediate trust in Jesus' resurrection. An early creed of the apostles included among others and resurrection of Christ, the snippet below is dated by many theologians between 3 and 7 years after the Resurrection of Christ
"3. For I have given, first of all, what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures;4. And that was buried and rose the third day according to the Scriptures;5. And that He appeared to Cephas, then of the twelve6. Ago, suddenly appeared to over five hundred brethren, most of whom live to this day, and some have fallen asleep;7. Then he appeared to James, then all the apostles;8. And after all, that an untimely born, he appeared to me.9. For I am the least of the apostles, not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God "(1 Corinthians 15:3-9)
Almost all theologians agree that the first letters of St. Paul has appeared in more than 25 years after his death and resurrection of Christ and the Apostles' prayers were based on the crucial event in the world of Christianity: the resurrection of Christ.
On the other hand, hundreds of witnesses saw Christ after he was crucified. He was seen by 500 people at once:
"In the latter suddenly appeared over five hundred brethren, most of whom live to this day, and some have fallen asleep" (1 Corinthians 15:6)
2. Christ's resurrection is myth that Jesus had many enemies ... and yet no one has challenged the time this event
At the time when Jesus was a famous teacher in Galilee and Jerusalem, he had many enemies. They had all the reasons and means that in those times have shown that the resurrection of Christ was a false thing. And yet, there is not even a single testimony from the enemies of Jesus who have denied the resurrection. A similar reasoning we have and Eta Linnemann in "There is a synoptic problem" (1992), who said: "Witnesses, both the hostile and those sympathetic to him Jesus, have not disappeared after about two decades. Many of them have survived to 70 years. Who would have dared in those days to amend "the original tradition, if it had not been recognized?"
3. Christ's resurrection is a myth, since there similarities in terms of narrative, with the other myths
Asemănanare Gospels have absolutely no Greek myths, Egyptian or Persian. In contrast, the Gospels are modest, they lack the "beauty" and contain details that are contrary to the invention of legendary heroes.
Chapter 20 of John's Gospel, describing the resurrection, not all features legendary and mythical material:
1. And the first day of the week (Sunday), Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early in the morning, still dark, and saw the stone lifted from the grave.2. So she ran and came to Simon Peter and the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and he said, have taken the Lord from the tomb and we do not know where they laid him.3. So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.4. And the two ran together, but the other disciple, running forward, faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first.5. And leaning over, he saw the linen put down, but did not go.6. Simon Peter arrived and, following him, and entered the tomb and saw the linen put down7. And the veil that was upon his head, was not made with linen, but wrapped in a hand, in one place.8. Then came the other disciple, who had arrived first at the tomb, and saw and believed.9. For not yet know the Scripture, that Jesus had to rise from the dead.10. And the disciples went away again to their own.11. But Mary stood outside the tomb crying. And she wept, and bowed to the grave.12. And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other foot, where Jesus' body had lain.13. And those have said: Woman, why are you crying? Whom are you seeking? She said: Because they have taken my Lord, and do not know where they laid him.14. Saying this, she turned and saw Jesus standing, but he did not know Jesus.15. Jesus said unto her, Woman, why are you crying? Whom are you seeking? She, thinking it was the gardener, saith unto him, Lord, if thou hast taken, tell me where you've made and I will exalt him.16. Jesus said to him: Maria! Returning, therefore evreieşte He said: Rabun! (Ie, Teacher)17. Jesus said: Do not touch me, for I am not yet ascended to my Father. Go to my brothers and tell them: I ascend to my Father and your Father and my God and your God.18. Mary Magdalene came and preached to his disciples that they saw the Lord and said it.19. On the evening in that first day of the week (Sunday), and the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said: Peace be with you!20. He said this, he showed them his hands and side. So enjoyed the disciples saw the Lord.21. And Jesus said to them again: Peace be with you! As the Father has sent Me, I send you.22. He said this, He breathed on them and said, 'Holy Spirit;23. Whose sins you forgive, you will be forgiven and that you retain will be kept.24. But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.25. So the other disciples said to him: I saw the Lord! But he said: Unless I see in His hands, nails, and if I did not put my finger nails, and do not put my hand into His side, I will not believe.26. And after eight days His disciples were again inside and Thomas with them. And Jesus came, the doors were locked, and stood in the middle and said: Peace be with you!27. Then he said to Thomas: Bring your finger here and see my hands and bring your hand and put it on my side and be not faithless but believing.28. Thomas answered and said: My Lord and my God!29. Jesus said to him: Because you thought you saw me. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed30. So did many other miracles of Jesus, his disciples, which are not written in this book.31. And they were written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name. "
What is apparent from this chapter Bible? Following things:
- Was not properly described the process of resurrection;
- Virgin Mary did not recognize Jesus first and he never even considered that it was something special about Jesus is risen;
- Disciples are still hiding in fear of the Jews;
- As in the past women are not given too much credit, it's "outrageous" that the first witnesses of the Resurrection of Jesus were in fact women. A myth would have made "mistake" to pass as a mere witness women. In those times, the testimony of women were not even legally recognized. In addition, women's courage puts men in an inferiority complex, because they appear as true cowards.
Michael Grant, in his "Jesus, a vision of a historian on the Gospels" (1977) states that "modern criticism has failed to compare the myth of Osiris, Mithras and others of the story of Jesus Christ."
4) Resurrection of Christ is a myth, whereas Jews are very weak in inventing myths
Jews are the least likely candidates to invent the myth of Jesus Christ. No other culture has objected so much myth, as did Jews. Judaism was an environment in which the doctrines of the deaths and rebirths of mythical gods were not with interest ever seen. And it is extremely unlikely that such a "myth" (Resurrection of Christ) might have come just in the heart of Judaism.
Maybe Jesus did not die on the cross ... It's really possible? No!
Of course, there are some critics of the Resurrection of Jesus who say it would not really die on the cross, was a kind of coma, and therefore would have thought would be resurrected. But know that every man will die of asphyxiation crucified, dehydration and cardiac arrest. When the Romans Roman soldiers declared him dead on Jesus, they know what they say. And even if, by absurd, I assume that Jesus was a "deep coma" and would have died on the cross, could explain how any doctor could have him as being in a state of sickness serious, to be put aside only a big stone and have emerged from the grave!? Of course I could not!
And besides, it's hard to believe that all disciples, if you knew that everything is a fraud and that their teacher would be raised from the dead would not be so ardently advocated for decades, such fraud. For that to hold a fraud, even at the risk of being killed by the authorities!? Why do you think with so much passion in something untrue? Apostles of Jesus did not have in the years that followed the death and resurrection of Christ, any material benefit or power, but the only trouble. Preached to a fake, which would have brought much trouble, would have been totally devoid of any logic.
So, those who still doubt the Resurrection of Christ, it would be better to think ...

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