Monday, 13 September 2010
Biblical prophesies and the Jesus story.
This part of religion and reality can by no means be disregarded by the line: “you believe what you want to believe on that”. Contrary to what you may have heard, the claims made by prophets are believed on the basis of evidence, which has always surprised me. There is no room for personal opinion on events with evidence, either it is true or untrue (or possibly plausible). I have no problem agreeing that there is good reason to agree that a person similar to the Jesus of the bible may have actually existed sometime around 20-30AD. This by no means establishes him as god it just indicates a person by the same name. Prophesies surrounding Jesus, his death, and life are slim at best. They are the topic of fierce debate in religious circles and his appearance as depicted in the bible was greeted with extreme scepticism by the religious authorities of the time that finally resulted in his death. The effort that the writers of the gospels take to make Jesus fit into the prophesies does lend some credence to his initial existence, such as the invented and entirely fictional “census” that Mary and Joseph were supposedly using to get Jesus to Bethlehem in order for him to be born there and fulfil the prophesy. Besides, I think it is fairly true to expect that the Old Testament prophesies were available to the writers of the gospels in some form or another at the time of Jesus’ existence, is it possible that these prophesy’s were “fulfilled” by only the writers but not in reality? That they just maybe were fallible men who bent the truth to fit their purposes? I think that outcome is more than likely, especially when one applies Occam’s Razor: ergo, which is more likely, that the god of the universe came to earth and fulfilled every prophesy relating to him from a book written hundreds of years earlier or that a few men had political and maybe personal reasons to bend the truth about a man using the book as a guide? Surely the lack of independent evidence suggests the latter scenario.