If Jesus Never Existed There Would Be a Lot of Explaining To Do.


Let's assume for a moment that Jesus didn't exist, historians would suddenly have some explaining to do.

If Jesus never existed, Historians would have to explain how 42 independent document sources popped up within 150 years of this non-existent Messiah. Historians would have to explain where the details found in these multiple sources came from. Especially considering that many of them talk about Jesus in great detail, are consistent with each other, and are accurate on subjects that can be tested historically. 

If Jesus never existed, historians would have to explain why the authors of those multiple documents adamantly believed that they had seen touched and spent a substantial amount of time with a real person named Jesus. Historians would have to explain How they could be so deluded, and yet have a delusion that was so consistent among all the members of the group.

If Jesus never existed and they weren't deluded, then it would have to be a conspiracy. In that case, historians would have to explain how dozens of people who had no shared experience, and no apparent motivation kept a conspiracy going for the following 40 years. Historians would have to explain why they were willing to do this even though it cost them tremendous personal expense to spread the lie worldwide, and it cost them tortures, and ultimately their lives. Historians would have to explain why they were willing to give their everything to lie to the world, with no personal profit. Historians would have to explain how none of them, even under torture and pain of death, gave in and recanted the tale.

If Jesus never existed historians would have to explain how thousands of people in Jerusalem gave their allegiance to a Messiah who they had never seen or had evidence of. Historians would also have to explain how those thousands of people were so successfully duped considering that the alleged events took place only a few weeks before while they were all present in Jerusalem. Even still historians would have to explain why those thousands of original members joined the Jesus band wagon with no evidence. 

The disciples immediately became full-time church leaders and spent the next 40 years building the church. So historians would have to explain how the apostles were able to lie so quickly after nothing happened. If Jesus didn’t exist historians would have to explain how the apostles silenced all of the eye witnesses who saw absolutely nothing. 

When the apostles began to talk about Jesus publicly they didn't say, "he was crucified decades ago, and there are no eyewitnesses." instead they basically said to a large group of Jews "you crucified him a month and a half ago." So the first large wave of church members came from the group of Jews who crucified an actual person named Jesus. If Jesus never actually existed then Historians would have to explain who the original members of the church were, and why they joined.

If Jesus never existed historians would have to explain why thousands of Jews were willing to leave the religion that their families had been in for thousands of years, despite the fact that there was no Messiah to show for it.

If Jesus never existed, historians would have to explain how 11 teenagers with no training were able to build the biggest, most influential, and longest lasting organization the world has ever seen, the church. They would also have to explain how the church could be based on a complete lie and still be so viable.

If Jesus never existed, historians would have to explain why no one claimed his non-existence for over 1700 years.

If Jesus never existed historians would have to explain how this fledgling religion from the least important providence of Rome somehow infiltrated the Roman empire and changed the entire moral fabric of the Roman world, and all that without a central moral teacher.

Ultimately historians would have to explain how western civilization could be built on the teachings of someone that never existed.

That's why Oxford, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Cambridge, and all of the other impressive universities that you've ever heard of have history departments that teach that Jesus was absolutely a historical figure.

Although they might disagree on many facts, the overwhelming majority of peer reviewed university scholars in relevant fields agree on at least a single fact. Jesus existed in history. 

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  1. There's a lot of explaining to do either way. Also, the scholarly consesus is not an agreement of the fact that Jesus existed. The consensus is an agreement that the probability is high that someone existed who could be said to fit the character of Jesus (as a person, not a supernatural being).

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