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Old 22 August 2011, 02:36 AM
Steve Eisenberg Steve Eisenberg is offline
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Originally Posted by Buckle Up View Post
I was told that there is more evidence for the existence of Jesus Christ than there is evidence for the existence of George Washington.
No, but it seems to me highly implausible that Christians would make him up.

Jesus makes a number of quoted statements, in the Gospels, that probably do not correspond to words early Christians would have put in his mouth if they had the choice. For example, Matthew 5:17-18:

Think not that I came to destroy the law or the prophets: I came not to destroy, but to fulfill. . . . Till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass away from the law, till all things be accomplished.
Presumably this includes dietary laws which the new religion didn't observe. Sure, the Christians had ways to explain this Jesus quotation away. But if Jesus was just made up, first century Gospel writers wouldn't have felt a need to preserve his actual words, and instead would have changed them to reflect more closely their own views.
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