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Greetings to everyone. This is a wiki designed to prove, using both secular and religious history, the Jesus did exist and was who He claimed to be. We are not attempting to prove the existance of God, since if you can prove the claim of Jesus of Nazereth, then you prove that God does exist. This is the theory this page is based on. If you do not agree with it, do not participate in conversation or debate. If you are rude and/or disrespectful in anyway, whether you are a member or visitor, I WILL report you. Discrimination will NOT be tolerated, nor will vulgar comments between parties. If you do not agree with what is stated, you are free to state why but ONLY IF YOU CAN PROVE YOUR STATEMENT. This wiki is about proof, therefore you must have proof in order to state an argument. If you are not sure what proof is defined as, see What is Proof?. However, scientific evidence will NOT be discussed because a)in all honesty I don't know enough about it to say either for or against, and b)it is impossible since science can neither prove nor disprove the existance of God or anything metaphysical. If you are not mature enough to engage in civil conversation either for or against the topic, do not do so. If you have a personal issue with someone in this wiki, message them directly. Do not engage in personal battles on this wiki. If someone has a question they don't wish to post, or an issue they would like help with you can message myself [Child of God] or other members.


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2006-11-09 [Lothuriel]: ^__^ I am glad you think so. Sometimes, I just don't make sense.

2006-11-09 [Sedition]: ive been watching the wiki for awhile(i used to post,but sometimes our conflicts just got way to hot for either of us to take in a peacefull manner,so i resigned from discussion),and to awnser your question about why atheist or other freethinkers ask why "god does this or that" is,to a point,retorical in a sense that we dont really expect a viable awnser to the question itself,the point is to make others think about the question.we already dont believe in god and what not,so the question would of been pretty mute,thats what your pastor got right.so yes,the questions are irrelevant to us,but not so much to the person we are asking it to.a sort of "anwser the question for yourself and think about it" strategy

2006-11-10 [Lothuriel]: Then, if what you say is true, then an atheist or agnostic would only ask the question to provoke a believer. That is what you call strategy? Don't bother. I think it is evident that a Christian or a true believer in God has their mind made up. I can promise you that your "questions" about why God did or didn't do something has already been answered for us, in the Bible or through prayer. Quite frankly, atheism disturbs me. Everytime I talk to one, especially one that asks such questions, I leave the conversation with my Faith stronger and my heart heavier. 

2006-11-10 [Sedition]: well,faith or lack of is different for everyone,i wouldnt be so presumptious to make the common mistake of "no true scottsman" when talking about "true believers".everyone is capable of changing their mind.i used to be a fundementalist baptist before i deconverted to atheism.dont forget,we are all atheist,i just believe in one less god then you.and sometimes its a good thing to provoke a believer,for all sorts of reasons,especially when certain people of certain ideologies get it in their head that their way of life has the right to encroach on other people's way of life.most atheist wouldnt do that,and most christians wouldnt do that either.in reality the majority of us are just ordinary people trying to get by with life.however certain people with more power then they deserve in all sorts of ideologies have dedicated their life to pissing on everyone else in the world and saying "do it my way or die".and often,people lose their lives or their freedoms over it.i dont particularly like religion,but hell,if it makes ya happy,and you have the responsibility to not push it on others,then go for it.unfortunantly alot of people do believe in law-making and effecting other peoples lives based off of personal religuos beleif,and when that happens,the minorities with no voice suffer.always have,probably always will.thats just the sickness of this world.

2006-11-10 [Lothuriel]: The sickness in this world that you refer to are those who do things in God's name that have no right to do so. I respect the laws of this land and yes, most of them are based on "religious" beliefs but, for the most part they are good laws. I have a problem with many laws that force me to "tolerate" things I dont' believe in but, I am also commanded by God to obey the laws of the land and I do. I try not to push my way of thinking on to others. I do like to talk about religion, or in your case the lack there of. But, when I talk to others about religion and such, I do my best to try to do so in non-converting way. Does that make sense? 

And I see your point. I tend to assume that every Christian or true believer is as strong in the Faith and beliefs of Christ as I am. 

2006-11-10 [Sedition]: when it comes to religion,sadly,no matter what side your own,your argument works on the premise of convincing the other side of your point of view,and in a sense,conversion.this can,and does,commonly lead to an ideological "them or us" mentality as all groups have a sense of power.well,atleast those who run things do.personally,although i dislike religion and find it unnecessary,i acknowledge the good it does on a personal level,and as long as things remain peacefull and fair,hell,lets live together,toss flowers,and all that other BS.people with power however dont want that on both sides of the fence.christians did it with the crusades,and atheist did it with the russian communist revolution in the early 1900's.(got to get specific,as not all communist nations follow Marxism to the letter involving religion)

Peace is fickle and impossible,but you still have to try anyway,might get lucky.

2006-11-10 [Lothuriel]: I suppose you are a teeny bit right there. Although I like to simply present the facts of my own beliefs to others and leave it at that, there is always that seed of hope that they will join me. But, I do my best not to intentionally tell someone "This is my way and you shall believe it or else." I do, as I said before, find the concept of atheism and agnostics quite disturbing but I am not going to chase them down and force feed them the word of God. I would hate to see anyone choke *wink*. 

"Peace is fickle and impossible,but you still have to try anyway,might get lucky"

That reminds me of something my father used to say. My father was a Marine you see and his division's motto was "Pray for Peace and dream to love. Train for War and live to fight"

2006-11-10 [Sedition]: ah,i enlisted in the marines two months ago,saw that quote on a peice of paper awhile back.anyway,no matter how hard you try,atheist or christian,debating in religion,in and of itself,is a form of conversion or deconversion.becuase debate involves convincing the opposing side of an arguement of your ideals.

2006-11-10 [Lothuriel]: I wasn't aware that we were debating anything. I thought we were having a nice, civil discussion of the differences in our views. 

2006-11-10 [Sedition]: i wasnt implying that we were debating,i was speaking in general terms.

2006-11-10 [Lothuriel]: Ah, ok then. ^__^

2006-11-12 [Child of God]: I don't have time to keep up on my wiki, here's a good site that may interest the members until the semester is done. www.doesgodexist.com. It follow a Christian academic who goes to different universities debating with aetheist philosophy and religion professors. He was at McMaster University a few weeks ago and the perforance by both participants was amazing

2006-11-12 [Cia_mar]: cool web site thanks for the link i will read it more later!!!

2006-11-12 [Sedition]: i as well will read into it.

2007-01-09 [Expensive Fidelity]: I'm just wanting to say, in a small voice, that science can, and very very often does, lead to physical proof. After all, you can watch a chemical reaction occur, which means it is, in fact, hard evidence. Metaphysics are something that is usually pretty hard to create substantial and physical proof of.

2007-04-09 [Moonlit Serenade]: As a question, how can theories about history (as written documents could very well be like a storybook is today) act as proof, but science, a very real and proven thing, can't? It seems a bit absurd, like saying, another person's supposed thoughts are more real than that person's actions.

2007-04-09 [Child of God]: This wiki is here to examine historical evidence available that, by accepted standards in the discipline, constitute as historical proof. If someone wishes to debate the legitamicy of history as a discipline, that is outside of the scope of this wiki. Science itself has it's roots in the study and practice of history (the Egyptians, Babylonians and Chinese all developed science after studying history and becoming unhappy with the theories of the past. It then progressed to become a means of discovery). Scientific/empirical evidence pertaining to anything outside of science could be what Immanuel Kant calls an antinomy, where a thesis and it's antithesis are both seemingly provable by indisputable arguments. 

I would question those who demand empirical/scientific evidence for anything in history, religious or not, to specify what proof they are looking for. If a tradition, such as Christianity, is oral-based then written records are demanded as proof. If written records are present in the form of a holy book, then "legitimate" written record is demanded such as government records. Christianity has both a holy book containing writing of its beliefs, as well as government records to to support the events that are described (the crusifixion and empty tomb of Yeshua of Nazereth by Pointus Pilate). Extra-Roman sources speak of the man, Jesus.

What then, do empiricists demand for scientific/empirical evidence? A body? According to Christian beliefs you won't find one, so there goes that option. The empty tomb? Chances are you won't find that either since tombs were usually family tombs, where bodies were laid for a year until only the bones were left, then the tomb would be reopened and the bones placed in a stone box called an ossuary. If in or near Jerusalem, the ossuary would then be placed up and down the mountain before the gates of Jerusalem, because of Jewish beliefs about the Messiah and resurrection. The tomb would then be used again the next time a family member or close friend died. So you won't be finding a tomb with an inscription saying "Here lies Jesus Christ." (For those that don't know, Christ was not Jesus' last name, but a denotation of His status as the "Christus" (Christ in Greek) or Meshiah (Messiah in Hebrew). Both denote a Savior, a Chosen one of God.)

Do we then demand his cross with the inscription? The cross would have been either reused or burned, depending on how much prior use it had. The nails? Reused or melted down to make something else. The shroud? Would have deteriorated after two thousand years since it wasn't perserved.

So I ask again, what empirical evidence could be given? This is why I look at the historical evidence. It is possible to attain historical information, then draw conclusions from that information. Yes, there will always be room for error. This is, after all, a human discipline and practice, just like science. And just like science, there will be errors and theories that are later proven to be wrong. Humian skepticism cannot be just applied to one discipline and not another. If you are suspicious of history, you must also be suspicious of math and science, since all endeavors eventually lead back to human endeavors. And since it is human to error, all endeavors contain error. So, you either doubt everything that humans do, or you have to accept some givens in order for disciplines such as math and science to be valid. The same is true for history. Some givens, such as the criteria for historical evidence, must be accepted. That is the nature of the world we live in.

2007-04-10 [Mekashef]: This wiki is better presented & contains more information than most others on the same topic. Apart from the ubiquitous typographical errors, this is really grade-A college material. Kudos!

If I may denounce a certain misconception, however: the Gospel pericopes which depict the Pharisees as a fundamentalist sect do not match solid historical data. The Pharisees are attested in a number of reliable sources as an anti-establishment, plebeian movement (check you Josephus). Moreover, many of the "sins" for which the Pharisees condemn Jesus in the NT (such as healing on the Sabbath) would not have been considered sinful by known Pharisaic standards. At any rate, the Pharisees did not likely have the temporal or ideological authority to conspire for anyone's execution during Jesus' lifetime. The anti-pharisaic pericopes are probably the product of later Christian revisionism in a time of fierce antagonism between the two persecuted groups. The same could be said of the instances of Jesus-bashing in the Talmud.

2007-04-10 [Mekashef]: & now if I may object to myself, in the Thomistic fashion:
"But wasn't Paul a Pharisee? Didn't he have St. Stephen executed?"

To which I might answer: "Yes, Paul says himself that he was a Pharisee, but note that he doesn't admit to having witnessed Stephen's death anywhere in the Epistles. You'd think that this kind of information, if it was as crucial as later exegetes claim, would have crept in there somehow."

Paul admits to having "persecuted the Church of God" in 1 Corinthians, & again in Philippians, but that is the extent of his confession of guilt in the undisputed Epistles; he is not specific as to the exact nature of his persecution. This isn't enough information to conclude that violence to Christians was a Pharisaic requirement. Philippians even seems to dissociate the two: "as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church" (3:5-6).

2007-04-10 [Child of God]: Thank you very much for the compliment.

I agree with you for the most part on the Pharisees. I think it says somewhere that Paul authorized Stephen's death, but implies that he actually wasn't there. But Jewish records of the time does suggest that the Pharisees were a very strict, legalistic group. Medieval Jewish sources that refer back to the time "before the fall of the second temple during the Roman occupation" speak of the legalism of the Pharisees, which is what was generally attacked in the Bible. (ie. Philo) The accusations towards the Pharisees were on spiritual-moral grounds in relation to religion I think. What other Christian writers say about them, I honestly don't know. I haven't read any of the church fathers, and because I'm not associated with a denomination I don't really know what the tradition is about the Pharisees. ^-^' But going straight from the Bible, they are mainly rebuked for what was seen as empty dogmatics from a spiritual-moral sense.

Maybe someone else here with a denominational background might be able to add some input? 

2007-04-11 [Mekashef]: Philo was Therapeutae (or something close to it). I would not be surprised if he criticized the Pharisees, but I'm not altogether certain he was qualified to do so. He's not quite medieval either (unless that's not what you're implying? I'm confused).

What I am saying is that the NT's depiction of the Pharisees is anachronistic & unfair. From my experience I would say this view is well accepted in contemporary scholarship. I don't know much about the views of different denominations, but I think the more progressive groups like the United Church also accept this notion.

To some, this may seem like a strictly academic point -- but it really isn't. All of contemporary Judaism, to the exception of the Karaim, is more or less directly descended from Pharisaism. Simply accepting the NT's criticism at face value isn't very nice to contemporary Jews.

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