barriejohn

barriejohn

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418 weeks ago @ Secular News Daily - Did Jesus exist? · 0 replies · 0 points

I love a good story too, and this is much more interesting than "Sherlock Holmes"!

418 weeks ago @ Secular News Daily - Did Jesus exist? · 0 replies · 0 points

But the problem with your hypothesis is that none of this actually happened "around 1AD"! The early disciples of Jesus didn't view him as "The Son of God" - that idea came much later. Even from The Acts of The Apostles it is clear that somebody - labelled "Saul of Tarsus" - got hold of this Jesus cult and turned it into something entirely different: something much more mystical, which appealed to non-Jews of the day, and which provided the foundation of what we now know as Christianity. Jesus's Jewish followers were just sitting around at Jerusalem, rather perplexed, waiting for God's kingdom on earth to somehow appear, as predicted by their late leader. There were countless "messiahs" at the time, many calling themselves "Jesus" (after Joshua, the conqueror of Canaan, of course), but "Paul" - who was in many ways a precursor of Mohammed - for some reason just happened to choose this one as the figurehead of his new, all-inclusive faith.

418 weeks ago @ Secular News Daily - Did Jesus exist? · 2 replies · -1 points

Except that it didn't - at least until "Saul of Tarsus" came along!

418 weeks ago @ Secular News Daily - Did Jesus exist? · 0 replies · 0 points

I have to agree with @hambydammit. Whoever wrote "The Pauline Epistles" doesn't seem to have even read The Gospels! But surely, Matthew's idea that Jesus came from Nazareth was a mistake, due to a misunderstanding over the term Nazarean, or perhaps Nazirite? It is, of course, possible that the person upon whom the Jesus myth is based was, in fact, from Galilee, but that it was necessary to have him born in Bethlehem, so as to give him the required connection to King David!

427 weeks ago @ Wonderful Life - Religous schools more ... · 0 replies · +1 points

I read with horror that "at least five" of the first batch of "free schools" are to be run by religious maniacs, but it could be more actually, as they're not too sure who is behind all the schools!

429 weeks ago @ Wonderful Life - Christian Legal Centre... · 0 replies · +1 points

They are just practising their "sincerely held beliefs"!

("I was only following orders"!!)

430 weeks ago @ Wonderful Life - Christian Legal Centre... · 0 replies · +1 points

This is getting boring! No one is being prevented from "living out their faith in the workplace". Are these people ever going to get the point?

431 weeks ago @ Secular News Daily - In Brief: Billy Graham... · 0 replies · +2 points

431 weeks ago @ Secular News Daily - In Brief: Billy Graham... · 0 replies · +3 points

Yes - very funny, Sadface; but surely no one still believes that these stupid letters are sent in by real people!