They say, “If it don’t make sense, it prob’ly ain’t true”. Not only does this “Jesus” story not make sense to us, we can call it utterly impossible!
Only three options: Christ was (1) a madman, (2) a consummate con-man, or (3) the “real deal”. Scratch the first one, of course. Nobody with more than a 2-digit IQ, not even among his greatest detractors, calls him nuts! Every utterance credited to him was eminently sane. His wit and wisdom under fire, the positive ways he affected those around him and much, much more….
BUT, a FAKE, a con-man! There we go! Let’s just take a look at how impossible all this stuff was (and is). AND, to really bring this home, let’s put you in Jesus’ shoes! Ready? Take a dee-eep breath, and off we go!FIRST, your goal: (Right off the bat it’s almost laughable). Whatever you say and do has to affect billions of lives down the centuries, make them do things like build huge, magnificent cathedrals, found universities and even whole new societies, give up their lives and fortunes just for believing in what you say!So, we start your scam: You’re born poor as dirt. None of the Jews around you are even remotely interested in a “Messiah” who isn’t coming in some sort of triumph to free them from the Romans and fix their world. You work with common folk, fishermen, etc. You have no bankers, no major CEO’s, no television. You just walk around talking to folks. Starting to look a little ridiculous, this whole bit?NOW: (remember, you’re “Jesus” and a con-man!): Here are the rules: You can offer them nothing of what this world values…wealth, power, etc. Instead, you have to ask them to “Give up their lives” for something after they die! You also have to walk everywhere in this hot, arid, dusty land without home or possessions. You tell a rich fellow, “Sell what you have and give to the poor”…you say how hard it is to follow your teachings, and how narrow the road to paradise is, AND, (and here’s the kicker!) By the way… you’re GOD!
(Now, I don’t know about you, but I think that’s heavy! TRY telling your wife, your best friend, your boss, that you’re God! I’m not even going to dare you. You’d likely be looking at a straight-jacket and a rubber room by sundown. Of course, remember, you’re “Jesus”, and you have to tell this to folks who’d as soon stone you as look at you for this kind of blasphemy).
SO, you walk, just talking to simple folk. No books written by you, not even a pamphlet…and the absurdity continues. You’re supposed to have been born of a virgin, no less (It’s like her husband, Joseph said, “Don’t worry about gossip, Mary, I’ve got a plan”)…You tell folks to replace beloved OLD laws with NEW ideas: “Turn the other cheek” and “forgive and pray for your enemies”.
(As “Jesus”, how do you think the plan’s going so far?) Well, you stumble on, riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, just as your mother, the “virgin” rode into Bethlehem, heading for that dirty, old manger…you now, of course get arrested, and you completely disappoint your faithful followers by not even defending yourself! The ‘SON of GOD” does NOTHING to save his own skin!
And, what do you tell them NOW? “It’s alright, folks. I’ve got my big scheme here! They can torture and kill me, but I’m coming back! I’m going off to this wonderful place, and, by the way, most of you-all can suffer and be killed too, just for believing this stuff. But we’ll join up later in this ‘Parasdise’ I mentioned”.
SO, here we are, “Jesus”. You’ve gained nothing from your con. No wealth, no power. You’re dead. You’ve been horribly crucified and stuck into a tomb. Many, if not most, of your followers are scattering like bugs. Some scam, right?
You might say, “Well, look what you gave me to work with! It’s nuts!” Precisely!
We started out talking about logic. Clearly, this Christian business is impossible. You couldn’t turn this scam around into something positive, nor could I nor anyone else! Impossible! There’s just one little catch: It’s here! It’s been here for 2,000 years!
Finally, the atheist and the agnostic have, themselves, a question to answer here: How? Why have billions upon billions staked their very lives on the divinity of Christ? Why the multitudes of martyrs? Why do we number our very years from the time of His birth? Why indeed, am I writing this, and you’re reading it after two millennia? I’d love to see some explanations. For me, there is only one answer: God, alone, can make IMPOSSIBLE things POSSIBLE! The third alternative is the only logical answer! Christ IS the “real deal”! He has to have risen, to have rallied his followers, given them the way to change the world forever. Nothing else makes sense!… AND: BEFORE YOU RISK YOUR ETERNITY ON THE IDEA THAT CHRISTIANITY IS SOME SORT OF “FAIRY TALE”, I SUGGEST YOU COME UP WITH SOME BETTER EXPLANATION FOR THESE PAST 2,000 YEARS! THAT ETERNITY YOU’RE WAGERING IS SUCH A LONG, LONG TIME… (FOUR MORE ESSAYS FOLLOW ON THIS SITE):