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Written Evidence Proves That The Story Of Jesus Christ And Christianity Is Not Based On A Fairy Tale

Written Evidence Proves That The Story Of Jesus Christ And Christianity Is Not Based On A Fairy Tale

A wealth of written evidence exists to prove Christianity is not based on a fairy tale.

If you ask a Christian, what written evidence he/she has that Jesus is a historical figure, and he will probably point exclusively to the Holy Bible.

The letters of St. Paul, which were written 25 years after Jesus’ death, and the Gospels of the New Testament, the earliest of them written about 70 years after the events described in it occurred, are based on eyewitness testimony from those who were alive when Jesus walked the earth.

While the wealth of Christian writing pointing to Jesus’ existence is accepted by most historians, there is also a long-established record of non-Christian evidence that Jesus of Nazareth was a historical figure who lived 2,000 some years ago.


The historical record that confirms the existence of Jesus includes writings from both Roman and Jewish historians, rabbinical literature, and anti-Christian commentators who lived during Christianity’s earliest days:


1. The Jewish historian, Flavius Josephus (A.D. 37-100)


The first non-Christian author to mention Jesus is thought to be the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus (born Yosef ben Matityahu), who wrote a history of Judaism in about the year 93, the famous Antiquities of the Jews. In his writings he mentions a number of figures from the New Testament, including Jesus, John the Baptist, and Jesus’ “brother” James.


In the Antiquities, Josephus writes:

There was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works—a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews, and many of the Gentiles. He was Christ; and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at first did not forsake him, for he appeared to them alive again the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him; and the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day (Antiquities 18:3:3).


This passage is somewhat controversial, however, and while scholars accept that Josephus mentioned Jesus, they suspect that a Christian scribe amended the passage to portray Jesus in a positive light.


The following passage, in which Josephus mentions Jesus and his “brother” James, firmly establishes the existence of Jesus:


Festus was now dead, and Albinus was but upon the road; so he [Ananus] assembled the Sanhedrin of judges, and brought before them the brother of Jesus, who was called Christ, whose name was James, and some others; and when he had formed an accusation against them as breakers of the law, he delivered them to be stoned (Antiquities 20:9:1).


2. Tacitus (A.D. 56-120)

Scholars point to the Roman historian Tacitus  for confirmation that the crucifixion of Jesus actually took place. Writing in his Annals, he records the death of Jesus at the hands of Pontius Pilate:

Consequently, to get rid of the report, Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judæa, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome, where all things hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their centre and become popular. Accordingly, an arrest was first made of all who pleaded guilty; then, upon their information, an immense multitude was convicted, not so much of the crime of firing the city, as of hatred against mankind.


3. Pliny the Younger (A.D. 62-11)

The writings of a Roman governor in Asia Minor, Pliny the Younger, establish that early Christians worshiped Jesus as a god. Here he is, summing up what he learned after interrogating Christians:

They (Christians) were in the habit of meeting on a certain fixed day before it was light, when they sang in alternate verses a hymn to Christ, as to a god, and bound themselves by a solemn oath, not to engage in any wicked deeds, but never to commit any fraud, theft or adultery, never to falsify their word, nor deny a trust when they should be called upon to deliver it up; after which it was their custom to separate, and then reassemble to partake of food, but of an ordinary and innocent kind (Epistles 10.96).


4. Jewish Rabbinical literature

A number of works of classical Jewish rabbinic writing (the Babylonian Talmud in particular) contain references to Jesus.

Summarizing these allusions in his book Jesus of Nazareth, historian Joseph Klausner, writes:

There are some reliable theories regarding the fact that his name was Yeshua (Yeshu) of Nazareth; that he practiced sorcery (that is to say that he performed miracles, as was common in those days) and seduction and led Israel astray; that he mocked the words of the wise and discussed Scripture in the same way as the Pharisees; that he had five disciples; that he said he had not come to revoke the Law, nor to add anything to it; that he was hung upon a piece of wood (crucified) as a false authority and seducer on the eve of the Passover (which fell on a Saturday); and that his disciples cured diseases in his name (J.Klausner, Jesus of Nazareth, p.44). 


5. Satirist Lucian, born (c. AD 125 – 180).

The pagan author Lucian of Samosata, while ridiculing Christians, accepted that Jesus actually existed:

The Christians, you know, worship a man to this day—the distinguished personage who introduced their novel rites, and was crucified on that account. … You see, these misguided creatures start with the general conviction that they are immortal for all time, which explains their contempt of death and voluntary self-devotion which are so common among them; and then it was impressed on them by their original lawgiver that they are all brothers, from the moment that they are converted, and deny the gods of Greece, and worship the crucified sage, and live after his laws. All this they take quite on faith, with the result that they despise all worldly goods alike, regarding them merely as common property. (Lucian, The Passing of Peregrinus).


6. Philosopher Celsus (2nd century)

The 2nd-century Greek philosopher Celsus, while arguing against Christianity, also accepted that Jesus existed. Here he writes that Jesus performed his miracles through sorcery:

O light and truth! He distinctly declares, with his own voice, as ye yourselves have recorded, that there will come to you even others, employing miracles of a similar kind, who are wicked men, and sorcerers; and Satan. So that Jesus himself does not deny that these works at least are not at all divine, but are the acts of wicked men; and being compelled by the force of truth, he at the same time not only laid open the doings of others, but convicted himself of the same acts. Is it not, then, a miserable inference, to conclude from the same works that the one is God and the other sorcerers? Why ought the others, because of these acts, to be accounted wicked rather than this man, seeing they have him as their witness against himself? For he has himself acknowledged that these are not the works of a divine nature, but the inventions of certain deceivers, and of thoroughly wicked men.

Personal Encounters With Christ: Muslims Miraculously Bare Witness

Personal Encounters With Christ: Muslims Miraculously Bare Witness

Nizar Shaheen, the host of Light for the Nations – a Christian program aired in Muslim-dense areas – explained: 

“I’ve seen many, many Arabic-speaking people turning to Christ, accepting Him as Lord and Savior.

It’s happening all over the Arab world. It’s happening in North Africa. It’s happening in the Middle East. It’s happening in the Gulf countries. It’s happening in Europe and Canada and the United States – in the Arabic-speaking world. Everywhere, people are accepting Jesus.”

Father Zakaria Boutros, a Coptic priest, reported several Muslims are turning to Jesus: “Young and old, educated and not educated, males and females, even those who are fanatic.”

According to WND, several Muslims have been encountering God as they slept.

I was in the desert Bosnian Muslim teen Emina Emlonic shared: 

“I was in the desert alone, lost. As far as the horizon, there was nothing in sight but sand. I felt the sand on my bare feet. Then I saw something extraordinary. In the midst of that barrenness, an immense wooden cross emerged from the earth, rising up with sand spilling from it back to earth. I felt then a spectator in my own dream, and the sight of the cross gave me neither fear nor joy. But I was curious [sic] and began moving, almost floating, towards it, the most magnificent … thing I’d ever seen or imagined, and as I came closer to the cross, I suddenly saw a man walking toward me: a broad-shouldered, long-strided man, with a dark complexion, long hair, and wearing a white robe. And just as suddenly I ceased to be a witness to my dream. I was in it, walking towards the man walking towards me. I knew him immediately. He was Jesus. Without knowing why, I fell to my knees. He stood over me and touched my face with his right hand”.

Emlonic’s dream was deeply personal, just like the other Muslims who were approached by Christ. More stories were shared across several websites including Catholic Thing, Isa Dreams and More Than Dreams.

As he appeared to people throughout the Bible, Christ met each person in a way they could understand and on their level of comfort. Jesus didn’t appear in a storm or surrounded by flashing lights – he spoke to Emlonic through sight, touch, and, as is the way of dreams, with knowledge.

I was shown hell

One Saudi man shared: 

“One night, while I was asleep, I had this horrible dream of me being taken into hell. And what I saw there brought me real fear, and these dreams kept coming to me almost every night. At this point I was really wondering as to why I should be seeing hell in this manner.”

He said Jesus appeared and said: 

“Son, I am the way, the truth and the life. And if you would give your life to Me, and follow Me, I would save you from the hell that you have seen.”

The man admitted: 

“This came as a surprise to me, for I did not know who this Jesus was. Of course, He is mentioned in the Quran and in the book Surah Mariam. He is stated as one of our prophets, but not as a savior who could save us from hell. So I started looking out for a Christian who could give me some advice about this Jesus I have seen.”

He knew he had to respond to the dream but Christianity is “totally banned in Saudi Arabia and if a Christian is caught witnessing to a Muslim, [it is] almost sure that he would be beheaded.” In the end, he reached out to an Egyptian Christian and was introduced to Christ.

Pastor Frank Costenbader, the founder of Minifold Hope Ministries and the publisher of the Isa Dreams website, explained “Isa” is an Arabic name for Jesus, found in the Quaran.

Costenbader stated: “The number of Isa dreams has seemed to grow tremendously since 2000, and in 2015 it seems to have kicked into another gear. There has been an explosion of testimonies on the Web and in the past two years about people encountering Jesus in dreams and subsequently becoming followers of Jesus.”

Another story, from a Thai teenager called Fa, wrote on Muslims of Thailand to share she saw Jesus too.

An open field

She found herself in the open field, Fa’s story begins. There was nothing much special in this scenery but she felt peace in her heart, the kind of peace that she has never felt before. It seemed like she has been in this field before and somehow, she knew what was going to happen next. 

And then suddenly there appeared before her a bright light. She didn’t get startled when she saw the figure. It was a man wearing a white robe that seemed to shine. There was so much of joy and love that flooded in her heart when she saw the figure. She immediately knew that Jesus was appearing to her. Then she woke up.

Several other stories were shared from Christian volunteers and lay people, who have been reporting an impressive number of Muslims turning to Christ. 

According to the Christian Broadcast Network, Samer Achmad Muhammed was led to Christ after simply hearing the Gospel. For years, Muhammed studied to become a Wahhabi sheik, an extremely conservative Islamic sect centered in the “uniqueness” of God. Like most of the Wahhabi faith, Muhammed detested Christians and the Church – but when he encountered God through the Gospel, the hatred melted away.

“I dedicated my life to Jesus Christ, Jesus forgave me for my sins, He shared. He gave me eternal life and peace. And the second thing, I really suffered in my daily life, but I had peace, I had joy because Jesus entered my heart.”

Heidi Baker, of Iris Ministries, reported thousands of African Muslims have been receiving Jesus as their savior and getting baptized.

“It’s probably the only place in the world where they are coming so quickly, Baker stated. Many people are having dreams. They see Jesus appear to them. Probably half our pastors were leaders, imams in Moslem mosques. They were leaders in these mosques, now they’re pastors.”

There is no explanation for the sudden conversions but Jesus. Only the Son of God has the power to change a person’s heart through a dream or a Bible passage. Please pray for an increase of these miracles and for more divine encounters with the Savior.

Source:

Catholic Online – LOS ANGELES, CA

Radical Islamic Militant Leader Converts To Christianity Under Mysterious Circumstances.

Radical Islamic Militant Leader Converts To Christianity Under Mysterious Circumstances.

True Story


I am Haroon (name not real), a young Arab, born and brought up in a prominent Muslim family of the Middle East. My father was one of the top religious authorities, who enforced Sharia law in respect to religious behavior in the state. I am a trained sharp shooter. And I was commanding a militant wing to protect the religion and taking immediate operations against its enemies.

Few weeks ago, early in the dawn, I got the information that a Christian group was going to have a baptism service in the Arabian sea. I picked up militants and rushed to the seashore. We were 19 members in our wing for the operation. Our ultimate aim was to kill everybody in the sea itself during the service and we wanted the world to get up to hear this breaking news. So that Christians will fear Muslims and stop evangelizing them from our region.
But the baptism service was over and the baptizers began to move into the bus before we (Militants) reached the seashore. We followed and shot the bus several times.
Within seconds, a giant dust storm formed in front of our vehicles and we were unable to move forward. We all got down from our cars and continued shooting through the dust storm.
Suddenly we saw Christ Jesus appeared in the dust storm. He was angry and his eyes were like blazing fire. With a mighty voice he told us, “Why are you persecuting me; It’s hard for you to kick against the pricks”(1).



Oh, it was a terrible experience! His voice produced a strong wind and we all fell down on the road. Our guns flew away from us. Somehow we stood up from the road, but we were unable to say anything. Our voice was lost.
Jesus said again, “I came to the world not to destroy anyone; but to save you. Go in peace”.



He disappeared. The dust storm also disappeared with him.
We experienced both terrible fear and an abundant peace at a time. We never had such experience in our lives before.
We got our voices back. We praised and thank God, except two of our militants. Those two said, it’s not from God. We had a quarrel between us but they argued with some quotes. And we left the place with confusion.

I shared everything that happened to my father. He warned me not to tell others. But after this incident, our wing became silent from militant activities.

After few days, our family had an evening bonfire in the dessert. My sister Hajira was bitten by a Sahara Horned Viper, a highly poisonous snake and admitted to the hospital in a dying position. An angel appeared before her while she was sleeping and told her about Jesus, the Savior and the Healer.

She shared it to me and I became very happy  We both prayed to Jesus to save us and guide us. 

Unexpectedly Pastor Paul of the Bibles for Mideast came to the hospital room, told us that the angel that appeared before my sister appeared to him and asked him to visit us. Pastor called both our names. He said to me:

“Haroon, as a dust storm, Lord Jesus saved me and my group from your gun shots after the baptism service at the seashore. As a Mighty and Wonderful Man showing His protecting and lovely hands towards us with a sweet smile. I was one among them and was leading the group (of Baptizers)”.
Pastor said again, “So believe in Jesus as your Lord and Savior”.

I understood, at the same time that the Lord Jesus Christ appeared before His own people as a Mighty Protector with a sweet smile; but like a blazing fire towards His persecutors.



I and my sister confessed our sins and accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior. He prayed over us and my sister got totally healed.
My father had been kept in mind that which I shared to him about the experience of the dust storm. The healing of my sister Hajira made him decide to believe in Jesus. And all of my family members became believers. 

The 17 militants, who were with me also accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their savior. We are praying for the other two who disbelieved and also for the Muslim world to be saved.



Footnote:

(1) “It is hard for you to kick against the pricks”. This was a Greek proverb. Thus, Jesus’ words to Saul on the road to Damascus: “It is hard for you to kick against the pricks.” Of the better-known Bible translations, the actual phrase “kick against the pricks” is found only in the King James Version. It is mentioned only twice, in Acts 9:5 and Acts 26:14. The apostle Paul (then known as Saul) was on his way to Damascus to persecute the Christians when he had a blinding encounter with Jesus. Luke records the event: “And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks” (Acts 26:14 KJV). Modern translations have changed the word pricks to goads. All translations except the KJV and NKJV, omit the phrase altogether from Acts 9:5.

Jesus Miraculously Rescues Muslim Girl Killed And Thrown Inside A Well By Her Father.

Jesus Miraculously Rescues Muslim Girl Killed And Thrown Inside A Well By Her Father.

A Muslim convert named Ramza, shared this wonderful testimony with “Bible for Mideast”, an underground ministry for the Middle east, on how she was rescued from a well by Jesus …
Her Story:

“I was born in an orthodox and fanatic Muslim family in the Muslim month of Ramzan in the Middle East Kingdom. So my parents named me Ramza. Now I have been born again by accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior and became a citizen of the Kingdom of God.



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