I came across this article on one of the blogs I read regularly. I took the time to read it and quite frankly, I wish I hadn’t. It has filled me with questions, or maybe just one BIG question, and a week later, I can’t stop thinking about it. At this point, you’ve probably yet to click on the link so I’ll fill you in on it’s subject matter. The article addresses the idea that perhaps a real person named Jesus, who did all those things we are told he did, did not actually exist. The information that supports this theory is that there is nothing recorded by anyone who lived at the same time that Jesus lived that testifies to any of what we’ve learned. Everything that we know of Jesus was recorded by people who lived 50 years or more after he died. So everything we have taken as fact and in some cases based our life upon is at best hear-say (stories passed down through generations) and at worst lies.
For me, I am a skeptic and these days apply common sense first when posed with questions. I’ve already admitted at least one thing I don’t believe about Jesus’ life and I could probably name a few more. I don’t accept the Bible as the be all and end all. I look at it as a piece of literature. There are many great truths within literature, meaningful messages and even historically accurate settings, but that doesn’t mean we should call the literature a textbook (unless of course we are studying literature). I had always thought or believed in a historical Jesus, even if I wasn’t sure about all of the stories of his life. I assumed the facts were there to prove his existence. This article has thrown me for a loop.
Recently I wrote my first post about Jesus and I mentioned at the end how I feel like I can commune with Jesus. If I am meditating (or even not meditating) I can ask Jesus for guidance and if I’m listening and aware can get an answer. So what does this mean exactly, if the article is correct? With whom am I communing? Then I had this thought: What if Jesus is a state of mind?
In Hinduism people pray to and call on the power of the various Gods and Goddesses. There is Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati, the God with an elephant head, who is known as the remover of obstacles. Kali is the Goddesses of death and transformation. She has many arms and carries decapitated heads in at least one of them. There are many others, but those two are my personal favorites. Their stories are myths and metaphors. That is understood because hybrid elephant and octopus people do not live amongst us. But still they are prayed to. When people think of these Gods and Goddesses, they call forth the aspects and characteristics that are represented. They believe in the energy and they experience it. So what if Jesus is like the Gods and Goddesses of Hinduism? What if he is merely a symbol of all that man can be and do? What if he is whatever we want him to be? To me, he is unconditional love, compassion, forgiveness, and acceptance. For someone else, he is salvation and God in human form.
I guess I will continue to wonder about Jesus. I want very much to be convinced he was a real person who taught all the lessons I have learned. I want the author of that article to have missed or overlooked something (or maybe someone to send me a link to snopes that says the whole thing is a lie). There is another thought that goes through my mind though. Imagine for a minute that our world is destroyed and a new breed of humans arrive to recolonize. Along with many aspects of our history, they happen to find a copy of Forrest Gump. After watching that movie and all of it’s historical accuracy, would they realize that Forrest was just a fictional character or would they write him into the history books?