Efforts To Disprove The Biblical Jesus -- By: René A. López
JODT 12:37 (Dec 2008) p. 53
Efforts To Disprove The Biblical Jesus
Ph.D. Cand., Dallas Theological Seminary
Pastor, Iglesia Bíblica Nuestra Fe (Dallas, TX)
Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened. When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and make you secure.” So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day (Matt 28:11–15).
Trying to disprove the biblical Jesus is nothing new. Matthew recorded that immediately after the news broke in Jerusalem that Jesus’ body was missing, Jewish leaders formulated a story to invalidate the resurrection. Could the biblical account be a conspiracy cover-up by Jesus’ disciples? Could the account, in Matthew 28:11–15, be a later insertion by church fathers to promote Jesus’ resurrection, knowing full well that He did not rise? Or was the early church simply deceived by following an early tradition begun by Jesus’ early followers? Such questions have prompted numerous scholars throughout the centuries to continue to search for Jesus’ bones, hoping that one day something will be uncovered.
For a long time now past theologians and philosophers have continued formulating theories that seek to explain other ways of understanding the biblical Jesus who they strip from His religious garb. This trend continues in the present as the media, numerous movements, and a plethora of published manuscripts have sought to redefine the historical and biblical Jesus with a no-frills Jesus who was but a mere man without special powers or mission. It seems that every Easter in the last five years, new books, with old ideas nevertheless, surface with one goal: disprove the biblical Jesus.
This article will briefly surface each of these past and present approaches and show that upon further inspection they have led folks further from the truth instead of bringing one closer to understanding the biblical Jesus. By understanding these approaches, believers will be better prepared to judge where these “new” trends originate and thereby see them for what they are: efforts to disprove the biblical Jesus.1
JODT 12:37 (Dec 2008) p. 54
Past Efforts To Disprove The Biblical Jesus
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