Did You Know: Jesus Was Raising People From the Dead in the 1900’s!

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My review of “Lord or Legend“, part 6, by Gregory Boyd and Paul Eddy:

A most impressive alleged parallel to the early Jesus movement concerns a twentieth century [Christian] miracle worker in the Congo named Simon Kimbangu. A number of eyewitnesses report that he performed many miracles and exorcisms and even apparently raised several people from the dead. As a result, some of his followers worshipped him as God (not just as a god). What are we to make of this? Does it support the case of viewing the Jesus story as substantially legendary? On the contrary we believe that the case for Kimbangu actually supports the case for viewing the Jesus story as substantially rooted in history

–p. 60

Gary: Good grief.

“A number of eyewitnesses” claim that a guy in the Congo raised “several people” from the dead. Wow! Well, if that is what multiple eyewitnesses claim then the only sensible thing for us to do is to believe these claims, right??

I’d like to see a show of hands of how many Baptists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, and Episcopalians believe that people were being raised from the dead in the Congo during the 1900’s?

Any hands? Any hands? I don’t see any hands.

Yet these same Baptist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, and Episcopalian Christians are shocked that we skeptics do not accept the claims of alleged eyewitnesses from the first century who likewise claimed that some preacher was raising dead people from their graves!

When will educated people stop believing this nonsense!

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One thought on “Did You Know: Jesus Was Raising People From the Dead in the 1900’s!

  1. Gary –

    I’d like to see more of the excerpt you used…

    I’m not sure why you’re jumping all over the “miracles” stuff. Maybe you think that’s the point? It might be – but, from this brief excerpt, I have a feeling that whether any “real miracles” were done – either by Jesus or by Kimbangu – is beside the point.

    “What are we to make of this? Does it support the case of viewing the Jesus story as substantially legendary? On the contrary we believe that the case for Kimbangu actually supports the case for viewing the Jesus story as substantially rooted in history”

    I’m GUESSING – and, it’s only a guess, not knowing what the authors followed with – that the point they might well be leading up to is not whether Jesus really did miracles (or not), but rather, that his “reputation” as a miracle worker might have no less a basis in an actual “cultural/historical setting” as did Kimbangu. In other words – just as the authors stated – the case for Kimbangu actually supports …’the Jesus case’.. as substantially rooted in history”.

    .To me, it appears that the way that excerpt is written, it is irrelevant whether the “miracles” were “real miracles” at all. What it appears (to me) is that the authors might be trying to point out that Jesus’ “reputation” as a miracle worker, as depicted in the Gospels, might in fact be due to the fact that he really DID have that reputation, and that the “miracle stories” weren’t just later “legendary developments”.

    As to YOUR point, questioning whether there were any “real miracles” – I don’t really have any comment, except to say I’m not surprised that you’d jump all over the “veracity of miracle claims” business, and miss the point of the authors altogether.

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