In the previous post I quoted the Gospel of Luke in which Jesus told his followers to “hate” their fathers and mothers. Christians, of course, don’t believe that Jesus really meant to be understood literally in this passage. Jesus would never tell a disciple to hate his father and mother, they assure us.
Are they sure?
Let’s look at another statement from Jesus:
He that loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
Forget about your parents. What sane person would ask you to love him more than your son or daughter?? That is not rational, folks. That is crazy talk!
“But Jesus was God!” Christians will respond.
Hundreds if not thousands of mentally deranged people have believed themselves to be a god or a prophet. We don’t believe these nut jobs, so why should we believe Jesus?
Think about this: Why did Jesus’ first disciples believe him? Is it because he really did walk on water and really did turn a couple of fish into five thousand fish in front of their very eyes? I don’t think so. I think they believed Jesus’ crazy claims for one simple reason: They were living in terrible circumstances (Roman occupation) and were desperately looking for a rescuer, a savior, to deliver them from the Romans and to make their lives better and happier. Check out Jewish history. It is full of false messiahs promising the Jewish people deliverance from their occupiers!
Jesus offered hope. It was false hope. It was crazy hope. But it was hope, and that is why they believed him.
We have zero evidence outside of the Christian Gospels that Jesus performed any specific miracle mentioned in the Gospels. No non-Christian contemporary of Jesus wrote about any of his great public miracles (raising people from the dead, healing the lepers) nor of the fantastical events surrounding his alleged resurrection (earthquakes, angel sightings, dead saints roaming the streets, three hour eclipses, temple veil tearing down the middle, etc.). Think about this: If Jesus did all the miracles attributed to him by the Gospels, he would be the greatest Jewish prophet in the history of the Jewish people. He allegedly raised more people from the dead than all the prophets of the Old Testament combined! Yet not one non-Christian author bothered to mention these great Jewish events.
No, these events did not happen, folks. The magic-filled stories in the Gospels are the consequence of the whipped up hysteria of a desperately miserable people grasping for something, anything, to give their lives a little meaning and hope.
The stories of Jesus are ancient tall tales, my friends. They. did. not. happen! They should be taken no more seriously than the fairy tales found in the books of the Brothers Grimm, in which the poor are suddenly and marvelously blessed with great bounty or miraculous healing by a benevolent fairy godmother or other worker of magic.
End of post.