I'm sorry man but JESUS IS DEAD! Not that he ever exsisted.
My response is in Green:
Thanks for writing me. If you did a little searching you would find that Jesus' life is well documented by non-Christian historians from the Roman Empire. So that would prove to you that He was a real person who really exsisted.
Next you say that He is dead. Well that is harder to prove to someone who does not want to believe but let me just bring up one small point. When Jesus was taken to the cross to be killed, all the people who had been followers of Him, ran. They were scared, they did not want anyone to know they even knew Him.
Then three days later, when Christians believe He (Jesus) arose from the dead and appeared to His followers, those same people who had run scared became strong. Almost all of them ended up being martyred for their beliefs. Again you can document their deaths through non-Christian historians. The Romans were good record keepers. Now ask yourself from a human point of view, why would these guys be willing to die horrible deaths if they had not really seen Jesus? If this was all just a big lie why would so many people be willing to die for it?
The other way to prove Jesus is alive now, is to ask Him to come into your heart and forgive you. He will make a difference in your life. Of course you have to be serious about asking Him. You can read many testimonies of people who have done just that and see how their lives were changed. Of course you have to have an open mind to even try to find out.
Well thanks again for writing to me. I just want to leave you with one last thought: John 3:17-18 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.
Take care of yourself.
All those people died for something because one guy wanted power and gained it through telling the people to do what he said. They then killed themselves or he would torture them.
Funny how someone you said was dead could force anyone to do anything and then torture them if they didn't. Plus like I said you can verify the accounts through people's writings that were not Christians.
You say that there are non-christian acounts of Jesus exsisting... what non-Christians? The people Christians never met, or the ones they killed for God?
Roman officials. Cornelius Tacitus (born A.D. 52-54) a Roman historian, Lucian of Samosata, a satirist of the second century, Flavius Josephus (born A.D. 37) a Jewish historian, Suetonius (A.D. 120) Roman historian and court official under Hadrian, Plinius Secundus, Pliny the Younger - Governor of Bithynia in Asia Minor. All of these people were not Christians yet they wrote about Jesus. If I read my history right the Christians did not kill the Romans but the Romans did throw the Christians to the lions and kill them in other ways.
I am sure what you are trying to get at is that many people have been killed by people that called themselves Christians, and I agree with you about that. The only problem is that they were not really Christians. If you want to know how I know it is because to be a true Christian you have to follow Christ and He taught against killing. Anyone can say they are anything, but you have to look at what they did to tell for sure. Even Jesus talked about these kinds of people while He was here on earth, He said: Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!' Matthew 7:20-23
Jesus said to go into all the world and tell the people about Him, He never said go kill those that don't believe. You will never hear me stick up for these kinds of people. To be a Christian in my book is to follow the teachings of Christ if you don't then you are not a Christian.
Well take care, it was nice talking to you again.
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