Jesus Life and His Beliefs

A history is an arrangement of the factual events which a writer is setting up in a certain patterns. Of course every writer is the prisoner of his own experiences. The Jesus story that I am suggesting, is just my summation of Jesus life. To me this story fits nicely with the collection of the materials which we have about Jesus. This is my truth. After all our perception of the truth is based upon the logic which make sense to us, and upon our criteria of reality we claim the validity of our views. Of course I am not suggesting that my truth should be considered as the ultimate universal history.

The Holy Bible was the main source of information for knowing and understanding Jesus Christ. In 1890 archeologist discovered a Greek gospel of Thomas. The scholars who examined that ancient Christian document they concluded there must have been over one dozen of Christian Gospels. In 1945 in village of Nag Hammadi in Egypt there was another important archeological find of early Christianity Gospels. The Nag Hammadi library is Coptic translations from an original Greek document made about 1500 years ago. These Gospels were a library which the Church fore-fathers in 325 AD labeled them as heretic and they were band from the Christian Church. This library consists of Gospels of Thomas, Philip, Peter, Truth, Egyptians, Mary Magdalene, Bartholomew, and Secret book of James, the Apocalypse of Paul, Apocalypse of Peter, and some letters. It would be a fair assumption that these Gospels were written by some people who were using the deciples' names and fame to acquire validity and support for their versions of Gospels. The discovery of Deep sea scroll is another related document in this collection. Based on these materials we form a picture for Jesus Christ. Please observe the following sample of document which is presented just by Mathew Gospel:

Mathew: 3:13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John to be baptized by him in the Jordan River. 3:14 But John tried to prevent him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and yet you come to me?" 3:15 So Jesus replied to him, "Let it happen now, for it is right for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then John yielded to him. 3:16 After Jesus was baptized, just as he was coming up out of the water, the heavens opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming on him. 3:17 And a voice from heaven said, "This is my one dear Son; in him I take great delight."

Later on again in Mathew: 11:2 Now when John in prison heard about the deeds Christ had done, he sent a question by his disciples: 11:3 "Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?"

In Mathew 3:13 - 3:17, Jesus was identified as Messiah and Son of God. Any body who witnessed that baptizing event got a clear indication that Jesus was the Christ and Son of God, especially John the Baptist, who clearly recognized Jesus as Messiah. Then later on in Mathew 11:2 John was requiring Jesus' identity? Apparently John had forgotten everything about the Jesus' baptizing event! Or maybe Mathew was not careful about what he was writing!

In this sample you see clearly how Mathew presented us with a contradictory story. And this is the material just from the same author! Then you wonder what to believe. Here for Jesus story we have no choice but to use the existing material and also use our own imagination and make some educated guesses to portrait a plausible picture for Jesus' life story.

Jesus was born in Nazareth, to Joseph and Mary. Joseph was a carpenter with a limited means. When Jesus was a child, there was a Jewish uprising against the Romans in Sepphoris (Tzippori also known by the Greek Sepphoris). Sepphoris was a small town with few thousand populations, four miles from Nazareth. Romans defeated the uprising and they totally destroyed Sepphoris and they crucified the Jews who resisted them and they took their youngsters as slaves.

Around the year 12 AD, there was another rebellion at town of Al-Hammam. These people called themselves the kingdom people and their slogan was: "NO King but God". Again these people were crushed by the Romans and the rebellions were crucified and their town was burnt. These Places were in the vicinities of the Nazareth and Jesus grew up witnessing these horrid events. Romans did not tolerate any opposition to their rule. Romans were using crucifixions as a form of state terrorism to put fear in the people's hearts who were thinking to oppose them. These massacres influenced heavily on Jesus mindset. Jesus as an orthodox Jew who had high conviction to the Judaism was trying to find a solution for the miseries of the poor Jewish people. Also, Judaism was losing ground in competition with the Romans' pagan religions. The rich Jews were openly participating in the Romans' pagan rituals and they had no mercy toward the poor any more. The rich had become meaner and greedier. They did not feel any obligation toward their fellow poor Jewish brothers. Jesus saw uprising against the Romans brought only death and destruction toward the Jewish people, so uprising was not the answer for the poor Jewish people.

When Jesus was in his late twenties there was another "Kingdom of God" movement which grew popularity in Palestine. This group was led by John the Baptist. John the Baptist became well known and a lot of people INCLUDING JESUS thought John the Baptist might be the prophet whom was sent by God to put an end to the Jewish miseries. The expectation was that in any day God was going to intervene and destroy the poppet Jewish King and the Romans. Jesus followed John the Baptist for the hope that John the Baptist to be the answer for the Jewish people and the Judaism. John the Baptist was preaching harsh word against the Jewish King (Herod Antipas) and the Romans. King Herod Antipas was the son of King Herod the Great and he ruled Galilee and Peraea between 4 BC and 39 AD.

John the Baptist was cursing the establishment for things which were happening to the Judaism and to the poor Jewish People. He was a fiery preacher with a fearful message for the King and a promise of justice for the poor. King Herod Antipas did not tolerate such a cursing from John the Baptist so he ordered John the Baptist to be arrested, and to be killed in the prison. Of course there were stories and rumors regarding John the Baptist's murder. The story was that King Herod Antipas was infatuated with his daughter in law, Salome, who was a beautiful young dancer, and king killed John the Baptist to achieve Salome's sexual favor. I think the oppositions to the King manufactured these kinds of rumors to accuse King Herod Antipas for wickedness. To me this story does not make any sense, for in those days the King could force his wishes on any women that he desired for. No woman could refuse the king's wishes. Besides; why Salome who was a beautiful and attractive dancer from the elite member of the society would want John's head as a gift? This seems, that story also was intended to boost John's stature. Why Salome a high class society girl, would desire a dirty bearded lunatic preacher? The story sounds to me just a political spin against the king Herod Antipas.

You see even a false accusation or a rumor was recorded by some historians! But at this time there was no story about Jesus, no writing about Jesus' life, nothing about his message, about his movement or about his crucifixion around 29 - 33 AD. Just nothing! Jesus made no special impression on people or on his followers. There was just nothing special about him to report!

Don't you think if Jesus resurrection was a true story we would have got at least the exact year of his crucifixion?

Jesus did not make any special impressions while he was alive. Most of the writing about Jesus started after his crucifixion, when his followers realized the importance of his message. Jesus fame sky rocketed especially after the destruction of the Great Jewish Temple in Jerusalem in 70 AD, about 37 years after Jesus crucifixion. Because his followers claimed that Jesus had prophesized such Earth-Shaking Event. It was advertised that Jesus had warned of such Events while he was alive and he was preaching about the Extremely Monumental Disaster.

Most of the writing about Jesus during the time between his crucifixion and before the destruction of the Jewish Temple in 70 AD comes from the Paul's writings which I will examine them in the following chapters and from the Gospels. It is worth mentioning that Gospel of Mark which is the earliest accepted Gospel by the Christian Church at this point did not have the resurrection story, the resurrection was added to it couple centuries later.

Actually at first century AD after death of both John the Baptist and Jesus, most Jewish people thought John the Baptist was above Jesus; because he had baptized Jesus. They thought John was the Messiah! Because, John was much fiercer than Jesus and he had many more followers.

Let us continue with Jesus life after the death of John the Baptist. Murdering of John the Baptist by the Jewish King was another momentous event which affected Jesus deeply. Jesus was a smart and practical preacher and he was trying to find a way to serve his people which would produce positive results. He knew sitting passive and doing nothing was not the answer either. Civilian uprising against the Jewish King or against the might of the Romans' army had already resulted of too many disastrous outcomes. Because unarmed and untrained civilians had no chance fighting a well trained and well armed professional army of the king Herod Antipas or the Romans' Legions.

Jesus was a devoted Jew and Judaism was the center of his belief system. He wanted to do something to save Judaism and to help poor Jewish people from their miserable lives. For answer Jesus focused on the Old Testament. Jesus found his answer in the verses of the Old Testament. The solution was staring at him with amazing clarity. It became clear to him that all those miseries for Jewish people had come to them because Jehovah had abandoned the Jewish people. All those miseries were the curse from Jehovah on Jews for not following God's commandments.

There are many verses in the Old Testament which God emphasizes that Jews must follow God's Commandments. If they do then God would take care of all their needs. And if they don't, then God's curse would be upon them and they would suffer severely. Here I give you couple sample verses from the Old Testament:

Leviticus 26:6 I will grant peace in the land so that you will lie down without anyone terrifying you. I will remove harmful animals from the land, and no sword of war will pass through your land. 26:7 You will pursue your enemies and they will fall before you by the sword. 26:8 Five of you will pursue a hundred, and a hundred of you will pursue ten thousand, and your enemies will fall before you by the sword. . . . 26:12 I will walk about among you, and I will be your God and you will be my people.

Leviticus 26:14 "'If, however, you do not obey me and keep all these commandments 26:15 if you reject my statutes and abhor my regulations so that you do not keep all my commandments and you break my covenant 26:16 I for my part will do this to you: I will inflict horror on you, consumption and fever, which diminish eyesight and drain away the vitality of life. You will sow your seed in vain because your enemies will eat it. 26:17 I will set my face against you. You will be struck down before your enemies, those who hate you will rule over you, and you will flee when there is no one pursuing you.

Deuteronomy 28:20 "The Lord will send on you the curse, confusion, and rebuke in everything you undertake until you are destroyed and quickly perish because of the evil of your deeds, in that you have forsaken me. 28:21 The Lord will plague you with deadly diseases until he has completely removed you from the land where you are going, to possess it. 28:22 He will afflict you with consumption, fever, inflammation, infection, sword, scorching, and mildew, and these will attack you until you perish. 28:23 The sky above your heads will be bronze and the earth beneath you iron. 28:24 The Lord will make the rain of your land powder and dust; it will come down on you from the sky until you are destroyed.

Isaiah 59:1 Look, the Lord's hand is not too weak to deliver you; his ear is not too deaf to hear you. 59:2 But your sinful acts have alienated you from your God; your sins have caused him to reject you and not listen to your prayers. 59:3 For your hands are stained with blood and your fingers with sin; your lips speak lies, your tongue utters malicious words. 59:4 No one is concerned about justice; no one sets forth his case truthfully. They depend on false words and tell lies; they conceive of oppression and give birth to sin.

Jesus would argue that according to the good book, it is very clear that Jews' problem was caused by Jews themselves. Because, Jews have abandoned the God's Commandments. And who was responsible for that? The Chief Priest of the Great Jewish Temple! It was the Chief Priest's responsibilities to protect and preserve God's Commandments. But as far as Jesus was concern the Chief Priest himself was very corrupt. The Chief Priest's behavior was the causes of all the Jews problems. Jesus would argue if people follow the God's Commandments, God would solve all their problems; their enemies would be defeated, their diseases would be healed, there would be no hunger, there would be milk and honey flowing from the hills.

For Jesus this message was very clear in the scripture: follow God's Commandments and God will take care of the rest. Jesus as a fundamentalist Jew wanted to bring this point to the people's attention and enlighten them of this crucial point. As you see Jesus' focus of action was against the Chief Priest. The corrupt Chief Priest was the root of all the Jewish problems. This message was in clear contrast with the message of John the Baptist who was blaming the Jewish King for the Jews problems. Jesus had found his message and now he devised a new tactic to deliver it.

So Jesus concluded that Jews must devote themselves to Jehovah and purify the Sacred Temple and obey the Jewish laws and when they reached to that righteous status then they would gain Jehovah's favors and then Jehovah would take care of the King Herod Antipas and the Romans Governor himself, and the Jews don't even have to raise a finger, God will take care of them.

This scenario of the Jews against the Romans was similar to the scenario of the Jews against the Pharaoh thirteen centuries earlier. The same way that Jehovah did defeat Pharaoh and his army in the Moses story, Jehovah would destroy the poppet Jewish King and the Romans Legions and save the Judaism and the Jewish people.

Jesus message was pure and simple; no uprising, no challenging of king's conducts, not even hating the Romans! Just purify the Sacred Temple in Jerusalem and follow God's Commandments, and let God to take care of the rest.

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