2nd Peter 3:3-4
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
Scoffer- one who shows contempt by derisive acts or language.
Jesus met these types of people all through His life. It's been through history, and we get it today. But now there is a new trend. Did Jesus ever even live? Thank your local atheist for this. And it's growing largely due to ignorance of history. As a Christian, the bible is our final authority. But the scoffers say it is not enough. But the scoffers say it is not enough. They say we have no proof, outside of the Bible. So we say it's by faith we know it's true. But that's not good enough. I mean, how could they possibly understand faith anyway? They want to see it in books. And the Christian is left speechless.
Not any more!! Who better to prove that Jesus lived and died Than those who were against Him?
Flavius Josephus was a Jewish Historian. In Rome, in the year 93, Josephus published his lengthy history of the Jews. While discussing the period in which the Jews of Judaea were governed by the Roman procurator Pontius Pilate, Josephus included the following account:
"About this time there lived Jesus, a wise man, if indeed one ought to call him a man. For he was one who performed surprising deeds and was a teacher of such people as accept the truth gladly. He won over many Jews and many of the Greeks. And when, upon the accusation of the principal men among us, Pilate had condemned him to a cross, those who had first come to love him did not cease. He appeared to them spending a third day restored to life, for the prophets of God had foretold... "these things and a thousand other marvels about him. And the tribe of the Christians, so called after him, has still to this day not disappeared."
- Jewish Antiquities, 18.3.3 §63
The Jewish Talmud:
1. In the Tol'doth Yeshu: Jesus is referred to as Ben Pandera (Pandera is general for 'betrayer', like our Benedict Arnold).
2. In the Babylonian Talmud: It says of Him, "and hanged Him on the eve of Passover."
In the Babylonian Sanhedrin 23a, it says: "On the eve of Passover they hanged Yeshu (of Nazareth) and the herald went before him for forty days (Yeshua of Nazareth) is going forth to be stoned in that he hath practiced sorcery and beguiled and led astray Israel. Let everyone knowing aught in his defense come and plead for him But they found naught in his defense and hanged him on the eve of passover."
On to the Romans!!
Cornelius Tacitus, born around 52-54AD, had a writing called "Annals". In it he was writing about the reign of Nero, and said:
"But not all the relief that could come from man, not all the bounties that the prince could bestow, nor all the atonements that could be presented to the gods, availed to relieve Nero from the infamy of being believed to have ordered the conflagration, the fire of Rome. Hence to suppress the rumor, he falsely charged with the guilt, and punished with the most exquisite tortures, the persons commonly called Christians, who were hated for their enormities. Christus, the founder of the name, was put to death by Pontius Pilate, procurator of Judea in the reign of Tiberius: but the pernicious superstition, repressed for a time broke out again, not only through Judea, where the mischief originated, but through the city of Rome also."
Lucian of Samosata, satirist of the 2nd Century who spoke scornfully of Christ and Christians said:
"...the man who was crucified in Palestine because he introduced this new cult into the world...Furthermore, their first lawgiver persuaded them that they were all brothers one of another after they have transgressed once for all by denying the Greek gods and by worshiping that crucified sophist himself and living under his laws."
The Passing Peregrinus- Lucian of Samosata
Lucian also mentions the Christians several times in his "Alexander the False Prophet", sections 25 and 29.
Suetonius (A.D. 120): Another Roman historian, court official under Hadrian, annalist of the Imperial House, said,
"As the Jews were making constant disturbances at the instigation of Chrestus (another spelling of Christus), he expelled them from Rome."
Life of Claudius 25.4
And then he later wrote...
"Punishment by Nero was afflicted on the Christians, a class of men given to a new and mischievous superstition."
Lives of the Caesars 26.2
So there you have it. Proof, outside of the Bible. Jesus Christ was infact, a real person, not a myth.
Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
What you do with this information, is up to you and God. Whether you choose to believe in Him or not.
For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
In His Grace,
Mike Harris Jr.
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