The Historical Jesus
The enduring question of the ages remains: Just who was Jesus? Millions revere him and possibly even await his return. They all claim to know the truth about Jesus. Some say that he was God, others say that he was the son of God and yet others say that he was simply just a man.
Yet, the vast majority of people in the world don’t even worship him. Islam, for example, considers Jesus to be a prophet (but not the messiah) and Judaism says that Jesus, a Jew himself, didn’t meet the Old Testament requirements for their messiah. Despite the fact that Judaism did not accept Jesus as their messiah, Christianity did. At least, that is, Emperor Constantine and the Holy Roman Empire did.
The interesting thing about Jesus is that he hardly appears in the Bible. There is actually more Christian scriptures about Jesus that aren’t included in the Bible than stories that are included. To the extent that Jesus does appear in the Bible, it’s primarily in the gospel stories of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Unfortunately, those stories happen to conflict in certain respects. So one has to wonder just exactly who was this person who is arguably the greatest man who ever lived and why is there so little information about him in the one place that you would expect to find it(in the Bible)?
To begin with, the historical Jesus wasn’t just an ordinary person. He was a member of a royal family descended from King David, through his father Joseph. The Magi did not visit the new-born child because they were expecting the birth of God, since the concept of a spiritual messiah was unthinkable to the Jews. They came to pay homage to an important royal birth. It was the birth of someone who, according to tradition, might grow up to someday to be their messiah by delivering the Jews from their oppressors, the Romans.
But why wasn’t more said about Jesus in the Bible? There should have been volumes written about him, not just the few gospels that we find there. Why, for example, were the gospels of Mary, Phillip. Peter and Thomas, among many others, intentionally excluded from the Bible? Even some of Paul’s letters were not allowed into the Bible. Upon reading these documents as well as other important 20th century finds like the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi Library, one thing becomes very clear. Christianity didn’t suddenly appear completely intact as we know it today. For the first 300 years following the crucifixion, Christianity took many different forms. Some of those forms stood in stark contrast to others. For example Paul’s teachings were completely different from the Church of Jerusalem which was headed by James, the brother of Jesus.
The early Christians were expecting the apocalypse and the return of their messiah. By the second century, it was somewhat obvious that the messiah would not return. Instead, Jesus was transformed into the Logos, a revision of a much older Greek concept. Western Civilization would be converted into a Hellenized version of Judaism. In retrospect, had any of the gospels of Mary, Phillip, Peter and Thomas been included in the Bible, Christianity might very well have looked very different today. Instead with the Council of Nicaea in 325AD, Christianity became the Roman imperial theology.
All other ways of worshipping Christ were declared by church leaders to be heresy. All other writings were burned wherever possible and people were told that they were not to read them. The true teachings of Jesus were suppressed. Christians would never learn that Christ came as an evolutionary step in the growth of mankind, as an example of a fully-evolved human. That same Christ energy is encoded in our DNA and therefore there is no need for Christ to return. You see, he’s already here.