Jesus, Probably a Human

Actually, it brings us to the anonymous people who wrote about Jesus. Even without reading it, I hope, we can draw one conclusion just by knowing what the Bible is. We know that the authors liked Jesus. A lot. They thought he was the best. There we have the basis of the idea that the life and beliefs of Jesus are a Socratic problem.

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Jesus was undoubtedly a revolutionary figure and one that inspired idealisation and fascination in new concepts. The claims of miracles might just be embellishments through a sort of Chinese whispers, or maybe they’re metaphors for the actions that demonstrated his miraculously caring nature. Did Jesus really heal the sick? Could it be that he just, instead, showed the poor and sick an unprecedented level of kindness and love? Did he walk on water? Or did he just simply walk the path that no other man could? If you never believed those miracles anyway, this will won’t be a revelation. But we can question more about the accounts of Jesus with the Socratic Problem in mind.

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Like if Plato felt compelled to use Socrates as a vehicle for his own musings, how can we be sure that these writers didn’t do something similar? By adding their complimentary ideas to the stories and philosophies of Jesus, they have potentially rewritten history so that it was their message that was preached by the incredibly well-loved but previously undocumented leader. Even believers may concede that their holy message has, at some point in its history, been altered to fit the purpose of the scribe or preacher. If this is the case, how do we know where Jesus’ thoughts end and the authors’ begin?

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To recap, the idea is:

Jesus lived. Jesus talked. Jesus influenced. Jesus died. Time passed.

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People talked.

People talked.

People talked.

Just like Plato on Socrates, a few thinkers built on Jesus’ ideals. They wrote the New Testament using Jesus as their mouthpiece. They painted Jesus as a great man. An ideal person. A divine being. This provided a perfectly respectable example for how Christians should behave and act. A perfect example of how their philosophy should be implemented.

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