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Jesus and You 
2nd-Oct-2010 08:13 am
KungFu Pope
I'm reading a book called The Jesus Sayings. It's about the sources of the New Testament and about whether/how much the message may have been distorted in transcription and translation. I'm not sure if it is a book which would offend Christians or not, since the author states facts rather than draws conclusions. It made me wonder about what the general perception of Jesus is in society today. So...

Poll #1626716 Jeebus

Do you believe Jesus existed (or exists)?

Yes, as described in the bible
15(16.9%)
Yes. but as a man, not as a deity
42(47.2%)
I'm not sure
15(16.9%)
No, Jesus is fictional
11(12.4%)
Something else (what?)
6(6.7%)
Comments 
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2nd-Oct-2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
This.
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8th-Oct-2010 06:43 am (UTC)
Yes, this.
2nd-Oct-2010 03:39 pm (UTC)
So, yeah, I'm Christian and therefore in theory believe that Jesus was both man and divine and existed. And I guess I do. But for some reason I couldn't vote for the first choice, I guess because of the things you mentioned in your post--how they put the Bible together, how the Gospel writers wrote with their own specific agendas in mind, etc.
2nd-Oct-2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
I chose the first option because I definitely think Jesus was more than a man. The only thing we have to go off of is the Bible, and though it may not be 100% accurate, I also think it's open to interpretation, and there's a LOT of symbolism in the Bible that can be interpreted in a lot of different ways.

Edited at 2010-10-02 03:42 pm (UTC)
2nd-Oct-2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
Exactly.
2nd-Oct-2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
I chose Jesus is fictional. I believe he is just a metaphor. I also don't believe in the Bible. I believe in God, maybe even in the Christian sense because I have seen the hand of God in my life. I've also seen the hand of Man in religion and therefore don't trust any of it.
3rd-Oct-2010 06:21 am (UTC)
I said he was fictional but technically, I don't KNOW that. I definitely don't believe most of the stories about him though.

3rd-Oct-2010 08:28 am (UTC)
i think the idea of him came from someone who actually lived, but he was a human being, nothing more.
3rd-Oct-2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
If Jesus did exist, he was a revolutionary with some philosophical leanings, not a divinity.
4th-Oct-2010 03:22 am (UTC)
If Jesus ever actually existed and did all the things the Bible claims he did, the Romans would've written about it, and while he was still alive (yep, they were keeping history back then. Surprise). They didn't. If Jesus did exist at all, he certainly didn't make that much of a mark, so the miracles are, at best, parable. What's more, the first thing written about Jesus comes from around a hundred years after his death. Therefore, Jesus stories were basically a century-long game of telephone before they were even written down.

In short, Jesus may well have existed, but rumors of his powers, and even his origin, are likely greatly exaggerated.

4th-Oct-2010 09:59 am (UTC)
I don't have a problem with his existencem, after all there were quite a lot people going round being prophets. (also Life of brian happened too xD (jk))
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