Summary: Evidence for the Existence of Jesus.
Did Jesus really exist?
Randy A. Croft
In the summer of 1924, Kelso, Washington. According to the Sunday Oregonian on July 13, five miners encountered the ``mountain devils’’ in the wilds of Mount St. Helens. One of the men, Fred Beck, shot one of the creatures and watched its body fall over a precipice and into a canyon.
That night the ``devils’’ reportedly used large rocks to bombard the log cabin where the men were sleeping, knocking chunks out of the structure and rendering one of the miners unconscious.
According to the story, ``The animals were said to have the appearance of huge gorillas. They
are covered with long, black hair. Their ears are about four inches long and stick straight up.
They have four toes, short and stubby. The tracks are 13 to 14 inches long."
Don’t tell that, though, to Linda Lindell of Silver Lake, Washington. Linda is a volunteer interpreter at the Mt. St. Helens Volcanic Monument. About 15 years ago, Lindell was hunting in the vicinity of Mount St. Helens when she caught a whiff of ``an ungodly- like smell.’’
``Oh, it gave me the chills,’’ said Lindell, ``Once I got a smell of that odor, you’ve never seen a woman run
so fast. He must have been only 30 yards from me.’’
Come on, Linda.
``Honest’’ she added. ``It scared me half to death. People think you’re stupid if you say you had an encounter with Bigfoot, but there’s just too much evidence. I can just smell it now . . . it was like rotting meat. ``This Bigfoot, it’s definitely around. And it’s around to stay.’’
In Portland, Oregon, the Western Bigfoot Society holds monthly meetings in the basement of a used bookstore. Last Thursday night of every month.
Newspaper about the Bigfoot Research Project (BFP) in Hood River, Oregon. They even had an 800# and a full time staff of four to help sort out the reports. They had access to the most advanced surveillance technology available -- motion sensor cameras, infrared cameras, top-of-line video cameras, ground sensor units, starlight scopes, five vehicles, and a futuristic computer system.’’
They would get about 2,000 calls a month from people who say -- or think -- they had an encounter with Bigfoot. The director said very few were credible, about 4-5 a month. I want to see the thing, if it exists captured.
What do you think? Do you believe in Bigfoot? Are they as real as UFO’s, Unicorns, lepricans? How do you know?
What about the Loch Ness Monster with a reported 3,000 sightings. Loch Ness is the largest fresh water lake in Scotland. 1987 a sonar scan sweep--19 boats traveled the lake inhabited by the famed water dinosaur...Catch anything that made a sound. Found several large targets that couldn’t be explained, including one very large object at a very deep part of the lake. Unexplainable. Hoax? History?
Loch Ness area rakes in over $30 million a year from tourists i.e full blown submarine rides at $100 hour.
How do you know if Bigfoot exists? UFO’s? Loch Ness Monster? I don’t have the answer to these questions, only opinions--but I do have some information about Jesus...Did Jesus really live 2,000 years ago. Is there any evidence of him outside of the Bible, or was he a here fabricated by some writers, like Robin Hood?
This is an important question, because it tells us whether Christianity is based on real people, real places, real events, or one of only personal opinion, and subjective feeling. Can one examine the records and find out more about Jesus, or is it just a self-made religion.
The Bible says clearly that Jesus came lived, died, rose again. I Tim 3:16 "He appeared in a body, was proved right by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory."
I Cor 15:17-19 "If Christ has not been raised, then your faith has nothing to it; you are still guilty of your sins. And those in Christ who have already died are lost. If our hope in Christ is for this life only, we should be pitied more than anyone else in the world."
But no matter what the Bible says, some people won’t believe it, so today we’ll look outside of the bible and see the evidence that a man named Jesus actually lived in Palestine during the first century A.D.
Today it is rare to find any credible historian who denies the validity that an influential man named Jesus existed.
1. ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA
a. Used over 20,000 words to describe Jesus
b. More than Aristotle, Cicero, Alexander, Julius Caesar, Buddha, Confucius, Mohammed, or Napoleon.
II. THE No-biblical evidence for the HISTORICAL JESUS