“Jesus was real because he was mentioned by the Stoic Philosopher, Mara bar-Serapion” – debunking arguments for a historical Jesus – Part 7

Mara bar-Serapion was an early Stoic philosopher in the Roman province of Syria who seems to have lived in the latter part of the first century that penned a letter to his son that allegedly references Jesus.  Let's see how it holds up under the evidence.  Here is the letter with the paragraph containing the … Continue reading “Jesus was real because he was mentioned by the Stoic Philosopher, Mara bar-Serapion” – debunking arguments for a historical Jesus – Part 7

You have to save yourself from yourself. Salvation simplified.

In this article, I want to look at some of the writings of the Apostle Paul (Pol, Appolonius) or whoever he was, to show you what he says about salvation and how it needs to be obtained within you, as it should be, and not by claiming someone as your personal Lord and savior on … Continue reading You have to save yourself from yourself. Salvation simplified.

“Jesus was real because he was mentioned by the second-century satirist and rhetorician, Lucian of Samosata” – debunking arguments for a historical Jesus – Part 6

Biblical scholars that view history through a theological lens will often reference the writings of Lucian as proof that Jesus physically existed.  But this one is quickly debunked on the same grounds that the other references fall into. The work of his that is mentioned as a source for Jesus is entitled "The Passing of … Continue reading “Jesus was real because he was mentioned by the second-century satirist and rhetorician, Lucian of Samosata” – debunking arguments for a historical Jesus – Part 6

“Jesus was real because he was mentioned by the Roman Historian and Senator Tacitus” – debunking arguments for a historical Jesus – Part 5

Publius (or Gaius) Cornelius Tacitus (/ˈtæsɪtəs/ TASS-it-əs, Classical Latin: [ˈtakɪtʊs]; c.  56 – c.  120 AD) was a senator and a historian of the Roman Empire. Tacitus is considered to be one of the greatest Roman historians.[1][2] He lived in what has been called the Silver Age of Latin literature, and is known for the brevity and compactness of his Latin prose, as well as for his penetrating insights into the psychology of power … Continue reading “Jesus was real because he was mentioned by the Roman Historian and Senator Tacitus” – debunking arguments for a historical Jesus – Part 5

“Jesus was real because he was mentioned by the Roman Governor, Pliny – the Younger” – debunking arguments for a historical Jesus – Part 4

Pliny, the Younger (also known as Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus, born Gaius Caecilius or Gaius Caecilius Cilo (61 CE – 113 CE) was a Roman Governor, among other titles, that penned a certain letter (Epistulae X.96) in which he recounts his dealings with "superstitious" Christians to Emporer Trajan.  He recounts how they were becoming a threat to the Roman Empire … Continue reading “Jesus was real because he was mentioned by the Roman Governor, Pliny – the Younger” – debunking arguments for a historical Jesus – Part 4

“Jesus was real because he was mentioned by the Roman Philosopher Celsus” – debunking arguments for a historical Jesus – Part 3

Celsus was a second-century Greek philosopher and a very strong opponent of Christianity.  He was the author of a piece of work entitled "On The True Doctrine", which was a scathing attack on early Christianity.  This work prompted a severe backlash from the Roman Catholic Church which initially suppressed the book and in 448 CE … Continue reading “Jesus was real because he was mentioned by the Roman Philosopher Celsus” – debunking arguments for a historical Jesus – Part 3

“Jesus was real because he was mentioned by the Roman Historian Suetonius” – debunking arguments for a historical Jesus – Part 2

Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus, commonly known as Suetonius (69 CE – 122 CE), was a Roman historian who wrote during the early Imperial era of the Roman Empire.  His most prominent surviving work written around 120 CE is entitled "De Vita Caesarum", meaning "About the lives of the Caesars", and often referred to as "The Twelve Caesars", which is a compilation of twelve biographies … Continue reading “Jesus was real because he was mentioned by the Roman Historian Suetonius” – debunking arguments for a historical Jesus – Part 2