Jesus: The Historical Account Of Jesus

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Jesus was a man. Jesus was born into a poor, working family in Nazareth. Jesus was born in a time that was characterized by the political unrest that culminated as a result of the Roman occupation in Judea. But really, who was Jesus? How is he the same or different than the divine figure and gentle shepherd that followers of Christianity worship today? Can the Christian faith be entirely based upon him, the historical Jesus, the real man? The man Jesus is often considered to have been a Jewish rebel, filled with zeal, fighting against the Roman occupation in Judea along with many others. Jesus was one of the many lone nationalist Jewish preachers from his time. Jesus and these other preachers aimed to fight against the corrupt Roman …show more content…
When talking about Jesus, the divine figure, is that what people think of? Are modern Christians worshipping the revolutionary figure that fought against corruption? Or are they worshipping the loving, caring, and understanding man that changed the lives of so many? The historical account of Jesus is what can be said about him despite one’s philosophical convictions or religious beliefs. The historical account of Jesus describes what he did, given the historical records that have been passed through the generations. So it comes to question whether modern faith is entirely dependent on every single little detail about the life of Jesus. Based on experience and observation, it is safe to say that Christianity does not focus on the details and specific actions within Jesus’s lifetime 2,000 years ago. The religion is more based upon interpretations of Jesus, interpretations of what he did, and interpretations of the meaning behind the things that he …show more content…
There are probably some people that are completely faithful to the historical Jesus and his revolutionary actions during his lifetime. However, modern Christianity cannot depend on the historical Jesus for a variety of reasons. Christianity focuses on the goodness, the morality, and the pureness of Jesus. When discussing the historical Jesus, these are not the same characteristics that are used to describe him. The historical Jesus saw violence as being necessary in some situations. While Christians look to their Jesus Christ for motivation to be peaceful and kind to all people, no matter how they treat others. Jesus Christ is used as the all encompassing example for morality and goodness, the person that Christians look to when they have dark and negative thoughts. Jesus is the ultimate example of sacrifice for the benefit of others. This Jesus, the gentle shepherd, is in ultimate contrast to that of the historical Jesus, the revolutionary man fighting for God’s

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