Typically I would not share consecutive blogs by the same writer. But I had to break my unwritten rule with Tony Lobl’s most recent article. “Was Jesus for Real, and Is He Returning?” addresses beliefs that healing is in the past, that salvation is dependent on the return of the personal Jesus, and even that Jesus never existed. I know you will want to click through to read Tony’s whole blog first published in The Huffington Post on May 5, 2016
The late, great Gil Scott-Heron poetically pointed out that “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”.
It might be more accurate to say the revolution was not televised. Why the past tense? Because the revolution to end all revolutions arguably took place some 2000 years ago, when a carpenter’s son fomented a spiritual revolt against materialistic limitation. A revolt that continues today!
But what if the man who started the revolution never existed?
That’s the gauntlet thrown down by a recent article in the Daily Mail called “Jesus NEVER existed”.
It explains how the writer found no mention of Jesus in 126 historical texts and insisted he was a ‘mythical character’.
If this position is accurate, would that mean there never was a spiritual revolution?
It certainly didn’t mean that to one particular Christian thinker.
Mary Baker Eddy firmly believed in Jesus’ virgin birth and his resurrection. She also accepted the historicity of the many Bible healings attributed to him.
Nevertheless, the founder of Christian Science was unperturbed when confronted with the suggestion Jesus might never have lived.