2/6/2006 11:30:51 PM
The Rabbi writes "When Jesus died, true believers had to theologically compensate for the disaster."
True believers in what? If they had not seen him resurrected, what was there to believe in? Why would they perpetuate a lie? What was to gain? Money? An easy life?
These simple Jewish fishermen (except for Paul later who was a Pharisee)in a few weeks after Jesus' death they went from a scared, hiding bunch of people, to a fearless, eloquent, tireless team, that taught and converted coutries, were beaten, imprisoned, and died gruesome deaths-and all this, according to the Rabbi, while they were proclaiming a lie, that they knew was a lie.
I somehow cannot see 11 men, 10 of whom knew and lived with Jesus, enduring a tormented life and horrid death, just to spread what they knew was a lie. It just is not humanly possible. The only explanation is that they saw Jesus alive;it sustained them for a lifetime of great effort and hardship.
And, the Rabbi writes that Jesus was born in Rome?????