There are many things in life it is difficult to understand. Events and abilities that require explanation. Therefore, society breeds the “cynic” a person who is naturally drawn to questioning the motives of others. Everything we do is in our self interest they impute to those they come into cntact with.
As usual the Greeks turned it into a philosophy and established a school to teach it.
Based on the established reasoning of “educated” thinkers, even in the modern Churches, they have challenged the historical record concerning Jesus a carpenter from Nazareth in Israel.
Cynicism is a form of flawed reasoning in concept because it determines from the start that an individual is like “you”. For example, feeding the hungry, the cynic naturally needs to establish “what’s in it for me?” that approach to reasoning is then projected to the individual doing it.
Like millions we have felt impelled and compelled to donate financially to the refugees exiting the Ukraine, is there anything in it for us? Well yes it gives us a sense of doing something, but the reason isn’t because that is what we are looking for it is the plight of the fleeing families.
Immediately, by projecting the cynical view we create a sense of demeaning the value.
People will look back and ask was it real relief or just a token gesture. History will be written by the victor and the cynic will put their spin on reality. The only people who will really know are those who made the gifts and those who knew them.
Jesus the man
There have been many men named Jesus throughout history, possibly many carpenters and they may have lived in Nazareth in Israel but only one has singled out as someone different. Did he really live? Yes, contemporary writers provide accounts of his impact, his disciples and the things he was reported to have done.
The political leaders of the day and the international events refered to also align with the historical record. So from a secular point we can see there is evidence of the man and that he had people who were determined to follow his teachings.
The bible account separates the man from the secular by explaining his life, his accomplishments and his priorities. I have read biographies of famous people much of what is attributed to their account is always favourable, putting the individual in a good light. However, the accounts of Jesus life and ministry by his contempories clearly show he wasn’t universally accepted for his good works or message.
Jesus spoke of peace, God’s will for humanity and of course his heavenly father, he healed the sick, fed the hungry and challenged the leaders who oppressed the poor. He was hated for speaking up and exposing the corruption of the cynical leaders and rulers who would follow them to this day.
Read about the man start with the Gospel accounts and then check the historical accuracies before reading the theological cynicism and skeptical explanations.
Choosing to die in the way he did has been a real cause of contention. Was he a person with a death wish or persecution complex and his death was a self fulfilling prophesy? We all need to answer that for ourselves, however, the explains he understood the events that would identify the Messiah or Christ.
He could have chosen to avoid them, because he knew what to expect but… and that is the reason why digging deeper and researching the life, the historical accuracy of the accounts and then balancing those accounts with what we know about the writers of the day. You will note clear differences between between the Gospel writers and commentators.
Throughout the bible it has been explained that one man had to die for all humanity. That person, the messiah would take the sins of the world and in exchange for them he would give his perfect life. Yes Jesus had to die like a criminal because he paid the price for the sins of all humans past, present and future.
It is worth looking into Jesus the man.
Growing up in a Christian culture and listening to the mixed messages of religious groups it becomes very clear that few explaining the life of Jesus have actually taken the time to read and research the bible for themselves.
120 gathered in Jerusalem in 33 AD to receive more than knowledge, they received the understanding and wisdom to apply what Jesus demonstrated throughout his life. That God’s Kingdom is our only hope for salvation. John 17: 3 makes it clear if we want to understand the man, his life, ministry and death then we need to get to know him.
The best way to achieve that is read a biography of events from those who walked with him, knew him and saw his life. It moved them to start a project that is coming to its climax.
The cynic and skeptic will say life has changed and Jesus is no longer relevant but just because someone says something doesn’t make it true.
The only way to fully understand this critical matter is research it personally, think deeply about what this one man achieved and then ask why wouldn’t I want to know more about about Jesus the man.
Myth, legend or real person who set humanity on course for salvation? It is a personal choice, never rely on the words of cynics and skeptics remember you have to ask “what’s in the reasoning they share for them?” Often it excuses their behaviour and the way they put their needs ahead of everyone else. Love your neighbour is missing, moral standards are flexible and truth is ellusive.
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