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Jesus Christ: Exaggerated or true stories?

People listening to Jesus ChristAre the Gospels fabricated?
How can we know that the writers of the Gospels didn′t exaggerate and make things up about Jesus Christ? 

Three of the Gospels were written over a period 10 to 40 years after Jesus′ death. (John, a disciple of Jesus, wrote his Gospel later than that).
Thousands of people had heard Jesus′ teaching, and had seen the miracles.
If these things hadn′t have been true, the whole of the Christian teaching would have gone down like a lead balloon.

Imagine someone writing a book in 1970 about Winston Churchill in the Second World War.
He was still well known in 1970, and there were a lot of witnesses who had seen and heard him. But if this book claimed that Winston Churchill had performed signs and miracles, it would have had no weight, no credibility and no-one would have taken any notice of it.

The things that were written in the Gospels were too well known to fabricate.
If it was made up, or exaggerated, then people would have known that it wasn′t the truth.
But it was the truth, people knew that, and they were willing to die for that Truth.
Even Christ′s enemies couldn′t deny His miracles, so they said:

“It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons.” Matthew 9:34 NIV

Or on another occasion His enemies said (again they couldn′t deny the things that Jesus was doing):-

“By what authority are you doing these things? And who gave you authority to do this?”

Jesus replied:

“‘I will ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. John′s baptism, was it from heaven, or from men? Tell me!’
They discussed it among themselves and said, ‘If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn′t you believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From men…’ (They feared the people, for everyone held that John really was a prophet.) So they answered Jesus, ‘We don′t know.’
Jesus said, ‘Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.’” Mark 11:27-33 (NIV)

What a good answer!
So what has been written in the Gospels and the rest of the New Testament is reliable, and trustworthy, (as is the whole of the Bible). The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy saying:

“…from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)

2 comments on “Jesus Christ: Exaggerated or true stories?

  1. i am a bit confused about god being jesus. i thought jesus was god’s son, i thought god sent his son on earth.
    do you see my confusion? too many religions, too many believes.
    thanks for your time

    • Hi Raffaele
      Jesus is God’s son and he lived on the earth in a human body with all it’s limitations and his ‘God’ side was veiled.

      The reason for there being so many religions is that the One true God put within each one of us a desire to know him.
      But the forces of evil cause confusion by mixing truth with error.

      John 14:6-11
      “Jesus answered him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one goes to the Father except through me.
      If you have known me, you will also know my Father. From now on you know him through me and have seen him in me.”
      Philip said to Jesus, “Lord, show us the Father, and that will satisfy us.”
      Jesus replied, “I have been with all of you for a long time. Don’t you know me yet, Philip? The person who has seen me has seen the Father. So how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
      Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? What I’m telling you doesn’t come from me. The Father, who lives in me, does what he wants.
      Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and that the Father is in me. Otherwise, believe me because of the things I do.”

      Hope that helps from Peter

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