Self-proclaimed Biblical scholar Joseph Atwill has written a book in which he claims that Jesus was fabricated by a little-known group called the Flavians. He also claims he has some sort of “smoking gun” type of “confession” from these ancient people that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that they entered into a conspiracy with the Roman government of the time to fabricate a character called Jesus as a “gentle Messiah” figure to wage psychological warfare on, and control, the masses so they would pay Caesar taxes without complaining. He is apparently going to present this evidence at a
If you have spent any time trading or anything related to the capital markets you completely understand this... FTA "The reason why this jumps out at many Atheists is because Atheists know that whenever people see conspiracies, “connections,” and “parallels” between two seemingly unrelated texts/events/signs/Nostradamus’ verses etc., it’s generally not because there is any actual connection between the two works in question but rather it’s because our brains are wired to make sense out of chaos, find connections between things, and create order where none is organically available."
Are people still seriously trying to debunk the Jesus story? You´d think after 2000 years, they´d get the hint that it cannot work.
He also claims he has some sort of “smoking gun” type of “confession” from these ancient people that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that they entered into a conspiracy with the Roman government of the time to fabricate a character called Jesus...
So he has a "smoking gun", does he? After all the alleged smoking guns about Jesus, you´d think at least one bullet would kill Him. Not going to happen.
Besides confirmation bias, humans also have a tendency to utilize a brain function called “motivated reasoning.” This happens when someone wants to arrive at a particular conclusion, and this desire shapes and shades their processes and finally, their outcomes, or findings, when studying a given work.
It´s not that complicated: Humans have worldviews, whether they know it or not. It´s a person´s worldview that shapes their conclusions. If you arrive at the Jesus story with an a priori denial of the supernatural, nothing will make sense to you.
But the moment you allow for the mere possibility that our senses and our technology cannot measure some things, everything else begins to fall into place.
Atheists´ worldviews do not account for the supernatural. Therefore, nothing about the Jesus story, as written in Scripture and as lived out in the lives of billions of Christians, will make any sense.
It´s a Catch-22 situation: You cannot know Jesus and the truth of Scripture without some measure of faith. Call it an informed leap of faith. But you cannot even make that informed leap unless your worldview changes and your Atheism admits to the possibility of the supernatural.
It is only after that informed leap that you are able to see the Truth. That is why so many people who set out to prove that God doesn´t exist, wind up admitting they were wrong. The evidence leads to God, but even the most diligent of scientists dare not go there for fear of discovering they may be wrong.
When he, and those who buy this farce of a "fabricated Jesus," stand before the future Great White Throne Judgment, our Lord and Savior will undoubtedly be fascinated and listen with rapt attention to this theory they adhered to on earth. NOT!
Just one more unbeliever into the Lake of Fire for eternity with their ´un-fabricated´ leader, Satan.
Earlier Tuesday, NBC News reported that President Barack Obama had shaken hands with Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe. However, the UK Telegraph´s Josie Ensor reported that Obama "was asked to take his seat just before reaching Mugabe." Complicating matters, another article in the UK Telegraph also claimed that Obama had shaken hands with Mugabe--in very similar terms to those used in the NBC article. Breitbart News caught the discrepancy--and suddenly the NBC News article was corrected, with no notice. Before: On his way to the rostrum, Obama also shook the hand of Robert Mugabe, the strongman ruler of Zimbabwe, and hugged Dilma Rousseff, the
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So here’s the photo, my photo, which quickly lit up the world’s social networks and news websites. The “selfie” of three world leaders who, during South Africa’s farewell to Nelson Mandela, were messing about like kids instead of behaving with the mournful gravitas one might expect. In general on this blog, photojournalists tell the story behind a picture they’ve taken. I’ve done this for images from Pakistan, and India, where I am based. And here I am again, but this time the picture comes from a stadium in Soweto, and shows people taking a photo of themselves. I guess it’s a
Roberto Schmidt, a German-Colombian photojournalist based in India, saw a moment worth capturing at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in Soweto, South Africa on Tuesday, and capture it he did: the ‘selfie’ taken by President Barack Obama along with two other world leaders and next to a p1$$3d-off seeming Michelle Obama, immediately went viral. Mediaite sure covered it, as did most internet publications, and by early afternoon it was gristle for cable news commentators on both the left and the right—much to Schmidt’s dismay. “It’s a sign of our times that somehow this image seemed to get more attention than the event
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US President Barack Obama may have moved the masses attending Nelson Mandela’s memorial service with his stirring eulogy, but it was his grinning "selfie" with the Danish and British premiers that set social networks abuzz. In a candid moment captured by a photographer, Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt can be seen holding up her smartphone, with Obama lending a helping hand, as they pose for a picture with David Cameron, all three of them smiling broadly in their seats at Soweto’s World Cup stadium.(Snip)Mashable, the news and technology website, ran the photograph under the headline: ‘‘Dear Obama: Funerals are no place
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Looks like this president can’t get away with flirting in front of his wife… It appears that first lady Michelle Obama was none too pleased with the way that President Barack Obama was acting toward Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during a ceremony honoring Nelson Mandela, and before too long, they switched seats. This lmao! Michelle Obama vs Prime Minister of Denmark at Mandela´s ceremony. pic.twitter.com/Rq4uF9fTaZ — Stun (@TheBlogPirate) December 10, 2013
The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela´s memorial yesterday "made up his own signs," according to South Africa´s deaf federation. "He´s a complete fraud," Cara Loening, director of Sign Language Education and Development in Cape Town, said according to ITV News. "He wasn´t even doing anything, There was not one sign there. Nothing. He was literally flapping his arms around." Delphin Hlungwane, an official South African sign language interpreter at DeafSA, told Reuters:
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