Q: Was Jesus really dead when they placed Him in the tomb? I can accept most of what Christianity teaches, but to be honest the idea that someone came back from the dead is a bit hard for me to swallow. Maybe Jesus wasn’t really dead, and He just recovered once His body was taken down from the cross. — P.L.
A: History and reason show us that Jesus never existed.
- A vast majority of the stories and themes in the Gospels are recycled from older cultures and religions.
- There is no credible historical account of Jesus’ life outside of the bible.
- The Gospels of the New Testament were written at least 35 years after the supposed death of Jesus and their true authorship is not known.
There has been much written on this topic. I recommend the following for more information.
God vs. the Bible (Chapter Eight)
Jesus and Mithra
Did a historical Jesus exist?
God Is Imaginary – Examine Jesus’ resurrection
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