Existence of Julius Caesar vs. Jesus Christ.


The existence of Julius Caesar vs. Jesus Christ

I have been challenged by some ignorant Christians to prove the existence of a historical figure and provide my proofs of such. These same individuals also make a statement for a Historical Jesus even though they can not provide ONE single name of a person that wrote of his life and the things he was to have done. None between he years 6BCE -33 CE, the time Christ was to have walked the Earth. Their ignorance of history and historical fact speak volumes about their intelligence and their faith.

Jesus more documented than any other ancient figure? DO NOT believe a word of it. Unlike the mythical Jesus Christ, we know what Caesar looked like and we have a complete history of his life. In turn, general, orator, historian, statesman and lawgiver. We have words written by Caesar himself and words written by both his friends and his enemies. Artifacts confirm his life and death, as do his successors. Caesar established a style of government – and a calendar – which endured for centuries.

In contrast we have no words written by Jesus Christ, no likeness of him, either portrait or statue.

A portrait of Caesar found near Tusculum, carved during Caesar’s own lifetime. About 44BCE. Later portraits invariably showed Caesar wearing a laurel crown, this was to hide his receding hairline. Gaius Julius Caesar (13 July 100 BC – 15 March 44 BC) was a Roman general and statesman and a distinguished writer of Latin prose.

What do we find of Jesus. NOTHING, no portrait of likeness of him in any fashion. There is not even a description of the god-man in the New Testament of the Bible. NOTHING. Rather over the centuries we find his image has been adapted to suit earthly powers to be.

” more evidence for the existence of Jesus than there is for anyone else.”Not so far. We must remind ourselves, that during his ministry he done some rather amazing things and was a public affair. Many of his tricks meant nothing , cursing a fig tree? Really? But it it is said that by these miracles he convinced his disciples, that he was the Messiah. But his best trick was his resurrection, surely that s highly noteworthy, after all how many have returned to life from the dead? Now that is some feat, no? Evidently not for nothing outside the Bible was ever written. If we are to believe these fantastic stories, should the not be based on fact instead of fantasy?

We have a birth and a death date for Julius and eyewitness to the same. We have a surmised birth date of 25 December but no distinct year. Even that date is suspect for shepherds do not have flocks in the field at that time of year.

Caesar wrote a great deal in his own words, Jesus NOT one WORD.

Some contemoraries that would be an eyewitness to Jesus.

Philo (~20 BCE – ~40 CE)  was a Hellenized Jew who lived in Alexandria, Egypt. He visited the Temple in Jerusalem, and corresponded with family there. He wrote a great many books on religion and philosophy which survive to this day, and mentioned many of his contemporaries. His main theological contribution was the development of the Logos, the “Word” that opens the Gospel of John. Yet Philo not once mentions Jesus, anybody who could be mistaken for Jesus, or any of the events of the New Testament. His last writings come from 40 CE, only a few years after the end of Pontius Pilate’s reign, when he was part of an embassy sent by the Alexandrian Jews to the Roman Emperor Caligula.

Pliny the Elder (~23 CE – 79 CE)Natural History that mentions hundreds of people, major and minor; he even writes about the Essenes in Natural History, section V, 15 . Yet nowhere in his works is any mention of the Jesus phenomena described in Mark. The typical apologist response is that Pliny would not have taken interest in a backwater preacher, but given the claims given in the Gospels concerning the purported life of Jesus, it is glaringly obvious that Pliny would have either seen, heard of, or at least investigated events as incredible as those reported in the book of Mark; yet not a word of these  events is alluded to in his work.

It may surprise Christians to learn that there are no contemporary historical documents for ‘Jesus, the Christ’. The writings of Paul are not contemporary accounts: they do not appear until years after the purported time of Jesus and they include a concession that Paul never actually met Jesus. The Gospels come much later (as evidenced by the fact that Paul never cites them) and there is good reason that all four of the surviving, accepted Gospels are based on Mark, which in turn is likely to be a form of ‘Midrash’, not historical documentation

Seneca the Elder (54 BCE – 39 AD  rhetorician and writer and father to the more famous Seneca the Younger. Seneca was the author of a lost historical work, containing the history of Rome from the beginning of the civil wars almost down to his own death. While the work is lost to us, it was published by his son. The latest references in his writings are to the period immediately after the death of Tiberius, probably around the time of his own death in 39 AD.

Seneca the Younger (ca. 4 BCE–AD 65) Seneca was a philosopher and statesman, who wrote both philosophical works and papers on morality. He lived during the purported time of Jesus, in the general area of Jesus, and would have had contact with Roman authorities who in turn would have had contacts with Jesus. More importantly, he was interested in matters of morality and religion very similar to the concerns of later Christians. Yet, he does not take note of any of the miraculous events reported in the gospels.

No words concerning Jesus or any of followers, or of his miracles where ever mentioned.  The silence by his contemporaries  is deafening.

Contemporary witness to Caesar. Marcus Tullius Cicero(106-43 BC) was almost an exact contemporary of Julius Caesar. In March of 44 BC Cicero was a witness to Caesar’s murder, though he was not a part of the conspiracy. Among some 900 preserved letters to and from Cicero are correspondence both about and with Caesar.

Caius Sallust (86-34 BC) tribune, provincial governor and supporter of Caesar. His testimony is in a history “Bellum Catalinae”. What of contemporary witnesses of Jesus? Again nothing and no one. The Bible proves itself to be a work of fiction concerning the life and ministry of Jesus. We could continue to provide even more evidence concerning the existence of Caesar VS. Jesus, but the above short study should be enough for anyone of intelligence.

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