Where Did The Jesus Story Come From?

There is a huge lack of secular evidence outside of the Bible that Jesus Christ actually lived when and where the Bible said he did. If Jesus actually existed and did all the very unusual and controversial things he is said to have done then surely many people would have written about it during and immediately following Jesus' life. And yet an extensive search by many scholars over hundreds of years has turned up nothing. The very few references to Jesus that allegedly date back to his lifetime have all been shown to be in all likelihood forgeries, made no doubt by people who realized this embarrassing lack of evidence needed to be rectified (see the article Catholic Forgeries [Under Construction, instead see Joseph Wheless Forgery in Christianity]). Even if we ignore the evidence that they are forgeries, the very small number of these questionably authentic writings that allegedly date back to his alleged lifetime are still far too few. There should be a huge wealth of writing about this person that was written during his lifetime.

Even the earliest full account of Jesus in the Bible, the Gospel of Mark, dates to at least 70 CE, a full 40 years after Jesus' alleged death and resurrection. To think that no one bothered to write down all that was known about the most important person in the whole of human history itself for a full 40 years is absurd. Writing was common back then. The Romans kept legal documents, people wrote letters, historians wrote commentaries on current events. Are we to believe the life of Jesus and all that he allegedly did didn't impress anyone for a full 40 years? Jesus allegedly had crowds of thousands follow him around. Once he allegedly fed 5000 people with only a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish (Mark 6:39-44). Later he allegedly repeated the miracle again feeding a crowd of 4000 people (Mark 8:1-9). Jesus miraculously cured sick people and raised people from the dead. He changed water into wine. He exorcised demons. He commanded 2000 pigs to rush into a lake and drown themselves (probably ruining what was a person's livelihood, see Mark 5:1-20). Wherever he went a crowd gathered and wondered in amazement who this person was. He was a very controversial person. Finally he got himself into so much trouble that huge crowds of Jews demanded his execution. There was a controversial trial followed by his public execution. Three days later he is seen walking around alive again. And no one wrote any of this down when it allegedly happened?

How are we to account for the non-existence of any records dating back to this period of time about this person? How are we to explain why the earliest Gospel giving a full account of Jesus' life was written a full 40 years after his death? (Modern scholars now date the Gospels as being written a full 140 years after the alleged event.)

Bidstrup formalizes this argument using the Negative Evidence Principle in his essay The Origin of the Bible [offsite].

In defense of a historical Jesus we have the feeble sentence, "Jesus made a very small splash while he was alive and there was no reason for Roman historians to notice him."

Extensive evidence that most of the Jesus stories existed well before the time of Jesus.

"We are faced with the inescapable realization that if Jesus actually lived in the flesh in the first century A.D., and if he had been able to read the documents of old Egypt, he would have been amazed to find his own biography already substantially written some four or five thousand years previously."
—Dr. Alvin Boyd Kuhn, who wrote extensively on comparative religion. A Rebirth for Christianity (pp. 39-40)

The Allegory Exposed

I will endeavor to go the final step, that of exposing how the story of Jesus as found in the Bible is simply an allegory for the Sun passing through the Zodiac each year. Hence we are left with:
  1. Extensive evidence that Jesus never existed.
  2. Extensive evidence that the Jesus story can be found in previous religions.
  3. An explanation of how the Jesus story originated by observing the stars.
In construction of the final step, that of exposing the allegory, it shall be necessary to go through the Gospels and perform a literal translation from the original Greek by identifying the Strong's numbers. Fortunately the original Greek with Strong numbers is readily available from numerous sources, including either of the two web sites:
  1. Blue Letter Bible (www.blueletterbible.org)
  2. Bible Study Tools (www.biblestudytools.com)
It is my contention that a literal word for word translation of the Bible exposes the allegory. Especially a literal translation of places, which in all of our English Bible translations I have ever seen remain untranslated. For example, Bethlehem is literally "House of Bread." Without knowing this one may be tempted to take out a map and search for a town called Bethlehem. However, one should actually be looking for a place known as the "House of Bread." This may seem trivial at first, but it actually is a great first step towards exposing the allegory, for you see, there has always been a place known as the "House of Bread," except it's not a place on Earth, it's a time of the year!

See these web sites:
The Greek roots of Christianity
The Origins of Christianity and the Quest for the Historical Jesus Christ
The Jesus Puzzle

See the following books:
THE CHRIST CONSPIRACY: The Greatest Story Ever Sold
Acharya S
Year: 1999
Detailed Table of Contents
By far the best book I've ever read on the non-existence of Jesus. It combines together the research of everyone else. Highly recommended. However it does not explain the Jesus story as an allegory of the Sun passing through the Zodiac during the year and the passage of the seasons of the year. I have not found any book describing this. So it looks like I'm going to have to explain it to everyone here myself.
Other Recommended Books
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