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Jesus’ Life: Non-Fiction or Fiction

Jesus’ Life: Non-Fiction or Fiction

Jesus’ Life: Non-Fiction or Fiction

It is a hard thing to get the true story of someone’s life. An individual who writes his own story runs the risk of either make themselves look like Christ himself, or the Devil reincarnated.

Both John Ames and Jesus knew of his own oncoming death, and chose to share life lessons before kicking the bucket. However, unlike James, Jesus’ life story was told by several other people-to the exclusion of himself. The significance of this brings up some interesting questions as of the actual existence of Christ himself. If in fact he did exist, was his life portrayed accurately?

Our memories suck 

Our ability to remember has been proven repeatedly to be lacking. Look at the recent case of the Troy Davis controversy. Seven eyewitnesses retracted their crystal clear claims, about seeing Tory Davis pull the trigger. It is a cause for concern that the Gospels were written nearly 20 years after the death of Jesus. How can all of the disciples really have accurately recalled all the details and minutiae of Jesus’ life over such an extended period of time. It’s not like they had daily Facebook or Twitter updates of Jesus’ miracles back then. Besides, these disciples have a bias to make their mentor look good. No one is going to make the one they revere look bad in a book. For Christ’s sake-it’s Jesus after all.

Because memory is so flexible, did Jesus’ make a mistake of leaving the Earth without leaving his own account of who he was and what he believed? What should be emulated and what should beleft alone? Is it possible he is regarding some followers’ practice today with contempt and shouting “No..No…you guys have it all wrong.”

We cannot know the mind of God

If Jesus had written his own biography, an inconsistency would have occurred with the above concept. Christian doctrine emphasizes that because we cannot know the mind of God, the best we can do is follow the bible. Perhaps this principle exists as a way to cover up the non-existence of Jesus, or simply a way to preserve the sacredness of the Lord and Savior.

To have had an entry into Jesus’ mind, would mean to have access to insecurities, worries, and unbridled emotions. A man’s innermost thought can be startling at times. We see this with John Ames, who grapples with death in a lighthearted way at times, but also with fear and trepidation at other moments. John Ames, although he is a reverend, still has faults. He has anger or maybe envy towards his societal outcast namesake, which is definitely not in keeping with respect thy neighbor. It would have been almost sacrilege to have seen these kinds of thoughts play out in Jesus’ mind.

Do as I do not as I say

Jesus was notorious for speaking in parables. He always wanted his followers to arrive at the answer by his or herself, rather than serving it to them sippy cup style. By not writing word for word every lesson he desired his followers understand, he left room for them to arrive at their own conclusions. Perhaps there is more power in arriving at your own conclusions and interpretations, quite Buddhist-esque, than being told exactly what to do.

This post is a response to this prompt 10/2 for my perspectives class. Checkout the class blog.

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Jesus’ Life: Non-Fiction or Fiction

    1. Iris Post author

      Your don’t know how much I appreciate this! Haha my readers…my readers are classmates who read for a check-mark. I love your blog…definitely a source of light for my mind.

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