Did Jesus exist? September 9, 2005Posted by roopster in Bible, Christianity, faith, Jesus, Religion, spirituality, Theology.
In the Christianity Today interview with Flemming entitled “Debunking Jesus“, Flemming refers to himself as an “Atheist Christian.”
An Atheist Christian? What does that mean?
Once you’re a Christian, I don’t think you ever shake being a Christian, and personally I don’t want to. When I realized that the first-century science that Christianity proclaims is basically completely wrong, that didn’t mean Jesus was evil. It didn’t mean Jesus was bad. Jesus is in many ways still a great character. As you see in the movie, when he calls for everybody who doesn’t want him to reign over them to be killed, that’s not the Jesus I’m talking about. But the Jesus that I hold in my mind as the Jesus who taught me my moral values in many ways, I don’t want to lose that. I like Jesus. When I see a picture of Jesus that doesn’t make me feel bad, it makes me feel good. I’m an atheist because I only believe those things that can be demonstrated and proved. I don’t believe that faith is a good thing at all. But I’m a Christian in that I love Jesus.
I have to say that I have recently become fascinating with the line of thinking that Jesus was a mythical figure vs. being the Jesus we read about in the Gospels. I believe this line of thinking merits investigation and discussion. I know that many of us have been discouraged from questioning, but I believe this is healthy for our faith and beliefs.
As Randall Arthur (I believe) said,
“Truth cannot be destroyed by questioning or scrutiny. It will always stand unbeatable. Questioning only confirms truth making it visibly stronger; it never crumbles it.”
So if you’re interested in taking this journey of exploration with me, stick around. I believe it will be a fascinating journey. I do not know if we will discover the right answers, but at least we’ll learn to ask the right questions.