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The Jesus debate: Man vs. myth
Does Easter celebrate a man, a savior, or a myth? Some say Jesus never existed and was a myth created by early Christians.
April 7th, 2012
08:32 PM ET

The Jesus debate: Man vs. myth

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN)– Timothy Freke was flipping through an old academic book when he came across a religious image that some would call obscene.

It was a drawing of a third-century amulet depicting a naked man nailed to a cross. The man was born of a virgin, preached about being “born again” and had risen from the dead after crucifixion, Freke says.

But the name on the amulet wasn’t Jesus. It was a pseudonym for Osiris-Dionysus, a pagan god in ancient Mediterranean culture.  Freke says the amulet was evidence of something that sounds like sacrilege – and some would say it is: that Jesus never existed. He was a myth created by first-century Jews who modeled him after other dying and resurrected pagan gods, says Freke, author of  "The Jesus Mysteries: Was the ‘Original Jesus’ a Pagan God?"

“If I said to you that there was no real Good Samaritan, I don’t think anyone would be outraged,” says Freke, one of a group of mythicists who say Jesus never existed. “It’s a teaching story. What we’re saying is that the Jesus story is an allegory. It’s a parable of the spiritual journey.”

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On Easter Sunday, millions of Christians worldwide mark the resurrection of Jesus. Though Christians clash over many issues, almost all agree that he existed.

But there is another view of Jesus that’s been emerging, one that strikes at the heart of the Easter story. A number of authors and scholars say Jesus never existed. Such assertions could have been ignored in an earlier age.  But in the age of the Internet and self-publishing, these arguments have gained enough traction that some of the world’s leading New Testament scholars feel compelled to publicly take them on.

Most Jesus deniers are Internet kooks, says Bart D. Ehrman, a New Testament scholar who recently released a book devoted to the question called “Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth.”

Your comments on Jesus deniers

He says Freke and others who deny Jesus’ existence are conspiracy theorists trying to sell books.

“There are people out there who don’t think the Holocaust happened, there wasn’t a lone JFK assassin and Obama wasn’t born in the U.S.,” Ehrman says. “Among them are people who don’t think Jesus existed.”

Does it matter if Jesus existed?

Some Jesus mythicists say many New Testament scholars are intellectual snobs.

“I don’t think I’m some Internet kook or Holocaust denier,” says Robert Price, a former Baptist pastor who argues in “Deconstructing Jesus” that a historical Jesus probably didn’t exist.

“They say I’m a bitter ex-fundamentalist. It’s pathetic to see this character assassination. That’s what people resort to when they don’t have solid arguments.”

 The debate over Jesus’ existence has led to a curious role reversal. Two of the New Testament scholars who are leading the way arguing for Jesus’ existence have a reputation for attacking, not defending, traditional Christianity.

Ehrman, for example, is an agnostic who has written books that argue that virtually half  of the New Testament is forged. Another defender of Jesus’ existence is John Dominic Crossan, a New Testament scholar who has been called a heretic because his books challenge some traditional Christian teachings.

But as to the existence of Jesus, Crossan says, he’s “certain.”

He says some Jesus deniers may be people who have a problem with Christianity.

“It’s a way of responding to something you don’t like,” Crossan says. “We can’t say that Obama doesn’t exist, but we can say that he’s not an American.  If we’re talking about Obama in the future, there are people who might not only say he wasn’t American, but he didn’t even exist.”

Does it even matter if Jesus existed? Can’t people derive inspiration from his teachings whether he actually walked the Earth?

Crossan says Jesus’ existence matters in the same way that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s existence mattered.

If King never existed, people would say his ideas are lovely, but they could never work in the real world, Crossan says.

It’s the same with an historical Jesus, Crossan writes in his latest book, “The Power of Parable: How Fiction by Jesus Became Fiction about Jesus.”

“The power of Jesus’ historical life challenges his followers by proving at least one human being could cooperate fully with God. And if one, why not others? If some, why not all?”

The evidence against Jesus’ existence

Those who argue against Jesus’ existence make some of these points:

-The uncanny parallels between pagan stories in the ancient world and the stories of Jesus.

-No credible sources outside the Bible say Jesus existed.

-The Apostle Paul never referred to a historical Jesus.

Price, author of “Deconstructing Jesus,” says the first-century Western world was full of stories of a martyred hero who is called a son of God.

“There are ancient novels from that period where the hero is condemned to the cross and even crucified, but he escapes and survives it,” Price says. “That looks like Jesus.”

Those who argue for the existence of Jesus often cite two external biblical sources: the Jewish historian Josephus who wrote about Jesus at the end of the first century and the Roman historian Tacitus, who wrote about Jesus at the start of the second century.

But some scholars say Josephus’ passage was tampered with by later Christian authors. And Price says the two historians are not credible on Jesus.

“Josephus and Tacitus – they both thought Hercules was a true figure,” Price says. “Both of them spoke of Hercules as a figure that existed.”

Price concedes that there were plenty of mythical stories that were draped around historical figures like Caesar. But there’s plenty of secular documentation to show Caesar existed.

“Everything we read about Jesus in the gospels conforms to the mythic hero,” Price says. “There’s nothing left over that indicates that he was a real historical figure.”

Those who argue for the existence of Jesus cite another source: the testimony of the Apostle Paul and Jesus’ early disciples. Paul even writes in one New Testament passage about meeting James, the brother of Jesus.

These early disciples not only believed Jesus was real but were willing to die for him. People don’t die for myths, some biblical scholars say.

They will if the experience is powerful enough, says Richard Carrier, author of “Proving History.”

Carrier says it’s probable that Jesus never really existed and that early Christians experienced a mythic Jesus who came to them through visions and revelations.

Two of the most famous stories in the New Testament – the conversion of Paul and the stoning death of Stephen, one of the first Christian martyrs - show that people seized by religious visions are willing to die, Carrier says.

In both the Paul and Stephen stories, the writers say that they didn’t see an actual Jesus but a heavenly vision of Jesus, Carrier says.

People “can have powerful religious experiences that don’t correspond to reality,” Carrier says.

“The perfect model is Paul himself,” Carrier says. “He never met Jesus. Paul only had an encounter with this heavenly Jesus. Paul is completely converted by this religious experience, but no historical Jesus is needed for that to happen.”

As for the passage where Paul says he met James, Jesus’ brother, Carrier says:

“The problem with that is that all baptized Christians were considered brothers of the Lord.”

The evidence for Jesus’ existence

Some scholars who argue for the existence of Jesus says the New Testament mentions actual people and events that are substantiated by historical documents and archaeological discoveries.

Ehrman, author of “Did Jesus Exist?” scoffed at the notion that the ancient world was full of pagan stories about dying deities that rose again.  Where’s the proof? he asks.

Ehrman devoted an entire section of his book to critiquing Freke, the mythicist and author of “The Jesus Mysteries: Was the ‘Original Jesus’ a Pagan God?” who says there was an ancient Osiris-Dionysus figure who shares uncanny parallels to Jesus.

He says Freke can’t offer any proof that an ancient Osiris figure was born on December 25, was crucified and rose again. He says Freke is citing 20th- and 19th-century writers who tossed out the same theories.

Ehrman says that when you read ancient stories about mythological figures like Hercules and Osiris, “there’s nothing about them dying and rising again.”

“He doesn’t know much about ancient history,” Ehrman says of Freke. “He’s not a scholar. All he knows is what he’s read in other conspiracy books.”

Craig A. Evans, the author of “Jesus and His World: The Archaeological Evidence,” says the notion that Paul gave his life for a mythical Jesus is absurd.

He says the New Testament clearly shows that Paul was an early enemy of the Christian church who sought to stamp out the burgeoning Jesus movement.

“Don’t you think if you were in Paul’s shoes, you would have quickly discovered that there was no Jesus?” Evans asks.  “If there was no Jesus, then how did the movement start?”

Evans also dismissed the notion that early Christians blended or adopted pagan myths to create their own mythical Jesus. He says the first Christians were Jews who despised everything about pagan culture.

“For a lot of Jewish people, the pagan world was disgusting,” Evans says. “I can’t imagine [the Gospel writer] Matthew making up a story where he is drawing parallels between Jesus’ birth and pagan stories about Zeus having sex with some fair maiden.”

The words of Jesus also offer proof that he actually existed, Evans says.  A vivid personality practically bursts from the pages of the New Testament: He speaks in riddles, talks about camels squeezing through the eye of a needle, weeps openly and even loses his temper.

Evans says he is a man who is undeniably Jewish, a genius who understands his culture but also transcends his tradition with gem-like parables.

“Who but Jesus could tell the Parable of the Good Samaritan?” Evans says. “Where does this bolt of lightning come from? You don’t get this out of an Egyptian myth.”

Those who argue against the existence of Jesus say they aren’t trying to destroy people’s faith.

“I don’t have any desire to upset people,” says Freke. “I do have a passion for the truth. … I don’t think rational people in the 20th century can go down a road just on blind faith.”

Yet Easter was never just about rationale.

The Easter stories about the resurrection are strange: Disciples don’t recognize Jesus as they meet him on the road; he tells someone not to touch him; he  eats fish in another.

In the Gospel of Matthew, a resurrected Jesus suddenly appears to a group of disciples and gives them this cryptic message:

“Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

And what did they see: a person, a pagan myth or a savior?

Albert Schweitzer, a 20th-century theologian and missionary, suggested that there will never be one answer to that question.  He said that looking for Jesus in history is like looking down a well: You see only your own reflection.

The “real” Jesus, Schweitzer says, will remain “a stranger and an enigma,” someone who is always ahead of us.

- CNN Writer

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  1. Elena

    CNN why not wrting an article with scientific evidence about why we could be living an illusion, a holographic universe. and why our chair where we sit right now may not be as real and solid as we think,

    April 8, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • JonO

      Learn English.

      April 8, 2012 at 11:30 am |
    • momoya

      Elena, do you have any point at all?

      April 8, 2012 at 11:31 am |
    • nomdefaitour

      You know, I'm sure they've done stories on all these things. Today's story, however, is topical and so is appropriate.

      April 8, 2012 at 11:35 am |
    • Jack is Lord

      Solipcism? You must be a high school physics nerd who is thinking stoned thoughts.

      April 8, 2012 at 11:37 am |
  2. mike

    i dont believe in santa claus or the easterbunny..lol

    April 8, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  3. JR

    Leave it to CNN to post a piece stirring debate about Jesus Christ a major Christian holiday. What ec
    ever happened to respect for diversity? I've never seen such a piece about the Muslim religion on a Muslim holiday. Rumor has it journalists won't do that because fear retribution, proving that Christianity is the true peaceful faith.

    April 8, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • JonO

      Hey look, big surprise, the victim card.

      Hey stupid – Christianity is the prominent religion in America. That's why it gets the most attention. Head on over to Iran and see if they talk about Taoism all the time.

      Thanks for proving you're yet another ignorant whelp who thinks he's being oppressed because someone else expresses their opinion.

      April 8, 2012 at 11:31 am |
  4. nomdefaitour

    It seems a lot of "Christians" are on this web site instead of attending Church. It just proves the point that most "Christians" today don't really follow and live the teachings of Christianity; instead they believe they can commit any sin and be excused so long as they ask God for forgiveness. How convenient. You Christians need to be sitting your butts down in a church pew right about now, especially as so many of you have pointed out with indignation that it is Easter. What hypocrites...they don't attend church while criticizing others for not sharing views they themselves obviously are not conforming to!

    April 8, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • brunette_barbie_SC

      Ignorant Fool – hmmm I have internet on my iphone and oh really I can have my iphone in church and oh also church for everyone doesn't start at 8:00 am.

      April 8, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • JonO

      So, while in church, you play on your phone? And you presume to preach to us when the message of your own prophet is less important than trolling the internet?

      Thanks for showing us the depth of your morality. Next.

      April 8, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • brunette_barbie_SC

      no i go to to church at 1 pm

      April 8, 2012 at 11:39 am |
  5. Leo

    Isaiah 53

    The Suffering Servant
    1 Who has believed our message?
    And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
    2 For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot,
    And like a root out of parched ground;
    He has no stately form or majesty
    That we should look upon Him,
    Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.
    3 He was despised and forsaken of men,
    A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
    And like one from whom men hide their face
    He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
    4 Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
    And our sorrows He carried;
    Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
    Smitten of God, and afflicted.
    5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
    He was crushed for our iniquities;
    The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
    And by His scourging we are healed.
    6 All of us like sheep have gone astray,
    Each of us has turned to his own way;
    But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all
    To fall on Him.

    7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
    Yet He did not open His mouth;
    Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
    And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
    So He did not open His mouth.
    8 By oppression and judgment He was taken away;
    And as for His generation, who considered
    That He was cut off out of the land of the living
    For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due?
    9 His grave was assigned with wicked men,
    Yet He was with a rich man in His death,
    Because He had done no violence,
    Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.

    10 But the LORD was pleased
    To crush Him, putting Him to grief;
    If He would render Himself as a guilt offering,
    He will see His offspring,
    He will prolong His days,
    And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.
    11 As a result of the anguish of His soul,
    He will see it and be satisfied;
    By His knowledge the Righteous One,
    My Servant, will justify the many,
    As He will bear their iniquities.
    12 Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great,
    And He will divide the booty with the strong;
    Because He poured out Himself to death,
    And was numbered with the transgressors;
    Yet He Himself bore the sin of many,
    And interceded for the transgressors.

    April 8, 2012 at 11:28 am |
    • JonO

      One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.

      Dr. Seuss

      April 8, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • YeahOk

      Got any Harry Potter quotes?

      April 8, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • Shadow

      Quoting from propoganda material is not proof of anything.

      April 8, 2012 at 11:31 am |
    • Leo

      This is the Prophesy of Isaiah that told us what would happen to the Messiah. THis was fullfilled by Jesus hundreds of years later.

      1 Corinthians 15

      The Fact of Christ’s Resurrection
      1 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.
      3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; 7 then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; 8 and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

      April 8, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • Joe

      Holy Scriptures.....With Gods NAME......Isaiah 53:1-12

      1 Who has put faith in the thing heard by us? And as for the arm of Jehovah, to whom has it been revealed? 2 And he will come up like a twig before one, and like a root out of waterless land. No stately form does he have, nor any splendor; and when we shall see him, there is not the appearance so that we should desire him.

      3 He was despised and was avoided by men, a man meant for pains and for having acquaintance with sickness. And there was as if the concealing of one’s face from us. He was despised, and we held him as of no account. 4 Truly our sicknesses were what he himself carried; and as for our pains, he bore them. But we ourselves accounted him as plagued, stricken by God and afflicted. 5 But he was being pierced for our transgression; he was being crushed for our errors. The chastisement meant for our peace was upon him, and because of his wounds there has been a healing for us. 6 Like sheep we have all of us wandered about; it was each one to his own way that we have turned; and Jehovah himself has caused the error of us all to meet up with that one. 7 He was hard pressed, and he was letting himself be afflicted; yet he would not open his mouth. He was being brought just like a sheep to the slaughtering; and like a ewe that before her shearers has become mute, he also would not open his mouth.

      8 Because of restraint and of judgment he was taken away; and who will concern himself even with [the details of] his generation? For he was severed from the land of the living ones. Because of the transgression of my people he had the stroke. 9 And he will make his burial place even with the wicked ones, and with the rich class in his death, despite the fact that he had done no violence and there was no deception in his mouth.

      10 But Jehovah himself took delight in crushing him; he made him sick. If you will set his soul as a guilt offering, he will see his offspring, he will prolong [his] days, and in his hand what is the delight of Jehovah will succeed. 11 Because of the trouble of his soul he will see, he will be satisfied. By means of his knowledge the righteous one, my servant, will bring a righteous standing to many people; and their errors he himself will bear. 12 For that reason I shall deal him a portion among the many, and it will be with the mighty ones that he will apportion the spoil, due to the fact that he poured out his soul to the very death, and it was with the transgressors that he was counted in; and he himself carried the very sin of many people, and for the transgressors he proceeded to interpose.

      April 8, 2012 at 11:38 am |
  6. Martin

    do your own research...you'll find there's no credible evidence whatsoever...NONE ....it's a myth
    I'm an ex-Baptist preacher brainwashed as a child. Maybe one day the human race will grow up. It's trying. The masses need their mental opium. Everyone wantS what they can't have: immortality. http://www.amazon.com/JUSTIFIABLE-HOMICIDE–Growing-Fundamentalist–ebook/dp/B001BVLV00/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1333897173&sr=1-2

    April 8, 2012 at 11:28 am |
  7. Mr Howdy 2 u

    The Jewish religion in essence promises A SAVIOR...this is why you have had so many religions spring up from it...in the time of Rome, when Greek civilization was now degenerate into Roman civilization things were looking so bad that at that time Palestine was rife with Saviors of all kinds. It is true too about Dionysus being the thirteenth Olympian, and it is true that much of what you see in the new testament is infused with Greek ideas...however, Jewish religion still produces saviors like I think Rabbi Shmuel of late who was considered a Savior by his particular sect of followers, and of course the christians and Muslims have accepted Jesus and Mohammed as their saviors....but that IS FAITH...that is what it means to believe...to stare terrible fate in the face and challenge it with a gigantic act of faith. I once read an orthodox jewish writing where the writer said that every Jew is or could be the Savior and should act like it...well, that is the heart of faith isnt it..THAT'S RELIGION...ACT LIKE THE SAVIOR!!! Who the savior is, is a matter of choice and following. But if you mock that, you pretty much mock every person who ever lived. Living itself seems to be an act of faith.

    April 8, 2012 at 11:26 am |
  8. busterbobby

    It's hard to know where to start here: the dumbness of the article itself, or the dumbness of the responses. Starting with the article, the doubts about Jesus' existence are not "emerging." They have existed as long as the story of Jesus has existed. It's not "some scholars" who say that the passage in Josephus concerning Jesus was "tampered with." No, the passage was revealed to be a complete forgery of church fathers way back in the middle ages. What sloppy scholarship! There is, in fact, no actual historical eveidence of Jesus' existence. Now, for the responses. If one has faith in Jesus' birth and death, none of this matters anyway, since faith doesn't depend upon historical proof. If Orthodox Jews really believe that the Red Sea parted at the Exodus, for example, it does not concern them that the event cannot be historically proven. And not believeing these stories does not make someone an atheist. It simply means that they see these stories as parables, certainly an acceptable interpretation. And if people who don't believe them really are atheists, so what? If you need to slam down an atheist in order to justify your own faith, than your faith is a pretty hollow vehicle.

    April 8, 2012 at 11:26 am |
  9. Elena

    Ok lets see if atheist can answer this question!

    Is there a moon out there regardless of an observer!

    and that is a very valid scientific question disputed in Physics!

    April 8, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • JonO

      No. It is not. Because Physics allows for object permanence.

      What you posed is a thought exercise, a philosophical question – not anything remotely respected by tangible science.

      April 8, 2012 at 11:28 am |
    • Elena

      Philosophical question, excuse me have you ever heard of the double slit experiment and the dual nature of particles!

      April 8, 2012 at 11:30 am |
    • YeahOk

      PLEASE! Elena, just show your proof that souls or spirits of conciseness, and a higher supreme consciousness or being, which is the fountain of creations exists, and then there is no way they can deny what you say is the truth!

      April 8, 2012 at 11:31 am |
    • JonO

      double silt experiment doesn't deal with the existence of, merely the perception of

      Try again.

      April 8, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • JonO

      People have walked on the moon. Therefore, your point is moot. It's existence is proven and the double silt, etc, are bunk,

      April 8, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • What a bogus question, Elena

      Disputed by "Physics"? You are lying.

      No observer is required for a thing to exist. No definition of existence even comments on an observer, much less mandates it.

      This is just a stupid rehash of the lame "if a tree falls" (sound is a wave, which exists whether or not there is any form of receiver.

      April 8, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts or goblins

      Elena, please provide a reference to any scientist that doubts the existence of the moon.

      April 8, 2012 at 11:36 am |
    • Pmmk

      Just out of curiosity, how existence or non-existence of moon proves that Jesus Christ existed?

      April 8, 2012 at 11:54 am |
  10. Qubee

    I'm sure. What's a better time than today to draw attention to shameful, useless, bogus myth?

    April 8, 2012 at 11:25 am |
  11. brunette_barbie_SC

    Some people are too scared to just experiment on faith because they don't want to think they might be wrong

    April 8, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • Shadow

      No barbie, we prefer truth over fantasy.

      April 8, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • JonO

      I have plenty of faith. In science. Which is tangible, can be reproduced at leisure, doesn't require my worship to do good things and saves thousands of lives every day.

      April 8, 2012 at 11:30 am |
  12. Bill

    As a practicing Christian, publishing this article on this Hold Day of Easter is very offensive!!!

    April 8, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • nomdefaitour

      As a "practising Christian" you belong in church right now, not surfing the web! Hypicrite!

      April 8, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • momoya

      Oh grow up, you whiner..

      April 8, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • Tom

      I agree! Why would they do that?...

      April 8, 2012 at 11:36 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts or goblins

      Actually it was published the day before The Day Jesus Was Not Resurrected but believers aren't known for letting facts get in the way of their delusional victim oriented (non) thinking.

      April 8, 2012 at 11:56 am |
  13. Pipe-Dreamer

    Faith claims the persistent. For, without Faith there could be no trusting virtues. Without trusting virtues there could be no love in which to be gathered. With no gathering there could be no history trails. Without history's trails there could be no Truths to be told.

    April 8, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • YeahOk

      Speculation.

      April 8, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      Fina lly, Truth be told, Faith reserves all members of Christian realities to come to terms about God the Father of Creation itself and all the Sons of God who did establish each and every buildings of all Life formations ever to be conceived here upon this earthened vessel of clestial origins. We do all labour together with God's Sons and we are God's Husbandies and also God's Buildings and will be generationally affirmed with God's Sons thru the thickness of manhoods the thin veils of womanhoods.

      April 8, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • YeahOk

      Claim without evidence.

      April 8, 2012 at 11:37 am |
  14. reason

    Watch what anthropologists, archeologists and religious historians seeking the truth have to say about where god came from:

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlnnWbkMlbg&w=640&h=390]

    April 8, 2012 at 11:25 am |
  15. Mike

    Funny how religion gets the most comments...........a forum where the simple minded can be philosophers. Nobody knows and there was a lot more before Jesus & before the Continents formed this way....many many civilizations that did not even know Jesus or any Abrahamic religion......so it's all silly stuff. Just man made stories. Get a grip....holy this and holy that.....WHATEVER.

    April 8, 2012 at 11:24 am |
    • Joe

      Im sure you can read Mike? http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-02/uonc-ter022712.php#

      April 8, 2012 at 11:25 am |
  16. Joe

    Shadow that is exactly what you will be .... a Shadow with no soul...you and all your followers you stumble.... .lol

    April 8, 2012 at 11:23 am |
    • Shadow

      Joe, how sad that you use the typical mofia scare tactics of religion. I don't bow down to anyone who threatens eternal torture. That's just not my kind of people.

      April 8, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • Joe

      Religion is Man made Spirituality Is from Jehovah.... The Word of God scares you, If you feel threaten I will see you on the last Day Pumpkin.....We do not care what you say I will seek you personally to call your bluff till then c u .....Buy the way Happy Jehovah Passover TODAY...... I will Pray for YOU That your eyes, too may be opened......G.
      Exodus 12:11 And in this way YOU should eat it, with YOUR hips girded, sandals on YOUR feet and YOUR staff in YOUR hand; and YOU must eat it in haste. It is Jehovah’s passover. 12 And I must pass through the land of Egypt on this night and strike every firstborn in the land of Egypt, from man to beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I shall execute judgments. I am Jehovah. 13 And the blood must serve as YOUR sign upon the houses where YOU are; and I must see the blood and pass over YOU, and the plague will not come on YOU as a ruination when I strike at the land of Egypt.

      14 “‘And this day must serve as a memorial for YOU, and YOU must celebrate it as a festival to Jehovah throughout YOUR generations. As a statute to time indefinite YOU should celebrate it. 15 Seven days YOU are to eat unfermented cakes. Yes, on the first day YOU are to take away sourdough from YOUR houses, because anyone eating what is leavened, from the first day down to the seventh, that soul must be cut off from Israel. 16 And on the first day there is to take place for YOU a holy convention, and on the seventh day a holy convention. No work is to be done on them. Only what every soul needs to eat, that alone may be done for YOU.

      17 “‘And YOU must keep the festival of unfermented cakes, because on this very day I must bring YOUR armies out from the land of Egypt. And YOU must keep this day throughout YOUR generations as a statute to time indefinite. 18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, in the evening YOU are to eat unfermented cakes down till the twenty-first day of the month in the evening. 19 Seven days no sourdough is to be found in YOUR houses, because anyone tasting what is leavened, whether he is an alien resident or a native of the land, that soul must be cut off from the assembly of Israel. 20 Nothing leavened are YOU to eat. In all YOUR dwellings YOU are to eat unfermented cakes.’”

      April 8, 2012 at 11:35 am |
  17. Stephen Pruett

    Wonderful timing, CNN! Just one question. Why is it that CNN and other MSM outlets feel perfectly free (and seem to enjoy) insensitive articles on the holiest day for Christians, when they fall all over themselves being sensitive to avoid any insult to all other faith or belief systems?

    April 8, 2012 at 11:23 am |
    • Qubee

      What other faiths? Faiths are all B.S. That's why they are called faiths!

      April 8, 2012 at 11:24 am |
  18. Brett

    As usual, it's futile to try and debate the existence/non-existence of God on internet boards (see below). My philosophy has always been 'to each their own', and hopefully people are sensible enough to respect another perspective. Happy Easter everyone!

    April 8, 2012 at 11:23 am |
    • Qubee

      Stupidity cannot be respected, ever!

      April 8, 2012 at 11:27 am |
    • Brett

      Ok angry guy, thanks for your input

      April 8, 2012 at 11:35 am |
  19. rplat

    And you can bet that good old CNN is frantically searching for "proof" of a myth.

    April 8, 2012 at 11:23 am |
  20. EricMD

    Not sure this article is appropriate especially on this day. Shameful, CNN

    April 8, 2012 at 11:22 am |
    • reason

      There is never a wrong day to seek the truth.

      April 8, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • txsblues

      Agreed, it has finally pushed me over the edge to take CNN seriously at all. They create this "Belief" section of their news site, yet every story is an attack on and attempt to tear down belief in Christ. I'm blocking CNN from my browser and I am going to find another source for my news.

      April 8, 2012 at 11:31 am |
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