|By Jorge Barao, Artist|
Whether or not one believes in the Divinity of Jesus Christ, we cannot escape the very real existence of his life, or the message it brought. One thing we do know about Jesus is he existed. There's actually better historical evidence, albeit limited, than there is for many historical figures we accept without question, such as Alexander the Great, who’s earliest recorded historical account (that we have) was written 400 years after his death. The earliest recorded account of Jesus was written in contrast, a mere 30 years after his death via the Gospel of St Mark. And the earliest non-Christian, non-apologetic references were written a mere 70 years after his death by the Judeo-Roman historian Josephus.
Today the internet is full of self-professed intellectual atheists who love to demonize and mock, ridicule and dismiss not only the divinity of Christ but his very existence itself. But these pseudo intellectuals are poorly informed and bent by their own personal animosities towards Christianity, warranted or not.
The fact is Jesus was a real figure in history, and whether you believe in his divinity or not, we cannot escape his life, history and teachings. Whatever one believes, the man himself lived and taught us lessons for life that if we would only follow or even try to follow, would bring about if not the literal then certainly the virtual reality of heaven on earth that he promised us. Jesus said the kingdom of heaven is within each of us. All we have to do, is let it out.