Was Jesus Christ just a really good Conman, Magician, and basically, just a Scam Artist? I am not trying to upset anyone with this question.?
- Bobby JimLv 76 months ago
No, He wasn't He was the real deal.
- PaulLv 66 months ago
The writers of the New Testament of the Bible, who knew Him personally and lived with Him for several years, recorded in writing what they personally witnessed, which goes far beyond what any scam artist could pull off - including death while nailed to a cross, and His appearance alive three days later. What kind of spam artist could pull that off? Or feeding a few thousand people with a couple of handfuls of food? Or curing incurable diseases and raising people from the dead?
- SamwiseLv 76 months ago
Some might regard him that way. The oldest of the four versions of the Gospel that we have, the one named for Mark, reports that such accusations were made against Jesus during the time he was actively preaching. Refuting those accusations is one of the major themes of that particular book.
In another place (in the book named for Matthew), Jesus suggests a way to decide whether we're dealing with con artists or trustworthy teachers: "By their fruits you shall know them." If you can see that the preacher is running some kind of scam, for his own benefit, that exposes the truth about him.
The Gospels are pretty clear that Jesus was NOT doing any such thing. He confronted many religious leaders--just the sort of people to whom a con artist would suck up--and accused them of hypocrisy and scams for their own enrichment. If he was really such a ripoff artist himself, he'd almost certainly have pursued an approach that made him wealthy, and comfortable, and above all, not likely to be tortured and executed.
That doesn't mean, of course, that all the people who claim to be following him, and teaching what he taught, are equally honest and reliable. When he talked about evaluating preachers "by their fruits," he was warning of just such cons. There have been plenty of "false prophets" (as he labeled them) since Jesus, and many of them have invoked his name and reputation as part of their scams.
But it seems to me that Jesus himself is very definitely not one of those, and not on their side. You'll have to reach your own conclusions, but I suggest you base them on the stories in the official ("canonical") gospels, the books named for Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. And on how his followers discussed his teachings, afterward.
- PubliusLv 76 months ago
No, Einstein. He was and it the begotten son of God. Jesus: Half God, half human, all man. No amount of magic in the world is going to raise the dead.
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- jon pikeLv 76 months ago
Well, if so, he's the best there ever was. Giving sight to the blind, forgiving sins, feeding thousands, curing the sick and lame, turning water into wine, walking on water, not to mention raising from the dead and ascending to heaven.
- MalcolmLv 66 months ago
He is exactly what you have suggested, or He is what He said he was, John 14:6, John 8:24.
- ChrisLv 76 months ago
Jesus is God who gave His life for the payment of our sins.
The truth is that death leads to immediate heaven or hell, depending only on whether the person believed in Jesus for eternal life, or not.
The truth is that Jesus loves you and wants to bless your life freely :) Most of all, Jesus wants you with Him forever, and not in hell. The truth is that every belief except one will lead to eternal torment in the lake of fire for every person. Because nothing pays for our sins except the death and blood of Jesus, the sacrifice of Jesus that is already accomplished by Him . Jesus loves you! The truth is that Jesus is God, and Jesus died on the cross to pay for all of our sins in full, and then Jesus resurrected from the dead. Nothing else pays for our sins, not works, not deeds, not religions. So the only way to heaven and to avoid hell, is by believing in Jesus for eternal life (John 6:47), without adding any of your own works (Romans 4:5). Believe in Jesus to take you to heaven, and you will be in heaven, no matter what, guaranteed. That easy, thanks to Jesus! Tell Jesus that you thank Him that you will be with Him in heaven when you die, because you believe in Jesus! It is too late to be saved, after death
- 6 months ago
Honestly? It says in the gospels that other people were performing miracles without invoking Jesus' name. So if that was a regular occurrence there, Jesus had no proof he was truly any son of a god
- FireсоскLv 66 months ago
No, he was in fact a really good myth, despite being very poorly made character
- 6 months ago
Nope. Your choices are that he was a crazy nut, or that he was God. You can't logically deduce anything else.