For years as a child I was forced to go to church on Sundays, but despite all of the countless hours I spent in church I never once heard the minister talk about whether there was historical evidence proving that Jesus existed. I visited many different churches and again, not one pastor, priest or minister ever talked about objective historical evidence for Jesus. They all went on and on for hours talking about the need to simply believe in Jesus, but nothing about objective historical evidence. I could never understand that.
No one ever talks about the need to believe that Julius Caesar, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain or Queen Elizabeth ever existed, so why is it different when it comes to Jesus? We aren't asked to believe in a McDonald's hamburger, the Brooklyn Bridge or the Great Pyramid. When there is objective evidence for someone or something there apparently is no need to ask for anyone to believe anything. So where is the historical evidence for the existence of Jesus?
Do we have any documents by him signed: Jesus Christ?
Actually, it would have been impossible for him to sign something Jesus Christ, because Christ is not a last name, it is a title.
In addition, the letter "J" had not been invented at the time that Jesus (for simplicity I will continue to use Jesus) supposedly lived.
How Did the Name Jesus Originate? By Dr. Lee Warren, B.A., D.D. Edited by Dr. Michelle Huff
So we know that his last name was not Christ and that his first name could not have started with a J.
Do we have a birth certificate for him?
Do we have any records of him paying taxes, owning property, etc?
Do we know where Jesus is buried?
Do we know where any member of Jesus' family is buried?
If they existed, they would have to be buried some place - right?
In fact, their burial spots would be considered sacred and long lines of people would visit them every day. So where is Jesus or any member of his family buried?
Is there anything written and signed by the mother and father of Jesus? Is there anything written by any member of Jesus' family?
Jesus was very famous in his day, so where are the drawings or paintings of him by people who actually saw Jesus.
Where are all of the first hand accounts of those who actually saw Jesus perform these miracles?
What are the last names of Mark, Luke, Mathew and John? What do we know about the family and general background of these individuals? Where is the historical evidence that these individuals ever existed?
Why are ministers, pastors and priests so afraid of talking about historical evidence for Jesus? Is it wrong to think and ask questions? Is it wrong to ask if there is historical evidence for the existence of Jesus?
If anyone has compelling, objective historical evidence for the existence of Jesus, please present it.
Jesus isn't real - There is NO proof that Jesus existed!
Real Proof that Jesus was NOT real
Christianity Before Christ
"Nothing is new or original in Christianity. That is the important thesis demonstrated in Christianity Before Christ. The least important features, as well as the most important components, were all well developed in cultures that flourished before the time that Christ is alleged to have walked the parched paths of Roman"
The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors: Or Christianity Before Christ