A Pastor’s search for the historical Jesus

The other day I came across an interesting article by Rev. Howard Bess, entitled Hiding the True Jesus in which he challenges Christian dogma about Jesus, Christianity and the Gospels. In my comments, I tried to explain that some of Rev. Howard Bess narratives of the life and Jesus’ message are closer to Holy Qur’an and Muslims’ views of the historical Jesus.

Howard says that Jesus was not a non-violent rabbi who grew up in Galilee in Northern Palestine – but a radical supporter of the 99% sheep against the 1% fat cats.

Jesus was a social and political radical, an advocate for the poor. Jesus had no regard for the rich and made his fateful trip to Jerusalem to rally opposition to the protectors of this aristocratic system,” says Howard.

Howard also confirms that Jesus never preached the separation of politics from religion – and those who believe otherwise are not true followers of Jesus.

Those who today want to separate politics, social ethics and issues of wealth and poverty from religion are not following the lead of Jesus from Nazareth,” wrote Howard.

The so-called “political Islam” is one of many WMDs the pro-Israel groups have been using against Muslims. Islam doesn’t separate Church from the White House. In Qur’anic teachings, the rulers and the scholars at mosques have to be God-fearing individuals who serve fellow citizens than serving the Wall Street or Israel Lobby (AIPAC). In fact, political activism is a major tenet of Islam.

Howard also says that the four Christian Gospels were not written by Jesus’ disciples but people who stole their names – and who never met or heard Jesus in person.

Jesus’s disciples were not writers and none of the gospel writings can be traced to them. The gospels that we have in the Bible are collections of oral traditions reduced to writing and enlarged by unknown writers two generations after the death of Jesus,” says Horward.

Howard agrees with many Judeo-Christian and Islamic scholars that Christianity was created by St. Paul and not Jesus.

The idea that Jesus was a universal sacrifice for the sins of the whole world was a theological construction of Paul, who never knew Jesus and had little knowledge of his life. Indeed, in Paul’s many writings, he never indicates any awareness of the life of Jesus or his teachings,” wrote Howard.

However, Rev. Howard Bess, who is a retired US Baptist minister, has made the usual historic mistake by calling Jesus and his community members as “Jews”. In those days, the followers of Moses’ Law were known as Hebrew tribes or Israelites – but not Jews

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4 Responses to A Pastor’s search for the historical Jesus

  1. silver price says:

    The only real point of difference between Jesus’ teachings and Judaism is his stand on divorce. Jesus said that the only Jewish ground for divorce is adultery. But that was also the opinion of the school of the great Rabbi Shamai. Modern Judaism does not follow this opinion simply because rabbis thought that it was too harsh a judgment – so they allow divorce for many other reasons. However, as a matter of fact, Jesus’ opinion on divorce is closer to the original TORAH position than modern Judaism’s. The TORAH says that a man should divorce his wife if he discovers within her ERVAT DAVAR. That Hebrew phrase is defintely sexual in nature and can only mean “she fooled around”. Our rabbis stretched the meaning to include bad behavior to her husband in general.

    • rehmat2 says:

      Jesus never claimed to teach anything other than the Moses Law. There was no “Judaism” during Jesus’ time. The followers of Moses’ Law were known as ‘Hebrew tribes’.

      Jesus never said anything about divorce. In fact, both Jesus and St. Paul were against marriage. Both never got married. Both accepted marriage institution to ward-off adultery. This may be the reason why Jewish-controlled Hollywood has portrayed Jesus as a homosexual.

      In Judaism, adulery is only when a Jew have sex with a married Jewish woman. Other than that – all sex activities, both between the opposite or same genders, are 101% kosher.

      Jewish law doesn’t give wife the right to demand divorce. However, Jewish husband can divorce his wife even on the excuse that the idiot doesn’t like snoring. Both Talmud and Bible forbids divorcee to remarry.

      Islam is the only Abrahamic faith which gives both husband and wife the rights to demand divorce. In Islam every sexual activity out of marriage is considered adultery – a major sin.

  2. Sugel says:

    Mark, the first of the Gospels, begins the Jesus story with Jesus as an adult. John, the last Gospel written, likewise says nothing about the birth of Jesus. Matthew tells the birth story in only a few short paragraphs. Luke’s version of the beginnings of Jesus is four times as long as that of Matthew.

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