Jesus is supposedly the most wonderful thing that ever happened to mankind. He performed miracles, raised the dead, even conquered death himself. Yet, through all the centuries history has remained eerily silent about him. What little is written about him by Flavius Josephus is widely considered little more than interpolations, most of them added to Josephus’ works by Bishop Eusebius in the 4th century. Christians are very quick to point out a reference to Jesus by Josephus, where Josephus was writing about James the Just and just mentioned by the way that he was the brother of Jesus. Let us assume for a moment that the latter is not an interpolation, but the truth. It actually makes the situation even more shocking. Jesus gets mentioned as a by-the-way and not a word about any of his miracles, his crucifixion or resurrection? Josephus has far more to say about the sanitary habits of the Essenes that about Jesus Christ? Something is seriously wrong!
To prove that Jesus is a fictitious character is possible indeed, but it is not something that can be done in a few sentences. I will therefore attempt to do so in multi-part article, starting right at the beginning with the Gospel of Matthew.
The author of Matthew knew that his Jesus character had to meet certain requirements in order for him (Matthew) to ‘fulfill’ certain OT prophecies. For instance: Jesus had to be a Jew, a descendant of Abraham, from the house of David, born in Bethlehem, born from a virgin, etc. So from scratch he started the Gospel of Matthew with a long and tedious genealogy of Jesus, starting with Abraham, through kings David and Solomon (thus emphasizing that Jesus was of Royal blood and a Jew), through Joseph, the father of Jesus, and ultimately, fourteen generations later, to Jesus himself. The author of Luke used a different angle. He traced the bloodline of Jesus the other way around starting with Jesus all the way back to Adam! These two genealogies differ substantially, but I am not going to dwell on that. (Google is your friend J ) There is something much more important about both these genealogies that is often overlooked. Both are totally irrelevant, simply because Jesus and Joseph were not biologically related at all. Joseph was not the biological father of Jesus. God was! Therefore, for the authors of Matthew and Luke to trace the bloodline of Jesus through Joseph was simply wrong.
The author of Matthew then went and blatantly modeled his Jesus character on that of Moses of the OT. The summary blow will show that the story of Jesus amazingly fits the story of Moses like a glove! Jesus becomes the new Moses. See for yourself.
1. Baby gets born and he poses a threat to the king
Jesus’ birth poses a threat to King Herod
Moses’ birth posed a threat to the Pharaoh (king) of Egypt.
2. Both kings reacted by killing all infant males hoping to kill the baby in the process
3. Both Jesus and Moses survived the slaughter of the innocents.
4. Both had healing powers
Jesus healed lepers, withered hands, etc.
Moses healed snakebite (Numbers 21:9) and his sisters Miriam’s leprosy
5. Both could control the weather
Jesus calmed the storm
Moses brought on the hail as the seventh plague of Egypt
6. Both could control the sea
Jesus walked on the sea
Moses parted the sea
7. Both could change the chemical composition of water
Jesus turned water into wine
Moses turned water into blood
8. Both could feed the multitudes in miraculous ways
Jesus fed the multitudes with two fishes and five loaves of bread.
Moses fed the multitudes with manna from heaven and quails.
9. Moses went up the mountain to receive the Law
Jesus went up the mountain to give the Law (Sermon on the Mount)
10. Both lost their tempers on occasion
Jesus turned over the tables of the money changers
Moses smashed the stone tablets with the Ten Commandments
11. Both knew when they were going to die.
Jesus knew that he would be crucified
Moses knew that he would die before entering the Promised Land
12. Both died on a mountain/hill
Jesus died on Golgotha
Moses died on Mount Nebo
13. Their faces shone at a certain stage
Jesus’ face shone at the transfiguration
Moses’ face was radiant when he came down the mountain with the Ten Commandments.
14. Both taught the people how to pray
Jesus (Mat 6:9) Moses (Ps 90)
15. Both could communicate directly with God
16. Jesus is the dominant figure in the New Testament
Moses is the dominant figure in the Pentateuch
These are but a few of the parallels between the stories of the lives of Jesus and Moses. There are many more. Mere co-incidence? I certainly don’t think so. I believe that Jesus is a fictitious character based on the story of Moses. I also believe that the Gospels were never intended to be interpreted as the truth. That is one of the reasons why they differ so much. The author of Mark wrote a Gospel which was later adapted and added to by the other Gospel writers to suit their individual needs and audiences.
Much more to follow…