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MERRY CHRISTMAS: Ancient Writers Prove Jesus Is Not a Myth

Posted by FactReal on December 24, 2009

Evidence: Ancient writers (Non-Christians, enemies, and early Christians) wrote about the birth of Christ, His life, teachings, miracles, crucifixion, and resurrection.

They also wrote about the faith and lives of the disciples and early Christians. Here are the links to some of their writings (most translated).

ANCIENT WRITERS &
THEIR WORKS:

NATIVITY PAINTINGS:

FLAVIUS JOSEPHUS
(37-100 A.D.)
was a first century Jewish historian and soldier

He wrote about life and resurrection of Jesus.
Antiquities XVIII, 3:3

The Adoration of the Magi, Pieter Aertsen, c. 1560

CELSUS
was 2nd century Greek philosopher and opponent of Christianity

Celsus sought to ruthlessly ridicule and disprove Christianity. But in doing so, he left proof of the existence and life of Jesus. He wrote on the Virgin Birth, Jesus’ baptism, Jesus’ Divinity, Jesus’ Miracles, the Apostles, John the Baptist. He bears witness to the antiquity of the apostolic writings – he refers to the Gospels of Matthew, Luke, and John; and makes allusions to quotations from the New Testament.
True Discourse

by Franz Von Rhoden

CORNELIUS TACITUS
(55-120 A.D.)
was a Roman historian

Tacitus verifies the Biblical account of Jesus’ execution at the hands of Pontius Pilate who governed Judea from 26-36 A.D. during the reign of Tiberius:
Annals XV, 44
GAIUS SUETONIUS TRANQUILLUS
(69-130 A.D.)
was a Roman biographer

Suetonius records the expulsion of the Christian Jews from Rome (mentioned in Acts 18:2) and confirms the Christian faith being founded by Christ.
Life of Claudius, 25.4

The Nativity (fresco) by Giotto, c.1305-06

LUCIAN OF SAMOSATA
(120- ~180 A.D.)
was a Greek writer

Lucian was a noted satirist of the second century, spoke scornfully of Christ and the Christians.
The Death of Peregrinus 11-13
PLINY THE YOUNGER
(62?-113 A.D)
was a Roman magistrate

Pliny the Younger admits to torturing and executing Christians who refused to deny Christ. A recurring theme in the correspondence between Pliny and Trajan is the willingness of the true believer to die for Christ. This would hardly be reasonable if they knew He never existed!
Pliny’s letter to Emperor Trajan,
Epistulae, Vol X, No. 96

(in Latin here)

Nativity with Saints Francis and Lawrence by Caravaggio, 1609

CLEMENT OF ROME
(?-98? A.D.)
was a bishop of Rome

Clement confirms the ministry of the disciples and some of the basic tenets of early Christianity.
Corinthians 42
IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH
(? – ~100 A.D)
was the bishop of Antioch

He reinforces early Christian beliefs in the letters he penned while in prison. Even when execution was imminent, Ignatius refused to recant his faith.
Letter to the Trallians, 9:1
Letter to the Smyrneans, 1
Magnesians XI

The Adoration of the Magi by Peter Paul Rubens, 1634

QUADRATUS OF ATHENS
(126 A.D.)
was an Athenian bishop and direct disciple, 1634 of the Apostles

He is generally regarded as the first Christian apologist. Quadratus points out the fact that a few who were healed and resurrected by Jesus lived until modern times.
Eusebius IV III, 2

The Adoration of the Magi by Da Vinci, 1481-2

ARISTIDES THE ATHENIAN
(126 A.D.)
was a 2nd century Greek Christian author

Aristides describes the treatment of Jesus by His own people, the Jews, and contrasts their beliefs with those of the Christians.
Apology XIV-XV

Adoration of the Shepherds by Gerard Van Honthorst, 1622

JUSTIN MARTYR
(~100 – 165 A.D.)
was possibly the most well-known early Christian apologist

He was an educated pagan philosopher who converted to Christianity around 130 A.D. Being a thoroughly educated man, Justin weighed the evidence carefully before accepting his new faith and explains to the reader he made his decision only after careful consideration and research.
First Apology, 34, 46, 50
Dialogue with Trypho, 77 97, 107-8

Mystic Nativity by Botticelli

HEGESIPPUS
(110 A.D. – 180 A.D.)
converted to Christianity from Judaism after extensively researching the Gospel story

Instead of accepting the Gospel story at the word of others, he traveled extensively throughout Rome and Corinth in an effort to collect evidence of the early Christian claims. Hegesippus provides important testimony that the stories being passed around were not watered down, embellished, or fabricated.
The History of the Church

Nativity (in an Antiphonary) by Francesco di Giorgio Martini, c. 1460

[Sources: pending]

MORE FACTS:
- NON-CHRISTIANS PROVE JESUS’ RESURRECTION
- THE REAL THANKSGIVING STORY – As Written by the Pilgrims
- CHURCH & STATE SEPARATION IS A MYTH

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WELCOME TO TYRANNY! Senate approved ObamaCare on Christmas Eve, 2009

Posted by FactReal on December 24, 2009

Despite great opposition from Americans, the U.S. Senate just passed their bill for Obama’s health care.
All while we were sleeping!

Christmas Gift from Government

- How the votes went down
- Why Americans oppose Obamacare

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OBAMA’S CHRISTMAS GIVE FOR YOU: He will force you to…

Posted by FactReal on December 22, 2009

…buy health insurance (under penalty of law)
even if you don’t want, don’t need it or can’t pay for it.

While you are enjoying Christmas, Senators will vote for ObamaCare on Christmas Eve at 8AM
- Why Americans oppose Obama’s Health Care Reform

- It is unconstitutional to force Americans to buy insurance

- Bill will cut $483 billion from Medicare to finance the bill (CBO, page 10)

- Analysis of the Senate Democrats’ Health Care Bill (Brief)

- Bribery: Senators bought with YOUR money

- Bill Raises Taxes and Spending (CBO)

- Our Promises to Those Who Vote to Nationalize Health Care

- A bill so reckless that it has to be rammed thru on Christmas eve

- Everyone will pay into abortion-coverage fund

- Democrat: “This is the beginning of health care reform”

Gluttonous Government Always Wants More
More Government, Less Individual Freedoms

What Will It Take For You To Fight For Your Freedom

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