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Lucian (Ancient Anti-Christian Satirist) Wrote about Jesus Christ and His Crucifixion

Posted by FactReal on April 12, 2012

HISTORICITY OF JESUS
Lucian of Samosata* (c. 120 – c. 180 A.D.) was a second century Assyrian satirist who wrote in the Greek language and mocked Christians. He was also a traveling lecturer and a rhetorician concerned with accuracy. Lucian used his mordant wit to scornfully describe and ridicule early Christians. But by doing so, he left writings confirming that Jesus: was real, was the founder of Christianity, was worshiped by the Christians, and was crucified.

Lucian’s work The Death of Peregrinus or The Passing of Peregrinus), 11-13:
This is one of the earliest surviving pagan perceptions of Christianity. Here Lucian satirized the Christians while telling the story of a philosopher sage who at one point becomes a leader of the Christians to take advantage of their gullibility.

“The Christians, you know, worship a man to this day,–the distinguished personage who introduced their novel rites, and was crucified on that account…and then it was impressed on them by their original lawgiver that they are all brothers, from the moment that they are converted, and deny the gods of Greece, and worship the crucified sage, and live after his laws.”

Sources: Sacred Texts, Tertullian

* Lucian was born in Samosata, Commagene, Syria — now Samsat, Turkey.

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Tacitus (Non-Christian Historian) Wrote about Jesus Christ

Posted by FactReal on April 8, 2012

HISTORICITY OF JESUS
The Roman historian and senator Cornelius Tacitus (c. AD 55 – c. AD 120) wrote about Jesus Christ, His execution, and Nero’s persecution of Christians in first century Rome.

Tacitus’s book The Annals is one of the earliest secular historical records to mention Christ. Tacitus referred to the execution (crucifixion) of Jesus as the “extreme penalty.”

Tacitus’s book The Annals, Book XV, Chapter 44:
Here Tacitus makes a rather unsympathetic reference to Jesus and the early Christians:

And there were sacred banquets and nightly vigils celebrated by married women. But all human efforts, all the lavish gifts of the emperor, and the propitiations of the gods, did not banish the sinister belief that the conflagration was the result of an order. Consequently, to get rid of the report, Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judaea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome, where all things hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their centre and become popular. Accordingly, an arrest was first made of all who pleaded guilty; then, upon their information, an immense multitude was convicted, not so much of the crime of firing the city, as of hatred against mankind. Mockery of every sort was added to their deaths. Covered with the skins of beasts, they were torn by dogs and perished, or were nailed to crosses, or were doomed to the flames and burnt, to serve as a nightly illumination, when daylight had expired.

Nero offered his gardens for the spectacle, and was exhibiting a show in the circus, while he mingled with the people in the dress of a charioteer or stood aloft on a car. Hence, even for criminals who deserved extreme and exemplary punishment, there arose a feeling of compassion; for it was not, as it seemed, for the public good, but to glut one man’s cruelty, that they were being destroyed.

Sources: MIT; Perseus; Scribd, page 208.

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Josephus (Non-Christian Historian) Wrote about Crucifixions

Posted by FactReal on April 8, 2012

CRUCIFIXIONS WERE COMMON FORM OF EXECUTION USED BY ROMANS
The historian of antiquity Flavius Josephus (born A.D. 37 — died circa A.D. 100) also wrote how crucifixions were used by the Romans as a form of punishment.

● Josephus’s book The Wars of the Jews, Book 5, Chapter 11, Section 1:
Here Josephus recorded how the Romans terrorized the Jewish population by crucifying many of them before the walls of Jerusalem during the siege of A.D. 70. At one point, the number of crucifixions reached 500 a day and there was no room for all the crosses.

Meanwhile, as Titus’ earthworks were progressing, his troops captured any who ventured out to look for food. When caught, they resisted, and were then tortured and crucified before the walls as a terrible warning to the people within. Titus pitied them — some 500 were captured daily — but dismissing those captured by force was dangerous, and guarding such numbers would imprison the guards. Out of rage and hatred, the soldiers nailed their prisoners in different postures, and so great was their number that space could not be found for the crosses.

Sources: Ancient writings via Project Gutenberg, Scribd.
Josephus as summarized by Paul L. Maier, Josephus, the Essential Works: A Condensation of Jewish Antiquities and The Jewish War (Kregel Academic, 1995), p 358.

● Josephus’s book The Wars of the Jews, Book 5, Chapter 6, Section 5:

Now it happened at this fight that a certain Jew was taken alive, who, by Titus’s order, was crucified before the wall, to see whether the rest of them would be aftrighted, and abate of their obstinacy.

Source: Ancient writings via Project Gutenberg.

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Josephus (Non-Christian Historian) Wrote about Jesus Christ

Posted by FactReal on April 8, 2012

HISTORICITY OF JESUS
Flavius Josephus (A.D. 37 – circa 100), the first century pagan historian and Jewish priest and general, wrote about the Jew’s history and wars. He also wrote about Jesus in his twenty-one volume The Antiquities of the Jews, book 18, chapter 3, section 3:

Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man; for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ. And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day.

Source: Ancient writings via Gutenberg, Perseus

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NPR President Schiller Trashes Tea Party, Conservatives and Christians (Video)

Posted by FactReal on March 9, 2011

NPR BIAS EXPOSED
Taxpayer-funded National Public Radio (NPR) bias is revealed by the latest undercover video by James O’Keefe and his group (The Project Veritas) who posed as members of a Muslim group founded by the Muslim Brotherhood and “offered” to donate $5 million to NPR with the goal to “spread the acceptance of Sharia across the world.”

Video by VeritasVisuals ‘NPR Muslim Brotherhood Investigation Part I’:


Watch the full unedited video (~2 hours).

Top NPR executives, Ron Schiller and Betsy Liley are caught on video savaging conservatives, the Tea Party movement, Republicans, middle America, Jews, and Christians:

Some of Schiller’s comments:

“The current Republican Party, particularly the Tea Party, is fanatically involved in people’s personal lives and very fundamental Christian – I wouldn’t even call it Christian. It’s this weird evangelical kind of move.”

The Republican Party has been “hijacked by this group [the Tea Party].” 

Tea Partiers aren’t “just Islamaphobic, but really xenophobic, I mean basically they are, they believe in sort of white, middle-America gun-toting. I mean, it’s scary. They’re seriously racist, racist people.”

“In my personal opinion, liberals today might be more educated, fair and balanced than conservatives.”

“I think what we all believe is if we don’t have Muslim voices in our schools, on the air…it’s the same thing we faced as a nation when we didn’t have female voices.”

About Americans, Schiller said that is what he is “most disappointed by in this country, which is that the educated, so-called elite in this country is too small a percentage of the population, so that you have this very large un-educated part of the population that carries these ideas.”

“Well frankly, it is clear that we would be better off in the long-run without federal funding.”

Yes, it’s time to defund NPR. It is obvious that NPR’s goal and actions are not in the best interest of America. Why should our taxdollars be used to finance them?
UPDATES:
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