Jesus is real and not a myth.
As a Catholic, you believe that Jesus is real. In fact, He is the very reason there is the Catholic Church, for He founded this Church to be the pillar and bulwark of truth, destined to always prevail against the gates of hell.
But there are those who are offended by Jesus and so they try hard to make Him appear as just a myth.
They are offended by Jesus because they live their lives in ways that are the exact opposite of what Jesus teaches.
They are turned off by Jesus because He said He is the only way to the Father. And of course, they don’t want to let go of the way they have already chosen.
If one’s Christian faith is not that strong, he may end up wondering about the unbelievers’ arguments and may eventually believe them.
People who insist that Jesus is a myth claim that there are no historical records outside the Bible that prove that Jesus lived. If you give them the writings of Tacitus, Pliny the Younger, Suetonius and Josephus and other sources, they will be quick to discredit them.
Their reactions to these writings indicate they are not really after the truth but only to preserve their belief that caters to their comfortable way of life.
I wonder what they say about the Shroud of Turin and the Eucharistic Miracle at Lanciano. Although these don’t directly prove Jesus’ existence, they at least make one wonder about miracles and perhaps lead someone to the truth – that Jesus is real and not a myth.
Jesus’ teaching is hard. But He lived it.
He taught us to deny ourselves and do the will of the Father instead. He lived this teaching by obeying the will of His father and dying on the cross for us.
But the world would not hear of this ‘denying of oneself and doing the will of God’.
The people of this world would rather follow their own will. And they do whatever gives them pleasure.
Jesus lived in humility.
The people of this world have no space for humility. They scramble to be on the top and be seen.
Jesus served the poor, the sick and the outcasts.
The people of this world claim that they, too, serve others but in truth they do it in exchange for something that benefits them – exorbitant service fee, tax deduction or an image boost.
Jesus is real and not a myth.
He is the only begotten Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, was buried and rose again on the third day. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. Be warned.
His early followers were persecuted. But they were happy to be martyred for Him. Despite the persecution, Christianity flourished and spread all over the world. How amazing!
If Christianity were started by a myth, would it be as big as today?
Would someone die for a myth? Only a fool would. That’s why those who insist that Jesus is a myth are too quick to label Christians as fools who are easily deceived.
And they, the unbelievers, are supposedly the wise ones.
One thing I don’t doubt is that they are very proud people. They rely so much on their intelligence. They pride themselves of their educational attainment and other achievements.
I say, let them boast of their intelligence when they can create something out of nothing, when they can totally escape physical death. Until then, they should be humble enough to accept their limitations.
If they are truly wise, they would know that however materially successful they are on earth, they will always be at the mercy of the Author of life, the One who knows everything.
By God’s grace, in their humility, it will be revealed to them that Jesus is real and not a myth.
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