Read Clint Decker’s December HOPE FOR TODAY blog post here or on the blog site.
Every Christmas we do the “Holiday Hustle and Bustle Two-Step” and may experience the “Christmas Blues” along with a good mix of some “Christmas Family Conflict.” But there is one more feature to the “most wonderful time of the year”, the war on Jesus. Some may say the war on Christmas, but if we are honest, it is really about Jesus.
“It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas . . . Mythicism’s in the Air” was the title of a column that caught my attention, written by Dr. John Dixon. He is a professor at the University of Sydney teaching a class on the Historical Jesus.
Mythicism or the Jesus Myth is a teaching that advocates Jesus never existed. The majority of religious scholars reject the legitimacy of their arguments since there is such wide spread consensus for His existence. However, this arena of thought is growing in influence and fighting for an academic spot at the table. During Christmas and Easter we often see these mythicist-driven attacks on Jesus.
When looking for evidence for the historical Jesus, eye witness accounts are the most valuable. They are prized above second-hand testimonies, of which there are several in and outside of the Biblical record. However, the only place that contains first-hand accounts of Jesus is the Bible itself.
Matthew wrote of meeting Jesus in third person saying, “As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he rose and followed him” (Matt. 9:9). Paul records his statement writing, “