His life’s Pilgrimage

Who is Jesus?

Lier, Lunatic or Lord


Jose de Carvalho

In amongst all the television documentary programs I have been evaluating there seems to be a common thread that is also common among intellectuals, namely an acceptance of the historicity of Jesus’ life and death; this is because it is futile to negate facts that are well attested in historical and legal sources. This includes the resurrection, as much as many find it hard to believe that it happened – that’s not relevant. The acid test is that there is proof by the authorities of the day and witnesses.  This post however is not about the historical, literary and legal testimony to support its validity – so I will move on…

 The problem for most is who is Jesus?

 Scholars have accepted certain facts: He was a good person, great moral teacher or a prophet. The dilemma though for most: He said He was God!!!!! So how can a good person go about deliberately deceiving so many about His identity? If you don’t believe He was God, then Jesus was a hypocrite and a liar, not moral at all, actually evil.

 If it is inconceivable for Jesus to be a liar, as many believe, then what? He said He was God, but many don’t believe that either.  Then He must have been a deluded lunatic – or in medical terms schizophrenic – because His lies cost Him His life. Many don’t believe this either, because His life’s testimony certainly does not attest to that of a disturbed man. He actually liberated others from these conditions through counsel and deliverance miracles.

 Like most I cannot conclude that He was a liar or a lunatic, the only other alternative is that He is who He said He was, namely the “Son of God”,The Lord.

 So you must make a choice

 “The evidence is clearly in favour of Jesus as Lord. Some people, however, reject this clear evidence because of the moral implications involved. They don’t want to face up to the responsibility or the implications of calling Him Lord”.

Works consulted:

McDowell J. and Wilson B. 1993. A Ready Defence. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

The Massacre of the Innocents

Massacre of the Innocents


Jose de Carvalho

I was watching a program on the History channel called “Cities of the underworld” that made reference to the “Massacre of the Innocents” (Matt 2:16). The narrator interviewed Prof C. Shemmaly, prime expert on the church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the site where Christ was born, displayed the remains of children that were collected from several tombs around the city, providing archaeological evidence for this Biblical account.

 The interesting thing is that in a similar program previously shown on the same channel called “Jesus, the man behind the myth”, a Biblical historian questioned the validity of the nativity account, implying that it is not an historical fact, and that the martyrdom of the children was a metaphor akin to Pharaoh’s attempt to kill Mosses when he was a baby (Ex. 1:12).

Programs also differ on the birth site of Jesus.  The “Jesus, the man behind the myth” states that the census that took place at the time was not a good reason for Joseph and Mary to go to Bethlehem, while in another National Geographic program called “Jesus the man from Nazareth”, L. Schiffman, a professor in Hebrew and Judaic studies at NYC, states that there was no census that he knows about at that time.

 I have dealt with the issue pertaining to the census in a previous post – see “Jesus, the man behind the myth” in” His life pilgrimage”.

 Regarding the Massacre of the innocents, which one is correct?

 Macrobius, a Roman Historian of the time in his penses mentions a quote from Augustus Caesar (Roman emperor 30 B.C. – 12 A. D.) that attested to the slaughter of the babes.

 It is high time that Bible scholars accept the fact that the birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ is an attested historical fact by secular, Jewish, Christian and hostile authoritive sources and that the Bible is an historical reliable Book.

 Josh McDowell in his attempts to refute Christianity made the following observation: Before my research I had never realized there was so much positive historical, literary and legal testimony supporting its validity (1993:216). In a following work containing evidence from all of the above, he mentioned all the sources validating the life of Christ.  He concludes by concurring with the words of Otto Betz, “No serious scholar has ventured to postulate the non-historicity of Jesus.” McDowell (1999:120).


His life’s Pilgrimage

His life’s Pilgrimage

“Jesus the man behind the myth”


Jose de Carvalho

I was watching a program, “Jesus, the Man behind the Myth”, as part of History World on the History Channel. It made several comments that I found interesting and the narrator, a Biblical historian, posed some real questions about Jesus’ childhood and formative years to which there is very little information available, even in the Bible. This does not make it secretive or mystical.  There is good reason for he had no followers at the time, so there was no one scribing His life, like the apostles did during His ministerial time.

The narrator’s questions surrounded the nativity. An expert on Biblical history was questioned on his opinion pertaining to facts surrounding the nativity of Jesus, to which he replied it is a parable and not a historical fact, a bizarre statement as this is an historical attested fact, unless he meant certain aspects of the nativity, so lets break it down. He also challenged the birthplace of Jesus not being Nazareth on the bases that according to the Bible Joseph had to go to Nazareth for a census. He disputes this – not on the basis that it did not happen, but on the fact that Joseph and Mary did not have to go to Bethlehem from Nazareth due to a census being taken by the Romans, as it was Joseph’s hometown (Luke 2:1-20). He commented that the Romans would never issue such an order, as it would disrupt the economy too much.

Not a bad assumption if not for the fact that Judea at the time was still a kingdom and not yet a Roman province.  The census was not taken according to Roman’s rules, but after the Jewish method, which required each to return to his ancestral seat and present themselves in person.

For the spiritually discerned there is the other most important reason; the souverenty of God, the life of Christ was predicted hundreds of years before, not only His birth, but also His death.  Jesus being born in Bethlehem was just another fulfilment of the prophecy (Micah 5:2) and it really is quite awesome how accurate that prophecy was. These detailed accurate prophecies (and there were many by different prophets) serve to confirm that Jesus truly was the Christ/Messiah and this adds meaning to our lives.

 There were other statements made that I would like to comment on next time.

If any of this is interesting or enriches you, stay connected and travel with me as we migrate in this pilgrimage of life finding ‘what adds meaning to our lives’.

Works cited

Howitt 1998.The Word and Works of the Lord Jesus Christ.Johannesburg, South Africa: SATS Press.

Hayford JW 1991. Spirit filled Life Bible: New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.