Did you know that Jesus Christ never declared himself God, that he had brothers and sisters, that he neither found nor created any religion, and that he deliberately fulfilled all the Jewish prophecies in the Old Testament to become the long expected Messiah?
For around 2000 years, the Catholic Church has sold us its own version of the life and works of Jesus. Today we know this version is far from the truth.
In just a few years, Jesus Christ, the most important figure in history, left a legacy that forever transformed the course of humankind. His life and works have reached us through the New Testament, the main support of which consists of the four Canonical Gospels acknowledged by the Catholic Church as the only official source for his life. These stories give us very little information on his youth, formation, travels, feelings, and, specially, on his resurrection, which raised him to the category of a supernatural being, capable of overcoming death and coming back to Earth to tell the tale.
Was Jesus a man or a divine being? Was he really born in Bethlehem? Did he know he was the awaited-for Messiah? Did he have friends? How many apostles were there? Why wasn’t a woman among the apostles? What was Jesus Christ’ relation with women? Was he really with the Essenes? Did he go to India? What did he do in Egypt? Did he die in the Cross? Was he able to resurrect or was his resurrection a mere legend? These are only some of the questions any curious spirit raises when thinking about Jesus Christ.
Although it’s true that Jesus Christ was practically ignored by historians (Roman, Jewish, and Greek) of that time, making the reconstruction of his life even more difficult, there are other less-known sources and hundreds of analysis and researches that are worth being disclosed.
In the last 200 years, the experts in Bible analysis have made very significant progresses in understanding it. Researchers all over the world, such as Ehrman, Eisenman, Tabor, Metzger, Brown, or Meier, among others, who have different objectives and sets of mind, offer us valuable information to complement and confront the truths the Catholic Church has taught us over centuries. Some of their conclusions have been, for a while now, well accepted as true by both believers and non-believers.
We have lived, and continue living, under the rule of reason. Our truths are mandated by science. However, for good or bad, in the case of Jesus science hasn’t yet enough elements to return a verdict. This issue becomes personal, then, an inner reflection that all of us owe to ourselves at some point in life.
For how long will we be waiting for Doomsday? Will the Catholic Church save us once we have destroyed our Planet? Are we expecting a miracle from Our Lady of Fatima? Or, like Star Trek’s famed captain Kirk, shall we ask someone to urgently beam us up?
Our contribution, which we believe necessary to renew convictions, light up beliefs, or simply demystify facts and characters, is to disclose and to make available to anybody these hypotheses that deserve to become truths but remain hypotheses waiting for people to forget dogmas, reflect with an open mind and accept them for what they are: historical truths.