Did Jesus Exist?

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Although the question, “Did Jesus Exist?”, has an obvious answer, there are still people who try to argue that Jesus never existed, or, at least, that there is reasonable doubt concerning Jesus’ existence.

However, that Jesus existed is an obvious fact that is supported by history.

Lucian of Samosata – Did Jesus Exist?

Lucian of Samosata was a Greek satirist who lived from around AD 125 to AD 180. In his writing, The Passing of Peregrinus, Lucian demonstrates that during this early time, Jesus’ existence was simply an assumed fact.

The Christians, you know, worship a man to this day—the distinguished personage who introduced their novel rites, and was crucified on that account… You see, these misguided creatures start with the general conviction that they are immortal for all time, which explains the contempt of death and voluntary self-dåevotion which are so common among them; 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. All this they take quite on faith, with the result that they despise all worldly goods alike, regarding them merely as common property.

Lucian of Samosata, The Passing of Peregrinus

For the full article on Lucian of Samosata, including answers to objections, see Lucian of Samosata and Jesus’ Existence.

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