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What is the Real Story about Jesus?

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The story of Jesus has been one of the most frequently told in world history.   But I am a little confused.   Did he really say he was going to return?   Here are a series of questions I have about this subject:

When Was Jesus Born?

No one has been able to ascertain exactly when Jesus was born.   Scholars typically place the year of his birth at around 4 BC (Before Christ) or BCE (Before Common Era).

Was Jesus born before he was born?

When did Jesus die?

As with his birth, there is no certain year for his death.   Scholars put his death at around 30 CE (Common Era).

Why wasn't the year of his death noted anywhere if it was that important?

What did Jesus tell people about the coming Kingdom of God?

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He told them that it would take place during their lifetimes. (Matthew 23:26 and 24:34)

Why don't Christians acknowledge that this prediction was wrong?

When did the Apostle Paul, one of the earliest Christian writers, begin to preach?

Paul makes no mention in his letters of the destruction of Jerusalem, which took place in 70 CE. It is reasonable to assume he must have written them before that point in time.   Paul was an early persecutor of Christians and subsequently had his "conversion" to Christianity some time later.   So, it is widely thought that he wrote his letters somewhere around 50-60 CE.

What is significant about Paul's letters?

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Paul states in 1 Corinthians 15:6 that there were 500 witnesses to the risen Jesus but gives no names even though he says they are still around.

Why didn't he produce these witnesses instead of giving what sounds like hearsay?

When were the Gospels put into writing?

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Refer instead to Matthew 24:34 regarding when Jesu... by Dean Hartwell on Tuesday, Dec 13, 2011 at 5:32:45 PM
You say John 23:26.  I think you mean 24:26.J... by karl anliot on Tuesday, Dec 13, 2011 at 5:59:21 PM
I love the coexist sign at the end of your article... by Burl Hall on Wednesday, Dec 14, 2011 at 9:25:44 AM
Dean, Thanks for bringing up this important topic,... by Peter Duveen on Wednesday, Dec 14, 2011 at 11:18:39 AM
with Jesus. ... by molly cruz on Wednesday, Dec 14, 2011 at 1:21:20 PM
Dean points out a few valid questions, and mention... by E. J. N. on Wednesday, Dec 14, 2011 at 2:20:10 PM
Some of the gospel writers quoted Jesus as saying ... by E. J. N. on Wednesday, Dec 14, 2011 at 2:42:01 PM
This will get me to go back and read "The Passov... by Michael Katz on Wednesday, Dec 14, 2011 at 3:23:22 PM
Dean, some day a senior Christian pastor/theologia... by Gary Brumback on Wednesday, Dec 14, 2011 at 8:18:56 PM
to all who have commented.  There is nothing ... by Dean Hartwell on Wednesday, Dec 14, 2011 at 10:40:38 PM
I believe that most Christians have been led astr... by Robert McNiff on Thursday, Dec 15, 2011 at 8:24:27 AM
Not so fast, Gary. I fully agree that "religion m... by Robert McNiff on Thursday, Dec 15, 2011 at 10:09:17 AM
The theology of Christian Apologetics, which was p... by E. J. N. on Thursday, Dec 15, 2011 at 9:39:25 PM
Well, I really have little time or patience with p... by Suzana Megles on Sunday, Dec 18, 2011 at 10:28:27 AM
I don't think anyone has said they look on the bir... by E. J. N. on Monday, Dec 19, 2011 at 7:51:40 PM
There are truths in all cultures.  As is writ... by Michael Dewey on Tuesday, Dec 20, 2011 at 5:21:43 AM