One widely assumed fact about the Messiah is probably wrong. That’s what Bible scholars are saying – and their evidence is basically flawless. After all, the Bible is actually the source of this jaw-dropping problem with what we know about the Son of God. And while that may come as a surprise, it’s not too hard to see how this monumental error could have happened. But, if what the scholars are saying is true, it does beg the question: just how accurate are our assumptions about Jesus?
Well, it could be that they’re not that accurate at all. Think about it: most of what we think we know about Jesus comes from what’s written in four books of the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. And sure, the accounts given of Jesus’ life in these gospels do not always match — but they do give a rounded picture of Christ’s time on Earth. They are also part of the problem.
The written account came afterward
You see, the four gospels were written sometime between 66 and 110 A.D. So that’s after Jesus’ death. It’s also likely that the books were written by people who hadn’t actually seen the events of Christ’s life. Instead, they may simply have recorded stories that had been passed from person to person. This is the first problem.
Room for errors
Because if the gospels were not written by first-hand witnesses, this means that there is room for factual errors. And if mistakes did creep in to the text, then these would have been carried over from one version of the Bible to the next. This could account for the shocking inaccuracy that’s stood the test of time — until now, of course. But there are ways to verify Bible stories, too.
Historians tracing down the truth
Yep, there are other sources we can rely on for information about Jesus. Historians are nothing new, after all, and there have been plenty of notable scholars through the ages. Take Roman historians Publius Cornelius Tacitus and Titus Flavius Josephus, for example. Aside from having magnificent names, these guys confirmed that Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor of Judea, put Jesus to death. This assertion tallies with details contained within the gospels.