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01-10-2013, 11:13 AM
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but how do you know jesus actually said that. isnt it totally possible that the author couldve put words into his mouth.
jesus said thinks like "forgive others and your sins will be forgiven". here he says sin is forgiven because of forgiving, not because of sacrifices.
but later paul tries to connect jesus' death with jewish sacrifice which is sloppy for many reasons.
also the gospels never actually mention the name of the author. it could be anyone called matthew/mark/luke or people pretending to be them.
in fact ive heard commentators state that marks gospel looks as if he used different sources and it wasnt written from his memory.
so how accurate are these other sources.
tbh i think its obvious that lots of people put their own words into jesus' mouth.
its impossible to be 100% certain what jesus' true teachings were but personally i always thought of him as a kind idiot and people just used his influence for their own selfish reasons.
I'm talking about the New Testament character that is Jesus as this is the Jesus which Christians believe in. It's in this sense that the character's morals are sporadic and often unacceptable to me. As a historical figure i can accept Jesus as an important radical thinker....
It's not really important who wrote religious texts (they're collaborative, evolving products as someone mentioned anyway), i'm only addressing what is written in the books which religious people base their beliefs upon.
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