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Other References To Jesus Christ

The Holy Bible is the only reference needed by anyone as proof of the reality of Jesus Christ - even many non-Christians, including some of the most stubborn and defiant atheists, admit that Jesus was a real human being Who lived and died in the land of Israel nearly 2,000 years ago. There are however many other interesting references about Jesus to be found in the works of non-religious historians. Here are a few from the History Of The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire by the British historian Edward Gibbon (1737-1794).

Roman Ruins The Historical Jesus

"The Christian may at least retort, with justice, that the great sign of his religion, the resurrection of Jesus, was most ardently believed, and most resolutely asserted, by the eye witnesses of the fact."

"The Jewish converts, who acknowledged Jesus in the character of the Messiah foretold by their ancient oracles, respected him as a prophetic teacher of virtue and religion"

"Jesus Christ preached himself in Syro-Chaldaic, as is proved by many words which he used, and which the Evangelists have taken the pains to translate. St. Paul, addressing the Jews, used the same language" (see On The Road To Damascus)

"The Pagan multitude, reserving their gratitude for temporal benefits alone, rejected the inestimable present of life and immortality, which was offered to mankind by Jesus of Nazareth."

"The followers of Judas, who impelled their countrymen into rebellion, were soon buried under the ruins of Jerusalem; whilst those of Jesus, known by the more celebrated name of Christians, diffused themselves over the Roman empire." (see Fall of Jerusalem In 70 A.D., Roman Roads and Ancient Empires - Rome)

"These were the grandsons of St. Jude the apostle, who himself was the brother of Jesus Christ." (see Mary's Other Children?)

"On the day of a public festival, that officer threw away his belt, his arms, and the ensigns of his office, and exclaimed with a loud voice, that he would obey none but Jesus Christ the eternal King, and that he renounced forever the use of carnal weapons, and the service of an idolatrous master." (see Roman Legions)

"The Christian Revelation, which was consummated under the reign of Nerva, disclosed to the world the amazing secret, that the Logos, who was with God from the beginning, and was God, who had made all things, and for whom all things had been made, was incarnate in the person of Jesus of Nazareth; who had been born of a virgin, and suffered death on the cross." (see The Logos)

"They revered Jesus as the greatest of the prophets, endowed with supernatural virtue and power. They ascribed to his person and to his future reign all the predictions of the Hebrew oracles which relate to the spiritual and everlasting kingdom of the promised Messiah." (see "Inspired" Speakers and Prophecy)

"The familiar companions of Jesus of Nazareth conversed with their friend and countryman, who, in all the actions of rational and animal life, appeared of the same species with themselves. His progress from infancy to youth and manhood was marked by a regular increase in stature and wisdom; and after a painful agony of mind and body, he expired on the cross." (see How Did Jesus Christ Die?)

Fact Finder: Jesus Christ never sinned, but could He have sinned?
See Could Jesus Have Sinned?

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