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Finding the Real Jesus: A Guide for Curious Christians and Skeptical Seekers

Finding the Real Jesus: A Guide for Curious Christians and Skeptical Seekers [Kindle Edition]

Lee Strobel
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Who was Jesus —really? For centuries, the Christian church has taught that Jesus is the divine Son of God, crucified for sinners and raised from the dead. In recent years, however, that picture of Jesus has come under widely publicized attack from sources ranging from critical scholars to Internet pundits to popular historians and others. The new portraits of Jesus seem persuasive. You can’t help but wonder … Did Christianity merely copy its beliefs from earlier mythology? Did the church suppress alternate gospels? Did Jesus never die on the cross or rise from the dead for sinners? Is the New Testament hopelessly riddled with errors? New York Times bestselling author Lee Strobel helps you separate truth from media hype, sound scholarship from bias, and fact from speculation. Digging below the surface, this book provides credible, informed answers to today’s most pressing questions about Jesus.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 232 KB
  • Print Length: 113 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0310287871
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  • Publisher: Zondervan (15 Dec 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031QHH4M
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1.0 out of 5 stars Call off the search ! 7 May 2014
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For 2000 years Christians have been arguing amongst themselves about who or what Jesus was; what he meant; the correct way to worship, to achieve salvation etc etc.

Multiple flavours of Christianities (or "heresies" of you didn’t agree with them) very quickly sprang up - in spite of the very short time from when the actual Jesus was supposed to have walked the earth and preached.

People who were supposed to have known Jesus, his disciples, argued with Paul, who never met Jesus but lived within his lifetime.
Almost immediately after Jesus’ death disagreements arose.
Paul wrote letters of complaint and correction to other communities.
Early Church Fathers fulminated against heresies.

Clearly the Word of God direct from Jesus’ lips had been lost within mere decades of his death.

This chaos had to be suppressed by the Roman Empire in 325CE.
A Roman Emperor had to force the hand of the squabbling Bishops to decide what Jesus was.
Hardly divine inspiration!

But the situation wasn’t settled:- theologising continued ; Islam emerged ; the Crusades ; the Protestant reform happened ; Jewish pogroms ; slavery endorsed – then condemned ; more off-shoots ; Mormonism ; Jehovah’s Witnesses ; Seventh Day Adventists ; Unitarianism ; Christadelphianism , etc etc etc.

And yet now, the titanic enquiring mind of Lee Strobel has seen through the 2000 years of discord and disagreements and he’s found the “Real Jesus” !

Well done, Lee!
Another triumph!

Now you’ve only got to convince the atheists, Muslims, Buddhists ….
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, quick read 20 Mar 2014
By Demi
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Quite similar to The Case For Christ. Quick read and useful book. Appreciated the summary at the end. I would recommend it to anyone confused by "sensational" books, articles and documentaries that depict Jesus in a false light.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Another great advert for atheism 12 Jun 2013
By Hamster
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I thought I'd find out a bit more on the scriptures, dates etc. in order to understand the views of knowledgeable serious Christians - people with impressive qualifications/ doctorates etc. Surely, they must have a point, a valid reason for believing in Christianity....Okay, I won't keep you long, but have a look at this quote from the book:

'Through the first five books of the Bible, called the written Torah, you'll find several hundred references to animal sacrifices and offerings', Brown said,'the fundamental concept was life for life, as recognised by some of the rabbinic commentaries. Why was it so important? Obviously God was seeking to get something across - that sin required a penalty of death, and that God would receive a substitution on behalf of the guilty person. when an innocent lamb was slain and the blood drained out, that was quite a vivid lesson'

This is a scholarly expert talking here! And what is he saying? That the creator of the universe would accept the brutal slaughter of a fluffy lamb to make a person's wrong-doing all right again.....I am almost speechless with incredulity. Beyond comprehension it is that such a degenerate, nasty, illogical, immoral and stupid act of slaughter would be required from an all knowing, supernatural being that created the universe. Beyond comprehension it is that a 'clever' educated professor would profess such a dim-witted view, and beyond comprehension could someone use this view in support of continued worship of such a deity instead of a complete and utter rejection of him/her/it...

The same amoral and senseless idea extends to the sacrifice of Jesus. He is the 'lamb of God' who shed his blood as a substitute for punishing real criminals.

Christianity is amoral and when people insist that religion is the basis of morality, they really should learn to think at a level slightly higher than a five year old.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very well writen. 7 Aug 2011
By TheBullterrier - Published on
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A former skeptic/atheist and "with a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School"... this gentleman knows what questions to ask and who to go to for the answer. For those who already believe in Jesus as their personal savior, this book will just add reaffirmation in their faith. For the sincere skeptical/atheist looking for an honest answer for details concerning the person of Jesus, this just may help them understand certain things about his life and ministry. For the rest that already have made their mind up due to personal issues and biases, then nothing will convince them. It would be like telling an overprotective parent that his child is a criminal, but wont believe, even when faced with the evidence, because in his eye the child is, and always will be, an angel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The real Jesus 24 Nov 2012
By David C Garver - Published on
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With the spreading teaching of Bart Ehrman and Bishop Spong, it was encouraging to find an author who defended the Jesus most of us who are Christians know through the New Testament gospels. Very succinctly, this little book argues for the historicity of Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified for sinners and raised from the dead. The author addresses the media hype and the skeptical writers who seek to present an historical Jesus very different from the One in whom the church has traditional believed in. Give this book to a friend who has turned from his faith in a living Lord, the unique Son of God.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful and compelling 22 April 2011
By V. Jaquery - Published on
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Strobel is an award winning journalist and former athiest who approaches questions of faith by interviewing scholars on all sides. His writing style is enjoyable and his work is compelling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Book Download 12 May 2012
By dvelosky - Published on
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I'm not going to get into any theological belief systems discussions here. If you are curious, downlaod the book, read it, and draw your own conclusions. If you are a Lee Stroeble fan, by all means buy and read. If you are on the fence, give him a go. If you aren't interested, you probably aren't even reading this review. This book, as all of his others, is aimed directly at the body skeptics, of which he was a card carrying, crusading member. Mr. Strobel uses investigative journalism (his profession) to prove or disprove the claims of various detractors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read 27 Aug 2013
By Chuckjudy - Published on
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Lee Strobel is a gifted writer. He has many interesting ways of opresenting information in a way that the reader can understand the subject matter.
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