Exculpatory Evidence that clears all Sceptics of recognizing the Christian God!
Saul/Paul of Tarsus commonly called the liar, shorty owing to his stature, hence the name Paulus, which means small, little. According to biblical scholars, Saul/Paul’s stature was characterized by the ancients as Homo tricubitalis. Meaning that he was 4′ foot 6” inches tall, and that the Romans nicknamed him Paul — little. See the first paragraph of Matthew Henry’s Commentary, Acts 9:1-9.Justin Martyr (100-165)—Church-Father. Justin Martyr, in his day, had to defend Jesus from the accusation that he was a magician.
Origen Adamantius (185-253), wrote: When she [Mary] was pregnant, she was turned out of doors by the carpenter to whom she had been betrothed. As having been guilty of adultery, and that she bore a child to a certain soldier named Panthera. — Origen, Contra Celsum, 1:28
(On Magic: The idea that Jesus was a magician is so old it goes back to his own lifetime—it is found in the gospels! The miracles of the gospels were considered as magical, and so there was no clear distinction between Jesus and other magicians. Celsus saw all the novel cults growing at the time as being the work of magicians, and put Christianity among them. Origen thought magic had spread to other races than the Magi, to the destruction and ruin of those who used it. He differentiated the magi with their demonic formulae from the Christians with their use of divine power. When Celsus claimed Jesus performed miracles as magic stunts and tricks, Origen countered that Jesus did his miracles, not to show his own powers, but “to call the spectators to moral reformation.” Origen was not denying Christians were magicians, but that they were better magicians because of the power on which they called.)
St. Epiphanius (315-403) the Bishop of Salamis confirms the Ben Panthera story.
Mar Saba aka the Secret Gospel of Mark. The Mar Saba combined with Mark 14:50-52 reads except for all the And’s that start the sentences flawlessly: “… And they come into Bethany. And a certain woman whose brother had died was there. And, coming, she prostrated herself before Jesus and said to him, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me.’ But the disciples rebuked her. And Jesus, being angered, went off with her into the garden where the tomb was, and straightway a great cry was heard from the tomb. And going near, Jesus rolled away the stone from the door of the tomb. And straightway, going in where the youth was, he stretched forth his hand and raised him, seizing his hand. But the youth, looking upon him, loved him and began to beseech him that he might be with him. And going out of the tomb they came into the house of the youth, for he was rich. And after six days, Jesus told him what to do and in the evening the youth came to him, wearing a linen cloth over his naked body. And he remained with him that night, for Jesus taught him the mystery of the kingdom of God. And thence, arising, he returned to the other side of the Jordan…” Extract of the Alexander letter aka the Mar Saba aka the Secret Gospel of Mark and Mark 14:50-52.
The Christian Bible, from cover to cover, contains later additions, fabrications, and forgeries, which are absent in the oldest known manuscripts.
Talmud Sanhedrin 43a (Safaria) and Sanhedrin 107b, Not only see’s Jesus as a magician (43a.20) it also sees Him as a blasphemer, who was stoned to death naked (43a.2), before being hung on a Tree.(43a.8) Which corroborates Acts 5:30, Acts 10:39, Acts 13:29, 1 Peter 2:24, and Galatians 3:13.
Toledot Yeshu. Mentions the Panthera story.
Maaseh Yeshu. Mentions the Panthera story.
Tractate Avodah Zarah 17a is a Jewish polemic referring to Jesus Pantera, meaning Jesus was the son of the of Mary’s paramour, the Roman soldier Panthera, who was written of by both Pagan and Jewish scholars.
Morton Smith (1915-91), was a historian who stated Jesus was a Magician in his 1978 work “Jesus the Magician.”
Nota bene. In addition, Smith states that Jesus was accused before Pilate of being a “doer of evil/malefactor” (John 18:30) which in Roman law codes (Codex Justinianus IX. 18. 5) refers to a magician. Jesus is often called “one who leads astray” or “deceiver” which also refer to his being a magician. Morton Smith, “Jesus the magician,” p.55
Dr Helen Ingram in her Theses “Dragging Down Heaven: Jesus as Magician and Manipulator of Spirits in the Gospels.”
Then, of course, there is the resurrection, the most important supernatural event in the Christian Bible. Some theologians argue that the resurrection is a unique event that distinguishes Jesus from other human beings who were either temporarily brought back to life (like Lazarus) or were taken up into heaven alive. While we don’t actually know if ancient audiences cared about the permanency of the resurrection, they were impressed when people could raise the dead. It’s something of which the philosopher Empedocles was apparently capable, and a wandering healer called Apollonius of Tyana could also bring the deceased back to life.
This isn’t to say that all of these men were wizards, but rather that the ability to heal, break the laws of physics, or cheat death wasn’t confined to early Christians. Most interesting of all, no one, not even monotheists like the early Christians, disputed that members of rival groups could do these sorts of things. They just claimed that their own methods and sources of power were superior. In the Gospels, Jesus’ rivals accuse him of being possessed by a demon and use this to explain how he performs exorcisms. There are also mentions of people unaffiliated with Jesus casting out demons in his name. Apparently, you didn’t have to be baptized or a follower of Jesus to utilize his power. — ‘Was Jesus a wizard?’ Is Actually a Serious Scholarly Question? Prof. Candida Moss of Birmingham University
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