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Who was or is Jesus Christ? Christians worship him as God. But some people claim Jesus didn't even exist. Others say Jesus was an imposter. The Da Vinci Code postulates Jesus was a great man whose deity was invented by the 4th century Church. Do recently discovered ancient manuscripts reveal a different Jesus? Or... does the evidence reveal that the Jesus of the New Testament is the real Jesus? And, is there any evidence for the claim that he rose from the dead?
Many are willing to accept Jesus Christ as a good man, or a great prophet, but argue that Jesus never claimed to be God. Those who deny Jesus' deity point out scriptures that back up their belief that Jesus never intended to be worshipped as God. The evidence, however, indicates that from the time of the apostles, Jesus was worshipped as Lord. After the apostles died, several first and second century church leaders wrote of Jesus' deity.
Finally in 325 A. D. the leadership of the church articulated the belief that Jesus is fully God. Some argue that the church "invented" Jesus' deity by rewriting the gospel accounts. In fact, the world's best-selling fictional book, The Da Vinci Code sold over 40 million books by making that claim (See "Was there a Da Vinci Conspiracy?"). Although the book made its author, Dan Brown, wealthy, his fictional account was debunked by scholars as bad history. In fact, the New Testament has been deemed the "most reliable of all ancient historical documents."
The following questions highlight important issues regarding the true identity of Jesus Christ. The corresponding articles present conclusions from historians and other scholars. Explore the evidence for yourself and decide: Who is the real Jesus?
Click on a question below to begin your discovery.
Was Jesus a real person?
Was there a Da Vinci conspiracy?
Is Jesus God?
Are the gospels true?
Was Jesus the Messiah?
Did Jesus really rise from the dead?
Is Jesus relevant today?