Monday, July 21, 2014

Jesus the Liberator: Is Jesus Unique to History?

How does Jesus from Nazareth compare to
The founder's of all the other great religions?

Over the centuries several men have founded great world religions. We must know how these men compare with Jesus from Nazareth. Did they make claims similar to his? Did their lives possess the same power that he possessed? We can only be certain Jesus is unique to history by comparing him with the founders of the other great religions.

1527—1407 B.C.

Moses was born in Egypt of Hebrew parents. Hidden because all males were to be slain, he was found by the daughter of Pharaoh and brought up in the Pharaoh's house. When he had matured, he saw an Egyptian mistreating a Hebrew slave and killed the Egyptian. For this he was forced to flee from Egypt and spent the next forty years in the wilderness.

At the age of eighty, Moses was called my God to deliver the nation of Israel out of Egypt. He was later given the tables of the law on Mount Sinai, which was the beginning of modern Judaism. Moses was denied the privilege of entering the promised land because of disobedience to God's will. He died in the land of Moab and was laid in an unmarked grave. (Exodus 1—40; Deuteronomy 34).

Moses made no claims to deity and is not now considered to be a god by the Jews. No resurrection is claimed for him, nor did he ever see himself as anything but God's servant.

660-583 B.C.

Zoroaster was a Persian who left his father, mother, and wife and began a search for religious enlightenment. After ten years he received a revelation and saw Ahura Mazda (the supreme being), and felt called to be a prophet. In the next ten years his only convert was a cousin. (Robert Earnest Hume, The World's Living Religions (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 159, pp. 201-206).

Zoroaster showed bitter animosity for his enemies. "Upon a certain opponent, Bendva, I pray for ruin or death." And, "others I look on with hatred of spirit." (Ibid, p. 207).

After two more years of effort, Zoroaster converted to his religion a prince who put all of his power behind the faith. Several religious wars followed, and at the age of 77, Zoroaster's enemies surprised and killed him before the fire alter.

Although later Zoroastrian scriptures make vast claims concerning a supernatural birth and other fantastic events for the founder's life, the Avesta, written by Zoroaster himself, contains no claims for his personal deity or for a personal bodily resurrection.

Zoroaster spent a good deal of his life in discouragement, and at one point he questioned whether he would be able to earn future immortality. "Tell me truly, Ahura, whether I shall indeed, O Right, earn the reward, even ten mares with a stallion and a camel, which was promised to me, O Mazda, as well as through thee the future gift of welfare and immortality." (Ibid. p. 204).

Laozi (or Lao-tzu)
604 B.C-?

Laozi (or Lao-tzu) is a scholar of whom so little is known some authorities are even skeptical of his existence. Born in China, he is reported to have held a government post in the capitol city. After questioning the existence of any form of government, he resigned and withdrew from the civilized world.


Check out the entire book Jesus From Nazareth: Liberator. Also, you might want to check out the section for seekers that is For Seekers Wanting Answers in These Last Days.

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