Before I start, I want to emphasise that this article in no way means to deny the Bible stories we all know so well. This is simply an alternative idea, written by me on a whim and to get it out of my system!
Religion plays a large part in many people’s lives and although I am not religious myself, I am quite happy to respect that need in others. I do sometimes though, think about the foundations upon which Christianity is built and I find it interesting to play around with the well-known stories.
For a start there’s the problem of virgin birth, something which logic tells me is just not possible, especially with our modern knowledge of how the human body is made up and its requirements, regarding the completion of strings of DNA, genes and all the other paraphernalia of life.
Then there are His miracles, the reports of which I understand were written long after His death. Could these have been written, based on some facts, but largely invented by those who were developing their new religion as, possibly, was the story of the virgin birth? I do believe that Jesus was seen as a prophet, a man with an astute mind, almost a politician, who was a thorn in the side of the Roman occupiers of Israel, events leading to his trial and eventual crucifixion.
Regarding the crucifixion itself, my thoughts lead me to the possible fact that he didn’t actually die on the cross at all, but with the agony of the nailing, the distortion of his body due to hanging on the cross and the lack of any real care being afforded him, he gradually sank into a deep coma, during which time both his heartbeat and his breathing would have sunk almost to zero. There’s nothing strange about this, it has happened to countless people in the past and can even happen today, with all the wonderful checking equipment at our disposal. Death can be very hard to determine sometimes even when someone is lying in a hospital bed in a modern hospital, let alone hanging on a cross, in a primitive world with no scientific equipment to assist judgement. In this comatose state, it is unlikely that the poor man would even react to a sword being thrust into his side and on that basis it isn’t surprising that the Roman soldier was prepared to declare him dead.
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He was then taken by his friends, to what was most likely the ideal environment for him to recover, a stone mausoleum, filled with cool, damp air, and as quiet as a grave! So that after about three days he gradually recovered consciousness, was able to get up, realising where he was. And he called out at the stone covered door, hoping there was someone outside to hear him. I’m guessing that some of his friends were standing guard out there, as a mark of respect and they heard his cries.
To them of course, this really was an example of resurrection, a magic moment where a dead person actually came back to life and I suppose, this would be the moment when Christianity was born. Joyfully, the disciples began broadcasting the wonderful story that something truly wonderful had happened, so that it wasn’t many days before the Romans began to hear stories of the resurrection. The disciples, realising their mistake, whisked Jesus away, far into the country, saying they had at last seen him ascending to heaven to be with his father, thus avoiding an intense search for him by the authorities, and further perpetrating the mystery of his being.
I would imagine him living out his life somewhere, far from danger, while his friends began spreading the word about the wonderful happenings in Jerusalem, that spring morning.
Could it all have happened along these lines? Maybe or maybe not, but I have tried to take a logical look at the story, as opposed to the faith we all have, just out of interest in an idea, without in any way wishing to cause offence!
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