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Was Jesus an apocalyptic prophet?
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If Jesus' beliefs were made up, they would have been more believable

Jesus often spoke about events such as all the temple being raised to the ground. If that was just retroaction, wouldn't it have been made more historically accurate?
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A lot of the things that Jesus said and did were probably made up to try and emphasise his position as the Son of God. Whilst there are certain miracles, such as turning water into wine, that we have no evidence or historical records of so that the Gospel writers aren't obviously shown to be lying, others are fairly obvious. If they wanted Jesus to be shown as the Son of God - a divine omnipresent being - surely they would have altered the things that Jesus said to be historically accurate?

The Argument

In Mark 13:2 Jesus says ‘Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.’ This is Jesus talking about the end times; talking about the fact that the Temple in Jerusalem will be completely destroyed during the eschaton that is soon to arrive. However, there is a large problem with Jesus saying this. He is wrong - very wrong. The Temple in Jerusalem still stands to this day, 2000 years after Jesus' life. If the gospel writers made up what Jesus said in order to fit their own narratives, they would have made sure that he was correct when he was talking about what would happen to a huge structure the size of 12 football pitches. Since this would have been an embarrassment for the writers to have included it, it can't have been made up, therefore Jesus must have held these views in some form.

Counter arguments


P1 Jesus predicts that the Temple in Jerusalem will fall entirely P2 Jesus is wrong - the Temple is still standing today P3 The gospel writers wouldn't have made up quotes that were so obviously false C Jesus must have held these views

Rejecting the premises


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