Jesus Christ – Fact of Fiction by Marlena Zaj

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May 3, 2019 by johnston00

“Whoever receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true.”

There are many different religions in the world today and each one rightfully has it’s own traditions , values and beliefs.  I myself am a Catholic, therefore I strongly believe in the existence of God and his son Jesus. In today’s modern society the majority of people only believe in what they can see.

This is the reason for the new modern idea of love being just the feeling of one’s attractions to another, yet Jesus told us to”love one another” and this definitely doesn’t mean that we have to be great friend with everyone, but rather that we remember that we ourselves aren’t the only ones struggling, stressing out and fighting battles with ourselves.  Everyone in this world is fighting a battle on their own, which could be loss of a family member, illness, debt, homelessness, abuse or even depression.

Numerous people question the significance and importance of religion in our daily lives, after witnessing truly awful and sorrowful incidents after which they runt to God and ask “Why?” “Why did this have to happen to me?” “What did I do wrong?”  It is questions like these that make us question if there really is such a thing as a guardian angel watching over us or even if God himself exists.  King David of Israel once asked God “Prove me, O Lord and try me test my heart and my mind.” I believe his words explain exactly why we’re sometimes faced with catastrophic tragedies or just difficult situations in general, it’s God’s way of helping us develop and grow to become smarter, braver, more independent individuals, because at the end of the day it’s those painful, horrible memories that remain in our minds and hearts like scars, reminders that we are to never again make the same mistake, or we will have to suffer once more.

The Bible isn’t the only written evidence of Jesus Christ’s existence.  There are multiple non-Christian writings that confirm his existence, such as the ‘Testimonium Flavianum’ written by Josephus a first century Jewish historian, in which he declares that “Abouts this time there lived Jesus, a wise man, if indeed one ought to call him a man.  For her wrought surprising feats.  He was the Christ”.  The Babylonian Talmus – a collection of Jewish rabbinical writings compiled between AD 70 – 200, also confirms the existence of Jesus Christ. 

Despite the relaxed feeling of safety, peace of mind and knowing that one has a purpose in life, I’m sure many people will continue to doubt the importance of religion in our lives and even with non-Christian records that confirm the existence of Jesus Christ, people will consider him a myth and they have the right to do so, just as I have the right to believe and trust in him and his existence.

Congratulations to Marlena Zaj on winning the Junior Cycle section of our Essay Competition 2019. Marlena is currently a 1st year student at Laurel Hill Colaiste FCJ, Limerick.

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