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For the two billion Christians worldwide, Jesus of Nazareth is the son of God - a first century messiah who performed miracles before being crucified to atone for the sins of mankind. However, some claim that Jesus was something else entirely, and have developed conspiracy theories claiming he was anything from a hypocrite to an alien. Who, or what, was Jesus?

Christ was a family man Show more Show less

Contrary to popular belief, Jesus enjoyed romantic relationships and fathered children.
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Jesus' bloodline lives to this day

Jesus fathered a number of children with Mary Magdalene, and this group - 'the Desposyni' - live amongst us today.
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Context

In the fall of 2014, an article was written about a document reported to be 1,500 years old that was unearthed in the British Library. This document, known as "The Lost Gospel", was translated by Professor Barrie Wilson and writer Simcha Jacobovic from Aramaic to English. "The Lost Gospel", according to Wilson and Jacobovic, reveals that Jesus had married Mary Magdalene and fathered two children with her. [1]

The Argument

The theory about Jesus having a family and a bloodline that is still alive today was popularized by Dan Brown in his novel "The Davinci Code", which was adapted into a movie starring Tom Hanks. However, many authors have dismissed Brown's story as a work of fiction. While many theorists support Brown's claim that Jesus's bloodline lives on today, they dispute the assumption that their is a singular, supreme descendant (the film depicts a singular descendant in the character of Sophie Neveu). According to theorists, Jesus's descendants encompass a very wide net of people. [2] Even the Bible makes mention of Jesus's blood relatives. In addition to Jesus's mother, the Virgin Mary, there was Mary's cousin Elizabeth and her son who would grow up to be John the Baptist. The Bible also documents Christ's siblings: some unamed sisters and four brothers, Judas, Simon, Joses, and James. However, records from Jewish families tell the stories of other family members who were not recorded in the Bible. These records mention uncles, cousins, nephews, and even grand-nephews and great-grand-nephews. Records show these relatives being traced back to Jerusalem, Jordan, and even to Rome. These records also indicate that these relatives helped lead Christ to safety after Jerusalem fell in 70 AD. They also testified before Roman emperors. There is also the matter of the first Christian bishops. For the first 100 years after the death of Christ, the bishops in Jerusalem were not only Jewish but they were also all related to Christ. [3] The gospels that have been unearthed hinting at Christ's family over the years were rejected by the early Christians to be included in the New Testament. Modern Christian scholars claim that the reason why these gospels were rejected was because the early Christians considered them to be heretical. While heresy is a matter of opinion, it is also important to realize that these gospels revealed a very different picture of Christ and his mission on Earth. [4]

Counter arguments

There is no credible evidence that Christ was ever married or ever had children. The Bible contains no mention of Christ's wife or any children that would have come from the marriage. What the Bible does contain are quotes speaking to Christ's lack of family; for example, Hebrew 7:3 states that Christ is a person without a geneology, showing that he is a true Son of God. While the Bible does maintain that Mary was Jesus's mother and also aknowledges that Mary and Joseph most likely did have children before Christ, there is very little Biblical or evidence outside of the Bible to suggest that Christ was married or had children as their have been few credible secular historians that have found any evidence to suggest such allegations. [5]

Premises

Rejecting the premises


References

  1. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/news/jesus-married-mary-magdalene-and-had-children-according-to-ancient-manuscript-9849839.html
  2. https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/jesus-family-modern-bloodline-da-17083666
  3. https://www1.cbn.com/BibleArcheology/archive/2010/12/02/jesus-family-tree
  4. https://thetemplarknight.com/2011/03/01/bloodline-jesus/
  5. https://www.patheos.com/blogs/christiancrier/2015/09/13/are-there-known-relatives-of-jesus-living-today/

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