Fact or Fiction
Have you ever thought about the story of Jesus? Of whether it is fact or fiction?
Well… if you believe the story is true then you probably know what to do. But what if you don’t believe the story is true? Should that really make a difference? What I mean is, even if you don’t believe Jesus existed and was who they claim he was (if the story is total fiction) why should that make any difference in the meaning of the acount?
Seems to me that the story itself – of who Jesus was, what he thought, and especially how he behaved – has so much in it that if we pay attention (regardless if it is fact or fiction or sopmething in-between), we would all benefit in some way.
I also feel that if one simply looks at the story objectively one must in the end accept it as fact because if you think about it, why would it be a lie? We know that people who lie (or are imposters) do so because they wish to gain something (selfishly) for themselves (whether fame, power, money. or just their way). Yet when we examine what Jesus (or the story of Jesus) asked, we find that it was that we believe in something (truly) better in more ways than one and that we take heart and/or find solace in that something… and he did so without asking anything for himself in return… actually giving up everything – fame, fortune, and even his life. Now would a liar (or an imposter in a story) do that? I believe not… and I don’t think anyone would deny that if we all followed the example that Jesus set, mankind would be at least a tad better off than we are now. So I figure, we might as well as try to emulate it.
But why do people refuse to examine and ultimately accept & believe? In my opinion it is due to either blindness, fear, rebellion, or possibly weakness of some sort. For whatever reason, they cannot seem to acknowledge any better idea or example that may exist beyond themselves or their meager understanding. And so we come to why the world is the way it is… because people argue about fact or fiction instead of doing right.