Answered: Jesus is Imaginary



This video posits that Jesus is completely imaginary, and makes the rather bold statement that you can prove it in under five minutes.

In my answer to GII's proof #50, I made the statement that Jesus never promised to appear. The author of GII has pulled that promise out of his butt using some very questionable exegesis. I only stated that this was the case but I never actually proved it. I will now examine that issue in greater depth here.

The video first looks at 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, which reads:
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.
From this, the GII author gleans three facts:
  1. Jesus proved his Resurrection by appearing to people
  2. It's okay to appear to people
  3. Appearing to people doesn't take away their free will

These premises are logically sound and easily deduced from the above passage. I take no issue with what is given here.

Then, the anonymous author looks at Jesus' words in Matthew 18:19-20:
Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.
Given this, he gathers these facts:
  1. Jesus is already here among us
  2. God will do anything we ask
(1) is sound given the verse. However, (2) is false given the context of the verse. This verse doesn't find itself in an instruction sheet on prayer, but rather in a discourse on proper church discipline of believers gone astray. The author of GII is isolating this verse from its context and then re-imagining it as a broad promise to answer any and every prayer.

Finally, GII wants us to ask Jesus to appear. The reasoning seems simple enough.
  1. Jesus is already here
  2. It would be trivial for him to appear
  3. It is okay for him to appear
  4. He has promised that he will appear

Each point above in this final list is based on one of the five points that GII pulled from 1 Corinthians 15:3-8 and Matthew 18:19-20. However, (4) is a faulty premise that doesn't follow from the facts that are stated above.

(4) is a composite that requires God to answer any and every prayer. However, as already discussed, the broader context that Matthew 18:19-20 finds itself in is one of church discipline, not general instructions on prayer. Jesus, therefore, does not promise to appear at all. Rather, the author of GII has eisegeted a passage to try to obligate Jesus to appear, and then complain about the fact that Jesus doesn't.

The "excuses" that the GII author cites coming from Christians are laughable. It seems as though the author has picked the worst possible answers for Christians to come up with and dealt with those, instead of trying to deal with any sort of reasonable answers. A Christian theology of prayer, such as can be found here, will never be dealt with on the GII or WWGHA sites.
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