I’ve come upon an argument on Facebook tonight and it got me to think enough to make a new blog post (and just for you). One of the arguments I’ve seen to justify the New Testament being the “words” of god is that it was written by Jesus’ follower a mere 40 years (which as been proven false but lets assume for the sake of argument that it is true) after it’s death at around 33. The argument goes that 40 years is a short time there would still have been people remembering the actual Jesus and they would have shot down anything that would have been a lie right?
Well this is where everything fall apart, you see even if 40 years is not that long of a time for our civilization, and that the average person lives much longer then this in our society it was not the case in the roman empire. The average men life expectancy was only around 46 years. That means that most people did not see their 50th birthday and given that the disciple had to have been at least 14 when they where with Jesus, it would be doubtful that they would still be alive 40 years later. Not to mention that even if they were, just about no one else that had lived through the life of Jesus was and could contradict their account. You have to realize that 40 years at the time was the equivalent of 2 generations, the children of the Jesus’ follower had had children, died, and those children would have had children of their own. So by that time the story of Jesus was the story of someone your grand father might have known. Not exactly first hand account, if you catch my drift.