[VIDEO] Did Jesus Die?
(*This copy seems to have been edited)
Anyone seen this BBC4 documentary – Did Jesus Die? It analysing the ‘swoon theory’ of the resurrection and what could have happened after. They make some very compelling points. I’d be interested to see how theists handle them.
Most interesting was the idea that Jesus could have been a Buddhist.
Jesus lived in Israel until he was 14, after which know one knows where he went, but there is no record of him being in Palestine.
There was a story of a person called Issa (locally know as Jus Asaf, meaning Healer or Shepard) who travelled from Israel and lived in Kashmir from the age of 14 to around 29, when he left and returned to Israel.
Jesus showed up in Israel around the age of 29, bringing with him the teachings we all know, such as love thy neighbour, turn the other cheek etc. His teachings have no precedent in traditional Judaism, but they are entirely consistent with Buddhism.
Mark 6:48: he went out to them walking on the lake.
Anguttara Nikaya 3:60: He walks upon the water without parting it, as if it were solid ground.
Mark 10:25: it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enterthe kingdom of heaven.
Jatakamala 5:5 & 15: Riches make a man greedy and so are like a caravan lurching down the road to hell
Matthew 6:20: Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal.
Kuddakaptha 8:9 Let the wise man do righteousness; a treasure that others cannot share, which no thief can steal, a treasure which does not pass away.
Issa/Jus Asaf returned to Kashmir in his 30’s where he stayed and continued his teachings, until he died in the year 80.
Could Jesus have survived the crucifixion and gone to India to escape the Roman Empire who probably would have captured him had he stayed. And could he have, in fact, been Issa and have been in India during the ‘missing years?’
*There seems to be some edits in the Google Video copy… the part discussing about the possible Buddhist links isn’t there. I don’t know why someone would delete it. This website (http://www.muslim.org/light/light033.htm) include a transcript of the documentary. Here is that specific section:
Yet a further reason was then put forward as to why Jesus would be tempted to travel towards India: he had already been there earlier in his life, and lived there from the age of about 14 to 29, being trained as a priest by Buddhists. The documentary referred to the well-known story of the three wise men from the east who came to pay homage to Jesus at his birth
“When a great Buddhist holy man, or Lama dies, wise men consult the stars and other omens and set off, often on extraordinarily long journeys, to find the infant who is the reincarnation of the Lama. When the child is old enough he is taken away from his parents and educated in the Buddhist faith. Could this be the origin of the story of the Three Wise Men? Could Jesus have been taken to India as a child and taught to be a priest.
The Russian writer, Nikolai Notovitch, travelling in India in the 19th century, discovered an ancient manuscript in a Buddhist monastery in Tibet. In his book The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ, Notovitch translated this manuscript, and it tells of a divine child called Issa, born in the 1st century to a poor family in Israel. Issa came to India at the age of 14, where he learned the laws of Buddhism before returning to Israel at the age of 29.
This idea would certainly explain the otherwise odd fact that from the age of 14 to 29 there is absolutely no record of Jesus’ existence in Palestine. Certainly the later teachings and miracles of Jesus have uncanny parallels with the teachings and miracles of the Buddha. Loving your enemies and the idea that the meek will inherit the earth have absolutely no tradition or precedent in Judaism. But they are entirely consistent with Buddhism.”
Another webpage with similar info: http://www.goacom.org/overseas-digest/Religion/jesus-in-kashmir.htm
Interesting stuff. I’m entirely okay with arguing and considering that Jesus didn’t even exist, but was rather a spiritual figure of Paul’s, but I’m equally okay about arguing and considering the ideas put forward in this documentary, that he was just an ordinary man who was believed to be a messiah, just like the many others, meaning the Gospels are merely mistaken accounts.
Thoughts on this theory?
"It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring" -- Carl Sagan