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Western scholars continue to assert that historians believe Jesus lied. However, scholars have scrutinized Jesus’ words and life to see if there is any evidence of a defect in his moral character. In fact, even the most ardent skeptics are stunned by Jesus’ moral and ethical purity. This is an additional proof that Jesus was murdered or there was an attempt to kill him to appease Jew priests. There influence in the Roman government was high, they did not want to disturb them, and at the same time, they did not want to kill Jesus.
According to historian Philip Schaff, there is no evidence, either in church history or in secular history that Jesus lied about anything. Schaff argued, “How, in the name of logic, common sense, and experience, could a deceitful, selfish, depraved man have invented, and consistently maintained from the beginning to end, the purest and noblest character known in history with the most perfect air of truth and reality?” This explains that it was a conspiracy by Jewish priest to condemn him in the eyes of gentry.
To go with the option of liar seems to swim upstream against everything Jesus taught, lived, and died for. To most scholars, it just does not make sense. Yet, to deny Jesus’ claims, one must come up with some explanation. And if Jesus’ claims are not true, and he wasn’t lying, the only option remaining is that he must have been self-deceived.
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