Bilbo appears in person in The Fellowship of the Ring. Need I quote chapter and verse?
Whoa, wait a minute.... First you say that Jesus did not even exist, now you're telling me that Bilbo Baggins didn't either? If Bilbo didn't exist either, then who wrote, "A Hobbits Tale: There and back, by Bilbo Baggins."
â€œAlways be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you.â€ â€“1st Peter 3:15
Furthermore, given the fact that hardly any ancient documents survive decay, that a multitude of early Christian and secular sources should have survived is miraculous even by naturalistic standards.
Close to a thousand manuscripts written by an obscure sect survived from roughly the same time period. Odd how the more numerous Christian body failed to deliver. Too many missing periods in Jesus` life. Nothing on the deaths of the giants, Peter and Paul. Nothing on the subsequent proselytising and deaths of the apostles. Contradictions galore in the Gospels. Even the Jewish authorities thought it of so little moment, they couldn`t be bothered putting pen to papyrus. All those miracles and only the Christians noticed?
I wonder if the same uproar occurred when people started portraying Jesus as a pale European. That certainly wasn't in the Bible...."The good Christian should beware the mathematician and all those who make empty prophecies. The danger already exists that the mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and to confine man in the bonds of hell." - St. Augustine
Getting married and having little chitlins was not apart of the program.
I would hazard a guess that this is your personal opinion because it certainly isn't stated in the Bible.
In fact, if Jesus was the fulfillment of the 'Suffering Servant' of Isaiah's Servant Songs (as Xians claim He is), then Jesus would have HAD to be a daddy.
The servant would live to see his offspring:
Yet it was the LORD's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.
The 'offspring' referred to here is actual children, and not the metaphorical 'children' that Christians claim it means.
Zerah, which is used for offsrping here, is never used metaphorically in the Hebrew Bible.
So, Jesus would need to have had real children if He was the Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53 as Christians cliam he was.
However, there are another two huge problems trying to fit Jesus into Isaiah 53. One is his fairly short life, it certainly wasn't a prolonged life as the servant was blessed with. Oh, it is an extended physical life as well, not some spiritual hocus pocus.
The second, and biggest problem, is that Isaiah 53 is not even messianic.
Dunno, with the present neurotic Christian preoccupation with sex (homophobia, abortion, birth control, celibacy, etc.), and digesting all that blood and bikkies in their ceremonies, there has to be a reluctance to give Jesus any qualities of the flesh. Contradicted by the fascination with a tortured body hanging on a cross. Ah, the wonderful world of the believer.
I wonder if the same uproar occurred when people started portraying Jesus as a pale European. That certainly wasn't in the Bible....
I don't like the blonde haired, blue-eyed version of Jesus for the same reason I don't like Negro Jesus-- both are counterintuitive. The Scriptures say that there was nothing in Jesus that people could physically see that would make us look at Him any differently from the common Jew walking around in the marketplaces of Jerusalem. Yeshua probably looked like most Jews back then: olive skin, brown eyes, brown hair, etc. He probably looked like your average 1st century Jew.
â€œIt is in vain, O' man, that you seek within yourselves the cure for all your miseries. All your insight has led you to the knowledge that it is not in yourselves that you will discover the true and the good.â€ -Blaise Pascal