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[Jesus was born in Bethlehem and grew up in Nazareth under the watch of the Roman Empire, which covered much of Europe, Northern Africa, and parts of the Middle East. So what did the Romans, the rulers of the day, have to say?] “Scholars have debated about the historicity of this first census since there is no record of it in the Roman archives.” There would have been no relocation to be counted. People in Galilee would not go to Bethlehem to be counted. People were counted and taxed where they lived, not where their ancestors lived. Today we call that creative writing.
[Here’s Tacitus, probably the best Roman Historian in the world: “Christus … suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus.”]
Tacitus (55-117 CE) was born about 22 years after the supposed death of Jesus. He wrote the statement about 116 CE. That was about 83 years after the death of Jesus. This is the first historical evidence of a Christus. All books of the NT had been written and the Christians were working to cause major problems in the Roman Empire. Religious violence by Christians was becoming too common, and causing problems for the ruling class. The comment by Tacitus does not prove Jesus ever existed as a god. It proves that Paul was good at creating a religion, much as L. Ron Hubbard was. The Acts of Pilate also verifies Christ.
[This small excerpt is part of a longer piece on how the Romans treated the early Christian church. Tactitus, writing in the second half of the 1st Century, corroborates Biblical facts about Jesus and the birth of the early church.]
Tacitus wrote in the early second century, not the first.
[A popular objection to the Biblical record may be, “The early Christians made up the stories about Jesus because they needed to spread their false message.” Well, Tacitus and the Romans didn’t need to spread the message. Quite the opposite; they wished the Christians didn’t exist! This is simply an honest historical account of the facts.] Look at over 200 totally accurate stories of Jesus and his friends. Some were so far out that they were not included in the current Bible. “The Perfect Savior said to them: "I want you to know that Sophia, the Mother of the Universe and the consort, desired by herself to bring these to existence without her male (consort). But by the will of the Father of the Universe, that his unimaginable goodness might be revealed, he created that curtain between the immortals and those that came afterward, that the consequence might follow” Why isn’t this absolute truth in the current Christian Bible?

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