with all you seemingly know about this engineering, you sure can't explain the true meaning behind it....
Me thinks me did a pretty fine job, concise too; 4, rather small, paragraphs only.
why would language be engineered like this?
It wasn't language that was engineered. Apparently you misunderstood.
who had the time and inclination to sit down and figure out how to fool all humanity?
The powers that be?
can you answer that?
As pointed out, propagation doesn't take that much an effort; just repeat and time will do the rest: concoction will become legend and legend will become myth.
I mean with that intelligence that you have, seeing you don't seem to NEED language yourself
can you explain it with another means? besides memes?
So-called ecclesial books tale about cosmology, anthropology, ontology, philosophy and such - that's about it really.
The illusive Jesus/Christ
There is this supernatural man, Jesus, born of a virgin, traveling the country-side, who: performs miracles; starts a movement; is a nuisance to Romans and Jews alike; is killed; comes back to life again, and all the while other supernatural occurences directly related to this supernatural man's existence take place. A remarkable person like this doesn't go unnoticed, neither do directly related and even so remarkle, supernatural events. Yet, independent, contemporary commentators/historians - all of them - somehow decide to not note it down?
"The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." - The bible
According to the NT, a supernatural Jesus the Christ was a historical person. When trying to substantiate that claim, it proves problematic due to the lack of independent; contemporary; during-the-events; corroborating; verifiable accounts of a supernatural Jesus the Christ as portrayed (in the NT).
It appears impossible to produce demonstrable, firsthand witness accounts outside the NT gospels about a historical and supernatural Jesus the Christ as portrayed in the NT. Nor do we seem to have self-written manuscripts, works of carpentry, dwellings etc., i.e., proven artifacts. By the looks of it, there is no demonstrable trace of this supernatural person himself. All we have are after-the-event accounts ... which should stem from during-the-event acounts ... which do not seem to exist. ~8^\
Even though the writings of several independent, contemporary commentators/historians have survived and remain to form a library available for perusal, there's not a single sentence of this supernatural Jesus and/or the supernatural occurences directly related to this supernatural man's existence.
Josephus, Tacitus, Pliny (the Younger), Suetonius et al
Even when the passages apparently referring to Jesus/Christ are genuine, none of them qualify as personal, eyewitness testimonies of the alleged authors themselves in respect to a historical and supernatural Jesus the Christ as portrayed in the NT.
The main problem here is that none of the authors, as their birth dates affirm, lived during the purported advent of a supernatural Jesus the Christ. Their words therefore, qualify as hearsay - which explains how come none of them claim they have personally met or witnessed a supernatural Jesus the Christ - because what they are saying is what was being said. These authors share this characteristic with the gospel authors.
The gospels are not signed and - except for an introduction in "Luke"; in which it is explicitly stated what follows is hearsay - are written in the third person perspective (as by an out of sight narrator). The authors, blatantly, never situate themselves within the unfolding narrative nor give any hint they themselves were involved in the events described. Several narratives even involve Jesus by himself, i.e., without any witnesses present. ~8^\
- hearsay: unverified, unofficial information gained or acquired from another; not part of one's direct knowledge - http://www.network54.com/Forum/272761/message/1278747848/
Aren't there any potential witnesses then who had an interest in noting down the exceptional adventures of Jesus and his band of merry men as they happened?
Yes, there are, a few, such as Philo, Justus of Tiberias, Pliny the Elder, Martial, Juvenal, Epictetus, Seneca, Plutarch, Quintilian ... and all are silent on the matter. One of them is particulary interesting.
Hellenistic Jewish historian and philosopher Philo (of Alexandria) (25 B.C.E.-47 C.E.) living at the purported time of Jesus; a contemporary therefore, and at the right place; Jerusalem thus, is someone, given the nature of his works; the main themes of biblical thought : the relation of God and man, one would expect to mention a supernatural person of his time in direct relation to God. Yet, Philo, of all people, who had all the reasons to comment upon a god-man of his time, makes no mention of a supernatural Jesus the Christ whatsoever.
As it so happens then, we have an excellent witness to the events in Judaea and the Jewish diaspora in the first half of the first century CE.
Yet, Philo says not a word about a supernatural Jesus the Christ, Christianity, nor any of the related, supernatural, events described in the New Testament. In all his work, Philo - of whom we have no demonstrable reasons why he would not - makes not a single reference to this alleged contemporary "Jesus the Christ"; the godman, who supposedly was traveling up and down the Levant, purportedly performing all kinds of miracles, apparently got himself killed and assumably came back to life again.
Odd, very odd, but only if we believe a supernatural Jesus and his merry men existed and that they established the church. Then again, when we recognize that the Christian fable was still at an early stage of development when Philo was pondering the relationship of God and man, there is nothing strange here at all.
Where do the Jesus/Christ accounts stem from then?
Propagate that an outdoor passion play; an annual celebration in which the cycle of life is symbolically being acted out - a common occurence in the ancient world - up to this very day even, was not an symbolic act but a real life event. Eventually, with or without force, the idea will sink in and the hypostatized(1) passion play has entered the mind as utter reality and the main character as genuine historical.
That is how come there appear to exist secondhand accounts, and what might qualify as third- fourth- fifthhand accounts etc., about a historical and supernatural Jesus character as portrayed in the NT but no firsthand, during-the-event accounts because firsthand accounts would tell us about reification(2) of the main character of a passion play as opposed to supernatural, real life events as portrayed in the NT.
We do have accounts; prior accounts, and much to the chagrin of Christian apologists they do not involve the supernatural Jesus character. They involve other supernatural 'sons of god' prior to the Jesus character who 'were born'; 'walked'; 'performed'; 'suffered'; 'died'; 'came back to life' etc., and all of them are anthropomorphizations(3) relating the myth of the 'birth', 'death' and 'rebirth' of life; the solar system; the universe itself.
The Jesus myth is not the first, merely one of the last, in a long tradition of myths in the form of personifications(4) conveying the aspects of the ever ongoing cycle of life - and all those myths tale about the same: the creation of life, its nature and its perpetuality.
(1) - hypostatized (hypostatize) : to attribute real identity to (a concept)
(2) - reification (reify) : to regard (something abstract) as (a) material or concrete (thing
(3) - anthropomorphizations (anthropomorphize) : to attribute human form or personality to (things not human)
(4) - Personification (personify) : see 1 and 3
'Every time we read in ecclesial books a tale of which its reality seems impossible; a story defying reason and common sense, be assured the tale to be an allegory containing a universal truth or two; and the greater the absurdity of the tale, the deeper the possible wisdom.'
And we have returned to square one: the lack of independent, contemporary, verifiable documentation of firsthand, during-the-event accounts outside the NT leading to the doubt about a historical and supernatural Jesus the Christ as portrayed in the NT.
And thats what happens when a beautiful theory meets a brutal gang of facts.
-it is not what we (think we) know that matters, it is what we can show true that does
after all, truth is demonstrably fact and fact is demonstrably true - everything else ... mere conjecture-
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