He Was Born!

Galatians 4:4
But when the time had fully come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law.

It is not uncommon to hear some skeptic declare of Christ that He is “really” just a mythic figure like Krishna or Osiris.  The problem with this thesis is that these upstanding members of the mythology of antiquity lived no one knows where or when, while Jesus was born in the gritty world of Roman occupied Palestine during the reign of Augustus Caesar and executed on a wooden cross by a Roman bureaucrat whose tenure can be roughly dated.  Further, the documents describing His life were written within living memory of a great number of eyewitnesses.  Thus, Paul tells the Corinthians that if they have doubts about the resurrection, they should ask the 500 witnesses who are still walking around Palestine.  It’s like a modern writer saying “God became man during the presidency of Herbert Hoover in Pittburgh, Pennsylvania, and was executed by Governor George Wallace during the early days of the Kennedy Administration in Savannah, Georgia.  We saw it happen with our own eyes.  And a lot of people remember the things He did.  Ask them.”  Whatever else that is, it’s not a myth located in Cloud Cuckoo Land. It’s located squarely in human history.  That’s why only skeptical cranks, not real historians, doubt the historicity of Jesus Christ.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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  • Guest

    FYI – George Wallace was governor of Alabama (where I now live) so he had little influence in Savannah, Georgia (where I grew up). It's a good thing the New Testament's historical references are more accurate! Enough criticism – I really enjoy and am blessed by your Words of Encouragement. Keep them coming.

    BTW – I'm a "Bible believing Protestant" like you were and am fascinated by Pope Benedict's books. We'll see where they lead me.

  • Guest


    I'll be praying for you.