The Real Jesus Christ

1999, Religion  -   19 Comments
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The ambitious and endlessly fascinating The Real Jesus Christ attempts to decipher the history and teachings of Jesus that have been hidden from view for well over 2,000 years.

In the years following His death, the believers of Jesus fell into two distinct factions, each one attempting to cement their versions of his teachings into eternal gospel. The faction guided by St. Paul ultimately became the victor in this pursuit. Meanwhile, the other faction, which consisted of family members and disciples who actually knew Jesus, withered into obscurity and left behind no surviving writings.

The film explores how our understanding of Jesus might have been altered had we had access to these discarded testimonies.

The battle for history was waged between Paul and James. Once a persecutor of Christ's followers, Paul became convinced he possessed the right to propagate the story of Christ after experiencing an epiphany on his way to Damascus. This sense of entitled destiny existed within him in spite of the fact that he - unlike James - had never actually known Jesus during His lifetime.

A clash of perspectives ensued, which encompassed differences in views on circumcision, kosher foods and the sanctity of Jesus' Jewish heritage. Unable to meld the minutia of both philosophies, the two split. Paul's version of Christ ultimately informed the Gospels of the New Testament.

An assortment of historians and theologians attempt to piece together the alternative biography of Jesus had it been recorded by James and his supporters. It's a history that relies more on the mundane than the spectacular. In this version of events, Jesus was conceived naturally to Mary and Joseph. This history would have included a more realistic snapshot of the times, more liberal criticism of the Roman values of the day, and a correlation between the politics of the period and the religious teachings of Jesus.

This is just a sampling of the insights offered by The Real Jesus Christ. Whatever your personal beliefs, the journey of the film is sure to be one of intense fascination as it reconsiders a series of events that have shaped the globe like no other.

Directed by: Patrick McGrady
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Ratings: 4.69/10from 35 users.

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19 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Glen Hale

    While we have religion we will never have peace..There are 1600 Gods which is correct if any..Thank God for Darwin.

  2. Nicholas James

    4.81? 10. This is a great historical account of what really happened. Paul had his agenda, the Jews theirs. The rest is a story seamlessly sold to many generations of believers. Today,the Roman Cathlic Church, 2018,has revealed it's terrible wrath upon nations, and treated children with their repressed sexually beahviour. Truth,is in this great documentary. Now I understand more about what happened, and what was editted out at the time of Christ.

  3. Graham

    My "beliefs"
    Jesus lived 99%
    Virgin birth >01%
    "God" exists >.01%
    Can I love Jesus 100%

    Anybody with me?

    1. Lrzo

      This is not YouTube. What's next? "Like if you're watching this in 2018?"

  4. Karina

    I wish you would identify the various speakers.

  5. Alfredo Limia

    pure BS.

  6. J Miller

    In this world the bad guys always win out. lol But in the end no one really knows of JC existed in reality and if he existed what he actually said. You also forgot to mention the Gnostic Christians who IMO have the more interesting story to tell.

    1. David

      We do know that Jesus existed as there is plenty of unbiased non Christian proof: Josephus for example, a Jew writting in Rome about an entirely different subject makes reference to Jesus and his cruxifiction

  7. Veronica

    This was a really thought-provoking narrative. I have been a 'believer' in the Protestant version of the Roman story at a time in my past. Now I find myself wishing the story were truth, but I have no big confidence that it ever was - it's really a beautiful dream of the idea of God taking so much interest in us that he actually died for us - 'The best story ever told' as I believe one film was called. The 'God figure' if there at all, does not take part in our lives, altho we are very, very good at inventing stuff in our heads to satisfy almost any situation that arises, and I think have a deep need for an explanation of 'why we are here'.
    What this does tell us, is just how much like modern humans people in that day really were. No cars, washing machines, internet or rockets to Venus, but their basic lives really were just like ours, and their feelings matched our own also, with the need for something to help explain what we cannot understand !!!

    1. Nicholas James

      Well said. A time and a place, distant from our complicated existence-today.

  8. Dr.M.Kennedy Stephensan Vaseekaran, India

    Jesus has went deep inside the people of the world like specs of dust. Any new discoveries on Jesus would add a new dimension to Jesus. No matter what extent new discoveries on Jesus would come, It would, I feel would create new group. What kind of story is alternative bible, we do not know. Romans had added many European elements in to Jesus christ. But it is too late to decipher Jesus.
    I fully endorse the views of the author.

    thank you
    MKSV

  9. Nelson

    If Jesus died on the Cross the you must be saying that the Indian story of Jesus sieving intil late and being buried in India must be wrong. Who is right?

  10. Sully

    The Pharisees were offended - None so liable to take offense as formalists and hypocrites, when you attempt to take away the false props from the one, and question the sincerity of the other. Besides, a Pharisee must never be suspected of ignorance, for they are the men, and wisdom must die with them!

  11. Oliver Koslik

    @ Hank

    Hank, the holy bible explains nothing. What it does do is obfuscate what is supposed lessons through parable and interpretations. Which, is a method of learning that,
    WAS great in that era.

    There is nothing scientifically relevant in the bible.
    The root definition of "scientifically" being - the pursuit of truth and knowledge.
    There is nothing truthful about the bible. Its knowledge is a bias and bigoted decree of fallacy that, does include promotion of; sexual, physical, emotional and psychological violence.

    Religion and the communal good that comes of it is an exploitation of hardwired and biochemical reactions in our brains. Humanity can do unthinkable things for 99% of all other cognitively aware lifeforms.

    Although our differences in the most antiquated education system are what keep us divided. They are what keep the weak and vulnerable held in positions of ignorance, unallowed to intellectually understand the world outside of their perception.

    Christianity and it's "muscle" the holy ghost are a viral
    infection that plagues different cultures.

    1. David

      What can you say to that? Perhaps seek and you will find?

    2. Lee

      There were those who witnessed the raising of Lazarus and did not believe.
      There will always be disbelivers disregarding the evidence.

  12. Oliver Koslik

    I just wish we could start our entire socio-philosophical foundations with people whos lessons can be empirically validated. There are so many wonderful and insightful people ALIVE today. Furthermore, there are groups, institutions, universities that can all pool the most modern and accurate information and education available!

    Should we not heed continually updatable, modern information, first?
    Should we not make a new book of faith on global social consensus?
    Should we not sit down together and press for unified understanding?

    1. Hank

      We have such a book, it is called the Holy Bible, it will explain it all, the trick is to get people to read it and understand that it is God's word and his word does not change and God cannot lie, it is our human guidebook on our lives and how to live.
      We have thrown Gods traditions away and adopted our own and now we are confused and off track!
      What happens when a train goes off track?, It makes a hell of a mess,
      Just like how we as a Specie's are on a track of destruction, failure and doom, we have derailed ourselves by not following the word of Christ and mocking him as a man and not loving him as our Savior, but what can I do except to pass along the word to those that want it, hope you find your way, God Bless!

    2. Vb

      Nicely stated Hank. Without the sacraments we can drift into confusion. Stay the course.