The emergence of documents which are considered to be the letters of Christ’s family indicates that he was not a divine being.
Letters which have emerged seemingly written by his own family and those closest too him in the few years after Christ’s death – which many scholars agree was in the early 30s AD – paint Jesus as a mortal.
It is widely accepted that Jesus had several younger siblings.
The Gospel of Mark and The Gospel of Matthew both state that Jesus had four brothers – James, Joses (or Joseph), Jude (or Judas – but not THAT Judas) and Simon, while both books also claim that he had several unnamed sisters.
However, the letters written by James and Jude both fail to state that Jesus was divine or the Son of God.
In the original Book of James, which is believed to have been written in the first century making it one of the oldest Christian texts, it describes Jesus as his followers’ “master”, but there is no mention of divinity.
There is not even a mention that Jesus was crucified – one of the cornerstones of the Christian faith.
In a Dr Robert Beckford documentary called ‘The Secret of Jesus’, James Tabor, a Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, says that the letters from James, the younger brother of Jesus, blow Christianity wide open.
He said: “The thing about the Book of James, it’s the teachings of Jesus, not the teachings about Jesus. James passes on what he got from his brother – you could say it has no theology.
“Doesn’t mention the cross of Christ, doesn’t mention the blood of Jesus, doesn’t mention forgiving sins through believing in the Lord – nothing like that.”
One of the earliest Christian books – The Didache or The Teachings of the Twelve Apostles – which was written when Christ’s surviving family were still alive in the first century AD, also seems to paint Jesus as a human, and recommends people follow his teachings, rather than the man himself.
In the Didache, there is again no reference to the virgin birth, the resurrection, and most significantly of Jesus as God, but rather as his servant.
The ancient book also details early Communion where there is no detail of bread and wine being the blood and body of Christ.
The early Christian church hid these books for centuries in order to push a different story of Christ.
However, one seems to have slipped through.
In The Bible, a letter from Jude, another of Christ’s brothers, seems to show that the people who personally knew Jesus were growing tired of the followers who had jumped onto Christianity and were pushing the divine agenda.
The passage from Jude reads: “These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires. They are loud mouth boasters flattering people to gain advantage.”
Mr Tabor added: “[Jude is] getting very worried and he’s telling the little group that will still listen to him – I think in effect he’s saying ‘don’t listen to all these new things that are coming along. You fight hard for that original faith that was delivered to us’.”