The Bible Says Jesus Was Real. What Other Proof Exists?

While billions of people believe Jesus of Nazareth was one of the most important figures in world history, many others reject the idea that he even existed at all. A 2015 survey conducted by the Church of England, for instance, found that 22 percent of adults in England did not believe Jesus was a real person.

Among scholars of the New Testament of the Christian Bible, though, there is little disagreement that he actually lived. Lawrence Mykytiuk, an associate professor of library science at Purdue University and author of a 2015 Biblical Archaeology Review article on the extra-biblical evidence of Jesus, notes that there was no debate about the issue in ancient times either. “Jewish rabbis who did not like Jesus or his followers accused him of being a magician and leading people astray,” he says, “but they never said he didn’t exist.”

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Archaeological evidence of Jesus does not exist.

There is no definitive physical or archaeological evidence of the existence of Jesus. “There’s nothing conclusive, nor would I expect there to be,” Mykytiuk says. “Peasants don’t normally leave an archaeological trail.”

“The reality is that we don’t have archaeological records for virtually anyone who lived in Jesus’s time and place,” says University of North Carolina religious studies professor Bart D. Ehrman, author of Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth. “The lack of evidence does not mean a person at the time didn’t exist. It means that she or he, like 99.99% of the rest of the world at the time, made no impact on the archaeological record.”

The Ancient Origins of Diwali, India’s Biggest Holiday

Every year around October and November, Hindus around the world celebrate Diwali, or Deepavali—a festival of lights that stretches back more than 2,500 years. Diwali 2020 occurs on Saturday, November 14. In India, the five-day celebration traditionally marks the biggest holiday of the year.

Like many Hindu festivals, there isn’t just one reason to celebrate the five-day holiday. Pankaj Jain, a professor of anthropology, philosophy, and religion at the University of North Texas, says that the ancient celebration is linked to multiple stories in religious texts, and it’s impossible to say which came first, or how long ago Diwali started.

Many of these stories are about the triumph of good over evil. In northern India, a common tale associated with Diwali is about King Rama, one of the incarnations of the god Vishnu. When an evil king in Lanka (which some people associate with Sri Lanka) captures Rama’s wife Sita, he “builds up an army of monkeys” to rescue her, Jain says.

The monkeys “build a bridge over from India to Sri Lanka, and they invade Sri Lanka and free Sita and kill that evil king,” he says. As Rama and Sita return to the north, “millions of lights are spread out across the city Ayodhya just to help them come back home, just to welcome them.” Lighting lamps has long been one of the ways that Hindus celebrate Diwali.

Diwali prayer candle, Pakistan

A Pakistani Hindu family offers prayers and light candles as they mark Diwali, the Festival of Lights, in Lahore, 2016.

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In the south, Diwali is popularly linked to a story about the Hindu god Krishna, a different incarnation of Vishnu, in which he frees some 16,000 women from another evil king. In the western state of Gujarat, the New Year coincides with Diwali (there are multiple New Years throughout India), and Diwali is associated with asking the goddess Lakshmi for prosperity in the coming year. During the festival, many celebrants exchange gifts and coins.

Other religions like Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism use Diwali to mark important events in their histories, too. Professor Jain says that while Diwali is a religious holiday, it’s also somewhat of a national holiday in India. Comparing it to Christmas in the United States, he points out that many non-Christians in America still buy a Christmas tree and give each other gifts.

75 Diwali Wishes to Honor the Festival of Lights and Send Well Wishes to Brighten Someone’s New Year Celebrations

Diwali is a New Year celebration for Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and some Muslims and Buddhists. This year, the five-day holiday falls in November. The festival of lights, popular in South Asian countries and with those of South Asian descent, is marked by oil lamps called diyas, to honor the goddess of wealth and prosperity Lakshmi and to symbolize the triumph of light over darkness. It’s a joyous time, and while it has some religious roots, it’s become a secular holiday in many areas of the world and across several cultures.

If you or someone you love is celebrating Diwali and you’d like to honor them, these happy Diwali wishes and Diwali greetings will surely brighten someone’s day.

Diwali Wishes

1. Have a happy and safe Diwali.

2. May your Diwali be free from darkness and abundant with light.

3. Have a fun and festive Diwali!

4. Hoping your Diwali brings health, wealth, and happiness.

5. May your Diwali bring peace and love to your life.

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6. Wishing you an abundance of love and riches this Diwali.

7. May Diwali burn out your problems and brighten your life.

8. May all of your wishes come true this Diwali.

9. May Deepavali’s light brighten your days this Diwali.

10. Wishing you a fortuitous year ahead this Diwali.

11. Wishing you warmth and love this Diwali.

12. May your Diwali be peaceful and prosperous.

13. May your Diwali be full of fun and good fortune.

14. May your festival of light celebrations be fun, safe, and spiritual.

15. Wishing you a bright and joyous Diwali.

16. Have a blessed Diwali.

17. May all your dreams come true this Diwali.

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18. May Diwali cast out all the darkness plaguing your life.

19. Wishing you exponential blessings this Diwali.

20. Light the candles and may your Diwali be divine!

21. May light always guide your way this Diwali and all year long.

22. Wishing you love and laughter this Diwali.

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23. May this year bring smiles as bright as the Diwali lights.

24. May your Diwali be as sweet as the candy you consume to celebrate it.

25. Sweet wishes for Diwali and the rest of the year.

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Diwali Greetings

26. Sending love and light this Diwali and all year long.

27. May the warmth and brightness of the Diwali lights shine on you all year.

28. May Diwali bring beautiful new colors into your life.

29. May Diwali usher in a bright new outlook.

30. Wishing you warmth, love, and light this Diwali and all year long.

31. Hope your Diwali is lit!

Different New Year’s Days All Over The World

People all over the world have different styles. And since New Year is approaching, this can be easily seen, for instance, by their way of wishing their loved one. Some prefer New Year quotes, while some opt for messages. The point here is: there are different New Year’s days that is celebrated all over the world. If you do not believe, have a look.

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Chinese New Year: Each year the altering date comes between January 21 and February 21. This depends on when the first lunar month’s new moon occurs. The 15-day ceremony is dubbed as “Spring Festival” and is the most essential of the traditional Chinese holidays. This year it is the Year of the Earth Pig. Festive mood will be on peak with all types of celebrations.

Islamic New Year: This is also dubbed as the Hijri New Year. It comes on the day 1 of Muharram, which is the Islamic calendar’s first month. Unique prayers are enchanted and the new moon’s appearance is recorded in mosques. This fairly Islamic New Year celebration will start August 30.

Thai New Year: This is also dubbed as the Songkran and is rejoiced from April 13–15. One of the major activities is the splashing of water. Thais throw boxes of water, garden hoses to soak each other, and even use water guns. The water is emblematic in the hopes that it will convey enough rains in the year to come. All Buddha images and statues are also cleaned for prosperity and good luck.

Ethiopian New Year: It is also dubbed as Enkutatash, which means the “gift of jewels.” This year it will start on January 1. Singing, dancing, and celebrations take place as people rejoice the festival of spring. Some cities have stunning religious celebrations even though it is not completely a religious holiday.

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