Whatever your take on the story of Jesus might be, the fact that such a person existed at the time claimed is most likely true. Who He actually was and whether He was divine or not, however, is very much a matter for discussion—as is, it would seem, whether or not the story of His demise was at all accurate.
Many have speculated for some time that Jesus was in fact married and furthermore had fathered children. Not only that, but it’s claimed that His bloodline survives to this day. The Dan Brown novels such as The Da Vinci Code have thrust such outlandish theories into the spotlight, where a wealth of speculative (at best) evidence is offered to prove the idea correct.
10. Jesus Survived The Crucifixion
Perhaps the most outrageous claim is that Jesus survived the crucifixion.Of course, if there was any truth to this whatsoever, it would be a dagger in the heart of religions all over the world.
The main thrust of this theory is that Jesus was somehow sedated during the crucifixion to make Him “appear dead,” before He was taken down and removed to the tomb, where His body lay. Of course, when His body was discovered missing, it was perceived (and explained) as a divine act—that He had arisen. Those who subscribe to the Jesus bloodline theories offer that it was not a divine act as much as it was one of cunning and trickery.
In fact, when we look at the next point on our list, it’s easy to see why these theories begin to take on a life of their own in the first place.
9. The Influence Of Joseph Of Arimathea
Joseph of Arimathea was said to have had immense influence with high-ranking figures in the councils of the Roman Empire (and religious leaders of the time)—not the least of whom was Pontius Pilate.
It is claimed in some corners that a deal was arranged in which Jesus—ever a thorn in the collective sides of the Romans and religious leaders alike—would disappear and be out of the Romans’ collective hair. He would, however, be allowed to live and secretly vacate the country to somewhere far away, a destination we will look at in a moment.
The site of the crucifixion itself is said to have taken place on Joseph of Arimathea’s land (essentially in his back garden), and further to this, the crowds viewed the crucifixion from a distance only. In short, none of the onlookers really knew for sure that Jesus had died at all.
8. He Went To French Gaul
Proponents of this theory claim that a large Jewish community existed in French Gaul during Jesus’s lifetime. So, given that most writings state He was Jewish, it would make sense that if He were fleeing from certain death, He would choose such a place as this. It should be noted that many mainstream historians refute this notion.
What is perhaps more interesting is that French Gaul was also one of the biggest Roman epicenters outside of Rome itself. In fact, Pontius Pilate, the man who had sentenced Jesus to death (or struck a deal for His life if you believe the point above), also had a residence there. If Pilate was involved in some kind of deal, it would make a certain amount of sense that he might provide some kind of initial safe passage to the area, which could have also given him the opportunity to keep an eye on Jesus and ensure that He did indeed keep a low profile.
It certainly isn’t too much of a reach to think Jesus may have made His way there, and as we will see in our next point, several prominent legends of the times suggest that is exactly what He did.