There exists popular narratives, stories, and perspectives portraying and projecting particular views of the past.
Ever hear/read the phrase: “history is written by the victors”?
Those who conquer retell past events at their leisure.
They highlight certain things, ignore others, forwarding what seems right to them while placing themselves above conquered ideologies and peoples.
Archaeological evidence shows ancient Egypt had erased unpopular kings and embarrassing events from its historical account.
Almost all organizations of men have done this; conquered people's history being erased, destroyed, retold and recast according to the victor's perception.
In formulating my perspective of the past, deciphering between popular and fringe narratives as I search for truth, I take into consideration the retelling of past events from all sides.
Yet I too have a retelling according to bias.
But am I a victor-- recounting the past according to my prerogative?
Answering yes-- answering no.
Interestingly, pre-Christian Jewish history holds unflattering accounts about Hebrew people and the community as a whole.
When looking at what transpired after Israel's eviction by the Romans shortly after Christ, I've considered a viable narrative outside the typical popular record:
When the gospel of Christ appeared, God's knowledge traveled beyond the paths prior Jewish communities had traversed.
Although Judaism is somewhat a closed religion (not evangelical), it has influenced laws and business practices the world over.
The gospel infiltrated peoples and places, absorbing individual secular cultures, forming a new unifying ideology.
The ancient idea of a man being called a god came to pass, accepted from the most unlikely of places; a small and seemingly insignificant people.
According to popular historical narratives, 'shouldn't' the God-man have been an Egyptian, Persian, Babylonian, Greek, Roman, Arabian, Englishman or a German?
Ancient Egypt had its 'son of God' ideal in their kings, but where are they now?
The Roman state also had raised its Augustus to 'god' status, yet what came of them?
Why has Yeshua, called Christ (Anointed), a Jewish man from a very small and typically marginalized people, grown to became the most influential and worshiped man ever?
Why is Yeshua hailed by the world as the One in Presence when most believers have no connection with Him in terms of nationality or ancestry?
The gospel did not conquer the kingdoms of men by the sword, but by love, service and bloodshed on the saints part.
Imagine this again!