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Writing Challenge – What if Jesus lived?

This is a very simple wiring challenge. How would the world be different if Jesus had not died on the cross but lived.

Would he have spread the word further? Would he and his disciples been forced to leave Palestine and gone on a pilgrimage? What lands might they have ended up in? How would this change Christianity? What if he had children? Would there be an internecine struggle after his death?

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.


4 thoughts on “Writing Challenge – What if Jesus lived?

  1. Without the sacrifice of His life, the shedding of His blood and His resurrection, Jesus would have had no reason to come to Earth as a man.


    Posted by Scott Sholar | May 1, 2014, 8:46 pm
    • Well that’s what the writing challenge is about, thinking about how things might have been different, how he might have achieved the same goal without dying, the political change this might have caused, would it have weakened the Roman hold on Palestine etc?


      Posted by mattsylvester | May 1, 2014, 9:33 pm
      • My point is, it’s like asking, “what if there was no God?” The prophecies, in the Old Testament, speak to where Christ would be born, from what tribe He would be born, how He would die and why He needed to die. If He lives, we have no hope.


        Posted by Scott Sholar | May 2, 2014, 12:34 am
      • So write a short story about there being no hope. It’s a writing challenge, a way to get people thinking about short stories. It’s not a theological what if, it’s a ‘get writing’ what if. Just like all the others I’ve posted up.


        Posted by mattsylvester | May 2, 2014, 10:16 am

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