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Finding The 18 Missing Years Of Jesus Christ

By Lela Perkins

The Holy Bible is the preeminent authority on what most people know and understand about the prophet the Christian faith calls the son of God. The New Testament holds multiple stories regarding his historic birth, accounts of childhood adventures, his teachings and details revolving around his infamous crucifixion, resurrection and incredible ascension into Heaven. What is not covered in this tome are the 18 missing years of Jesus Christ in the middle.

There is much documentation regarding the immaculate conception and celebrated birth of this man and even accounts of his childhood encounters. The gathering of disciples, teaching events and all points that lead to his being hung on a cross, returning from death and rising into the heavens are all recorded for posterity. However, nothing is written to explain what happened to him from the time he was thirteen until thirty-one.

Lots of conjecture has ensued about exactly where Jesus went, who he was with and what he did during this mysterious time. Some ideas were gathered using rare writings from the era, ancient scrolls as well as books that were once included in the Bible but later banned by the church. Through these sources, many controversial theories have been conceived.

The temple event at age thirteen is the last biblical mention before the period in question and some speculate that the family began to travel to avoid issues with the church. He is believed to have traveled throughout the middle east, Europe and even to Africa, spreading the word and continuing his work. There are writings from all these places that document his miracles and teachings.

A controversial train of thought is that he did many of the things that ordinary men do. It is said that he was part of a huge family with many siblings and relatives, some of who traveled with him. The part that tends to cause the biggest issue with the church is the belief that he also married and fathered children which means he may have descendants still living today.

According to the writings, he continued to do deeds of service, perform acts of kindness and miracles throughout his travels. He had many more disciples than are noted in the approved scriptures and his followers were more numerous than formally reported. Everywhere he went he spread the word of God and taught others what was expected from them and how to live life properly.

Practically all accounts agree that he was a great humanitarian who never stopped rallying for the rights of all people. He was reported to be one of the earliest and strongest supporters of fair treatment of women and the banishment of harsh punishment for supposed sins. His lessons reinforced and stressed that each person is responsible to look out for the welfare of the weak, downtrodden or poor, as well as both the elderly and children.

Works of fiction containing many ideas of the events filling the 18 missing years of Jesus Christ are quite numerous. Some of them even claim to be based on fact, though there is no actual proof to definitively support these proclamations as many period writings are contradictory. This topic is certain to continue to be one of the more heatedly debated subjects of all time.

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Perkins, Lela "Finding The 18 Missing Years Of Jesus Christ." Finding The 18 Missing Years Of Jesus Christ. 11 Apr. 2014. 17 Jul 2014 <>.

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