What happened to Jesus in the desert?
June 13, 2007 3:50 AM Subscribe
After being baptized, Jesus immediately went into the desert for 40 days, where he was tempted by the devil
When he came back, he was a transformed man. He was suddenly spouting very clever things (still quoted 2000 years later), and in a few weeks, he had a constant crowd of hundreds to thousands of people around him.
What can happen in 40 days that transforms a man from an uneducated carpenter to the greatest philosophical influence that ever existed?
posted by markovich to Religion & Philosophy (48 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I'm working on the assumption that God does not really exist. I'm a strict atheist. I'm just looking at this from a self-development point of view.
John the baptist baptized Jesus, who at the time was just a normal carpenter with no ambitions towards being the son of god. At the baptism, there was some event where Jesus was told he was the son of god (by John).
He left to the desert, and on coming back, he was different. For one, he could simply command people to follow him. For twos, people obviously were believing that this chap was capable of doing miracles. For threes, he was capable of having intellectual arguments with priests in temples - men who were trained in the Jewish oratory tradition. I.e, men of high intellectual standards.
What could possibly have happened in that desert to not only inspire him, but also give him this ability to inspire others?
Was it that he had the potential prior to this, but did not actually use this? Is there a way that normal guys like you and me can tap into this same desert strength? Are there other famous examples of such sudden transformations from a nobody to someone great?