Item description for The Christ Commission: Will One Man Discover Proof That Every Christian in the World Is Wrong? by Og Mandino...
Overview In front of eight million TV viewers, "The Greatest Mystery Writer in the World" bragged he could prove Christ was actually stolen from the tomb and never really rose from the dead. . .if he were given just one week back in ancient Jerusalem. That night author Matt Lawrence got his wish. A knock-out punch took him right out of this world and landed him in Biblical Judea in 36 A.D., just six years after the execution of at Golgotha. In relentless pursuit of his investigation, Lawrence walked the same streets Jesus walked, visited the same places...and found himself facing the same dangers. Eyewitness reports might lead him to a discovery that would shake the world-but will he live long enough to tell the 20th century that he just solved the greatest mystery of all time?
Publishers Description In front of eight million TV viewers, "The Greatest Mystery Writer in the World" bragged he could prove Christ was actually stolen from the tomb and never really rose from the dead . . . if he were given just one week back in ancient Jerusalem. That night author Matt Lawrence got his wish. A knock-out punch took him right out of this world and landed him in Biblical Judea in 26 A.D., just six years after the execution of Jesus at Golgotha. In relentless pursuit of his investigation, Lawrence walked the same streets Jesus walked, visited the same places . . . and found himself facing the same dangers. Eyewitness reports might lead him to a discovery that would shake the world--but will he live long enough to tell the 30th century that he just solved the greatest mystery of all time?
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.88" Width: 4.3" Height: 0.77" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2004
ISBN 0553277421 ISBN13 9780553277425
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More About Og Mandino
Og Mandino is one of the most widely read inspirational and self help authors in the world. Former president of Success Unlimited magazine, Mandino was the first recipient of the Napoleon Hill Gold Medal for literary achievement. Og Mandino was a member of the International Speakers Hall of Fame and honored with the Masters of Influence by the National Speakers Association. Og Mandino died in 1996, but his books continue to inspire countless thousands all over the world.
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Fictional Work Designed for the Believer Jan 2, 2007
Mandino in his fictional book, "The Christ Commission", takes us through the events portrayed by the gospels of the New Testament. He does this through the eyes of his main character, defined from the onset as a non-believer who eventual finds himself believing in the divinity of Christ after having the opportunity to interview key characters found within the gospels. This is achieved through his traveling back to the time period of 6 years after the crucifixion of Christ.
The ability for the reader to buy into this characters disbelief is never achieved though, as the questions that he raises at any point in the book seem poorly contrived and one is left wondering when the obvious will occur. At times his line of questioning seems more intent in proving out that Jesus was divine, shallow questions with effortless answers. Why for example did his line of questioning not deal with the many discrepancies found between the four gospels? One is instead left with the false idea that these gospels are in complete harmony, only in brief passing does he suggest otherwise. Today we have over 5700 Greek manuscripts as a historical record for the New Testament, for which "There are more variations among our manuscripts than there are words in the New Testament." (Misquoting Jesus pg. 88-90 - by Bart D. Ehrman) Christians are portrayed to be a homogeneous group all awaiting the return of their messiah, when in reality there were many fractions of Christianity all teaching their own contrived reality of who Jesus was. It was not until Constantine that an attempt was made for consensus, with the advent of the Nicene Creed, as to the nature of Jesus. The author further suggests that the actual authors of the gospels were the apostles themselves for which there in no historical support. This is fine in the sense that it is a work of fiction and thereby Mandino can weave whatever reality he would like to contrive. The sad truth is that for people of religious faith, a common theology is that feelings are far more reliable than tested facts as to what is real, for which works of fiction play well. This idea was highlighted by my copy of this book which was checked out of the local library and marked up by some previous reader as though it were a work of historical significance.
Sadly the only area which I felt was an accurate reflection on reality was the violence expressed by some found within religious faith on those who call the truthfulness of their beliefs into question, as made self-evident by histories past and present.
Another Great Og Mandino Book Oct 1, 2006
I found "The Christ Commission" to be yet another great, page-turning read by Og Mandino. In fact, I have yet to find a book by this author that I haven't enjoyed to the fullest - and that doesn't happen very often.
This book is about the journey of Mr. Lawrence - a well-known mystery/fiction writer who, during a stint on the Johnny Carson Show, shares with the public that he regretted that he was never able to finish the first book he ever started, a book he would have titled "The Christ Commission". It was to be a mystery book about the Resurrection of Christ - where a "Christ Commission" would be the "detectives" who would prove once and for all that this event really did take place.
When pressed about why he, an incredible fiction writer, could never finish this book, he blurted out that it was because his research provided more evidence to the effect that it hadn't happened as the Christians believed - and now that he no longer believed in this "story", he couldn't bring himself to finish it.
This caused a major disruption on the Johnny Carson show, and led to his words being repeated on every t.v. channel (we all know how that works - smile). This, in turn, led to an incident where a man, so inflamed by the authors words, began punching him - knocking him unconscious. However, when Mr. Lawrence awoke, he was no longer in Beverly Hills, he was in ancient Jerusalem. His wish from long ago had been granted - to be given a chance to be his own "Christ Commission", interviewing all of the people from that time who knew & were involved with Jesus, and to use this information to uncover the truth - once & for all.
Will his interviews & experiences prove his current belief - that it was all a hoax to perpetuate the Christian religion, or will he be provided with the amazing proof necessary to change his beliefs?
Overall, I found this to be a really interesting read - in fact, the pages seemed to turn themselves! I would highly recommend this book, as well as all of Mr. Mandino's works to those interested in Christian spiritual fiction.
Excellent book Jun 20, 2006
I got sucked into this book and couldn't put it down. Not even after reading it 3-4 times.
Errors of Commsssion May 9, 2006
It is unfortunate that publishers put pressure on their authors to come up with "something" they can get on the shelves to fill space and keep that author's name out there. Having never read any or Mr. Mandino's works prior to this one, I must say that I would not be likely to want to read others.
Firstly, this strikes my editing senses as a first draft slightly warmed over, and not very well proofread. There are four typos in the text, which is three too many. There are also some factual errors. The Coliseum, mentioned twice, will not be started for another thirty years under Nero's reign.
The basic premise of the protagonist, as the skeptic, is not at all convincing, since he continues to recite King James bible verse by rote during the entire dream. Where he should be making the other characters convince him, he seems to be convincing himself in spite of them. This jumping between KJV English and contemporary American is disconcerting, even more so since the King Jimmy is still sixteen centuries away. It broke the flow and seems like he just pasted in the phrases.
He also tries to shoehorn a modern-day evangelical POV by inventing a third James as the brother of Jesus when all the Orthodox, Catholic and most mainstream Protestant sects agree that James the "Brother of Jesus" was a relative, but not a sibling, and was the Apostle, James the Less. He also inserts the "fish" as a means where Christians identified one another in the first century. Studying early Christian iconography shows that while the fish was present on sarcophaguses in the catacombs, none were the stylized version he put forth. This myth began in the 19th century novel Quo Vadis, by Polish writer Henryk Sienkiewicz. Mr. Mandino should have taken at least as much time in his historical research as he did in his reading the bible. John Newman was right when he said, "To be deep into history is to cease to be a Protestant."
Granted this is fiction so we should take these literary diversions with a grain of salt.
This being said, if this is a "mystery" it is a poor one since we can guess the outcome by the end of the second chapter. Those whose preexisting beliefs are validated by it laud it, but for the rest of us it's just an example of bad writing and peachiness.
Inspirational Without Being Overbearing Sep 28, 2004
Even though this is a work of fiction, Og Mandino has done a wonderful job assembling a cohesive story around the six years following Jesus' death and resurrection. While appearing on the Tonight Show to discuss his recent book, Mystery writer Matt Lawrence is asked by Johnny Carson if there is a mystery out there Lawrence would like to explore further. Lawrence states he's always been intrigued with the death of Jesus and would like to put the resurrection to the test. This would be done by forming a commission to explore the event and interview the key characters. By insinuating that the resurrection was possibly a hoax, Lawrence angers the crowd and, while at a bar after the show, is knocked unconscious after a fight.
Lawrence wakes up in first century Jerusalem, in the home of Joseph of Aramathia, six years after the death of Jesus. With Joseph as his guide, Lawrence has been given the opportunity to take on the role of his fictional Christ commission and interview Ciaphas, Matthew, Mark, John, Peter, Pilate, Mary Magdelane, and Nicodemus among others who had been involved with Jesus. Mandino takes creative liberties with the interviews, but does an excellent job of tying everything together for a satisfactory ending.
I'm now reading this for the second time and have enjoyed this book almost as much as the first time I read it. After being bombarded with negative news from the papers, television, and radio, reading something inspirational like this was just the ticket. And Mandino does a great job of providing this inspirational message without being overbearing, and that adds to the beauty of this book.