Looking for an idea for your next epic novel?
How about this: What if Jesus came today?
But I’m not talking about him appearing in the last days and Armageddon, that’s all been done ad nauseam. What if he never came until today? What kind of a world would he enter into?
Think about it―no crusades, no holy wars, no popes, no puritans. How would that affect trade, technology, science, culture, philosophy, medicine, and economics? What about religion? Would monotheism have survived?
The basic premise of the Jesus story could still be maintained since the prophesies concerning his birth occurred long before he was born. He might still be born of a Jewish virgin in a stable in Bethlehem, but would there actually be an Israel for him to be born into?
No matter what your views are on Christianity, the impact that Jesus’s legacy has made on the world is undeniable. Whether that impact was for better or worse is your call, but the void created by the absence of Jesus would be remarkably pervasive. Virtually every aspect of modern life would potentially change. This might be the ultimate alternate history.
So what do you think? Is your imagination broad enough to vision a world without Jesus? Where would you take this story?