I am really sorry if this has been posted before.

 

If you knew me in person, you would know I love getting into discussions with people about religion. One of the questions that seems to keep coming into the discussion loop is Jesus.

 

So I was at a social gathering the other night at a restaurant and I dropped my silverware and out of habit I said "Jesus Christ!" And a random girl that was a friend of a friend said, "Don't use the Lords name in vain."

 

So obviously we got into a debate.

 

I brought up the point in the discussion that Jesus never existed. Well everyone looked at me like i was off the wall insane...

 

At that point the discussion just turned into incoherent ramblings and Grrrr... So frustrating that people base their whole life on hearsay! Simply dumbfounding!!!

 

Help me feel better... seriously.

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I would say yes, someone named Jesus (or the equivalent in the local language) probably did exist. I would go so far as to accept that such a person spoke out against the church authorities and was executed for it. Then a mythology was hijacked/constructed around him, and a new religion was formed. But beyond the very general claims that aren't extraordinary, the evidence is insufficient. The name is not uncommon, and dissidents would be executed occasionally. But any teaching of Jesus may well be fabricated, any actions might not have taken place, and I certainly don't buy any of the miracle claims.
Haven't been able to read the whole thread, but I tend to think most myths have some basis in reality (however small it may be). There probably was a guy named Jesus who captivated a lot of people with his power of speech. Some of them liked what he had to say so much that they crafted a messianic story around his actual life to convert other people to their new religion. Virgin birth, crucifixion, resurrection, miracles, his claim to be the "son of god", all of it except maybe the main points of his message.

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