Originally posted by MoonDog
Jesus is the most documented person in history. Dont you think it would be rather ignorant to document someones life if they never existed? And dont you also think that it would be rather ignorant to think a person never existed even though we have history that proves otherwise?
But we don't really have such heavy proof, because if you notice through such documentation...explanations of him change quite extensively.
Jesus could very easily be a more detailed version of how the OT stories are written. You have a good story, of a good man, who very well could have done much of what is written in the NT...was the son of God, maybe not?
Of course, it's all theory, but maybe Jesus was a good man, who did die on the cross for his beliefs. But...(not trying to offend anyone) maybe he was just a bit looney and believed he was the son of God, when he really wasn't. Because, maybe, there is no God.
Just like the OT stories, it is passed down from mouth to mouth, growing more elaborate story by story and consequently further from the truth. Now these stories get popular, so many people know the general theme. It would be very easy for them to put these down in writting and you would see similarities.
Sit several Americans in a room today and ask them about George Washington's crossing the Delaware. Many would tell you of marvelous feat of bravery, as that is a common misconsception. Nevermind the fact that he actually broke a, then modern, law of war NOT to fight on Christmas. Not to get off on a tangent, but you can see how skewed story telling can be...even in more modern times, and even when documented.