Let me start by saying, I believe Jesus was real, but not in the divine way that Christians do.
I think that Jesus was an excellent selling point of the whole religions-thing back in the day. Consider this; you are told to believe in a supreme creator of the universe that has absolute power over everything and is perfect, that is how you should live, the catch? You can't, if you think you can, "How dare you insult God by comparing yourself to him!"
This was before Jesus.
Along comes Jesus and says "Hey guys, we should all share the love because, you know, we are all equal". Next minute you have Jesus kissing the feet of his disciples (not a very mighty thing for the creator of the universe right?). The point is, this opens up a whole you audience for religion, suddenly, you have
someone you can relate to! You have something, someone "real", Jesus was just a man (yes the son of God but still just a man).
Jesus wasn't perfect, this opened a door to people that had given up hope in religion because they believed it to hard to get into heaven.
Note* I'm paraphrasing, I'm pretty sure Jesus never actually said "Hey guys, we should all share the love because, you know, we are all equal"
Note** I could expand and go into more depth, but I'm pretty sure you guys get the point.
So, what do you think? Jesus, the greatest form of advertising?
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