It's that time of year again, some of us may be putting up a Christmas tree, buying presents, you name it. Many of us probably don't attach religion to this particular holiday, but if we do, it is attributed to Jesus. The best proof I can think of for the existence of Jesus would be Near Death Experiences, but as many of you have said, those are not factual evidence. The next piece of evidence we have is the bible. The bible seems to be the only written form of evidence. However, we also have many other Egyptian, Greek, and Cypriot gods and deities long before the time of Jesus. Many of these gods were said by skeptics to have been born on December 25th to a virgin mother, lacking a biological father, but being half human half divine.
One example is Horus. It seems as though skeptics will say that Jesus is a copy of Horus. However, Christians have other ideas, and have evidence which they believe shows that the two are actually quite different.
Here is an example of a Christian site attempting to debunk the similarities:
What do you guys think? Did Jesus really exist?
If the answer is yes, did he get most of his characteristics from mythologies created earlier on? Are these comparisons unwarranted and only biased?
I think there are three possibilities:
1) he did not exist, was purely made up, possibly from a combination of earlier mythical gods
2) there was a normal man named Jesus who was popular, but these miracles were added later
3) it is just a coincidence that these gods from the past have some similarities, no influence from them, Jesus existed, and performed all of the miracles.
I would love to hear any opinions/thoughts/ideas regarding this topic!
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