On the original question, I'm going to go with "probably he existed, but maybe not."
I highly suspect he was a Uri Geller-type magician, and folks at some point ripped off a combo of Odin-ism, OT predictions, and probably other stuff to make a legend.
No, it isn't. Traditional religions came together in an era before the modern concept of history dawned.
Note the context: he and the disciples were at a wedding celebration.....and Jesus knew that nothing kills a party faster than running out of wine.
Jesus was written about by a number of people. In addition to those extra-biblical sources, he is also talked about in the Koran and the Talmud.
I think that denying Jesus ever existed is a desperate attempt by hard-core antitheists (I didn't say atheists, because not all atheists are antitheists) to get rid of the most influential person who ever lived.
Why, because then they don't have to deal with the "Liar, Lunatic or Lord?" question that was brought up by C.S Lewis. It would make life easier for them.
And if you want it, come and get it... for crying out loud!
'cause this love that he has given you was never in doubt.
Let go of your heart, let go of your head and feel it now.
Let go of your heart, let go of your head, feel it now...
By the way, I've started reading Mere Christianity, as you suggested I should. I'll get back to you when I've done.
Show us not the aim without the way, for ends and means on earth are so entangled
That changing one, you change the other too; each different path brings other ends in view
I don't care one way or the other. Just pointing out that both sides have dug trying to find proof.
I represent the angry, gun toting meat eating people. ~ Denis Leary
The same shepherd that protects the flock leads them to the slaughterhouse.
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