Most atheists and non-Christians don't dispute the existence of Jesus of Nazareth. So I'm wondering, what do you think of him and his life? Was he a well-meaning individual with some mental illness (hearing voices and seeing things that don't exist are reminiscent of schizophrenia, for example). Do you think he was an outright liar? Or do you not believe in his existence at all; do you think that all the stories are based on a fictional person?
This question is obviously for non-Christians only. If you want to discuss how Jesus is the son of God, there's another forum for that
I think he's an amalgam of Apollonius of Tyana and various other sons of gods that were supposedly running around at the time. He really isn't that unique if you do some research. Of course there are actual writings by him unlike Jesus.
Quote by Bart D. Ehrman:
Even before he was born, it was known that he would be someone special. A supernatural being informed his mother the child she was to conceive would not be a mere mortal but would be divine. He was born miraculously, and he became an unusually precocious young man. As an adult he left home and went on an itinerant preaching ministry, urging his listeners to live, not for the material things of this world, but for what is spiritual. He gathered a number of disciples around him, who became convinced that his teachings were divinely inspired, in no small part because he himself was divine. He proved it to them by doing many miracles, healing the sick, casting out demons, and raising the dead. But at the end of his life he roused opposition, and his enemies delivered him over to the Roman authorities for judgment, but unlike Jesus was not crucified, as he vanished from the courtroom and reappeared in another place days later where he was seen by his followers, and convinced them that he was not really dead, but lived on in the heavenly realm. Later some of his followers wrote books about him.
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, A poor player that strut's and fret's his hour upon the stage and is heard no more, It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. - Macbeth
Hmm. Disputed son of God? I think there's room to discuss jesus in any forum or form, be it religious or not. What I find interesting is that there are Islamic accounts of this jesus dude and the quotes attributed to him not-from-the-bible that sound similar to those found in the bible. Maybe this was a real dude. Maybe he's an amalgamation of things. Maybe he's the middle eastern buddha?