Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Utah, USA
Language: English, a little Japanese, Java, C#, C++
I think that even the most crazy fairy tales tend to have some grain of truth to them, so a preacher called "Yeshua" probably did exist around that time. Perhaps this preacher was even smart enough to play off of the old Jewish traditions and convince some unfortunately gullible people that he was their promised "messiah." From the stories (driving out people selling in the temple, for example) it sounds like he was a bit of a rebel, going against the Jewish traditions of his time. Or perhaps he was simply schizophrenic, some guy who actually believed all the crazy stuff he supposedly said and did.
Of course it's highly likely that all of the supernatural stuff is completely bogus. Nobody can walk on water, turn water to wine, multiply loaves or fishes, bring people back from the dead, etc. It's likely that all of these stories are based on real-life events that were blown way out of proportion in subsequent tellings. And of course there's no way he died and came back to life; far more likely that someone did manage to take his body after the crucifixion, probably some kind of co-conspirator who wanted his legend to grow. And since people were so superstitious and gullible back then, hey, it worked!
I just think it's ridiculous that so many people today still believe in all of that nonsense. It's been 2000 years for Christ's sake; when exactly is he supposed to "return"? But that's the power of indoctrination for you.
"Asking 'If there is no God, what is the purpose of life?' is like asking 'If there is no master, whose slave will I be?'" - Dan Barker