How can anyone believe Jesus existed? (spin off - "there is TONS of evidence of Jesus existence, that's why I believe")
How can anyone take Christianity or the belief in Jesus seriously after educating themselves about Biblical history?
1st century of "our lord" was 0AD-100AD
Jesus supposedly lived in the first 3 decades dying somewhere around 33AD
the Gospels all come later.. Mark was the first and the others (Matthew, Luke, John) were derived from the first.
Mark mentions destruction of the temple which happens approx 70AD - and the gospels come much later than that
There is a gap of 4 decades or more - most of what we know from this period comes from a man who says Christ came to him in a vision (Apostle Paul or Saul) and said he was told to spread the "word of Jesus Christ" and he wrote about 80,000 words about the "Christian religion" which represent almost ALL we have about the history of Christianity during this decades-long gap.
But - if Jesus was a human who had recently lived - nobody told Paul.
Paul never heard of Mary, Joseph, Bethlehem, John the baptist, any of the miracles, never quotes anything Jesus was suppose to have said, never mentions Jesus having a ministry of any kind, doesn't know about any entrance into Jerusalem, Jewish mob or any trials at all.
The only part of the Jesus story Paul knows is the last 3 events (crucifixion, resurrection, ascension) which he NEVER places on earth.
Just like the other gods of the time, Paul's Christ died, rose and ascended all in a mythical realm.
Paul didn't believe that Jesus was a human being. He wasn't even aware of the idea AND HE IS THE LINK between the time frame given for the life of Jesus and the first Gospel account of god!
Makes me wonder how people have survived this long..
Doesn't anyone value things like reason and critical thinking?