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Research these and then come back here and tell me you have no clue as to where the early Christians got their beliefs from.
Have you ever researched the beliefs of people BEFORE Christianity? Christianity was not the first, is not the only, and will not be the last, belief and faith structure.
Do you realize that the purpose of the BC / AD dating system was to make the birth of Jesus Christ the dividing point of world history?
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.
I read the thread pretty quickly, so correct me if I missed it, but I haven't seen a single answer to the questions posted in the OP. That's certainly not conclusive proof of anything, but it's pretty interesting.
And I said, ‘Lord, they themselves know that in one synagogue after another I imprisoned and beat those who believed in you. And when the blood of Stephen your witness was being shed, I myself was standing by and approving and watching over the garments of those who killed him.’ And he said to me, ‘Go, for I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’ (Ac 22:19-21, ESV)
The point is the absurdity of those who would argue that Jesus is a mythological creation. It's an incoherent hypothesis with well accepted history.
For instance, critical scholars widely agree that Paul’s letters were written very close to the time that Jesus lived. Let’s talk about 1 Corinthians which is dated at A.D. 55/56. In that letter Paul uses a preexistent creed that claims over 500 eyewitnesses to the resurrected Jesus.
Dr Gary Habermas maintains that “Critics not only admit this data, but were the first ones to recognize the early date.” So even highly critical liberal scholars recognize this early creed.
Originally posted by worlds_away
reply to post by jagdflieger
To accept that there was a man names Jesus who died, came back to life as a flesh and blood man, and also performed many many "miracles" in his time on this earth as literal fact is unfathomable and unreasonable.