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Those who are open to skepticism regarding The Jesus Puzzle website should use that same characteristic of skepticism in assessing the material contained in the christian bible, the hindu vedas, the islamic quran, and other so-called "holy" documents.
I suggest one would be well-served to open one's mind to interpretations of ancient texts that bespeak of a mythology of christ alongside a promotion of a christ that never, in fact, existed outside the imagination of the humans proposing such a being.
Also, it would behoove one to contemplate the profusion of mythos and superstition present in many of the ancient texts (those endorsed by the Romans, excluded by the Romans, destroyed / burned by the Romans and faith-followers of the "winner" of the christ contest, and unknown to the Romans [Nag Hammadi ... dead sea scrolls ... others]).
Also, archaeological evidence revealing the mythos of both the old testament and new testament would be helpful if one wants to get to the true nature of religious origins rather than thinking that by believing
1) a buried / risen savior walked the earth
2) a real god exists,
3) your very life can be extended forever (with a god, like a god).
In the modern day that notion sounds so superstitious (yet many believe it). Ponder how, in days long ago and far away, such superstitious notions were the de facto explanations (just pick from amongst the many superstitions) floating about on the stage of public opinion.
Simply put, the origins for present-day christianity resulted from two significant elements in ancient times:
1) the power of the promise of immortality (a popular notion before, during, and after the Romans chose the texts to place into a document called the bible and voted on the modern basis for christianity in the 4th century CE) and
2) the efforts of the power of the Roman state to make a particular kind of christianity the state religion (said efforts resulting in the destruction of competing religions as well as the killing of many non-christians and many christians [after 325 A.D.] who practiced types of christianity deviating from the Roman-blessed one) ...
Compare these factors to the christian focus on those christians who died prior to Roman christianization (often expressed regarding christians who died when the Romans were pagans) juxtaposed against scant mention (by christians) of the christians of competing forms of christianity (and the non-christians) who died after christianity was combined with the power of the Roman empire, as the official state religion ...
and then, perhaps, the fog will clear and many of logic and reason will
come to understand that the winner of the contest was merely the belief
system which succeeded in combining the power of the promise of immortality
with the power of the state and the power of the sword (and other methods