Were events in Jesus' life copied
from earlier saviors/god-men/heroes?
There are not many religious topics that are more controversial than that
covered in this
section. These essays have generated many negative emails to us.
Most conservative Christians believe that
God inspired the authors of the Bible to write
material that is inerrant -- without error. Thus
the Gospels and other books in the Christian Scriptures (New Testament) are
completely accurate in their description of Jesus as Lord and Savior, 100% God
and 100% human.
Most progressive Christians believe that much material in the Christian
Scriptures is actually folklore -- myths that grew up around the memory of
Jesus during the 40 to 70 years between his execution and the writing of the
four Gospels which were accepted into the Bible. During that interval, stories about Jesus' magical powers, his
supernatural origins, etc. accumulated to produce a mixture of Yeshua, the
itinerate teacher / native healer and Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior.