Okay, I get atheism (and anti christianism to an extent (but don’t really agree with it)) but now there are people claiming Jesus wasn’t real and like???? What the balls???
Do you have any good reason or evidence that suggests Jesus really existed? What would it even mean for…
Basically someone had to have inspired the stories (and Christianity as a whole), and as most of the bible was written several generations after his death he and the stories are probably rather dissimilar but that means nothing. George Washington didn’t fucking chop down a cherry tree but he still existed, probably. WHAT PROOF DO YOU HAVE THAT GEORGE WASHINGTON EXISTED??? I BET HE WAS FAKE TOO!!
There’s literally tons of reasons to believe George Washington existed. There are documents in his writing, a variety of sources worldwide referring to this figure, we know where he is buried, we know what he owned, we know where he lived and worked, his name is on all kinds of legislation not to mention that his face was painted by contemporary artists many times.
You say something ‘had to’ inspire Christianity. Have you not considered that it’s all a fiction from the beginning? Just a set of tales designed specifically to fulfill ancient Hebrew prophecies? I’m not saying that’s the case, but there is literally no extra-biblical evidence Jesus existed. I’m not just gonna take it on faith that it’s not just a made up fiction especially since it has so many fictional elements.
You saying he had to exist to inspire the story is no different than me asserting Harry Potter must have had to exist to inspire his story. People are creative and they incorporate elements of real life into fantastical tales. There’s no reason to think Jesus is anything more than a folk legend set in ancient cities. Like Paul Bunyun or Johnny Appleseed or Spider-Man. Fictional characters living in real places, perhaps inspired vaguely by characters the author or authors knew, but there ain’t no giant blue ox and there was never any Jesus.