The significance of this effort is that it is the first time that Jesus’s life has been objectively analyzed by a team of highly qualified reviewers.As such, it remains the best effort to date to ascertain the true historical Jesus, stripped of the myths that have been attached to him over the centuries.In this imaginary world an ax head could float on water, a star could point down to a specific home, people could instantly speak in unlearned foreign languages, and one’s shadow or handkerchief could heal people.It is a world where a flood can cover the whole earth, and a man can walk on water, calm a stormy sea, change water into wine, or be swallowed by a “great fish” and live to tell about it.Yes, this seems like a very strange world to anyone alive today.It should take only a few moments of reflection to understand, to grasp, to figure this whole thing out, that the god of Christianity is to adults as Santa Claus is to children- an imaginary friend.This is a strange world when compared to our world, but Christians believe that this world was real in the past.My contention is not that ancient people were stupid, but that they were very superstitious.
It is a world of idol worship, where human and animal sacrifices please God.
In total, they lay out a convincing case that Christianity is untrue.
This is based on the premise that a true, factual religion guided by a supernatural god would be precise, flawless, authentic, transcendent, unmatched, unique, prescient, prophetic, revelatory, internally consistent, and scientifically accurate.
Visions, inspired dreams, prophetic utterances, miracle workers, magicians, diviners, and sorcerers also populate this world.
It is a world where God lived in the sky (Heaven), and the dead “lived” on in the dark recesses of the Earth (Sheol).