Please don't start lying now. I have never said you have taken the wrong direction. Never. I said that it is my belief that you have taken that direction for the wrong reasons and explained those. So don't lie.<quoted text>
It's not hypocritical. If you truly believe that your answers are correct, then stay where you are. It is okay for us to disagree. You say I have taken the wrong direction, and I say you have. What's the problem? Neither of us can force each other to be correct. I'm not trying to force you to adopt my views. I am pointing out the details that I believe you are incorrect about. I sincerely believe that when somebody stops and is satisfied with agnosticism, or atheism, or gnosticism, they are not getting the whole story. You feel the same about those who are theists. Is this not a public forum for discussion? Aren't we allowed to disagree?
You may think that I am attempting to coerce or force you to think the way I do. How absurd is that? The truth (as I see it) is that I have more answers than you have questions, and the fact that I am confident in the soundness of those answers is bothersome to those who aren't as confident in their own answers. As I told another person here,, it's not that I'm always correct, but that my answers to your questions challenge your own presuppositions in such a way that is sends you all scrambling for more objections, while we stick to the core truths of our faith.
When I say "core truths" I am speaking of the very basic concepts that all Christians believe:
Jesus was born of a virgin (How doesn't matter)
Jesus was baptized by His cousin
Jesus had a 3 year ministry
Jesus was killed by Roman crucifixion
Jesus was resurrected from the dead (again, how doesn't matter)
Jesus ascended into Heaven (once again, how doesn't matter)
Jesus will return (go ahead, guess what my preemptive comment is)
These are the core truths we believe based upon the evidence that is available and recognizable if we set aside our own modern ethnocentric presuppositions. However, doing so requires that we admit to being flawed and needing help to be better than we currently are, which some people just cannot bear to bring upon their own intellect and conscience. It's not academic. It's emotion that drives the need to reject God.
But if you choose to be satisfied with the answers that make you more comfortable, go for it. As for myself, I want to keep searching for new questions and new answers that are grounded in truth, and not my own emotional and egotistical comfort.
There was no prerequisite for Jesus to have been born of a virgin, other than a mistranslation of Jewish scriptures. Secondly, there is no proof the virgin birth of your God having happened any more than there is proof that Krishna, Frigga, Dionysus, Buddha or any of the many other Gods whose religion makes the claim. And many religions made the claim that their savior was born of a virgin before Christians did.
We have no proof outside the Bible that Jesus was baptized at all, much less by whom.
Why do you limit his ministry to 3 years? I know that's all that is in the Bible, but his life from age 12 to age 30 is missing. So you don't know how long his ministry was.
There is no records by the Romans that they killed someone who was, by Biblical tradition, the most influential person of his time. The only mention of it anywhere in history is either non-existent or missing.
There is no more proof that Jesus rose from the dead than did Ra the Sun God, Attis, Adonis, Osirus, Baal or the dozens of others who were claimed to have done so.
There is no evidence of anyone ever having arisen to heaven. In fact, there is no proof that heaven exists and outside of religion, there is no place found that resembles the heaven of the bible or any other holy book.
Jesus, according to his own words and deeds, has already returned. He returned after having being resurrected.
To be continued