..What were the purposes of the stories for Jesus performing miracles for thousands, yet at the same time he was known as a rebel and a jewish heretic and his crucifixion was the real evidence of his lack of popularity during his earthly life. Remember he had 33 years to convince people he was the son of God. An earthly failure by him.<quoted text>
If the RCC's own polls are correct, then there are are fewer than 300 million practicing Catholics, not 1.13 billion.
Assuming a world population of 7 billion, then the question is:
How effective has Jesus' one-true church been in saving souls?
So far, dying on the cross and appointing the RCC as the "only true church," Jesus' supposed set-up has claimed less than 5% of the world's population.
Either the RCC's claim is absurd, or...
Jesus' ultimate sacrifice and church appointment was a bungled job, with a 95% failure rate.
I don't believe any self-respecting God would go through what Jesus did and be satisfied with a 5% success rate.
According to all reason and logic, and according to everything history teaches, I conclude that the RCC's claim is absurd.
Unless someone is born into the RCC, history and reality tell us there's almost no chance of being saved today -- because over 85% of RCC Catholics are born into the faith. Relatively speaking, very few humans born outside the Church somehow "find it" and convert.
I don't believe God is so arbitrary and callous, as to be so concerned about where and into what faith someone is born.
The RCC's claim is absurd on many levels.
A man who was more well known after he died, than when he was alive, though we can say that about many known people throughout history.
Christianities early success was because christianity showed up at the right place at the right time, a few spirititual Jesus boosters such as Paul got the ball rolling, not Jesus.
This new found christianity plagureized many of the customs/traditions of the pagan beliefs that were around for centuries before. Eternal salvation, concepts of heaven/hell, sacrificial meal, baptism just to name a few.
New followers were easy to find as the old customs/traditions they were use to suited them just fine.
After Official christianity formed, the NEW FOUND WAY to keep the flame glowing was family INDOCTRINATION. Without it christianity would have faded into the sunset much like most belief systems that came before.
Today christianity is a hodge-podge of thousands of individual ideas, all using the same holy book to prove their conflicting doctrines.
All the NT bible writers were Jews, as official christianity didn't start for nearly 300 years.