I agree. Even as a historian I have to dig through the propaganda and legends to find the truth on matters completely secular.<quoted text>
Common-sense theology would write and preach words such as "Jehovah commanded 'No son of mine would be working in Catholic confessionals, OR in any of those Protestant churches. He would be preaching ONLY Judaism.'"
I treat religious documents no differently.
I am convinced that a real "Jesus" lived and died in the 1st Cent. Levant. I have researched this person carefully as well as Judaism of his period. I have a come up with a reasonable recreation of his life and teachings and "believe" it to be far more accurate than any previous historical or religious reconstruction to date.
I see no need, within the various Jewish beliefs of the time, to even consider any of the Modern Christian beliefs to be accurate nor true. Jesus lived and died a Jew, his life correlates uncannily to Levitical atonement rituals and would lend weight to a belief that Jesus was the salvation for mankind (one that on a 'superstitious' level that I do not defend (nor can explain) I actually BELIEVE to be true. I could propose many psychological based defenses for my beliefs but it would simply be deceitfull apologetics. I am so offended by the "Lying for my beliefs" that so many Christians do that I refuse to do the same.
I won't argue beliefs. I will discuss history, documents and translations there of all day long.