Let me make it perfectly clear here that I am not an angry Bible-Thumper, I'm just genuinely confused. Anyway, I just don't see how anyone who says the sort of things abut themself that Jesus said ("The Father and I are one," "Nobody can reach heaven except through me," etc.) can just be another good moral teacher.
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Well the people who were interested in organizing a religion around the teachings of Jesus say that's what he said anyway. He never wrote anything down and the earliest accounts of his teachings can only be reliably dated to many years after he died. We also have no evidence the gospels were written by the people whose names they are ascribed to. There were lots of versions of Jesus teachings being passed around after he died and his cult began to grow, they don't all agree. They were mostly suppressed by the church after the Emperor Constantine made Christianity the state religion and wanted an orthodox version he could enforce conformity to. It's an interesting historical puzzle if only because the church has spent 1,700 years trying to rewrite what happened to fit the version it would like to be true.0