The religion that was developed from the followers of this prophet now has more than 7million followers the world over.
As someone who only encountered the existence of this denomination in my teenage years, my first reaction to the story was that it was clearly fantastical. How can anyone believe this?
However, after giving it some thought I realised that the story that I hold to be the absolute truth about a carpenter who was born of a virgin and crucified in his 33rd year for an unjust cause and rose again on the third day and was seen by approximately 500 witnesses after his resurrection as he ascended into heaven might sound just as ridiculous to people who were raised within a different belief system.
Why do I believe what I believe?
Is it because it was told to me as unshakeable fact in my early, formative years?
Is it because I have to believe it to have something to hold on to in this difficult world?
How much of what I believe has been coated with human bias?
These are the kinds of questions I will be discussing. I obviously do not know all the answers I can only give my current perspective and as always that is subject to change in light of new information or experiences.