"What man of sense will agree with the statement that the first, second and third day in which the evening and morning are named were without sun, moon and stars and the first day without a heaven?"
Propagate that an outdoor passion play; an annual celebration in which the cycle of life is symbolically being acted out - a common occurence in the ancient world - up to this very day even - was not a symbolic act but a real life event. Eventually, with or without force, the idea will sink in and the hypostatized
passion play has entered the mind as utter reality and the main character as genuine historical.
That's how come there appear to exist secondhand accounts, and what might qualify as third- fourth- fifthhand accounts etc., about a historical and supernatural Jesus character but no firsthand, during-the-event accounts because firsthand accounts would tell us about reification
of the main character of a passion play instead of a supernatural, real life event as portrayed in the NT.
'Every time we read in ecclesial books a tale of which its reality seems impossible; a story defying reason and common sense, be assured the tale to be an allegory; containing a universal truth or two, and the greater the absurdity of the tale, the deeper the possible wisdom.'
Yet, we do have accounts, prior accounts. It's just that they, much to the chagrin of Christian apologists, do not involve the supernatural Jesus character. They involve other supernatural 'sons of god' preceding the Jesus character, many by far, who 'were born', 'walked', 'performed', 'suffered', 'died', 'came back to life' etc. and all of them are anthropomorphizations
relating the myth of the 'birth', 'death' and 'rebirth' of life; the solar system; the universe.
The Jesus myth is not the first, merely one of the last, in a long tradition of myths in the form of personifications
conveying the aspects of the ever ongoing cycle of life, and all those myths tell us the same: the creation of life, its nature and its perpetuality.
'That which is called the Christian religion existed among the ancients and never did not exist from the beginning of the human race until Christ 'came in the flesh', at which time the true religion, which already existed, began to be called Christianity.' - St. Augustine
People are intrinsically intelligent.
When people are put together, they could become a herd.
When people turn a herd, they could become sheeple.
When people turn sheeple, they could become dumb animals.
When people turn dumb animals, they become treated as such.
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