You'll be happy to discover that there is ample evidence:
"If we are to believe historians and writers hostile to Christianity who lived around the time of Christ or the early church, then Jesus really did exist. Furthermore, belief in Him was so strong amongst even a multitude of people that He was worshipped as God. He did supernatural things amongst the Jewish people, and was crucified under Pontius Pilate according to Tacitus"
I should have worded it properly. There is no contemporary eyewitness accounts recorded about jesus whatsoever. Everything written recorded about a fellow called jesus was written decades after his death, even the gospels. Am I denying a person named jesus could have existed. No, someone named jesus who was a travelling teacher could have existed, but there is not one scrap of evidence in order to justify the assertion he was either a god or son of god. Everything written down, including the bible is nothing but hearsay. And there is a reason hearsay is not admissible as evidence and that is because it is unreliable and there is no way to verify what was said based solely on hearsay.
How would you go about establishing the truth or falsity of this statement, especially in light of the fact that you are dying?
For starters, you assert that because of god's judgement I am in a dying condition. There is no evidence at all this god of yours exists except you personal feelings, experience and interpretations of an ancient book that is full of historical and scientific errors. Besides, of course I will die one day, every living creature on this plant dies so I have absolutely no reason to believe based on reality that I won't die one day either.
God bled for us. It was his choice JUST as it was the choice of the English Officer to substitute his life in the movie clip at the beginning of this thread.
Like I mentioned before, it is the height of all possible hypocrisy to say it's OK for man to do it but not for God.
Here is nothing but intellectual dishonesty. There is nothing hypocritical in what I said. It seems you read my statements with the same foggy glasses with which you read the bible. If a person gives there life for another, it is usually because they cannot see any other choice in the matter, there are no options available to them.
The god of the bible had all the choices available. Instead of mercy, he HAD to have blood. Any god that would require the death of something, even an animal is a sick bastard. I spent years hypocritically justifying the god in the bible, even though there were things I knew were wrong......but just about every christian is taught that if god does things it's right, so either we have to ignore our own moral compass and just believe everything he does is good (that's why parents kill their kids after hearing god told them to do it), or we have to go back to the bible and reinterpret everything that's bad, change the entire meaning to suit our personal beliefs.
Why do you think there are so many christian denominations....because people just go with a religion that suits them or sounds good to them or they are born into it. Its not much more complicated than that.
Like I said earlier...the bible is the biggest book of multiple choice we have ever had the displeasure of putting up with. It can be used to justify anything.
But I can see there is little point in this discussion as it is like speaking to someone who believes in Santa Claus. They just have to believe no matter what evidence is out their that their beliefs are misguided.