Other findings of the group included: Jesus of Nazareth was born during the reign of Herod the Great.

His mother’s name was Mary, and he had a human father whose name may not have been Joseph. Jesus was an itinerant sage who shared meals with social outcasts.

In this imaginary world an ax head could float on water, a star could point down to a specific home, people could instantly speak in unlearned foreign languages, and one’s shadow or handkerchief could heal people.

Most Christians fail to comprehend the implications of the belief system they embrace.

Much of what they ‘ know’ about their religion is a highly sanitized version that is promoted by their priests and pastors.

Although many religious leaders objected to the findings, it must be acknowledged that the level of effort, the range of resources used, and the qualifications of the reviewers lend much weight to their conclusions.

(2) The Christian world versus the real world The Bible speaks of a world that you can only experience by reading its books.

The task force convened on and off from 1985 to 2006.

The principal finding was that the quotes and deeds of Jesus as written in the Gospels are mostly mythical.

The empty tomb is a fiction – Jesus was not raised bodily from the dead.

Belief in the resurrection is based on the visionary experiences of Paul, Peter and Mary Magdalene.

Visions, inspired dreams, prophetic utterances, miracle workers, magicians, diviners, and sorcerers also populate this world.

It is a world where God lived in the sky (Heaven), and the dead “lived” on in the dark recesses of the Earth (Sheol).

This is a strange world when compared to our world, but Christians believe that this world was real in the past.