I have been reading a lot lately about Christianity and the historical record of Jesus.
It seems most Christians at a basic level believe that Jesus was God incarnate and he died for sins of man and was then he was resurrected.
However, the historical record is really unclear as to whether this is what Jesus even preached or that this was what the earliest Christians believed.
So, if you are a Christian do you believe:
Jesus is God incarnate?
Jesus died for the sins of the world?
Jesus was resurrected?
If you do believe these things, do you believe that they are actual historical events or metaphors for a deeper truth?
What lead you to believe these things? Are your beliefs support by facts or faith? Do you think it takes a leap of faith beyond what can actually be known? What do you think of the work of historians looking at the life Jesus especially when they draw conclusion that are opposed to basic Christian beliefs?