First off, I must apologize for starting the thread and then running off, that's just bad style. Life seems to have caught up with me on yet another day.
Getting back to the topic at hand:
I do not question my faith, if I take into account the history of the world (not from the bible but from history) and consider the choices people made and why they made them, it seems very likely that Christianity is not just a myth.
The following might need a bit of explaining afterwards, but it goes something like this.
The bible was not written at the same time.
The bible was not written by one man.
The bible is actually just a compilation of differents letters and writings.
But this raised a few questions in my mind... Who decided what went where? If it's just a compilation why doesn't this compilation change or get added to?
To answer this question we need to take a look at how, when, by whom and why the bible was compiled (from here on I'll refer to the bible as being compiled and not written, since the texts were already written when the bible was compiled)
Here I suggest you take a look at the council of nicea as well as Rome's position both economically and politically.The bible continued to change after the initial compilation, I speak under correction, but to my knowledge the earliest reference we have to the compilation changing was in the 1500's.
Now that is quite some time, and a few questions come with it. Rome still had political power and for quite some time is was illegal to translate scripture, here take a look at the names John Wycliffe, John Hus, Martin Luther, Johann Gutenberg and Thomas Linacre.These names have greatly influenced my view on the matter, and as I'm sure you've noted, none of these names are ever mentioned in the bible.
Another interesting fact here is the similarities between the Jewish faith and Christianity. Where the split between them came and why, here take a look at the approximate 400 year gap between the old and new testament, take into account what happened, what the prophets had promised and what came to pass.
The next interesting split is the Roman Church after the translation by Martin Luther. This is roughly the same time as King Henry VIII, so there are quite a few references to what happened here.
The last point I would like to make is the lives of the 12 disciples and more interestingly, their deaths. As well as the followers of Jesus at that time, the most screwed up of all of them, who crucified Christ again?
Don't get me wrong, this is by no means a bulletproof "The bible is the truth" in fact I'm pretty sure I would have raised more questions in a lot of the really religious folks, but the events that took place, taking actual history into account, tells me that something major happened.
And so I open the floor, since I am sure there will be a lot of counter arguments, a lot of criticism and possibly a bit of flaming, which if done intelligently with a logic argument I'll take with no problem. But if someone is about to flame simply based on their hatred for organized religion, write me a pm and I'll be sure to delete it.
@ Defience : "If you believe in Jesus, and it's written that he quoted 'The Old Testament' and was found studying the scrolls at an early age, wouldn't you think he would want us to follow it?"
I would if I believed that the scrolls Jesus was studying and the old testament we have today was the same thing...