Over the years I’ve noticed that some that seek to discredit Christianity, specifically Jesus, claim that the “myths” surrounding Jesus Christ are based in ideas from other religions. Some suggest Mithraism, ancient Egyptian religion, and Hinduism, specifically the avatar of Krishna. They claim that the “dying God” motif was taken from these religions and ascribed to Jesus.
Now, one of the major beliefs of Christianity is the belief that God really did enter into time, incarnate as a man (while still remaining fully God), taught us how to receive eternal life, He died for our sins, then was bodily resurrected. We believe that Jesus Christ really did exist in history, and that all of these evens occurred in real time.
My question is, what do those that believe in Krishna believe about him? Is he [a] God? Why did he come to earth? Did he die in atonement for our sins (not sure if this is a concept in Hinduism)? The questions that I am most curious in are, is it believed that Krishna really did come to earth, and if so, when, and are there historical evidences pointing to there being a historical Krishna?