In a discussion with a friend at work the conversation took a turn between my belief and his unbelief. We began to talk about the story of Jesus and this was his explanation of it.
“Jesus may have been a real man in history however to believe in him a a supernatural deity is unnecessary. I think Jesus was a cool guy with wonderful ideas. However, over time his story got changed and supernatural attributes were given to him. I can compare this to several things. First, lets go with UFO’s. You say that the story of Jesus can be confirmed based on eyewitness accounts of the apostles or others and that this is enough evidence of his divinity through the miracles he performed to prove this. Well, people today have video evidence of UFO’s and yet it would be foolish to say they exist as alien contact with earth. It is typically people misunderstanding what it is they see and blowing it out of proportion. Next, I can attribute anything you have to say about Jesus to Santa Claus. So you say his story was originally based on a real person? As time went on supernatural powers were given to him? He constantly watches me and if I’m a good person he rewards me? Do any of those sound familiar? Last, the only thing that shows Jesus’ divinity is the miracles he performed. These are illogical to believe in as well since these things supposedly happened during his time and now they don’t happen any more at all. Sure people claim that miracles happen today, but if someone walks up to you and says they experienced a miracle you would probably look at them as though they were crazy. Miracles cannot be recreated in any controlled scientific environment and are complete contradictions to the laws of nature, therefore they cannot be real.”
I may have left out a couple words from the conversation for the sake of cleanliness (i.e. cursing) however these are his words. I will leave out my side of they arguament as I am curious of the thoughts of my fellow catholic and non catholic brothers and sisters.