There will be no end to the debate on whether or not the gospels in the Bible are reliable. These books were penned centuries ago and there simply isn’t any hard evidence for historians to use. Here a summary of the existing opinions.
The deeper level of the Christmas story is that God became man. This taking on of human form is called ‘incarnation’ by the church. Why did God become human?
In the Bible, there’s a fascinating story in the book of Job. It reads like an ancient piece of Shakespearean drama with rich dialogues, dealing with the exact question: why is there suffering? Everything circles around the story of a very rich man who loses everything.
Do you have any idea what Jesus did actually look like? To be honest, we don’t know. And in different cultures, people have different ideas. Recent research is giving some clues about how the average person in Jesus’ time looked like.