During and after the period of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion I imagine it was pretty dangerous to be a Christian. There were a lot of political and religious leaders that wanted to maintain power. The ideas of Christianity didn’t fit the established power’s agenda.
I’ve always considered Jesus Christ as a revolutionary. Anyone who dies for the cause of humanity is of note in my book. The risks early Christians were willing to take to practice their faith is pretty amazing.
Christian apologists often point to Jesus and the Apostle’s willingness to die for their faith as evidence of Jesus’s divinity and the legitimacy of Christianity. I don’t buy into that idea.
For me, Jesus and his follower’s sacrifices doesn’t prove the legitimacy of Christianity, but proves that disrupting established power structure can be deadly. This has been true at every point in history.
Take the the Greek Philosophers Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Aristotle was was forced to flee his home and Socrates was tried and eventually put to death.
I’m not sure how Christian apologists ignore that parallel.
I feel like trying to make Jesus’s life supernatural in nature is a disservice. What we know about Jesus Christ is interesting and impressive enough. Why do we need the supernatural?