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Who is Jesus Christ?

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Jesus Christ, also known as Jesus of Nazareth, is a central figure of Christianity and is believed by most Christian denominations to be the son of God. Many scholars believe that Jesus actually existed, based on historical evidence. However, there is no evidence other than the testament of the Gospels to support his divinity or to verify the miracles that he performed.

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Historians and scholars do not universally agree that Jesus actually existed, but it is widely believed that he did. Some facts about the existence of Jesus that are widely accepted by historians and scholars are that he was born some time just before 4 B.C., he grew up as a peasant in Nazareth, worked as a carpenter, was raised Jewish, met and was baptized by John the Baptist, became a public preacher, and was executed by the Romans. His followers regarded him as "Christ" and the "Son of God" only after his death. The Gospels represent him as performing miracles that have never been shown to be possible, such as healing the sick of serious diseases instantly, resurrecting the dead, walking on water, turning water into wine and calming a storm with his will. He is also said to have resurrected, exited his tomb, and appeared to his disciples after his death.

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