Someone asked me yesterday if I still believed in Jesus? So I asked them if they meant believing in or the things taught about Jesus? They asked what was the difference so I gave them some of the following examples. I believe in an actual historical man called Jesus who born in Palestine and lived in a way that was remarkable for his time, but I do not believe the story about his virgin birth & demi-god status. I believe in the unique qualities of his life and loving humanity but not in the church doctrines developed to totally replace it. I believe that he was killed for his convictions but not the sacrificial atonement myth created by the church to replace his personal courage in the face of certain death. I believe in the transformational nature of his story to effect change here and now but not the heaven cult built to replace it, which demands my belief or damnation. Finally I believe in The Way as Jesus taught and lived but not the gospel story of self hate and God’s wrath & vengeance created to replace it.