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Elizabeth, I would imagine that some of the similarities of different deities in the world are the result of inheritance. For instance, each new Dalai Lama inherits all the traditions and behaviors of his predecessors because he is regardled as an incarnation of Guatama Buddha. A thousand years from now, people will be convinced that this Dalai Lama was himself a God. It could easily be that Jesus's miraculous reputation was also inherited from prior sources.
Now, having said this, I want everyone to know that I admire Jesus Christ even though I don't think he was a near-deity as we've been taught. And when the Passion comes to our area this summer, I'll be one of the first to get my wife's and my tickets for the early showing.