to be honest, i accept the bible as it is. because the holy spirit guided the bible's authors.Given that the four gospels are our main sources of knowledge about Jesus how to you understand that the gospels appeared to use similar sources as if the authors used sources and not their own direct knowledge of Jesus which they presumably had? Also how do you understand the conflicts between the accounts?
These aspects of the gospels seem to me to indicate that most of what we know about Jesus was the result of the creative efforts of the gospel authors based on second hand accounts which themselves may have been creative efforts.
Consider also the hundreds of years old story of the Buddha as well as the contemporaneous story of Apollonius of Tyana. To what extent should we consider the account of the life of Jesus as based in history and to what extent mythic literature?
The author of the Gospel of Matthew shows signs of an awareness of a diverse world of spiritual perspectives. He tells the story of Jesus that most closely parallels the Buddha's own story.