I chosen Islamic because a Christian article would reply the way you are precisely.
It appears you shun the authors unless they concur with you so I feel you fear what might be the truth.
Jesus said "Seek the truth and the truth will set you free"
[[[ A person has to know who Jesus REALLY is to fight all the deception that is in the world. ]]]
So, if Jesus did not die on the cross you would disown him, yes?
Yes of course you would because in your eyes there would be no resurrection for you.
If resurrection is the "end game" for Christians don't you find that a little selfish?
Lets look at this word "Resurrection" how did it come about.
“Lot of modern people confuse the term Resurrection with life after death. Resurrection is a Hebrew idea. And it is notion that someone is in the world of the dead which the Hebrew called ‘Shiol’ and the body is been buried and they resuscitated ! they come back! Term we might use today would be resuscitation more then resuscitation. We do have stories both from the modern world and the ancient world, where people appear to be dead and for all practical purposes they are dead - that is they are not responding to the outside world but then they do revive or come back. We call it resuscitation - but if you want to press the language that would be resuscitation”. (James Tabor, Professor of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina)
That to you is "deception" I guess because it questions the very heart of "Christianity".
20 million USA citizens experience a "near death experience", could that not have been the case in regards to Jesus and if that were so would that make you see Jesus in a lesser light and if so why.
Does his death become more important than his LIFE?
Well it appears so in the mind of a Christian because it seems the followers want a life after their death, a long one at that.
It seems inconceivable that a godly person would seek such a thing. So instead of living a righteous life, raising their offspring, happily living their lives within the laws of God (love) and accepting the inevitability of their own demise, Christians appear to relish that but with the addition of resurrection due to them for their efforts.
Of course if one strays from the path, they then are told the they face a fiery hell unless one ask's God for forgiveness and forever more live the life as laid down by God.
Sedition was the act to enforce the populace to adhere to a religious belonging otherwise they were dealt with by these so-called God loving believers. So it questions the "real-Jesus" statement that you speak of, and opens up many questions because if one is forced to "believe" something then doubt is caste upon the subject in hand.
Refreshed, my reply to you is not wholly the view of Islamics, many articles I have read over a long time share the same views but you have subjected my reply to it's author and not it's content which I ask you to do but failed. To me and perhaps others it might conclude that you will not or cannot abide anothers point of view albeit you threw the question up in the first place.
I had similar thoughts as Oprah Winfrey some time back.
She drew similar conclusions as I did at the time and those conclusions remain with me now. The only difference is, she is not held inside by parameters set by religions confines as yourself.