It’s truly incredible when you start researching stories that most people believe are rooted in fact and eventually find out that they are completely and totally false, and are actually a myth.
Let’s take a look at the following example:
UFO crash at Roswell, New Mexico (1947)
Did this one surprise you? It sure did me. I always thought that something weird went down at Roswell and that the government somehow covered it up. But I was sorely mistaken because this one never happened. In fact, it is one of the most thoroughly debunked cases of UFO “evidence” in the United States.
What people believe happened:
An unusual metal was discovered in a rancher’s backyard, which was believed to be from an alien spacecraft. A supposed government coverup and conspiracy to try and hide the evidence eventually followed, complete with alien bodies, etc.
What actually happened:
A guy found some tin foil in the desert that was linked to Project Mogul, a top-secret project by the US Army Air Forces involving microphones flown on high-altitude balloons, whose primary purpose was long-distance detection of sound waves generated by Soviet atomic bomb tests. The project was carried out from 1947 until early 1949. It was conceived by Maurice Ewing who had earlier researched the deep sound channel in the oceans and theorized that a similar sound channel existed in the upper atmosphere: a certain height where the air pressure and temperature result in a minimal speed of sound, so that sound waves would propagate and stay in that channel due to refraction. The project involved arrays of balloons carrying disc microphones and radio transmitters to relay the signals to the ground. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Mogul
The initial spin by the government was to say that the debris was from a weather balloon, but that was only to hide the fact that it was new technology created to detect nuclear bomb tests from the Soviet Union. Within the span of thirty years, it morphed into what we have today, which is indeed a myth.
What can we learn from this?
The metal found in the desert would be similar to the “revelations of the archangel named Jesus“. And yes, Jesus was originally believed to be an Archangel. Early gnostic belief and Paul’s Epistles (the ones that are believed to be original, not the ones that aren’t by a consensus of scholars) both support this view. The “flying saucer and alien bodies” would be similar to a “living, breathing Jesus of Galilee”.
What if we only had the stories written by the Roswell believers from the time of the complete evolution of the myth thirty years later?
We wouldn’t even know about the tinfoil. The only thing we would have would be multiple witnesses and sources telling us that they saw UFO debris and alien bodies. Neither of which ever existed.
In Mark’s Gospel, the writer invented a three-hour eclipse. That’s a lot harder to get away with than inventing a god-man walking the earth. We can go back in time and see that it didn’t happen. If people can invent a downed UFO and alien bodies, then people can invent an obscure Galilean preacher becoming a god-man.