Some say he died for our sins but that is the brainchild of the church and was created as a clever answer to the would be converered pagans by Constantine the "Great". Some maintain that Jesus is the only begotten Son as it is quoted in the Bible (a book that sadly still read literarily by some...) "The only begotten Son" bible reference is very misleading and for the most part false. The fact is; Jesus was, at his time on the highest elevation possible, ALL DUE TO HIS OWN DOING, by the way. He was the highest soul in his day, and for the most part he taught (get this people!) that we can all do the same, and we all contain the slice of divine, the godhead - only we should realize and use this.... This was obviously a threat to the establishment, especially to priesthood of his day, and all priests who came after, for hundreds of years. This was the main reason he was killed on drummed up charges. Imagine the threat to the established hierarchy to say you are all irrelevant, frauds. "People can get to god's consciousness or get at least close if you just follow my example" This was Jesus' message and indeed before him and after Jesus OTHERS have done similarly.