Once again, while I’m afraid this is going to sound like I’ve joined with you in “tag teaming” any dissenters to your conclusions, I’m going to respond by agreeing with pretty much all of the above.
However, while I know that some will call me hopelessly romantic or say that I’m exceptionally Pollyanna-ish, I still prefer to give Jesus, himself, at least a partial pass. I certainly do not blame him for much of what the businesses and institutions with his name on the door do or say, supposedly in his name. That is, I’m very open to Nietzsche’s notion that the Christianity is an essentially misguided death cult obsessed with worshiping the last and only true christian who does not and cannot refute their claims that they are “just doing his bidding”, as he is–fortunately for them perhaps??? –dead.
Following this line of reasoning then, and instead of believing that he wanted to start a new religion founded on the rubble of the unprovable myths and failed predictions of the Torah, its reasonable—if not provable—to suggest that Jesus, would have found any “Yeshua Cult”, utterly distasteful.
Knowing also that he, personally, had nothing to do with the production of the extant gospel record leaves open the possibility that Jesus knew his good news could, and as history has shown would be easily misconstrued if expressed in essentially ambiguous written documents. So its logical to suggest that this helps explain why instead of sitting down to write his own gospel, Jesus only ever asked his followers to spread “The Word” door-to-door, as a necessarily oral tradition and with the help of the Holy Spirit.
But then again, this is just a personal preference and I would only ever mildly argue with those who believe Joshua was just another narcissistic evangelist with inferiority issues, given that neither they or I have ever had a chance to speak with the man, personally.
I also choose, to some exent, to look past any personallity foibles or psychological challenges Jesus may have dealt with as these may have been the result of trying to deal with his mother’s claims about him. How would any child come to terms with his parent’s assertion that their son’s birth and childhood were immaculate, both literally and figuratively, rather than the result of something so sinfully mundane and spiritually dirty as pre-martial sex, perhaps with a man other than Joseph?
While I’m not a shrink, it’s my understanding that the results of a “spoiled child” upbringing often express themselves as superiority complexes, delusions of grandeur, difficulties in dealing with reality and/or suicidal tendencies, some of which traits are observable, to this day, in the personages of other cult founders, e.g., Joseph Smith, EGW, LRH, Jimmy Jones, David Koresh and many others.