Wow, that was one slow-moving asteroid!
How about James and Juda, Jesus's younger brothers.
I assume you meant half-brothers there. Too bad there was no DNA testing back then to prove parentage.
Claiming the bible is true because many people mentioned in it actually existed is not valid reasoning. I could write a story about Abraham Lincoln being abducted by aliens (or fighting vampires) and that does not make it true just because he really lived. Claiming truth because family members or other followers continued to believe despite the risk of a government arresting or killing them is also bogus. History is full of people willing to be killed for their cause whether valid or not. History is also full of people blindly putting misguided faith in another person, related or not.
I've never understood how people accept this obvious mythology. History shows that religions around the world have evolved from primitive worship of spirits that lived in animals, trees, lakes, mountains, etc, to polytheistic groups of squabbling gods, to an single omnipotent god who created everything, knows everything, yet hides his existance from us and wants us to really believe in him. All those previous religions are now false and this current one is really true (no really, this time we got it right!). This God created the world in 6 days some 6-8 thousand years ago with all life in its current form, but rigged the physical laws and fossil record to look like the world originated 4.5 billion years ago with life originating some 3+ billion years ago and slowly evolving into all current forms.
God, having set up the universe to look like everything runs off the laws of physics without the need for any supernatural forces, then wants you to believe in him/her/it and will consign you to an awful place if you don't. This God lets multiple competing, sometimes contradictory, religions exist and yet makes no appearances to give anyone a clue which of those religions is correct (Hi, I'm God and I endorse this religion!), but you're screwed if you pick wrong. From my observation, 95%+ of people wind up in the same religion as their parents and relatively few actually compare and choose. Whatever religion people are brought up in, they're taught it is the only true one, everybody else is wrong and damned, and most of all, don't question the story! I scratch my head over the logic this God supposedly employed. He got tired of judging everyone on their individual merits, so he knocked up a married woman, created a son, and let the primitive folks of that day kill that son, which then somehow changed the rules on how sins were processed and going forward everyone just has a single checkbox for believes/doesn't believe. Huh?
There is supposedly a book that is blessed/guaranteed/certified/whatever to contain the word of this God and that is supposedly 100% true, but it contains some tales that are obviously false. For example, these is no evidence of a great flood covering the entire earth and wiping out all animals except a handful of each species that were on a humongous boat constructed by a primitive society. If this were true, the DNA record would show little genetic diversity in every species living today, every animal today having descended from a handful of ancestors a few thousand years ago, but that is not the case. The people who wrote the tale obviously were unaware of the sheer number of species that exist. This boat would have been overrun with the minimal breeding population of the millions of species of insects alone.
So, it sound to me like your choices are 1) believe what you were taught and don't question anything, 2) accept that, yeah probably, some kind of God exists, but the holy books are not completely accurate, 3) accept that it looks like the universe runs strictly off laws of physics and any God looks unlikely, except maybe to have started the whole thing off to run on its own, or 4) accept that there is strong evidence that everything can be explained strictly by physics and none of the supernatural explanations are very likely.
I get it why people want to believe. It's a big scary universe and it's unsettling to think that we absolutely don't matter and could walk out the door tomorrow, be hit by a car, and then gone forever. It's easy to just believe that some all-powerful being really cares about us and will take care of us for eternity after we die. It also strikes us as just plain wrong that someone who is good can be struck down at a young age while someone who is truly evil can live undetected to a ripe old age and then die peacefully in his sleep. We want there to be a reckoning at the end.
You do realize there are more then two parties right?
I thought the two parties had the system rigged so it is extremely difficult for anyone from a third-party to get elected.
Isn't that what's been happening to the rest of us who aren't in the top 1% of incomes?