How Miracles came to be Associated with Jesus
Alright, this is my first post, which I decided to post after a long following in silent support of this site. What drew me to post this was the fact that it (this line of reasoning) baffles me even as a non-believer. Specifically, I recalled about a month prior to posting now thoughts concerning a couple works: Josh McDowell's "Evidence for a Creator" I believe, as well as that whole "lord,liar,lunatic" trilemma that held sway with me when I believed in God. Later on, I came to doubt God's existence, then recently almost like an epiphany these things cropped up in my mind for no apparent reason, and I am remiss to explain them in terms outside of supernatural origin (I suppose there are better reasons, being as I am here!). So what I'm basically looking for is to learn more about breaking apart this lord,liar,lunatic trilemma with a fourth option, legend. I have always doubted that things in the bible have happened as supposed but presuming to know Jesus to be a legend without good reason is as dogmatic as the reasoning I hoped to avoid in distancing myself from religious belief.
What I am hoping to discuss is the whole notion of the miracles of Jesus. We all know what they claim to be, so I don't have to get into them here. Specifically, I'm interested in hearing viewpoints of how modern day Christianity came to be associated with these miracles, starting from the early days of the supposed Jesus. What is the current consensus, if there is one, concerning how these fantastic tales came to be associated with Jesus?
How I imagine Jesus historically (assuming, I know, that Jesus existed, which may be a leap already), is that he was some travelling preacher, tried to teach things, then pissed off the wrong people and was killed (essentially by people of his own religion). Later, the reason for the great delay unknown to myself and perhaps history, about 70 AD (don't know how this was dated, just going off of what I have read about dating the new testament), "Mark" wrote his gospel, the others followed, then centuries later these divergent books were codified essentially into the Bible that we all know and love.
Assuming that I am not wrong so far, how does everyone figure that miracles were added? And the bigger question is why were they fabricated? Was it more probable that it was deliberate or along the lines of the game of 'telephone' that gave rise to Jesus as a legendary figure?