To the Greek people of that time the god, Apollo, was real. There was much detail about his mission, what he like and disliked and his life’s history.
Let’s review what people knew of Apollo. He was the god of arts, music, knowledge, healing, plague, prophesy, poetry, manly beauty and archery. He was extremely handsome, athletic and had no beard.
Apollo was the son of the god, Zeus and had a sister, Artemis.
But, because Apollo was so real and so like people on earth he had weaknesses. He was cruel and destructive. His love affairs were well known and were regarded as disasters. There were animals he regarded as sacred, deer, swans and pythons. Some thought he was the god of the sun. Apollo never walked the earth, his life was in the heavens.
Jesus, on the other hand, walked the earth. He also walked on water, did miracles of many kinds was killed and then came back to life.
We have no reliable records that Jesus did any miracles or that he came back to life. No one who wrote quoted what he said claimed to have been present when he spoke There is not even a reliable record that he ever walked to earth.
Whenever we question the existence of Jesus, the response from defenders is often, “Prove that Jesus did not exist.” They make a point, we cannot prove he never existed.
We cannot prove Apollo never existed in the heavens either. Perhaps we have a tie here.