Growing up Christian, I would say Jesus did live. But like Lark said, it also depends if you believe in the bible teachings of him.
Bryson said there is proof of Jesus living, and it's true. Religion researches have proved it.
You got to understand, that the bible is full of stories on what happened. No one was at Jesus's persecution at the time, so it can be sketchy coming from a person.
Did he live? Probably. Are his veiws and stories real? Thats your veiw.
If you do follow the bible, and it's teachings you should be able to live a free will life.