First and foremost, I would like to say I have nothing against Christians and I do not believe they all fall under the category of fanatics. I also don’t personally have anything against Christian fanatics. I just wish some of them would learn the truth about what they’re fanatical about.
Someone recently pointed out to me a historian by the name of Flavius Josephus. He wrote various books on the wars around the time of Jesus of Nazarene, and some of the books he wrote had stories with coinciding data from some of the books in The Bible.
Here’s the thing. Two books telling similar stories by long-dead authors is hardly proof that the stories are true. By that logic, that would mean aliens exist. Whole scores of people write coinciding stories about them, so they’ve gotta be real, right? Who cares that most of us have never seen one? There are books about them, so they’re real.
Some historians theorize that parts of the Bible weren’t written by witnesses, but by people who heard the stories from people who heard the stories, ad nauseum. Unfortunately for us, we’ve yet to perfect the science of raising the dead (and especially ones whose remains we can’t find even a trace of), so we can’t ask any of the authors how they came about their knowledge.
Which brings me to another point of contention: In the Christian faith (excluding, of course, Papal infallibility) only the Christian god is infallible. Humans, by their very nature, make mistakes. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have sin, and Heaven would be overcrowded.
Aside from that, by the time Christ was born, we had been granted free will by God himself. Which means that God couldn’t go against his word and tell the “prophets” they could only write what he wanted them to write without proving that he is, in fact, fallible.
Quite the conundrum, huh?
Humans, throughout history, have proven, time and again, that they cannot be trusted to follow God’s will. So why do people believe, without a doubt, that what they wrote down is the Gospel? And what the churches eventually decided to put in The Bible, to boot.
You don’t honestly think they put everything ever written about God and Jesus in The Bible, do you? The church admits to leaving out books that didn’t fit their image of Christianity. And that’s allowable by God, for Jesus said, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:19
I can quote The Bible, too.
Someone suggested that the mere fact that “B.C.” stands for “Before Christ” and “A.D.” stands for “Anno Domini” (The Year of Our Lord) proves that Jesus of Nazarene absolutely existed. But that isn’t entirely true. We can only guess at the day and year Jesus was born and died. Different versions of the story say different things.
The Gregorian Calender (which is what put the terms B.C. and A.D. into place) was put into place by the Pope and many Catholics by the year 1582, but it wasn’t accepted as a standard by any specific countries until the year 1700, well after anyone alive knew anyone who had lived during Christ’s life.
All we have to go on, really, is old word-of-mouth tales, a book put together by the church and some speculation about whether or not Jesus of Nazarene lived and died, and if he really was who The Bible says he was.
Someone offered up (what some believe to be) the physical proof that Moses lived and parted the Red Sea, and that Sodom and Gomorrah did fall. But I never said The Bible is complete fiction. I remember widespread news stories, during my childhood and teenage years, about physical evidence suggesting that a number of the stories (Moses’s and Sodom and Gomorrah, being the two I remember clearest) have some truth to them.
My thing is a lot of books (movies, plays, etc.) have some truth in them. Tons of stories, both written and word-of-mouth, have some historical value to them.
For example, there is a science-fiction series that is completely based on world history, but plays out on a “counter Earth”, and rather than our attempt at an equal society, women are subservient to men, and sometimes enslaved. Are fanatics suggesting that because there is some truth to the story, I should believe there is an alien planet following Earth’s orbit and stealing women from Earth on a regular basis to make them sex slaves?
I hope they’re right. I hope there is a beautiful place called “Heaven” with tons of chorus-singing angels where people feel no pain. That would be so awesome!
Unfortunately, I’m pretty convinced you make your own “Heaven” and the best time you’ll have is here on Earth.
Sucks, doesn’t it?